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Anand takes early sole lead at Candidates 2014

Anand - Mamedyarov in round 3

Anand – Mamedyarov in round 3

Topalov and Aronian draw in Candidates Tournament R3

Despite the loss in the first round, Levon Aronian didn’t hesitate to repeat the Ruy Lopez Anti-Marshall. Veselin Topalov chose the line that was earlier seen in Grischuk’s games.

Black conceded the bishop’s pair to get a pawn on d4 and the position appeared to be equal. White decided to complicate the matters with the queen’s excursion to h5.

Aronian thought for a long time but eventually decided not to take the pawn on e4. Soon-after he played 22…Ba6 allowing wild complications after 23.Bd6.

Karjakin holds Andreikin in Candidates Tournament R3

Dmitry Andreikin is an unpleasant opponent for Sergey Karjakin, having eliminated him in the 4th round of 2013 World Chess Cup.

Karjakin defended with the Berlin Ruy Lopez, and Andreikin avoided the famous endgame by slowly expanding in the center with d3, c3 and d4.

Black traded on d4 and struck back with d6-d5. After the massive exchanges, black found the excellent move 17…Qd5 to hold the balance.

With the weakened pawn structure around his king, Andreikin couldn’t find anything better than to trade all the rooks and force perpetual check.

Anand defeats Mamedyarov in Candidates Tournament R3

Shakhriyar Mamedyarov and Viswanathan Anand stuck to their guns, Vishy defended with the Slav while Shakh once again played knight on d2.

After the introductory moves white expanded in the center with e5 and f4. The former World Champion didn’t lose time and immediately undermined the pawn chain. White’s inability to bring the rooks to the central files, controlled by the beautifully placed black bishops, proved that his position was a little over-extended.

Li Chao claims the trophy in Reykjavik Open 2014

The Chinese Grandmaster Li Chao was the sole winner of the N1 Reykjavik Open which took place on 4-12th March at the Harpa Music & Conference Hall.

Three decisive games in Candidates round 2

<The FIDE World Candidates Tournament treated us today with three decisive games with white – Kramnik, Svidler and Aronian scored a full point. Here is the report of the round, detailed GM annotations later in Chess Insider PDF and PGN magazine

Chess Insider issue 6 on Candidates round 1 published

exampleThe PDF and PGN magazine Chess Insider, the first daily chess periodical, is out with issue #6. It is dedicated to the Candiates Toudrnament round 1 and contains detailed analysis of all four games of the round.

Anand takes the lead of Candidates 2014 after round 1

candidates-chess-2014-1The FIDE World Candidates Tournament 2014 started Thursday at the beautiful playing venue in Ugra Chess Academy in Khanty-Mansiysk.

After the first round, Viswanathan Anand took the lead, as he was the only winner of the day.

Veselin Topalov holds Shakhriyar Mamedyarov to a draw

Topalov and MamedyarovVeselin Topalov defended with Slav against Shakhriyar Mamedyarov who already on the 4th move employed the rare 4.Nbd2.

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