Grand Chess Tour 2015: Preview of the Sinquefield Cup
The Sinquefield Cup kicks off on the 22nd of August 2015; the field looks mouth-watering, and we can expect an enthralling display of tactics and strategy from the crème de la crème in St. Louis – the new age home of chess.
Hikaru Nakamura - Magnus Carlsen 0-1: Python explodes after eating alligator at Zurich Chess 2014
MANIMAL MAGNUS: World Chess Champion Magnus Carlsen and US #1 Hikaru Nakamura before their blood-spilling, gut-wrenching showdown. Who could guess? The Norwegian would be outplayed, smothered and destroyed..., but live to have the last laugh! Photo: Maria EmelianovaZurich Chess Challenge 2014: A National Geographic report dated 2006 states South Florida wildlife researchers found a dead python that had burst after eating a 6-foot-long American alligator. Saturday night no wildlife researchers were available at Savoy Hotel Baur en Ville Zurich, but the news report was essentially the same. US #1 Grandmaster Hikaru Nakamura chewed the World Chess Champion Magnus Carlsen move by move. Black was toast. 26. ... Bxb2Carlsen said he did not realise he was going down until Nakamura played 24.Qg4 (24. ...Nb6 25.Be2 Nd6 26. Rdh1) 26...Bxb2 (diagram above) was "completely desperate but I thought it was my only chance," Carlsen said in the post-game conference. "That's what it's about, keeping the game one move longer". The game proceeded. Ten moves later, Black is still worth a sumptuous dinner.36. ... Qg6Nakamura has obtained a big attack in this animal versus animal battle. "There must be so many ways to win," confessed Magnus Carlsen himself. But the American python had gobbled enough and couldn't digest it. He exploded with 37.d6?! when he could have jolly well tried 37.Qf1 b5 38.Rxh7!! going for the throat with mating combinations.37. d6“I played pretty badly. I sort of underestimated his attack. The whole setup is a little bit risky,” said the World Champion, but "It's a bit of a freak occurence that he doesn't win." Nakamura skipped the post-game press conference. Understandably so.The full gamePGNA nice analysis video by ChessNetworkDaniel King shows the game Hikaru Nakamura vs Magnus Carlsen from Round 3GM Hikaru Nakamura has since tweeted, so his fans needn't worry about his heartbreaking loss. He reported to office in Round 4FIDE press officer Anastasiya Karlovich tweeted this photoMagnus Carlsen's father and coach just learnt that the evaluation went from +7 to -3)). Livestream last two sections including the post-game press conference with Magnus Carlsen* For all reports on the Zurich Chess Challenge 2014 at www.blackandwhiteindia.com* World Chess Championship 2013 Game 9 Heartbreaking loss for Anand* World Chess Championship 2013 Game 9 The Knight's Betrayal* GM Ian Rogers, under the able direction of Macauley Peterson, presents 'Nakamura vs Carlsen - The Musical'* Anand Gifts Carlsen a Checkmate in three: Zurich Chess Challenge 2014 Pairings Blitz* Official website of the Zurich Chess Challenge 2014-- Rajat Sinha
Anand, Carlsen meet again after World Chess Championship: Zurich Chess Challenge begins Jan 29
Zurich Chess Challenge 2014 — The strongest tournament in chess history to date begins Wednesday, January 29 at the Hotel Savoy. This is going to be the first chess tournament in the history of the game to claim a level of Category 23 with an amazing average rating of 2801!Destiny is cruel and chess destiny can be crueler still: The newly-crowned World Chess Champion and his 'victim' Viswanathan Anand will meet again for the first time after the November 2013 World Chess Championship. This will be Magnus Carlsen's first tournament appearance after winning the world title. Anand has already played the London Chess Classic in December 2013 which Carlsen did not attend.The chess greats - Anand and Carlsen - are to meet twice over the board in Zurich not counting the blitz event for deciding the pairings.A blitz tournament will determine the color distribution on the first day (29 January). Five rounds of classical chess will then be played from Thursday to Monday (30 January to 3 February), followed by a rapid tournament with reversed colors on the last day (4 February). We expect a 'respectful' draw between Anand and Carlsen in the classical game without any fodder for the hungry fans or salivating journalists. But, if Anand were to win he would make a point: That he did have the requisite weapons ready in November 2013 itself, but "read Carlsen wrong" as he has commented before. If Carlsen were to win... it's going to be driving the nail back in with greater pain. Anand chess fans, keep fingers crossed. The other players are the Armenian Levon Aronian (2), the American Hikaru Nakamura (3), the US-Italian Fabiano Caruana (6), as well as the Israeli Boris Gelfand (8).This brilliant event, which will take place in the extraordinary familial environment of the ballroom of the Hotel Savoy, has already caught the attention throughout the world and led to the registration of many journalists and top-players, including Peter Leko, Jan Timman and Gennadi Sosonko. Further, the Chinese women's world-champion Hou Yifan will attend this unique occasion and will be playing a simultaneous exhibition with clocks against 6 top Swiss juniors on 1 February at 1 p.m. at the Zurich 'Zunfthaus zur Saffran'.The owner of IGC International Gemological Laboratories», Mr. Oleg Skvortsov, is the creator of this chess event. He not only loves chess, but also plays chess and supports chess events. Furthermore, Mr. Skvortsov knows many of the greatest chess players in the world personally and has played a lot of games with them.A press release states, the Zurich Chess Club is very proud to be the organizer and host of this unique event and it would like to thank the main tournament sponsor and chess-enthusiast Oleg Skvortsov, whose generous contribution has allowed for this extraordinary event to take place! All games will be commented by GM Yannick Pelletier and IM Werner Hug and broadcast live via the Internet.Admission to the classical and rapid games is free, no previous registration is required. Due to limited room capacity, the Opening Ceremony and the blitz tournament are for official guests only. Participants (Elo rating according to FRL of January 2014)Magnus Carlsen (Norway, Elo 2872, Nr 1) Levon Aronian (Armenia, Elo 2812, Nr 2)Hikaru Nakamura (USA, Elo 2789, Nr 3)Fabiano Caruana (Italy, Elo 2782, Nr 6)Boris Gelfand (Israel, Elo 2777, Nr 8)Vishwanathan Anand (India, Elo 2773, Nr 9)ScheduleDaily from 30 January to 4 February 2014.The rounds start at 15.00 local time (CET), except for the last round, which begins at 13.00 CET.Spectators are welcome, entrance free.Main sponsor«IGC International Gemological Laboratories» is a Russian institute providing gemological services, such as diamond grading reports, enhanced diamonds identification, man-made/synthetic diamonds and imitation detection, as well as certification of diamonds, gemstones and jewelry in the Russian Federation. IGC is the Russian branch of «GCI» a group of gemological laboratories located worldwide.Co-sponsorsAspeco, SurJewel, Savoy Chess Corner, Zurich Chess Club (founded in 1809, the oldest chess club of the world)PartnersHotels Savoy Baur en Ville, Rössli and Seehof in ZurichOrganizationZurich Chess Club -- Rajat Khanna