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The 2nd Vugar Gashimov Memorial is taking place on 16-25th April, 2015, in Shamkir, Azerbaijan.

Round 1 results:
GM Anand Viswanathan – GM Carlsen Magnus ½-½
GM Mamedyarov Shakhriyar – GM Caruana Fabiano ½-½
GM So Wesley – GM Giri Anish 1-0
GM Mamedov Rauf – GM Vachier-Lagrave Maxime ½-½
GM Kramnik Vladimir – GM Adams Michael 1-0

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Taking Advantage of Mistakes in 1. e4 e5: Part 1
Posted on April 15,2015 By FM Dalton Perrine in Strategy & Game Review, Chess Openings. Starting the game with 1.e4 e5 is one of the most popular ways to play in the history of chess. This opening can quickly turn into many different variations, such as the Scotch, Philidor Defense, Giuoco Piano, Ruy Lopez and many more. It is very important for players of all levels to learn how to play the openings that arise from these two moves, because they are so fundamental to your success in chess. Learning these openings well will result in[…]

Punishing Passive Play in the Opening: Part 3
Posted on April 14,2015 By FM Dalton Perrine in Strategy & Game Review, Chess Openings, General Chess Articles. In the previous two parts to this series of articles about “Punishing Passive Play in the Opening,” we  looked at a game and identified the passive moves that White played at the start. Black was able to capitalize on his strong position and win the game in a methodical manner. However, sometimes more drastic measures are needed. At times, you will have to rip the position open and highlight the defects in the opponent’s passive structure very qu[…]

A Simple System Against the King’s Gambit - GM Eugene Perelshteyn
Posted on April 13,2015 By OnlineChessLessons.NET Contributor in Strategy & Game Review, Chess Openings, All Articles w/ Videos. Tear the Kings Gambit up! Simple System Against the King’s Gambit: Presented by GM Eugene Perelshteyn from  ChessLecture Here we see a high level game from Navara vs. Gelfand, which features the opening “the Kings Gambit”, and a good line for Black is promoted with 2…exf4 3.Bc4 Nf6 and 4.Nf3 when…Nf6 is advised. The emphasis is toward Black playing a well prepared …d5 in order to gain full equality and, in some cases, advantage Black. Eugen[…]

Punishing Passive Play in the Opening: Part 2
Posted on April 08,2015 By FM Dalton Perrine in Strategy & Game Review, Chess Openings, All Articles w/ Videos, General Chess Articles. As a continuation of the previous article about punishing passive play in the opening, let’s pick back up with the last game position (seen on the right). White now continued with: 14.Ne3, allowing black to jump into the f4 square immediately: 14…Nf4 From this square, the knight attacks the white kingside (g2 pawn), the bishop on e2 and the center (d3 pawn). 15.Bf1 Ne7! Creating all kinds of threats against White based on the f4 knight and b7 b[…] is a producer of thousands of free chess articles and free chess videos by FIDE chess masters. They recently released the renowned Empire Chess series that has been taking the chess world by storm. Please consider checking out their chess blog and chess shop with tons of free updated previews.

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Filipino born US Grandmaster Wesley So is back on track. After a dramatic finish of the US Championship, the young talent has bounced back in the best possible way – with a victory in round 1 of Shamkir 2015.

Wesley So, playing the white pieces, defeated Anish Giri. In a very unconventional opening for top chess, Wesley So took the initiative early in the game. He made use of an imprecisions by black at moves 19 and 20. In deep time trouble, Anish Giri succumbed under pressure with 25…Rb8. Wesley So continued with the right plan and sealed the game in … moves.

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Anand vs Carlsen again, in round 1 of Shamkir 2015

The top chess tournament Shamkir 2015, in memory of GM Vugar Gashimov, has been officially opened in Azerbaijan. The drawing of lots took place at the opening ceremony and the first day match-ups are more than exciting. In round 1 we will see a repetition of the last two World Championships as Viswanathan Anand will play with the white pieces Magnus Carlsen. In the battle of the youngsters Wesley So will play Anish Giri. The other matches of the day are Kramnik – Adams, Mamedov – Vachier-Lagrave, and Mamedyarov – Caruana.

Magnus Carlsen was the winner of the 1st Vugar Gashimov Memorial tournament in April last year. He shared today at the press conference, “It is great to be back! I remember the first tournament was very well organized and as a chess player I appreciate the way we are treated here.” However, at the drawing of lots he was less than happy getting number 7, as that meant he will have five games with black and four games with white.

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GM Davorin Kuljasevic provides video analysis of the Anand – Carlsen opening from the Shamkir Chess 2015. Exciting game with a main line Marshall attack, that is still going on and you can view at:

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A FIDE Arbiters’ Seminar is going to be organized on 12 and 13 September 2015 in Le Mans, France, by the French Chess Federation National Arbiters Commission and the Ligue des Pays de la Loire, with Chess Club Le Mans, in cooperation with the French Chess Federation and under the auspice of FIDE.

The Lecturer will be IA Stephen Boyd (FRA), FIDE Lecturer and the Assistant Lecturer will be IA Laurent Freyd (FRA).

The language of the Seminar will be French.

The Seminar will give norms for the FIDE Arbiter title according to the Regulations for the titles of the Arbiters.

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The curtains came down on the 17th Dubai Open Chess Championship – Sheikh Rashid Bin Hamdan Al Maktoum Cup with Turkey’s Grandmaster (GM) Dragan Solak receiving the Sheikh Rashid Bin Hamdan Al Maktoum Cup during Wednesday night’s awarding ceremony at the Dubai Chess and Culture Club. Solak, a Serbian who now represents Turkey, scored seven points and edged out five other players, including the top two seeds, on tiebreaks to claim the championship.

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The prizes were awarded by Dr. Aysha Al Busmait, representative of the Dubai Sports Council, Ibrahim Al Bannai, President of the Arab Chess Federation and Chairman of Dubai Chess and Culture Club, Saeed Al Muqbali, President of the UAE Chess Federation, and Ahmed Khalifa Al Thani, Vice President of Dubai Chess and Culture Club. Al Bannai also gave a special token of appreciation to Richard Collins, General Manager of JW Marriott Hotel, which was the official hotel of the tournament.

More than 150 players from 39 countries competed in nine-round Swiss system event over nine days.

Top-seed GM David Howell of England and second-seed GM Vladimir Fedoseev of Russia also had seven points but had inferior tiebreak scores to settle for second and third respectively. GM Andrei Istratescu of France, GM Ivan Ivanisevic of Serbia and GM Eltaj Safarli of Azerbaijan also had seven points and occupied the fourth to sixth places in that order.

The rest of the top 15 scorers also received cash prizes: GM Alexander Shabalov USA, GM Nils Grandelius of Sweden, International Master (IM) Zaur Mammadov of Azerbaijan, GM Alexandr Fier of Brazil, GM Aleksandr Shimanov of Russia, GM Aleksandr Rakhmanov of Russia, GM Gadir Guseinov of Azerbaijan, GM Igor Kovalenko of Latvia, and GM Yuri Solodovnichenko of Ukraine.

Special Awards to Emiraties

The tournament also had special awards to the top Emiratis, with ace junior Ahmed Fareed taking the top prize with five points, followed by Fide Master (FM) Saeed Ishaq with 4.5 points and Ajman’s Hamdan Marshool with four points. The top three Dubai players were FM Sultan Ibrahim, FM Nabil Saleh and up-and-coming Faisal Ali.

Top Ladies Category

IM Vijayalakshmi Subbaraman from India topped the ladies’ category with 5.5 points, edging out Woman Grandmaster (WGM) Gunay Mammadzada from Azerbaijan on tiebreak. IM Eesha Karavade of India was third with five points.

Top Arab Players

The awards for the top Arab players went to Egyptian players IM Mohamed Ezat, IM Imed Abdelnabbi and FM Yousry Salah.

Best performance for under-2300 rating

The top player in the under-2300 rating category was Deshpande Aniruddha from India, followed by Rajarishi Karthi also of India and Iran’s Soozankar.

A New Grand Master

Five players also secured norms during the tournament. IM Zaur Mammadov of Azerbaijan got his Final GM norm and became a new Grand Master, while India’s Vignesh Nr, Abishek Kelkar and Deshpande Aniruddha received IM norms. Wang Shanshan secured a Woman International Master (WIM) norm.

Playing System

The tournament is a nine-round Swiss system event with each player allotted 90 minutes plus a 30-second increment for each move to complete a game. The event is organized annually since 1999 under the patronage of Sheikh Hamdan Bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Deputy Ruler of Dubai  and the Honorary President of Dubai Chess Club. The 17th version of Dubai Open Chess Tournament has been managed by tournament director Yahya Mohammed Saleh and International Arbiter (IA) Mahdi Abdul Rahim, the chief arbiter, and assisted by deputy chief arbiter IA Saeed Yousuf Shakari, IA Jamal Qasim, IA Sheikha Ali Rashid, IA Walid Abu Obeid and IA Augusto Marcial.

GM Dragan Solak

FM Sultan Ibrahim received the prize for best Dubai player

Deshpande Aniruddha receives his IM norm

Final rankings:
1 GM Solak Dragan TUR 2602 7
2 GM Howell David W L ENG 2687 7
3 GM Fedoseev Vladimir RUS 2674 7
4 GM Istratescu Andrei FRA 2630 7
5 GM Ivanisevic Ivan SRB 2638 7
6 GM Safarli Eltaj AZE 2637 7
7 GM Shabalov Alexander USA 2500 6,5
8 GM Grandelius Nils SWE 2613 6,5
9 IM Mammadov Zaur AZE 2470 6,5
10 GM Fier Alexandr BRA 2624 6,5
11 GM Shimanov Aleksandr RUS 2601 6,5
12 GM Rakhmanov Aleksandr RUS 2623 6,5
13 GM Guseinov Gadir AZE 2606 6
14 GM Kovalenko Igor LAT 2665 6
15 GM Solodovnichenko Yuri UKR 2584 6
16 GM Zhigalko Sergei BLR 2657 6
17 IM Das Sayantan IND 2439 6
18 GM Petrosian Tigran L. ARM 2660 6
19 GM Bartel Mateusz POL 2642 6
20 GM Ipatov Alexander TUR 2614 6
21 GM Papp Gabor HUN 2589 6
22 GM Iturrizaga Bonelli Eduardo VEN 2632 6
23 GM Banusz Tamas HUN 2586 6
24 GM Volkov Sergey RUS 2602 6
25 GM Kuzubov Yuriy UKR 2658 6
26 GM Ehlvest Jaan USA 2547 6
27 GM Prohaszka Peter HUN 2601 6
28 GM Perunovic Milos SRB 2627 6
29 IM Harutyunian Tigran K. ARM 2445 6
30 GM Kovchan Alexander UKR 2581 6
31 GM Mchedlishvili Mikheil GEO 2595 5,5
32 GM Laxman R.R. IND 2409 5,5
33 IM Petrosyan Manuel ARM 2427 5,5
34 GM Idani Pouya IRI 2499 5,5
35 GM Stojanovic Mihajlo SRB 2558 5,5
36 IM Georgiadis Nico SUI 2479 5,5
37 GM Sundararajan Kidambi IND 2420 5,5
38 Deshpande Aniruddha IND 2244 5,5
39 IM Karthikeyan Murali IND 2504 5,5
40 IM Ezat Mohamed EGY 2479 5,5
41 FM Mehar Chinna Reddy C.H. IND 2319 5,5
42 GM Hayrapetyan Hovik ARM 2465 5,5
43 IM Baghdasaryan Vahe ARM 2400 5,5
44 GM Grover Sahaj IND 2526 5,5
45 IM Vijayalakshmi Subbaraman IND 2331 5,5
46 WGM Mammadzada Gunay AZE 2336 5,5
47 IM Kanter Eduard RUS 2349 5,5
48 Abhishek Kelkar IND 2365 5
49 Vignesh Nr IND 2380 5
50 IM Pourramezanali Amirreza IRI 2433 5
51 Kulkarni Rakesh IND 2319 5
52 IM Karavade Eesha IND 2403 5
53 GM Vocaturo Daniele ITA 2594 5
54 IM Rathnakaran K. IND 2422 5
55 WGM Yildiz Betul Cemre TUR 2311 5
56 Rajarishi Karthi IND 2123 5
57 Wang Shanshan CHN 2028 5
58 IM Abdelnabbi Imed EGY 2433 5
59 Ahmed Fareed UAE 1960 5
60 FM Yousry Salah EGY 2334 5
61 IM Videnova Iva BUL 2398 5
62 Kulkarni Vinayak IND 2067 5
63 Siva Mahadevan IND 2068 5
64 FM Soozankar A.M. IRI 2207 5
65 FM El Jawich Amro LIB 2190 5
66 FM Mohannad Farhan JOR 2239 5
67 Bit-Narva David SWE 2109 5
68 Berglind Axel SWE 2112 5
69 Visakh Nr IND 2369 4,5
70 IM Pascua Haridas PHI 2454 4,5
71 GM Gupta Abhijeet IND 2629 4,5
72 Kuznetsov Mikhail V. RUS 2260 4,5
73 IM Tissir Mohamed MAR 2354 4,5
74 Mosadeghpour Masoud IRI 2384 4,5
75 WIM Abdulla Khayala AZE 2255 4,5
76 IM Sagar Shah IND 2458 4,5
77 Firouzja Alireza IRI 2278 4,5
78 Ahmad Al Khatib JOR 2157 4,5
79 FM Fawzy Adham EGY 2252 4,5
80 Tabada Jobannie C. PHI 2238 4,5
81 WFM Gevorgyan Maria ARM 2182 4,5
82 Mohammed Tarig Elther SUD 2094 4,5
83 Mahmoud Haitham SUD 1938 4,5
84 WGM Maisuradze Nino FRA 2270 4
85 FM Ram Aravind L N IND 2109 4
86 IM Kathmale Sameer IND 2289 4
87 FM Bashirli Nail AZE 2263 4
88 FM Saeed Ishaq UAE 2200 4
89 IM Abou El Zein Eid Mahmoud EGY 2191 4
90 Rafee Mohd Hayel SYR 1939 4
91 FM Sultan Ibrahim UAE 2038 4
92 CM Rowe Duane JAM 2214 4
93 WCM Mammadova Narmin AZE 2133 4
94 WGM Mamedjarova Zeinab AZE 2263 4
95 Razan Alshaeby JOR 1844 4
96 WGM Mona Khaled EGY 2125 4
97 CM Nadir Samir SUD 2157 4
98 Hamdan Marshool UAE 1932 4
99 Al Yaghshi M. Hisham SYR 2046 4
100 FM Saleh Nabil UAE 2284 4
101 Rodrigues Inacio IND 2032 4
102 WFM Boshra Alshaeby JOR 2002 4
103 Faisal Ali UAE 1606 4
104 Sielicki Tomasz POL 1905 4
105 IM Kharous Ernest RUS 2346 4
106 Wenzel Birger GER 2002 4
107 Akshay V Halagannavar IND 1921 4
108 WIM Nouman Amna UAE 1948 4
109 GM Arun Prasad S. IND 2508 4
110 GM Nigalidze Gaioz GEO 2566 4
111 Mokal Amruta Sunil IND 2075 3,5
112 WGM Ozturk Kubra TUR 2284 3,5
113 Abdulla, Al-Hamed UAE 1772 3,5
114 WGM Makropoulou Marina GRE 2154 3,5
115 FM Mayed Alrashedi UAE 1852 3,5
116 WFM Alattar Ghayda M. JOR 1937 3,5
117 CM Alattar Rakan JOR 2065 3,5
118 Almaini Aishah Sarhan UAE 1335 3,5
119 Sultan Fareed UAE 1520 3,5
120 Rajesh Vasanthakumar IND 1534 3
121 Ali Abdulaziz UAE 1736 3
122 Wettasinha Vasanta SRI 1872 3
123 Tleptsok Ruslan RUS 2204 3
124 Al Hamed Saif Idrees UAE 1623 3
125 Aswin Sreekumar IND 1480 3
126 WIM Al-Zarouni Kholoud Essa UAE 1853 3
127 Tamara Khateeb JOR 1736 3
128 Jijo Joy IND 1411 3
129 Harikrishnan Samyuktha IND 1466 3
130 Asmar Elie LIB 2018 3
131 Aseel Odeh JOR 1573 3
132 Mohamed Marshool UAE 1559 3
133 GM Beshukov Sergei RUS 2410 3
134 WCM Bashaer Khalil UAE 1538 3
135 Shahzad Asif PAK 0 3
136 IM Isaev Jamshed TJK 2310 3
137 Abdulla Ali UAE 1748 2,5
138 Kloub.M JOR 1790 2,5
139 Raya Alnaimat JOR 1715 2,5
140 Murad Abdulla UAE 1685 2,5
141 FM Elmejbri Ali A. LBA 1894 2,5
142 Ahmed Mohamed Qayed UAE 1398 2,5
143 Fawwaz Mohammed IND 1341 2,5
144 Ahmad Saadah JOR 1777 2,5
145 Babaliyev Myrat TKM 2012 2,5
146 Ali Rashid Ali UAE 1906 2
147 Ahmad Al Romaithi UAE 1886 2
148 Al Ali Aisha Saif UAE 1377 2
149 Khalil Reem UAE 1142 2
150 Fatima Saif Al-Ali UAE 1226 2
151 Lootah Feddah Mohamad UAE 0 1
152 Mridul Thaivalappil M. IND 1294 1
153 Fernandez Dandel PHI 2075 0
154 Ojagverdiyev Zaur AZE 2043 0
155 WGM Charkhalashvili Inga GEO 2318 0

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Chess Insider, the online magazine in pdf and pgn that follows the games of the World Champion Magnus Carlsen, is now available at the Chessdom Shop.

Chess Insider April is dedicated to Shamkir 2015 and specifically to the games of the World Champion Magnus Carlsen. They will be presented with expert commentary in the usual analysis -> lecture -> entertainment format. As an extra, the subscribers will receive expert reviews of past games of the World Champion and in the reader’s skills will be tested based on interesting positions from the Shamkir 2015 games.

The Chess Insider magazine will be published daily and is received by email in pdf and pgn format.

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The 2nd Vugar Gashimov Memorial will start in April, 2015, in Shamkir, Azerbaijan.

World champion Magnus Carlsen (Norway, 2865), Fabiano Caruana (Italy, 2811), Veselin Topalov (Bulgaria, 2800), former world champion Viswanathan Anand (India, 2797), Anish Giri (Netherlands, 2797), Wesley So (USA, 2788), Vladimir Kramnik (Russia, 2783), Maxime Vachier-Lagrave (France, 2775), Shakhriyar Mamedyarov(Azerbaijan, 2759) and Teimour Radjabov (Azerbaijan, 2731).

Magnus Carlsen was the winner of the 1st Vugar Gashimov Memorial tournament in April last year.

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The Chess Association of Malawi has the honour of inviting all chess federations in Zone 4.3 that are affiliated to the World Chess Federation (FIDE) to participate in the 2015 Zone 4.3 Individual Chess Championships.

The event is held under the auspices of the African Chess Confederation.

The Championships will be held from 17th April (arrival) to 26th April 2015 (departure) at Shire Highlands Hotel in the Central Business District (CBD) of Limbe (Blantyre) in Malawi. The event will comprise an Open Section and a Women’s section.

It is intended that the Championships will be played in accordance with FIDE regulations as a 9-Round Swiss System tournament.

Time control will be 90 minutes for the first 40 moves, followed by 30 minutes for the rest of the game, with an increment of 30 seconds per move starting from move one (1). Draw offers are not allowed before Black’s 30th move.

The winner in the Open Section will be awarded International Master (IM) title whilst the winner in the Women’s Section will be awarded the Woman International Master (WIM) title.
Other titles will be awarded in accordance with FIDE title requirements.

The Zone 4.3 Championship is a qualification event for the 2015 FIDE World Cup in Baku, Azerbaijan. The winners in the Open Section will qualify for the 2015 FIDE World Cup.

Zone 4.3 federations: Angola, Botswana, Comoros Islands, Democratic Republic of Congo, Lesotho, Madagascar, Malawi, Mauritius, Mozambique, Namibia, South Africa, Swaziland, Zambia, Zimbabwe

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A FIDE Arbiters’ Seminar is going to be organized from 29 May to 2 June 2015 in Dushanbe, Tajikistan, by the Tajikistan Chess Federation and under the auspice of FIDE.

The venue of the Seminar will be the Hodja Abigarm Hotel, in Dushanbe.

The Lecturer will be IA Ashot Vardapetyan (ARM), Chairman of the FIDE Rules Commission and FIDE Lecturer and Assistant Lecturer will be IA Husan Turdialiev (UZB).

The language of the Seminar will be Russian.

The Seminar will give FIDE Arbiter norms and titles, according to the Regulations for the titles of the Arbiters.

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