Monday, May 30, 2011
Friday, May 27, 2011
|White to play.|
Wednesday, May 25, 2011
I never would have predicted that Boris Gelfand would win the FIDE Candidates matches to decide the World Championship challenger. He will now play Vishinathan Anand in 2012. His final game against Grischuk may have been the best game of the entire Candidates cycle and it has already been widely annotated. I will post additional links and video as it becomes available.
- Lubomir Kavalek, "It's Anand vs Gelfand for the World Chess Crown" in Huffington Post
- Alejandro Ramirez, "FIDE Candidates Finals: Gelfand Wins Right to Challenge Anand in 2012" at ChessBase
- Dennis Monokroussos, "Gelfand's Game Six Win over Grischuk" from The Chess Mind
- Sergey Shipov, "Candidates Matches Final, Game Six" translated from Crestbook
- Peter Doggers, "Gelfand Beats Grischik, Wins Candidates" at ChessVibes
Saturday, May 21, 2011
|Black to play after 6.Nxf7!?|
Mangion had looked over these lines and felt secure in being able to force a draw with 6.Nxf7!? against his higher rated opponent. After 6....Kxf7 (Karpov's 6....Qe7! is probably more interesting -- see my annotations) 7.Qh5+ Ke6!? 8.Qe2 (threatening f3 to regain the piece with attack), Kernighan likely should have chosen 8...Kf7 when White simply repeats with 9.Qh5+ etc. splitting the point. Instead, he chose the more "principled" but losing continuation 8....Kd6? when followed a typical Kernighan king walk and speedy victory for Mangion.
With his win over NM Kernighan, Mangion (rated 1971) has beaten two masters in as many weeks (having defeated KCC Champion Ken Chieu in the first game of the quad). If he has success in his final game, he should break the 2000 rating barrier.
Thursday, May 19, 2011
Don Carrelli has posted an excellent video at the Kenilworth Kibitzer, which includes commentary by Arnold Schwarzeneger. How Arnold found time to comment on chess with all that he's going through this week I'll never know....