Tuesday, March 29, 2011


First qualification for year 2011 World Cup done in Tianjin, China thru Asian Zone 3.5. After 9 rounds of Swiss, Li Chao (B) and Bu Xiangzhi were qualified. Li Chao played Gashimov in third round of 2009 World Cup, only sillily lost due to failed to sit in front of chess board seconds after the game started, the reason: he was smoking with fellow chess player. Bu Xiangzhi was also qualified in World Cup 2009 but didn't played because of conflict schedule (to London Chess Classic).

In Woman qualification (for Woman World Cup, 2012), Ju Wenjun and Shen Yang secured the tickets. Ju Wenjun once again prove be strongest in among the Chinese girls, the result consistent with her 2010 Women Chinese  Champion. Shen Yang is exactly the winner of previous year. So this Chinese Asian qualification resulting in the best player picked.

Chess result link, Male and Female. No link on the World Cup itself.

A clash between Shen Yang vs Ju Wenjun :

Thursday, March 24, 2011

Levon Aronian Won Amber 2011

Levon Aronian finished the Amber 2011 event on 15.5/22 a point clear of Magnus Carlsen. This is to be his third first prize for this tournament, already won this in 2008 and  2009. He was undefeated in Blindfold section, while Magnus Carlsen coming second and top the score in Rapid section. This session of Amber Chess sadly the last of the franchise, meaning next year it would be no more (or hopefully changed into another name....). Nakamura finished in middle board, ahead of Kramnik, Topalov etc. Anish Giri is the one in the worst shape and ended last.

Final table as appear in TWIC
Combined :
1. Levon Aronian - 15.5
2. Magnus Carlsen - 14.5
3. Vishy Anand - 13
4. Vassily Ivanchuck - 11
5. Alexander Grischuk - 11
6. Hikaru Nakamura - 10.5
7. Boris Gelfand - 10.5
8. Veselin Topalov - 10.5
9. Vugar Gashimov - 10.5
10. Sergey Karjakin - 10
11. Vlad Kramnik - 8
12. Anish Giri - 7

Saturday, March 5, 2011

Hou Yifan vs Koneru Humpy part II - Women Chess GP Final Standing

In the light of dissapointment of seeing a new pair of Women World Championship duel alike Hou vs Kosintseva or Dzagnidze or else, it is Koneru Humpy who get the other shoot of the World Champion title. The story went like this, in the last round of Doha GP, Elina Danielin who need a win to secure first place only went for a draw and secure her breakthrough first place ... tied.

Marie Sebag who also got a chance, got crushed in Sicilian defence by black side played by Munguntuul, and the last variable need by Humpy was, her needed win and she did it, against Qatar resident GM Zhu Chen. So that concluded the Doha GP and Zhu Chen just put her Chinese comrade Hou Yifan in the greatest danger for her title. Humpy is the reign power in Women chess right now, being top in elo rating for most of the girls (women included...).

We'll see this match to happened only if there will be no drama in the future, Humpy is known to have some miss communication with India fed for sometime, Hou, will always supported by Chinese fed.

Final FIDE Women Grand Prix standing:
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