My five month old daughter, Rosaleia Jane Torres has acquired a terrible head cold. Yesterday, instead of posting to this site, I was rocking her to sleep over and over again. I really need to start bragging about my daughter more as most of my students’ families have no idea I am a father. Here goes:
Rosaleia Jane Torres is now ranked number 3 in the world for chess players under the age of six months!
Won Reggio Emilia Chess Tournament (Category 18) ahead of Kasparov and Karpov in the strongest tournament ever held until this time.
Won the Alekhine Memorial (Category 18) in Moscow. Won the tournament ahead of Karpov. Attained a 2700 rating, only the 8th person ever to do so in the World
Joint champion in Goodricke Open International Tournament
Won the PCA Interzonal, Groningen Champion. The strongest Swiss tournament ever
Qualified for the FIDE Candidates Cycle Interzonal, Biel
Qualified for PCA World Championship Candidates Final, after beating Michael Adams
Won PCA Grand Prix, Moscow Champion Won ahead of Kasparov
Won Melody Amber Tournament, Monaco Champion Won ahead of stalwarts like Karpov, Kramnik, Ivanchuk
Lost the final of the PCA World Championship, New York to Kasparov
Beat Gata Kamsky in PCA World Candidates Final in Las Palmas and qualified for final against Kasparov
Won the Credit Swiss Rapid Chess Grand Prix, Geneva beating Kasparov in the final.
Joint winner at Dortmunder Schachtage, Dortmund with Kramnik.
Won the Knock-Out Championships in Groningen which was the qualifier for the world championship finals. He beat 3 out of the top 10 in the world, Shirov, Gelfand & Adams in the final tiebreak.
Won the InvesbankaChess tournament”, Belgrade
Won the Credit Suisse Classic Tournament in Biel (also won prize for most beautiful game)
Runner-up in Dortmunder Schachtage, Dortmund
Won the Chess Classic Rapid Tournament, Frankfurt beating Karpov in the Final.
Won 4-2 in an Exhibition against 6 computers at the Aegon Man Vs Computers chess event. One of the few players to play 6 computers simultaneously and win.
Won the 6th Melody Amber Tournament, Monaco. Finished overall first and individually first in blindfold and rapid to become the first player in the history of the tournament to do so.
Won the Torneo de Ajedrez, Dos Hermanes. This was a Category 19 Tournament.
Won the Fontys-Tilburg International in Tilburg
Won the Siemens Nixdorf Duell which had Computers in the field in Frankfurt
Won the Siemens Nixdorf Duell Rapid event in Frankfurt
Won the strong “Torneo Magistral Communidad de Madrid
Won the Category 21 Linares Super torneo
Tied for first place at the Hoogoven’s Schaak Tornoi in Wijk Aan Zee
Won the Torneo Magistral de Ajedrez in Leon by defeating Anatoly Karpov 5-1
Won the Chess Oscar for the second straight year!
Won the 1999 Wydra Memorial Rapid Chess in Haifa
Won FIDE World Championships final in Teheran beating Shirov 3.5-0.5
Won FIDE World Qualifier in New Delhi, won five rounds without losing a game
Won the FIDE World Cup in Shenyang, China beating Bareev 1.5 – 0.5 in final
Joint first with Kramnik in Sparkassen Chess Meeting in Dortmund
Won the Fujitsu Siemens Giants Rapid in Frankfurt
Won “Torneo Magistral” an Advanced Chess Tournament, where players can use Computers in Leon beat Shirov in final
Won the Wydra Int’l Rapid in Haifa
Won the Plus GSM World Blitz Cup in Warsaw
Wins the Corsica Masters title in Bastia, in November
Won the Rapidplay event in Villarrobledo in Spain
Drew the WDRTV Match with Peter Leko in Cologne in August. But as per rules, having played black and drawn, Anand will qualify to play the match next year.
Won the Duel of World Champions in a 10-game rapid clash with Vladimir Kramnik in Mainz, Germany in June
Won the Merida International tournament in Mexico
Won “Torneo Magistral” an Advanced Chess Tournament, where players can use Computers in Leon
Winner of the The Corsica Masters three times in a row
Winner of World Cup Chess Championship in Hyderabad.
Wins Corsica Open Rapid Chess for the 4 th year in running
Wins official World Rapid Chess Championships in Cape d’Agde re-affirming his position as the world’s best rapid chess player winning the official World Rapid chess title
Chess Classic Winner at Mainz, Germany, fourth success in as many years
Highest scorer in the German league
SIS-MHMasters, Denmark winner with an incredible score of 5.5/6
Melody Amber Blind and Rapid Chess champion for the third time
Winner at the 65 th Corus Super GM Chess 2003
Anand retains Corus Super Grandmasters title in Holland
Retained the 2004 Corus Grandmasters Chess tournament title in Wijk Aan Zee, Holland. Anand retained the Corus Grandmasters chess title in Wijk Aan Zee with8.5 points from 13 rounds with five wins, seven draws and one loss.
Anand wins Blitz Match against Vesselin Topalov in Sofia, Bulgaria
Anand won the Blitz Match for Bulgarian TV beating Veselin Topalov 1.5-0.5 in his first appearance in Bulagria.
Anand wins Rapid Title in Melody Amber at Monaco
In Monaco, where he has been a champion many times in the past at the Melody Amber tournament, Anand won the rapid title, once again re-iterating that he was the best player in the world in rapid. He also finished third overall. The joint winners were Vladimir Kramnik and Alexander Morozevich.
Anand leads World Squad to Win over All-Star Armenian Team (Team Petrosyan) in Russia
In a unique match in Russia captained a Rest of the World team, which beat an all-star Armenian team that also had Garry Kasparov in it. This was the second time he has led a world team to such a win. In the past, he led a Rest of the World team to a win over a Russian team.
Anand wins the Dortmund Super Grandmasters Chess Title
In a masterly display at Dortmund Super GM tournament, Anand won the title in a convincing manner making it two out of two in Super GM classical events for 2004. Winning two major classical events like Corus and Dortmund is indeed a matter of great prestige.
Anand Wins the Chess Classic of Mainz for Fourth Time in a Row
Anand outplayed Alexey Shirov in his favourite international venue, Mainz, as he won the Chess Classic of Mainz, an annual event, where he has been winning for last four years. In he past he has beaten Vladimir Kramnik, Ruslan Ponomariov and Judit Polgar in the one-on-one battles on the banks of River Rhine.
Anandwins Corsica title for record fifth time
Anand, steamrollered over Russian Sergei Rublevskyfor his fifth successive Corsica Masters Chess title in Bastia, France. The Indian ace won 2-0, the third time in this tournament he had achieved this wipeout result.
Anand won the Sao Paolo Rapid Chess Challenge
Anand won the SaoPaolo Rapid Chess Challenge with a three-point margin over the runner-up. He beat each of his other rivals at least once in the round robin event. His victims included Anatoly Karpov.
Anand wins the Paul Keres Challenge in Tallinn, Estonia
Anand demolished the field in a tournament held to mark the memory of Paul Keres in Estonia. Anand outplayed each of his five rivals to win the title by an unprecedented margin.
Anand makes a clean sweep of three titles at Melody Amber
Playing in Monaco at the famous Melody Amber Blindfold and Rapid Chess tournament, started with a string of 2-0 victories, which helped him build a huge lead. He won the Rapid, Blindfold and Overall sections, marking only the second time any player has performed a clean sweep. And the first to do so, was none other than Anand himself!
Anand win the Leon Rapid Chess Challenge
Anandplaying in Leon after a gap of two years, emerged winner for the fifth time in six years. Anand won the title beating Rustam Kasimdzhanov in the final. Anand’s earlier victories in Leon have included a match against Miguel Illescas in 1997; match against Anatoly Karpov in 1998, Advanced Chess title in 1999, 2000 and 2001. He was second in 2002.
Anand became the only player in the tournament’s 70-year history to win the Corus Chess event five times (1989, 1998, 2003, 2004 and 2006).
1’st place at the Linares tournament.
Became highest rated player
Became World Champion at the 2007 FIDE World Championship tournament in Mexico
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!