Garg Aradhya plays the pants of Mighty Magnus

In a recent Pro Chess League match between the Norway Gnomes and the Delhi Dynamite a young Indian player named Garg Aradhya rated 2315 played the mighty Magnus Carlsen. More than 500 rating points separated the two players. This is normally decisive without question. But in this match the rating difference did not matter. It seemed that Garg Aradhya literally played the pants of Magnus Carlsen. Unexplainable Garg Aradhya lost the time scramble in a winning completely winning position with a piece up. Before that he even could have ended the game with a simple win. All in all Garg Aradhya played brilliantly against the world champion.

 

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The Wolf Grischuk leading the pack in Petrosian Memorial 2014

In this amazing fighting chess game in the third round of Petrosian Memorial GM Grischuk demolishes GM Morozevich. Alexander Grischuk, who is famed for his attacking chess, found a sharp variant of the Slav QGD for the game vs Morezevich. Both parties are walking on thin ice right out of the opening. Morezevich should have taken with the rook instead of the bishop in move 19. to equalize. On move 24. Morezevich was obliged to play Qf6 but he apparently fell through the thin ice with the wrong steep e5?! Grischuk missed a great opportunity to punish this weak move immediately when and he played 25.Bd2!? Morezevich would have drowned much faster with 25.Qh4! The last chance for Morozevich to hold on to an ice floe was 25..Rf8 but he missed it with 25..Rf6?! Then only ice cold water… ūüôā

Magnus Carlsen in the lead 4-2 in Chenai

Today Magnus Carlsen won “a look a like” drawn rook endgame in the Fide World Chess Championship against the current World Chess Champion Vishy Anand. Magnus play is in general that of a true World Chess Champion. It seems that Magnus took good advantage of the win yesterday by pressing Vishy. Magnus is now in the lead with 4 points against 2 with only 6 more games to go!

In move 29. Magnus could have gone straight ahead with exd4 to pressure the pawn on e4!

Vishy’s decision with 38. Qg3 to trade a pawn for piece activity in a difficult rook ending for withe seems inaccurate in retrospect. Deep HIARCS also suggest to stay put with 38. Kg1!

Vishy’s plan with 43. h4 and 44. h5 to create a double pawn to slow down the movement of blacks pawns was good idea! And Magnus apparently did’t see this he said on the press conference in Chenai after the game.

The decisive mistake is properly 60. Ra4? 60. b4! apparently creates the necessary counter play for the withe pawns and should at least be equal! A tough decision to make in the heat of the moment. “The best way to defend, is to attack”!

62. But Anand’s plan with 62. c4 and 63. Ra3+ is to slow an antidote against the ambitious black pawns. White cannot prevent the queening of the black pawn without losing his precious rook.

And the withe King from India most rest his case in this battle of minds.

A game like this shows the unbelievably high standard of chess from both sides. Even computers will testify to this fact. But against the Mozart of Chess even the slightest inaccuracy is punished mercilessly!

Analysis by GM Daniel King:

Excellent in depth analysis by IM Christof Sielecki:

 

 

Revival of Kings Gambit

The romantics of chess has reason to rejoice. There has been a revival of the Kings Gambit in modern chess. GM’s like Hector, Short and Nakamura plays the Kings Gambit from time to time.

Here is a wonderful example of the Kings Gambit from Reykjavik Open 2013 were white, S. Jensen, with a mere 1909 in rating, plays IM Urkedal, with a rating of 2474. S. Jensen demolishes IM Urkedal in 21 moves! The rating difference is 564 rating points.

Links:
Kings Gambit Accepted chessgames.com

Short demolished in Bangkok

GM Nigel Short was thoroughly outplayed by the young leading indian IM Roy Saptarshi in Bangkok Chess Club Open 2013.

Bangkok Chess Club bangkokchess.com

Magnus on Mount Everst in Chess

I have followed the young Mozart of Chees, Magnus Carlsen, since he entered the world of chess 10 years ago. Magnus is now 22 and he is currently the world number in chess. In january 2013 the young Chess Grandmaster received  a staggering 2861 in rating. This is an all time rating record. Beating Garry Kasparov long time old record of 2851. There is more than 50 points between number one and two on the FIDE rating list! To put this perspective  there is only a handful of players who has been above 2800 in chess history. The the current world champion in Chess, Viswanathan Anand,  has mere 2772 as in rating as number 7 on the list.

In 2012  in Bilbao Masters Magnus Carlsen demolished Viswanathan Anand in the following game:

Update:
Magnus Carlsen further clear in February FIDE Ratings theweekinchess.com

Links:
Homepage of Magnus Carlsen magnuscarlsen.com
Magnus Carlsen wikipedia.org
FIDE Rating list january 2013 fide.com

Magnus Carlsen is going to play 5 of the top 10 players of the world in The 75th Tata Steel Chess Tournament: 11 – 27 January 2013 in Wijk aan Zee

Mac OS X Chess Ressources

It seems like all the cool chess programs and databases are developed for windows only. Is there really no Mac OS Chess Programs and Chess Databases available?

I have compiled a basic list of free Mac OS Chess Ressources:

Chess Database: Scid: A Free Chess Database App

Chess Engines:
Critter
Stockfish
Crafty ( port install crafty MacPorts )

Chess engines wikipedia.org

Chess Apps
xboard – X graphical user interface for chess (port install xboard, see MacPorts – requires X11)

Chess Games
The Week in Chess TWIC

Chess Server
FICS – free internet chess server