29th March 2013
London Candidates R11 - Kramnik wins,
Alexander Grischuk drew against tournament leader Magnus
Carlsen with a coffeehouse move; Vladimir Kramnik beat Teimour Radjabov, who
fell for a nice trick on move 28; Peter Svidler played a potentially
tournament-deciding game by beating Carlsen's main rival Levon Aronian;
Vassily Ivanchuck and Boris Gelfand ended an theoretical duel with a draw on
In Thursday's 11th round of the FIDE World Chess Candidates' Tournament
Vladimir Kramnik moved to second place. Russia's number one beat Teimour
Radjabov (Azerbaijan), while Levon Aronian (Armenia) lost to Peter Svidler
(Russia). Drawing his black game with Alexander Grischuk (Russia), Magnus
Carlsen (Norway) kept his half point lead in London with three rounds to go.
Vassily Ivanchuk (Ukraine) and Boris Gelfand (Israel) played a very quick
The encounter between Vassily Ivanchuk (above in the press conference with
Anastasiya Karlovich) and Boris Gelfand was in fact the shortest game of the
tournament so far.
Read more ...
games in PGN |
Round 12, March 29 at 14:00 (09.00 EST)
Standings after Round 11
26th March 2013
The 4NCL Fourth Weekend 2012/13 by John Carleton
The message from the heavens was
clear, as part of the celebrations following the
recent ceremonies to confirm the bishop of Rome
and the Archbishop of Canterbury [AKA Bishops of
opposite colour], "The snow must go on".
defiant 4NCL Arbiters led by Dave Welch
responded trenchantly, "The show must go on".
Of course nothing is simple and on Friday the
emails, as did the snow, came in regular
flurries. One of the more unusual aspects of
life on Planet Chess is that the problems tend
to grow [and grow] before any resolution is
reached. Thus many issues were addressed which
may not have appeared to the uninitiated to
further the matter in hand ...
27th February 2013
The 4NCL Third Weekend 2012/13 by John Carleton
The 4NCL at
Staverton Park continued the
progress through the season with
rounds 5 and 6 of divisions 1 and 2
and the corresponding rounds for
division three North at Wychwood
Park [near Crewe] and division 3
South at Daventry Court Hotel.
extra information should be viewed
in the context of public service
provision and not as a
result of another tough weekend
in pool A of division 2 that saw the
Spirit of Atticus team propelled
into another second half of the
season in the relegation pool of
Saturday saw us paired against an Anglian
Avengers team who can rightly boast a team of experience blended with
youthful talent. We, as ever, leaned heavily towards the experienced end of
the market ...
Chester 1 Mid-Season Report 2012-13
by John Carleton
At one of our famed planning and strategy
meetings held pre-season the hope was expressed that Chester 1 would produce
better chess in the forthcoming season although there was an anticipation
that even with that eventuality it would be extremely unlikely that we could
aspire to the success of season 2011-12.
With the completion of our match on 15th
January we were half way through our league fixtures and had played a full
part in the Club's progress into the semi-finals of each of the K.O.
competitions. We are assured a busy second half of the season whatever
happens and hope that the schedule includes the appearance of 6 teams in
those cup competitions for Chester teams, 4 of which to include Chester 1
personnel [The winner of Hoylake v Chester will play against Pensby in the
final of the Wirral K.O. ...
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14th January 2013
The 4NCL Second Weekend 2012/13 by John Carleton
reader [there is one] of our reports has
expressed a mixture of amazement and admiration
at the ability of the Spirit of Atticus team to
be so joyful at involvement in the 4NCL that
they assume an optimism that is almost
And so it was, firmly in last place of our
mini-league, that we arrived for rounds 3 in this season's competition
convinced that we were in better shape than at the same stage last season
and relishing the prospect of a tough work-out against a potentially strong
Oxford team. We had already received something of a lift when rumours that
Oxford's resources were stretched and this would affect their line-up
percolated through ...
6th January 2013
They don't like it, Upham
There are signs that concern and indeed anger levels are
rising in the chessworld after BCM's peremptory termination of their
agreement with July issue cover-boy, journalist, Spirit of Atticus stalwart
and all-round good egg Andy Smith.
The chess public are particularly concerned that the
conciliatory and constructive approach of editorial board member John Upham
was overturned by another member of the board. We will advise of any
developments in this sensitive matter.
Andy's latest contribution in the offbeat series, is not in the BCM but in
magazine section of the Bourne End Chess Club website. Members can
submit articles or comments for publication. It’s aimed at Bourne End Club
members, but not exclusively!