Double Joy For Anand!
It was double joy for newly-crowned World champion Viswanathan Anand
this week, as the Indian ace - on the back of his superb performance
in Mexico City - broke the 2800 barrier again to retain his No.1
spot with the publication last Monday of the October 1st world
The latest list, produced by FIDE, the governing body of chess, not
only includes Anand's results at Dortmund, but also his recent success
in Mexico City. Anand, whose rating over the previous 3-months
increased by 9 points to 2801, is one of a small select band of
players - the others being Garry Kasparov, Vladimir Kramnik and
Veselin Topalov - who have broken the magical "2800 barrier".
But there's now also a new No.2 on the list behind Anand, with a
dramatic increase in the rating of Vassily Ivanchuk who, at 38, is
playing the best chess of his career. The in-form Ukrainian ace has
had some phenomenal results of late, and this is now reflected in
the latest list as his rating jumped a massive 25-points to 2787 as
he nudged ahead of Kramnik - who also raised 16-points - and now
within reach of being only the fifth player to break 2800. All the
activity at the top has now pushed Veselin Topalov into fourth place
behind the new top three.
FIDE Top Ten:
- V. Anand (India), 2801 (+9)
- V. Ivanchuk (Ukraine), 2787 (+25)
- V. Kramnik (Russia), 2785 (+16)
- V. Topalov (Bulgaria), 2769 (=)
- P. Leko (Hungary), 2755 (+4)
- A. Morozevich (Russia), 2755 (-3)
- S. Mamedyarov (Azerbaijan), 2752 (-5)
- T. Radjabov (Azerbaijan), 2742 (-6)
- L. Aronian (Armenia), 2741 (-9)
- A. Shirov (Spain), 2739 (+4)
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Ask the Renaissance Man
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GM Joel Benjamin "Game of the Week"
Game of the Week
New on ICC Chess.FM! Three-time U.S. Champion GM Joel Benjamin starts
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Joel is regarded by many as one of the best commentators and
analysts' we have in the game today, and each Friday he will be
giving us his insight and spin with his selection of Game of the Week.
This is a not-to-be-missed 30-minute video is exclusively for ICC
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Chess Talk with IM John Watson
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John's weekly 60+ minute show (members only) will feature an
interview with leading chess personalities. This week (Tue, 2nd Oct),
John's guest was GM Raymond Keene OBE, author, columnist, journalist
and chess impresario.
Raymond Keene began his career as a chess author while still a
student at Cambridge University in the late 1960s. He has authored
over 120 books but perhaps best remembered for his pioneering early
works, such as Flank Openings, The Modern Defence & The Pirc Defence
(with George Bottrill), Aron Nimzowitsch -- A Reappraisal and Leonid
Stein: Master of Attack.
Keene has been the chess correspondent of The Times newspaper since
1985, and writes regularly for The Spectator magazine. He's also
been the driving force and organizer of three world championship
matches in London, and the 1984 USSR vs. Rest of the World match. He
was awarded the Order of the British Empire (OBE), on Queen Elizabeth
II's Honours' List, for services to chess in 1985.
John's special guest next week (9th Oct) will be Dutch grandmaster
and leading player of his generation, Jan Timman.
Crazyhouse (w23) Championships!
It's time to get crazy! Type "Help Crazyhouse" for more information on this chess variant. From October 19-24, qualifiers will be held for this year's w23 championships!
There will be two sections, 1 0 bullet, and 3 0 blitz. In the bullet section, each qualifier will be 12 rounds long. The top 3 finishers in each qualifier will advance to the finals. In addition, the next 4 finishers in the series who didn't otherwise qualify will be added to the final.
The blitz section will have 7 round qualifiers, with the same rules regarding who advances to the finals. Will anyone be able to dethrone last year's champions, Nitz and SongLo209? Stay tuned to find out!
ICC Store Challenge: *** NOW WITH PRIZES *** Do you love bullet? Join some of the best players on ICC every weekday morning at 10:00 server time (type "date" to see server time) for 8 rounds of bullet in Flash! Monday, Wednesday, and Friday the time control will be 1 0, while on Tuesday and Thursday the time control will be 0 1.
Formerly known as the CRONOS challenge, the new ICC Store Challenge will have weekly, monthly, and quarterly prizes! Type "help ICCStore" for more info on the tourney and the prizes.
Great players join every day, so come on out and see how you match up with ICC's best!
Tourney Tip of the Week:
Joining a Tourney
Tell 220 Tourney to see what tournaments are currently going on. The first column tells you the "bot" hosting the tourney. The second column tells you if the tourney is open, late, or closed. A tourney that shows up as "late" means that it's underway, but you can still join the tourney late. You can't join closed tourneys. The final column tells you what type of tourney it is.
- Joining open tourneys:
tell <host bot> join
- Joining late tourneys:
tell <bot> latejoin..
- You can't join closed tourneys.
Give it a whirl, and good luck!
15 0 Standard Championship!
Standard players, it's time for you to shine! Who will be this year's standard champion? We're about to find out!
Qualifiers will be held every day from October 13-18. Each qualifier will be a 6 round swiss tourney, with the top 5 finishers advancing to the final on October 20.
In addition, the three finishers with the most points in all qualifiers, who didn't otherwise qualify, will also advance to the finals.
There will be an open section and an u2000 section.
So come on out and take your best shot! Become an ICC Champion! Look-up qualifier times.
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