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Re: Chess - General Thread

Postby prashanthm » Thu Sep 26, 2013 4:07 pm

World Jr CH - 2013

Vidit Santosh Gujrathi drew the last round with the eventual champion and top seed Yu Yangyi to bag the BRONZE medal in the open section with a score of 9.5/13.. :clap:
S P Sethuraman lost his last round game to Jorge Cori and finished 5th with 9.0/13... Had SP won his game, he would have finished with the Bronze medal, while Vidit would have been 4th....

In the Girls section, Padmini Raut drew her last round game with Abdumalik, the eventual silver medalist with 9.5/13, to finish 8th (joint 5th on points) with 8.5/13... Had Padmini won her game, she would have bagged the BRONZE medal.....


FINAL STANDINGS (Indians)

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Boys

3   GM   VIDIT SANTOSH GUJRATHI   2565   9½
5   GM   SETHURAMAN S.P.   2553   9
12   IM   DEBASHIS DAS   2489   8½
23   GM   GROVER SAHAJ   2479   7½
29   IM   NARAYANAN SRINATH   2483   7½
31      SUNILDUTH LYNA NARAYANAN   2408   7½
67      KULKARNI RAKESH   2283   6½
106      KATHMALE SAMEER   2339   4½


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Girls

8   WGM   PADMINI ROUT   2312   8½
24   WIM   IVANA MARIA FURTADO   2134   7½
27   WFM   MONNISHA GK   2094   7
35   WFM   SAVANT RIYA   1960   7
43   WFM   SARANYA J   2094   6½
45   WFM   PUJARI RUCHA   2154   6
50      ANJANA KRISHNA S   1881   6
56      SHRISTI J. SHETTY   1909   5½


The exciting young Chinese prospect Wei Yi finished joint 5th with 9.0/13...

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Re: Chess - General Thread

Postby ajay » Thu Sep 26, 2013 5:39 pm

Koneru and Harika are currently playing the Tashkent leg of FIDE Women's Grand Prix 2013–14. Koneru scores another victory in 8th round to extend her lead over second placed Harika and Lagno. So far Koneru has 5 victories in 8 games - pretty impressive.

GM Koneru Humpy 2607 1 - 0 GM Zhao Xue 2579
GM Stefanova Antoaneta 2496 ½ - ½ GM Dronavalli Harika 2475

The standings after the 8th round are:

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Rank            Name            Rtg   FED   Pts   Victories
1    GM    Koneru Humpy         2607   IND   6.5   5
2    GM    Dronavalli Harika    2475   IND   5.5   3
3    GM    Lagno Kateryna       2532   UKR   5.5   3
4    IM    Khotenashvili Bela   2514   GEO   4.5   4
5    WGM   Ju Wenjun            2535   CHN   4.5   3
6    WGM   Girya Olga           2439   RUS   4.0   3
7    GM    Zhao Xue             2579   CHN   3.5   3
8    GM    Stefanova Antoaneta  2496   BUL   3.5   1
9    WGM   Muminova Nafisa      2293   UZB   3.0   2
10   GM    Kosteniuk Alexandra  2495   RUS   3.0   2
11   GM    Danielian Elina      2470   ARM   3.0   1
12   WGM   Nakhbayeva Guliskhan 2307   KAZ   1.5   0



This is an important tournament as it is the 3rd part of a series of six chess tournaments exclusively for women to determine the challenger for Women's World Chess Championship 2015. A player is allowed to participate only in 4 out of 6 Grand Prix tournaments. Koneru has already won the second leg at Dilijan, Armenia, where Harika finished only 8th. Both of them did not play the first leg.

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Re: Chess - General Thread

Postby ajay » Thu Sep 26, 2013 5:52 pm

Congratulations to Vidit, Sethuraman, Debashis, and Padmini for good performance.

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Re: Chess - General Thread

Postby prashanthm » Thu Sep 26, 2013 6:36 pm

In the Tashkent GP, after 5 rounds Humpy and Harika were the join leaders with 4 points each... They drew their game in the 6th round enabling Lahno catch up with them...
After that Humpy went berserk with 2 wins, while Harika drew with Lahno in Rd 7 and another draw in Rd 8 meant that she has to play catch up now...

Humpy is yet to play the bottom player. So, she has the best chance to win this all...... and take a commanding lead in this season's GP series.... :goodluck:

This performance also helps her in getting close to Yifan in the rating list... within 2 points now...

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Re: Chess - General Thread

Postby ajay » Sun Sep 29, 2013 8:56 pm

Inspite of both Humpy and Harika losing in the ante-penultimate round, the victories in the penultimate round has set them on the top two positions in the Women's FIDE Grand Prix Tashkent 2013 tournament. With last round remaining, mathematically, only Harika has still a chance to tie with Humpy in this tournament, but with all likelihood, Humpy will win this tournament.
The latest standings after 10th round:

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Rank      Name           Pts
1    GM    Koneru Humpy   7.5
2    GM    Dronavalli Harika   6.5
3    IM    Khotenashvili Bela   6
4    GM    Lagno Kateryna   6
5    GM    Zhao Xue   5.5
6    WGM   Ju Wenjun   5.5
7    WGM   Girya Olga   5
8    GM    Kosteniuk Alexandra   4.5
9    GM    Danielian Elina   4.5
9    GM    Stefanova Antoaneta   4.5
11   WGM   Muminova Nafisa   3
12   WGM   Nakhbayeva Guliskhan   1.5

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Re: Chess - General Thread

Postby prashanthm » Mon Sep 30, 2013 6:57 pm

Women's FIDE Grand Prix Tashkent 2013

Humpy wins it all and now leads the current GP series...
But her loss to the Georgian in the 9th round and the last round draw meant that she lost a bunch of ELO and is now 9 points adrift of Yifan in the live ratings...

Harika, who was sole 2nd with 6.5 after 10 rounds lost to Zhao Xue and ended up at 5th..... Her 9th round loss to Kosteniuk didn't help either......

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1   GM   Koneru Humpy   2607   IND   8
2   IM   Khotenashvili Bela   2514   GEO   7
3   GM   Lagno Kateryna   2532   UKR   7
4   GM   Zhao Xue   2579   CHN   6.5
5   GM   Dronavalli Harika   2475   IND   6.5
6   WGM   Ju Wenjun   2535   CHN   6
7   WGM   Girya Olga   2439   RUS   5.5
8   GM   Kosteniuk Alexandra   2495   RUS   5.5
9   GM   Danielian Elina   2470   ARM   5
10   GM   Stefanova Antoaneta   2496   BUL   4.5
11   WGM   Muminova Nafisa   2293   UZB   3
12   WGM   Nakhbayeva Guliskhan   2307   KAZ   1.5

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Re: Chess - General Thread

Postby suresh » Mon Sep 30, 2013 11:31 pm

Humpy seems to have stagnated over the past couple of years. Her rating is in the low 2600s and I would have like to see her at 2650+. With her mental toughness, she is capable of a lot more than being one of the top women players.

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Re: Chess - General Thread

Postby PKBasu » Fri Dec 13, 2013 6:49 am

Here is the latest list of the world's top-100 players:

http://ratings.fide.com/top.phtml?list=men

Anand has slipped to 9th. But there is an interesting name there, 19-year-old Anish Giri, who is ranked #20 and is the best under-20 player in the world. I'm surprised nobody has noticed this NRI or PIO yet. In all, there are 4 Indians (apart from Giri) in the top-100. The others are #42 P Harikrishna, #77 Parimarjan Negi and #83 Krishnan Sasikaran.

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Re: Chess - General Thread

Postby suresh » Fri Dec 13, 2013 7:03 am

Anish Giri helped Anand out during his 2010 world championship match against Topalav (so did Carlsen and Kasparov). So he is not totally unknown.

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Re: Chess - General Thread

Postby Varma » Fri Dec 13, 2013 9:14 am

PKBasu wrote:...I'm surprised nobody has noticed this NRI or PIO yet....

I remember him being discussed in this forum briefly. I think he is of Nepalese descent, not Indian.

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Re: Chess - General Thread

Postby prasen9 » Fri Dec 13, 2013 1:54 pm

Giri is a prodigy. He has a Nepalese father and Russian mother and was born in Russia. He has lived in Japan for a long time and now is in Netherlands, I believe. I have been following his exploits sporadically for the last 2-3 years. Hopefully he can dethrone Carlsen. He had helped Anand during his WC run against Gelfand.

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Re: Chess - General Thread

Postby RohitG » Fri Dec 13, 2013 4:10 pm

@Prasen9, Totally agree! Anish is younger (by 4 years) to Carlsen.. There's a youtube vid where Giri defeated Carlsen in 22 moves. Although one can't derive much from a match, he's quite capable and I want to see it happening. Perhaps Anand will help Giri in the future and defeat Magnus and say, "Now you know what it feels like"

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Re: Chess - General Thread

Postby ajay » Fri Dec 13, 2013 5:45 pm

A simple search in this forum would show that we discovered Anish Giri almost 5 yrs back (Jan 2009) when he was just 14 and came to the limelight as a youngest GM at that time. I remember reading his analysis for previous world championship games. He has already earned respect from the top players and he is considered a bright prospect. Yes, it would be great to see Giri challenging Carlsen soon.

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Re: Chess - General Thread

Postby ajay » Fri Dec 13, 2013 6:10 pm

London Chess Classic Rapid 2013

Anand is playing his first tournament after the world championship. In first four games, he scored 3 victories and a draw. Here are the match reports for 3rd and 4th round.

Istratescu 0-1 Anand: more misery for the genial French GM, playing a genius Indian world champion. Andrei tried to attack the black king but Vishy flashed out the amazing 21...Nxe5, exploiting the weak situation of the white bishop on c2. It wasn’t quite the end of the story as Vishy had to give up the exchange but he gained two pawns by way of compensation. The game was finally by Andrei’s blunder 49.Rb1 which opened the door to a winning attack.


Anand 1-0 McShane: Vishy is really enjoying life now he no longer has to sit opposite a certain Norwegian player. This was like the teenage Vishy, going all-in with a speculative piece sacrifice. It’s always good to have the initiative at rapid chess, and Luke was faced with a major defensive problem. Your computer will suggest a range of reasonable solutions, but Luke didn’t have time to sort them out and he soon came unstuck. Vishy is now almost certain of qualification, while Luke is four points adrift of Mickey and unlikely to go forward.

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Re: Chess - General Thread

Postby prasen9 » Fri Dec 20, 2013 6:03 pm

This is sort of expected. Anand is now free of the pressure of defending his title. So, he is possibly bringing in all the preparations he was saving for the match or at least some of them and using them now. Of course, this is a conjecture, but, seems like that is what is happening.


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