Topalov – Bu Xiangzhi LIVE!

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The round 2 game between Topalov and Bu Xiangzhi begins at 7:30am CET. The commentary will appear below the board.

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11:45 CET

49. Bf4+ – White decided to take a draw with perpetual check as Bxd4 Nc6 brings nothing. A good, instructive game where both Topalov (28. g4-29. b4 and 37. f4) and Bu (38…e4) missed some better lines.

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11:35 CET

42. Bf4 – Has to prevent Ne5.

42…a6 – Immediate 42…d3!? was also interesting, if White takes there is Rxf4.

45. Ba2 – There are a number of possible retreats, but Topalov wants to keep an eye on e6 and f7.

11:15 CET

41. b4 – Topalov is fighting to access the 7th rank via e7.

11:10 CET

38…exf4 – 38…e4! was critical test for White since f4 came too late. 39. Rxf5 Bxf5 40. g4!? e4+ with Bc2 was slightly better for Black. Perhaps Bu was not in the mood to allow White to roll the kingside pawns, and decided to play the safer exf4 which leads to an equal ending. Black is a pawn ahead, but White has excellent pair of Bishops.

11:00 CET

37. h4?! – Tame… Bu immediately responded with 37…Ref8, and then 38. Kg2 Rxf3! 39. Bf4 Rxf4 40. gxf4 Rxf4 is a much better version of exchange sacrifice (compared to previous note).

10:55 CET

36…Rf5?! – Small slip on Bu’s side? 37. f4! now comes as very strong since 37…e4? 38. Rxf5 and Bf6+ fails, otherwise 37…Ref8 38. Bh6 Rff6 39. g4 which is still sharp but probably favorable for White.

10:50 CET

34…Kh8 – Topalov should now think about the e5-e4 advance. One way is to march the King to d1, the other is to allow e5-e4-e3 by playing Bb5 and Bf4.

10:30 CET

33…Bg6 – While looking frightening, 33…Bg4 was not really good as White can choose between 34. Bg2 and 34. f4!?, in both cases with slight advantage.

10:25 CET

32. Re1 – Topalov is starting to press against e5, next will be Rc5. 32…e4 33. fxe4 Bxe4+ is not that good as White has 34. Bf4.

10:15 CET

30…fxe5 – Black pawns look very powerful, but they can be a liability as well. Bu now threatens annoying 31…e4, therefore Topalov plays 31. Bd2 in order to have f-file cover with Bf4.

10:05 CET

29…d4 – Better than 29…fxe5 30. b4! and White grabs some initiative.

10:00 CET

28. Kf2 – Not as convincing as the plan with b4. A forced line will ensue as Black has nothing better than to push immediate e6-e5, otherwise White can switch back to b4.

9:40 CET

27. Bf1! – Black can prevent Bh3 by playing 27…Bf5, but then a fine subtlety behind Bf1 comes to the surface, 28. g4! Bg6 29. b4! (the main difference between immediate 27. b4 being that Bf1 covers the 1st rank!), then 29…e5 30. dxe5 d4 31. Bxd4! Nxd4 32. Rxd4! (this was not possible before because Rxc1 would come with check).

9:30 CET

26…Rfd8 – preparing e6-e5. White can prevent it in several ways: 27. f4 is not the best as it surrenders e4 to Black. 27. b4!? is still possible but it doesn’t seem convincing. 27. Bb5!? looks good, but it gets on the way of the b-pawn, which White wants to push forward. The best appears to be the neat 27. Bf1!? which threatens annoying Bh3.

9:20 CET

25. f3 – 25. Rfe1!? was also interesting, with the idea of creating some pressure over the e-file. Topalov has different plan, he wants to place the Roon on d1. Then, Black won’t be able to easily double his own Rooks as Bc3-b4!? with ideas Bd6 or Bc5 can be annoying.

9:15 CET

22. Rac1 – Topalov has to put this Rook on c1, because the other one should be on f1 in case of Black taking on e3.

22…f6!? – 22…Qxe3 23. fxe3 Be4! looked completely equal. The game move invites some dynamism into play as the blocked central pawn mass will be transformed.

9:00 CET

20…Qh4 – A very sensible solution. Black Queen keeps an eye on d4 pawn and disrupts White’s kingside coordination.

21. g3 – Topalov immediately demonstrates that he doesn’t like the Black Queen on h4. If 21. f4 Be4! (not 21…f5?! as White gets some initiative after 22. b4 and next b5), Black is perfectly fine.

8:50 CET

17…Nb8 – Knight has nothing left to do on d7 and Black has plenty of time to relocate it to c6.

18. Qe3!? – This appears to be a novelty! Magnus Carlsen and Topalov himself played 18. Qxd8 Rxd8, both against Bu Xiangzhi.

8:45 CET

15. Ng5!? – Clearly the most popular with aggressive players like Carlsen, Topalov and Gelfand, but the “calm” 15. Ne1 can also induce huge complications, like in Eljanov-Harikrishna, Montreal 2007. Older guard used 15. Bd2 as the main continuation.

16…Bg6 – 16…Qxg5 17. Bxg5 Nb8 would most likely be a transposition as White has nothing better than to continue with Bg5-d2-c3.

8:40 CET

14…Be7 – Now that Nc3 is gone, Black retreats the Bishop to cover a very important g5 square. Vladimir Kramnik likes 14…Re8!? better, and he played it against both Topalov and Anand in the World Championship matches.

8:30 CET

12. e5 – 12. Bf4 appeals as more flexible, as Black then has to play 12…Re8 to renew the threat of e6-e5. But in this case, Black can later take exd5 after the exchange on of the Knights on d5, and Re8 is already on the semi-open file. Topalov played immediate 12. e5 against Kramnik in their World Championship match, and here he does it again.

8:20 CET

9…Nbd7 – Bu experimented with 9…Ne4!? against Topalov in their earlier encounter at the Mtel Masters, but White won that game pretty convincingly.

10…Bg6 – Another possibility is 10… Bg4!?, but then 11. Rd1 Qe7 12. h3 Bxf3 13. Qxf3 e5 14. d5!? and Black didn’t score well in this variation.

11…Bh5!? – A very annoying move, with the idea of pushing e6-e5. White has to prevent it…

8:10 CET

4…dxc4 – A very solid and therefore popular variation of the Slav defence.

6. e3 – 6. Ne5 was very attractive some years back and Vladimir Kramnik used it to achieve excellent results. Kasparov and Topalov himself also played it, but nowadays Black have found good antidotes, and White have directed the attention back to the good-old 6.e3

7…Bb4 – A very convenient pin now that White has weakened b4 square. The Nc3 is needed to control d5 and e4, and Black wants to keep the contact with his Bishop in order to make an exchange when necessary.

7:25 CET

The information that we brought on Tuesday is now official – Michael Adams confirmed that he is withdrawing from the FIDE Grand Prix.

7:10 CET

Good morning everyone, welcome to the Chessdom LIVE coverage of the Pearl Spring tournament. Bu Xiangzhi was the only winner in the yesterday’s first round, to the delight of the local chess fans. He is clearly determinated to prove that 2008 Mtel Masters catastrophe was an isolated incident. That tournament featured the same 6-player double round robin system. Veselin Topalov started with a lazy draw against Levon Aronian, most likely the consequence of the long travel. We should see him playing more aggressive today. The third game of the first round, Vassily Ivanchuk – Peter Svidler, also finished in a draw, but Svidler missed a winning blow when he accepted perpetual check.

Aronian – Topalov LIVE!

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The round 1 game between Aronian and Topalov begins at 8:00am CET. The commentary has begun, scroll down below the board for details.

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10:20 CET

40. Kd4 – Finally a draw, as expected. Not a very fighting game, but the players are probably still suffering from jet lag (Topalov flew on Tuesday). We can surely expect much more in the following rounds. Thank you everyone for following Chessdom live coverage, see you again tomorrow at 7:30 CET. Have a nice day!

10:15 CET

39. g4 – The players are now blitzing in a drawish endgame with unlike Bishops. We are not sure if there are any anti-draw restrictions, but this game should be over soon.

10:00 CET

27. Qc1 – It looks like Aronian wants to clean the board.

28…Kf8 – It would be difficult to anticipate that either player can really win this, but Magnus Carlsen’s games teach us that almost anything is possible!

9:55 CET

26…Nd7 – The Knight might be heading to c4 or maybe even a4.

9:45 CET

24. Rd1 – After the relatively forced sequence, we have a completely equal position. Black holds some space on the queenside, but it doesn’t count for much.

24…g5!? – A common motif is to push the pawn to g4 and reduce the mobility of White’s pawn mass.

9:40 CET

20…a6 – This is neat. White can’t take on b7 because after Rb8 and Nxb2, Rd1 is attacked and Bd2 needs protection. Therefore, Topalov simply prepares to expand on the queenside with b7-b5…

9:30 CET

19. Bd2 – This is now inviting direct 19…Nd3 or maybe even better 19…Ng4!? with idea Ne5 and then Nd3.

19…Nd3 – Topalov immediately replies with Nd3. Now on 20. Be1 he can take the Bishop or play 20…Ne5!?

20. Qb3 – Aronian also moves instantly…Black can ignore b7 and counterattack f2 with Ng4!? or even 20…Qb6 might come into consideration because then b2 would be asking protection.

9:00 CET

16…Be7 – The Bishop clears the way for the Knight to reach c5. It is not only taking a tempo on the Qb3, but it also conveniently controls important squares d3 and e4.

17. Bg2 – Nine moves later, the Bishop finally justifies g2-g3 in its most practical feature – a fianchetto.

17…Nc5 – It is not easy to decide where to put the Queen (b5, c4, d1), as Black will always quickly challenge the d-file with Rfd8 and then try to exploit the weak d3 square by directing his Knights towards it.

8:45 CET

15. Qb3 – Aronian wants to keep the Bishop on c4 for the time of being, but after 15…Qc7 or 15…Qb6!? he will likely have to retreat to e2 or f1 anyway.

16. Bf1 – 16. Bd2 was also possible as Black still does not have discovered attacks, but in general it is best to step away on time.

8:30 CET

14…Rc8 – Topalov is following Gelfand’s footsteps. Alisa Gallamova played 14…Qe7 in one of her games, which seems natural, as Black is connecting the Rooks.

8:20 CET

11. Qc2 – was curiously seen in both games between Gelfand and Kramnik at last year’s Melodi Amber. Kramnik won the mini-match by 1.5-0.5. The alternative was 11. b3.

8:15 CET

It is interesting to note that Boris Gelfand and Wang Yue have tested this position with both colors. Wang Yue beat Topalov’s second Ivan Cheparinov with White in Taiyuan 2007.

8:10 CET

4…Bf5 – Considered to be a safer option, instead, 4…e6 would be Meran defence which contains much sharper lines.

8. g3 – Usually a good idea if White delays capturing on g6. This way Nh4 is defended in case of Black’s Nf6-e4, but also after the later Nxg6 hxg6, which opens the h-file, the h2 pawn will not be under attack.

8:05 CET

Topalov decides to play Slav defence, a favorite opening of his opponent. Perhaps this has some psychological background, or Topalov is simply mixing around as he already played Slav before, also against Aronian in a rapid game.

7:40 CET

In 2008, Levon Aronian and Veselin Topalov have met relatively often over the chess board – 7 games with classical time control. In Morelia-Linares they have exchanged wins with White pieces, while Aronian won one game at each Corus and Bilbao Masters. Topalov won both games on his homeground, at Mtel Masters.

7:30 CET

Good morning everyone, welcome to the Chessdom LIVE coverage of the Pearl Spring tournament. As earlier speculations about Pearl Spring joining the Grand Slam Association are becoming more and more valid, we have just learned that San Luis, Argentina is set to host a Grand Slam event in 2009.

World School Chess Championship Singapore

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The Singapore Chess Federation is hosting the 4th World School Chess Championships organized in Singapore from 22nd July (Arrival) to 31st July (Departure) 2008.
The Playing Venue is Teck Ghee Community Club, 861 Ang Mo Kio Avenue 10, Singapore 569734. Board and Lodging will be provided at Hotel Royal (4-star), Newton Road (20 minutes by train) and Hangout Hotel (30 minutes by train).

World School Chess Championship prizes

Medals and Prizes will be awarded to the top three in each category. In each category, 3 team prizes will be awarded based on the total score of the top three players of a country. Countries with less than two players will not be eligible for a team award. The winner in each open age category is the FIDE World School Champion for 2008 and the first girl in each girl age category is the FIDE World Girl School Champion for 2008. According to the regulations they are awarded with the FIDE Candidate (Woman) Master title.

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Cappelle la Grande round 6

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Three rounds before the end of Cappelle la Grande 2008 things on top of the table are becoming more clear. A clear 1/2 point ahead is GM Konstantin Chernyshov with 5,5/6. He won his round 6 game against GM Murtas Kazhgaleyev and with only one draw from six games is top of the table. He is followed by 5 players with 5,0/6 – the top seeded GM Gashimov, as well as GM Kryvoruchko, GM Arutinian, GM Timoshenko, and IM Deviatkin. There are 30 players with 4,5/6, among which Tigran Petrosian, Boris Gulko, Nikita Vitiugov, Vasilios Kotronias, etc.

Tomorrow at board 1 the leader GM Chernyshov will face the top seeded GM Gashimov. Games start at 14:00 CET and can be foolowed live on the official site

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Four Nations Chess Challenge

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Four Nations Chess Challenge continues in Norway. Yesterday, England won against Latvia 5½ – 4½. Here are the replayable games from round 2. Expect later today big pictorial report from the final round, as well as results, standings, games, and pgn.

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Four Nations Chess Challenge

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Four Nations Chess Challenge continues in Norway. Yesterday, in the Scandinavian derby Sweden managed to defeat Norway 6½ – 3½. Here are the replayable games from round 2. Expect later today big pictorial report from the final round, as well as results, standings, games, and pgn.

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The games of Anna Rudolf from Vandoeuvre Open

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Here is a collection of all the games of WIM Anna Rudolf from the Vandoeuvre Open. It is obvious that runing whatever engine the match of moves is very low. As GM Bauer said, after Anna has reached 4,0/4 score there has already been lot’s of checking of her games. Even for an untitled player it is obvious that the moves match is low. Why was then the madness continuing? Why did it escalate in the last round?

Iordachescu – Stojanovic

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Mihajlo Stojanovic is one of the contributors of Today he had a tough game against Iordachesku. The final position was with possible advantage for Iordachescu, but the players have agreed on a draw. Here is the brief analysis by Goran Urosevic.

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Viorel Iordachescu – Mihajlo Stojanovic

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