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The review of chess events for 2013

by Boris Schipkov

The London Chess Classic 2013 took place in England 7th-15th December, the super-rapid - 11th-15th December. Hikaru Nakamura wins the Classic Super Sixteen Rapid.
Final: Nakamura-Gelfand 1.5-0.5. In game 1 Hikaru won the exchange, then had a huge edge due to the strong rooks. In game 2 Hikaru sacrificed a pawn, then had two pawns for the exchange, a draw by repetition.
Semifinals: Nakamura-Kramnik 1.5-0.5 (In game 2 Vladimir grabbed the exchange, and in the endgame better was 42...Bf8, winning. Hikaru found good moves and even won), Gelfand-Adams 1.5-0.5.
London Chess Classic Super Rapid 2013, Semifinals and Final Games
Quarterfinals: Kramnik-Anand 1.5-0.5 (Vladimir had an edge in the opening in game 2), Adams-Svidler 1-1 (Michael won a pawn and the game 1, but Peter successfully grabbed pawns in game 2) tiebreak 2-0, Caruana-Gelfand 1-1 tiebreak 0-2, Short-Nakamura 0.5-1.5 (Hikaru trapped the rook in game 1).
London Chess Classic Super Rapid 2013, Quarterfinals Games
Round 5: Group A McShane-Adams 0-1, Anand-Istratescu 1/2, Group B Kramnik-Sadler 1/2, Svidler-Rowson 1-0; Group C Gelfand-Nakamura 1/2, Polgar-Jones 0-1, Group D Short-Sutovsky 1-0, Howell-Caruana 0-1.
Round 6: Group A Adams-Anand 1/2, Istratescu-McShane 1-0, Group B Sadler-Svidler 1/2, Rowson-Kramnik 1/2; Group C Nakamura-Polgar 1/2, Jones-Gelfand 1-0, Group D Sutovsky-Howell 1-0, Caruana-Short 1-0.
London Chess Classic Super Rapid 2013, Rounds 5-6 Games
Round 3: Group C Jones-Polgar 0-1, Nakamura-Gelfand 1/2 (3 pawns vs a bishop), Group D Caruana-Howell 1/2 (David won a pawn, a draw in 126 moves), Sutovsky-Short 0-1; Group A Istratescu-Anand 0-1 (Anand sacrificed the exchange for two pawns and won), Adams-McShane 1/2, Group B Rowson-Svidler 0-1, Sadler-Kramnik 1/2.
Round 4: Group C Polgar-Gelfand 1/2, Nakamura-Jones 1-0, Group D Howell-Short 0-1, Sutovsky-Caruana 0-1 (Fabiano had a strong pawn centre); Group A Anand-McShane 1-0 (Vishy sacrificed a bishop to storm and won), Adams-Istratescu 1-0, Group B Svidler-Kramnik 1-0 (Two bishops vs a rook), Sadler-Rowson 1-0.
London Chess Classic Super Rapid 2013, Rounds 3-4 Games
Round 1: Group A McShane-Anand 0-1, Istratescu-Adams 0-1; Group B Kramnik-Svidler 1-0, Rowson-Sadler 1-0; Group C Gelfand-Polgar 1-0, Jones-Nakamura 1/2; Group D Short-Howell 1/2, Caruana-Sutovsky 1-0.
Round 2: Group A Anand-Adams 1/2, McShane-Istratescu 1-0 (Luke sacrificed his queen! The Force is with you, Luke); Group B Svidler-Sadler 1/2 (Perpetual check), Kramnik-Rowson 1-0; Group C Polgar-Nakamura 0-1, Gelfand-Jones 1-0, Group D Howell-Sutovsky 1-0, Short-Caruana 0-1 (Nigel played 1.b4, the solid Orangutan Opening, surprise! But Fabiano checkmated the white king in the centre with 26...Qb3#).
London Chess Classic Super Rapid 2013, Rounds 1-2 Games
Games LCCSR 2013 (66, pgn)
The super-rapid: Hikaru Nakamura, Vishy Anand, Peter Svidler, Fabiano Caruana, Vladimir Kramnik, Michael Adams, Boris Gelfand, Nigel Short, Luke McShane, Judit Polgar, David Howell, Matthew Sadler, Gawain Jones, Jonathan Rowson, Emil Sutovsky, Andrei Istratescu.
London Chess Classic 2013: The Celebrities Attack!
The games of the super-rapid start at 14:00 UTC, 9:00 am EST, 21:00 Nsk.
London Chess Classic FIDE Open 2013: 1. Jon Ludvig Hammer - 7.5/9, 2-6. Boris Grachev, Tigran Gharamian, Mateusz Bartel, Viorel Iordachescu, Neil McDonald - 7.
Site: http://www.londonchessclassic.com/

The SportAccord World Mind Games 2013 took place in Beijing (China) 12th-18th December. Chess.
Basque Men: 1. Sergey Karjakin - 8.5/10, 2. Shakhriyar Mamedyarov - 6.5, 3. Ruslan Ponomariov - 6.
SportAccord World Mind Games 2013, Basque Men: Games 49-80
SportAccord World Mind Games 2013, Basque Men: Games 25-48
SportAccord World Mind Games 2013, Basque Men: Games 1-24
Games SAWMG Basque Men 2013 (80, pgn)
Basque Women: 1. Zhao Xue - 7.5/10, 2. Hou Yifan - 7, 3. Ju Wenjun - 7.
SportAccord World Mind Games 2013, Basque Women: Games 49-80
SportAccord World Mind Games 2013, Basque Women: Games 25-48
SportAccord World Mind Games 2013, Basque Women: Games 1-24
Games SAWMG Basque Women 2013 (80, pgn)
Blitz Men: 1. Sergey Karjakin - 19.5/30, 2. Levon Aronian - 19.5, 3. Maxime Vachier-Lagrave - 18, 4. Shakhriyar Mamedyarov - 18.
Ruslan Ponomariov played the Dutch Defence and took almost all pieces of Wang Hao.
Blitz Women: 1. Hou Yifan - 21.5/30, 2. Valentina Gunina - 19.5, 3. Anna Muzychuk - 18.5.
Rapid Men: 1. Wang Yue - 5/7, 2. Peter Leko - 5, 3. Alexander Grischuk - 4.5, 4. Leinier Dominguez Perez - 4.5.
Vassily Ivanchuk played the King's Gambit, sacrificed a rook to beat Anish Giri.
SportAccord World Mind Games 2013, Day 2: Men Rapid Games
SportAccord World Mind Games 2013, Day 1: Men Rapid Chess Games 1-32
Games SAWMG Rapid Men 2013 (56, pgn)
Rapid Women: 1. Valentina Gunina - 6/7, 2. Hou Yifan - 5, 3. Ju Wenjun - 4.5, 4. Kateryna Lagno - 4.5.
SportAccord World Mind Games 2013, Day 2: Women Rapid Games
SportAccord World Mind Games 2013, Day 1: Women Rapid Chess Games 1-32
Games SAWMG Rapid Women 2013 (56, pgn)
Hou Yifan, Anna Muzychuk, Karjakin, Grischuk, Aronian, Nepomniachtchi, Mamedyarov, Kamsky, Leko, Wang Hao.
Site: http://sportaccord2013.fide.com/

The World Chess Team Championship 2013 took place in Antalya (Turkey) 26th November - 5th December. 1. Russia - 15/18 (23), 2. China - 14 (22), 3. Ukraine - 14 (21), 4. USA - 10 (20.5), 5. Armenia - 10 (20), 6. Netherlands - 9 (17), 7. Germany - 8 (17), 8. Azerbaijan - 7 (18), 9. Turkey - 3 (12), 10. Egypt - 0 (9.5). Russia wins the World Chess Team Championship 2013.
World Chess Team Championship, Antalya 2013. Closing Ceremony
Round 9: Russia-Egypt 2.5-1.5 (Kramnik-Ezat 1/2, Vladimir grabbed a queen, but then made a mistake 26.Qe4?, a draw in 90 moves), Armenia-Ukraine 1.5-2.5 (Aronian-Ivanchuk 1/2), USA-Netherlands 2-2 (Nakamura-Giri 1/2), China-Turkey 3-1, Azerbaijan-Germany 1-3.
World Chess Team Championship 2013, Round 9: Games and Photos
Round 8: Ukraine-Russia 1.5-2.5 (Ivanchuk-Kramnik 1/2, the Italian Game, with counterplay), Germany-China 1.5-2.5, Netherlands-Armenia 0.5-3.5, Turkey-USA 2-2, Egypt-Azerbaijan 0-4.
World Chess Team Championship 2013, Round 8: Games and Photos
Round 7: Russia-Netherlands 3.5-0.5 (Kramnik-Giri 1-0, Vladimir had a small edge due to better pawns, Anish sacrificed a bishop but lost), USA-Germany 3-1 (Nakamura-Meier 1-0, Georg equalized, but Hikaru outplayed the rival in the endgame), China-Azerbaijan 3-1, Armenia-Turkey 3-1, Ukraine-Egypt 2.5-1.5.
World Chess Team Championship 2013, Round 7: Games and Photos
Round 6: Netherlands-Ukraine 2.5-1.5 (Korobov-Van Wely 0-1), Azerbaijan-USA 1.5-2.5 (H. Nakamura played 10...Bg7 [my Novosibirsk Variation in the Sicilian], but R. Mamedov avoided the main 11.Bd3 and chose 11.c3, 21...Qa7 is a novelty, with equality in the middlegame, a draw in 114 moves), Germany-Armenia 3-1 (Aronian played the Dutch Stonewall with Black vs Meier, Georg had a huge edge, a draw), Turkey-Russia 1-3 (Kramnik sacrificed a knight to beat Ipatov), Egypt-China 1-3.
World Chess Team Championship 2013, Round 6: Games
Round 5: Russia-Germany 3.5-0.5, USA-China 1.5-2.5, Armenia-Azerbaijan 2-2, Ukraine-Turkey 2.5-1.5, Netherlands-Egypt 3-1.
World Chess Team Championship 2013, Round 5: Games
Round 4: China-Armenia 2.5-1.5, Germany-Ukraine 1-3, Azerbaijan-Russia 1.5-2.5, Egypt-USA 0.5-3.5, Turkey-Netherlands 0.5-3.5.
World Chess Team Championship 2013, Round 4: Games
Round 3: Armenia-USA 2.5-1.5 (Aronian-Nakamura 1-0, 40...Kxd5 was better), Russia-China 2.5-1.5, Ukraine-Azerbaijan 2.5-1.5, Netherlands-Germany 2.5-1.5, Turkey-Egypt 2.5-1.5.
World Chess Team Championship 2013, Round 3: Games
Round 2: USA-Russia 3-1 (Nakamura-Kramnik 1-0, Vitiugov-Robson 0-1, Nikita could have won with 25.h6), China-Ukraine 1.5-2.5, Germany-Turkey 3-1, Azerbaijan-Netherlands 3-1, Egypt-Armenia 1-3.
World Chess Team Championship 2013, Round 2: Games
Round 1: Ukraine-USA 2.5-1.5 (Ivanchuk-Nakamura 1/2, Kamsky-Korobov 0-1), Russia-Armenia 2-2 (Kramnik-Aronian 1/2), Netherlands-China 1.5-2.5, Germany-Egypt 2.5-1.5, Turkey-Azerbaijan 1.5-2.5.
World Chess Team Championship 2013, Round 1: Games
Games WCTC2013 (180, pgn)
Russia, USA, Armenia, Ukraine, Germany, China, Netherlands, Azerbaijan, Turkey, Egypt. Russia: Kramnik, Grischuk, Karjakin, Nepomniachtchi, Vitiugov. United States: Nakamura, Kamsky, Onischuk, Akobian, Robson.
Site: http://wctc2013.tsf.org.tr/

The World Chess Championship 2013 Match - Viswanathan Anand vs Magnus Carlsen - took place in Chennai (India) 7th-25th November. Magnus Carlsen - Viswanathan Anand 6.5-3.5. Magnus Carlsen is the new World Chess Champion.
World Chess Championship 2013 Match Viswanathan Anand against Magnus Carlsen, Chennai 2013

The European Chess Team Championships 2013 took place in Warsaw (Poland) 7th-18th November.
Open: 1. Azerbaijan - 14, 2. France - 13 (210.5), 3. Russia - 13 (202), 4. Armenia - 13 (195.5).
Women: 1. Ukraine - 15, 2. Russia - 14 (267.5), 3. Poland - 14 (203).
Open: Grischuk, Svidler, Aronian, Bacrot, Adams, Mamedyarov, Almasi, Giri, Navara, Naiditsch, Vallejo, Socko, Caruana.
Site: http://chess-results.com/tnr114411

The European Chess Club Cup 2013 took place in Rhodes (Greece) 20th-26th October. 7 round Swiss.
Open: 1. G-Team Novy Bor - 13/14, 2. Malachite - 12, 3. SOCAR - 11 (244), 4. Clichy Echecs 92 - 11 (206), 5. Saint-Petersburg - 11 (199.5). G-Team Novy Bor: Navara David, Wojtaszek Radoslaw, Laznicka Viktor, Sasikiran Krishnan, Hracek Zbynek, Bartel Mateusz, Cvek Robert.
Games ECCC Open (1082, pgn)
Open: Grischuk, Nakamura, Caruana, Karjakin, Mamedyarov, Giri, Svidler, Leko, Morozevich, Vitiugov, Kamsky, Korobov, Navara.
Women: Hou Yifan, Koneru, Muzychuk, Lagno, Cramling, Gunina, Ushenina, Kosteniuk.
1. Cercle d'Echecs de Monte-Carlo - 14/14, 2. Ugra - 10, 3. SHSM Nashe Nasledie - 9 (108), 4. Mika Chess Club - 9 (104). Cercle d'Echecs de Monte-Carlo: Hou Yifan, Koneru Humpy, Muzychuk Anna, Cramling Pia, Skripchenko Almira. In round 3 Hou Yifan beat Anna Ushenina.
European Chess Women's Club Cup, Round 7: Games
European Chess Women's Club Cup, Round 6: Games
European Chess Women's Club Cup, Round 5: Games
European Chess Women's Club Cup, Round 4: Games
European Chess Women's Club Cup, Round 3: Games
European Chess Women's Club Cup, Round 2: Games
European Chess Women's Club Cup, Round 1: Games
Games ECCCW (132, pgn)
Site: http://www.chess-results.com/tnr110527

The Unive Crown tournament 2013 took place in Hoogeveen (The Netherlands) October 20th-26th. 1. Wesley So - 4.5/6, 2-3. Michael Adams, Robin van Kampen - 3, 4. Loek van Wely - 1.5.
Games (12, pgn)
Unive Crown tournament 2013, Hoogeveen: Games

The Kings tournament 2013 took place in Bucharest (Romania) October 7th-16th. 1. Fabiano Caruana - 5/9, 2. Wang Hao - 4.5, 3. Liviu-Dieter Nisipeanu - 4, 4. Teimour Radjabov - 3.5, 5. Ruslan Ponomariov - 3.
Kings Chess tournament 2013, Bucharest: Games

The Russian Chess Championships 2013 Super Finals took place in Nizhny Novgorod 5th-14th October.
1-2. Peter Svidler, Ian Nepomniachtchi - 6.5, 3-4. Nikita Vitiugov, Vladimir Kramnik - 5.5, 5. Dmitry Andreikin - 5, 6-7. Sergey Karjakin, Ernesto Inarkiev - 4.5, 8. Aleksey Goganov - 3.5, 9. Alexander Motylev - 2.5, 10. Anton Shomoev - 1.
Russian Chess Championships 2013 Super Finals, Nizhny Novgorod 2013: Crosstables and Games

The Bilbao Final Masters 2013 took place 7th-12th October. 1. Levon Aronian - 10 (4), 2. Michael Adams - 9 (3.5), 3. Shakhriyar Mamedyarov - 5 (2.5), 4. Maxime Vachier-Lagrave - 5 (2). Games (12, pgn)
Bilbao Chess Final Masters 2013: Games

The FIDE World Chess Grand Prix 2013 Paris tournament took place in France 21st September 5th October. Free Days 26th September and 1st October.
1-2. Caruana Fabiano, Gelfand Boris - 7, 3-4. Nakamura Hikaru, Bacrot Etienne - 6.5, 5-6. Grischuk Alexander, Dominguez Perez Leinier - 5.5, 7-10. Ivanchuk Vassily, Ponomariov Ruslan, Tomashevsky Evgeny, Wang Hao - 5, 11. Fressinet Laurent - 4.5, 12. Giri Anish - 3.5.
World Chess Grand Prix 2013 Paris tournament. Round 11: Games
World Chess Grand Prix 2013 Paris tournament. Round 10: Games
World Chess Grand Prix 2013 Paris tournament. Round 9: Games
World Chess Grand Prix 2013 Paris tournament. Round 8: Games
World Chess Grand Prix 2013 Paris tournament. Round 7: Games
World Chess Grand Prix 2013 Paris tournament. Round 6: Games
World Chess Grand Prix 2013 Paris tournament. Round 5: Games
World Chess Grand Prix 2013 Paris tournament. Round 4: Games
World Chess Grand Prix 2013 Paris tournament. Round 3: Games
World Chess Grand Prix 2013 Paris tournament. Round 2: Games
World Chess Grand Prix 2013 Paris tournament. Round 1: Games
Mamedyarov qualifies for the Candidates Tournament 2014 together with Topalov, because Caruana shared first place with Gelfand and could not outstrip Mamedyarov by points. Topalov - 410 points, Mamedyarov - 390, Caruana - 380.

The Chess Women's Grand Prix 2013 Tashkent tournament took place in Uzbekistan 17th - 30th September. Free Days 22nd and 27th September.
1. Humpy Koneru - 8, 2-3. Bela Khotenashvili, Kateryna Lagno - 7, 4-5. Harika Dronavalli, Zhao Xue - 6.5, 6. Ju Wenjun - 6, 7-8. Olga Girya, Alexandra Kosteniuk - 5.5, 9. Elina Danielian - 5, 10. Antoaneta Stefanova - 4.5, 11. Nafisa Muminova - 3, 12. Guliskhan Nakhbayeva - 1.5.
Chess Women's Grand Prix 2013 Tashkent tournament. Round 11: Games
Chess Women's Grand Prix 2013 Tashkent tournament. Round 10: Games
Chess Women's Grand Prix 2013 Tashkent tournament. Round 9: Games
Chess Women's Grand Prix 2013 Tashkent tournament. Round 8: Games
Chess Women's Grand Prix 2013 Tashkent tournament. Round 7: Games
Chess Women's Grand Prix 2013 Tashkent tournament. Round 6: Games
Chess Women's Grand Prix 2013 Tashkent tournament. Round 5: Games
Chess Women's Grand Prix 2013 Tashkent tournament. Round 4: Games
Chess Women's Grand Prix 2013 Tashkent tournament. Round 3: Games
Chess Women's Grand Prix 2013 Tashkent tournament. Round 2: Games
Chess Women's Grand Prix 2013 Tashkent tournament. Round 1: Games
Games (66, pgn)
Site: http://tashkent2013.fide.com/

The Women's World Chess Championship 2013 match Anna Ushenina versus Hou Yifan took place in Taizhou (China) 10th-23rd September. Anna Ushenina - Hou Yifan 1.5-5.5. Hou Yifan of China is the Women's World Chess Champion.
Women's World Chess Championship 2013 Match Anna Ushenina versus Hou Yifan, Taizhou 2013

The Sinquefield Cup 2013 Super GM tournament took place in Saint Louis (USA) 9th-15th September.
1. Magnus Carlsen - 4.5/6, 2. Hikaru Nakamura - 3.5, 3. Levon Aronian - 2.5, 4. Gata Kamsky - 1.5.
Sinquefield Cup 2013 Super GM tournament. Results and games

The World Chess Cup 2013 took place in Tromso (Norway) 10th August - 3rd September.
Final: Vladimir Kramnik - Dmitry Andreikin 2.5-1.5. Vladimir Kramnik wins the World Chess Cup 2013.
World Chess Cup 2013, Tromso 2013. Results and games, with commentary by Boris Schipkov

The Sparkassen Chess Meeting 2013 took place in Dortmund (Germany) 26th July - 4th August.
1. Michael Adams - 7, 2. Vladimir Kramnik - 6.5, 3-4. Peter Leko, Arkadij Naiditsch - 4.5, 5-8. Dmitry Andreikin, Georg Meier, Fabiano Caruana, Wang Hao - 4, 9. Igor Khenkin - 3.5, 10. Daniel Fridman - 3.
Sparkassen Chess Meeting, Dortmund 2013. Round 9: Games
Sparkassen Chess Meeting, Dortmund 2013. Round 8: Games
In round 7 Andreikin beat Kramnik thanks to a strong passed pawn on d7. Adams grabbed a pawn and won vs Khenkin.
Sparkassen Chess Meeting, Dortmund 2013. Round 7: Games
In round 6 Kramnik sacrificed the exchange to attack and won against Fridman.
Sparkassen Chess Meeting, Dortmund 2013. Round 6: Games
In round 5 Andreikin checkmated Khenkin with 27.Qxg7.
Sparkassen Chess Meeting, Dortmund 2013. Round 5: Games
Sparkassen Chess Meeting, Dortmund 2013. Round 4: Games
Sparkassen Chess Meeting, Dortmund 2013. Round 3: Games
Sparkassen Chess Meeting, Dortmund 2013. Round 2: Games
In round 1 Kramnik grabbed a pawn in the QGA against Wang Hao, then in the endgame Hao blundered with 25...Ra2, lost the rook and the game. Kramnik-Wang 1-0.
Sparkassen Chess Meeting, Dortmund 2013. Round 1: Games
Games (45, pgn)

The European Individual Women's Chess Championship 2013 took place in Belgrade (Serbia) 23rd July - 3rd August. 1. Hoang Thanh Trang - 9 out of 11; 2-7. Melia Salome, Mkrtchian Lilit, Cmilyte Viktorija, Kosteniuk Alexandra, Khotenashvili Bela, Socko Monika - 8. Hoang Thanh Trang of Hungary is the new European Women's Chess Champion.
Site: http://chess-results.com/tnr98226

The Biel International 2013 Chess Festival took place in Switzerland 20th July - 2nd August. 1-4. Maxime Vachier-Lagrave 14 (5.5/10), Alexander Moiseenko 14 (5.5/10), Etienne Bacrot 14 (6/10), Ding Liren - 14 (5.5/10); 5. Ian Nepomniachtchi - 10 (4.5); 6. Richard Rapport - 6 (3). Tiebreak: Semifinals: Bacrot-Moiseenko 0-2, Vachier-Ding 2-0. Final: Maxime Vachier-Lagrave - Alexander Moiseenko 1.5-0.5.
Biel International 2013 Chess Festival, Grandmaster Tournament in memoriam Olivier Breisacher. Round 10 and Tiebreak: Games
Biel International 2013 Chess Festival, Grandmaster Tournament in memoriam Olivier Breisacher. Rounds 7-9: Games
Biel International 2013 Chess Festival, Grandmaster Tournament in memoriam Olivier Breisacher. Rounds 4-6: Games
In round 5 Rapport produced a novelty 17...Rb8 in the Botvinnik Variation of the Semi-Slav Defence (after 16.Bg2 Kd8 17.Qxg6, e.g. in Radjabov-Saric 2012 was 16...N7b6) against Bacrot. However Bacrot had an advantage. Better was 23.Rh7. Richard could have played 24...Qg4! with perpetual check. So Etienne obtained a huge edge thanks to monster pawns in the centre and two rooks and won. Bacrot-Rapport 1-0.
Biel International 2013 Chess Festival, Grandmaster Tournament in memoriam Olivier Breisacher. Rounds 1-3: Games
3 points for a win, 1 point for a draw.

The Czech Open 2013 took place in Pardubice 11th-28th July.
1-2. Nisipeanu Liviu-Dieter, Oleksienko Mikhailo - 7.5/9, 3-5. Shyam Sundar, Lalith Babu, Petr Martin - 7, 6-12. Yagupov Igor, Chernyshov Konstantin, Das Debashis, Kononenko Dmitry, Teske Henrik, Mirzoev Azer, Belyakov Bogdan - 6.5.
A player, Pardubice Open 2013 A player, Czech Open 2013 Chess girls, Pardubice 2013. Photos by www.czechopen.net
Deep in thought. Players of the chess open, Pardubice 2013.
Chess Rapid tournament, 17th-18th July: 1-2. Movsesian Sergei, Shimanov Aleksandr - 7.5/9, 3. Vorobiov Evgeny - 7.
Site: http://www.czechopen.net/en/

Alexandra Kosteniuk (dual Swiss-Russian citizenship) won both Men (Open or Absolute) and Women Swiss Championships 2013. She has become the first woman to take men's national chess title in Switzerland. 11th-19th July, Switzerland, 87 players: 1-2. Miezis Normunds, Bauer Christian - 7/9, 3-8. Sokolov Andrei, Stojanovic Mihajlo, Raetsky Alexander, Buss Ralph SUI, Kosteniuk Alexandra SUI, Gallagher Joseph SUI - 6.5. Tiebreak for the title of the Swiss Champion: Alexandra Kosteniuk - Ralph Buss 2-0.
The Commonwealth and South African Open Chess Championship 2013, 5th-14th July, Port Elizabeth: 1-3. Gupta Abhijeet, Fedorchuk Sergey, Tiviakov Sergei - 9 out of 11 scores.

The FIDE World Chess Grand Prix 2013 Beijing tournament took place in China 3rd - 16th July. Free Days 8th and 13th July.
1. Shakhriyar Mamedyarov - 7, 2. Alexander Grischuk - 6.5, 3-4. Veselin Topalov, Peter Leko - 6, 5-8. Sergey Karjakin, Wang Yue, Alexander Morozevich, Anish Giri - 5.5, 9-11. Boris Gelfand, Wang Hao, Vassily Ivanchuk - 5, 12. Gata Kamsky - 3.5.
World Chess Grand Prix 2013 Beijing tournament. Crosstable and Results
Round 11: Hao-Kamsky 1-0, Topalov-Morozevich 1-0.
World Chess Grand Prix, Beijing 2013. Round 11 and Closing Ceremony: Games and Photos
Round 10: Giri-Topalov 1-0, Veselin riskily sacrificed his bishop, so Anish had a huge edge and won in 23 moves. Kamsky-Ivanchuk 1-0. Morozevich attacked on the queenside and beat Mamedyarov.
World Chess Grand Prix, Beijing 2013. Round 10: Games and Photos
Round 9: Mamedyarov-Giri 1-0, Anish blundered with 15...Rad8?. Ivanchuk-Leko 1/2, a theoretical duel in the Nimzo-Indian. Topalov-Yue 1/2, queen+pawn vs two rooks. Grischuk-Morozevich 1/2, two bishops vs two knights.
World Chess Grand Prix, Beijing 2013. Round 9: Games and Photos
World Chess Grand Prix, Beijing 2013. Round 8: Games and Photos
Round 7: A wild game: Hao-Giri. Hao sacrificed his bishop 7.Bxf7+ to attack, Giri made a mistake, 15...Ke8, and Hao obtained a huge edge and won in 22 moves. Mamedyarov quickly beat Topalov, 24 moves. Grischuk-Yue 1-0.
World Chess Grand Prix, Beijing 2013. Round 7: Games and Photos
Round 6: Mamedyarov grabbed a pawn and beat Karjakin in the endgame in 95 moves.
World Chess Grand Prix, Beijing 2013. Round 6: Games and Photos
Round 5: Giri attacked the white king to beat Kamsky. Ivanchuk defended well and gathered pieces to beat Yue.
World Chess Grand Prix, Beijing 2013. Round 5: Games and Photos
World Chess Grand Prix, Beijing 2013. Round 4: Games and Photos
Round 3: Karjakin grabbed a pawn, attacked on the long diagonal and won a piece to beat Morozevich.
World Chess Grand Prix, Beijing 2013. Round 3: Games and Photos
Round 2: Grischuk's two bishops vs Ivanchuk's two knights, a draw. Karjakin stormed Wang Hao's kingside and won.
World Chess Grand Prix, Beijing 2013. Round 2: Games and Photos
World Chess Grand Prix, Beijing 2013. Round 1: Games and Photos
World Chess Grand Prix, Beijing 2013. Opening Ceremony and Technical Meeting
Games (66, pgn)
Gata Kamsky, Shakhriyar Mamedyarov, Peter Leko, Sergey Karjakin, Alexander Grischuk, Wang Hao, Vassily Ivanchuk, Boris Gelfand, Anish Giri, Veselin Topalov, Alexander Morozevich, Wang Yue.

The Geneva Chess Masters 2013 rapid took place 26th - 30th June in Switzerland. Shakhriyar Mamedyarov wins.
Shakhriyar Mamedyarov Vladimir Kramnik Hikaru Nakamura Etienne Bacrot Alexandra Kosteniuk Yannick Pelletier Judit Polgar Romain Edouard
Shakhriyar Mamedyarov; Vladimir Kramnik; Hikaru Nakamura; Etienne Bacrot; Alexandra Kosteniuk; Yannick Pelletier; Judit Polgar; Romain Edouard. Photos by Georgios Souleidis.
Final 30th June:
Shakhriyar Mamedyarov - Vladimir Kramnik 1.5-0.5.
Game 2: Kramnik-Mamedyarov 1/2. The Reti Opening. Vladimir sacrificed a pawn.
Game 1: Mamedyarov-Kramnik 1-0. The Four Knights Game, 4.g3. White attacked Black's bishop with h3 and g4, somewhat weakening his kingside. With counterplay. Then Shakhriyar won bishop+knight+pawn for a rook and beat the rival.
Geneva Chess Masters 2013 rapid tournament. Day 5, Final: Games and Photos
Semifinals 29th June:
1. Vladimir Kramnik - Hikaru Nakamura 2.5-1.5.
Blitz: Nakamura-Kramnik 1/2, Kramnik-Nakamura 1-0.
Game 2: Nakamura-Kramnik 1/2. The Spanish Game. The rival traded pieces.
Game 1: Kramnik-Nakamura 1/2. The English Opening. Vladimir grabbed a pawn in the middlegame, but Hikaru defended well.
2. Etienne Bacrot - Shakhriyar Mamedyarov 1.5-2.5.
Blitz: Mamedyarov-Bacrot 1-0 (White had a winning attack), Bacrot-Mamedyarov 1/2.
Game 2: Mamedyarov-Bacrot 0-1. The Dutch Defence. Etienne obtained a small advantage, played well and won a piece or the exchange with 33...c5.
Game 1: Bacrot-Mamedyarov 0-1. The Queen's Gambit Declined, the Cambridge Springs Variation. Shakhriyar grabbed a bishop with 24...gxf6.
Geneva Chess Masters 2013 rapid tournament. Day 4, Semifinals: Games and Photos
Nakamura-Bacrot 2-0, Kosteniuk beat Edouard 2-0. Kramnik-Pelletier 1-1, blitz 1.5-0.5. Mamedyarov-Polgar 1-1, blitz 1-1, Armageddon: 1/2 (Mamedyarov was Black so won the match).
Geneva Chess Masters 2013 rapid tournament. Day 3: Games and Photos
Group B: Nakamura-Kosteniuk 2-0, Bacrot-Edouard 1.5-0.5. Group A: Mamedyarov-Pelletier 1.5-0.5, Kramnik-Polgar 1.5-0.5.
Geneva Chess Masters 2013 rapid tournament. Day 2: Games and Photos
Pelletier-Polgar 2-0, Mamedyarov-Kramnik 1.5-0.5. Bacrot-Kosteniuk 1.5-0.5, Nakamura-Edouard 1-1, Nakamura won the blitz 2-0.
Geneva Chess Masters 2013 rapid tournament. Day 1: Games and Photos
Vladimir Kramnik, Judit Polgar, Hikaru Nakamura, Shakhriyar Mamedyarov, Etienne Bacrot, Alexandra Kosteniuk, Romain Edouard, Yannick Pelletier.
Games (40, pgn)
Geneva Chess Open A 2013: 1-2. Cornette Matthieu, Bauer Christian - 8/9; 3. Hambleton Aman - 6.5.

The rapid chess match 2013 Magnus Carlsen versus Borki Predojevic took place in Lillehammer (Norway) 28th-29th June.
The rapid chess match Magnus Carlsen vs Borki Predojevic, Lillehammer 2013: Games
Carlsen - Predojevic 2.5-1.5 (1/2, 1/2, 1-0, 1/2). A boring game 1. In game 2 Carlsen could have won with the simple 26.bxa6. In game 3 Carlsen with the black pieces in the ending sacrificed the exchange and won thanks to passed pawns in the centre.

The Chess Women's Grand Prix 2013 Dilijan tournament took place in Armenia 15th - 28th June. Free Days 20th and 25th June.
1. Humpy Koneru - 8, 2-3. Anna Muzychuk, Nana Dzagnidze - 7, 4. Tatiana Kosintseva - 6, 5. Anna Ushenina - 5.5, 6-8. Antoaneta Stefanova, Tuvshintugs Batchimeg, Dronavalli Harika - 5, 9-11. Olga Girya, Viktorija Cmilyte, Elina Danielian - 4.5, 12. Bela Khotenashvili - 4.
Chess Women's Grand Prix 2013 Dilijan tournament. Round 11: Games
Chess Women's Grand Prix 2013 Dilijan tournament. Round 10: Games
Chess Women's Grand Prix 2013 Dilijan tournament. Round 9: Games
Chess Women's Grand Prix 2013 Dilijan tournament. Round 8: Games
Chess Women's Grand Prix 2013 Dilijan tournament. Round 7: Games
Chess Women's Grand Prix 2013 Dilijan tournament. Round 6: Games
Chess Women's Grand Prix 2013 Dilijan tournament. Round 5: Games
Chess Women's Grand Prix 2013 Dilijan tournament. Round 4: Games
Chess Women's Grand Prix 2013 Dilijan tournament. Round 3: Games
Chess Women's Grand Prix 2013 Dilijan tournament. Round 2: Games
Chess Women's Grand Prix 2013 Dilijan tournament. Round 1: Games
Games (66, pgn)
Site: http://dilijan2013.fide.com/en/main-page

The Ukrainian Chess Championships 2013 took place in Kiev 15th-26th June. 1-2. Yuriy Kryvoruchko, Ruslan Ponomariov - 7.5/11, 3. Anton - 7.

The Tal Memorial 2013 took place in Moscow (Russia) 12th-23th June. Blitz tournament 12th June. Free Days: 16th and 20th June.
1. Boris Gelfand - 6, 2. Magnus Carlsen - 5.5, 3-5. Fabiano Caruana, Shakhriyar Mamedyarov, Dmitry Andreikin - 5, 6. Hikaru Nakamura - 4.5, 7. Sergey Karjakin - 4, 8-9. Alexander Morozevich, Viswanathan Anand - 3.5, 10. Vladimir Kramnik - 3.
Tal Memorial 2013, Moscow. Crosstable and Results
Chess Tal Memorial, Moscow 2013. Results and games with commentary by Boris Schipkov
Games (45, pgn)
Blitz: 1. Nakamura 7, 2. Anand 6.5, 3. Kramnik 5.5, 4-5. Gelfand, Carlsen 4.5, 6-7. Andreikin, Mamedyarov 4, 8. Karjakin 3.5, 9. Morozevich 3, 10. Caruana 2.5.

The CEZ trophy 2013 match Hou vs Navara took place in Prague (Czech Republic) 11th-14th June. Hou Yifan - David Navara: 2-2 (1/2, 1/2, 1/2, 1/2) Blitz: 1-1, Armageddon: Navara-Hou 0-1. Hou Yifan won the trophy 4-3.

Be Quick or Be Dead
The World Blitz and Rapid Chess Championships 2013 took place in Khanty-Mansiysk (Russia), June 6th-10th.
World Blitz Chess Championship: 1. Le Quang Liem - 20.5/30, 2-4. Alexander Grischuk, Ruslan Ponomariov, Ian Nepomniachtchi - 20. Le Quang Liem is the World Blitz Chess Champion.
World Rapid Chess Championship: 1. Shakhriyar Mamedyarov - 11.5/15, 2. Ian Nepomniachtchi - 11, 3. Alexander Grischuk - 10.5. Shakhriyar Mamedyarov is the World Rapid Chess Champion.
Andreikin, Bologan, Grischuk, Jakovenko, Kamsky, Lagno, Le, Mamedyarov, Moiseenko, Nepomniachtchi, Ponomariov, Vallejo, Vitiugov.
"Be Quick or Be Dead", a song by the heavy metal band "Iron Maiden" (Bruce Dickinson, Janick Gers).
Site: http://khantymansiysk2013.fide.com/

The international chess rapid tournament Sberbank Open 2013 took place in Kiev (Ukraine) June 5th-7th.
Tournament A: 1. Sergey Karjakin - 6.5, 2. Veselin Topalov - 6, 3-4. Peter Leko, Sergei Zhigalko - 5, 5-7. Pavel Eljanov, Evgeny Tomashevsky, Anton Korobov - 4.5, 8. Alexander Areshchenko - 4, 9. Anatoly Karpov - 3, 10. Arkadij Naiditsch - 2.

The FIDE World Chess Grand Prix 2013 Thessaloniki tournament took place in Greece 21st May - 3rd of June. Free Days 26th and 31st May.
1. Leinier Dominguez Perez - 8, 2-3. Fabiano Caruana, Gata Kamsky - 7.5, 4-5. Ruslan Ponomariov, Alexander Grischuk - 6, 6. Rustam Kasimdzhanov - 5.5, 7. Hikaru Nakamura - 5, 8-9. Veselin Topalov, Peter Svidler - 4.5, 10-11. Etienne Bacrot, Alexander Morozevich - 4, 12. Vassily Ivanchuk - 3.5.
World Chess Grand Prix 2013 Thessaloniki tournament. Crosstable and Results
World Chess Grand Prix, Thessaloniki 2013. Round 11: Games and Photos
World Chess Grand Prix, Thessaloniki 2013. Round 10: Games and Photos
World Chess Grand Prix, Thessaloniki 2013. Free Day and Round 9: Games and Photos
World Chess Grand Prix, Thessaloniki 2013. Round 8: Games and Photos
World Chess Grand Prix, Thessaloniki 2013. Round 7: Games and Photos
In round 7 Gata Kamsky with the black pieces beat former FIDE World Champion Rustam Kasimdzhanov in the Dutch Defense.
World Chess Grand Prix, Thessaloniki 2013. Round 6: Games and Photos - Rings -
World Chess Grand Prix, Thessaloniki 2013. Free Day and Round 5: Games and Photos - Thessaloniki -
World Chess Grand Prix, Thessaloniki 2013. Round 4: Games and Photos
World Chess Grand Prix, Thessaloniki 2013. Round 3: Games and Photos - Concentration -
World Chess Grand Prix, Thessaloniki 2013. Round 2: Games and Photos
World Chess Grand Prix, Thessaloniki 2013. Opening Ceremony and Round 1: Games and Photos
Games (66, pgn)
Etienne Bacrot, Fabiano Caruana, Leinier Dominguez Perez, Alexander Grischuk, Vassily Ivanchuk, Gata Kamsky, Rustam Kasimdzhanov, Alexander Morozevich, Hikaru Nakamura, Ruslan Ponomariov, Peter Svidler, Veselin Topalov.
Site: http://thessaloniki2013.fide.com/

The Norway Chess 2013 tournament took place in Sandnes and Stavanger 8th-18th May. Blitz - 7th May. Free Days: 11th and 16th May.
1. Sergey Karjakin - 6, 2-3. Magnus Carlsen, Hikaru Nakamura - 5.5, 4-6. Peter Svidler, Levon Aronian, Viswanathan Anand - 5, 7. Wang Hao - 4.5, 8. Veselin Topalov - 4, 9. Teimour Radjabov - 3, 10. Jon Ludvig Hammer - 1.5.
Norway Chess 2013. Crosstable and Results
Norway Chess 2013 Tournament, Sandnes and Stavanger 2013. Results and games with commentary by Boris Schipkov
Games (45, pgn)
Blitz: 1. Karjakin 6.5/9, 2-4. Carlsen, Anand, Nakamura 6, 5. Svidler 5.5, 6. Radjabov 5, 7. Hammer 3.5, 8. Wang 3, 9. Aronian 2.5, 10. Topalov 1.

The European Individual Chess Championship 2013 took place in Legnica (Poland) 5th-16th May.
1-10. Alexander Moiseenko, Evgeny Alekseev, Evgeny Romanov, Alexander Beliavsky, Constantin Lupulesku, Francisco Vallejo Pons, Sergei Movsesian, Ian Nepomniachtchi, Aleksey Dreev, Hrant Melkumyan - 8/11; 11-26. Anton Korobov, Igor Lysyj, Aleksandr Shimanov, Alexander Areshchenko, Pavel Eljanov, Martyn Kravtsiv, Daniil Dubov, Markus Ragger, Zbynek Hracek, Ivan Popov, Sabino Brunello, Sergey Fedorchuk, Evgeny Postny, Vadim Zvjaginsev, Andrei Istratesku, Eltaj Safarli - 7.5.
Alexander Moiseenko of Ukraine is the new European Champion. According to FIDE regulations top 23 players have qualified for the World Cup 2013 in Tromso, Norway (10th August - 4th September 2013). Vallejo and Dreev already qualified from EICC 2012, so Zvjaginsev and Istratesku also have qualified. The World Cup is part of the World Chess Championship cycle.
Site: http://chess-results.com/tnr95789

The Fondation Neva Women's Grand Prix 2013 tournament took place in Geneva, Switzerland 2nd-15th May. Free Days 7th and 12th May.
1. Bela Khotenashvili - 8, 2. Anna Muzychuk - 7.5, 3-4. Tatiana Kosintseva, Nana Dzagnidze - 6.5, 5-6. Ju Wenjun, Anna Ushenina - 6, 7. Kateryna Lagno - 5.5, 8-9. Hou Yifan, Alexandra Kosteniuk - 5, 10. Viktorija Cmilyte - 4.5, 11. Tuvshintugs Batchimeg - 3.5, 12. Olga Girya - 2.
Anna Ushenina. Photos by Anastasiya Karlovich Hou Yifan Anna Muzychuk Kateryna Lagno Ju Wenjun Nana Dzagnidze
Anna Ushenina, Hou Yifan, Anna Muzychuk, Kateryna Lagno, Ju Wenjun, Nana Dzagnidze.
Viktorija Cmilyte Tatiana Kosintseva Bela Khotenashvili Alexandra Kosteniuk Batchimeg Tuvshintugs Olga Girya
Viktorija Cmilyte, Tatiana Kosintseva, Bela Khotenashvili, Alexandra Kosteniuk, Batchimeg Tuvshintugs, Olga Girya. Photos by Anastasiya Karlovich.
Fondation Neva Women's Chess Grand Prix tournament, Geneva 2013. Round 11 and Closing Ceremony: Games and Photos
Fondation Neva Women's Chess Grand Prix tournament, Geneva 2013. Round 10: Games and Photos
Fondation Neva Women's Chess Grand Prix tournament, Geneva 2013. Round 9: Games and Photos
Fondation Neva Women's Chess Grand Prix tournament, Geneva 2013. Round 8: Games and Photos
In round 8 Alexandra Kosteniuk beat Ju Wenjun in the King's Indian Saemisch System in 54 moves.
Fondation Neva Women's Chess Grand Prix tournament, Geneva 2013. Round 7: Games and Photos
In round 7 Ju Wenjun beat with the black pieces Women's World Champion Anna Ushenina in the Staunton Gambit of the Dutch Defence.
Fondation Neva Women's Chess Grand Prix tournament, Geneva 2013. Round 6: Games and Photos
Fondation Neva Women's Chess Grand Prix tournament, Geneva 2013. Round 5: Games and Photos - Lake Geneva -
Fondation Neva Women's Chess Grand Prix tournament, Geneva 2013. Round 4: Games and Photos
Fondation Neva Women's Chess Grand Prix tournament, Geneva 2013. Round 3: Games and Photos
Fondation Neva Women's Chess Grand Prix tournament, Geneva 2013. Round 2: Games and Photos
Fondation Neva Women's Chess Grand Prix tournament, Geneva 2013. Round 1: Games and Photos
Beautiful girl, you're a lovely picture
Beautiful girl, you're a gorgeous mixture...

A song from the movie "Singin' in the Rain", "Beautiful girl" lyrics by Arthur Freed and music by Nacio Herb Brown.
Fondation Neva Women's Chess Grand Prix tournament, Geneva 2013. Opening Ceremony and Technical Meeting
Games (66, pgn)
Hou Yifan, Anna Muzychuk, Kateryna Lagno, Nana Dzagnidze, Ju Wenjun, Viktorija Cmilyte, Tatiana Kosintseva, Bela Khotenashvili, Alexandra Kosteniuk, Anna Ushenina, Olga Girya, Batchimeg Tuvshintugs.
Site: http://geneva2013.fide.com/

The US Chess Championships 2013 took place in Saint Louis, United States, May 2nd-13th.
1-2. Gata Kamsky, Alejandro Ramirez - 6.5/9; 3-4. Alexander Onischuk, Timur Gareev - 6. Playoff: Gata Kamsky - Alejandro Ramirez 1/2, 1/2; 1-0 (Armageddon). Gata Kamsky is the US Chess Champion 2013.
In round 2 Kamsky (Black) sacrificed the exchange and won in the Dutch Defense against Kayden Troff.
Gata Kamsky, Timur Gareev, Alexander Onischuk, Ray Robson, Sam Shankland, Varuzhan Akobian, Alexander Stripunsky, Gregory Kaidanov.
Site: http://www.uschesschamps.com/

The FIDE World Chess Grand Prix Renova 2013 Zug tournament took place in Switzerland 18th-30th April. Free Days 22nd and 27th April.
1. Veselin Topalov - 8/11, 2. Hikaru Nakamura - 6.5, 3-4. Ruslan Ponomariov, Fabiano Caruana - 6, 5-6. Gata Kamsky, Alexander Morozevich - 5.5, 7-9. Sergey Karjakin, Anish Giri, Peter Leko - 5, 10-12. Teimour Radjabov, Rustam Kasimdzhanov, Shakhriyar Mamedyarov - 4.5.
Veselin Topalov. Photos by Anastasiya Karlovich Hikaru Nakamura Ruslan Ponomariov Fabiano Caruana Gata Kamsky Alexander Morozevich
Veselin Topalov, Hikaru Nakamura, Ruslan Ponomariov, Fabiano Caruana, Gata Kamsky, Alexander Morozevich.
Sergey Karjakin Anish Giri Peter Leko Teimour Radjabov Rustam Kasimdzhanov Shakhriyar Mamedyarov
Sergey Karjakin, Anish Giri, Peter Leko, Teimour Radjabov, Rustam Kasimdzhanov, Shakhriyar Mamedyarov. Photos by Anastasiya Karlovich.
World Chess Grand Prix, Zug 2013. Crosstable and Results
Round 11: Topalov-Karjakin 1-0, a real battle in Benoni, time trouble. Nakamura-Caruana 1/2, White's pieces stood slightly better. Ponomariov-Morozevich 1/2, a quick draw by perpetual check.
World Chess Grand Prix, Zug 2013. Round 11 and Closing Ceremony: Games and Photos
Round 10: Caruana-Topalov 0-1, the Sicilian, Black grabbed a pawn. Mamedyarov-Nakamura 0-1, Hikaru attacked on the queenside with pawns in the Slav. Karjakin-Kamsky 0-1, White seized the center, better was 41.Qf3 with perpetual.
World Chess Grand Prix, Zug 2013. Round 10: Games and Photos
Round 9: Topalov-Mamedyarov 1/2, a theoretical duel in the Caro-Kann, the same position Karjakin-Mamedyarov, Shakhriyar took 15...exf5, perpetual check. Nakamura-Morozevich 1-0, the Modern Benoni, Alexander took the initiative on the queenside, but made mistakes and lost. Radjabov-Ponomariov 1-0, QGA, in an equal position Ruslan blundered 40...Bxf4?. Kamsky-Caruana 0-1, Fabiano attacked the white king with his queen and rook.
World Chess Grand Prix, Zug 2013. Round 9: Games and Photos - Chess Pieces -
Round 8: Ponomariov-Nakamura 1/2, the Sicilian, 17.f4 was a novelty, but Hikaru seized the centre with 24...e5 and 27...d5 and had somewhat better chances. Morozevich-Topalov 0-1, White had more weaknesses in the endgame. Karjakin-Giri 1/2, a sharp fight in the King's Indian Saemisch, two knights v rook+pawn, a draw by repetition. Caruana-Leko 1/2, the Spanish, Fabiano placed the bishop... on b1, white pawns c2, d3 and e4.
World Chess Grand Prix, Zug 2013. Round 8: Games and Photos
Round 7: Kamsky-Morozevich 1-0, the Sicilian, a complex position, better was 19...Ne5 - the knight in the centre. Topalov-Ponomariov 1/2, the Nimzo-Indian, Ruslan got the better chances due to the strong c4-pawn. Karjakin-Kasimdzhanov 1/2, the Scotch, two rooks v rook+bishop+pawn in the endgame, a quick draw. Nakamura-Radjabov 1/2, the Sicilian, probably theory.
World Chess Grand Prix, Zug 2013. Round 7: Games and Photos
Round 6: Ponomariov-Kamsky 1-0, the Nimzo-Indian, Ruslan attacked with 29.d5 and 34.h5. Kasimdzhanov-Nakamura 0-1, Rustam played his queen in the opening, attacked on the queenside with b4 and a4, but riskily gave a piece, and Hikaru counterattacked. Caruana-Karjakin 1/2, Fabiano took on c6 in the Spanish, 5.Bxc6, had an extra pawn, but after several funny moves (42.d6, 43.d7) Sergey could have won with 48...Rd1+ 49.Kg2 Qe2.
World Chess Grand Prix, Zug 2013. Round 6: Games and Photos
Round 5: Giri-Morozevich 0-1. Leko-Ponomariov 1/2, the Bogo-Indian. Karjakin-Mamedyarov 1-0 Notes by Boris Schipkov, a theoretical duel in the Caro-Kann, Sergey sacrificed a knight 16.Nxh6+! to storm the kingside, won thanks to his home preparation. Kamsky outplayed Radjabov in the rook endgame 1-0. Caruana-Kasimdzhanov 1-0, the Carlsbad QGD. Topalov-Nakamura 1-0, the rare line of the Spanish.
World Chess Grand Prix, Zug 2013. Round 5: Games and Photos - Lake Zug -
Round 4: Nakamura-Kamsky 1/2, the Slav 3...g6, Gata took 8...dxc4 and advanced 9...b5, Hikaru had a slight advantage, grabbed a pawn. Kasimdzhanov-Topalov 1/2, a theoretical duel in the King's Indian, Rustam sacrificed the knight with 13.Nf5!, better was 22.Qe8. Radjabov-Leko 1/2, Teimour had the better pawn structure. All games ended in draws.
World Chess Grand Prix, Zug 2013. Round 4: Games and Photos
Round 3: Caruana and Morozevich traded pieces in the Spanish. Giri-Radjabov 1/2, a quick draw by repetition in the Catalan. Leko-Nakamura 1/2, a theoretical duel in the French, Peter grabbed a pawn in the endgame. All games ended in draws.
World Chess Grand Prix, Zug 2013. Round 3: Games and Photos
Round 2: Nakamura-Giri 1/2, the Bogo-Indian, Hikaru chose the rare 5.Nbxd2 and 6.g3, Anish played 8...e5, with counterplay, but then Hikaru seized space with 21.b4 and enjoyed a slight advantage. Morozevich attacked on the kingside with the wild h4-h5 in the Gruenfeld vs Mamedyarov, a draw. Kamsky took the initiative on the queen's wing vs Kasimdzhanov, however Rustam defended well, won two pawns and the game. Topalov made a mistake, a dubious novelty, 14.Bb4, in the Ragozin Defence vs Leko, Peter had an edge, but 39...Bf7 and 40...Qg6 were bad, so Veselin got the better chances and won.
World Chess Grand Prix, Zug 2013. Round 2: Games and Photos - Red and Black -
Round 1: A theoretical duel in Caruana-Radjabov 1-0, the Spanish, 10.Na4 was a novelty, Fabiano won. Leko had a small edge vs Kamsky, a draw. Karjakin-Nakamura 1/2, with equality, then Hikaru got the slightly better chances, tried to win the endgame.
World Chess Grand Prix, Zug 2013. Round 1: Games and Photos

World Chess Grand Prix, Zug 2013. Opening Ceremony and Technical Meeting
Games (66, pgn)
Site: http://zug2013.fide.com/

The Alekhine Memorial 2013 International Chess Super-Tournament took place in Paris (France) 20th-26th April and in St. Petersburg (Russia) 27th April - 1st May. Free Days 26th-27th April.
1-2. Levon Aronian, Boris Gelfand - 5.5; 3. Viswanathan Anand - 5; 4-8. Michael Adams, Nikita Vitiugov, Laurent Fressinet, Vladimir Kramnik, Maxime Vachier-Lagrave - 4.5; 9. Ding Liren - 3.5; 10. Peter Svidler - 3.
Alekhine Memorial 2013 International Chess Super-Tournament. Crosstable and Results
Aronian has won the Alekhine Memorial on tie-break thanks to the higher number of wins (the second rule): he has 3 wins, Gelfand has 2 wins. Both have played 5 games with black pieces (the first tie-break rule).
Alekhine Memorial International Chess Super-Tournament, Paris - St. Petersburg 2013. Results and games with commentary by Boris Schipkov
Viswanathan Anand, Vladimir Kramnik, Levon Aronian, Peter Svidler, Boris Gelfand, Maxime Vachier-Lagrave, Laurent Fressinet, Michael Adams, Nikita Vitiugov, Ding Liren.
Games (45, pgn)
The opening ceremony 20th April includes the pairings and a small concert by Vadim Repin (violin, born in Novosibirsk) and Nikolay Lugansky (piano) who perform various pieces by S. Rachmaninoff.

The World Chess Candidates 2013 took place in London (England) 14th March - 1st April. A dramatic tournament.
1-2. Magnus Carlsen; Vladimir Kramnik - 8.5/14, 3-4. Peter Svidler; Levon Aronian - 8, 5-6. Boris Gelfand; Alexander Grischuk - 6.5, 7. Vassily Ivanchuk - 6, 8. Teimour Radjabov - 4.
Magnus Carlsen Vladimir Kramnik Levon Aronian Teimour Radjabov Alexander Grischuk Vassily Ivanchuk Peter Svidler Boris Gelfand
Magnus Carlsen; Vladimir Kramnik; Levon Aronian; Teimour Radjabov; Alexander Grischuk; Vassily Ivanchuk; Peter Svidler; Boris Gelfand. Photos by Anastasiya Karlovich.
Carlsen has won the Candidates on tie-break thanks to the higher number of wins: he has 5 wins, Kramnik has 4 wins.

World Chess Candidates Tournament 2013. Results and games with commentary by Boris Schipkov, Rounds 1-14

In the first half of the Candidates Tournament Carlsen scored 5/7 and Aronian scored 5 out of 7.
Magnus Carlsen Levon Aronian. Photos by Anastasiya Karlovich.
Lords of the Pieces: Magnus Carlsen and Levon Aronian. Version 1.0.

In the second half of the Candidates Tournament Kramnik scored 5/7 and Svidler scored 4.5 out of 7.
Vladimir Kramnik Peter Svidler. Photos by Anastasiya Karlovich.
Lords of the Pieces: Vladimir Kramnik and Peter Svidler. Version 2.0.

World Chess Candidates Tournament 2013. Pairings, Results, Crosstable and Photos
Magnus Carlsen of Norway, Elo 2872; Vladimir Kramnik of Russia, 2810; Levon Aronian of Armenia, 2809; Teimour Radjabov of Azerbaijan, 2793; Alexander Grischuk of Russia, 2764; Vassily Ivanchuk of Ukraine, 2757; Peter Svidler of Russia, 2747; Boris Gelfand of Israel, 2740.
World Chess Candidates Tournament, London 2013. Opening ceremony
The winner of the Candidates Magnus Carlsen becomes the Challenger to Viswanathan Anand, the World Champion since 2007. The World Chess Championship match Viswanathan Anand versus Magnus Carlsen will be held from 6 to 26 November 2013 probably in Chennai (India).
Games (56, pgn)
Site: http://london2013.fide.com/

Before the Candidates Tournament 2013. Surprising Statistics: Vassily Ivanchuk has plus 13 against other players, Magnus Carlsen has only plus 12, Vladimir Kramnik leads with plus 22. By Boris Schipkov, 9.03.2013.

The Russian Team Championships 2013 took place in Loo, Sochi, Krasnodar Kray 6th-14th April.
1. SPb Chess Fed - 11 (26), 2. Malakhit Chess Club - 11 (24.5), 3. Yugra - 10 (25), 4. PGMB Rostov - 10 (24).
St. Petersburg Chess Fed: Svidler, Vitiugov, Dominguez Perez, Movsesian, Efimenko, Zvjaginsev, Khairullin, Matlakov.
Round 7: SPb Chess Fed - PGMB Rostov 2.5-3.5. Svidler-Jobava 1/2. Peter stormed the kingside. A sharp game! White could have won with 22.Red1, 27.Re3 or 30.Qh5.
Malakhit - "Nashe Nasledie" 3-3. Karjakin-Caruana 1/2. Spanish. Now Sergey played 8.a4. The endgame was drawish.
Karjakin, Caruana, Mamedyarov, Grischuk, Morozevich, Ivanchuk, Svidler, Leko, Kamsky, Jakovenko, Andreikin.
Site: http://www.chess-results.com/tnr96899

The Women's World Chess Team Championship 2013 took place in Astana (Kazakhstan) 3rd-12th March.
1. Ukraine - 16 (24.5), 2. China - 15 (25.5), 3. Russia - 13 (24), 4. Georgia - 12 (21.5), 5. India - 9 (18), 6. USA - 8 (15.5), 7. Kazakhstan - 6 (15.5), 8. Romania - 6 (14.5), 9. France - 4 (12), 10. Turkey - 1 (9).
Kateryna Lahno Anna Ushenina Mariya Muzychuk Natalia Zhukova Inna Gaponenko
Gold - Ukraine: Kateryna Lagno, Anna Ushenina, Mariya Muzychuk, Natalia Zhukova, Inna Gaponenko. Photos by Anastasiya Karlovich.
Russia-China 2-2, China-Ukraine 1-3, Russia-Georgia 2-2, Georgia-Ukraine 1-3, USA-Russia 2.5-1.5, Ukraine-USA 2.5-1.5, Russia-Ukraine 2-2, China-India 2.5-1.5.
The Ukrainian team triumph at Team Championship. Photos by Anastasiya Karlovich
The closing ceremony. Ukraine wins the title of the Women's World Chess Team Champion.

The Zurich Chess Challenge 2013 took place in Switzerland 23rd February - 1st March.
1. Fabiano Caruana - 4/6, 2. Viswanathan Anand - 3, 3-4. Vladimir Kramnik, Boris Gelfand - 2.5.
Grandmaster Viswanathan Anand, Zurich Chess Challenge 2013 Grandmaster Fabiano Caruana, Zurich Chess Challenge 2013 Grandmaster Vladimir Kramnik, Zurich Chess Challenge 2013 Grandmaster Boris Gelfand, Zurich Chess Challenge 2013
Viswanathan Anand of India, 2780; Fabiano Caruana of Italy, 2757; Vladimir Kramnik of Russia, 2810; Boris Gelfand of Israel, 2740. Photos by Georg Kradolfer.
Round 6: Anand-Kramnik 1-0. Spanish. A sharp game. Vladimir had a pawn on d3, tried to attack on the king's wing with ...Nh5, then made a mistake, 21...Qb8, so Anand grabbed two pieces for a rook with a small combination and won.
Caruana-Gelfand 1-0. Catalan or Bogo-Indian. Fabiano produced a novelty 16.Qc2 with a slight edge, in Gajewski-Yu Yangyi, Reykjavik Open 2013 was 16.Rc1 with a quick draw. Then Caruana grabbed the d5 pawn, won the ending with only one extra pawn. An excellent result!
Round 5: Kramnik-Caruana 1/2. Reversed Modern Benoni (why not 1.b4!?). Probably White equalized in the opening. In the middlegame Vladimir stormed on the kingside with g4-g5, and Fabiano decided to sacrifice the exchange for one pawn, so after all Kramnik got the better chances. In the end 39.Rf3 and 42...Rd2 were stronger. Perpetual check.
Gelfand-Anand 1/2. Catalan. Black attacked on the queenside with ...c5-c4, then White gave his rook for a knight and 2 pawns and made a draw.
Round 4: Anand-Caruana 0-1. Spanish or Ruy Lopez. A complex struggle. Anand tried to attack on the c-file with 19.c4. Fabiano equalized with 27...d5, Anand sacrificed the exchange, but the position was good for Black.
Gelfand-Kramnik 1/2. Catalan. White seized the centre with 18.e4, Black played 18...Nc4 with a wild game, then stormed with a knight sacrifice 22...Nxf2. Unclear.
Garry Kasparov, a special guest in rounds 3 and 4, commented games together with Yannick Pelletier and Werner Hug and took part in the analysis.
Round 3: Caruana-Kramnik 1/2. Modern Benoni. An interesting fight for the e4 square. Rook+pawn vs bishop+knight.
Anand-Gelfand 1/2. Sicilian. Anand had an extra pawn.
Round 2: Kramnik-Anand 1/2. Reti, Catalan. Vladimir had only slight pressure on the queenside.
Gelfand-Caruana 1/2. Notes by Boris Schipkov. Gruenfeld 3.f3 d5. The position was about equal. But in the ending 35...Bg4 was stronger, with a big advantage for Black.
Round 1: Caruana-Anand 1/2. Notes by Boris Schipkov, 24.02.2013. Sicilian. Anand equalized with 22...d5. Then Fabiano made more mistakes, better was 30.f3, but he could have made a draw by repetition with 38.Qd8 Qe6. Anand had two extra pawns, a small edge.
Kramnik-Gelfand 1/2. Notes by Boris Schipkov. 1.Nf3 c5 2.b3 (Fischer played 1.b3 and 3.Nf3, 4.e3, 5.Bb5), I think also interesting is 1.b4, the Orangutan, because Magnus Carlsen and other players from Candidates 2013 must spend time for a rare opening in this case. Vladimir had a small edge, however the endgame was drawish.
Zurich Chess Challenge 2013: All Games
Blitz (22nd February): 1. Caruana - 5/6, 2. Kramnik - 4, 3-4. Gelfand, Anand - 1.5.
Vladimir Kramnik, Viswanathan Anand, Boris Gelfand, Fabiano Caruana Christian Bauer and Oleg Skvortsov
The Closing Ceremony of the Zurich CC 2013, 1st March. GM Christian Bauer and the main sponsor of the event Oleg Skvortsov of International Gemological Laboratories. Oleg Skvortsov likes the Philidor Defence. Photos by Georg Kradolfer.
Games (12, pgn)
Site: http://www.zurich-cc.com/

The Cappelle la Grande Open 2013 took place in France 23rd February - 2nd March. 564 players.
1-8. Sjugirov Sanan, Negi Parimarjan, Rodshtein Maxim, Fedorchuk Sergey, Hansen Eric, Jianu Vlad-Cristian, Fedorov Alexei, Vovk Yuri - 7/9.
Cappelle-la-Grande International Open 2013. Final Results. Crosstable

The Reykjavik Open 2013 took place in Iceland 19th - 27th February. 227 players.
1-3. Pavel Eljanov, Wesley So, Bassem Amin - 8/10; 4-11. Anish Giri, Ivan Cheparinov, Yi Wei, Marcin Dziuba, Ding Liren, Yaacov Norowitz, Gawain Jones, Ivan Sokolov - 7.5.
Site: http://chess-results.com/tnr72648

The GRENKE Chess Classic Baden-Baden 2013 took place in Germany 7th-17th February.
1. Viswanathan Anand - 6.5/10, 2. Fabiano Caruana - 6, 3. Georg Meier - 5 (2 wins), 4. Michael Adams - 5 (1 win), 5. Arkadij Naiditsch - 4, 6. Daniel Fridman - 3.5.
Viswanathan Anand Fabiano Caruana Georg Meier Michael Adams Arkadij Naiditsch Daniel Fridman
Viswanathan Anand, Fabiano Caruana, Georg Meier, Michael Adams, Arkadij Naiditsch, Daniel Fridman. Photos by Georgios Souleidis.
GRENKE Chess Classic Baden-Baden 2013: All Games
In round 10 Anand outplayed Naiditsch in the rook endgame and won the tournament. After the game Anand said: "These rook endings are very, very tricky. You have to play them incredibly precisely".
In round 9 World Champion Anand used a novelty in the Russian Game against Fridman, 20.Ra2, astonished the rival with the strong 22.Bg4, took the exchange and won. Meier produced a novelty 11.b3 in the Bogo-Indian Defence and got a small advantage in the endgame, then Naiditsch made funny mistakes 25...Na8?, 28...Rh5?, so Georg could trap White's rook with 33.Nf5 and beat Arkadij easily. Michael Adams attacked on the king's wing after the excellent knight manoeuvre 44...Ne5-g4-f2+ to defeat Fabiano Caruana.
In round 8 Naiditsch stormed on the kingside, but Caruana played well and won with the king's manoeuvre from g8 to d4.
In round 7 Georg Meier grabbed a pawn and won against Daniel Fridman.
In round 6 Arkadij Naiditsch beat Daniel Fridman with a nice knight sacrifice in the King's Indian.
Fabiano Caruana of Italy Anand Viswanathan of India versus Arkadij Naiditsch of Germany
Fabiano Caruana of Italy. Round 5: Anand Viswanathan outplayed Arkadij Naiditsch in the Spanish Game. Photos by Georgios Souleidis.
In round 4 Naiditsch had an advantage against Meier in the Slav, then Georg could have made a draw, but lost.
In round 3 Caruana correctly sacrificed the exchange versus Naiditsch, but then made mistakes and Arkadij could have won with 32...Qxg3, time trouble. So Fabiano won with his two knights with 38.Nf4.
In round 2 Arkadij Naiditsch beat Michael Adams in 79 moves after a wild fight.
In round 1 Fabiano Caruana sacrificed a pawn in the French Defence to attack Black's king and won against Georg Meier.
Games (30, pgn)
Site: http://www.grenkechessclassic.de/, http://chess-results.com/tnr91320

The Aeroflot Open 2013 rapid and blitz tournaments took place 12th-17th February in Moscow (Russia).
Blitz: 1. Ian Nepomniachtchi - 15.5/18, 2. Peter Svidler - 14.5, 3. Alexander Grischuk - 14.
Rapid Final: Sergey Karjakin - Alexander Grischuk 2-1. Rapid SemiFinal: Ian Nepomniachtchi - Sergey Karjakin 1-2, Gata Kamsky - Alexander Grischuk 0.5-1.5.
Qualification Rapid: 1-4. Kamsky Gata; Sjugirov Sanan; Mamedov Rauf; Gupta Abhijeet - 7/9. Qualification Rapid Final: Gata Kamsky, Aleksandr Shimanov, Anton Korobov, Dmitry Frolyanov, Le Quang Liem, Rauf Mamedov, Pavel Eljanov, Sanan Sjugirov.
Rapid Final: Anatoly Karpov, Alexander Grischuk, Peter Svidler, Dmitry Andreikin, Sergey Karjakin, Ian Nepomniachtchi, Wang Hao, Shakhriyar Mamedyarov.
Site: http://chess-results.com/tnr92036, http://chess-results.com/tnr92007

The Tradewise Gibraltar Chess Festival 2013 took place in Gibraltar 22nd - 31st January.
Play-off: Vachier-Lagrave-Short 0.5-1.5, Sandipan-Vitiugov 0.5-1.5; Final: Nikita Vitiugov - Nigel Short 1.5-0.5.
1-4. Nikita Vitiugov, Maxime Vachier-Lagrave, Chanda Sandipan, Nigel Short - 8/10, 5-13. Kiril Georgiev, Michael Adams, David Navara, Gata Kamsky, Vassily Ivanchuk, Yu Yangyi, Ivan Salgado Lopez, Daniel Fridman, Zhao Xue - 7.5.
Tania Sachdev Anna Muzychuk Mariya Muzychuk
Tania Sachdev (rating 2403, 6.5 points), Anna Muzychuk (rating 2582, 7 points), Mariya Muzychuk (rating 2471, 6.5 points). Photos by Zeljka Malobabic.
Site: http://www.gibraltarchesscongress.com/

The Tata Steel Chess Tournament 2013 took place in Wijk aan Zee (The Netherlands) January 12th - 27th.
1. Magnus Carlsen - 10/13, 2. Levon Aronian - 8.5, 3-4. Viswanathan Anand, Sergey Karjakin - 8, 5. Peter Leko - 7.5, 6. Hikaru Nakamura - 7, 7. Pentala Harikrishna - 6.5, 8-10. Anish Giri, Wang Hao, Loek van Wely - 6, 11. Hou Yifan - 5.5, 12. Fabiano Caruana - 5, 13. Erwin L'Ami - 4, 14. Ivan Sokolov - 3.
Anish Giri versus Magnus Carlsen
Round 13: The local hero Anish Giri of The Netherlands vs World No 1 Magnus Carlsen of Norway. Photo by Tata Steel Chess Press.
In round 13 Anish Giri preferred the King's Indian Saemisch System E87 against Magnus Carlsen and castled long, trying to crush World's No. 1 player in a sharp fight. Magnus gave a pawn and got some counterplay on the queenside. Anish could have obtained a clear edge with 28.Qa3!, but after 29.Qa6?! the Mozart of chess sacrificed his bishop with the excellent 29...Bxb3!! and equalized. A draw.
Tata Steel Chess Tournament, Wijk aan Zee 2013. Round 13: Games
In round 12 Magnus Carlsen beat Hikaru Nakamura with an elegant attack on Black's king.
Tata Steel Chess Tournament, Wijk aan Zee 2013. Round 12: Games
Tata Steel Chess Tournament, Wijk aan Zee 2013. Round 11: Games
In round 10 Peter Leko produced a strong novelty 15...Nh5! in the Nimzo-Indian against Ivan Sokolov and quickly won thanks to his home preparation.
Magnus Carlsen versus Sergey Karjakin
Round 8: Magnus Carlsen vs Sergey Karjakin. Magnus won in the endgame, in 92 moves. A frame from video by Tata Steel Chess.
Tata Steel Chess Tournament, Wijk aan Zee 2013. Round 10: Games
Tata Steel Chess Tournament, Wijk aan Zee 2013. Round 9: Games
Tata Steel Chess Tournament, Wijk aan Zee 2013. Round 8: Games
Tata Steel Chess Tournament, Wijk aan Zee 2013. Round 7: Games
In round 6 Hou Yifan beat Anish Giri after a long fight in 85 moves.
Tata Steel Chess Tournament, Wijk aan Zee 2013. Round 6: Games
In round 5 Wang Hao outplayed Erwin L'Ami in the Bogo-Indian Defence with black pieces, pushed two nice connected passed pawns on the queenside. Pentala Harikrishna checkmated van Wely with a queen sacrifice.
Tata Steel Chess Tournament, Wijk aan Zee 2013. Round 5: Games
In round 4 World Champion Viswanathan Anand beat Levon Aronian with black pieces with great tactics.
Tata Steel Chess Tournament, Wijk aan Zee 2013. Round 4: Games
Tata Steel Chess Tournament, Wijk aan Zee 2013. Round 3: Games
In round 2 Hou Yifan could have won with 54...g5! or 57...a2! against Loek van Wely in the endgame. Perpetual check.
Tata Steel Chess Tournament, Wijk aan Zee 2013. Round 2: Games
Tata Steel Chess Tournament, Wijk aan Zee 2013. Round 1: Games
Games (91, pgn)
Site: http://www.tatasteelchess.com/

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