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Natalia Zhukova FiNet Chess960 Women’s Rapid World Championship
WGM Natalia Zhukova – Nr.2 der Chess960 WRL
29.-31.August 2008, 18:30 Uhr, Rheingoldhalle Mainz

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How I kept my FiNet Chess960 World Champion title
Alexandra Kosteniuk analyses her Chess Classic Mainz 2008
18.08.2008 - “It’s the year 2025. Match for the world chess champion title. Game 23. White played an opening novelty on the 65th move of the Petroff defence. Black resigned.” This sad picture can actually become true if it is not already partly true now. Unending chess theory and grandmasters studying countless variations day and night on computer screens are today's reality of chess. Of course there is still creativity and fight and even brilliant ideas found over the chess board, but we must agree that today's chess is not the chess we saw 20 years ago. Now in 20 more years from today what kind of chess will we see? more...
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All results of the 2. FiNet Chess960 Women's Rapid WCC
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Video of the last Chess Classic 2008 press conference
06.08.2008 - The final of the GRENKELEASING Rapid World Championship was the last event of the Chess Classic Mainz 2008. In the press conference after the prize gving ceremony Anand & Co. talked about the games of the final. Vishy was very pleased that he easily won the match against Carlsen and pointed out that his novelty in the first game against Carlsen' s Dragon proved to be decisive. The young Norwegian was obviously tired and disappointed about his performance in the final. Alexander Morozevich showed his class by analyzing some crucial moments in his games against Judit Polgar, but also said that the level of the games was questionable. As always, Judit was good-humoured, despite her loss in the mini-match against against Moro and had the final word of this successful press conference. You can hear and see it all in this video, filmed by Georgios Souleidis. more...
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Anand remains king in Mainz
04.08.2008 - It was the final many were waiting for. Vishy Anand against Magnus Carlsen. The experienced Indian against the young Norwegian. The reigning World Champion against the player many consider to be the coming World Champion. But Anand used his experience and skill to show why he is the World’s number one. He gave his young opponent no chances and defended his title of World Champion without trouble. The match for third place between Alexander Morozevich and Judit Polgar might not have been as technically correct as the games of Anand but it was highly entertaining. After four exciting games Morozevich won 2,5-1,5 to take third place. more...
Results 13. GrenkeLeasing Rapid WCC
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GrenkeLeasing Press conference video - day 2
03.08.2008 - After an exciting second day with some interesting moments, the players were willing to give extensive inside information about their games. Judit Polgar did not seem te be very disappointed, although she could not win a single game today. Alexander Morozevich, who lost the decisive game against Anand regretted that he did not analyze the variation with his computer. An easy draw against Polgar in the last round was sufficient for Magnus Carlsen to qualifiy for the final against Anand. Look at the comments of the players in this video of the press conference of the second day. more...
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Video interview with Magnus Carlsen
03.08.2008 - Magnus Carlsen makes his debut in Mainz and managed to qualify for the final of the GRENKELEASING World Championship on Sunday against Vishy Anand. In this video interview he talks about his chances against Vishy, what his plans are in the next months and that he hardly feels any pressure being the number 1 in the world soon. more...
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Ian Nepomniachtchi wins Ordix Open after dramatic last round
Fighting spirit rewarded
03.08.2008 - Ian Nepomniachtchi is the winner of the 15th Ordix Open. After a perfect start with 8 wins in a row, the only 17-year old Russian could not keep the pace and lost in the penultimate round. But he showed his fighting spirit in the last round against Evgeny Bareev. With the courage of a lion he attacked his opponent and set up several cunning traps. In the end his opponent collapsed and lost on time. Pavel Eljanov and Zoltan Almasi secured 2nd and 3rd place. Best woman was European champion Kateryna Lahno with 9 points. more...
Final standings 15. Ordix Open
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Ordix Lunchbreak. Nepo still with 100% score
03.08.2008 - Three rounds have been played on Sunday and Ian Nepomniachtchi (start practising the pronunciation please!) is the only player with a perfect 100% score in the Ordix Open. He has won 8 games in a row! Can the 17-year old Russian grandmaster keep the pace or can the other grandmasters swimming in the Ordix sharktank still stop him? In the next round Pavel Eljanov is his opponent.You can follow all the Ordix action in the live portal!
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Chess meets triathlon on Sunday in Mainz
03.08.2008 - Playing six tough rounds in the strongest rapid chess open tournament in the world is not everybody’s favourite pastime on a peaceful Sunday. And since many chess players don’t like to get up early to play chess at 10.00 AM, you could see many sleepy grandmasters and amateurs playing quick draws in the first round on Sunday to get some extra rest. But if you think getting up early to play a couple of chess games is tough, what about the triathletes who are competing in the City-Triathlon Mainz today? They started their competition at 10.00 AM as well: swimming in the Rhine, cycling and running through the city, passing the Rheingoldhalle which is packed with chess players moving pieces of wood on a chessboard.
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Anand and Carlsen to meet in the final
02.08.2008 - Tomorrow Carlsen and Anand will play in the final of the 13. GrenkeLeasing Rapid Chess World Championship – the very encounter many chess fans were waiting for. Qualifying, however, was not that easy. In the second half of the preliminary it took Anand three exciting tactical games to qualify while Carlsen was lucky to survive against Morozevich. more...
Results day 1+2 of the GrenkeLeasing Rapid WCC
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Nine players with a clean slate after day 1 in Ordix Open
Alexandra Kosteniuk in great form
02.08.2008 - The Ordix Open is a fixed date in the chess calendar for many rapid chess lovers and this year no less than 692 (corrected) participants made the yearly pilgrimage to Mainz. Playing in the same hall with top grandmasters is very attractive for many amateurs and since 53 GM, 44 IM and 66 FM play the Ordix, there is a fair chance that you meet a top player over the board on the first day. After the first five rounds, there are still nine players who have a clean slate: Vaganjan, Movsesian, Najer, Almasi, Horvath, Tregubov, Jaracz, Horvath, Nepomniachtchi and Kosteniuk. She seems to be in top form this week. more...

Intermediate results 15. Ordix Open
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Video of the highlights of the last round in the FiNet Open on the stage
02.08.2008 - Yesterday we reported about the dramatic last round of the FiNet Chess960 Open. After Hikaru Nakamura only scored a draw against Vladimir Potkin, Arkadij Naiditsch from Germany had a great chance to win the FiNet alone. He was a queen up and everybody waited for his opponent Alexander Motylev to resign. However, there was one final trap hidden in the position and Motylev gave it a final try. With only seconds left on the clock, Naiditsch walked right into the trap and was mated. Here is a video of these dramatic moments. more...
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Ordix Open started with 688 participants
Will Nakamura win the double?
02.08.2008 - The Ordix Open is a fixed date in the chess calender for many rapid chess lovers and this year no less than 688 participants made the yearly pilgrimage to Mainz. Playing under one roof with topgrandmasters is very attractive for many amateurs and since 53 GM, 44 IM and 66 FM play the Ordix, there is a fair chance that you meet a topplayer over the board on the first day. The big names in the Ordix are Movsesian, Eljanov, Nakamura, Najer, Naiditsch and Kasimdzhanov. The average rating of the Top 10 is 2685. Will Nakamara be the first player to win the Finet and Ordix Open? You can follow the top games live on our Live Portal!
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"For the rest of my life I want to play Chess960"
02.08.2008 - Bobby Fischer's legacy, Chess960, is one one the major attractions during the Chess Classic tournaments. Only in Mainz the best players in the world meet to play the chess variant in which creativity and imagination is important. But not also the professionals love to play Chess960, lots of amateurs come to Mainz to play the exciting chess variant. In this video report you can hear and see comments of players of all class about Chess960. The reports starts with a euphoric statement of Prof. Dr. Eckhard Freise, a renowned advocate of Chess960. more...
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Video interview with the winner of the 7. FiNet Open, Hikaru Nakamura
02.08.2008 - After a breathtaking last round in the FiNet Open, winner Hikaru Nakamura was willing to answer a few questions to our video-reporter Georgios Souleidis. He was not very happy with his games and he gives inside information about the last three rounds. Due tue series of fast and strong moves, he puts a lot of pressure on his opponents. Nakamura also talks about chess in general and promises to play more often in Europe in the near future. Well, since he won the Finet, he has to come back next year anyway! more...
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Press conference video with Anand, Carlsen, Moro and Polgar
02.08.2008 - After the first day of the GRENKELEASING Rapid World Championship Anand & Co. had an animated discussion about the games in the daily press conference. Anand explained some difficult variations in his usual high-speed "Vishy-mode", but Magnus Carlsen looked tired after his journey from Biel. Alexander Morozevich was happy about his win over Judit Polgar, whereas the Hungarian superstar was obviously disappointed about her two losses on the first day. You can see it all for yourself in the video of the press conference, made by Georgios Souleidis. more...
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Hikaru Nakamura wins FiNet Open in dramatic final
02.08.2008 - The 7. FiNet Open ended with a triumph by Hikaru Nakamura. The American, who had qualified through the ICC Qualifyer, dominated the field right from the start. However, with two rounds to go, when he already looked to be a certain winner, he stumbled against Arkadi Naiditsch, lost, and allowed the German to catch up with him. When Nakamura did not achieve more than a draw in the last round everybody believed the German would win the tournament – after all he was a whole queen up. But in desperate time trouble Naiditsch ran into a mate in three moves. Apart from Nakamura Sergei Movsesian and Alexander Motylev also scored 9 points, though were worse on tie-break points. more...
All results 7. FiNet Chess960 Open
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Exciting chess and calm comments
02.08.2008 - Anand and Carlsen lead after the first day of the 13. GRENKELEASING Rapid Chess World Championship The keenly awaited encounter between Magnus Carlsen and World Champion Vishy Anand came early. The drawing of lots decided they had to play in the first round of four player double round robin. And this duel between the current World Champion and the 17-year old Norwegian, who many consider to be a future World Champion, attracted quite a lot of attention and the Rheingoldhalle was packed with spectators. more...
Results day 1 of the GrenkeLeasing Rapid WCC
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Rybka defends Chess960 title after tough final with Shredder
01.08.2008 - Rybka, the program developed by Vasik Raijlich, won the 4th Livingston Chess960 Computer World Championship. After four tough games against the German program Shredder, programmed by Stefan Meyer-Kahlen from Germany, the American program won with only a narrow margin: 2,5-1,5. more...
Final standings 4. Livingston Chess960 Computer WCC
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Hikaru Nakamura wins FiNet Open
Drama for Arkadij Naiditsch in last round
01.08.2008 - Hikaru Nakamura has won the FiNet Open. The American, who won the ICC qualifier for Mainz in June dominated the field from the word go. With only two rounds left he seemed to be cruising to the title, but in the penultimate round German ace Arkadij Naiditsch won the exciting encounter against the fastest player on earth. When Nakamura only scored a draw in his final round against Vladimir Potkin the audience thought that Naiditsch would win the event, since his opponent Motylev blundered terribly with only a few seconds left on the clock. With a queen up, everybody waited for Motylev to resign. But the German, with 10 seconds left on his clock, blundered as well: he missed a mate in 3! Sergei Movsesian and Alexander Motylev also scored 9 points, but they had the worse Buchholz points.
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What´s up on Friday?
Chess960 events end today
01.08.2008 - On Friday two Chess960 events will end: the final of the 4th Livingston Chess960 Computer Championship is now under way in which Rybka and Shredder will play four games. Also running on Friday: the six last rounds in the 7th FiNet Chess960 Open. The leaders after the first day, Hikaru Nakamaru and ex-Fide world champion Kasimdzhanov met in the sixth round and that game ended in a draw. Nakamura won in the 7th round against Kazhgaleyev and is the sole leader after seven rounds with 6,5 points. Later today the highly anticipated GrenkeLeasing Rapid World Championship will start with Anand, Carlsen, Morozevich, and Polgar. You can follow the top games in our live portal !

   


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