2011

Christmas 2011

I spent a few long days with .60 minutes. and other media representatives last week
2011

London Chess Classics Round 5 to 7

If this blog entry makes it online, the internet at the hotel is working again! Thursday I played black against Aronian and was fine out of the opening
2011

Tal Memorial 2011 Penultimate Round

In the game as white against co-leader Ian Nepomniachtchi I went for 1.e4 and 3.Bb5 against the Sicilian.\r\nAs planned I got a small but pleasant advantage out of the opening, and my opponent spent quite some time early on (at least compared to his normal rapid mode of play).\r\nHe quickly managed to improve his position by playing d5, but it was still somewhat tricky for black
2011

Tal Memorial 2011 R7 Short draw.

Today I.ll keep the blog entry in line with the game against Anand, short.\r\nA long night sleep and I felt great before the round today
2011

Moscow Tal Memorial 2011 R6

On the rest day there was a social event (and informal blitz tournament) at the V.Dvorkovich Chess Club for among others the Tal participants, the Russian Chess Federation board, Tal organizers and chess journalists
2011

Tal Memorial Round 4

Karjakin (21) became GM more than 9 years ago (the youngest ever) and we have both been pretty active in international chess for many years
2011

Moscow Tal Memorial 2011 R3

Black against world no 4 V.Kramnik is usually a bit of a challenge, and the game today was no exception.\r\n1.c4 e5 2.g3 Nf6 3.Bg2 h6 4.Nc3 Bb4 is rightly categorized as an .uncommon opening., and we had to think right from the start
2011

Tal Memorial 2011 Round 2

Before the game yesterday I listened to .In My Place. by Coldplay and somehow the passage .I was scared, tired and underprepared. hit a cord inside
2011

Tal Memorial 2011 started today

Commemorating the birth of former World Champion Mikhail Tal (1936-1992) the Tal Memorial is arranged for the 6th year in a row
2011

Botvinnik Memorial in Moscow

I.ve had a few quiet weeks after the tournament in Biel, but now the busy fall season starts with The Botvinnik Memorial
2011

After Biel.

I annotated a game from Biel (Shirov-Carlsen) for chess magazines this weekend as last week was quite busy
2011

Biel GM tournament 2011 Round 6

The Biel chess festival features several chess events and the free days are scheduled after round 3 and 5 in alignment with the major Open events.\r\nOn the first free day I visited the Mayor of Biel, did some interviews and played tennis while yesterday with some football was fairly quiet in comparison.\r\nRegarding my round 5 loss against another 20 year old, Maxime Vachier-Lagrave the short version is simply that he played better than me.\r\nToday.s opponent Pelletier chose the French defense and I deviated from mainline theory fairly early
2011

Biel GM tournament 2011 Round 2

Alexei Shirov is a reknown fighter with an impressive ability to calculate tactical lines.\r\nHis rating has been unstable for many years but at his best he can win any tournament (as for instance Sofia 2009 and Shanghai 2010)
2011

Biel GM tournament 2011

The 44th edition of the Biel tournament is one of the strongest ever (me, Vachier-Lagrave, Shirov, Caruana, Morozevich and Pelletier, resulting in category 19)
2011

Kings Tournament Bazna . Opening Ceremony

Back home parts of Norway experience the worst flood in years so we should be grateful for the little rain here in Bazna, and next week supposedly will be very sunny and warm.\r\nThe Opening ceremony and drawing of lots took place in the playing venue in a Romgaz centre and museum building in Medias.\r\nThe category 21, 6-player double round robin tournament is stronger than last year with 4 players from the top 8 - me, Ivanchuk, Karjakin and Nakamura - as well as Candidate Radjabov and the strongest Romanian player Nisipeanu.\r\n\r\nQuite a crowd and a number of journalists showed up for the well-organized session today
2011

Bazna coming up!

Coming off a ten weeks tournament break after Amber it feels great to be back in Bazna for the Kings Tournament!\r\nThe sporting highlights for me this late spring have been the epic Real Madrid . Barcelona clashes
2011

Amber 2011 Round 7

Former World Champion Kramnik is known for his match victory against Kasparov back in 2000 and can still be a formidable opponent
2011

Amber 2011 Round 5 & 6

The fact that after four double rounds the tail-ender may beat the leader in such an even leveled field is no big surprise, but it required a real meltdown from me to lose 0-2 against Ivanchuk the way I did yesterday
2011

Amber 2011, 4th round

The fourth day was another good day for me, as I won 1.5-0.5 and kept the lead (shared with Aronian, who won with the same score)
2011

Amber 2011, 2nd round

As mentioned before, my opponent today was Gashimov, one of four players with a perfect score after day 1
2011

Amber 2011. Finally!

Later today most of the world elite will play blindfold and rapid chess once again in Monaco
2011

Mexico, NYC and home

After finishing The Tata Steel Tournament I was really keen to spend some days in the sun, a week in Mexico before going to NYC for the fashion week was great! 28 degrees C, both in the air and in the water
2011

Tata 2011 Penultimate Round

The standard top level tournament lasts 10 rounds these days and it is good that Wijk aan Zee maintain the traditional format of 14 players single round robin (13 rounds)\r\nToday was the penultimate round and I had the white pieces against Wang Hao
2011

Tata Steel R7 & R8

Round 7 and 8 turned out very differently for me.\r\nAgainst reigning World Champion V.Anand in round 7 I got nothing out of the opening
2011

Tata Steel Chess 2011 Round 3 & 4

The highlights for me the last few days was the traditional football match against the Dutch squad today as well as the even more traditional sponsor dinner with Tata executives yesterday.\r\nThe round 3 and 4 results were less notable
2011

Happy New Year!

After the difficult start it was a great feeling to win London Chess Classics and end 2010 on a high note