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Tuesday, April 22, 2014 18:30
In the third round of the Shamkir Chess 2014 tournament's A group Hikaru Nakamura defeated Shakhriyar Mamedyarov. In a Caro-Kann Advance variation, the U.S. grandmaster profited from a risky pawn move on the kingside by his opponent, and won with an attack on the king. Magnus Carlsen came close to winning his third consecutive game, but he dropped...
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Tuesday, April 22, 2014 13:34
The result was never in doubt: Hou Yifan won the Women's Grand Prix in Khanty-Mansiysk. The reigning World Champion finished on 8.5/11 and 1.5 points ahead of Olga Girya, whose 7/11 was good for a GM norm.  Photos © Kirill Merkuriev courtesy of FIDE After eight rounds Hou Yifan topped the standings with a score of 6.5/8 and she was a full point...
Monday, April 21, 2014 18:36
Magnus Carlsen also won his second game in Shamkir, Azerbaijan. On Monday the Norwegian defeated Hikaru Nakamura and increased his lead in the Shamkir Chess 2014 tournament's A group to a full point. Sergey Karjakin quickly equalized against Fabiano Caruana in a Berlin Ending while Shakhriyar Mamedyarov and Teimour Radjabov split the point in a...
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Monday, April 21, 2014 15:31
He's not a professional chess player anymore, but he can still win tournaments: Francisco Vallejo Pons. The Spanish grandmaster edged out Pinoy GM Oliver Barbosa on tiebreak at the Bangkok Open after both had finished on 7.5/9. GMs Jan Gustafsson of Germany & Bartosz Socko of Poland and IM Lui Qingnan of China tied for third place with 7...
Sunday, April 20, 2014 18:24
In Sunday's first round, Magnus Carlsen immediately took the lead in the A group of the Shamkir Chess 2014 tournament. The world champion won a smooth game against Shakhriyar Mamedyarov in a Cambridge-Springs where two inaccurate moves by Black were nicely punished. Teimour Radjabov returned to his old weapon, the French, and drew with Sergey...
Sunday, April 20, 2014 0:00
The Shamkir Chess 2014 tournament was officially opened on Saturday at the Heydar Aliyev Center in Shamkir, Azerbaijan. A touching opening ceremony included a video about Vugar Gashimov, for whom this tournament is a memorial. The drawing of lots resulted in the following pairings for the first round on Sunday: Carlsen-Mamedyarov, Nakamura-Caruana...
Saturday, April 19, 2014 14:24
Representatives of ten Asian chess federation have signed an open letter in which they express their support for Ignatius Leong, the current General Secretary of FIDE and part of Garry Kasparov's Presidential ticket. In January a draft of a contract between Mr Kasparov and Mr Leong was leaked to chess media which raised ethical questions, but the...
Friday, April 18, 2014 20:04
Hou Yifan still tops the standings after eight rounds at the Women's Grand Prix in Khanty-Mansiysk. The reigning World Champion scored 6.5/8 and is a full point ahead of Olga Girya, who is currently performing 200 Elo points above her rating. Anna Muzychuk is in third place with 5 points. There are three rounds to go which will be played on...
Thursday, April 17, 2014 6:45
Romain Edouard of France won the 16th Dubai Open with a tremendous score: 8.0/9, good for a 2856 performance rating. He won 22 rating points (getting pretty close to 2700) and a cheque of $10,000, while Yuriy Kuzubov (Ukraine) and Eduardo Iturrizaga (Venezuela) shared the second and third prizes. All photos courtesy of the Dubai Open After three...
Tuesday, April 15, 2014 15:53
On Saturday it will be officially opened and on Sunday the first round of the Gashimov Memorial will be played. Earlier this week the official website of the tournament was put up, as well as the Facebook page and Twitter and Instagram accounts. The tournament, which has Magnus Carlsen, Fabiano Caruana, Hikaru Nakamura, Sergey Karjakin, Shakhriyar...

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