2010

London tournament 2010 Round 5

The London Chess Classics is part of a grand chess festival with several side events aimed at promoting Chess in Schools and Communities (CSC).\r\nSome of my friends and former high school chess colleagues are playing the Open
2010

Tal Blitz Chess World Championship 2010 Day 3

Congratulations to Levon Aronian on winning the Blitz World Championship! Five rounds before the end he had a three points lead and was the only one that scored consistently well all three days
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Tal Blitz World Championship 2010

Following three back-to-back tournaments (Olympiad, Bilbao, Nanjing), a two weeks break came and went quickly, and we arrived in Moscow on Sunday evening.\r\nMonday a week ago NRK, the main Norwegian TV channel, covered a chess session I had at Simonsen Law firm with an 8-yr old (son of an employee) and Tuesday I was a guest at the .Storbynatt. talk show as I.m a fan of hosts Eia and Tufte Johansen.\r\nFriday and Saturday I visited Tromsø the kick-off for the organizational phase of the 2014 Chess Olympiad, playing blindfold, blitz and chess with live pieces.\r\nBack to the Tal Blitz: At the opening and drawing of lots today I received the Chess Oscar for 2009!\r\nThe combined Tal and World Championship Blitz takes place over three days as a 20-player all-play-all-twice tournament with time control 3 minutes + 2 seconds/move per game per player.\r\nI got off to an excellent start winning the first four games against blitz expert Nakamura, Ponomariov, Kramnik and Movsesian
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Nanjing Pearl Spring 2010 finished -Tal WC Blitz n

Nanjing Pearl Spring 2010 finished, Tal WC Blitz next\r\nThe early 10 am start of the last round of the Nanjing tournament didn.t stop the players from showing excellent fighting spirit.\r\nAnand outplayed Bacrot with the white pieces to take clear second (with Bacrot clear third), while Wang Yue came very close to his first Nanjing victory
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Nanjing Pearl Spring 2010 Victory!

I.ve won Nanjing 2010 with one round to go! \r\nBlack against Topalov was likely to be a significant hurdle and my opponent did play very well in the opening and early middle game in the Catalan with 4. Bxd2
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Nanjing 2010 Halfway

Despite his consistent high rating and world ranking, as white I have a very good score in classical chess against Topalov
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Nanjing 2010 Round 4

Vugar Gashimov is one of the three top-30 Azerbaijan grandmasters and quite an aggressive player
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Nanjing 2010 Round 1

The Bilbao tournament was a well-organized Grand Slam Final but one cannot help being impressed by the grandeur of the Nanjing Grand Slam tournament
2010

Ready for Bilbao!

We arrived in Bilbao yesterday in warm weather but with some serious lighting and thunder
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2010 Olympiad Round 8

The General Assembly of FIDE (International Chess Federation) meet during every chess Olympiad
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Khanty-Mansyisk, after 5 rounds of the Olympiad

First of all, I apologize for not blogging before this, but I've not been playing much yet, and I was, perhaps understandably, not that eager to blog after an upsetting loss :) More about that slightly later
2010

Kings Tournament Round 8

After four consecutive wins, the game Tuesday represented a possible stumbling block as I played the only opponent with a significant chance of overtaking my lead in the tournament, Boris Gelfand
2010

Kings Tournament Round 7

This morning it was decided to move the tournament from Medias to our hotel in Bazna and I think this was popular with all the players.\r\nMy opponent today, Teimur Radjabov was the no 1 junior player in the world for several years just after I became a GM
2010

Kings Tournament Round 6

Ponomariov lost with white against the King Indian earlier in this tournament and as black against him today I chose the same opening.\r\nSomething went wrong early on and I was very dissatisfied with my position from the opening
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Kings Tournament Round 5

The long football session yesterday was popular with all the participants and is likely to be repeated on the next free day.\r\nSometimes chess makes me really happy
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Kings Tournament Round 2

My opponent in round 2, Teimur Radjabov from Azerbaijan recently qualified for the 2011 Candidate Matches by capturing the overall 2nd place in the 2008-2010 Grand Prix
2010

Kings Tournament Round 1

The road from Bazna to Medias is a bit bumpy but the organisation of the transportation to the tournament was quite impressive
2010

Amber 2010 Last Round

Finally some words about the last round of Amber 2010.\r\nI expected that daily blogging could be quite a challenge during tournaments but it has turned out to be a good way to reflect on what happened in the particular games of the day and then move on and leave behind whatever negative feelings I might have had
2010

Amber Blindfold and rapid, Round 1

0/2 against Vassily Ivanchuk today, an absolutely awful start! In the blindfold game I had white, and after an unconventional opening I made a serious mistake as early as the 10th move
2010

Amber blindfold and rapid starting on Saturday

After a solid break since Corus ended at the end of January, I am now ready for a another major tournament! The Amber Blindfold and rapid is a rather unique tournament, sponsored by the Dutch billionaire and chess lover Joop van Oosterom, that since the first edition in 1992 has attracted almost all of the best chessplayers in the world
2010

Corus 2010 Round 11

During the last weekend of the Corus tournament we see a ramp up of activities and number of visitors (spectators, tournament organisers and media representatives)
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Corus 2010 Round 2

I.ve played against today.s opponent Jan Smeets (24) in the C-group, B-group (twice) and A-group since 2004
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Corus 2010 Round 5

On the free day Wednesday I was invited to play a football match against a Dutch team
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Corus 2010 Round 7

Yesterday the 10-kamp started, the major amateur event during the Corus chess festival
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London Chess Classics 2009, Round 5, Dec.13th

The chess played throughout most of the world wasn.t common in China until late 20th century, but for a decade or two the most promising players have moved and taken permanent residence in Beijing for extensive chess training when not playing in tournaments
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Corus 2010 Last Round

I.m happy to say I won the Corus 2010 A group in the end with 8,5 / 13 points ahead of Kramnik and Shirov at 8 and Anand and Nakamura at 7,5! \r\nHaving described my last round blunder and subsequent save against Short in London in December as a narrow escape, I could better have reserved the phrase for today
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Corus 2010 Round 9

Before the game as white against V.Kramnik today, we had spent quite some time on opening preparation
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London Chess Classics 2009, Round 2 Dec.9th

My opponent today was 25 year old Luke McShane, the British number 3.\r\nHaving studied at Oxford followed by a career in the City, he is now a full time professional chess player, and clearly stronger than his current rating of 2615.\r\nMy current official (November 1) rating is 2801 and depending on the opposition I may win 2-5 or lose upto 5-8 points in each game
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Corus 2010 Round 6

With V.Anands victories in the 2007 World Championship tournament and 2008 WC match against V.Kramnik, chess had an undisputed World Champion for the first time in this century
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Moscow, Nov.11th 2009, Tal Memorial R6

The first time I played reigning World Champion V.Anand in classical (7 hours) chess was in Corus, Holland in January 2007 and after an initial draw, I lost several games over the next 14 months
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Corus 2010 Round 3

When we arrived in Wijk last week snow covered the ground and it was pretty cold
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Corus 2010 Round 10

Sergey Karjakin (20) is from Ukraine but has recently moved to Moscow and is in the process of switching federations
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Moskva 5.november 2009

Tal Memorial til æ for tidligere verdensmester Mikhael Tal, trollmannen fra Riga, arrangeres for 4.åpåad i Moskva ifbm Tals føsdag 9.november.\r\nDet meste av verdenseliten er samlet til det som blir åts sterkeste turnering