Houdini 1.5 crushes Rybka 4 with black twice

Houdini victorious at the start of TCEC Elite division final


The Chessdom / Chessbomb live games platform servers are extreamly loaded due to the record levels of visitors this month. However, that will not stop us from continuing to transmit the most important of Tata Steel and Gibraltar.

What’s more, the TCEC Elite division final match was added to the broadcast yesterday. It is the final match between the winner of 1st division Houdini 1.5 and the runner up Rybka 4. At their 1st division matches Houdini 1.5 was very convincing with black destroying the world champion in an interesting game, while Rybka managed to hold draw on it’s own turn with black. Scroll down to replay the games with computer analysis.

The story in the final match repeats. The first game of the Elite division Rybka lost with white. Despite managing to hold with black, it was crushed again in game 3 by Houdini 1.5.

The current score of the match is Houdini 2,5 – Rybka 0,5. The games are continuously played, follow them here with live broadcast. A total of 40 games will be played. In the case of a drawn match, 8 rapid games with a time control of 25+10 are played. If still tied, then 8 blitz games with a time control of 4+2 are played. If the participants are still tied they play another 4 blitz games until a clear winner emerges. The winner of this match becomes the “TCEC Computer Champion”.

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Tradewise Gibraltar Chess Festival 2011

Round two insights by Stewart Reuben

Yesterday unquestionably the game of the round in a competitive sense had to be that between the young Italian/American Fabiano Caruana and the veteran superstar Viktor Korchnoi. Viktor was puzzled as to why he was on board three against the 18-year-old, but surely he has played in many Accelerated Pairing Swisses that I have run, dating back as far as 1980.

John Saunders suggested it was actually 1880, but I pointed out I wasn’t actually involved in international chess organisation then. By the time we spoke over dinner, Viktor was in good humour as you would expect. He told me his previous score was 0-4 with no draws against the boy. In what other sport is an encounter at all likely between two players 60 years apart in age? Well, perhaps bridge, but in that game it is difficult to find a player under 30.

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Fabiano Caruana and Viktor Korchnoi

The other game I found time to kibitz was that between Pia Cramling and Nigel Short. The advantage of looking at Nigel’s games is that he is perfectly prepared to come and analyse his games in the commentary room afterwards. He explained that he got totally confused at the point where he played 10…Bxg3 followed by 11…Bxf3. This enabled Pia to respond 12 gxf3 giving her the better game. Had he first played 10…Bxf3, then no doubt she would have played 11 Bxf3. Why did he get confused? Because he needed a caffeine injection at that point. You don’t usually get this type of insight into the reasons for people’s moves. 23 b5 would have been far more active for White and she would probably have then stood somewhat better.

Meanwhile yesterday the electronic board system had something of a nervous breakdown, presumably because there were so many interesting encounters. Thus we were not able to access the top five boards directly. But no problem, Thomas Rendle in England enabled us to access the games for the commentary room using the Monroi website where players had keyed in the moves by hand.

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Pia Cramling and Nigel Short

The event this year has a slightly different format from the previous editions. It started with a tandem simul on Sunday by the Russian Kosintseva sisters. Then the Challengers A and Amateur A started Monday morning. Monday evening saw the traditional opening ceremony including the drawing of lots for the top pairings and the equally traditional Caleta Hotel hospitality.

Tuesday afternoon the Masters got underway. This evening Vassily Ivanchuk gave a master class to a packed house, probably spread over all the continents. He went through his win today and also another from 1984, purely from memory (including several of the most attractive sub-variations). This was greeted by rapturous applause – with good reason. Again, in what other sport would this happen after quite a gruelling game?

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Stuart Conquest and Vassily Ivanchuk

People often ask how many people are playing and so on. This is currently impossible to answer correctly as more people are playing in Challengers B and Amateur B. Also it is not unknown for people to turn up late. Currently we have 231 players in the Masters, the biggest ever turn-out; 55 in Challengers A; and 30 in Amateur A. There are 53 grandmasters competing, three of whom are rated over the elite level of 2700; 15 are rated between 2600-2699; 31 between 2500-2599. There are 50 different federations in the congress, counting players from Gibraltar separately. There is no doubt this is the biggest and strongest of the series. To think, in 2003 there were just 66 entries.

Round three is in progress, follow the games live with computer analysis

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Official website: www.gibraltarchesscongress.com

Martyn Kravtsiv is Chennai Open 2011 Champion

17-26th January at the Jawaharlal Nehru Multipurpose indoor stadium, in Chennai, India

20-year-old Ukraine Grandmaster Kravtsiv Martyn emerged the champion of India Cements Ltd 3rd Chennai Open International Grandmaster Chess tournament with a hard fought final round victory over Israel Grandmaster Alon Greenfeld at SDAT Multipurpose Indoor Stadium, Chennai.

Grandmaster Kravtsiv Martyn secured 9.5 points from eleven rounds, and was followed by Tamir Nabaty, Ni Hua, Alexander Areshchenko and Baskaran Adhiban. Martyn took home the winner’s prize of Rs. 200000 (Rupees two lakhs only), while the shared second place quartet were awarded Rs.93500 (Rupees ninty three thousand five hundred only) each.

Earlier, the fight for the top prizes went off in a quiet manner, as the top board game between Tamir Nabaty and top seed Alexander Areshchenko ended in an early draw. With the peace being signed in the top board, the young and energetic Ukraine Grandmaster Kravtsiv Martyn took up the challenge in the right earnest and brought down the Israeli Grandmaster Alon Greenfeld. The Sicilian game lasted 60 moves and was one of the last to conclude in the event. Martyn emerged a clear winner, ahead of his countryman and top seed Alexander Areshchenko.

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GM Kravtsiv Martyn (Ukraine) receiving the Chennai Open 2011 trophy from Chief Guest Mr.V M Mohan, Joint President, Corporate Finance, India Cements Ltd. (L to R) Shri R M Dongre, President, Asian Zone 3.7, Shri K Muralimohan, Hon Secy, Tamil Nadu State Chess Association, Shri Bharat Singh Chauhan, President, Commonwealth Chess Association, Shri S Ganesan, Chairman, Organising Committee, Shri J C D Prabhakaran, Vice President, Tamil Nadu State Chess Association, India’s first International Arbiter V Kameswaran, International Master & Government observer for chess Shri Manuel Aaron, Shri D V Sundar, Hon Secy, All India Chess Federation.

In addition to Grandmaster Baskaran Adhiban who logged in 9.0 points taking the shared second spot, International Masters Sahaj Grover and Saptarshi Roy Chowdhury finished in top ten taking the shared 6-9 places scoring 8.5 points, giving India three spots in the top ten placings.

A total of eight International Norms were achieved in this tournament, with one Grandmaster Norm, six International Master Norms and lone Woman International Master Norm completing the tally. This annual feature has put Chennai securely on the world chess map, thanks to its growing popularity every year.

The cash prizes for the top 35 spots along with age category prizes were distributed by Mr. Shri V M Mohan, Joint President, Corporate Finance, India Cements Ltd, in the presence of Shri S Ganesan, Chairman, Organising Committee, Shri D V Sundar, Hon Secy, All India Chess Federation, International Master & Government observer for chess Shri Manuel Aaron, Shri J C D Prabhakaran, Vice President, Tamil Nadu State Chess Association, Shri Bharat Singh Chauhan, President, Commonwealth Chess Association, Shri R M Dongre, President, Asian Zone 3.7 and India’s first International Arbiter V Kameswaran.

Shri K Muralimohan, Hon Secy, Tamil Nadu State Chess Association proposed the vote of thanks. News and photos by R R Vasudevan.

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13-year-old IM Norm holder Mohammad Nubairshah Shaikh receiving award from from Chief Guest Mr.V M Mohan

GM Kravtsiv Martyn (2566) – GM Alon Greenfeld (2557)

1.e4 c5 2.Nf3 d6 3.d4 cxd4 4.Nxd4 Nf6 5.Nc3 Nc6 6.Bg5 e6 7.Qd2 Qb6
8.Bxf6 gxf6 9.Nb3 Bd7 10.O-O-O O-O-O 11.f4 h5 12.Kb1 Kb8 13.Be2 Qf2
14.Rhg1 Be7 15.Rdf1 Qb6 16.h4 Na5 17.Qd1 Rc8 18.Qd4 Qxd4 19.Nxd4 Nc4
20.Rd1 a6 21.Bf3 Bd8 22.Rd3 b5 23.Nce2 Bb6 24.Rh1 f5 25.Ng3 Rcg8
26.Nde2 Bf2 27.Rh3 Bc6 28.exf5 Bxf3 29.gxf3 d5 30.a3 Kb7 31.fxe6 fxe6
32.f5 exf5 33.Nxf5 Rf8 34.Ne7 Re8 35.Ng6 Rhg8 36.Ngf4 d4 37.Rh2 Be3
38.Nxh5 Rh8 39.Ng7 Reg8 40.Nf5 Ne5 41.Rd1 Nxf3 42.Rh3 Nd2 43.Ka2 Ne4
44.Rf3 Nd2 45.Rh3 Ne4 46.Rf1 Nd2 47.Rfh1 Rg4 48.h5 Nc4 49.b3 Nb6
50.Nxe3 dxe3 51.Rxe3 Rh6 52.Re7 Kc6 53.Ra7 Rg2 54.Nd4 Kc5 55.Nf5 Rc6
56.b4 Kd5 57.Ne3 Kd4 58.Nxg2 Rxc2 59.Kb1 Rxg2 60.h6 1-0

GM Sundararajan Kidambi (2449) – GM Ni Hua (2645)

1.d4 d5 2.c4 c6 3.Nc3 Nf6 4.e3 a6 5.Nf3 b5 6.c5 g6 7.Ne5 Bg7 8.Be2 a5
9.a3 Qc7 10.O-O O-O 11.f4 Ne4 12.Nxe4 dxe4 13.a4 b4 14.Qc2 f5 15.Bd2
Bxe5 16.Bc4 e6 17.fxe5 Qe7 18.Be1 Na6 19.g4 Kh8 20.Bg3 Nc7 21.gxf5
exf5 22.e6 Nxe6 23.Be5 Ng7 24.Qg2 Be6 25.Bd6 Qf7 26.Bxe6 Nxe6 27.Bxf8
Rxf8 28.Qg3 Nc7 29.Rae1 Nd5 30.Qd6 Qf6 31.Qxf6 Rxf6 32.h4 b3 33.Kf2
Rf8 34.Ke2 Kg7 35.Rg1 Rb8 36.h5 Rb4 37.hxg6 hxg6 38.Ra1 Kf6 39.Rh1 f4
40.exf4 Rxd4 41.Rhd1 Rb4 42.Rac1 Nxf4 43.Ke3 Ke5 44.Rd6 Nd5 45.Ke2
Rxa4 46.Rxc6 Ra2 47.Rxg6 Nf4 48.Ke3 Nxg6 49.c6 Ne7 0-1

Final Placings (Indians unless stated):

1. Kravtsiv Martyn (Ukraine) – 9.5 pts,

2-5, Tamir Nabaty (Israel), Ni Hua (China), Alexander Areshchenko (Ukraine), Baskaran Adhiban – 9.0 pts,

6-9. Alon Greenfeld (Israel), Sahaj Grover, Henrik Danielsen (Iceland), Saptarshi Roy Chowdhury – 8.5 pts,

10-17. Yuriy Kuzubov (Ukraine), Zeng Chongsheng (China), Sundararajan Kidambi, Niaz Murshed, J Deepan Chakkravarthy, P Shyam Nikil, Yang Kaiqi (China), R A Pradeep Kumar – 8.0 pts,

18-20. Yaroslav Zherebukh (Ukraine), Ashwin Jayaram, Oleksienko Mikhailo – 7.5 pts

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WIM Norm achiever Michelle Catherina receiving award

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3rd & final IM Norm achiever B S Shivananda receiving award

Tradewise Gibraltar Chess Festival sees surprises at the start

Most top seeded players off to a good start

Gibraltar color draw

One of the top international open chess events, Gibraltar Festival 2011, is already underway. The opening ceremony (photos and report here) concluded with a draw of colors by the top seeded Vassily Ivanchuk and (Miss Gibraltar Larissa Dalli which determined the first board to start with black.

Follow the live games with analysis

This year there are 52 Grandmasters playing in the Open Masters with 298 players from 46 countries. The top five seeds in the men’s are: Vassily Ivanchuk (Ukraine), Michael Adams (England), Fabiano Caruana (Italy), Paco Vallejo (Spain) and Victor Bologan (Moldova). In the women they are: Tatiana Kosintseva (Russia), Nadezhda Kosintseva (Russia), Nana Dzagnidze (Georgia), Antoaneta Stefanova (Bulgaria), Viktorija Cmilyte (Lithuania).

With such a large field present, surprises in the first rounds are always to be expected. The first 9 tables won their games convincingly and the first major shakeup came by IM Justin Sarkar (USA), who held to a draw the Indian top Grandmaster Pentala Harikrishna.

Norwegian players FM Nicolai Getz and FM Espen Forsaa were also successful at the start of the campaign – FM Getz drew with one of the top Israel players GM Mikhalevski, while FM Forsaa won against GM Damian Lemos.

Other surprising results included:

IM Eesha Karavade (IND) – GM Gawain Jones (ENG) 1/2-1/2

FM Toms Kantans (LAT) – GM Ikonnikov (RUS) 1/2 – 1/2

IM Leon Piasetski (CAN) – GM Jean-Pierre Le Roux (FRA) 1-0

FM Tom Weber (LUX) – GM Alexandr Fier (BRA) 1-0

WGM Calzetta Ruiz Monica (ESP) – Ray Robson (USA) 1-0

GM Meelis Kanep (EST) – FM Konstantinos Nikolaidis (GRE) 1/2-1/2

GM Alexis Cabrera (ESP) – FM Joao Avalos Parra (CHI) 0-1

Jaunooby Ali R (ENG) – IM Irina Krush (USA) 1/2-1/2

Round 2 is today at 15:00 CET, follow the games live here

Round 2 top table pairings

1 GM Ivanchuk Vassily - GM Lafuente Pablo

2 GM Dzagnidze Nana - GM Adams Michael

3 GM Caruana Fabiano - GM Korchnoi Viktor

4 GM Stefanova Antoaneta - GM Vallejo Pons Francisco

5 GM Bologan Viktor - GM Sengupta Deep

6 GM Rapport Richard - GM Onischuk Alexander

7 GM Nisipeanu Liviu-Dieter - GM Hoffmann Michael

8 GM Cmilyte Viktorija - GM Georgiev Kiril

9 GM Cramling Pia - GM Short Nigel D

Round 1 all results

1 IM Mullon Jean-Baptiste 0 – 1 GM Ivanchuk Vassily

2 GM Adams Michael 1 – 0 IM Monroy Charles

3 IM Nezad Husein Aziz 0 – 1 GM Caruana Fabiano

4 GM Vallejo Pons Francisco 1 – 0 IM Melia Salome

5 IM Vernay Clovis 0 – 1 GM Bologan Viktor

6 GM Onischuk Alexander 1 – 0 IM Gaponenko Inna

7 IM Fernandez Romero Ernesto 0 – 1 GM Nisipeanu Liviu-Dieter

8 GM Georgiev Kiril 1 – 0 GM Zhukova Natalia

9 IM Sarkar Justin ½ – ½ GM Harikrishna Pentala

10 GM Short Nigel D 1 – 0 IM Slavin Alexei

11 FM Stokke Kjetil 0 – 1 GM Fridman Daniel

12 GM Roiz Michael 1 – 0 IM Boskovic Drasko

13 FM Andersen Mads 0 – 1 GM Sandipan Chanda

14 GM Edouard Romain 1 – 0 IM Wohl Aleksandar H

15 GM Bellon Lopez Juan Manuel ½ – ½ GM Iordachescu Viorel

16 GM Berg Emanuel 1 – 0 IM Thomassen Joachim

17 IM Karim Ismael 0 – 1 GM Akobian Varuzhan

18 GM Kotronias Vasilios 1 – 0 IM Bellin Robert

19 IM Cummings David H 0 – 1 GM Gopal Geetha Narayanan

20 GM Erdos Viktor 1 – 0 FM Jones Richard S

21 IM Karavade Eesha ½ – ½ GM Jones Gawain C B

22 GM Felgaer Ruben 1 – 0 IM Peek Marcel

23 FM Kantans Toms ½ – ½ GM Ikonnikov Vyacheslav

24 GM Andersson Ulf 1 – 0 FM Zaremba Andrie

25 FM Getz Nicolai ½ – ½ GM Mikhalevski Victor

26 GM Kulaots Kaido 1 – 0 IM Kolbus Dietmar

27 FM Dittmar Peter 0 – 1 GM Buhmann Rainer

28 GM Fier Alexandr 0 – 1 FM Weber Tom

29 IM Estrada Nieto Julian 0 – 1 GM Kosintseva Tatiana

30 GM Lafuente Pablo 1 – 0 FM Bergstrom Rolf

31 FM Forsaa Espen 1 – 0 GM Lemos Damian

32 IM Kosintseva Nadezhda 1 – 0 Wahlbom Magnus

33 IM Piasetski Leon 1 – 0 GM Le Roux Jean-Pierre

34 GM Dzagnidze Nana 1 – 0 Nuri Kambez

35 Tate Alan 0 – 1 GM Stefanova Antoaneta

36 GM Korchnoi Viktor 1 – 0 Stebbings Anthony J

37 WGM Calzetta Ruiz Monica 1 – 0 GM Robson Ray

38 GM Kanep Meelis ½ – ½ FM Nikolaidis Konstantinos

39 FM Garcia Jimenez Francisco Javie 0 – 1 GM Rapport Richard

40 GM Sengupta Deep 1 – 0 Malmdin Nils-Ake

41 Sipila Vilka 0 – 1 GM Cmilyte Viktorija

42 GM Speelman Jon S ½ – ½ Montero Melendez Rafael

43 FM Sanchez Louis ½ – ½ IM Harika Dronavalli

44 GM Cabrera Alexis 0 – 1 FM Avalos Parra Joao

45 Chapman Terry P D 0 – 1 GM Cramling Pia

46 GM Hoffmann Michael 1 – 0 Daurelle Herve

47 Henriksson Johan 0 – 1 GM Gallagher Joseph G

48 GM El Debs Felipe De Cresce 1 – 0 Meskovs Nikita

49 FM Andreasen Per 0 – 1 GM Zhu Chen

50 IM Zatonskih Anna 1 – 0 Spence David J

51 Zygouris Hristos 0 – 1 GM Al-Sayed Mohammed

52 GM Soffer Ram 1 – 0 FM Vogel Jaap

53 Jaunooby Ali R ½ – ½ IM Krush Irina

54 IM Das Arghyadip 1 – 0 Byron Alan M

55 Valgmae Toomas ½ – ½ WGM Pogonina Natalija

56 CM Urbina Perez Juan Antonio 1 – 0 Flores Chico Jorge

57 Shepherd Michael 0 – 1 FM Dougherty Michael

58 Aerni Andi 1 – 0 Cebada Benitez Fernando

59 Khachatourian Yerazik 0 – 1 FM Lacrosse Marc

60 Tscharotschkin Michael 1 – 0 Phillips Owen S

61 Sigamoney Cyril S ½ – ½ Arnott Jonathan W

62 Lochte Thomas 1 – 0 Costello Colin A

63 Lundback Karl 0 – 1 Seyfried Claus

64 Groffen Hans 1 – 0 De Lillo Michele

65 Christiansen Johan-Sebastian 0 – 1 Daoudi Kamal

66 Vaarala Eric 1 – 0 Valhondo Morales Ruben

67 Hauge Lars Oskar 0 – 1 Kandic Milan

68 CM Osuna Vega Enrique 1 – 0 Garcia de Lomas Guerrero Carlo

69 Bihi Mehdi 0 – 1 Tozer Philip A A

70 Daumen Michael 1 – 0 Henrichsen Jens

71 Brown David ½ – ½ Lipecki Alexander

72 FM Hvenekilde Jorgen 1 – 0 Helin Mikael

73 Georgieva Emilia 0 – 1 Vinas Guerrero Carlos A

74 WIM Steil-Antoni Fiona 1 – 0 Leimeister Winfried

75 Messam-Sparks Lateefah ½ – ½ Carlsten Peter

76 Collier David O 1 – 0 Moreno Cervera Jose Luis

77 Boesch Heinz 0 – 1 Dasaolu Adeoye

78 Havik Victor 1 – 0 Kuehnast Volker

79 Wright Jonathan 0 – 1 Wheldon Philip

80 Tari Aryan ½ – ½ Birkestrand Odd

81 Perez Reisler Jose 1 – 0 Suez-Panama Gilles

82 Navarrete Espi Samuel 1 – 0 Jorgensen Line Jin

83 Martinez Gonzalez Francisco Ii ½ – ½ Sreeves Clement

84 Freuler Roman 1 – 0 Winkler Stefan

85 Zaky Tamir ½ – ½ Bous Florian

86 WFM Itkis Hana ½ – ½ Gillespie Gary

87 WFM Reid Vaness 0 – 1 Schweizer Manfred

88 Montabord Manuel 1 – 0 Matto Manuel

89 Salomon Johan 0 – 1 Mckenna Jason P

90 Fairbairn Stephen 1 – 0 Lee Kai Jie Edward

91 Gonzalez Amaya Millan 0 – 1 Henderikse Bert

92 Scholzen Wolfgang 1 – 0 Hegvik Leif Trygve

93 Bishop Peter 0 – 1 Jameson David

94 Compton Alistair 1 – 0 Gholami Armin

95 Rough Robert E 0 – 1 Hamer Martyn

96 WFM Wilson Alexandra 1 – 0 Forsa Elise

97 Neumanova Monika 0 – 1 Becker Thomas

98 Becking Franz Josef 1 – 0 Kuenitz Klaus

99 Stene Vegard ½ – ½ Memarian Milad

100 Haga Halvor 1 – 0 Veiga Rodriguez Pablo

101 Berggren Klas 1 – 0 Zanetti Bruno

102 Lochte Szilvia 1 – 0 Kelly Paul

103 Fogg Martin ½ – ½ Obiamiwe Paul

104 Fomani Mehdi ½ – ½ Grainger Benjamin

105 Whatley Stephen 0 – 1 Spanton Tim R

106 Bauder Herbert ½ – ½ Eman Lennart

107 Ungureanu Sandu 0 – 1 Knudsen Jes West

108 IM Bellaiche Anthony 1 – 0 Tabatt Hendrik

109 Oberhofer Andre 0 – 1 IM Battaglini Gabriel

110 FM Jaime Montalvan Luis Felipe 0 – 1 Marder Simon

111 FM Illner Achim Dr 1 – 0 Sommerhalder Eric

112 Szuper Paul 0 – 1 FM Lasinskas Povilas

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Houdini 1.5 leads TCEC computer super tournament

Rybka is clear second, Stockfish third


Houdini 1.5 continues leading TCEC computer super tournament. After 10 rounds Houdini is clear first, with 5 wins, 5 draws, and no single loss.

Second position is for Rybka, that had a bumpy start, but is slowly recovering. Round 7 victory over Critter, Round 8 victory against Ivanhoe, and a valuable draw against Stockfish gives chances to the World Champion for more in this event.

Stockfish, that is currently commenting the 2011 Tata Steel championship, is third, after victories against Hiarcs and Naum.

The winner of TCEC computer super tournament and the second placed engine will face in a long Elite match to decide the winner of this season.

Stay tuned with the live games coverage for all details of TCEC.


Houdini 20 pts.

Rybka 4 16 pts.

Stockfish 2.0.1 14 pts.

Critter 12 pts.

Naum 11 pts.

Ivanhoe B47cB 11 pts.

Hiarcs 9 pts.

Shredder 7 pts.

Round 10

Critter 0.9 - Stockfish 2.0.1 1-0

Houdini 1.5 - Hiarcs 13.2 1/2-1/2

Naum 4.2 - Rybka 4.0 1/2-1/2

Shredder 12.0 - Ivanhoe B47cB 0-1

Round 9

Critter 0.9 - Ivanhoe B47cB 1-0

Naum 4.2 - Hiarcs 13.2 1/2-1/2

Rybka 4.0 - Stockfish 2.0.1 1/2-1/2

Shredder 12.0 - Houdini 1.5 0-1

Round 8

Naum 4.2 - Houdini 1.5 1/2-1/2

Rybka 4.0 - Ivanhoe B47cB 1-0

Shredder 12.0 - Critter 0.9 1/2-1/2

Stockfish 2.0.1 - Hiarcs 13.2 1-0

Round 7

Critter 0.9 - Rybka 4.0 0-1

Houdini 1.5 - Stockfish 2.0.1 1/2-1/2

Ivanhoe B47cB - Hiarcs 13.2 1/2-1/2

Naum 4.2 - Shredder 12.0 1/2-1/2

Round 6

Critter 0.9 - Hiarcs 13.2 1/2-1/2

Houdini 1.5 - Ivanhoe B47cB 1/2-1/2

Naum 4.2 - Stockfish 2.0.1 0-1

Rybka 4.0 - Shredder 12.0 1-0

Round 5

Critter 0.9 - Houdini 1.5 1/2-1/2

Naum 4.2 - Ivanhoe B47cB 1-0

Rybka 4.0 - Hiarcs 13.2 1/2-1/2

Stockfish 2.0.1 - Shredder 12.0 1/2-1/2

Round 4

Hiarcs 13.2 - Shredder 12.0 1/2-1/2

Naum 4.2 - Critter 0.9 1-0

Rybka 4.0 - Houdini 1.5 0-1

Stockfish 2.0.1 - Ivanhoe B47cB 0-1

Round 3

Hiarcs 13.2 - Houdini 1.5 0-1

Ivanhoe B47cB - Shredder 12.0 1/2-1/2

Rybka 4.0 - Naum 4.2 1-0

Stockfish 2.0.1 - Critter 0.9 1/2-1/2

Round 2

Hiarcs 13.2 - Naum 4.2 1/2-1/2

Houdini 1.5 - Shredder 12.0 1-0

Ivanhoe B47cB - Critter 0.9 1/2-1/2

Stockfish 2.0.1 - Rybka 4.0 1-0

Round 1

Critter 0.9 - Shredder 12.0 1/2-1/2

Hiarcs 13.2 - Stockfish 2.0.1 1/2-1/2

Houdini 1.5 - Naum 4.2 1-0

Ivanhoe B47cB - Rybka 4.0 1/2-1/2

9th Parsvnath International Open Chess Tournament

Ukrainian Grandmaster Alexander Areshchenko clinches title in a tie-break

New Delhi (16 Jan 2011): Top seed Ukrainian Grandmaster Alexander Areshchenko ensured a thrilling end to the 9th Parsvnath International Open Chess Tournament by setting for a draw with fellow Ukrainian Grandmaster Yuriy Kuzubov in the eleventh and final round at Ludlow Castle Sports Complex here on Sunday.

Areshchenko tied for the top spot along with national champion Parimarjan Negi, Yuriy Kuzubov, Austrian Grandmaster Ragger Markus and highly regarded Chinese Grandmaster Ni Hua with 9 points each.

Better tie-break score helped Areshchenko to take the Winners trophy and pocketed a shared cash prize of 1.51 lakh rupees while Negi finished second and Kuzubov satisfied with third spot finish. Markus and Ni Hua finished fourth and fifth respectively.

GM Alexander Areshchenko

GM Alexander Areshchenko

In the final round encounters Negi overcame CRG Krishna while Markus defeated Grandmaster Hannes Stefansson of Iceland and Ni Hua beat former world junior champion Abhijeet Gupta to catch up with Areshchenko for the pole position.

Shri. V P Agarwal, Chairman Airport Authority of India; Shri Suneet Sachar, Vice President Parsvnath Developers; Shri Dhiraj Raghuvanshi, President Uttaranchal Chess Association give away the prizes in presence of Shri. Bharat Singh, President Delhi Chess Association.

Final Standings:

(1) GM Alexander Areshchenko of Ukraine with 9 points

(2) GM Parimarjan Negi of India with 9 points

(3) GM Yuriy Kuzubov of Ukraine with 9 points

(4) GM Markus Ragger of Austria with 9 points

(5) GM Ni Hua of China with 9 points

(6) GM Lenic Luka of Slovenia with 8.5 points

(7) GM Mikhailo Oleksienko of Ukriane with 8.5 points

(8) GM Henrik Danielsen of Iceland with 8.5 points

(9) GM Postny Evgeny of Israel with 8.5 points

(10) IM Nabaty Tamir of Israel with 8.5 points

Special Prizes:

Best Under-10 – FM Mitrabha Guha

Best Under-16 – IM Sahaj Grover

Best Junior – GM Yaroslav Zherebukh of Ukraine

Best Delhi Player – IM Vaibhav Suri

Best Delhi Women – Arunima Kalra

Best Women - WGM Nisha Mohota

Best Unrated – Nelson Roganda of Indonesia

Best Rating Between Elo 1200 to 1900 – Akshat Chandra

Best Rating Between Elo 1901 to 2099 – Surendran N

Best Rating Between Elo 2100 to 2250 – Niladri Shekhar Bhattacharya

Best Rating Between Elo 2251 to 2399 – IM Shyam Nikil

India Areshchenko trophy

GM Alexander Areshchenko receiving the trophy, certificate and cash prize from Shri. VP Agarwal

India Areshchenko Negi

GM Parimarjan Negi, Runner Up and GM Alexander Areshchenko, Winner

FIDE Trainers Seminar in Athens, Greece

48 participants set a new record for seminar attendance

A FIDE Trainers’ seminar was held in Athens (Greece), from 10th to 15th January 2011. The aim was to educate and certify Trainers and Chess-Teachers on an international basis. This FIDE Trainers’ Seminar for FIDE Trainer Titles Diploma was approved by FIDE and the FIDE Trainers’ Commission (TRG).

The seminar was co-organised and co-sponsored by FIDE, the FIDE Trainers’ Commission (TRG), the Greek Chess Federation, the Nea Ionia Municipality, the Union of Attica Chess Clubs (E.S.S.N.A.) and the Chess Club “Enosi Spartis Mikras Asias”.

In total 48 participants (a new record) attended the seminar, in which FST & GM Adrian Mikhalchishin (16 hours) and FST & GM Efstratios Grivas (16 hours) fulfilled the required 32 hours program, serving as Lecturers.

In this seminar, 6 FIDE Trainers, 15 FIDE Instructors, 15 National Instructors and 10 Developmental Instructors new titles were awarded (2 didn’t improved their previously awarded titles).

TRG Secretary

Efstratios Grivas




Tata Steel Pairings

Round one pairings are available

Wijk Aan Zee 2011, now known as Tata Steel, starts tomorrow. The pairings for all groups are now available.

Grandmaster Group A Pairings

Round 1 – Saturday the 15th

R. Ponomariov – A. Anand

E. l’Ami – A. Giri

J. Smeets – A. Shirov

M. Carlsen – L. Aronian

H. Nakamura – A. Grischuk

M. Vachier-Lagrave – W. Hao

I. Nepomniachtchi – V. Kramnik

Grandmaster Group B Pairings

Round 1 – Saturday the 15th

V. Tkachiev – L. Fressinet

F. Nijboer – L. Chao

L. McShane – W. Spoelman

R. Wojtaszek – D. Navara

L. Liem – W. So

G. Sargissian – S. Ganguly

J. Hammer – Z. Efimenko

Grandmaster Group C Pairings

Round 1 – Saturday the 15th

M. van der Werf – B. Bok

S. Siebrecht – R. Pruijssers

I. Ivanisevic – T. Sachdev

K. Lahno – M. Bluvshtein

D. Swiercz – J.W. de Jong

I. Nyzhnyk – M. Kazhgaleyev

R. van Kampen – D. Vocaturo

Naum 4.2 scores in R5 of TCEC, Rybka and Stockfish victorious in R6

Rybka jumps into third position


Naum 4.2 was the only engine to achieve victory in R5 of TCEC. It defeated Ivanhoe B47cB, after axploring a long term slight advantage to squeeze out the full point. In another exciting game of the day, Houdini 1.5 got a good position against Critter 0.9. The latter defended perfectly and got out of the difficult situation of rook immobility, turning around the game and even gunning for a victory itself. However, Houdini also defended well and preserved the status quo, the game ending in a draw.

Rybka 4 was again in difficult situation in R5, this time against Hiarcs 13.2. The World Champion used strong tactics to covert the game into a draw despite the positional problems. In the last game of the day Stockfish 2.0.1 could not achieve more than an opposite color bishops endgame and thus shared the point with Shredder 12.0.

Replay all games here

Round 6 started with a bang, as Rybka 4 destroyed Shredder 12.0. Rybka got advantage right from the start and quickly turned it into material and positional dominance on the board.

In probably the most interesting game of the round Stockfish 2.0.1 showed fantastic evaluation of the position on the board. Despite all machines having the same hardware, it looked to be always a step ahead of Naum. 35… Bf5 and 46… e4 gave the secure advantage and the full point to Stockfish 2.0.1, the engine that will be leading the commentary here for the upcoming Tata Steel (Corus) 2011

Critter 0.9 and Hiarcs 13.2 reached a theoretical draw as early as move 44, but they continued looking for options up until move 103 when a draw was signed.

Ivanhoe B47cB played a strong game against the star of the tournament Houdini 1.5. Problems for Houdini might have started as early as 12. Bd2. It proved to be a loss of tempo to moves like Rd1 or even b3. Ivanhoe B47cB put in full use the bishop pair, while Houdini was trying to find coordination for his pieces through the whole middlegame. There was light in the tunnel with a queenside break 26. b4, but Ivanhoe was again stable taking the center with 27. Bd4 and maintaining the advantage. Doubling the rooks on the open f file and fully using the advantage of the centralized bishop, little hope was left for Houdini. However, a dubious 36… Be8 instead of …Bc6 released some of the pressure, and Houdini immediatelly went for creating an opposite color bishops game. A nice attempt with 45. e6 hoping for … Bf6 was strongly met with …Rd2, creating the line opportunity 46. Bg2 Rff2 47. Rcd1 Rfe2 48. h4 Rxd1 49. Rxd1 Rxe6 50. Bf3 Rb6 51. Kg2 Rb2+ 52. Kh3 g5 53. hxg5+ Kxg5 54. Bd5 Rf2 55. Re1 Rf5 56. Bc4 Rf8 57. Rf1 Re8 58. Kg2 Ra8 59. Bd3 Ra3. Houdini risked even more with 45. e6 and 46. Rf1, trying to find a way to a draw, and the key to it was tablebases. More than 40 million hits were registered there before even reaching tablebases number of pieces. That reference secured Houdini 1/2 points and a saved day for the leader.

Houdini 1.5 is still full 5 points ahead in the general standings. The new version of Stockfish proved expectations so far and is having a regular +2 = 3 -1 performance for a clear second place. After the victory Rybka is in the top part, but also a loss away from the bottom of the table.

The TCEC tournament is a double round robin, thus more than half of the games are yet to be played. The ultimate goal for the engines is reaching the top two positions, as the number 1 and number 2 in this division will meet in the Elite match to determine the winner of the season.

Standings after Round 6

3 points for win, 1 for draw, 0 for loss

1 Houdini 1.5 14

2 Stockfish 2.0.1 9

3 Rybka 4 8

4 Ivanhoe B47cB 7

5 Naum 4.2 7

6 Critter 0.9 5

7 Hiarcs 13.2 5

8 Shredder 12.0 4

Official site of TCEC /
Houdini official site / TCEC round 3 report / TCEC round 4 report

Iran Women’s Chess Championship 2011

10-player round robin on 7-15th January in Tehran

The 2011 Iran Chess Championship for women (for the year 1389 according to Iranian calendar) is being played from 7th to 15th January in Tehran. Ten players compete in the round robin tournament where WFM Ghazal Hakimifard is defending the title earned at the 2010 Championship.

After five rounds have been played, Hakimifard and the 14-years-old WFM Sarasadat Khademalsharieh are sharing the first place with 4 points each. Khademalsharieh, the 2009 World Champion for the category U12, defeated WFM Hakimifard in the third round.

The other surprise was the 1st round defeat of WGM Atousa Pourkashiyan, winner of the Asian Women’s Chess Championship in 2010, against the low rated player Homa Alavi.

During the opening ceremony, the members of the Iran Chess Federation celebrated the chief arbiter IA Hosein Gholi Saloor’s 78th birthday.

Iran Women ch 1

Sarasadat Khademalsharieh vs Minoo Asgarizadeh

Iran Women ch 2

Homa Alavi and WGM Atousa Pourkashiyan in the 1st round

Iran Women ch 3

WIM Shayesteh Ghaderpour vs Raana Hakimifard

Iran Women ch 4

IA Hosein Gholi Saloor’s 78th birthday

Iran Women ch 5

FIDE Vice President Mohammad Jafar Kambuzia on the right

News by Ali Ghaemmaghami, photos from the Iran Chess Federation website.

Round 5 standings:

1 WFM Khademalsharieh Sarasadat 2127 4

2 WFM HakimiFard Ghazal 2204 4

3 WGM Pourkashiyan Atousa 2397 3.5

4 WFM HejaziPour Mitra 2252 3

5 WIM Ghader Pour Shayesteh 2212 2.5

6 AsgariZadeh Minoo 2013 2.5

7 Alavi Homa 1997 2

8 Khalaji Hanieh 1948 2

9 Hakimifard Raana 1993 1.5

10 SaeidPour Mona 1896 0