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Tuesday, June 5, 2012

Tiebreak Chess Game 2 Anand-Gelfand played Kasparov Style

Efim Geller - Chess before
computer prep!
Legendary World Chess Champion Gary Kasparov has been following chess keenly even after his retirement from the sport. In an interesting comment on the recently-concluded Anand-Gelfand World Chess Championship 2012, Kasparov referred to his own game played in 1979 against Efim Geller in the Russian National Chess Championship. You can read about Gary Kasparov's comments on the recently-concluded World Chess Match at Crestbook. But, before you surf away, here are both the games: the second Anand-Gelfand tiebreak and the Geller-Kasparov chess game from 1979. You can replay the games in our flash chess game player. (Note by blog admin: Post-mortem of chess games played is a done thing in the chess world and not a criticism of the players themselves.)

Efim Geller-Gary Kasparov, 1979, 1/2-1/2

Viswanathan Anand-Boris Gelfand, 
World Chess Match Tiebreak Game 2, 1-0

Isn't chess amazing... like bridging time and universes, like navigating through dimensions... and returning to oneself over and over again, to the same moments mirroring back to us, on the chess board and in life? 

Monday, June 4, 2012

World Blitz Chess for Women in Batumi - Watch Live Today at India Time 4.30 pm

Top seed
Anna Muzychuk
The Women's World Blitz Chess Championship 2012 begins in Batumi, Georgia within a few hours today and you can watch all the action live at the official website of the event: Fifty players are taking part including India's Koneru Humpy who is the second seed and Harika Dronavalli who is seeded ninth. Top seed is Anna Muzychuk of Slovakia.

Chess Quote Trivia Contest - Win A Chess Gift

You could win a copy of the latest Black and White Chess Magazine or a special chess gift this week if you could tell us to whom does the following chess quote belong and when he said it, or to whom! Send your entries along with your address to before June 10.

"If I win a tournament, I win it by myself. I do the playing. Nobody helps me.

If you don't win, it's not a great tragedy - the worst that happens is that you lose a game."

Enjoy the chess contest! 

Sunday, June 3, 2012

Sunday Top 3 Chess Videos - Gelfand, Netanyahu, Filatov

Even as World Chess Champion India's Viswanathan Anand and his Challenger Israel's Boris Gelfand get home to grand welcomes, chess videos are being watched by thousands on YouTube. We just picked Sunday's top 3 chess videos with most number of views - relating to the Anand, Gelfand 2012 World Title Match.

The first video is about Gelfand landing at Ben Gurion Airport, the second is about Israel Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu watching Game 12 of the Anand-Gelfand match, and main sponsor of the World Chess Championship Andrey Filatov speaking about future chess sponsorship plans.

You might also like to read one of our previous Anand, Gelfand World Chess 2012 Match post: Who Is Andrey Filatov?

Humpy Wins Bronze at Batumi Women's World Rapid Chess Championship 2012; Harika Creditable Sixth

Congrats to Humpy
for winning bronze
Bulgaria's former women's world chess champion has won the Batumi Women's World Rapid Championship with another former women's world chess champion, Alexandra Kosteniuk, winning the silver. India's Koneru Humpy, the challenger to the women's world chess champion title, finished a creditable third. India's other player, Harika Dronavalli, finished with a great show at sixth place.

The Women’s World Rapid and Blitz Championship 2012 was held from May 30 to June 6 at the Sheraton Hotel, Batumi, Georgia. It was an 11 rounds Swiss tournament with time control 25 mins + 10 sec per move. Every woman chess player with an elo of 2500+ in one of the official FIDE rating lists as well as all former World Chess Champions and Olympic Chess Champions had the right to participate in the Championship.

Final Standings

GMStefanova AntoanetaBUL25188.561.5

GMKosteniuk AlexandraRUS24578.061.5

GMKoneru HumpyIND25898.060.5

GMLahno KaterynaUKR25468.057.5

GMMuzychuk AnnaSLO25987.559.5

GMHarika DronavalliIND25087.553.0

GMDzagnidze NanaGEO25477.053.0

GMCramling PiaSWE24786.557.5

GMZhao XueCHN25496.556.0

WGMGuo QiCHN23606.556.0

IMPaehtz ElisabethGER24916.554.5

WGMTan ZhongyiCHN24306.554.0

IMJavakhishvili LelaGEO24496.552.0

GMZhukova NataliaUKR24426.552.0

GMZhu ChenQAT24916.552.0

GMKosintseva TatianaRUS25326.548.0

WGMHuang QianCHN24176.062.5

IMKhurtsidze NinoGEO24566.058.5


Wang JueCHN23646.055.5

IMGunina ValentinaRUS25306.054.5

IMMkrtchian LilitARM24496.051.0

IMUshenina AnnaUKR24545.552.0

GMArakhamia-Grant KetevanSCO24265.551.0

WGMBatsiashvili NinoGEO24365.550.0

IMMelia SalomeGEO24105.546.0

WGMPogonina NatalijaRUS24475.546.0

GMDanielian ElinaARM24845.545.0

IMKhukhashvili SopikoGEO24145.543.0

IMGvetadze SofioGEO23385.053.0

IMMuzychuk MariyaUKR24565.051.0

GMChiburdanidze MaiaGEO25005.049.5

WGMCori T DeysiPER23865.047.5

WGMDing YixinCHN23535.045.0

IMPurtseladze MakaGEO23485.044.0

IMKrush IrinaUSA24575.043.0

IMLomineishvili MaiaGEO23665.041.5

IMKovalevskaya EkaterinaRUS24174.548.5

GMSocko MonikaPOL24844.548.0

WGMMammadova GulnarAZE23454.547.5

IMMatnadze AnaESP24464.544.0

WIMMikadze MirandaGEO23234.541.5

WIMArabidze MeriGEO23514.541.0

WGMCharkhalashvili IngaGEO23344.541.0

WIMJanjghava NatiaGEO23064.042.0

IMKlinova MashaISR23183.546.0

IMKhotenashvili BelaGEO25003.544.5

IMGurieli NinoGEO23293.540.5

WIMUmudova NargizAZE22313.039.5

WIMBezgodova SvetlanaRUS21202.544.5

GMGaprindashvili NonaGEO23562.039.0

Great Chess Video of US Women's Chess Champion 2012 Irina Krush

Watch this post-game interview with the US Women's chess Champion 2012 IM Irina Krush. Krush went into a tiebreak with defending champion Anna Zatonskih at the US Women's Chess Championship recently. 

You can also watch the video of the US Men's Chess Champion 2012 Hikaru Nakamura here

International Chess Olympiad for the Blind in Chennai from Aug 9

The International Braille Chess Association (IBCA) and the All India Chess Federation For The Blind (AICFB) are organising the 14th IBCA Chess Olympiad for the blind at Hotel ‘Le Royal Méridien’ in Chennai, India from August 9-20. The Hotel ‘Le Royal Méridien’ is one of the best five star deluxe hotels of the city and is known for its sprawling and landscaped lawns. Once a tiny fishing village, Chennai (formerly Madras) is now an international metropolis, the home town of World Chess Champion Viswanathan Anand, and a cultural centre. 

Saturday, June 2, 2012

Stefanova Leads Women's World Chess Blitz in Batumi after 9 Rounds; Kosteniuk, Koneru, Harika Right Behind

Fantastic Chess continued on the third of the Batumi Women's World Rapid Chess Championship on Saturday in Georgia. Overnight joint leaders Antoaneta Stefanova and Koneru Humpy had varying fortunes. Stefanova is now sole leader after nine rounds with 7.5 points as she drew with Koneru Humpy, beat Nino Khurtsidze and Kateryna Lahno. Humpy, on the other hand, after drawing with Stefanova, lost to Kateryna Lahno and beat Guo Qi. That dropped Humpy to joint third with Kateryna Lahno and Anna Muzychuk.

Opening ceremony of the Batumi
Women's World Chess Championship.
In hot pursuit behind Stefanova is the very talented 12th Women's World Chess Champion Alexandra Kosteniuk. Her fiery attacks and sharp play fetched her a draw against Huang Qian, plus two superlative wins over Elisabeth Paehtz and Tan Zhongyi.


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