Tuesday, March 05, 2013 10:42
The three-move draw (1.d4 Nf6 2.c4 g6 3.Nc3 d5 ½-½) between Pavel Eljanov and Wesley So at the Reykjavik Open has re-opened the never-ending debate on (short) draws in chess. Was it acceptable? Does it matter if such a last-round draw lasts 10 moves, or 15? Let's look at a few different arguments which have been expressed in recent years.
Monday, January 21, 2013 11:16
2012 in chess was, yet again, the year of Magnus Carlsen. The Norwegian prodigy finally surpassed Garry Kasparov’s highest ever rating, causing Sergey Shipov to remark in his review of 2012 at Crestbook: “He’s Kasparov’s heir – not Kramnik, Topalov or Anand”. The full article is here at Crestbook and brief extracts in English can be found here.
Thursday, May 24, 2012 10:12
Two unique chess matches involving robots took place on Saturday, May 19th in Moscow, on Strastniy Boulevard. In a specially built pavilion made for this event two-time Olympic champion and former world champion Alexander Grischuk and two robots, KUKA Monstr (Germany) and CHESSka (Russia), faced off at the chessboard.
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Saturday, April 28, 2012 12:32
Here's today's live commentary by GM Sergey Shipov on the sixth and final game of the Aronian-Kramnik match. After an initially quiet then exciting draw in the penultimate game the scores remain level on 2.5:2.5.
The players ranked number 2 and 3 on the FIDE rating list are competing against each other over six classical games. They'll play an...
Friday, April 27, 2012 20:03
The fifth match game between Vladimir Kramnik and Levon Aronian lasted 43 moves, saw quite some excitement especially in the final phase, and eventually ended in a draw. The match score is 2.5-2.5 with one more game to go, which starts at 13:00 CET tomorrow.
This morning we arrived in Zurich to "check out" the Aronian-Kramnik match, and our first...
Friday, April 27, 2012 14:53
Here's today's live commentary by GM Sergey Shipov on the fifth game of the Aronian-Kramnik match. After a relatively quick draw in game four the scores remain level on 2-2 with only two games to go.
The players ranked number 2 and 3 on the FIDE rating list are competing against each other over six classical games. They'll play an additional...
Wednesday, April 25, 2012 14:30
Here's today's live commentary by GM Sergey Shipov on the fourth game of the Aronian-Kramnik match. After Vladimir Kramnik won a thrilling battle in game three the scores are now level on 1.5-1.5 with three games to go.
The players ranked number 2 and 3 on the FIDE rating list are competing against each other over six classical games. They'll...
Tuesday, April 24, 2012 14:14
Vladimir Kramnik has won Tuesday's third game of his match against Levon Aronian. The score in Zurich is now 1.5-1.5 with three more games to go.
1.e4 hasn't been too popular at the very highest level recently, but it's been played in two out of three games in Zurich! What started as a Four Knights soon became a Scotch Opening, and a sharp fight...
Sunday, April 22, 2012 14:30
The second game of the friendly match between Levon Aronian and Vladimir Kramnik ended in a draw. To everyone's surprise, Aronian started with 1.e4 and it became a Ruy Lopez, Berlin Ending. The Armenian soon pushed e5-e6, which was the safest option, and then Black no longer had any problems. The score is 1.5-0.5 for Aronian with four more games...
Saturday, April 21, 2012 14:30
Levon Aronian has won the first game in his 6-game match against Vladimir Kramnik. Grabbing a lead with the black pieces, the Armenian couldn't have had a better start in Zurich. The second game will be played on Sunday.
Vladimir Kramnik and Levon Aronian during the opening ceremony | Photo courtesy of the official website