Gollum Posted May 4, 2015 Share Posted May 4, 2015 Let us use this thread to keep updates about chess. Men Magnus Carlsen continues his splendid run this year winning Shamkir Open to add to Wijk Aan Zee and Grenke Chess Classic. He is the undisputed best player in the world leading the rankings in classical, rapid and blitz. Anand was never this dominating although he was a monster in rapid/blitz in his younger days, Fischer and Kasparov were never the best in shorter time controls but this guy Magnus is a freak !!! Remember he won all 3 of them last year becoming only the 2nd player in history after Anand to win the chess triple crown. But TBH nobody really cares about rapid, even less so about blitz :giggle: Classical is the ultimate form of chess like test cricket and nobody is within touching distance of the Norwegian. Anand is world number 2 at the ripe old age of 45, probably the oldest no 2 since Botvinik in the late 50s. It is a shame that none of the younger guns have stepped up to challenge Carlsen instead ceding ground to a veteran who played his 1st World Championship match when they were in diapers. Caruana's run in 2014 looks like distant memory and he isn't consistent enough to challenge MC. Nakamura is Carlsen's *****, Aronian is in steep decline and Topalov/Kramnik/Gelfand are done and dusted. Giri, So, Karjakin simply do not have the quality to compete with any of the above mentioned players. Only hope is Wei Yi, the 15 year old Chinese prodigy who is ELO 2718 and ranked world number 33. The difference between Carlsen(World No 1) and Anand (World No 2) is 72 points ,the same as that between Anand and Ivanchuk(World No 27) :hysterical::hysterical::hail: http://en.chessbase.com/post/may-2015-ratings-vishy-anand-is-world-no-2 The Grand Chess Tour(outside FIDE purview) has been announced which will comprise of Norway Chess Open(June in Stavenger), Sinquefield Cup (August in St Louis) and London Chess Classic(December). The brain behind this is Kasparov. This will have political ramifications and probably result in a breakaway from FIDE like the PCA in 1993. Gazza ran for FIDE presidentship against the crazy, corrupt, Putin crony lunatic Kalmykian Kirsan Ilyumzhinov last year only to lose pathetically(ahem, ICC, FIDE aren't the only corrupt sporting bodies :winky:). Kasparov wants to topple this guy in FIDE much like he wants to topple Putin in Russia. But Kirsan(Srini Mama of the chess world) who is backed to the hilt by Kremlin is very shrewd and ruthless, expect lots of events to clash with this, especially those important from World Championship point of view in the coming days. I expect fireworks very soon. BTW the players who will play this series are all top 12 players, making it an extremely strong series of events. There will be winners in each of these events and an overall winner based on performance in all 3. There are plans to rope in Jakarta to make it 4 events per year but that will happen not before 2016. 9 players have been confirmed for this: Magnus Carlsen, Norway Viswanathan Anand, India Fabiano Caruana, Italy Alexander Grischuk, Russia Veselin Topalov, Bulgaria Levon Aronian, Armenia Anish Giri, Netherlands Hikaru Nakamura, USA Maxime Vachier lagrave, France Kramnik surprisingly pulled out and Karjakin(the winner of the last 2 editions, pictured below) has been dropped to the surprise of many. This is probably because he is a Putin admirer and Gazza hates anything to do with Putin. Kirsan the FIDE President for life (extreme right), Putin the Russian President and dear leader(Centre) and Andrey Filatov the Russian Chess Federation President(Left) will do everything they can to jeopardize Kasparov's latest antics. https://chess24.com/en/read/news/a-new-era-in-chess-begins-today The Candidates will be held in early 2016. So far only Anand has qualified. 2 players from the Chess World Cup, 2 from the Grand Prix Series, 2 by virtue of rating and an organizer's nominee will complete the field of 8 challengers. The World Team Championship concluded in Armenia last week. China clinched Gold. India finished 9th out of 10 teams :(( but Anand, Harikrishna and Sasikiran, our top 3 players weren't playing. After Anand retires India will be a non entity in the world of chess sadly, absolute lack of top talent. Other events to look forward to in the coming months are Biel Invitational, Dortmund, FIDE Grand Prix, FIDE World Cup and the rapid/blitz world championships. But Carlsen and Anand will play only in June(Norway open). Women Mariya Muzychuk(Ukraine) won the Knock Out event this year and will be up against Hou Yifan(China) (who is the overwhelming favourite) later this year. Hou is the highest rated woman in the world even surpassing Judit Polgar and her dominance over others in the women field will put even Magnus to shame. She is world number 55, the only woman in the top 100 by a long way. Sometimes she gets invited to play against the elite male players in top tier tournaments for example Wijk Aan Zee earlier this year.She in fact has a winning record(2-0) against Anish Giri, world Number 9. :hatsoff: Koneru Humpy is the 3rd best women's player but her best years are behind her, especially after her marriage last year. I doubt she can reach the summit unless Hou decides to stop playing in women's events and focuses only on men's events(like Judit). Harika is at world number 15, others are pretty ordinary compared to the talent the rest of the world has to offer. Hou Yifan, the strongest woman chess player of all time after Judit Polgar and still only 21 !!! Mariya Muzychuk who will face Hou later this year Humpy® and Harika(L), pride of India I don't follow non WC matches involving women but will update in case any Indian does well !!! BTW in the World Team Championship(held in China) we finished a creditable 4th out of 10 teams. Georgia took gold. Link to comment Share on other sites More sharing options...
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