Mon Sep 3, 2012, 04:16 PM
Jack Rabbit (42,919 posts)
Chess (September): So you thought the Olympics ended, eh?
Special Theme Music for September: Leo Arnaud, Buglar's Dream, John Williams conducting
Chess Olympics Begin in Istanbul Photo by Robster1983 (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/User:Robster1983) in Wikimedia Commons (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/File:%C4%B0stanbulAyasofya.JPG) (Public Domain) The fortieth Chess Olympiad began August 28 in the fabled city of Istanbul with 156 nations competing in general group and 125 in the women's group. The sixth round round was played today. Russia, Armenia and Azerbaijan lead the general group with 11 match points each followed by China, Hungary, the Philippines and the defending champions from Ukraine, each with 10 match points. In the women's group, Russia and Poland are tied for the lead at 11 match points each, followed by five teams at 10 points apiece: China, France, Georgia, Ukraine and Vietnam. In today's action, Russia and Armenia fought to a 22 tie with former world champion Vladimir Kramnik defeating Armenian GM Levon Aronian, the highest rated player at this Olympiad, on board one. On board two, Sergei Movsesian took down former Russian national champion Alexander Grischuk. Meanwhile, the Azerbaijanis, who are without the services of Vugar Gashimov in Istanbul, climbed into a tie for first play with a 31 win over Croatia behind wins by Teimour Radjabov and Shakhriyar Mamedyarov. Gahimov is sitting out this Olympiad due to illness. In the women's group today, Russia and China played a tied match when Hou Yifan defeated Tatiana Kosintseva on board one, but Nadezhda Kosintseva took revenge for her sister's loss by beating Zhao Xue on board two. Poland moved into a first place tie with Russia by crushing Serbia, 3˝˝. Tomorrow in the general group, Russia will play against Azerbaijan and Armenia goes up against China. In the women's group, Russia will take on Poland. The United States general squad enter the Olympics with hopes of a medal, but after starting with three match wins have played three straight ties and are in a sevenway tie for fifth place. The American women are tied for 18th place on 8 match points with 3 wins, a loss (to Vietnam) and two ties.

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Response to Jack Rabbit (Original post)
Mon Sep 3, 2012, 04:31 PM
Jack Rabbit (42,919 posts)
1. August Games
Your humble hare acknowledges the assistance of Rybka 4 and Fritz 13 on analysis. Diagrams on the Jack Rabbit Chess Report are made with Aquarium, a commercially available interface for Rybka. Diagrams and other images are hosted on .com. BLACK WHITE White to move (This position is a theoretical draw) I would like to thank my impressive and loyal staff: Buccaneer, Spitfire, Desperado, Swashbuckler, Pancho and Robin Hood. 
Response to Jack Rabbit (Reply #1)
Mon Sep 3, 2012, 04:32 PM
Jack Rabbit (42,919 posts)
2. Russian National Championships, General and Women's Groups
Response to Jack Rabbit (Reply #2)
Mon Sep 3, 2012, 04:36 PM
Jack Rabbit (42,919 posts)
3. Andreikin  Sjugirov, Round 6
Former world junior champion Dmitry Andreikin, 22, won a sixway playoff to become the new Russian National Champion.
Photo by Jon Sullivan from publicdomainphotos.com (Public Domain) Andreikin,Dmitry  Sanan Sjugirov Russian National Championship, Round 6 Moscow, 9 August 2012 Open CaroKann Game: Karpov Defense 1.e4 c6 2.d4 d5 3.Nd2 dxe4 4.Nxe4 Nd7 5.Bc4 Ngf6 6.Ng5 e6 7.Qe2 Nb6 8.Bd3 h6 9.N5f3 c5 10.dxc5 Bxc5 11.Ne5 00 12.Ngf3 a6 (N)
13.g4
13...Nbd5?!
14.Rg1!?
14...Bb4+?
15.Kf1!
15...Be7 16.g5!
16...hxg5 17.Nxg5
17...Bd6
18.Nh7 Qc7 19.Bh6!
19...Ne8
20.Bxg7 Nxg7 21.Rxg7+!!
21...Kxg7 22.Qg4+ Kh8 23.Nf6 10

Response to Jack Rabbit (Reply #2)
Mon Sep 3, 2012, 04:38 PM
Jack Rabbit (42,919 posts)
4. Pogonina  Gunina, Round 5
Natalia Pogonina is the new Russinan Women's Champion.
(Public Domain) Natalia Pogonina  Valentina Gunina Russian Women's Championship, Round 5 Moscow, 7 August 2012 Closed CaroKann Game: Short Opening 1.e4 c6 2.d4 d5 3.e5 Bf5 4.Nf3 e6 5.Be2 Ne7 6.00 h6
7.Nbd2 Bg6
8.Nb3
8...Nf5
9.a4 Nd7 10.a5 a6 (N)
11.c4
11...Be7 12.cxd5
12...cxd5 13.Bd3
13...00 14.g4 Nh4 15.Nxh4 Bxd3 16.Qxd3 Bxh4
17.Bd2 f5 18.h3!?
18...Rf7!?
19.f4!?
19...Rc8!?
20.Kh2!?
20...Be7!
21.Rg1 Nf8
22.Rg3
22...Rc7 23.Rag1
23...Bh4!?
24.R3g2!
25...Ng6!
26.Qe3!?
26...Ne7!
27.Nd2!?
27...fxg4!
28.hxg4 g5 29.f5?!
29...exf5!
30.e6
30...Rf6?!
31.gxf5!
31...Rc6
32.Qh3 Nxf5 33.Nf3 Rcxe6?!
34.Nxh4!
34...Qc7+
35.Kh1 Re3 36.Nf3 Qf4 37.Nxg5!!
37...hxg5
38.Rxg5+ Kf8??
39.Rg8+!
39...Ke7 40.Bb4+ Kd7 41.R1g7+ Kc6
42.Rc8+ Kb5 43.Rxb7+ Ka4 44.b3+ Kxb3
45.Rc3+
45...Ka2
46.Qg2+ 10

Response to Jack Rabbit (Reply #2)
Sun Sep 9, 2012, 02:03 PM
Jack Rabbit (42,919 posts)
19. Karjakin  Alekseev, Round 7
Sergey Karjakin (Creative Commons License, Attribution/Share Alike) Sergey Karjakin  Evgeny Alekseev Russian National Championship, Round 7 Moscow, 10 August 2012 East India Game: NimzoIndian Defense (Capablanca Opening) 1.d4 Nf6 2.c4 e6 3.Nc3 Bb4 4.Qc2 00 5.a3 Bxc3+ 6.Qxc3 d6 7.Nf3 Re8
8.g3 Qe7 9.b4 (N)
9...e5
10.dxe5 dxe5 11.Bb2
11...Nc6 12.Bg2!?
12...Nd4!
13.Nxd4 exd4
14.Qd2 Bg4 15.f3 Be6!?
16.Bxd4!
16...Bxc4 17.e4 Nd7
18.Qc3 b5 19.Bxg7!?
19...f5!
20.Bh6!?
20...fxe4!
21.000 a5
22.bxa5 Nc5 23.Bf1 Nb3+!?
24.Kb1!
24...Nxa5 25.Bc1 Qe5 26.Qxe5 Rxe5 27.fxe4
27...Bxf1!?
28.Rhxf1!
28...Nc4 29.Rd7 Rxe4!?
30.Rff7!
30...Nxa3+ 31.Bxa3 Rxa3 32.Rg7+ Kh8
33.Rxh7+ Kg8 34.Rdg7+
34...Kf8 35.Rxc7
35...Rb4+
36.Kc2 Rc4+ 37.Kb2 Rxc7
38.Rxc7 b4
39.Kb1!?
39...Rb3+ 40.Kc1 Ra3?
41.Rc2!
41...Kg7
42.Rb2!
42...Rf3
43.Kb1 b3 44.Re2 Kg6 45.Kb2 Kg5 46.Ka3 Kg4
47.Re4+!
47...Kf5
48.Rb4 Rf2 49.h4 Rg2 50.Rb5+ Ke4
51.Rxb3 51...Rc2
52.Rb4+ Ke5 53.Kb3 Rf2 54.Rb5+ Kf6 55.Kc4
55...Rg2 56.Rg5 Rd2 57.Rg8
57...Kf7 58.Rg4 Kf6
59.h5 Rh2 60.Rg6+!
60...Kf7 61.g4 Rd2
62.Rg5 Rd1 63.Rd5 Rg1 64.Rf5+ Kg7 65.Rg5+ Kh6
66.Rg6+ Kh7 67.Kd5 Re1 68.g5
68...Ra1
69.Rc6 Rg1 70.Rc7+ Kg8 71.g6 Rg5+ 10

Response to Jack Rabbit (Reply #2)
Sun Sep 9, 2012, 02:06 PM
Jack Rabbit (42,919 posts)
20. Ovod _ Gunina, Round 3
Defending champion Valentina Gunina finished second this year.
Evgenia Ovod  Valentina Gunina Russian Women's Championship, Round 3 Moscow, 5 August 2012 SemiSlav Queen's Gambit: Meran Defense (Lundin Variation) 1.c4 c6 2.Nf3 d5 3.e3 Nf6 4.Nc3 e6 5.d4 Nbd7 6.Bd3 dxc4 7.Bxc4 b5 8.Bd3 b4 9.Ne4 Nxe4 10.Bxe4 Bb7 11.00 Bd6 12.a3 bxa3 13.Nd2 Qc7
14.b3 (N)
14...Bxh2+
15.Kh1 Bd6 16.Nc4 Be7!?
17.Bxa3!
17...Bxa3 18.Rxa3 00 19.Qa1!?
19...a6!?
20.Na5!
20...f5 21.Bf3 Nf6 22.Rc1
22...Ng4 23.Kg1 Qh2+
24.Kf1 Rab8 25.Rc5!?
25...Ba8!
26.Qc3
26...Nf6!?
27.Qc4!?
27...Kh8!?
28.Qxe6?
28...Rbe8!
29.Qxf5
29...Qh1+ 30.Ke2 Nd5 31.g3
31...Rxe3+!!
32.fxe3 Qh2+ 33.Kd3
33...Rxf5 34.Be4
34...Rf1 35.Bxd5 Rd1+ 36.Ke4 cxd5+ 37.Kf5 Rf1+ 38.Ke6 Rf8

Response to Jack Rabbit (Reply #1)
Mon Sep 3, 2012, 04:42 PM
Jack Rabbit (42,919 posts)
5. Biel Chess Festival, Grandmaster Tournament
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Mon Sep 3, 2012, 04:45 PM
Jack Rabbit (42,919 posts)
6. Wang Hao  Giri, Round 10
Wang Hao persevered to win the Biel Chess Festival in spite of losing both his game against runner up Magnus Carlsen.
(Public Domain) Wang Hao  Anish Giri Biel Chess Festival, Round 10 Biel, 2 August 2012 West India Game: Indian Queen's Gambit (Russian Opening) (Grünfeld Defense) 1.Nf3 Nf6 2.c4 g6 3.Nc3 d5 4.Qa4+ Bd7 5.Qb3 dxc4 6.Qxc4 a6 7.d4 b5
8.Qb3 c5?!
9.dxc5! Bg7 10.e4 00
11.Be2 Be6
12.Qc2 Nbd7
13.Be3 Rc8 14.Rd1
14...b4 15.Nd5
15...Bxd5 16.exd5 Nxc5 17.00 a5
18.Bb5
18...Nce4 19.Bc6 Qc7 (N)
20.Rc1
20...Nd6 21.Qe2
21...Nf5 22.Bc5!?
22...Bh6!?
23.Rc2!?
23...Rfd8!
24.Rd1 e6?!
25.dxe6 Rxd1+
26.Qxd1 fxe6 27.Ba4 Qd8?
28.Qe2!
28...Ng7 29.Ne5 Ne4 30.Nc6 Rxc6
31.Bxc6 Nxc5 32.Rxc5 10

Response to Jack Rabbit (Reply #5)
Sun Sep 9, 2012, 10:48 PM
Jack Rabbit (42,919 posts)
23. Wang Hao  Carlsen, Round 7
Magnus went through Biel scoring four wins without a single loss, but still had to settle for finishing runner up to a man he beat twice.
Photo by Stefan64 (http://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/User:Stefan64) from Wikipedia (Creative Commons License, Attribution/Share Alike) Wang Hao  Magnus Carlsen Biel Chess Festival, Round 7 Biel, 30 July 2012 East India Game: Queen's Indian Defense (Catalan Opening) 1.d4 Nf6 2.c4 e6 3.Nf3 b6 4.g3 Ba6 5.b3 Bb7 6.Bg2 Bb4+ 7.Bd2
7...c5
8.00 00 9.Bc3
9...Na6
10.a3
10...Bxc3 11.Nxc3 cxd4 12.Nxd4 Bxg2 13.Kxg2
13...Nc5 (N)
14.Rc1
14...Qc7 15.b4 Nb7?!
16.Ncb5!
16...Qb8!?
17.Qd3!
17...Rc8 18.Rfd1!?
18...h6!?
19.f3!?
19...a6!
20.Nc3 Nd6 21.Nb1 Nde8!?
22.Nd2!
22...Qb7!?
23.c5!?
23...bxc5?!
24.bxc5!
24...Qa7 25.N2b3!?
25...Nd5!
26.c6!
26...dxc6?!
27.e4!?
27...Ne7!
28.Nc5
28...Nf6
29.Ndb3!?
29...Ng6!?
30.Qc3 Nf8!?
31.Na5!
31...Rab8
32.a4 Kh8!?
34.Rxb6 Qxb6 35.Nab7?!
35...Rb8!
36.Nd6 Kg8
37.Rd2!
37...a5 38.Nd3 N8d7 39.Nc4
39...Qa6
40.Rc2!?
40...c5!?
41.Rb2 Rb7 42.Rxb7 Qxb7 43.Qb2
46...Nb6!!
47.Kf2
47...Nfd7 48.Ke3 Kf8 49.f4
49...f5 50.exf5!?
50...exf5!
51.Kd3 Ke7 52.Na3!?
52...Nf6!
53.Nbc4 Nxc4 54.Nxc4 Ne4 55.Ne5?
55...Kd8!
56.g4 fxg4 57.Nxg4
57...Nd6 58.b6 Kc8 59.Ne3 Kb7 60.Nd5 Kc6 01

Response to Jack Rabbit (Reply #1)
Mon Sep 3, 2012, 04:53 PM
Jack Rabbit (42,919 posts)
7. World Junior Championships, Athens
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Mon Sep 3, 2012, 04:55 PM
Jack Rabbit (42,919 posts)
8. Ipatov  Baron, Round 4
The new world junior champion is Alexander Ipatov of Turkey by way of Ukraine.
(Creative Commons License, Attribution/Share Alike) Alexander Ipatov  Tal Baron World Junior Championships (Boys' Group), Round 4 Athens, 3 August 2012 East India Game: NimzoIndian Defense (Sämisch Opening) 1.d4 Nf6 2.c4 e6 3.Nc3 Bb4 4.e3 d5 5.a3 Bxc3+ 6.bxc3 c5 7.cxd5 exd5 8.Bd3 00 9.Ne2 b6 10.00 Ba6
11.f3
11...Re8 12.Ng3
12...Bxd3 13.Qxd3 Nc6 14.Bb2
14...Qd7?! (N)
15.e4!
15...dxe4!?
16.fxe4!
16...Qg4?!
17.e5!
17...Nh5 18.Qf5 Qxf5 19.Nxf5
19...g5?
20.Nh6+?!
20...Kg7!
21.Nxf7 Nf4 22.Nxg5
22...Nd3 23.Rf7+ Kg8 24.Raf1
24...Nxb2?
25.Rxh7!
25...Re7 26.Rh6
26...Rc8 27.Rff6
27...Rg7
28.Ne6 cxd4 29.Nxg7!!
29...Nxe5
30.Ne6!
30...dxc3 31.Rh5 Ng6
32.Rg5 c2
33.Rgxg6+ Kh8
34.Rh6+ Kg8 35.Rfg6+ Kf7 36.Rg7+ 10

Response to Jack Rabbit (Reply #7)
Sat Sep 15, 2012, 02:59 PM
Jack Rabbit (42,919 posts)
24. Shimanov  Rapport, Round 10 (Slav/Tikhi Opening Theory)
(, Attribution/Share Alike) Aleksandr Shimanov  Richard Rapport World Junior Championship, Round 10 Athens, 11 August 2012 Slav Queen's Gambit: Tikhi Opening (Schallopp Defense) 1.d4 d5 2.Nf3 Nf6 3.c4 c6 4.e3 4...Bf5
5.Nc3 e6 6.Nh4 Bg6
7.Nxg6
7...hxg6 8.Bd3
8...Nbd7 9.00 Ne4!? (N)
10.g3
10...Nd6
11.b3
11...Nf5 12.a3!?
12...a6!?
13.Re1!
13...Qf6
14.Bb2 Bd6 15.Qf3
15...000 16.Rad1!?
16...Rh5!?
17.Bf1!
17...Rdh8
18.h3?!
18...g5?!
19.Bg2?!
19...Rxh3!!
20.Bxh3?
20...Rxh3!
21.Qg2
21...Qh6!
22.Ne2 Nf6 23.cxd5 exd5 24.e4
24...Nxe4 25.Rf1 Bxg3 26.fxg3
26...Ne3 01

Response to Jack Rabbit (Reply #7)
Sat Sep 22, 2012, 01:29 PM
Jack Rabbit (42,919 posts)
27. Ziaziulkina  Guo Qi, Round 9
Photo by Jon Sullivan from publicdomainphotos.com (Public Domain) Natassia Ziaziulkina  Guo Qi World Junior Championships (Girls' Group), Round 9 Athens, 11 August 2012 Open French Game: Rubinstein Defense 1.e4 e6 2.d4 d5 3.Nc3 dxe4 4.Nxe4 Nd7
5.g3
5...Ngf6
6.Nxf6+ Nxf6 7.Bg2
7...e5
8.Ne2
8...exd4 9.Qxd4 Qxd4?! (N)
10.Nxd4!
10...Bb4+
11.c3 Ba5
12.00
12...00 13.Bf4!?
13...Bb6!
14.Nb5 Ne8
15.a4! a5 16.Na3
16...c6 17.Nc4
17...Bd8 18.Rfe1 Be6 19.Bf1
19...Bc7
20.Bxc7
20...Nxc7 21.Nb6 Rad8 22.Nc4!?
22...Bxc4!
23.Bxc4 Rfe8 24.Rad1!?
24...Rxe1+!
25.Rxe1 Kf8 26.Re2 Rd1+ 27.Kg2 Ra1 28.Bb3!?
28...Na6!
29.Bc2
29...Nc5
30.Re5 b6
31.b4 axb4 32.cxb4 Nxa4 33.Re3!?
33...b5!
34.Bb3?!
34...Ra3!
35.Kf3!?
35...c5!
36.bxc5 Nxc5 37.Bd5?
37...b4!
38.Ke2 b3 39.Kd2 Ra2+ 40.Kc1 Rxf2!
41.h4 b2+ 42.Kb1 Na4!
43.Be4
43...f5 44.Bc2 44...Rf1+!
45.Ka2 Ra1+ 46.Kb3 b1Q+ 47.Bxb1 Rxb1+ 48.Kxa4
48...g6 49.h5
49...Kg7 50.hxg6 hxg6 51.g4 Kf6 52.gxf5 gxf5
53.Re8 f4 54.Ka3 Kf5 55.Ka2 Rb7 56.Rf8+ Kg4 01

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Mon Sep 3, 2012, 05:33 PM
Jack Rabbit (42,919 posts)
9. French National Championship, Pau
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Mon Sep 3, 2012, 05:36 PM
Jack Rabbit (42,919 posts)
10. Vachier Lagrave  Lagarde, Round 3
Maxime Vachier Lagrave (Creative Commons License, Attribution/Share Alike) Maxime Vachier Lagrave  Maxime Lagarde French Championships (General Group), Round 3 Pau, 15 August 2012 Symmetrical English Game: MikenasCarls Opening 1.c4 Nf6 2.Nc3 e6 3.e4 c5 4.Nf3 Nc6 5.Be2 e5 6.d3 h6 (N)
7.00
7...g6!?
8.b4!?
8...Nxb4?!
9.Nxe5!
9...d6 10.a3?!
10...dxe5!
11.axb4 cxb4 12.Nd5 Nxd5 13.cxd5 Qb6!?
14.d4!?
14...exd4!
15.Bf4 Bc5 16.e5
16...Bf5!?
17.Bc4!?
17...g5
18.Bg3!?
18...h5!?
19.e6!
19...fxe6 20.dxe6 Ke7 21.Qf3?!
21...Raf8!
22.Qd5 Qc6?!
23.Qe5!
23...h4??
24.Bd5!
24...Qb5 25.Qc7+ Kf6 26.Be5+ Kg6 27.Bxh8 10

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Sun Sep 9, 2012, 02:09 PM
Jack Rabbit (42,919 posts)
21. Edouard  Tkachiev, Round 9
Romain Edourad is 21 years old. This is the first time he has won or shared the French national title.
Vladislav Tkachiev, originally from Russia and Kazakhstan, lives in Cannes and has taken French citizenship. He won the French national championship in 2006 and the European championship in 2007. (Creative Commons License, Attribution/Share Alike) Romain Edouard  Vladislav Tkachiev French Championships (General Group), Round 9 Pau, 22 August 2012 East India Game: NimzoIndian Defense (Rubinstein Opening/Hübner Variation) 1.d4 Nf6 2.c4 e6 3.Nc3 Bb4 4.e3 00 5.Bd3 c5 6.Nf3 Nc6 7.00 Bxc3 8.bxc3
8...d6 9.e4 e5 10.d5
10...Ne7 11.Nh4
11...Kh8
12.g3
12...Bh3 13.Re1 Qd7 (N)
14.f3
14...Nfg8
15.g4!
15...Ng6!?
16.Nxg6+!?
16...fxg6!
17.Kh1 h5 18.gxh5
18...Qf7 19.Be2
19...gxh5 20.Rg1 Nf6!?
21.Qe1!
21...Nh7!?
22.Qh4!
22...Bd7 23.Be3!?
23...g6!?
24.Raf1!
24...Qf6 25.Qg3!?
25...Rg8 26.h4 Qe7?!
27.f4!
27...Rae8 28.fxe5 dxe5
29.Kh2!
29...b6 30.Bh6 Ba4 31.Rf2 Bc2 32.Rgf1 Bxe4?
33.Rf7! Qd8 34.Bxh5
34...Re7
35.Bg4?!
35...Bf5!
36.Rxe7 Qxe7 37.Bh3 Bxh3
38.Kxh3 g5?
39.hxg5?
39...Nxg5+!
40.Bxg5 Rxg5
41.Qh4+
41...Kg8 42.Rf5!
42...Rg7
43.Qxe7 Rxe7 44.Kg3 e4
45.Kf2!
45...Rh7?
46.Ke3!
47.Kxe4
47...Rxc3 48.d6 Rxc4+ 49.Kd5 Rd4+ 50.Kc6 c4 51.d7 10

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Sat Sep 22, 2012, 04:50 PM
Jack Rabbit (42,919 posts)
28. Fressinet  Bauer, Round 8
Christian Bauer was probably playing the best chess of his life when his infant child died suddenly just before the final round, when M. Bauer, M. Vachier Lagrave, M. Edouard and M. Bacrot were tied for first place. The fianl round and any necessary playoff was canceled and the four men were declared French cochampions for 2012.
M. Bauer's most important win came in the eighth round against the ratings favorite, Laurent Fressinet. (Creative Commons License, Attribution/Share Alike) Laurent Fressinet  Christian Bauer French Championships, General Group, Round 8 Pau, 21 August 2012 East India Game: Queen's Indian Defense (Catalan Opening/Bronstein Variation) 1.d4 Nf6 2.Nf3 e6 3.c4 b6 4.g3 Ba6 5.Qb3
5...Nc6 6.Nbd2 Na5
7.Qa4
7...Bb7 8.Bg2 c5 9.dxc5 Bc6 (N)
10.Qc2
10...bxc5 11.00 Be7 12.b3 00 13.Bb2 d6!?
14.a3!
14...Rc8 15.Rfd1?!
15...h6!?
16.e4
16...a6 17.b4 Nb7 18.Rab1!?
18...Qe8!?
19.Qc3!?
19...e5!
20.Ne1!?
20...cxb4!
21.axb4 a5 22.bxa5 Ra8
23.Ra1 Ba4 24.Rdb1 Bd8 25.Ba3!?
25...Bxa5!
26.Qe3 Nc5!?
27.Bxc5!
27...dxc5 28.Nb3 Bxb3
29.Qxb3 Bxe1 30.Rxe1 Qe7 31.Bf3
31...Rab8
32.Qe3!?
32...Rb4!?
33.Rec1!?
33...Rd8!
34.h4 Qc7 35.Ra6 Rb6!?
36.Ra5!
36...Rb3 37.Qxb3 Qxa5 38.Kg2 g6 39.Rb1
39...Kg7 40.Qb5 Qc7!?
41.Qa6!
41...Rd6
42.Qa8
42...Rd2 43.Rd1?!
43...Rxd1!
44.Bxd1 Qd6 45.Be2!?
45...Qd2!
46.Bf3 Qd4
47.Qa2
47...Ne8 48.Be2
48...Qxe4+
49.Bf3 Qd4 50.Qe2
50...Nf6 51.Bc6 h5
52.Kg1
52...Ng8
53.Kg2
53...Ne7 54.Bb7 Nf5 55.Bd5 Nd6
56.Qa2 Ne4!
57.Bxe4
57...Qxe4+ 58.Kg1
58...Qe1+ 59.Kg2 Qe4+
60.Kg1 Qd3
61.Qa4 e4 62.Qb5 Qd1+ 63.Kh2
63...Qd4 64.Kg2 64...e3
65.fxe3 Qxe3
66.Qb2+ Kg8
67.Kh2 Qd3
68.Qb8+ Kh7 69.Qf4 Qe2+ 70.Kg1 Kg7
71.Kh1 Qg4 72.Qf1
72...Qe4+ 73.Kh2 Qc2+ 74.Kg1 Qf5
75.Qe2 Qg4 76.Qe5+
76...Kh7 77.Qxc5?
77...Qxg3+ 78.Kf1
78...Qxh4!?
79.Qd5! Qf4+ 80.Kg1?
80...h4!
81.c5 Kg7 82.c6 h3 83.Kh1
83...g5 84.Kg1
84...g4 85.c7 g3 01

Response to Jack Rabbit (Reply #9)
Sat Sep 22, 2012, 09:31 PM
Jack Rabbit (42,919 posts)
29. Bacrot  Istratescu, Round 6
(Creative Commons License, Attribution/Share Alike) Etienne Bacrot  Andrei Istratescu French Championships, General Group, Round 6 Pau, 18 August 2012 Slav Queen's Gambit: Cameleon Defese 1.c4 c6 2.d4 d5 3.Nc3 Nf6 4.e3 a6 5.Nf3 b5
6.c5 Bg4 7.Qb3!?
7...Bxf3! 8.gxf3 e5 9.a4 Nbd7 10.Na2!?
10...Qc8 11.Qa3 (N)
11...Be7
12.Nb4 00 13.axb5 cxb5 14.Bh3
14...a5 15.Nd3 exd4!?
16.exd4!
16...Qb7 17.00 Nb8
18.Ne5 Bd8
19.Qd3 Nc6 20.Re1
20...a4
21.Kh1!?
21...Re8!
22.Bf4 Ba5
23.Re3
23...Nh5 24.Bg3 Nxg3+ 25.hxg3 Nxe5
26.dxe5
26...d4?!
27.Qxd4!
27...Rad8 28.Qe4 Qxe4 29.Rxe4
29...Rd2
30.b4 axb3 31.Rxa5!!
31...Rd1+ 32.Kg2 b2 33.Rxb5!
33...b1Q
34.Rxb1 Rxb1 35.Rc4?!
35...Rb7?!
36.c6!
36...Rc7 37.Bd7
37...Rb8 38.f4 f6?!
39.e6!
39...Kf8 40.f5 Rb5?!
41.Ra4!
41...Rb8 42.Rh4 h6 43.Ra4
43...Ke7 44.Kh3 Rb2?
45.Rg4! Kf8 46.Rf4
46...Re2 47.Kh4 10

Response to Jack Rabbit (Reply #9)
Sun Sep 23, 2012, 12:55 AM
Jack Rabbit (42,919 posts)
32. Skripchenko  Safranska, Women's Group, Round 6
(Creative Commons License, Attribution/Share Alike) Almira Skripchenko  Anda Safranska French Championships, Women's Group, Round 6 Pau, 20 August 2012 Moorish Game: Horseman Defense (Alekhine Defense) 1.e4 Nf6 2.e5 Nd5 3.d4 d6 4.Nf3 dxe5 5.Nxe5 c6 6.Be2 Nd7 7.Nf3
7...N7f6
8.00 Bg4 9.h3 Bh5
10.c4 Nb6 11.b3 e6 12.Bb2! (N)
12...Be7
13.Nbd2 00 14.Ne5 Bxe2
15.Qxe2 c5?!
16.Rad1!
16...cxd4 17.Ndf3
17...Qc7 18.Nxd4 a6
19.Rd3
19...Rad8
20.Rfd1 Qc8 21.Bc3 Bc5 22.Ng4!?
22...Nxg4 23.Qxg4 g6 24.Qe4 Rde8?
25.b4?!
25...f5?!
26.Qe5!
26...Nd7 27.Qg3?!
27...Bxd4?!
28.Rxd4! Rf7?
29.Qd3?!
29...Nf8?
30.Rd6!
30...g5 31.c5 Qc7 32.Qc4 h6 33.a4 Rc8
34.Qd4 Kh7 35.Qh8+ Kg6 36.g4 10

Response to Jack Rabbit (Reply #9)
Thu Sep 27, 2012, 01:34 AM
Jack Rabbit (42,919 posts)
33. Maisuradze  Milliet, Women's Group, Round 6 (Opening Theory QID Petrosian  Ending K+B+N vs K)
(Creative Commons License, Attribution/Share Alike) Nino Maisuradze  Sophie Milliet French Championships, Women's Group, Round 6 Pau, 20 August 2012 East India Game: Queen's Indian Defense (Petrosian Opening/Main Line) 1.d4 Nf6 2.c4 e6 3.Nf3 b6 4.a3 4...Bb7
5.Nc3 d5
6.Bg5
6...Be7 7.e3
7...00 8.Rc1 Nbd7 9.cxd5 exd5 10.Bd3
10...c5 11.00 Ne4 12.Bxe7
12...Qxe7 13.dxc5
13...bxc5 14.Re1 (N)
14...f5
15.b4 c4 16.Bf1!?
16...Ndf6!
17.Nd4 Nxc3!?
18.Rxc3!
18...Ne4 19.Rc2!?
19...a5!
20.f3
20...Nd6!?
21.b5!
21...Nc8 22.e4 fxe4 23.fxe4 dxe4?
24.Bxc4+!
24...Kh8 25.Ne6 Nb6
26.Nxf8 Qc5+ 27.Kh1 Rxf8 28.Rf1
28...Rb8
29.Be2!?
29...Qe5
30.Rd2!?
30...Bd5!
31.Qe1
34.Rfd1 Rc5 35.Kg1 Kh7 36.Kf2
36...Kg6 37.g4 Kf6 38.Rd4?
38...Ke5!
39.g3?!
39...Rc3!
40.Kg2?
40...Rxa3!
41.Kh3
41...Rc3 42.R4d2 a4!
43.Bf1 a3 44.Ra1 44...e3!
45.Rd3 Rxd3 46.Bxd3 a2! 47.g5 Kd4
48.gxh6 gxh6 49.Bb1
49...axb1Q!
50.Rxb1 e2 51.g4
51...Ke3 52.Kg3 Be4
53.Ra1 Nd5 54.g5
54...hxg5 55.Kg4 Nc3 56.Re1
56...Nxb5 57.Kxg5
57...Nd4 58.Rxe2+ Nxe2 59.Kg4
59...Nd4 60.Kg5 Bf5 61.Kf6 Ke4 62.Ke7 Ke5 63.Kf7
63...Nc6
64.Kg7 Be4 65.Kf7 Kf5 66.Kg7
66...Ne5 67.Kg8 Kf6 68.Kh8 Nf7+
69.Kg8 Bf5 70.Kf8 Bh7 71.Ke8 Ne5!
72.Kd8
72...Ke6 73.Kc7 Nd7 74.Kc6
74...Bd3!
75.Kc7 Bb5
76.Kd8 Nf6 77.Kc8 Ke7 78.Kb7
78...Nd5 79.Kc8 Ba6+ 80.Kb8 Kd7 81.Ka7
81...Bc8 82.Kb8
82...Nb4 83.Ka7 Kc7 84.Ka8 Bb7+ 01

Response to Jack Rabbit (Reply #1)
Tue Sep 4, 2012, 03:17 AM
Jack Rabbit (42,919 posts)
11. Politiken Cup, Helsignřr
Scene of Shakespeare's Hamlet (Public Domain) 
Response to Jack Rabbit (Reply #11)
Tue Sep 4, 2012, 03:21 AM
Jack Rabbit (42,919 posts)
13. Bulski  Cheparinov, Round 9
(Creative Commons License, Attribution/Share Alike) Krzysztof Bulski  Ivan Cheparinov Politiken Cup, Round 9 Helsingřr, 4 August 2012 West India Game: King's Indian Defense (Catalan Opening) 1.d4 Nf6 2.c4 g6 3.g3 Bg7 4.Bg2 00 5.Nc3 d6 6.Nf3 Nc6 7.00 a6 8.b3 Rb8 9.Nd5
9...Nxd5
10.cxd5 Nb4 11.e4 f5 12.Ng5 c5
13.dxc6 Nxc6 14.exf5 Bxf5 (N)
15.Be3
15...d5 16.g4
16...Bc8 17.h3 Qd6 18.Qd2 h6!?
19.Nf3!
19...h5
20.gxh5 Bxh3!?
21.Bxh3!
21...Rxf3 22.Bg2!?
22...Rf5!
23.h6 Bh8 24.Rad1 Rbf8 25.f4!?
25...Kh7!
26.Rf3 e6?!
27.Bh3
27...Rh5 28.Qg2?!
28...Ne7!
29.Bg4
29...Rh4 30.Rh3?
30...Rxh3!
31.Qxh3
31...Nf5 32.Bxf5
32...exf5 33.Qf1
33...Re8 34.Qd3
34...Re4
35.Rc1
35...Qe7 36.Rc3 Rxe3 01

Response to Jack Rabbit (Reply #11)
Sun Sep 16, 2012, 05:16 PM
Jack Rabbit (42,919 posts)
25. Ochsner  I. Sokolov, Round 3
Ivan Sokolov, a Dutch grandmaster by way of Bosnia, won more games in Helsingřr than any other competitor. As we have mentioned before, he perhaps the world's foremost expert on the theory of Black's side of the Spanish Grand Royal Game.
In this earlyround game, Mh. Sokolov takes risks trying to confound against a lower rated opponent, gets in trouble and nearly loses. But in the end, because he knows his way around the pawn skeleton resulting from this opening, he bouces back when finally presented the opportunity and emerges victorious. (Public Domain) http://www.chessgames.com/perl/chessgame?gid=1674002 Bjřrn Mřller Ochsner  Ivan Sokolov Politiken Cup, Round 3 Helsingřr, 29 July 2012 Grand Spanish Royal Game: Arkhangelsk Defense 1.e4 e5 2.Nf3 Nc6 3.Bb5 a6 4.Ba4 Nf6 5.00 b5 6.Bb3 Bb7 7.d3 Be7
8.Re1
8...d6 9.a3 Nb8 (N)
10.Nbd2
10...c5 11.Nf1 Qc7
12.Ng3 g6?!
13.Ba2
13...Nbd7
14.Bh6
14...Ng4 15.Bd2
15...h5?!
16.h3!
16...Nh6?!
17.Qe2! Rc8 18.Rac1!?
18...Nf8
19.b4 c4 20.dxc4!?
20...bxc4!
21.Bxh6
21...Rxh6 22.Qe3
22...Rh8 23.Nd2 h4
24.Ngf1
24...f5?
25.Bxc4!
25...Bxe4 26.Bxa6 Bxg2
27.Bxc8 Ba8 28.Ba6?!
28...Qc6!
29.f3 Qxa6! 30.c4 Nd7 31.a4?!
31...Rh5?!
32.b5!?
32...Qc8!
33.c5
33...Rg5+ 34.Kh2 dxc5!?
35.Nc4!
35...Qb7 36.Rc3 e4?
37.f4! Qb8
38.Kh1?!
38...Rh5!
39.Rd1?!
39...g5!
40.Qe2
40...Nf6 41.Ne5
41...gxf4 42.Nc6 Qc7 43.Rdc1?
43...f3!
44.Qa2
44...f4 45.Qe6 Bxc6!?
46.Rxc5?
46...Bd5!
47.Qxf6
47...Bxf6 48.Rxc7 e3
49.Kh2 f2 50.R7c2 Rg5 51.Nd2 Rg2+ 52.Kh1 Rg1+
53.Kh2 exd2 01

Response to Jack Rabbit (Reply #1)
Tue Sep 4, 2012, 03:20 AM
Jack Rabbit (42,919 posts)
12. British Championships, North Shields, Northumberland
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Response to Jack Rabbit (Reply #12)
Tue Sep 4, 2012, 03:25 AM
Jack Rabbit (42,919 posts)
14. Ledger  Jones, Round 11
With this victory, Gawain Jones earned the right to meet Stephen Gordon in a playoff for first place, which Mr. Jones won.
(Creative Commons License, Attribution/Share Alike) David Ledger  Gawain Jones British Championships, Round 11 North Shields, Northumberland, 4 August 2012 Open Sicilian Rat Game: Dragon Defense (Yugoslav Opening) 1.e4 c5 2.Nf3 d6 3.d4 cxd4 4.Nxd4 Nf6 5.Nc3 g6 6.Be3 Bg7 7.f3 Nc6 8.Qd2 00 9.Bc4 Bd7 10.000 Rb8 11.Bb3 Na5 12.h4
12...b5 13.h5
13...Nc4 14.Bxc4 bxc4 15.hxg6
15...fxg6 16.Bh6 Qb6 17.b3 cxb3 (N)
18.axb3
18...Bxh6 19.Qxh6 Rf7 20.Qg5!?
20...Rc8!
21.Nd5?!
21...Nxd5!
22.exd5 Qa5!?
23.Kb2!
23...e5?!
24.Ne2?!
24...Bf5! 25.Rd2
25...Rb7?!
26.Ra1?
26...Qc5!
27.Rc1
27...Kg7
28.g4
28...h6 29.Qh4 29...Bxc2!!
30.Rcxc2
30...Rxb3+ 31.Kc1
31...Qa3+!
32.Kd1 Rb1+ 33.Nc1 Qxf3+ 34.Re2 Qd3+ 01

Response to Jack Rabbit (Reply #12)
Sun Sep 16, 2012, 05:29 PM
Jack Rabbit (42,919 posts)
26. Gordon  Roe, Round 2
(Creative Commons License, Attribution/Share Alike) Steve Gordon  Simon Roe British Championships, Round 2 North Shields, Northumberland, 24 July 2012 Orthodox Queen's Gambit: Normal Defense (Swedish Variation) (Tarrasch Defense) 1.d4 d5 2.c4 e6 3.Nf3 c5 4.cxd5 exd5 5.g3 Nc6 6.Bg2 c4
7.00 Bb4 8.b3
8...cxb3 9.Qxb3 Nge7 10.Ba3
10...Bxa3
11.Qxa3 00 12.Nbd2 (N)
12...Be6 13.Nb3!?
13...b6!
14.Rfc1 f6 15.Ne1 a5!?
16.e3!
16...Nb4!?
17.Qb2!
17...Qd6 18.Bf1!?
18...Bf5!
19.Nd2 Rab8!?
20.Nb1!
20...Rfc8 21.Nc3 Kh8 22.a3
22...Nbc6 23.Ba6 Rd8 24.Qe2
24...Na7 25.Nd3!?
25...b5!
26.Nc5
26...Qb6?!
27.Ra2!
27...b4
28.axb4 axb4 29.N3a4
29...Qc6 30.Nb3?!
30...Qd6!?
31.Nac5!
31...Qb6 32.Qf3 Nb5?
33.Bxb5 Qxb5 34.Ra7 Nc6
35.Rxg7 Kxg7 36.Qxf5
36...Rd6 37.Ne6+ Kf7 38.Qxh7+
38...Kxe6
39.Nc5+ Qxc5 40.dxc5
40...Rdd8 41.Qd3 Rd7
42.Ra1 Rc7 43.Ra6 b3 44.Rb6 b2 45.Qb5 10

Response to Jack Rabbit (Reply #1)
Fri Sep 7, 2012, 03:31 AM
Jack Rabbit (42,919 posts)
15. Ukrainian National Championship, Kiev
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Fri Sep 7, 2012, 03:32 AM
Jack Rabbit (42,919 posts)
16. Korobov  Miroshnichenko, Round 8
Anton Korobov won the Ukrainian national championship ahead of Ponomariov, Areshchenko and Volokitin.
Photo by Jon Sullivan from publicdomainphotos.com (Public Domain) Anton Korobov  Evgenij Miroshnichenko Ukrainian National Championship, Round 8 Kiev, 4 August 2012 SemiSlav Queen's Gambit: Grand AntiMeran Gambit 1.d4 d5 2.c4 c6 3.Nc3 Nf6 4.Nf3 e6 5.Bg5 h6 6.Bxf6 Qxf6 7.e3 Nd7 8.Bd3 dxc4 9.Bxc4 g6 10.00 Bg7
11.Qc2
11...00
12.Bb3 Qe7 13.Rad1
13...b6
14.e4 Bb7 15.Rfe1 Rad8 (N)
16.e5
16...a6 17.Qe4 b5
18.h4!?
18...Ba8!?
19.h5! c5
20.d5 c4
21.Bc2 exd5?!
22.Nxd5!
22...Bxd5 23.Rxd5 Nc5 24.Rxc5 Qxc5 25.hxg6 f5?!
26.Qf4!
26...Qb6
27.Bxf5 Qxg6
28.Bxg6 Rxf4 29.e6 Bf6
30.e7 Bxe7 31.Rxe7 Rd6?!
32.Bc2!
32...Kf8 33.Re2 b4?
34.Kf1!?
34...Rb6?
35.Re3!
35...a5
36.Ne5 Rd4 37.Ke1 b3
38.axb3 cxb3 39.Bxb3 a4
40.Bxa4!
40...Rxb2 41.Bd1
41...Ra2 42.g3 Kg7
43.Bb3 Rb2 44.Kf1 h5 45.Nf3 10

Response to Jack Rabbit (Reply #15)
Fri Sep 7, 2012, 03:33 AM
Jack Rabbit (42,919 posts)
17. Ponomariov  Volokitin, Round 5
(Creative Commons License, Attribution/Share Alike) Ruslan Ponomariov  Andrei Volokitin Ukrainian NAtional Championship, Round 5 Kiev, 31 July 2012 West India Game: King's Indian Defense (Catalan Opening/Pterodactyl Variation) 1.d4 Nf6 2.c4 g6 3.Nf3 Bg7 4.g3 c5 5.Bg2 Qa5+
6.Nc3
6...Ne4 7.Qd3
7...cxd4
8.Nxd4 Nc5 9.Qd1 Nc6 10.e3
10...Ne6
11.Nxe6 (N)
11...Bxc3+
13...00 14.Qb3 Qc7 15.c5!?
15...e5! 16.c4 Bf5!?
17.Bd2!?
17...Rad8!
18.Rfd1!?
18...Bg4!
19.f3 Be6 20.Bf1?!
20...e4! 21.Bc3
21...exf3
22.Rxd8 Rxd8 23.Rd1 Rxd1!?
24.Qxd1!
24...Ne5 25.Bxe5 Qxe5 26.Qd8+ Kg7 27.Qd4
27...Qxd4
28.exd4 g5 29.Bd3 g4 30.a3?
30...f5!
31.Kf2 Kf6
32.h4
32...Bd7 33.Bc2
33...e5 34.d5
34...h6
35.Ke3 e4 36.c6
36...bxc6 37.Ba4
37...cxd5!!
38.Bxd7 d4+ 39.Kd2
39...e3+ 40.Kd3
40...e2 41.Kd2 d3 42.Ke1
42...Ke5 43.c5 Kd4 01

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Fri Sep 7, 2012, 04:06 AM
Jack Rabbit (42,919 posts)
18. Update from Istanbul (Thursday, September 6): USA! USA! USA!
Photo by Robster1983 (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/User:Robster1983) in Wikimedia Commons (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/File:%C4%B0stanbulAyasofya.JPG) (Public Domain) Reigning US champion Hikaru Nakamura defeated former world champion Vladimir Kramnik and former Soviet child prodigy Gata Kamsky, now an American citizen, scored over Alexander Grischuk as the US team defeated Russia by the score of 2˝1˝ in the ninth round of the general group at the fortieth Chess Olympiad today (Thursday) in Istanbul. Russia came into today's round alone in first place, but after the US upset the Russian team it finds itself in a fourway tie for first with the US, China and Armenia, all with 15 match points each. Tomorrow, the US will play China, Russia will play Argentina and Armenia goes up against Holland. In the women's group, China took down France, 31, and continues to hold 1point edge over the Russian women going into tomorrow's tenth round. Russia also won today by the score of 31 over India. 
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Sun Sep 9, 2012, 02:56 PM
Jack Rabbit (42,919 posts)
22. Update (Sunday, September 9): Olympics Finish; ARM, RUS win general group; RUS, CHN win women's
Photo by Robster1983 (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/User:Robster1983) in Wikimedia Commons (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/File:%C4%B0stanbulAyasofya.JPG) (Public Domain) The fortieth Chess Olympiad ended today in Istanbul, which as Constantinople was the capital of the Eastern Roman Empire, with Russia and Armenia tying for first place in the general group and Russia and China tying in the women's group. The Armenian general team and the Russian women's team will be awarded gold medals based on tie break points. The Chinese general team began the day in first place, but faltered and lost to Ukraine in today's final round when the fabled veteran Vassily Ivanchuk took down Wang Hao on board one in just 26 moves. Ukraine took the bronze medal as a result. Individual gold medals in the general group go to Levon Aronian of Armenia for his performance on board 1, David Navara (Czechia) on board 2, Shakhriyar Mamedyarov (Azerbaijan) on board 3, Vlad Tkachiev (France) on board 4 and Dmitry Jakovenko (Russia) for the reserve players. In the women's group, reigning women's world champion Hou Yifan (China) wins gold on board 1, Zhao Xue (China) on board 2, Nadya Kosintseva (Russia) on board 3, Huang Qian (China) on board 4 and reigning Russian women's champion Natalia Pogonina for the reservists. 
Response to Jack Rabbit (Original post)
Sat Sep 22, 2012, 09:52 PM
madinmaryland (57,529 posts)
30. Imagine if they had designated pawns in chess.
Or would that be called checkers. Hmmmm.

Response to madinmaryland (Reply #30)
Sat Sep 22, 2012, 11:01 PM
Jack Rabbit (42,919 posts)
31. Actually, checkers is called "draghts" (pronouced "drafs") in Britain.
It comes from the French dames meaning "Queens."
In the old Hindu/Arabic version of the game, the Queen was the weakest piece. It could only move on square diagonally at a time. As for using a "designated" pawn, chess players do that all the time. One of the strategic uses of a pawn is to keep a line closed. If there is no pawn available for the purpose, then the next best thing is a minor piece. 