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CT-198(3904)

Sunday, 17 July 2011

Test Yourself! Areshchenko - Shoker 8th World Teams Ningbo CHN (1),

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World Chess News World Team Championship There were no great sensations in the first round. GM Areshchenko of Ukraine lost to IM Shoker of Egypt, spoiling a winning position in one move. Aronian vs Sutovsky is our main Annotated Game today.

Round 1 results: USA - Russia 1-3 Armenia - Israel 3½-½ Egypt - Ukraine 1½-2½ China - Azerbaijan 2-2 India - Hungary 2-2 Line-ups of teams, including reserve players: Russia Karjakin 2788 Grischuk 2746 Nepomniachtchi 2711 Svidler 2739 Vitiugov 2733 Azerbaijan Radjabov 2744 Gashimov 2760 R.Mamedov 2679 Mamedyarov 2765 Guseinov 2625

Ukraine Ivanchuk 2768 Eljanov 2697 Efimenko 2706 Moiseenko 2715 Areshchenko 2682 Armenia Aronian 2805 Movsesian 2700 Akopian 2667 Sargissian 2663 Hovhannisyan 2556 Hungary Leko 2717 Almasi 2726 Polgar 2699 Balogh 2643 Erdos 2613 China Wang Hao 2718 Wang Yue 2709 Li Chao 2669 Yu Yangyi 2672 Ding Liren 2654 USA Kamsky 2741 Onischuk 2675 Shulman 2617 Seirawan 2635 Hess 2609 Israel Sutovsky 2700 Roiz 2669 Smirin 2676 Postny 2618 Nabaty 2584 India Harikrishna 2669 Sasikiran 2681 Ganguly 2627 Negi 2642 Gopal 2576 Egypt Adly 2631 Amin 2609 El Gindy 2510 Shoker 2475 Ezat 2430 Chess-Results; Official website

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Hangzhou, China

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After 4 rounds, Ju Wenjun is leading with 3½ points. (It seems that Zhao Xue resigned against her in an objectively drawn position).

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Round 3 results: Sebag - Dzagnidze 1-0 Zhu Chen - N.Kosintseva 0-1 Harika - Hou Yifan ½-½ T.Kosintseva - Zhao Xue ½-½ Zatonskih - Ju Wenjun 0-1

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Round 4 results: Zhao Xue - Ju Wenjun 0-1 Hou Yifan - Zhu Chen ½-½ N.Kosintseva - T.Kosintseva ½-½ Sebag - Harika ½-½ Dzagnidze - Zatonskih 1-0 Official website (in Chinese); Chess New Blog

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Annotated Game by GM Mikhail Golubev Aronian (2805) - Sutovsky (2700) 8th World Teams Ningbo (1), 17.07.11

Gruenfeld, exchange variation - D85

Azian Zonal The Asian Zonal 3.1 took place in Sharjah, UAE on 5-12 July 2011.

Final standings: 1. GM Salem A R Saleh (UAE, 2493) 6½ out of 9, 2. IM Darini (IRI, 2462), IM Khader (JOR, 2402) and GM Ghaem Maghami (IRI, 2588) - 6, 5. GM Al-Sayed (QAT, 2498) - 5½, etc. (16 players). Selected games are available in today's database. Chess-Results; Official website

Vasik Rajlich speaks out After the disqualification of his program Rybka by the International Computer Games Association, Vasik Rajlich gave an internet interview to Nelson Hernandez. Indeed, Rajlich does not agree that the decision and the way the investigation was organised were fair. A 30 min long video is available at Youtube. Chessvibes.com provides excerpts as text, and comments.

1.d4 ¤f6 2.c4 g6 3.¤f3 ¥g7 4.¤c3 d5 5.cxd5 ¤xd5 6.e4 ¤xc3 7.bxc3 c5 8.¥e3 £a5 9.¤d2!? cxd4 10.¤c4 (D)

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A curious position. For the sacrificed queen Black has two pieces, one pawn, and the hope of developing serious activity. 13...0–0 After 13...¤c6 White plays 14.¥b5! Of interest is 13...¥b6+!? 14.¢f3 (14.¢e2? interferes with the f1–a6 diagonal and blocks White's own bishop) 14...¤c6 15.¥b5 ¥d7. 14.¥b5! Now White is ready to capture the knight after ...¤c6. 14...a6 15.¥a4 b5 A natural reaction, but now Black's queenside is weakened. 16.£d5 Again preventing ...¤c6 for the time being. 16...¦a7 17.¥b3 (D)

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Or 26...¤xc1 27.£xe6+ ¢g7 28.£xb6+-. 27.£xe6+ ¦f7 28.¦c8+ ¢g7 (D)

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Solution to our Quiz: Areshchenko - Shoker 8th World Teams Ningbo CHN (1),

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23...¦c8!–+ 24.exf6 ¤a3+ 25.¢xb2 ¦xc2+ 26.¢a1 ¤c4! 27.¦e4+ ¢d8 28.¤c1 £a3 0–1

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