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Thursday, May 31, 2012

Kasparov Chess Foundation Celebrating 10th Anniversary on June 16 in NYC With Chess Festival

Kasparov Chess Foundation is celebrating its 10th anniversary with a special chess festival in Bryant Park, Midtown, NYC, Saturday, June 16. The celebrations would feature a day of chess and fun for children of all ages and skill levels.

Meet & Greet Garry Kasparov
Meet and greet legendary World Chess Champion Garry Kasparov, who will be available for special presentation, book signings, photos, and words of encouragement to all players. Other celebrities are expected to take part in the festivities.  


Online Chess Tournament Open to All - $38,000 in Prizes

No matter where you are in India, you can now play this online chess tournament from June to August: Online Chess Blitz Grand Prix. The chess competition will be held via the Internet and anyone can try winning part of the 30,000 euro ($30,000 approx.) prize money. This chess Grand Prix is being organised by the Russian Chess Federation. The competition is open to everyone and all players have equal opportunities! Even though many leading chess players will participate, no one will be able to play in the Finals without winning in the qualifying tournaments.

French Chess GM Marie Sebag Quits TV Reality Show Secret Story 6 in 48 Hours


Grandmaster and French Women's Chess Champion has left the Secret Story 6 edition within 48 hours of entering it. When leaving the house with her suitcase, in the confessional room, Sebag said, "I want to leave the Secret Story House because I do not feel at home here." Sebag also revealed her secret of being a chess grandmaster and French women's chess champion. She is ranked 12th among women chess players in the world, eighth among women chess players in Europe and first in France among women chess players. 
 

Secret Story is quite like the Indian Bigg Boss. Participants have to enter the house and keep a secret. Every participant has a secret and he has to 'save' his secret while trying to discover others' secret! The participants are cut off from the rest of the world during the show. Possibly GM Sebag thought it was better to be out of the house and play some chess. Being alone without chess can be boring for anyone!

World Chess Rapid Championship for Women Live from Batumi India Time 4.30 pm Today; Koneru Humpy Second Seed

GM Koneru Humpy
India's Koneru Humpy begins Women's World Chess Rapid Championship 2012 quest today

It's time to watch live the Batumi Rapid World Chess Championship for women within an hour with India's top woman chess player Grandmaster Koneru Humpy (2589) playing as second seed at the event. Top seed at the Batumi Rapid Chess is Anna Muzychuk (2598) of Slovakia. Of course, India wants to have their second world chess champion within a few days. Hopefully, GM Koneru Humpy is up to the challenge. The other Indian chess player in the field is the talented Harika Dronavalli at seed nine. You can watch the tournament live every day at the official website

The top 20 players at the event include:

No.
Name FED Rtg
1 GM Muzychuk Anna SLO 2598
2 GM Koneru Humpy IND 2589
3 GM Zhao Xue CHN 2549
4 GM Dzagnidze Nana GEO 2547
5 GM Lahno Kateryna UKR 2546
6 GM Kosintseva Tatiana RUS 2532
7 IM Gunina Valentina RUS 2530
8 GM Stefanova Antoaneta BUL 2518
9 GM Harika Dronavalli IND 2508
10 GM Chiburdanidze Maia GEO 2500
11 IM Khotenashvili Bela GEO 2500
12 GM Zhu Chen QAT 2491
13 IM Paehtz Elisabeth GER 2491
14 GM Danielian Elina ARM 2484
15 GM Socko Monika POL 2484
16 GM Cramling Pia SWE 2478
17 GM Kosteniuk Alexandra RUS 2457
18 IM Krush Irina USA 2457
19 IM Khurtsidze Nino GEO 2456
20 IM Muzychuk Mariya UKR 2456

For more details about the chess tournament and the subsequent Women's World Blitz Chess Championship read our detailed post:

World Chess Championships - Sexy, Exciting, and Fast?

Wednesday, May 30, 2012

World Chess Champion 2012 Vishy Anand Comments on Tiebreak Win Against Gelfand

India's Viswanathan Anand - the reigning world chess champion - retains his crown by beating Israel's challenger Boris Gelfand in the tiebreak of the 2012 World Chess Championship in Moscow. Here are Viswanathan Anand's first comments on the match and tiebreak in the press conference right after successfully retaining his title:


- This morning when I woke up I had no idea how the tiebreak would go as the match had been so even.
Right now, I am too tense to even be happy. I am just relieved.

Anand wins World Chess Championship Title Fourth Time in a Row!

Indian Grandmaster Viswanathan Anand on Wednesday retained his World Chess Championships title - his fifth one and fourth in a row - against Israel's Boris Gelfand in closely-fought rapid tiebreak. Anand was a picture of complete calm as he went on to beat Gelfand 2.5-1.5. Earlier, the two grandmasters had tied in the classical time-control games with a score of 6-6.

The first game of the tiebreaker ended in a draw in 33 moves before Anand beat Gelfand in the second game in 77 moves. The two of the remaining four-game rapid chess tiebreaker ended in a draw as Anand successfully defended his title.

This was 42-year-old Anand’s fifth World Championships title and fourth crown in a row. The Indian chess wizard bagged his first world title in 2000 before winning three in a row in 2007, 2008 and 2010. He has been the world champion since 2007.

Anand wins approximately USD 1.4 million —— 55 per cent of the total prize fund of USD 2.55 million —— while Gelfand will get the remaining amount. The Indian ace won the 2007 crown in a tournament format among eight players. In 2008 and 2010, he beat Vladimir Kramnik of Russia and Veselin Topalov of Bulgaria respectively after the format changed to championship match between the defending champion and a challenger.

Anand a Draw and Few Minutes Away from Becoming World Chess Champion 2012

World chess champion Viswanathan Anand of India is just a draw away and a few minutes from keeping his crown! He is leading Israeli challenger Boris Gelfand in a rapid tiebreaker for deciding the title in Moscow.

Tied at 6-6 after 12 games, the champion and the challenger are playing four rapid games with a time limit of 25 minutes per player. Anand and Gelfand drew the first game. The second game was an exciting win for Vishy Anand. They drew the third game and Gelfand is now playing the fourth game to save the match against Anand. The score favours Anand 2-1 points.

Hundreds of chess fans are watching Wednesday's tiebreak in a hall at the State Tretyakov Gallery, one of Russia's finest museums. The winner takes home $1.5 million, while the loser is awarded $1 million. Anand last successfully defended his title in 2010 against Bulgarian challenger Veselin Topalov.

Andrey Filatov: I’m Pleased that Museums Want to Hold Chess Tournaments

Main sponsor Andrey Filatov of the 2012 Anand, Gelfand World Chess Championship has said that he is very pleased about his idea of holding a chess event in a museum has found favor with organisers around the world. Filatov was speaking to Eteri Kublashvili for a special interview ahead of the tiebreaks that would decide the 2012 World Chess Champion in Moscow on Wednesday. Here are excerpts from the interview via the official website.

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