David Ionovich Bronstein,February 19, 1924 - December 5, 2006
Bronstein at 77
Vladimir Kramnik lost his 6 game match against Deep Fritz 10. He never seemed to recover from his 2nd round careless mate in one, defeat. To be fair he did demonstrate ways to combat the computer with splendid endgame play but it appears he was simply out-gunned overall. He won't feel too bad however now that he's tucked away another £250,000 or thereabouts. Not bad for 10 or 11 days 'work'. Kramnik played a very spirited final game and it was a very double-edged encounter, with the computer playing some unusual and deep ideas to gain the upper hand and win the game on move 47. The event was staged from November 25th until December 5th in the
National Art Gallery in Bonn. It was sponsored by RAG AG, one of Europe's largest energy companies. If Kramnik had won the match he would have taken home a hefty prize of one million US dollars (£505,204) but got half of that even though he lost. Full reports of each round with excellent photos and analysis and downloads on
Chessbase. More reports and details also available on the Official website.
Deep Fritz 10
The recent EU
coverage in the
joining in. Last
night (Oct 17)
MP, Angela Eagle
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members of all
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motion on chess
In a dramatic fourth game of the rapidplay tiebreak match Vladimir Kramnik defeated Veselin Topalov to win the World Chess Championship. The first game had ended drawn after 47 moves. They then both won a game, Kramnik game 2 in 45 moves and then Topalov game 3 in 50 moves. In the final game Kramnik gradually outplayed Topalov and with two passed pawns the win looked almost inevitable. Topalov although slightly better on the clock miscalculated and overlooked the loss of a rook. He was forced to resign. Kramnik therefore becomes the 14th undisputed World Chess Champion, the first time this has occurred in 13 years. All the analysis, reports and photos can be seen on Chessbase, TWIC and ICC. In the face of great psychological pressure many believe justice has at last been done. Kramnik has come through the greatest test of his career and prevailed but what now for Topalov?
The Unification world title match between Veselin Topalov and Vladimir Kramnik started on Saturday September 23rd 2006 in Elista. Interestingly Kasparov has predicted a narrow win for Topalov but he got off to the worst possible start losing with the black pieces in 75 moves.
The $1million prize fund will be split evenly between the players regardless of the outcome.
Both players can use their attacking flair to the full, possibly Topalov having the edge but despite the jibes at Kramnik's rather dull style he is a dangerous rival for Topalov. Their current FIDE ratings are Kramnik 2743 and Topalov 2813 (source: FIDE July 2006 ratings).
Kramnik returned to playing only six months ago after a serious illness, but said he was happy to contest the title. He said: “The whole world of chess has been waiting for this unification match for a long time. It is a big event for both of us. “I was happy when the President decided to arrange it here. Elista is a good place for a chess match because it is rather quiet and you need concentration. I prefer it to playing in cities like London or New York, where there are many things that can distract you.”
Topalov said that he considered himself the only true champion as holder of Fide’s title. “But the world champion should be ready to show that he is the best at all times and this is why I accepted the match. There was a lot of interest and there was money, so I thought ‘why not?’ “Things should be decided on a chess board and if you try to hide it doesn’t work. The point is not only the title but to show everyone that you are the best.”
The Monarch Assurance Isle
of Man International 2006 was won by GM Alexander Areshchenko (Ukraine),
winning on tie-break from GM Sergey Volkov. Both players scored 7/9. The
women's prize was won by Elisabeth Paehtz of Germany. Gary Quillan (ENG)
and Anna Zatonskih (USA) made IM norms.
15th Monarch Assurance Isle of Man International
23 September - 1 October 2006
Venue: The Ocean Castle Hotel, Port Erin, Isle of Man
A Job Well
Professor David Robertson
There can be little doubt that the recently held European Individual Championships at the World Museum Liverpool was a great success. This was no fluke and was in very large part due to the courage, determination, diplomatic skills and hard work of Professor David Robertson, Head of the Public Policy Institute at John Moores University and chairman of the Liverpool Chess Foundation. Messages of congratulation have been flowing in many days after the chess finished. David was the driving force behind the event co-ordinating numerous disparate groups all with one common goal; to put international chess in Liverpool 'back on the map'. It was the strongest event in Britain for 20 years.
The tournament generated worldwide interest with over 18 million hits on the official site during the ten day event and over 750,000 viewers watched the live games each day. Press coverage has been extensive and links to the various articles by Malcolm Pein Telegraph, Jon Speelman Observer, Raymond Keene The Times and others can be seen on our forum. The first phase of David's long term aim "to position Liverpool as a 21st century city, via the catalyst of chess, showcased globally through the media and the internet", has been realised in style.
GM Nigel Short, Commonwealth Champion 2004, the eventual winner with 7½/10 declared himself "very chuffed" both with his own performance and of the organisers "I’m delighted to win; that was my objective but it has been immensely hard work and gruelling. I do hope this tournament is the start of something. I would like to see Liverpool become the chess capital of the UK.”
18 Grandmasters and 10 International Masters competed in a field of 84 over 10 rounds. There were players from a number of European nations the majority being British and in addition to Nigel Short, Luke McShane and Stuart Conquest, together with Zoltan Gyimesi (Hungary) and Thomas Luther (Germany). International Masters Gawain Jones (England) and Stephen Gordon (England) both achieved their first GM norms scoring 7/10.
The ECF declared the event 'a triumph for English chess'.
The Championships were sponsored by the Mersey Partnership, Liverpool John Moores University, the Liverpool Capital of Culture Company and the World Museum to whom our grateful thanks must go. We were also supported by the Friends of Chess and Kenyon Fraser marketing communications were responsible for the PR.
Daily reports, game
downloads, crosstables, results and press details are available on the
There are plans already taking shape to scale up next year by organising a yet more prestigious event. David has ambitions to turn his attention to other world-class opportunities. More information and details will be posted on this website and the forum in due course.
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There is a lot more excellent information to be found there too. While chess seems to be struggling in many parts of Britain, Merseyside is a shining exception. As well as the European Union Championships, which is being played in Liverpool from 6-15 September, it looks like they will be hosting an international tournament in 2007 and also the British Championships in 2008.
Also - if you are hard enough - you might consider visiting the Atticus Forum -
often comes in
for a verbal
in many cases).
There are a lot
comments on the
NCCU vs ECF
battle but the
It took me hours ploughing through all the stuff on Atticus CC, but I think I am better informed as a result. Also, I feel generally uplifted by the open and honest debate, and the sense that there are still people out there working intelligently to improve the running of British chess.
At the risk of making it sound like a bottle of lager... it's probably the best British chess website" JS
17th July 2006
The list of entrants to this event is growing more impressive each day. GM Jonathan Rowson is now a certainty together with GM Luke McShane. Other possibilities are being negotiated. For more details including tournament conditions and entry forms, click here. Please note that immediately following this prestigious tournament is the Liverpool Congress 16th-17th September also at the World Museum. More information about this event will be posted here soon.
GM Aleksander Wojtkiewicz has died at 43
16th July 2006
Aleksander Wojtkiewicz (January 15, 1963, Riga - July 14, 2006). He was Polish by nationality but was born in Latvia, USSR. He was jailed by the Soviets for two years because he refused to serve in the Soviet Army. When Poland regained independence he moved from Riga to Warsaw where he won two Polish Chess Championships.
He later resided in the United States. He was one of the most active players in the world, constantly flying around playing in chess tournaments. Several times he won the annual $10,000 first prize for Grand Prix chess tournaments in the United States.
Wojtkiewicz played in the FIDE World Chess Championship 2004. In his final months, he tied for first at the 2006 World Open in Philadelphia and won the 2006 National Open in Las Vegas. He died of liver problems.
Topalov tops July 1st FIDE Ratings
3rd July 2006 -
With Kasparov "inactive" and no longer appearing on the FIDE rating list, Veselin Topalov takes top place with an ELO of 2813. Anand has dropped badly after a poor play at the Olympiad, but remains in second. Vladimir Kramnik, recovering from an illness, has climbed to fourth behind Levon Aronian. Full lists.
New moves in the English
June 2006 -
What’s to be made of the
news that our GM, Danny
Gormally, was sent home from
the Turin Olympiad ‘for his
own safety’ after decking
Armenian super-GM Lev
Aronian for dancing with his
love-interest, and then
himself being duffed up by a
posse of young Armenians?
The Times published their
version of the incident the
day after. Many others
followed including all the
tabloids. For more online
How dare you take my queen? BY RAJEEV SYAL AND RAYMOND KEENE, 6th June 2006
Battle of the chess grandmasters as leading England player 'attacks' rival over dance floor move.
FOR one British grandmaster, his rival had made a move too far. Danny Gormally, one of Britain’s leading chess players, allegedly attacked the world No 3 at an international tournament for dancing with a beautiful Australian player.
Levon Aronian, leading light of the Armenian chess scene, was apparently punched and shoved, and ended up on the floor during a party at the recent Chess Olympiad in Turin. He had been spotted jiving with Arianne Caoili, 19, an Australian grandmaster known as the Anna Kournikova of the chess world. Mr Gormally was known by team-mates to be fond of her.
But the next day, after the England captain apologised to the Armenian team, the repercussions continued. When Mr Gormally went out for a coffee with friends, he was attacked by a group of young Armenian players seemingly bent on revenge for their star player.
The unseemly events are expected to lead to an urgent inquiry by the English Chess Federation into Mr Gormally’s behaviour. He was advised to leave the tournament early to avoid further confrontation.
Allan Beardsworth, the England captain, said that drink appeared to play a part. “Danny seems to have punched Aronian for innocently dancing with a girl that he liked. The following day, there was a retaliatory incident. It is a shame, and something that we will have to look into properly,” he said.
The Olympiad is held every two years between 150 international teams and brings together the world’s best players. While the tournament went badly for Mr Gormally and the England team, the Armenians eventually won.
The party was held four days ago at a nightclub called “Hiroshima Mon Amour”. Mr Gormally, 30, from Durham, spotted Ms Caoili, with whom he had struck up an e-mail relationship, according to colleagues. They are also known to have met in London.
Ms Caoili, a child prodigy of Filipino descent who has ambitions of becoming a professional singer, was dancing “energetically” with Mr Aronian. She is ranked No 3 in Australia. Mr Aronian, 23, often referred to as a future world champion, is adored in his country where chess is the national sport.
For Mr Gormally, the sight of the pair dancing was apparently too much — but his actions were unjustified, according to Mr Beardsworth. “I have spoken to several people who were there, and there is no doubt that Danny was in the wrong. Aronian is a lovely guy and at the very peak of his national sport. I have been told that he is treated like David Beckham at home,” he said.
The England team’s management was informed of the incident and held an impromptu meeting. By 11am the next day, it had apologised to the Armenian team leader, who also happens to be the country’s defence minister. There is no suggestion of any criminal inquiry.
Mr Gormally was informed, and hoped that the incident was over.
However, when he went out with friends for a coffee, he was spotted by young chess players from Armenia. “They set upon Danny — he was hit several times. Luckily, one of the team-mates with Danny could speak Russian and managed to calm them down,” Mr Beardsworth said.
Denis Jessop, president of the Australian Chess Federation, said that he may launch his own inquiry. “I have heard that an incident took place and that Aronian was thumped and that it was over Arianne.
“I am not surprised at anything that chess players do. It is not the first time that there’s been an argument at a chess tournament and people have hit each other,” he said.
Mr Gormally, 30, a professional player, declined to comment from his home, where he lives with his parents. On asked why he had been sent home, he replied: “It’s personal. It’s nothing to do with you.”
After you’ve scanned the world’s front pages and stopped laughing, you’ll be glad to know Danny’s back home where he belongs - with his Mum. Meanwhile the love-interest, 19 year-old Filipino-Australian Arianne Caoili is refusing all calls and has gone off to play chess in a remote Italian town.
So who is Arianne Caoili, the woman in the middle of this slugfest?
First off, Arianne Caoili is a genuine chessplayer, has been since she was a kid, and is now a WIM. Here she is ten years ago with the late (and great) Tony Miles, Britain’s first official GM.
However, girls grow up (which is more than can be said for some male GMs). By the time of the Australian championships this year, she looked rather different
....indeed, very different!
She looks different here too. Arianne is the one not auditioning for permanent residence in a mental hospital. The others are, from left to right, Heather Richards, England women’s international and occasional player for Liverpool this season; GM Keith Arkell, conforming to standards frequently observed in male GMs; and the other bloke is IM Lawrence Cooper.
Danny Gormally and Arianne in happier times. Danny (on the left) looks suitably self-satisfied as he ‘hi fans’ the camera. Little does he know, but there’s a gang of jealous Armenians getting tanked up in the pub across the road, just waiting for the rain to stop before lamping him. I don’t think Mr Cooper (right) looks like he’ll turn the tide if that happens.
But let’s hope Danny never sees this photo. If the Armenians don’t get him, this bloke looks like he could. Then again, if Danny’s up for smacking an Armenian national hero, he might be ready to take on the entire Filipino army. Who knows with fighting spirit like his!
For more gossip, visit our
Forum Gormally thread
'Danny boy' Gormally
June 2006 -
Can you think of a caption
for either of these? Just a
bit of fun (keep it clean).
Entries to the
webmaster or posted on
our forum in the
‘He hit me right there......officer’
‘Dear Lord, please make them go away’
'Please God, turn Aronian into a patzer'
'Oh no, what have I done!'
'Must remember what Arianne said: ‘Guys who pray are the ones I lay”
'Dear God, no more Olympiads/Armenians/Sveshnikovs'
The FIDE General Assembly
and election, Turin 2006.
June 2006 -
Gerry Walsh (far right)
sitting two along from
Bessel Kok (centre). In his
speech, Kok spoke for
fifteen minutes, laying out
detailed plans to reform
FIDE. And boy, does it need
reforming! The incumbent,
Kirsan Ilyumzhinov is
president of the
republic of Kalmykia where
political opposition is
banned. He doesn’t allow
much within FIDE either, but
does claim to be in regular
touch with space aliens.
Ilyumzhinov spoke for twenty
seconds to say how much he
loved chess. His supporters
applauded wildly; even the
aliens were impressed.
Perhaps they voted too;
Ilyumzhinov won 96-54. So no
change there then.
You get some idea of what
FIDE is like from this pic.
This politburo-style line-up
is actually called the FIDE
Central Committee. Given
that one third of the
players in Turin were women,
you might have expected at
least a small nod in the
direction of gender
equality. Think on; you’ll
get none from this dismally
blokish platform. It remains
to be seen, now that the
votes are in the bag,
whether Ilyumzhinov will
honour an undertaking made
during the election campaign
to fund a Kramnik-Topalov
world title unification
match. We shall see; and so
will the space aliens.
June 2006 -
All the information you
could possibly need and
nicely laid out too with
team overviews, team and
board pairings, best
players, games and printable
lists in excel format is
available from the chess
archive of Wiener-Zeitung.
An excellent site.
Topalov performed miraculously to
comeback in this event last year and
this year he again came from a
negative score to win his last four
games and finish in clear first. In
the final round Topalov defeated
Bacrot to edge ahead of Kamsky, who
drew with Svidler.
Kamsky took clear second for an impressive result. Anand should have
equalled him but he was in time trouble again against Ponomariov. This
caused him to miss a clear win with 37..g2! and the draw left him in
Svidler finished on an even score. In his final two games he declined to
push on with slight advantages. The Russian got compensation by playing
a great game to beat Topalov in the sixth round. Ponomariov and Bacrot
floated at the bottom of the table during the entire event. Ponomariov
missed a chance to play spoiler when he turned a win into a loss against
Topalov in round eight.
Topalov and Ponomariov are the only players in the field who aren't
joining their national teams at the Turin Olympiad.
final round climax saw Wood Green 1 and Guildford ADC 1 bring out the
big guns. GM Judith Polgar Elo 2711 making her 4NCL debut on Bd2 for
Wood Green 1 alongside regular GM Mickey Adams Elo 2720 on Bd1. Photos
here. Full match details available on the
4NCL site with games. The BCM
site also features a nice report
2006 - FM
Dave James (Atticus CC) will be attending the 77th FIDE Congress as
Welsh FIDE delegate. The Congress is being held concurrently with the
World Chess Olympiad in Turin, Italy which starts on 20th May and ends
Details of the British players selected for Turin are available.
their squads. Ireland are going but no details are yet available on
14th April 2006
- Following the FIDE
meeting in the United
Arab Emirates an
announcement was made of
the unification world
between FIDE champion
Veselin Topalov and
Vladimir Kramnik, who
beat Garry Kasparov for
the classical title in
between Kramnik and Topalov
The twelve game match
will run from Sept 21st
- Oct 13th in Elista,
the capital of Kalmykia.
The $1million prize fund
will be split evenly
between the players
regardless of the
Both players know each
other well. They've
competed together in a
variety of events
Melody Amber Blindfold
and so on. If you want
to work out the stats or
just see what they can
do to each other,
PGN of 56 games.
They've had many draws
but also many decisive
results, both players
using their attacking
flair to the full. There
current FIDE ratings are
Kramnik 2729 and Topalov
2804 (source: FIDE April
There are however a
number of concerns over
the match and FIDE
Bessel Kok, who
back in 2002, has his
have biographies of both
here for Kramnik's
here for Topalov's.
For more information
about the town of
Elista, the proposed
and of the Kalmykia
here . Also
alongside, a sample of
15 games between the two
Women's World Championship,
Chinese WGM Xu Yuhua has won the
2006 FIDE Womens World Championship
in Ekaterinburg, Russia.
She won the third game decisively
and the match 2½-½
against the Russian IM Alisa
Galliamova. The fourth game was not
The Championships took place from
11th-27th March. 64 players took
part in a brutal knock-out
tournament, with two-game matches in
each round until the final, which
was intended to be four games. Many
of the world's leading players took
part including Antoaneta Stefanova
of Bulgaria, Humpy Koneru (IND),
Kateryna Lahno (UKR), Alexandra
Kosteniuk (RUS), former champion
Maia Chiburdanidze (GEO), Pia
Cramling (SWE), Xu Yuhua (CHN),
England's Jovanka Houska and former
European women's champion Almira
Skripchenko. All the games and more
details available at the official
http://womenchess.com. The final
(live games) were broadcast live on
ICC. All 181 games in
Xu Yuhua, the representative of
China is the only two time winner of
the Women World Chess Cup. When
asked about her impressions of
Yekaterinburg and about the
Championship’s organization, she
rather predictably replied,
"I really like your
city. We were very well received at
the airport; as for the hotel, food,
playing hall, organization –
everything is the best.
Unfortunately I didn’t have enough
time to walk about the city, but
I’ve already visited the church
Ekaterinburg is one of the biggest
cities in Russia. The population is
1,337,000, 30% of those within the
Sverdlovsk Region. It is the fourth
most populated city in Russia and
was founded as the fortress-plant
upon the Ural River. The name of
“Ekaterinburg” emphasized the
characteristics of the new city. It
is the city of Empress Ekaterina I
and St. Ekaterina the patron of
mining. Nowadays Ekaterinburg is an
influential centre of financial and
banking activity, a city of
developing trade infrastructure,
tourist, cultural and entertainment
services. About 30% of the
population are employed in small and
middle scale business.
For the first time in it's history
the Linares tournament took place in
Mexico and Spain. The first half was
held in Morelia, Mexico (Feb
18th-26th) and the second half in
its traditional venue of Linares,
Spain (March 3rd-11th). It was an 8
player double round, all-play-all.
The players were, Topalov (BUL,
2801), Svidler (RUS, 2765), Aronian
(ARM, 2752), Leko (HUN, 2740),
Ivanchuk (UKR, 2729), Bacrot (FRA,
2717), Radjabov (AZE, 2700), Vallejo
Pons (ESP, 2650). Round 14 Sat
11th March: 24 year old Armenian
GM Levon Aronian, the current World
Cup champion won the event after his
powerful performance with black
against Peter Leko in the final
round. The game, virtually won after
20 moves was Leko's second
consecutive defeat. Favourite and
World Champion Topalov could only
draw with Vallejo Pons leaving him
with 8/14, not bad considering his
Radjabov drew with Bacrot and
Svidler also drew with Ivanchuk in a
close R+N v R+B ending. Games
Java Viewer. Official
website. Illustrated reports of