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  1. Source: http://eng.kremlin.ru/news/3938 Russian President Vladimir Putin met with Indian chess player and World Chess Champion Viswanathan Anand and Israeli champion and title contender Boris Gelfand. On May 30 Moscow hosted the FIDE World Chess Championship final, in which Viswanathan Anand defeated Boris Gelfand, retaining the title of the strongest chess player in the world. *** PRESIDENT OF RUSSIA VLADIMIR PUTIN: Good afternoon, gentlemen. It gives me great pleasure to welcome you. First of all I want to congratulate both of you on your brilliant results and a great game that I am sure gave great enjoyment to chess fans around the world. It was an equal fight. Of course, Mr Anand scored an important victory and I am happy to congratulate him. This is not the first time Russia hosts a FIDE world championship. I would like to thank both of you for agreeing to play in Moscow, at the State Tretyakov Gallery. Both India and Russia, as well as the former Soviet republics, have the leading chess schools in the world. In general, chess and achievements in chess have always been a source of pride for our nation. It is no coincidence that Boris comes from the former Soviet Union, from Minsk. I am flying there tonight so I can pass on your regards to Minsk. We have a special relationship with India and I am very pleased that an Indian national is today a leading chess player in the world. I very much hope that this will not be the last time you played together and that you will play in this country again, in different cities and not only in Moscow. Such events will certainly help to promote chess, not only in Russia but throughout the world. I hope that you were happy with the conditions created for you here. As far as I know, you didn’t have any complaints about the organisation of the tournament. I congratulate you once again. VISWANATHAN ANAND: Thank you very much. I have a long connection with the Soviet Union and Russia. In fact, I grew up playing chess in the Soviet Cultural Centre in my hometown. VLADIMIR PUTIN: So we’ve brought this on ourselves by raising a champion. (Laughter.) VISWANATHAN ANAND: I’ve been coming to Moscow from the mid-1980s to practice chess and I must admit that I have benefited immensely from interacting with Russian chess players and the school of chess here. I’ve always enjoyed my visits to Russia and this time especially the organisation was superlative. We played in a very beautiful gallery, the Tretyakov. Overall I would say I enjoyed the Russian hospitality a lot this time. I would like to thank Mr President for taking the time to meet us. For us, this is a great honour. VLADIMIR PUTIN: Thank you very much for your kind words about Russia. I hope that you will visit Russia and our cities many times in the future. You are the world champion, and I am sure that chess fans, and other people as well, will always enjoy any activities with your participation. BORIS GELFAND: I grew up in Minsk and every time I came to Moscow I visited the Tretyakov Gallery, a wonderful museum, and I could not even dream that one day I will play in the world championship final in this wonderful museum and a treasury of Russian art. In recent years, Russia and especially Moscow has once again regained its position as the capital of the chess world. And this match, which I think was the best organised match in chess history, will give a new impetus to the development of chess, because millions of people worldwide watched the game and children will grow up watching these matches. I am very happy that there were people who took the initiative to hold this match in Moscow, the chess capital city. And the fact that you are meeting with us, Mr President, is evidence that chess is greatly appreciated and loved in Russia. Thank you. VLADIMIR PUTIN: Boris, I want to add that everything I said to Mr Anand fully applies to you as well. We will always be happy to see you in Russia. I know that you live in Israel now. We have special relations with this country as well and many immigrants from the former Soviet Union and Russia are now living in Israel. We highly value this potential. I hope to meet with you again both here and in Israel. I have an invitation from the leadership of Israel to visit the country as there is a very good reason. So, I hope we can meet here and in your new home country. Once again, congratulations to both of you on these remarkable achievements. I think this is the achievement of both players. The competition was intense and equal. The history of chess has seen many different situations, but here you were neck and neck. That is certainly impressive. Once again, all the best to you both. Leer artículo completo
  2. The World Chess Championship Match 2012 has come to its end. The closing ceremony of the match was conducted by the Chairman of the Russian Chess Federation Board Ilya Levitov. At the beginning of the ceremony Alexander Zhukov, the President of the Russian IOC, the 1st Vice Chairman of the Russian Federation State Duma delivered a speech. Then the warm words were said by Irina Lebedeva, Director General of the State Tretyakov Gallery and Kirsan Ilyumzhinov, the FIDE President. He invited Viswanathan Anand and Boris Gelfand to the stage. The Indian Grandmaster was awarded with the Champion’s Cup and with the special prize from Tretyakov Gallery. Also both of the chess players received FIDE medals from Kirsan Ilyumzhinov. The winner was also wreathed with laurels and Champion’s ribbon. Leer artículo completo
  3. FIDE announces that the World Blitz & Rapid Championships 2012 will take place as announced in Astana, Kazakhstan from 1 to 11 July. The 10 top rated players of the FIDE January 2012 rating list qualify directly to the final tournament of each event and they should send their player's contract to the FIDE Secretariat by Friday 8 June to confirm their participation (email: office@fide.com , fax: +30 2109212859). Qualifiers by rating (January 2012 FIDE rating list): 01. Carlsen, Magnus 02. Aronian, Levon 03. Kramnik, Vladimir 04. Anand, Viswanathan 05. Radjabov, Teimour 06. Topalov, Veselin 07. Karjakin, Sergey 08. Ivanchuk, Vassily 09. Morozevich, Alexander 10. Gashimov, Vugar Player Agreement (pdf) World Rapid Regulations (pdf) World Blitz Regulations (pdf) Leer artículo completo
  4. The tie-break of the match for FIDE World Champion was played on 30 May at the State Tretyakov Gallery’s Engineering Building 12 games with classical time control ended in a draw 6:6, so the Champion was determined during the tie-break. Players had to play four games with the control of 25 minutes till the end with an increment of 10 seconds after each move. The struggle was extremely tense and dramatic. The first game was very tough, each side had chances to win, but eventually all the pieces were exchanged and game was drawn. In the second game Anand, playing white, won a pawn but Black got compensation and was defending precisely. However Boris Gelfand spent too much time and as a result blundered in the endgame. Anand won the second game in 77 moves. In the third and fourth games Boris Gelfand got very good chances to equalize the score but failed. Viswanathan Anand remains World Chess Champion! The awarding ceremony will be held tomorrow at 4 p.m. at the State Tretyakov Gallery’s Engineering Building. After the ceremony there will be final press-conference with World Champion and officials. Player’s press conference and photos are available on the match’s official website: http://moscow2012.fide.com Leer artículo completo
  5. By the decree of President of the Republic of Armenia Serzh Sargsyan, Gaguik Oganessian - Adviser of FIDE Chess Media Commission, General Secretary of Armenian Chess Federation, Editor-in-Chief of "Chess in Armenia" Magazine, author of 45 chess books, was awarded the title of Honored Journalist of the Republic of Armenia. At the ceremony held at President Palace His Excellency Serzh Sargsyan granted the certification and medal of the honorary title to Gaguik Oganessian. Leer artículo completo
  6. Chess, FIDE and the Brazilian Social Project "Chess that brings Freedom" created by Brazilian Educator Charles Moura Netto and that has as consultant GM Darcy Lima were the first among three prize winners of the important "Spirit of Sport" Award. The announcement of the prize was made during the Sportaccord Convention in Quebec, Canada on the 24th of May. The Spirit of Sport Award was created by the Sportaccord Council in 2002 to commend the commitment and humanitarian spirit of Sportaccord members who have made an exceptional and lasting contribution to using sport as a tool for positive social change. You can see a little about the project on Leer artículo completo
  7. In the final game of the match with classical time control, the opponents once again played the Rossolimo variation of the Sicilian Defence. Unlike the previous game when this system was used, the world champion managed to provide a surprise, sacrificing the pawn with e5 on the eighth move. Boris Gelfand thought long and hard before finding an interesting solution – on the tenth move he voluntarily returned the material and then sacrificed another pawn in order to reveal the position and activate his pieces. The challenger’s decision proved to be justified as he was well compensated. Anand agreed that he was lacking the sufficient resources to fight for an advantage, eased the situation in the centre, and on the twenty-second move the opponents agreed to a draw. Following the twelfth game, the score is equal at 6-6. According to the rules, the players must now play a tie-break: four games of rapid chess (25 minutes until the end plus 10 seconds per move). If they finish with a score of 2-2, a match of two blitz games will be played (5 minutes plus 3 seconds per move). If the score is still even, another match of two blitz games will be played (in total no more than 5 such matches). If the winner is not determined from these 10 games, the decisive Armageddon will be played. The tie-break will be held on Wednesday, 30 May, at 12.00 pm. The guests of honour on 28 May were the American art experts Bradley Bailey and Francis Naumann. In the chess courtyard, grandmaster Sergey Karjakin played a game of multi-board chess with children. Sergey won nine victories, but one boy managed a draw in the game. Official website: http://moscow2012.fide.com/en/ During the eleventh game of the match, just as in the ninth, Viswanathan Anand once again selected the Nimzo-Indian Defence for Black. Even during the early stages, the world champion surprised his opponent with the rare move of 8…Сd7, forcing the contender to think long and hard about his next move. The opponents traded queens rather quickly and moved on to the multi-piece endgame. Once again Boris Gelfand held the advantage of two bishops, however his so-called “hanging pawns” in the centre came under fire from enemy rooks. On the twentieth move, the Indian grandmaster launched tactical operations in the centre, preventing his opponent from stabilising the situation and strengthening his advantage. Running out of time to think, Gelfand decided to simplify things after which their positions were completely equalised. On the twenty-fourth move, the opponents agreed to a draw. Following the eleventh game, the score is even at 5.5-5.5. Sunday, 27 May, is an off-day at the match. The twelfth and final game with classical time control will be held on Monday, 28 May. Viswanathan Anand will play with white. If the score is still even after this game, the world champion will be determined by a tie break (in games with accelerated time control) on Wednesday, 30 May. The guests of honour on 26 May were the famous Russian musicians, pianist Nikolai Lugansky and cellist Alexander Knyazev. Former world champion Vladimir Kramnik delivered a lecture to children and parents and also took numerous questions from the young audience.Similar to the fifth game, Viswanathan Anand started the tenth game with 1.e4. The opponents once again played the Sicilian Defence, but on the third move the world champion veered away from the Sveshnikov variation, choosing 3.Bb5. Just two moves later Boris Gelfand showed a new plan – 5…e5, which resulted in an interesting position with mutual chances. Judging by how quickly the moves were made, the Israeli grandmaster had analysed this variation very deeply. Soon the queens were exchanged, the position simplified considerably, but, according to many experts, all three results of the game were still possible. Black’s position was weakened by doubled pawns on the queenside, but he had the two-bishop advantage. New exchanges followed, and the position simplified even further. On move 25 the opponents agreed to a draw. The score is equal after 10 games – 5-5. Tomorrow, on 25 May, the opponents will have a rest day. The next game will be played on Saturday, 26 May. Gelfand will play White. Today Edvard Radzinsky, the famous writer, historian and TV presenter, was the honorary guest of the match. The press conference was dedicated to the “Chess and Terror” theme. Radzinsky spoke about the unique chess set titled “Reformers Against Revolutioners”, which was created in commemoration of the tragic events of the second half of the XIX century, when tsar Alexander II was murdered by members of the People’s Freedom movement. Radzinsly dwelled not only on the chess set, which was a genuine masterpiece, but also on the controversial era in Russian history, when the government of Alexander II implemented radical reforms in the country’s economic and political system. Three simuls were played in the chess courtyard. The 12th World Champion Anatoly Karpov, the Champion of Europe 2011 Vladimir Potkin and Grandmaster Vladimir Belov played against children. Official website: http://moscow2012.fide.com/en/ http://moscow2012.fide.com/en/'> WORLD CHAMPION FOUND SHELTER IN A FORTRESS The ninth game of the match for FIDE World Champion was played on 23 May at the State Tretyakov Gallery’s Engineering Building In the ninth game, Viswanathan Anand decided against the Slav Defence and played the Nimzo-Indian Defence with black. In response, Boris Gelfand selected the solid Rubinstein System. Following the opening, White acquired moveable pawns in the centre and an advantage of two bishops; at the same time the Black positions had no weaknesses. Soon the challenger had an opportunity to deal a blow to the centre with a move of 19.с5. As a result of this tactical operation, White won a queen for a rook, bishop and pawn. Experts believed that a draw was the most likely outcome, but White nevertheless still had a small chance for victory. Gelfand tried long and hard to undermine the black defence, although he may not have acted as accurately as he should have. White managed to open the kingside, however Anand successfully restructured his forces and with his concise play fought off all threats from his opponent after building a fortress. The opponents agreed to a draw on the forty-ninth move. After the ninth game, the score is 4.5-4.5. The tenth game will be played today, 24 May. Viswanathan Anand will play with white. A press conference was held on 23 May to mark the eightieth anniversary of the birth of artist Viktor Popkov, a brilliant master of the Soviet school of art. Popkov’s painting The Team is Resting became the artistic symbol of the 2012 World Chess Championship Match. The press conference was attended by Pyotr Kozorezenko, a doctor of art studies and the author of a book about Popkov, as well as Russian Art magazine editor Inna Pulikova. Also on this day, the match was attended by Natan Sharansky, a well-known Israeli politician, social activist and writer. Sharansky gave interviews to several television channels and also played an unplanned simultaneous chess display with children in the Chess Corner. Official website: http://moscow2012.fide.com/en/ Anand equalises the score The eighth game of the match began exactly like the third one, which was the only game where Boris Gelfand was on the verge of defeat but still managed to survive.There’s no surprise that as soon as on move 3 Black moved away from the previous games. A pawn structure appeared on the board that is typical of Saemisch system of the King’s Indian, but there was a significant difference in the position of the pieces: both white knights were on the queenside. Trying to use this circumstance, Black decided to go for complications on the kingside, thus provoking Viswanathan Anand to push forward the g-pawn, which would weaken his king’s position. The world champion picked up the gauntlet and sharp play started where the opponents had to calculate a great number of lines. Gelfand miscalculated one of them: as he admitted, when making his move 14…Qf6, he hadn’t noticed the reply 17.Qf2!, after which Black’s position immediately became hopeless. Since he failed to find a defence against large material losses or a mate attack, the challenger resigned. Anand regained the balance: after 8 games the score is 4-4. Tomorrow, on 22 May, the opponents have a rest day. The ninth game will be played on Wednesday, 23 May. Gelfand will play White. On 21 May Grandmaster Ian Nepomniachtchi, the Champion of Europe 2010, was the honorary guest. Grandmasters Alexander Grischuk and Alexander Motylev played a simul against children in the chess courtyard. Official website: http://moscow2012.fide.com/en/ Boris Gelfand: "I believe that, not only in chess, but in life in general, people place too much stock in ratings" During the press conference, Boris Gelfand said that he strayed away from the continuation that we had seen in the first and third games at move number six, by choosing to play 6. Qc2, a move that he had previously used in practice. Black had an isolated pawn in the centre, but the Champion decided to sacrifice it and castled short on the fourteenth move (14…0-0. Novelty). The Israeli grandmaster refused to say if he had been surprised by Anand’s play. “After the 17th move, it became clear that black had a strong shape. White could not bring its pieces out and therefore had to give up a pawn,” the challenger summed up. He further noted that only home analysis would show whether he could have tried to save the pawn and play for something more. Both competitors agreed that, despite the material balance that had been restored, white nevertheless continued to apply pressure as its pieces were in more active positions. But black was able to neutralise this threat with a series of precise moves. Viswanathan Anand was happy with the moves 20…Qe6, 21…f6, 22…Qc6, after which black was able to simplify the game and move into a drawing endgame. After discussing the game, journalists moved on to other questions. It turns out that the players and their teams have been able to keep up with the latest football news. Anand said that his seconds would probably be going for Bayern, while Gelfand wasn’t even sure if he would watch the match, as Barcelona, his favourite team, would not be playing. When asked which of the Tretyakov’s paintings they would like to see in their own homes, the World Champion expressed his affinity for Shishkin’s Morning in a Pine Forest and Vasnetsov’s Bogatyrs (or Three heroes), while Gelfand chose the paintings of Aivazovsky. At the same time, both players noted that they have absolutely no talent for art and recalled that once, at the opening of a tournament in Monaco, they were asked to showcase their creative prowess in painting. Neither was happy with their attempts, although both were very lauding at the press conference of Vassily Ivanchuk and Loek van Wely, who also took part. Boris Gelfand commented on Garry Kasparov’s statement that “the uniqueness of this match lies in the fact that, for the first time in the modern history of the game, the World Championship Match will not decide who the strongest player in the world is.” “Clearly, Garry wants to remind those who have forgotten that he was once the strongest chess player in the world. I believe that, not only in chess, but in life in general, people place too much stock in ratings – they pay attention to which TV shows have the highest ratings, how many friends they have on Facebook, and it’s funny. The best shows often have low ratings and it is impossible to have thousands of real friends.” For his part, the World Champion said that he tries not to pay attention to such comments and only focuses his thoughts exclusively on what is going on in the match. Official website: http://moscow2012.fide.com/en/ The Slav Defence did not let Anand down In the sixth game, the opponents once again played the Slav Defence. This time the challenger opted for the variation 6.Qc2 instead of 6.b3. The game developed further on quietly: Black got an isolated pawn in the centre, but it was compensated for by a somewhat passive position of the white pieces. Soon the d5-pawn was exchanged and the position simplified. By move 25 each side had a rook and a bishop of the same colour remaining on the board. The resulting endgame was estimated as drawn and four moves later the contenders agreed to a draw. The match score is equal: 3-3. Tomorrow, on 19 May, the opponents have a rest day. The seventh game will be played on Sunday, 20 May. Boris Gelfand will play White. Today Garry Kasparov, the 13th world champion, was the honoured guest at the match. At the press conference, Garry readily answered many questions from the journalists in great detail. Then he joined first the English-speaking commentators, Dirk Jan ten Geuzendam and Peter Svilder, and after that the Russian-speaking commentators, Ilya Smirin and Alexander Grischuk, and took part in analyzing the game. Later Kasparov went down to the chess courtyard where he played a simul against young talented Russian chess players. Official website: http://moscow2012.fide.com/en/ http://moscow2012.fide.com/en/'> The move 1.e4 is no surprise for Gelfand In the fifth game of the match the World Champion changed the opening and played 1.e4. The challenger was ready for such a development and immediately played 1…c5. The Chelyabinsk Variation of the Sicilian Defence was played out very quickly. On the 20th move, a technical position with bishops of opposite colours appeared on the board, and as soon as the 26th move was played, the opponents agreed to a draw. The match score is equal – 2.5-2.5. Tomorrow, on the 18 May, the sixth game of the match will be played with Boris Gelfand having the white colour. Official website: http://moscow2012.fide.com/en/ Armour is so far stronger than weapons The opponents continued their Slav Defence duel that started in the second game of the match. White was the first to deviate from the previous game and managed to get the so-called two-bishop advantage in the middlegame. After a series of exchanges, the game transformed into an ending with somewhat better chances for White. In the resulting technical position, the game could have had either of two results: a draw or a victory for White. It turned out, however, that the white pieces were not sufficiently well coordinated and that the bishop’s advantage over the knight was not enough for a win: with precise play, Viswanathan Anand built a “fortress” and deflected all threats. A draw on the 34th move. During the press conference, Boris Gelfand noted that there were no critical moments in the game as such, but the question was whether White would manage to gain an advantage or Black would find a clear way to equalise. “Even though I got the two-bishop advantage, the coordination between the pieces was not very good, so Black did not have any major problems.” The opponents considered the possibility of going into a knight against bishop endgame after 32. Rc6, but concluded that the white king lacked the tempo to occupy square d4, so White’s chances in this variation were also minimal. The challenger showed the position after 18…h6, which produced a great aesthetic impression on him. At that moment, each square on the d-file was occupied by black and white pieces, Black’s rooks were on squares c8 and e8, and the whole array resembled a T-shaped figure that is rarely seen on a chessboard. Assessing the situation in the match after the first four games, the world champion said the match was just developing and the rivals were still trying each other out. “You don’t really want to start doing evaluations, but so far it’s a pretty tough match,” commented Viswanathan Anand. Boris Gelfand refused to give any assessment of individual parts of the match and stressed that any analysis was pointless until after the 12th game. Asked by a journalist what scenario the players would have preferred during the game and if something had gone wrong at some point, Gelfand answered jokingly: “Well, of course I would have loved my opponent to choose some doubtful variation that I know well. Then I would have used a strong novelty and won the game, say, by the 20th move. I would be too naïve to count on that, however, so of course one has to be ready for any course of events.” The match score is equal: 2-2. May 16 is a rest day for the opponents, with the fifth game to be played out on 17 May. The world champion will play with white pieces. Official website: http://moscow2012.fide.com/en/ Round 4 Photo Gallery Perpetual check saves the challenger In the 14th move Boris Gelfand sacrificed a pawn in order to mobilise his pieces. Viswanathan Anand managed to rebuff all his opponent's threats with some precise moves and got some serious chances to win. In the 32nd move the chess players moved to a heavy piece ending in which White's extra passed pawn was very dangerous. However, in the 34th–35th moves the World Champion played inaccurately, after which both of Black's rooks penetrated into the opponent's rear, and Gelfand declared a perpetual check. A draw on the 37th move. The score for the match is level – 1.5-1.5. The fourth game in the match will be played tomorrow, 15 May. Official website: http://moscow2012.fide.com/en/ Photo Gallery of the 3rd Round THE SECOND GAME OF THE FIDE WORLD CHESS CHAMPIONSHIP IS DRAWN The second game of the FIDE World Chess Championship Match was played on 12 May in the Engineering Building of the State Tretyakov Gallery. Today the rivals did not bring any big surprises to each other, having played a relatively new, but a very solid variation of the Slav Defence. After Black’s 14th move Boris Gelfand thought for a long time and finally chose a line which led to an endgame with a slight edge for White. According to Gelfand, a seemingly sharper continuation 15. Bg5 would actually have resulted in an equal position. At the end of the game a few precise moves helped Viswanathan Anand to get sufficient counterplay. On the 25th move the challenger offered a draw, which the champion accepted. The match score is equal - 1:1. Tomorrow is the rest day. The next game will be played on 14 May. The FIDE World Chess Championship Match between World Champion, Viswanathan Anand (India), and challenger, Boris Gelfand (Israel), is taking place from 10 till 31 May 2012 in the Engineering Building of the State Tretyakov Gallery. The organisers of the match are FIDE (the World Chess Federation) and the RCF (the Russian Chess Federation). The initiator and sponsor of the match in Moscow is the Russian entrepreneur Andrey Filatov (co-owner of N-Trans Group). Other sponsors of the competition are businessman Guennadi Timtchenko, as well as the Ladoga charity foundation, NVision Group the company Novatek and Academician A.A. Raspletin Almaz-Antei OJSC SHDB. Official website: http://moscow2012.fide.com/en/ THE FIRST GAME OF THE FIDE WORLD CHESS CHAMPIONSHIP IS DRAWN The first game of the FIDE World Chess Championship Match was played on 11 May in the Engineering Building of the State Tretyakov Gallery. The World Champion played white. The two contenders immediately engage in open combat. Boris Gelfand chose an opening that was unusual for him, while Viswanathan Anand responded with surprise after surprise, playing a fairly rare but subtle variation. The challenger reacted in the most radical way: he took a flank pawn, thus subjecting his king, which remained in the centre, to a certain risk. Black rebuffed all threats with precise play and forced a transition to an ending that was somewhat better for itself. However, the assessment of the position did not depart much from parity, and literally within a few moves the contenders agreed to a draw. At the press conference Boris Gelfand attributed his decision to the fact that he could not see any specific ways for Black to fight for an advantage. So the challenger, who has successfully entered the game and will play white six times during the rest eleven games, is retaining a certain moral advantage. The video from the players’ press conference is available at the match official web site - http://moscow2012.fide.com/en/ Round 1 Photo Gallery On the 10th of May the opening ceremony of the World Chess Championship Match took place in Mikhail Vrubel Hall of the Tretyakov State Gallery. Mr. Kirsan Ilyumzhinov, FIDE President, Mr. Arkady Dvorkovich, Chairman of Supervisory Council of RCF and Ms. Irina Lebedeva, General Director of the State Tretyakov Gallery welcomed the participants and guests. Also present were Mikhail Gorbachev, the 1st President of USSR, Aleksandr Zhukov, Chairman of Russian Olympic Committee and the 12th World Chess Champion Anatoly Karpov. The drawing lots procedure was conducted by the Chief Arbiter Ashot Vardapetyan in an original style, underlining an indissoluble connection between chess and the world culture. The easels with "paintings", diagrams of the previously played games by Anand and Gelfand in the 90s, were set up on the stage. One diagram showed the victory of the current World Champion, another one of the challenger. Two wooden boxes with brushes and paint inside were prepared for the Grand Masters. The right to choose was given to Anand as to the World Champion. Both players stepped to their own diagrams, dipped brushes in the paint and left their autographs on the “paintings”. At that moment the spectators could see that Anand signed with white paint and Gelfand with black one. So, in the first game the current World Champion will play white pieces. The opening ceremony was preceded by a press-conference. The Grand Masters revealed who will be their seconds. Peter-Heine Nielsen, Rustam Kasimdzhanov, Radoslaw Wojtaszek, and Surya Ganguly will help Anand. Aleksandr Khuzman, Maxim Rodstein and Pavel Eljanov will help Gelfand. Opening Ceremony Photo Gallery Press-conference Photo Gallery The first game of the match will begin at 3.00pm on 11 May. Full schedule on the official website. Drawing of lots procedure Anand left white autograph on his "painting" And Gelfand left black autograph on his "painting" Press-conference Viswanathan Anand and Boris Gelfand inspect match venue In accordance with the match regulations for the chess crown, the World Champion and the Challenger for the title conducted an inspection of the match hall in the Engineering Building of the State Tretyakov Gallery. The ceremony was attended by Chairman of the Management Board of the Russian Chess Federation Ilya Levitov, Chief arbiter Ashot Vardapetyan, Match supervisor FIDE Deputy President Georgios Makropoulos, Appeals Committee Chairman Kurt Jungwirth, FIDE Vice President Israel Gelfer, Assistant to the FIDE President Berik Balgabaev and Chairman of the Israeli Chess Federation Moshe Slav. Both chess players were satisfied with the match venue and organisation. After inspecting the match area, Viswanathan Anand and Boris Gelfand gave an interview to channel "Russia-24". Leer artículo completo
  8. On 28 May the FIDE President Kirsan Ilyumzhinov arrived in Astana on a working visit. There he participated in an official signing of the Agreement between FIDE and Kazakhstan chess federation on the right to organize the World Blitz and Rapid Chess Championships. The Agreement was signed by the FIDE President Kirsan Ilyumzhinov and the President of Kazakhstan chess federation, the Minister of Industry and New Technologies of the country Asset Issekeshev. It is stipulated in the Contract that the World Blitz and Rapid Chess Championships will be held in Astana from 1 to 11 July 2012 and 16 strongest chess players of the world will take part in both of the competitions. The total prize fund of two World Championships will be 400 000 USD. A friendly girls' youth team match Kazakhstan vs. Rest of the World will take place in Astana concurrently with these tournaments. The first symbolic moves in the competition will be made by the President of the Republic of Kazakhstan Nursultan Nazarbayev and the FIDE President Kirsan Ilyumzhinov. Signing of the Agreement FIDE President Kirsan Ilyumzhinov and the President of Kazakhstan chess federation, the Minister of Industry and New Technologies of the country Asset Issekeshev Leer artículo completo
  9. FIDE has decided to award the 23rd FIDE World Seniors Chess Championship in 2013 to Opatija, Croatia. Leer artículo completo
  10. Perpetual check saves the challenger In the 14th move Boris Gelfand sacrificed a pawn in order to mobilise his pieces. Viswanathan Anand managed to rebuff all his opponent's threats with some precise moves and got some serious chances to win. In the 32nd move the chess players moved to a heavy piece ending in which White's extra passed pawn was very dangerous. However, in the 34th–35th moves the World Champion played inaccurately, after which both of Black's rooks penetrated into the opponent's rear, and Gelfand declared a perpetual check. A draw on the 37th move. The score for the match is level – 1.5-1.5. The fourth game in the match will be played tomorrow, 15 May. Official website: http://moscow2012.fide.com/en/ Photo Gallery of the 3rd Round THE SECOND GAME OF THE FIDE WORLD CHESS CHAMPIONSHIP IS DRAWN The second game of the FIDE World Chess Championship Match was played on 12 May in the Engineering Building of the State Tretyakov Gallery. Today the rivals did not bring any big surprises to each other, having played a relatively new, but a very solid variation of the Slav Defence. After Black’s 14th move Boris Gelfand thought for a long time and finally chose a line which led to an endgame with a slight edge for White. According to Gelfand, a seemingly sharper continuation 15. Bg5 would actually have resulted in an equal position. At the end of the game a few precise moves helped Viswanathan Anand to get sufficient counterplay. On the 25th move the challenger offered a draw, which the champion accepted. The match score is equal - 1:1. Tomorrow is the rest day. The next game will be played on 14 May. The FIDE World Chess Championship Match between World Champion, Viswanathan Anand (India), and challenger, Boris Gelfand (Israel), is taking place from 10 till 31 May 2012 in the Engineering Building of the State Tretyakov Gallery. The organisers of the match are FIDE (the World Chess Federation) and the RCF (the Russian Chess Federation). The initiator and sponsor of the match in Moscow is the Russian entrepreneur Andrey Filatov (co-owner of N-Trans Group). Other sponsors of the competition are businessman Guennadi Timtchenko, as well as the Ladoga charity foundation, NVision Group the company Novatek and Academician A.A. Raspletin Almaz-Antei OJSC SHDB. Official website: http://moscow2012.fide.com/en/ THE FIRST GAME OF THE FIDE WORLD CHESS CHAMPIONSHIP IS DRAWN The first game of the FIDE World Chess Championship Match was played on 11 May in the Engineering Building of the State Tretyakov Gallery. The World Champion played white. The two contenders immediately engage in open combat. Boris Gelfand chose an opening that was unusual for him, while Viswanathan Anand responded with surprise after surprise, playing a fairly rare but subtle variation. The challenger reacted in the most radical way: he took a flank pawn, thus subjecting his king, which remained in the centre, to a certain risk. Black rebuffed all threats with precise play and forced a transition to an ending that was somewhat better for itself. However, the assessment of the position did not depart much from parity, and literally within a few moves the contenders agreed to a draw. At the press conference Boris Gelfand attributed his decision to the fact that he could not see any specific ways for Black to fight for an advantage. So the challenger, who has successfully entered the game and will play white six times during the rest eleven games, is retaining a certain moral advantage. The video from the players’ press conference is available at the match official web site - http://moscow2012.fide.com/en/ Round 1 Photo Gallery On the 10th of May the opening ceremony of the World Chess Championship Match took place in Mikhail Vrubel Hall of the Tretyakov State Gallery. Mr. Kirsan Ilyumzhinov, FIDE President, Mr. Arkady Dvorkovich, Chairman of Supervisory Council of RCF and Ms. Irina Lebedeva, General Director of the State Tretyakov Gallery welcomed the participants and guests. Also present were Mikhail Gorbachev, the 1st President of USSR, Aleksandr Zhukov, Chairman of Russian Olympic Committee and the 12th World Chess Champion Anatoly Karpov. The drawing lots procedure was conducted by the Chief Arbiter Ashot Vardapetyan in an original style, underlining an indissoluble connection between chess and the world culture. The easels with "paintings", diagrams of the previously played games by Anand and Gelfand in the 90s, were set up on the stage. One diagram showed the victory of the current World Champion, another one of the challenger. Two wooden boxes with brushes and paint inside were prepared for the Grand Masters. The right to choose was given to Anand as to the World Champion. Both players stepped to their own diagrams, dipped brushes in the paint and left their autographs on the “paintings”. At that moment the spectators could see that Anand signed with white paint and Gelfand with black one. So, in the first game the current World Champion will play white pieces. The opening ceremony was preceded by a press-conference. The Grand Masters revealed who will be their seconds. Peter-Heine Nielsen, Rustam Kasimdzhanov, Radoslaw Wojtaszek, and Surya Ganguly will help Anand. Aleksandr Khuzman, Maxim Rodstein and Pavel Eljanov will help Gelfand. Opening Ceremony Photo Gallery Press-conference Photo Gallery The first game of the match will begin at 3.00pm on 11 May. Full schedule on the official website. Drawing of lots procedure Anand left white autograph on his "painting" And Gelfand left black autograph on his "painting" Press-conference Viswanathan Anand and Boris Gelfand inspect match venue In accordance with the match regulations for the chess crown, the World Champion and the Challenger for the title conducted an inspection of the match hall in the Engineering Building of the State Tretyakov Gallery. The ceremony was attended by Chairman of the Management Board of the Russian Chess Federation Ilya Levitov, Chief arbiter Ashot Vardapetyan, Match supervisor FIDE Deputy President Georgios Makropoulos, Appeals Committee Chairman Kurt Jungwirth, FIDE Vice President Israel Gelfer, Assistant to the FIDE President Berik Balgabaev and Chairman of the Israeli Chess Federation Moshe Slav. Both chess players were satisfied with the match venue and organisation. After inspecting the match area, Viswanathan Anand and Boris Gelfand gave an interview to channel "Russia-24". 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  11. Todo a punto para seguir los pasos de Marco Polo. La maleta está hecha, incluyendo el contrabando para Joao. La mochila también preparada (importante cuando tienes un viaje taaaaaan largo). Alf madrugó ¡para jugar al ajedrez! y para que así yo, como ya estaba despierta, madrugara para hacer la maleta con tranquilidad y espacio y luego bajara a Cotxeres a… no, a currar no A saludar, a que me preguntaran por qué no jugaba (¿en serio os sorprendió? I can’t believe it!!!!), a comer con los del Foment y a cenar con Alberto Andrés. Mañana por la mañana, si no se rompe la noche, madrugo para ir al Prat. De ahí me voy a Munich. Si todo va bien, el martes por la mañana (hora local, aquí será madrugada) aterrizo en Beijing y al mediodía en Guangzhou, justo para ir a comer. Es más que dudoso que actualice el blog durante mi estancia en el planeta de los chinos. En principio no se puede acceder a Blogger, aunque espero poder hacer un encaje de bolillos para conectar sin restricciones. Pero no creo que actualice porque, sinceramente, no me va a apetecer. Como mucho dejaré cosas medio escritas y las arreglaré y colgaré a la vuelta. El regreso a Barcelona está previsto para el día 6 de enero tempranito. Este año en la noche de Reyes llega una Patty desde Oriente. Toma regalazo, ¿eh catalanes? Intentaré dar señales de vida por correo electrónico o Twitter/CaraLibro. Ah, e intentaré sobrevivir. Ver artículo completo
  12. Uno de los torneos que más molan en Catalunya, si no el que más, es el por equipos de Vilobí d’Onyar (quien piense que es difícil encontrar patrocinadores para un torneo de ajedrez, que le eche un vistazo al mosaico). Lástima que hay años que me pilla en otro sitio, o viajando a otro sitio, y me lo pierdo. Pero si estoy aquí, voy fijo. Además en el Foment se ha convertido en tradición hacer más de un equipo, así que hay plaza siempre. Efectivamente, sí. El sábado acudimos a Vilobí, cual Naranco a cualquier sarao en Trevías: solo nos faltó alquilar un autobús jaja. Sobre las 8 y algo zarpamos 12, y luego apareció por el torneo otro que vive en l’Estartit y por la tarde fueron los padres de Rocco a animar y recoger al guaje. “Cada vez sois más” nos podían haber dicho, como en aquel Universitario en Madrid xD El formato es sencillo, y cualquiera que viva en el Norte de España y haya jugado en Carballo, Oviedo, Logroño, Astillero… sabe perfectamente de qué va. Pasas un día (o un finde) con los colegas de tu club, echas unas partidas contra otros clubes, ves a gente de varios sitios que hace tiempo que no ves… Vamos, que lo pasas muy bien y hasta juegas al ajedrez. Lo que me llevó durante el torneo a hacerme una pregunta que luego le oí también a uno de los organizadores: ¿por qué no va más gente a Vilobí? Me temo que la respuesta es la misma que para otros torneos. El ajedrez está cada vez más profesionalizado, pero no en plan bien, es decir, que ha aumentado el estándar de la gente que se dedica a ello, sino en plan mal, que cada vez más gente no juega por el simple hecho de jugar y divertirse, sino ¿qué hay de lo mío? Eso, y que la “vida de club” ha descendido notablemente. Los que no tenemos esas preocupaciones disfrutamos del día. Se jugaba en un polideportivo donde, hay que decirlo, se pasaba algo de calor (y no lo decía solamente yo!!!!!!!) pero por lo demás se estaba muy bien. Había unas canastas donde machacó hasta Martín (al que la FCE se empeña en llamar “Martí” para que tengamos motivos de cachondeo), que luego machacó también contra una mesa con tableros, pero eso es otra historia. Rocco y Axel alternaron piezas con balones y Jordi montó su tenderete de Esfer@ que dio un rendimiento espectacular en esa media hora tonta entre que acabas de comer y empiezan las rondas de la tarde. Ah se me olvidaba. Los resultados. Bueno, a quien le interesen se pueden seguir parcialmente aquí. El equipo campeón ganó 1000€ que imagino que emplearán en eso que se dice tanto de “tapar agujeros” (o deudas a jugadores). El equipo revelación, que ganó más fruta de la que son capaces de dejarse en un año fue el Foment C, que terminó jugándose el 7º-8º puesto… ¡contra el A! El Foment B hizo un impresionante adelantamiento por la derecha en la última ronda del suizo que le catapultó a la lucha por el título, aunque luego lucha hubo poca: quedamos cuartos porque no había rondas para seguir bajando. El A se llevó el premio honorífico de ser el equipo más burreado del día. El año que viene, más. A ver si podemos llevar hasta Foment D… Ver artículo completo
  13. Hoy que he terminado pronto, muy pronto, antes incluso de que empiece la ronda en Barberà o Padron, voy a aprovechar que la sala de Internet esta bastante tranquila para escribir una pequenya entrada sin tildes en este teclado tan original. Pese a nuestros intentos, mas bien mios que de Alf, de hacernos entender en un frances muy basico, la gente suele hacer alguna gracia de que no saben castellano y nos hablan en ingles, lo que es curioso porque corre el rumor de que a los franceses no les gusta hablar ingles y es bien conocido que los espanyoles no saben nada. Pero vamos, sobrevivimos sin problemas. Hay algun jugador que habla castellano y se ha hecho colega, y tengo un arbitro fan que chapurrea algo y desde el dia que cerre la sala con un atraco impresionante contra un pobre belga es mi fan y siempre me anima durante la ronda. El pueblo es curioso. Esta practicamente cerrado, no se sabe muy bien si porque en cuanto llega el verano todo el mundo se va o porque ya de por si nunca esta muy animado. Apenas hay sitios abiertos para comer, por ejemplo. Los restaurantes que colaboran con el torneo se tienen que estar forrando, por lo que nos choca que solo haya tres operativos y que encima uno no este disponible para la cena. El torneo es curioso de verdad. Imaginad el sitio donde os hayan acogido con mas amabilidad y multiplicadlo por 43. Si de algo se preocupan aqui es de que haya buen rollo. El equipo organizador es un ejercito de gente joven siempre sonriendo y en constante actividad. Un ejemplo del buenrollismo y el ambiente amigable es el desayuno. En el local de juego, la parte que esta montada como bar funciona como local de desayuno y punto de encuentro para la gente del torneo, con omnipresentes chavales con camisetas naranjas de "Animateur" pendientes de que no falte de nada. Y la barbacoa. Un dia para cenar llevaron a todo el torneo a la propiedad de un colega. Toldo con mesas largas, barra libre de carne, ensalada, vino... Miezis echo en falta la musica, estaba dispuesto a cantar, pero nada, aunque tomaron nota para futuras ediciones en su afan de mejorar el torneo. Que si, que hay frikis, aunque curiosamente no me ha tocado aun ninguno de los que hemos ido fichando. Pero quedan dos rondas... Lo del suizo acelerado lo cuento otro dia en una entrada dedicada a Erral:-) Ver artículo completo
  14. Hola a todos, Después de bastante tiempo queriendo mover el sitio a un nuevo alojamiento que me permita una mayor libertad, deciros que he decidido mover el sitio a un blog realizado en WordPress, con el afan de poder seguir con el blog de Ajedrez en otro lugar y poder hacerlo para mí de un modo más ameno. Espero y deseo que el nuevo sitio sea de vuestro agrado y que os guste. Por ahora está un poco vacío pero poco a poco espero ir llenándolo de contenido, también iré recuperando artículos pasados para que todo quede en el mismo sitio. Así mismo espero vuestras opiniones al respecto. Un abrazo y nos seguimos viendo en blog.chezzmazter.com Etiquetas: ChezzMazter, mudanza, ajedrez, wordpress Leer artículo completo
  15. Estimados participantes de la Olimpiada Mundial de Ajedrez de la FIDE y el Congreso de 2010! El Comité Organizador ha iniciado el proceso de la publicación de convocatorias de visado. Por favor, revise toda la información en el registro on-line! Los siguientes datos deben ser correctos: Apellido Nombre Fecha de nacimiento Género Ciudadanía Número del pasaporte Visa invitaciones se publicará en primer lugar a las Federaciones en aquellos cuyos datos de registro en línea se encuentra bien! Todos los participantes registrados en línea recibirán invitaciones de visado por correo electrónico. Usted puede solicitar una visa a cualquier Embajada o Consulado de la Federación de Rusia (la lista de las embajadas está en el sitio web www.ugra-chess.com) sólo después del 09 de agosto 2010!
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