Viswanathan Anand was born on December 11, 1969 in Madras India. At the age of 14, Vishy won the 1983 National Sub-Junior Chess Championship with a score of 9/9. A year later he became India’s youngest player ever to achieve the International Master title. In 1987, Anand became the first Indian to win the World Junior Chess Championship. The following year he became India’s first ever Grand Master. After several tries, Anand was recognised as World Champion by FIDE after defeating Alexei Shirov 3.5 – 0.5 in 2000. Vishy never received the recognition he deserved due to the fact that he did not defeat Garry Kasparov to win the title. Anand captured the title again in 2007 by way of a FIDE tournament. This time around, Anand’s critics point out that he did not win the World Championship through match play which was the historical standard for the title. Viswanathan Anand can silence these critics by defeating Vladimir Kramnik in the World Championship match beginning on October 14, 2008.
Below is an outstanding game played by Anand in 2001. The first 13 moves are all book in the petroff defense. Perhaps Piket should have played 13… f6 which is favored by a lot of top players. 15. Nh4 is Anand’s evil invention which confused his opponent. Piket’s 19… bxc5 helped Anand develop his final combination by freeing up the d4 square for the bishop. This game is an outstanding example of why Viswanathan Anand is one of my all time favorite chess players.
In 22 days Viswanathan Anand and Vladimir Kramnik will face off in Bonn, Germany for the title of World Chess Champion. According to my database these two elite chess players have faced each other in 127 official games. On these occasions, Anand beat Kramnik 19 to 15, with 93 draws. Below is Vladimir Kramnik vs. Viswanathan Anand from the so called fide World Championships in Mexico City. Kramnik missed 35 Qh6! after 35…Qd6 36 Qxg5 f6 37 Qg8 Rd8 38 Qh7 Rd7 39 Qh4. After running computer analysis on that line I feel Kramnik would have had much better winning chances.
The European Union Open Championships took place from September 9th to 18th September 2008 in Liverpool, England. Hometown hero and former world chess champion contender Nigel Short was penalized in this event for allowing his cell phone to ring. Before his game against Ketevan Arakhamia-Grant, Nigel Short turned off his brand new Nokia cell phone and placed it on top of a biography of Fidel Castro beside him on the table. Ketevan Arakhamia-Grant admits that this occurred before the game. After receiving loss for that round, Short explained that his phone had had a low battery and played a theme to remind its owner to charge it. The offending phone had been a gift from a sponsor at a recent tournament and Nigel had just started using it. Below is the F.I.D.E. rule relating to such a disturbance:
“It is strictly forbidden to bring mobile phones or other electronic means of communication, not authorised by the arbiter, into the playing venue. If a player`s mobile phone rings in the playing venue during play, that player shall lose the game. The score of the opponent shall be determined by the arbiter.”
from Paragraph 12.2 in the Laws of Chess
I understand the need for chess tournaments to limit distractions and maintain an honest playing area, however I feel a warning should be issued on the first offense. Speaking as a regular attendee of the symphony, I know from experience how easy it is to make a call at intermission and then forget to switch the phone back to silent mode. The reason I have never been embarrassed by having my cell phone add to the music is due to the fact that the symphony makes a public service announcement reminding attendees to mute their cell phones. I wonder if the Chief Tournament Director for the European Union Open Championships delivered such a reminder.
The game Nigel Short lost because of his cell phone is below.
Congratulations to13 Year-Old Ray Robson on placing first at the 2008 Miami Chess Open. After nine scheduled rounds, Ray ended in a tie for first with GM Darmen Sadvakasov. Ray defeated Darmen in an Armageddon game to capture first place. Below is the final cross-table as well as a beautiful game to put his achievement in perspective.
Most of the Torres Chess and Music Academy’s chess programs have started and it is clear that our organization is on pace for its best year to date. Interesting that this should be the case with the United States economy in a dire situation. I may complain about the 4-5 hours driving time but at least I have a secure job in unstable times. Who would have guessed that a chess coach would utter such a statement?
Here are the new world chess rankings based on FIDE ratings. This makes the upcoming Kramnik vs. Anand match seem questionable in its ability to crown a new world champion. Then again, any match is better than another FIDE farse world championship tournament.
It happened again. I have received a very good offer to give chess lessons to another chess instructor who is not officially working for the Torres Chess and Music Academy. Teaching this individual would involve profiting personally but creating potential professional competition. I have yet to make my decision on whether to accept this opportunity.
In other news of the day, I spent five hours commuting. My day involved traveling from my residence in Oakley to teach a class in San Bruno (a little under a 2 hour drive). After my class in San Bruno was concluded, I then taught a class in Palo Alto (45 minute drive) that finished at 5:00. I did not get back to Oakley until a little after 8:00. This kind of hectic schedule has been a consistent feature of my 2008-2009 school year thus far. As you might imagine, this wasted travel time creates difficulties for me running the TCAMA as well as takes away quality opportunities to spend time with wife and new baby. I love teaching chess but am finding my recent commutes and business workload to be rather dissatisfying.
On a more positive note, it seems that the Torres Chess and Music Academy’s chess classes in Bakersfield got off to a good start this week. I was more than a little apprehensive turning over the reins of these classes when I moved back to the Bay Area.
On September 17, 2008, GM Alexandra Kosteniuk became the new Womens World Chess Champion by managing a draw against a very formidable fourteen year old opponent named Hou Yifan. The Women’s World Championship took place from August 28th to September 18th in Nalchik, Russia. Below are all the games from the match. Enthusiasts can put them in any PGN reader to play threw the moves of these games on their computer. Congratulations Alexandra!
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