There was an overwhelming sense of déjà vu as he beat Nikita Vitiugov with Black in the final round to win the GRENKE Chess Classic by a full point with a +4 score, just as he’d won the Candidates two weeks earlier in Berlin. This time it was Magnus Carlsen who fell short in the final round after Vishy Anand gave as good as he got, though the World Champion had the consolation of taking clear second place. We draw some conclusions from the tournament.

Going into the last round of both events he had a half-point lead and Black against a Russian player, and he ended up winning the game when he already knew that a draw would have been enough for first place. The parallels continued even in the details, with Fabiano playing the Petroff, as he did against Grischuk in Berlin, but this time he sprung a very early novelty by not capturing on d2 but instead playing 5…Qd7!?

See also:

  • Official websites: GRENKE Chess Classic | GRENKE Chess Open  
  • Live games on chess24: GRENKE Chess Classic | GRENKE Chess Open
  • Carlsen and Caruana meet in GRENKE Classic Round 1
  • GRENKE Classic 1: Caruana battles Carlsen to draw
  • GRENKE Classic 2: MVL beats Anand | Vitiugov leads
  • GRENKE Classic 3: MVL & Fabi win as Keymer stars
  • GRENKE Classic 4: Caruana keeps on winning
  • GRENKE Classic 5: Meier misses Carlsen win
  • GRENKE Classic 6: Bluebaum beats Anand
  • GRENKE Classic 7: Carlsen & Caruana grab wins
  • GRENKE Classic 8: Vitiugov thwarts Carlsen
Nov 24, 2017

1st European Corporate Chess Championship

Twenty eight (28) teams have already registered for the 1st European Corporate Chess Championship 2017 which will take place in the Town Hall of Honour of the City of Asnières, Paris/France, 24 – 25 November 2017. Among them some well known World brands. The first registrations follow:

Banque of France, Deutsche Bank Frankfurt (Germany), Gazprom (Russia) – 2 teams, Echesspedia (Belgique), KAISSA (France), Leonard (France), Oracle (France), Ville d’Asnières (France), A L’Abri (France), Sberbank (Russia) – ENGIE (France) 2 teams, Abyss Propreté (France), Corsica Flash (France), Champs d’Echecs (France), Kaspersky Lab (Russia), University of Science Amsterdam (Netherlands), Kids Up (France), Opinion Internationale (France), Event Consulting (Greece), Academy Paris (France), Comite ol Paris (France), OCDE1 (France)…

The tournament will be played as a Swiss Open in 9 rounds, with time control 15 minutes per game + 3 seconds per move starting from move 1.

Each team shall be composed of 4 players + 1 substitute player. The team can’t have more than one player over 2400 ELO but should have at least one player below 2000 ELO.

LIVE Games

Any corporate entity is allowed to register up to two teams. Chess Clubs, Chess Associations, and Chess Federations are not allowed to participate in the Championship. For each round at least one player of the team shall have a commercial relation with the company with which he is playing for. Players shall be in rating order in team’s composition (November ratings).

The registration deadline is Thursday 2nd November 2017.

Schedule of the Championship:

Friday, November 24: Rounds 1 – 4 from 3 pm to 7 pm.

Saturday, November 25: Rounds 5 – 9 from 10 am to 5 pm.

Saturday, November 25 at 7.30 pm:  ECU Gala Dinner and award ceremony of the 1st European Corporate Championship.

The total prize fund is 6 000 EUR, including special awards and individual medals. The winning team will be awarded with 3 000 EUR, second team with 2 000 EUR, and the third team with 1 000 EUR.

The organizers have negotiated a special price for the accommodations in the following hotels during the event: Hôtel Residence Europe***, Atypik Hôtel*** and Hôtel Princesse Caroline***.

The invitation is addressed directly to corporate entities, but we kindly ask the National Federations to assist us promote the event in order to strengthen our relations with the business community.

LIVE Games

Official Website

Contact information

In French: Jean-Claude MOINGT +33 6 03 00 47 79

In English and Russian: Deia ARENAS +33 7 70 88 65 28

The Official Invitation can be downloaded below or here

ECU Chess Corporate Championship_2017

Jan 06, 2017

Susan Polgar is committed to inspiring more girls in chess

Very few women play chess, and no wonder,” Webster University chess coach Susan Polgar said. “When a woman goes into a chess club, she’s the only one. It’s an unnatural and unhealthy social environment when you are a minority in a certain group.

Chess is a game long dominated by men. The world champions have always been men. The Grandmaster title — the highest title in the game — is carried by more than 1,500 men and just 33 women. Two years ago, created an imaginary tournament that pitted the 16 greatest chess players of all time against one another. All 16 were men.

Susan Polgar is not a man. But at 15, she catapulted to the top ranking in female chess and held a position in the top three for 23 years. She broke gender barriers — first woman to qualify for the Men’s World Championship Cycle, first to earn the Grandmaster title and first to win the U.S. Open Men’s Blitz Championship — and now, after retiring from competitive play, she hopes to bring chess to the masses of young girls who, for centuries, have been neglected by the male-dominated game.

In late October, Polgar sat before a blue-and-white chessboard in the Clayton Plaza Hotel, outside St. Louis, where she was holding her annual Susan Polgar Institute for Chess Excellence (SPICE) Cup. She’s now a coach for Webster University in Webster Groves, Missouri, but Polgar’s focus remains on young women. She hopes to make chess more accessible for young girls by organizing and traveling to all-female tournaments around the world: Geneva, Switzerland; Baku, Azerbaijan; Santa Clara, California.

Sitting in a room filled with long tables and chessboards, Polgar began explaining the game that shaped her life and made a young girl from Budapest the face of a female movement.

“Imagine a real-life war,” Polgar said in a soft Hungarian accent.

She’s talking about openings: the first few moves a player makes in any game.

“You have your soldiers and your tanks, your missiles — whatever tools you have to fight with, you get them ready to fight,” she said.

The game is built on initial equality: two players, two sides, 32 pieces, 64 squares, infinite moves, no flirtation with chance. But two sides are hardly ever equal. In the United States, roughly 12,000 of the 91,555 chess players rated by the United States Chess Federation (USCF) are women. It’s a numbers game — a war, if you will — and it’s one Polgar is hoping to equalize.

She began talking about her upbringing in a home that preached equality. Polgar grew up in Budapest, the oldest daughter of Laszlo Polgar, a teacher and child psychiatrist, who believed genius could be taught. Susan discovered the family chess set tucked away in a cupboard just before her fourth birthday. She loved chess, and her father patiently taught her — describing the game like a fairy tale, filled with kings and queens, horses and knights in shining armor. He believed he could help his children become prodigies.

Within months of learning the game, Polgar won the city championship for students twice her age. She began competing in tougher tournaments, with older and more experienced opponents, and she took trips to the local chess club with her father. Before she turned 10, Polgar got her first glimpse of inequality within the chess world. Men told her to go play with dolls, that women were dumber than men, that a woman’s place was in the home — not the chess club.

“Very few women play chess, and no wonder,” Polgar said. “When a woman goes into a chess club, she’s the only one. It’s an unnatural and unhealthy social environment when you are a minority in a certain group.”

The easiest way to combat the discrimination was winning. And she did plenty of that. But even in the 1980s, when Polgar competed for the Hungarian national team, a male teammate couldn’t fathom a woman earning the Grandmaster title.

“I like you. I have nothing against you,” she remembers him telling her, “but don’t make insane statements that you want to be a Grandmaster yourself. That’s impossible”

Less than a decade later, she earned the game’s highest title — the first woman to do so through conventional norms. Chess has always been a game of war for Polgar, both on and off the board, and she credits her success to a mindset she and her sisters developed early.

“It was an ‘us against the world’ mentality,” she said.

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Jul 03, 2016

Magnus Carlsen leads the Grand Chess Tour

Magnus Carlsen leads the Grand Chess Tour after the speed events in Paris and the Belgian town of Leuven. But the world chess champion will not be around for the next two established classical events in Saint Louis and London. He is leaving the competition, mainly to prepare for the world championship match against Sergey Karjakin, scheduled for November in New York City. Carlsen’s exit gives other players a chance to win it all.

The Grand Chess Tour is a brainchild of Garry Kasparov and the former world champion borrowed some ideas from the 1988-89 World Cup, a series of six Grand Prix classical tournaments I organized for the Grandmasters Association as its Executive director. For example, every player participates in four tournaments and can discard the worst result. The wild card, now used by GCT and FIDE, was an accident. It appeared that instead of the planned 24 players, one more qualified. The English grandmaster John Nunn created a new playing format. It gave us four extra spots to invite local players – the four wild cards.

Last year, Kasparov intended to have four GCT tournaments, but one event in Asia did not materialize. Carlsen won the three-event competition. This year, the Norwegian organizers, having a different view of chess sponsorship, left the GCT. But Kasparov was able to find two new spots in Paris and Leuven to stage speed tournaments, combining nine rapid and 18 blitz games in each event.

Hikaru Nakamura and Carlsen are considered the world’s top two speed chess players. When they were younger, they played an all-night friendly blitz marathon in Moscow. They compete for good money now. In the first GCT event in Paris, Nakamura edged Carlsen for first place, despite losing their rapid encounter.

Carlsen,Magnus – Nakamura,Hikaru GCT Blitz Paris 2016

The knight leaves an important defensive post. After 32…Rd7 33.c3 Re4 Black is still in the game.
Transferring the knight to g6 will create a mating threat Rh8 mate.
33…Nd6 34.Rd8 Rc7
Otherwise 35.Ng6 wins.
35.Rxd6 Black resigned.
GCT Blitz Paris 2016