International News Today - Nov 10, 2011

At the European Team Championship in Greece, the sides are ready for the final round battle: Armenia vs Germany. They now share the lead after Germany upset Azerbaijan 2.5-1.5 and Armenia took out Netherlands 3-1. One point back of the leaders are Azerbaijan and Bulgaria.

As usual, I like to take a look at some top individual results by performace rating; Aronian 2847, Mamedyarov 2847, Bauer 2846, Topalov 2837, Grischuk 2807, Olafsson 2807, Adams 2804, and Cheparinov 2804.

The Women's World Championhip starts Sunday, while the Tal Memorial starts on Tuesday. 

International News Today - Nov 15, 2011

A wild finish at the World Team Championship over the weekend. Germany upset Armenia 2.5-1.5 to take the Gold Medal. Azerbaijan also won to take the silver medal, and Hungary steamrolled Bulgaria 4-0 to sneak ahead of Armenia and Russia on tie-breaks for the silver medal. Less dramatic finish was the Russian ladies winning handily their division.

International News Today - Nov 18, 2011

The 3rd round of the Tal Memorial finished a short while ago. The play to date has been fairly sharp with 6 decisive games and a lot of draws being of the exciting variety. Four players share 1st with +1 scores. They are Magnus Carlsen (who has had a couple of fascinating games yesterday and today), Levon Aronian, Sergey Karjakin, and Ian Nepomniachtchi.

International News Today - Nov 22, 2011

Three rounds and plenty of action at the Tal Memorial, since I last checked in (playing in the PEI Open over the weekend curtailed any of this activity). However, despite complicated games with lots of interesting chances the games have all been drawn. This means that Carlsen, Aronian, Karjakin, and Nepomniachtchi are all still tied for 1st. Catch the games tomorrow on any of the live servers starting at 7am ET.

International News Today - Nov 24, 2011

I just finished watching the end of the Aronian-Svidler game. Beautiful piece sac by Aronian in a Q&N ending eventually left him with passers on b6 and h6 that couldn't both be stopped. This leaves him alone in 1st with 5/8 going into the final round. Only 1/2 point behind are Carlsen, Karjakin, Ivanchuk, and Nepomniachtchi. Aronian has black tomorrow against Nepo. Karjakin is white against Ivanchuk and Carlsen is black against Nakamura.

International News Today - Nov 30, 2011

Getting caught up:

Magnus Carlsen won his final round game to move into a tie with Levon Aronian at the Tal Memorial. Carlsen won the title on tie-break (most blacks).

As suspected, Hou Yifan was able to draw the 8th match game and retain the World Women's title with a score of 5.5-2.5.

The World Youth is complete. Russia was the dominant country with a total of 7 medals. Michael Song from the Toronto area took home the bronze medal in U12.

International News Today - Dec 4, 2011

A busy weekend, and I've missed the 1st two rounds of the London Classic. Right now Carlsen, Nakamura, and Kramnik are all tied for 1st at +1. With 3 point scoring and everyone in the 9 player round-robin receiving a bye it might be troublesome keeping track of 1st, but we'll try.

Tomorrow's game is 9am ET and can be followed on any of the usual live feeds. Tuesday's game is at 11am and Wednesday is the rest day.

International News Today - Dec 8, 2011

Round 5 in London just finished........ as I said before, it's going to be tough to keep track of the leaders. Right now Carlsen, Kramnik, Nakamura, and McShane are all +2, however based on 3 point scoring, Nakamura has 10/15, Carlsen 9/15 due to a different combination of wins, draws and losses. Kramnik and McShane have had the bye and have 8/12, so would have to win their game in hand just to equal Carlsen.

So the big games tomorrow are McShane - Nakamura and Anand - Kramnik. Carlsen has the bye.



International News Today - Dec 13, 2011

Vlad Kramnik put on an impressive drive winning rounds 7 and 8 at the London Classic, ensuring that a draw in his final game with white would give him the title (on tie-break). As it turns out he won outright as Magnus Carlsen wasn’t able to win his final game to earn a share of the top. Nakamura won his final game to leapfrog Carlsen and McShane and took home 2nd place prize.

Final scores.
Kramnik (RUS) - 16
Nakamura (USA) - 15
Carlsen (NOR) - 14
McShane (ENG) - 13

All scores are out of a possible of 24 (8 games x 3 points for a win).

International News Today - Dec 21, 2011

The Sports Accord Mindgames finished up last week with the Blindfold competition.


Gold - Zoltan Almasi (HUN)
Silver - Maxime Vachier Lagrave (FRA)
Bronze - Vugar Gashimov (AZE)


Gold - Hou Yifan (CHN)
Silver - Viktoria Cmilyte (LTU)
Bronze - Alexandra Kosteniuk (RUS)

The same set of events will be going in Beijing, again next year.