Kramnik Dominates Dortmund
World Champion Vladimir Kramnik proved he was back to his brilliant best again, as the Russian ace won his eighth Dortmund Sparkassen title last week. He was unbeaten on 5/7 to finish a full point ahead of his nearest rivals on 4-points: Vishy Anand of India, the world’s top-ranked player, Peter Leko of Hungary, world No.7, and Evgeny Alekseev, No.24.
But Dortmund was all about Kramnik, who turned in an almost effortless 2900 performance without looking as if he had gotten into top gear. The world champion was always in control of the tournament by winning three of his four games with White - all of which must come as a timely warning for those thinking he may not be a force he once was for this September's world championship tournament in Mexico City.
An ICC & ChessVibes co-production.
ICC Chess.FM & Chessvibes reporter Macauley Peterson has a video interview with Vladimir Kramnik. In it, the world champion discusses his round four game against Norwegian wunderkind Magnus Carlsen, how he feels about Dortmund and his preparations for the forthcoming World Championship Tournament in Mexico City. Not to be missed!
Click here to watch the full video interview!
JOHN B. HENDERSON
STANDINGS AFTER R-7
||GM Vladimir Kramnik
||GM Evgeny Alekseev
||GM Viswanathan Anand
||GM Peter Leko
||GM Shakhriyar Mamedyarov
||GM Magnus Carlsen
||GM Boris Gelfand
||GM Arkadij Naiditsch
The Mainz Attraction!
ICC members can win a round trip ticket to Mainz
Over the next week, the Internet Chess Club, in conjunction with Chess Tigers, organizers of the popular annual Mainz Chess Classic in Germany, are offering ICC members a unique opportunity to play in a Chess960 Qualifier to win a round trip ticket, 600 Euro ($811) cash, hotel room and breakfast at the Hilton Mainz Hotel, from August 15 to 20 (5 nights and 6 days!).
You will also receive an automatic seat into two of the biggest and most prestigious series of rapid chess tournaments in the world, playing alongside many of the game's top grandmasters: the 6th FiNet Open, the world's biggest Chess960 (FischerRandom) tournaments, the 12th GRENKELEASING Rapid World Championship, and the 14th ORDIX Open, one of the biggest and strongest rapid tournaments in the world. While there, you will also have the best seats in the house for the main evening attraction: Anand, Kazimdzhanov, Aronian and Bacrot will play two round robin tournaments followed by a "small final" between the 3rd and the 4th and a "big final" between the 1st and the 2nd.
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Games annotated by GM Ronen Har-Zvi
world under-16 junior champion GM Ronen Har-Zvi has a reputation
of being one of the toughest simul masters on ICC with whitewash
scores of 30-0 and 28-0 to his name.
Indiana-Jones (2321) - youngamerican (1640) [A89]
ICC 55 20 u Internet Chess Club (1), 29.06.2007
In this game, I managed to play some amazingly bad chess to reach this position, where I am lost. I needed a lot of help from my opponent here, who until this moment had played very well indeed
34...Rh1+ 35.Kg3 Qe1+? [The first mistake. Perhaps not yet losing, maybe even still winning, but making thing so much more complicated, because after the simple 35...Qd3 White is losing by force: 35...Qd3+ 36.Kf4 Rf1+ 37.Ke5 Qc3+ 38.Ke6 (38.Kd6 Rf6+ 39.Kd7 Rf7) 38...Qxh3+ 39.Kd6 Qxg2] 36.Kg4 h5+??
After this, there are no more questions! [36...Qd1+! 37.Kf4 (37.Kg5 Qh5+ 38.Kf6 Rf1+; 37.Kg3 Qd3+) 37...Rf1+ (37...Qf1+ 38.Ke5 Qxg2 39.Qe8+ Kg7 40.Qe7+=) 38.Ke5 Qd3 when it seems black still has winning chances, but the game is still on] 37.Kg5!
where else? 37...Qe3+ 38.Kxg6!
This king march to g6 is somewhat similar to a goalkeeper going up field to join the attack in the last 30 seconds of a soccer game! Black resigned, as he is getting mated in 3 moves. 1-0
Indiana-Jones (2321) - StoneyJ (1883) [D11]
ICC 55 20 u Internet Chess Club (1), 16.06.2007
Even wilder than the first game was this one.This position was reached after black's 28 move. After a complicated game, the smoke has cleared and white is completely winning, but still needs to be a bit careful, as after 29.f3 or useful moves such as 29.Re1, the game is just over. But...
29.Bd2?? What a horrible, careless move to have made. 29...Qd7! And suddenly it is game on again. 30.Bf4?? Well, playing 30.Rh1 does not seems an easy choice to make, but was probably the only move with a draw as the outcome. Now White can simply resign after the second mistake in as many moves - but this is just the beginning of the fun. [30.Rh1 Rxf2+ 31.Kxf2 Qxd2+ 32.Kg1 (32.Kf3 Rf5+-+) 32...Qd4+ 33.Kg2 Qd2+=] 30...Qh3+ 31.Kf3
Black has 1 move to win here (clue: a surprising one) and one for draw. Want to try and find them? 31...g5? This is the drawing one. The amazing 31...Re5!! would have won immediately, cutting the white king's escape route, with the immediate threat of Rxf4 Kxf4 Qf5 mate, not to mention g5-g4 mate ending the game. 32.Qe3! The only move to draw. 32...Rxf4+ 33.Ke2 A crazy position: white's king on e2, black's king on a7, the rook on h5 etc... 33...Qg4+ 34.f3 Rh2+ 35.Rf2 Qxg3 36.Qe7+
At this point I was already very happy with a draw - especially after all that has happened in the last 6-7 moves. Alas, my opponent got a little too ambitious this time. 36...Kb6 37.Qd6+ Kb7 38.Qd7+ Kb6 39.Qd6+ Kb5?? 40.a4+ The Queen or the King, this is what black need to decide now 40...Kc4 The King it is! But after 40...Rxa4 41.Qxg3 the result would not have been different. 41.Qd3+ Kb4 42.Qc3#
Wow, pretty crazy stuff! But these are the sort of games that sometimes happen in Simuls; many boards, no time. Crazy stuff happens, good or bad, you decide - but FUN it is for sure :). 1-0
submitted by StesurBarsa
White mates in 3
To play this puzzle on the ICC type:
tell trainingbot number 3203
Then type: play trainingbot
submitted by Mikenas
White mates in 4
To play this puzzle on the ICC type:
tell trainingbot number 3200
Then type: play trainingbot
XX Ciudad de León
The XX Ciudad de León Chess tournament takes place 4th-9th July 2007.
Players: Viswanathan Anand, Veselin Topalov, Ruslan Ponomariov and Rustam Kasimdzhanov all of whom have been FIDE World Chess Champions.
A 5th World Champion will be present at León, Boris Spassky, who will give a lecture about his match with Robert Fischer, and give a simultaneous exhibition.
The 2007 Canadian Open Chess Championship is a 10-round, one-section Swiss that takes place 7-15 July 2007 in Ottawa
The 2007 Canadian Open Chess Championship is a 10-round, one-section Swiss that takes place 7-15 July 2007 in Ottawa, the capital of Canada. 120 minutes/game + 30sec. increment/move. Projected prize fund of $20,000 CDN based on 200 entrants. Free entry to GMs, WGMs and IMs. Entry fee for all others, $125 CDN until May 31, 2007, $150 CDN thereafter. Players must be members of the Chess Federation of Canada. A tournament membership is available for $10 CDN, and a one- year membership for foreign players is $50 CDN. The venue is the Ottawa Marriott (www.ottawamarriott.com), offering rates of $89/night CDN for single and double occupancy.
Online reservations may be made at the website: http://cwp.marriott.com/yowmc/chess/ Confirmed GMs so far: GM Nigel Short, GM Vadim Milov, GM Suat Atalik, GM Alex Yermolinsky, GM Mark Bluvshtein. More GMs will be announced at the event blog: http://cocycc.blogspot.com
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to ICC Quiz #3203
submitted by StesurBarsa
1.Nh7!! Qc8 2.Bh3+ Qg4 3.Rxg4#
to ICC Quiz #3200
submitted by Mikenas
1.Qxe7+ Rxe7 2.Rd8+ Qe8 3.Bxe7+ Kg8 4.Rxe8#