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Showing posts with label morozevich. Show all posts
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Wednesday, April 24, 2013

Renova Chess R2: 3 Players Lead



Alexander Morozevich, Veselin Topalov and Ruslan Ponomariov have taken joint lead by the end of the second round of the Renova Group Grand Prix in Zug. Topalov and Ponomariov beat Leko and Caruana respectively on Friday evening. Alexander Morozevich drew with Shakhriyar Mamedyarov. After an unpleasant start Rustam Kasimdzanov managed to beat Gata Kamsky. Two other games Radjabov-Karjakin and Nakamura-Giri finished in a draw.

Morozevich-Mamedyarov 1/2:1/2
Alexander Morozevich chose to play early h4-h5 against Gruenfeld. This line, was successfully played by Russian against Anish Giri in China and happened in the game Grischuk-Carlsen recently. Even there is no clear theory in this line, Shakhriyar Mamedyarov seemed to be ready for this variation, chose to play quite sharp and more rare continuation with 5…c5 but forgot his analysis after 9.Bh6. According to Morozevich, he was hoping to play for some advantage but chose inaccurate 15.e3. “White has to play 15.e4 and after 15…Ne6 there were many choices. White could have tried to play for something real here,” said Alexander during the press-conference. However many pieces were exchanged, the position became absolutely equal and the game finished after three-time repetition.

Radjabov-Karjakin 1/2:1/2
Sergey Karjakin decided to surprise his opponent with Grunfeld, which was absent in his opening repertoire after he had lost the game against Viktorija Cmilyte 10 year ago. “It took me 10 years to recover after that game and finally I did it,” said Sergey with smile. Both players agreed that one of the critical moments was after 23…Rac8. White could have tried to play more principal 24.Rc8 and fight for advantage after Rc8 25. Qe7 Rc2 26. Rb1! However Teymur preferred to grab all pawns on the Queen’s side and after few exchanges the position became completely drawn.



Topalov-Leko 1:0 
Peter Leko got quite promising position out of the opening after dubious maneuver of White’s dark square bishop. Black managed to advance his pawns on the Queen’s side while White tried to find some counter play by pushing e4. The game was very sharp and according to Topalov Black had much better position at some point. At the time trouble Peter Leko spoiled his position with two last moves before the first time control. With 20 seconds on his clock Hungarian player first missed an opportunity to play 39…Kf7 and immediately made the second mistake 40…Qg6. After the time control Peter Leko tried to defend worse endgame and lost his last opportunity to fight for draw on 49th move. After 49…Ra8 instead of 49…f5 Black had good chances to resist.

Kasimdzhanov-Kamsky 1:0
“This opening is very complicated and I lost a threat in one moment. I had a very little time left on my clock and didn’t feel optimistic at all,” said Rustam Kasimdzanov at the start of the press-conference. Black got quite comfortable play out of the opening and decided to complicate the position after 19…f6. Rustam Kasimdzhanov was thinking to go for Bg6 but not only was short on time but also didn’t have feeling it was a right decision. 

Later, Kamsky showed his ambitions to play for a win by avoiding the repetition of moves. “I was hoping that Gata would repeat the moves but he had definitely more time at that moment”, pointed out Rustam Kasimdzhanov. In the time trouble Black started to make mistakes, missed Qa4 and tactics 39. Ng7 afterwards. The former world champion got the technically winning endgame with two extra pawns and didn’t leave any chance to his opponent.

Ponomariov-Caruana 1:0
Ruslan Ponomariov didn’t get anything special out of the opening playing with white against Fabiano Caruana. Italian player missed 29.Nc6 and let his opponent to activate the rooks and to get bishop against knight in the endgame. It was not easy for Black to defend all the time and according to Caruana 39…c4 was one of the inaccurate moves he had made. Later on, Fabiano decided to sacrifice a pawn in order to activate his rook but Ruslan calmly took “the gift” and later on converted his advantage into a full point.

Nakamura-Giri ½-½ Hikaru Nakamura got a slight advantage after the opening. Anish Giri was defending very well and managed not to fall into all possible traps created by American. Both players pointed out they would have agreed for a draw earlier but according to the rules it was impossible. “These rules teach us how to play against Magnus because Norwegian never agrees for a draw,” pointed out Anish Giri. (Photos and report by Anastasiya Karlovich/official website)

Saturday, April 13, 2013

Renova Group Grand Prix from April 17


FIDE and Renova Group of Companies have announced the third leg of the Chess Grand Prix series to be held from April 17th-May 1st, 2013 in Zug, Switzerland. The organisation of the event, at such a late stage, has been realizable thanks to the generous sponsorship of the Renova Group of Companies, states a press release. Arrangements have been made in Swissever Hotel in Zug. The schedule has been maintained as originally announced: 

17th April 2013 Arrivals & Opening Ceremony
18th April 2013 Round 1
19th April 2013 Round 2
20th April 2013 Round 3
21st April 2013 Round 4
22nd April 2013 Free Day
23rd April 2013 Round 5
24th April 2013 Round 6
25th April 2013 Round 7
26th April 2013 Round 8
27th April 2013 Free Day
28th April 2013 Round 9
29th April 2013 Round 10
30th April 2013 Round 11 & Closing Ceremony
1st May 2013 Departure


FIDE is currently also working on a replacement organiser for the fourth leg and more information will be available shortly. The dates of the fourth leg will also remain the same as scheduled in the calendar.

Players in Zug
Radjabov, Teimour AZE 2793
Karjakin, Sergey RUS 2786
Caruana, Fabiano ITA 2772
Topalov, Veselin BUL 2771
Nakamura, Hikaru USA 2767
Mamedyarov, Shakriyar AZE 2766
Morozevich, Alexander RUS 2758
Leko, Peter HUN 2744
Kamsky, Gata USA 2741
Ponomariov, Ruslan UKR 2733
Giri, Anish NLD 2727
Kasimdzhanov, Rustam UZB 2709

GM Gata Kamsky has replaced GM Gashimov for the rest of the series.

Venue


The SwissEver Hotel Zug is a brand new business & leisure hotel offering 84 double rooms and 46 long-stay apartments of various sizes, along with a typical Swiss restaurant Swiss Chalet with authentic Swiss specialties. A bar & lounge where you can enjoy different cold and hot drinks is a further feature of the SwissEver Hotel. The hotel provides a traditional yet modern Swiss atmosphere, where guests enjoy a tranquil and pleasant stay. Modern conference rooms for successful meetings and its very central location in Switzerland make it ideal for leisure and business travelers alike. The rooms and suites come with a flat-screen satellite TV featuring pay TV channels, coffee and tea making facilities, a minibar, and a bathroom with a shower and/or bathtub and a hairdryer. Some units have a sofa and the studios and apartments feature a kitchen or a kitchenette. Laundry and ironing services are available as well, and there is also a gym on site. Private underground parking is available. The Lindencham Bus Stop is 50 metres away, and Cham Train Station is 2 km away.

Sponsor

Renova Group of companies is Russia's leading private business group that consists of asset management companies and direct and portfolio investment funds owning and managing assets in metals mining, machine building, mining, construction development, energy, telecommunications, nanotechnologies, utilities and financial sector in Russia and abroad.

Renova Group is a stakeholder and strategic investor in the leading Russian and international companies, including such world class companies as UC Rusal, Integrated Energy Systems, Oerlikon and Sulzer. Renova Group integrated direct investment funds and management companies operating in the energy sector (IES, Avelar Energy), real estate development (KORTROS), portfolio investments (Columbus Nova), telecommunications (Akado Group), chemical industry (Renova Orgsintez) and precious metals (Zoloto Kamchatki).

Renova Group invests in Russia, Switzerland, Italy, South Africa, Ukraine, Latvia, Kirghizia, USA and other countries. The strategy of Renova Group is targeted at the acquisition of assets in industries with a significant growth and consolidation potential.
The Group invests in large projects that extend an opportunity to control and engage in active management to create value and uses partnerships and alliances as an efficient tool to maximize the effect of joint investments. Renova Group is a participant in the UN Global Compact Initiative, a World Economic Forum (WEF) Industry Partner. In 2007 Renova Group became a signatory of the Partnering Against Corruption Initiative of the WEF (PACI).

Social investments charity
The corporate charity fund Renova was founded in 2007 for the purpose of implementing the policy of corporate charity and social investments of the Renova Group in the priority areas of the national development agenda in science, education, culture and arts, development of civil society and local self-governance institutions, environmental protection and sustainable development.
CEO – Olga V. Bashkirova

High Performance Sports
Elite sports as well as physical culture form an important part of the general culture of the mankind. Aspiring to sport achievements and overcoming one’s weaknesses people refine their ethical and moral values. Entertainment sport events are the most powerful factor for people’s solidarity and nurturing the aspiration to healthy and sporty lifestyle in the young generation.

The charity projects in the sphere of elite sports and popularization of healthy lifestyle supported by the Renova Charity Foundation include:
• Support of the Olympic national team of Russia in the Winter Olympics in Beijing in 2008;
• Assistance in the organization of the 5th Military and Sports Forum, NPO Military and Sports Fund;
• Support of the project dedicated to the preparation of sportsmen of the Russian ski jumping and biathlon national team;
• Support of the project dedicated to the preparation of sportsmen of the Russian ice-skating national team;

• Support of the Krylya Sovetov team of the Russian Amateur Hockey League.

Sunday, July 22, 2012

Exhibition Chess Live from India Time 5.30 PM to Mark Biel Chess Fest 45th Anniversary



At the Opening Ceremony
The Grandmasters played a garden chess game against Hans Altherr (president of the council of states) and Erich Fehr (mayor of biel). The game ended in a draw.

In a few hours from now, the superstar-studded Biel Chess Festival is going to be open in Switzerland. First up is the Exhibition Blitz Tournament. You can watch it live at the official website from India time 5.30 pm. The festival includes a GM tournament, a masters tournament, several chess exhibitions, blitz, rapid, etc. in the coming days. Stay tuned at Chess Magazine Black & White blog site for regular updates. 

Invitation Blitz Tournament to celebrate the 45 years of the Biel Chess Festival
KO System, with 8 players
Magnus Carlsen NOR (Seeded Nr 1)
Hikaru Nakamaura USA (Seeded Nr 2)
Alexander Morozevich RUS (Seeded Nr 3)
Wang Hao CHN (Seeded Nr 4)
Etienne Bacrot FRA (Nr 5)
Pentala Harikrishna IND (Nr 6)
Yannick Pelletier SUI (Nr 7)
Alexandra Kosteniuk RUS (Nr 8)
System: Two games with 5‘+ 2‘‘/move. If 1-1, one Armageddon game with 5’ for white (has to win) and 4’ for black. The draw will made according the FIDE Elo rankings of 1st July 2012.

Friday, June 15, 2012

Tal Chess Round 6: Morozevich-Nakamura Game 0-1

Morozevich: Attack Lost
The 7th Tal Chess Memorial in Moscow has some of the strongest chess players in attendance. The round robin event, is taking place from June 8-18 at the Pashkov House. On Thursday, in Round 6, leader Alexander Morozevich lost his first game of the event to Hikaru Nakamura, the current US Chess Champion. However, Morozevich continues to maintain the lead in the tournament along with Vladimir Kramnik who scored a win over Evgeny Tomashevsky to catch up. You can check the Morozevich-Nakamura game in our Chess King applet in the expanded post.

Tuesday, June 12, 2012

Tal Chess Memorial Round 3: Radjabov, Morozevich Lead; Aronian loses to Tomashevsky

The 7th Tal Chess memorial Round 3 saw World No. 2 use a dangerous line against last seed Evgeny Tomashevsky. But, as World Chess Championship challenger Boris Gelfand would say, ratings are nothing. Tomashevsky took the call and beat Levon Aronian. Meanwhile, Alexander Morozevich beat Alexander Grischuk to move up with Teimour Radjabov in joint lead. All games saw exciting play with none of the grandmasters hesitating to experiment or try a sacrifice!
Caruana-Carlsen

Hikaru Nakamura
Round 3 results:
Carlsen – Caruana draw
Grischuk – Morozevich 0-1
Radjabov – Kramnik draw
Aronian – McShane 0-1
Nakamura – Tomashevsky draw

Round 3 standings:
1-2. Morozevich, Radjabov – 2,5
3. Kramnik – 2
4-5. Aronian, Carlsen – 1,5
6-10. Grischuk, CaruanŠ°, McShane, Nakamura, Tomashevsky – 1

Round 4 pairings (June 12th): Morozevich – Radjabov, Carlsen – Grischuk, Kramnik – Aronian, McShane – Nakamura and Caruana – Tomashevsky. Monday is the rest day.

You can watch the live broadcast of the 7th Tal Chess Memorial Live at the official website from India time 4.30 pm onwards.
(Photos by Eteri Kublashvili)

Friday, June 8, 2012

Morozevich Wins Tal Chess Memorial Blitz Draw Event

Alexander Morozevich
wins Tal Blitz Event
A unique blitz chess event has been introduced at the 7th Mikhail Tal Chess Memorial this year. The main tournament begins on June 8. However, on June 7, a special blitz chess tournament was organised to decide the first-round pairings. Alexander Morozevich won the blitz event with a nice 6.5 score beating Magnus Carlsen on tiebreak who earned the same number of points. 

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