by Carlos Alberto Colodro
12/8/2020 The Russian Superfinals, for men and women, are 12-player single round-robin events currently taking place at the Central Chess Club in Moscow. After three rounds, the one player in both tournaments to have kept a perfect score is Polina Shuvalova (pictured), who remarkably defeated Alina Kashlinskaya and Alexandra Kosteniuk in consecutive rounds. Meanwhile, in the open tournament, Sergey Karjakin is the sole leader on 2/3. | Photo: Eteri Kublashvili
ChessBase 16 - Mega package Edition 2021
Your key to fresh ideas, precise analyses and targeted training!Everyone uses ChessBase, from the World Champion to the amateur next door. It is the program of choice for anyone who loves the game and wants to know more about it. Start your personal success story with ChessBase and enjoy the game even more.
With most of the chess action happening online during the last eight months or so, it is refreshing to see a tournament with a 2690 rating average being played over the board. The one exception to the rule had been the Norway Chess event in Stavanger, which was won by none other than Magnus Carlsen with a round to spare.
At the Central Chess Club in Moscow, two parallel Superfinals are taking place, with the main event including elite grandmasters Ian Nepomniachtchi, Sergey Karjakin andPeter Svidler joined by eight extremely strong 2600+ rated players and 29-year-old Aleksey Goganov the one participantbelow the 2600 mark (2594).
After three rounds, former world championship challenger Karjakin has taken the sole lead, after winning twice with the black pieces and drawing Andrey Esipenko with white.
Meanwhile,the womens section includes 8from the 10 highest-rated women players in Russia (Kateryna Lagno and Anastasia Bodnaruk are absent). Sixth seed Polina Shuvalova is the leader of the standings table after getting off to a flying start, with three wins in as many games. Shuvalova, aged 19, is the current world girls junior champion (U-20)as well as the winner ofthe 2018 and 2019 Girls U-18 World Championships!
Master Class Vol.11: Vladimir Kramnik
This DVD allows you to learn from the example of one of the best players in the history of chess and from the explanations of the authors (Pelletier, Marin, Mller and Reeh) how to successfully organise your games strategically, consequently how to keep y
The elegantplaying hall | Photo: Eteri Kublashvili
Karjakin, Nepomniachtchi and Dubov kicked off the tournament by beating lower-rated opponents on Saturday.
Maksim Chigaev, who won the Higher League a bit over a month ago, defeated Dubov in round 2. Out of a sharp Sicilian in which Black (Dubov) had sacrificed a pawn, Chigaev correctlygave up an exchange in the middlegame:
After 19...Be4 the knight on e5 was under attack White could have defended his piece with 20.Bb2, but Chigaevs 20.Nc4 is a strong alternative, allowing 20...Bxa1 21.Qxa1 Qg5 22.g3 when White has a lot of play along the dark-squared long diagonal and a powerful centralized knight.
Chigaev continued to up the pressure, while his opponent struggled to find counterchances. On move 29, Dubov decided not to enter an ending with bishops of opposite colours:
Learning from the World Champions
With famous classical examples from the works of the giants, the author talks in detail about principles of chess and methods of play that we can use during every stage of the game.
Probably Dubov thought that the opposite-coloured bishop endgame arising after 29...Rxe530.Qxe5(not 30.fxe5Qf3 when White is forced to give a perpetual) Qxe5 31.fxe5 was impossible to defend with White having three extra pawns. Nonetheless,his 29...Be8 led to a straightforward defeat 30.Kh2 Re7 31.c6 and Black needs to give up a piece with 31...Bxc6 32.Qc4+ Kh7 33.Qxc6 Qxc6 34.Nxc6:
Black resigned after 34...Re2 35.Bd4 Rxa2 36.Nxa7 Rd2 37.Bc5 and the b-pawn decides.
The other decisive result of round 2 saw Maxim Matlakov losing for a second time in a row, this time against Vladimir Fedoseev.
Mondays third round saw five games ending in a draw. The only winner of the day was Karjakin, who defeated Nikita Vitiugov from the black side of a Berlin Defence. Vitiugov overestimated the power of hisqueenside play and lost the gamein 42 moves.
Sole leader Sergey Karjakin | Photo: Eteri Kublashvili
Karjakin tweeted after his first-round victory :
Played a classical game after one year of preparation!
His last over-the-board tournament was theJerusalem Grand Prixin December 2019.
While the open event saw 6decisive results over the first three rounds, the womens category had 11 decisive results between Saturday and Monday. Shuvalova won all three of her games, two with white and one with the black pieces, and now has a full-point lead over a five-player chasing pack.
In round 3, the young leader sacrificed two pawns in a sharp battle against former womens world champion Alexandra Kosteniuk. A mistakenpawn push crippled Blacks position decisively:
Power Play 24: A repertoire for black against the Catalan
On this DVD Grandmaster Daniel King offers you a repertoire for Black against the Catalan, based around maintaining the rock of a pawn on d5. Keeping central control ultimately gives Black good chances to launch an attack against the enemy king.
Although the engines evaluate this position as balanced, it is clearly more difficult to play with the black pieces, especially with the clock ticking down nearing the time control. Here, 31...c5 or 31...Nxf4 were both correct, while Kosteniuks 31...g6 was the losing mistake. Shuvalova found the refutation 32.Bh6:
The game continued 32...Qd7 33.Bxf8 Qxd5+ 34.Kxh3 Bxf8 35.Nf4 Qf7 36.Rxd4 and White had consolidated his advantage. The 19-year-old needed eight more moves to force her opponent to resign.
Shuvalova will have the white pieces against Tatyana Getmanin Tuesdays fourth round.
Alina Kashlinskaya also won in round 3 | Photo: Eteri Kublashvili
Follow this link:
- GM Levon Aronian to Participate in Grand Chess Tour - The Armenian Mirror-Spectator - January 25th, 2021
- Another weekend on-line chess tournament - Sunday Observer - January 25th, 2021
- The Chess Masters of New Orleans - WGNO - January 23rd, 2021
- Explained: Why UEFA is rattled over the latest European Super League plan - The Athletic - January 23rd, 2021
- Giving Tuesday | US Chess.org - uschess.org - January 23rd, 2021
- Quackity hits two massive milestones on two channels in the same day - Dexerto - January 23rd, 2021
- No women at Tata Steel chess this year, but game is growing in popularity - DutchNews.nl - January 20th, 2021
- MCCL to host 2021 All-Girls State Championship on Feb. 20 - The Madison Record - themadisonrecord.com - January 20th, 2021
- Yamagata: Discover snow monsters and a hidden mountain temple - Japan Today - January 20th, 2021
- 5 key concepts in poker and chess | chess24.com - chess24 - chess24 - January 20th, 2021
- Bryce Hall confronts creepy stalker invading their TikTok house - Dexerto - January 20th, 2021
- Twitch Chess GM Behind the PogChamps Event Makes Up With the Botez Sisters - EssentiallySports - January 15th, 2021
- Grand Chess Tour: Carlsen, Nakamura Only As Wildcards - Chess.com - January 15th, 2021
- 11 of the best musical soundtracks to test your speakers - What Hi-Fi? - January 15th, 2021
- Fiji Chess hopes to stage a tournament in the North - FBC News - January 15th, 2021
- The Voice Celebrates: Bar-Mitzvahs of Jake Stoopler and Jonah Kutikov - Jewish Community Voice - January 15th, 2021
- Wojtaszek: I'd like to get into the Top 10 - chess24 - January 15th, 2021
- The benefits of approaching this year like a total newbie - KDRV - January 13th, 2021
- World famous Hastings chess tournament takes place this weekend - Hastings Observer - January 9th, 2021
- Sailor Moon: 10 Fights That Are Better In The Anime | CBR - CBR - Comic Book Resources - January 9th, 2021
- Draft Results for the LCS Lock In Tournament Group Stage - The Game Haus - January 9th, 2021
- FIDE confirm postponement of Women's Grand Prix in Gibraltar - Insidethegames.biz - January 9th, 2021
- Learn The Queen's Gambit and More Chess Plays In This Bundle - IGN Southeast Asia - January 9th, 2021
- Rook No Further! Coral Springs Holds Open Play Chess and Tournament - Coral Springs Talk - Coral Springs Talk - January 6th, 2021
- Radjabov Wins Airthings Masters - Chess.com - January 6th, 2021
- Azeri-Jewish Chess Grandmaster Radjabov in tears after winning tournament - The Jerusalem Post - January 6th, 2021
- Yu Yangyi and Tan Zhongyi are the 2020 Chinese champions - Chessbase News - January 4th, 2021
- For Premium only: Who do you want in the next Champions Chess Tour event? - chess24 - January 4th, 2021
- Snow, Rambo and everything in between: Leon Mendonca is India's 67th GM - ESPN - January 4th, 2021
- Chess: Goas 14-year-old boy becomes Indias 67th GM - Star of Mysore - January 4th, 2021
- Kriti Kharbanda arrives in Lucknow for her next rom-com, '14 Phere', directed by Devanshu Singh - Knocksense - January 4th, 2021
- Quintessential grandmillennial: A show with all the right moves - Irish Examiner - January 4th, 2021
- Final chess tournament for the year on today - Stabroek News - December 31st, 2020
- Monsters of 2020: The Queen's Gambit - Mother Jones - December 31st, 2020
- Chess: Goa's 14-Year-Old Leon Mendonca Becomes India's 67th Grandmaster - Outlook India - December 31st, 2020
- Why Chess is thriving in Kenya despite Covid-19 pandemic - The Standard - December 31st, 2020
- Wilton Bulletin Board: Meditation, cooking, stream cameras - The Wilton Bulletin - December 31st, 2020
- Not particularly fusced: reflections on a first term - Cherwell Online - December 31st, 2020
- Writer's Choice: Trent Murray's Top Five Stories of 2020 - The Esports Observer - December 31st, 2020
- Frontline workers owed 'debt of gratitude,' GG says in year-end message - Yahoo News Canada - December 31st, 2020
- Meet Norfolk's own queen of the chessboard - Eastern Daily Press - December 29th, 2020
- The Queen's Gambit Does a Lot Well. Portraying Being a Woman in Chess Isn't One of Them. - Ms. Magazine - December 27th, 2020
- What the Hell Is Quantum Chess? | IE - Interesting Engineering - December 27th, 2020
- Explore the History of Chess From Ancient India to the Cold War Rivalries - My Modern Met - December 27th, 2020
- 2020 year of power struggle in AICF, players keep the flag flying - DTNext - December 27th, 2020
- Online tournaments have strengthened local players - Stabroek News - December 27th, 2020
- Year in Review 2020, Biggest Sports Stories: After t..issues, India declared joint-winners of Chess Olympiad - Firstpost - December 27th, 2020
- Christmas puzzles: Add-a-king, and take that back! - Chessbase News - December 27th, 2020
- Chess and horse sport share one common element: The expensive part - Horsetalk - December 27th, 2020
- GM Zavokhir of Uzbekistan crowned champion at Liberation Cup - Oherald - December 27th, 2020
- I was 13 and suddenly winning everything - India Today - December 27th, 2020
- What Are You Paying For in a $300 Chess Set? Mostly the Knights - The New York Times - December 26th, 2020
- The 5 biggest moments in streaming from 2020 - Dot Esports - December 26th, 2020
- WCM Magpily eyes another title in Balinas-Pichay Cup - manilastandard.net - December 26th, 2020
- NASCAR Team up with the World Poker Tour while Artificial Intelligence Breaks New Barriers - HighstakesDB - December 26th, 2020
- Live chess tournament broadcasts | chess24.com - December 18th, 2020
- Welcome | US Chess.org - December 18th, 2020
- IM Martin Neubauer on Simon Williams' Budapest Gambit - Chessbase News - December 18th, 2020
- Chess: 'Game of the Year' decides title as Covid-19 hits Russian championship - The Guardian - December 18th, 2020
- The Creative's Gambit - Creative Review - December 18th, 2020
- 4 tips on how to stay focused, from a chess grandmaster - CNBC - December 16th, 2020
- Next Chess Olympiad In 2022; Budapest Wins Bid For 2024 - Chess.com - December 16th, 2020
- Superbet Foundation Becomes Principal Partner of Grand Chess Tour 2021 - European Gaming Industry News - December 16th, 2020
- Superfinals: Nepomniachtchi and Karjakin still tied on top - Chessbase News - December 16th, 2020
- Beccacece and a chess tournament with the Racing kids - Inspired Traveler - December 16th, 2020
- The reign of 1990s star vintage as over-the-board chess resumes in Moscow - Financial Times - December 16th, 2020
- M'sian Parents Are Sending Their Kids For Chess Classes Because Of 'The Queen's Gambit' - SAYS - December 16th, 2020
- Russian Superfinals 9-10: Title race goes down to the last round - chess24 - December 16th, 2020
- 2020 Speed Chess Championship: All The Information - Chess.com - December 13th, 2020
- The Grand Chess Tour Returns In 2021 - Chessbase News - December 11th, 2020
- Autumn Series on Playchess # 8 - Play and win prizes - Chessbase News - December 11th, 2020
- From Our Archives: Here's a look back at this week in 1976 - McDowell News - December 11th, 2020
- International squad beats Spain in training match - Chessbase News - December 11th, 2020
- Chess: Polina Shuvalova shines as over-the-board play resumes in Moscow - The Guardian - December 11th, 2020
- Grandmaster Sam Shankland '14 on The Queen's Gambit and Chess Today | Alumni Stories | Alumni, Friends and Families | Brandeis University - Brandeis... - December 11th, 2020
- Moscow will host the Chess Olympiad 2022, Budapest will host the Chess Olympiad 2024 - Chessbase News - December 11th, 2020
- How The Queens Gambit Is Inspiring Women to Take Up Chess - The New York Times - December 11th, 2020
- Young Chess Stars Meet in a Winner Take All Tournament Checkmate! - The Zebra - December 9th, 2020
- The real-life Beth Harmon trounced men before 'The Queen's Gambit' - Insider - INSIDER - December 9th, 2020
- Think you know the US map by heart? Take our quiz to know for sure - Film Daily - December 9th, 2020