“Millions of people in our country and beyond know you as an outstanding chess player. Thanks to the talent and dedication you have won the prestigious title of the world champion and countless international tournaments. Today you devote a lot of effort and time to the promotion of chess and to the training of young sportsmen, by opening chess schools in the Russian cities. Wishing You prosperity and continued success.”
After two weeks of almost non-stop playing, IM Anna Zatonskih needed a few more hours to win the 2011 U.S. Women’s Championship. She won her first rapid game as Black on Thursday against WFM Tatev Abrahamyan. Zatonskih seemed to be able to cruise to the title, but in the next round she spoiled a better position and lost. The two had to play a deciding Armageddon match that Zatonskih drew to give her the title.
In a very instructive video, GM Henrik Danielsen self-analyses his game from the last round against Luke McShane. “It is very important to learn from your own mistakes,” comments GM Danielsen, while commenting on the opening, middle game strategy, and the endgame tricks and tactics.
Levon Aronian, currently one of the 3 players above 2800 rating, has started active preparation for the Candidate Matches 2011. The first opponent of Aronian is Alexander Grischuk. The winner of the match Aronian – Grischuk will meet the winner of Vladimir Kramnik – Teimour Radjabov.
He was so popular that, in his country, he was compared to Pelé (in soccer) and Emerson Fittipaldi (in the F1). Also, he had his face on the covers of many magazines and newspapers, like Veja magazine, one of the most popular in Brazil. His reputation was such that his name turned into song lyrics, composed by the rock singer Raul Seixas and the writer Paulo Coelho.
Formerly known as the Corus chess tournament, the tournament from this year will be named after Indian Steel giants Tatas following the takeover of Corus by them.
International media one day before the start of Tata Steel Wijk Aan Zee, focusing on Aronian, Nepomniachtchi, Giri, and Wesley So.
“Frankly speaking, the last year had not been a good one for me. I started off well finishing second in Gibraltar. Thereafter, I participated in the Nalchik Women’s Grand Prix where I was fifth, followed by the Women’s World Blitz Chess Championship in Moscow in September,” said Humpy.
“Finding form after a rather disappointing 2010, it obviously feels nice. I was playing better towards the end (of the year) and that helped me win my first national title. This win is satisfying given the fact that I lost titles at major international events throughout the year.”
Karjakin entered the final round with a half point advantage ahead of Nepomniachtchi, but he lost with black pieces to Vladimir Malakhov, and all other games being drawn, the two youngsters shared the first place with 7.0 points each. According to the regulations, a rapid tiebreak match was to determinate the single winner and a new champion.