Archive for November, 2012

Khanty-Mansiysk Women’s World Chess Championship 2012 Quarter-Finals: Anna Ushenina Knocks out Nadezhda Kosintseva

The Russian challenge in the Women’s World Chess Championship 2012 in Khanty Mansiysk has come to an end with this loss of Nadezhda Kosintseva to Anna Ushenina of Ukraine. The second games of the quarter finals were played on Wednesday. Displaying steady and strong chess, Ushenina beat Kosintseva with White to advance to the semi-finals. Final position on the left. Black’s King is in a hopeless bind on the h-file and attempting to save the checkmate with Qc6 will end in White capturing the Black Knight on f4. Read the full report on Chess Blog. Replay the exciting chess game with Chess King in the extended post.
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Harmony Chess Puzzle: White Checkmates in Two

The joy of having your chess pieces play in harmony is quite like listening to a symphony. Try this simple checkmate in two with White to play. Remember, harmonious play of pieces does the trick!
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Khanty-Mansiysk Women’s World Chess Championship 2012: Marie Sebag-Antoaneta Stefanova 1-0

The Women’s World Chess Championship 2012 in Khanty Mansiysk has moved to the quarter finals. The fourth round was played on Tuesday. Marie Sebag of France took on Antoaneta Stefanova of Bulgaria on the top board. In the position on the left, materially speaking, White is a pawn up. White has just played 36.Ne5. Should Black – before thinking of anything else – equalize the material by Rxa5? In fact, Black did just that: played 36. … Rxa5 and invited the killer blow from White! Can you see what? Replay the game with Chess King.
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Why-Resign Chess Puzzle: Explore Your Resources

Being material down is often a logical resign to resign your chess game. In the position on the left, White resign because 1.Rxd2 Rxd2 2.Qg4 h5 and the White Queen has to leave the d1-h5 diagonal so White cannot prevent the checkmate on d1 with the Black Rook. Or, if he tries to save the checkmate by Qf3, then it’s BxQf3 by Black. In any case, White loses the Queen. But, should White resign? Is there a way for White to win?
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Power Chess Opening Play: Do You Know How to Train?

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Sunday Chess Puzzle: White Checkmates in Two

What’s up for the Sunday chess puzzle with Chess King? Be patient, there’s a checkmate in two for White in there. Can you spot it?
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Khanty-Mansiysk Women’s World Chess Championship R3: Natalia Zhukova-Ju Wenjun 1-0

A fantastic game of a struggle with a lone Queen vs Knight+Bishop even with pawns locked together for a fortress for Black. Natalia Zhukova put in a heroic struggle to break down Black and set up a tiebreak in the third round of the Women’s World Chess Championship 2012 in Khanty Mansiysk. What do you think of the position on the left? Does Black have an unbreakable fortress? Run the game in the Chess King applet and read all the reports on the Women’s World Chess Championship 2012 at Chess Blog.
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Khanty-Mansiysk Women’s World Chess Championship R3: Harika Dronavalli-Lela Javakhishvili 1-0

Though, top-rated Koneru Humpy of India was knocked out of the Women’s World Chess Championship 2012 in Khanty Mansiysk in the second round, India’s Harika Dronavalli has done well to progress to the fourth round. She knocked out Lela Javakhishvili with accurate play in the third round. Lela resigned in the position on the left-three pawns down and a King without any protective cover had no hope! You can read all reports from the Women’s World Chess Championship 2012 at Chess Blog. Replay this nice game in the Chess King applet.
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Khanty-Mansiysk Women’s World Chess Championship R3: Antoaneta Stefanova-Monika Socko 1-0

The Women’s World Chess Championship 2012 in Khanty Mansiysk couldn’t get more unpredictable. Seeds and favourites seem to fall with no predictable pattern. Monika Socko came into Round 3 after eliminating Women’s World Chess Champion Hou Yifan, but fell to another former Women’s World Chess Champion, Antoaneta Stefanova. Stefanova has just played 54.Rd5 and Black loses more material and rightfully resigns. Follow all the reports on Chess Blog. Replay the game with Chess King.
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Khanty-Mansiysk Women’s World Chess Championship R3: Marie Sebag-Alisa Galliamova 1-0

Another important match of Round 3 at the Women’s World Chess Championship 2012 was between Marie Sebag and Alisa Galliamova in Round 3. Sebag held her ground and tired out Galliamova by knitting a checkmate. Galliamova was knocked out with the loss. In the position on the left, Black has just resigned. Can you see the forced checkmate coming up after White played 56.Qa8? Galliamova resigned immediately. Read all reports on the World Chess Championship 2012 in Khanty Mansiysk at Chess Blog. Run the game in the Chess King applet below.
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Khanty-Mansiysk Women’s World Chess Championship R3: Xue Zhao-Mariya Muzychuk 1-0

Xue Zhao played well to knock out Mariya Muzychuk from the Women’s World Chess Championship 2012 in the third round in Khanty Mansiysk on Sunday. In the position on the left, White has just played 25.e5. White had already, earlier in the game, sacked a pawn to launch a winning attack on the Black King. Is there any way to save this game for Black? Can you see all of White’s winning threats? Muzychuk, soon enough, resigned. Replay the nice game in the Chess King applet below. You can read complete reports on the Women’s World Chess Championship 2012 on Chess Blog.
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Tricky Chess Puzzle: White Checkmates in Two

This is a tricky chess puzzle. White seems to be in a bind – for a checkmate in two on any White move, Black Rook jumps to a8 with check. What’s the solution? Have fun solving chess puzzles with Chess King.
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Khanty-Mansiysk Women’s World Chess Championship 2012: Hou Yifan-Monika Socko 0-1

The Women’s World Chess Championship 2012 in Khanty Mansiysk witnessed shocking results in Round 2. Women’s World Chess Champion won the first game of the round by beating Monika Socko as expected. But, Socko returned to beat Yifan in the second game with Black taking the match into tiebreak. Socko won the tiebreak thereafter, knocking out Hou Yifan from the Championship and going down in Women’s chess history for creating one of the biggest upsets. Read report on Chess Blog. Run the nice game with Chess King.
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Khanty-Mansiysk Women’s World Chess Championship 2012: Natalia Zhukova-Koneru Humpy 1-0

The second round at the ongoing Women’s World Chess Championship 2012 in Khanty Mansiysk saw sensational results with top stars getting knocked out. One of the key games was Natalia Zhukova-Humpy Koneru. Zhukova had already won the first game and Koneru needed to win the second game with Black. She built up a good onslaught, but after a Queen exchange White slowly and steadily won the game. Zhukova eliminated the top-rated player of the tournament. Read report on Chess Blog. Replay the game with Chess King.
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Simple Chess Puzzle: White Checkmates in Three

A tactical win in chess is often based on forcing moves, so you must calculate properly and all the way. In the position on the left, White to play and checkmate in three.
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Khanty-Mansiysk Women’s World Chess Championship 2012: Pia Cramling-Irina Krush 1-0

The Women’s World Chess Championship is now in the second round. Here is another interesting game from Round 2. The full report is up at Chess Blog. In the position on the left, Krush has just played 25… KxRb6. Can you see the forced win from this point on? Run the game in the Chess King applet in the extended post.
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Khanty-Mansiysk Women’s World Chess Championship 2012: Koneru Humpy-Natalia Zhukova 0-1

The Women’s World Chess Championship is now in the second round with 32 players advancing to the second round from the main draw of 64 players. The first games of the second round were played on Wednesday. The full report is up at Chess Blog. In one of the key games of the second round, Natalia Zhukova beat top seed Koneru Humpy. Humpy has just played 28.Rb4 in the position on the left. Zhukova came up with an exciting continuation. Run the game in the Chess King applet.
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Khanty-Mansiysk Women’s World Chess Championship 2012: Monika Socko-Hou Yifan 0-1

The Women’s World Chess Championship is now in the second round with 32 players advancing to the second round from the main draw of 64 players. The first games of the second round were played on Wednesday. The full report is up at Chess Blog. In one of the key games of the second round, Hou Yifan beat Monika Socko with Black and a nice pawn roll down the a- and c-file. Run the game in the Chess King applet.
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Bucharest Chess Kings: Veselin Topalov – Liviu-Dieter Nisipeanu 1-0

The Chess Club Society “Elisabeta Polihroniade” of Bucharest organised a double round robin tournament with four top GMs: Italian Fabiano Caruana, Italy’s greatest player since the Renaissance, Ukrainian GM Vassily Ivanchuk, Veselin Topalov, former world champion and world number one, and Liviu-Dieter Nisipeanu, the best Romanian player, from November 7-13 in Bucharest, Romania. CCRL. For the report, read Chess Blog. Here is a nice Veselin Topalov – Liviu-Dieter Nisipeanu 1-0 chess game.
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Bucharest Chess Kings: Vassily Ivanchuk – Liviu-Dieter Nisipeanu 1-0

The Chess Club Society “Elisabeta Polihroniade” of Bucharest organised a double round robin tournament with four top GMs: Italian Fabiano Caruana, Italy’s greatest player since the Renaissance, Ukrainian GM Vassily Ivanchuk, Veselin Topalov, former world champion and world number one, and Liviu-Dieter Nisipeanu, the best Romanian player, from November 7-13 in Bucharest, Romania. CCRL. For the report, read Chess Blog. Here is a nice Vassily Ivanchuk – Liviu-Dieter Nisipeanu chess game.
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