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Anand-Gelfand 2012: Blogs for Game 12

As the world awaits game 12 of the 2012 World Chess Championship Match between Viswanathan Anand and Boris Gelfand, I thought I might mention the best chess blogs that are providing coverage of the event. Below is a list of 12 Blogs I have been visiting to read more about the Anand-Gelfand match: Alexandra Kosteniuk’s blog on Chess news.Continue reading “Anand-Gelfand 2012: Blogs for Game 12”

National Elementary Chess Championship

Final preparations are underway for California’s top scholastic chess players who will be competing in the 2011 USCF National Elementary Chess Championship. This years National Elementary Chess Championship will be held in Dallas, Texas from May 5-8. Dallas should be a fantastic site for the 2011 National Elementary Chess Championship because of the University ofContinue reading “National Elementary Chess Championship”

National Chess Champions to Host Summer Chess Camp

Mission San Jose Elementary School Summer Chess Camp Come and train with the 2009 National Champions! June 22 – June 25, June 29 – July 2, & July 6 – July 9 This class is brought to you by the Torres Chess and Music Academy, a non-profit corporation. The Torres Chess and Music Academy, aContinue reading “National Chess Champions to Host Summer Chess Camp”

National Scholastic Chess Champions

I have received several inquiries as to why this blog has not been updated as frequently. In answer to these questions, I have responded with a seemingly lame excuse of “devoting all my time to teaching future chess champions.”  Now for the proof:  The chess players at the Mission San Jose Elementary School chess club achieved resultsContinue reading “National Scholastic Chess Champions”

Anand-Kramnik: Game 6 from the 2008 World Championship of Chess

The championship chess board in Bonn has become a form of torture for Vladimir Kramnik. After loosing game 6, Kramnik has just six games left and is down three full points. A loosing streak against a world champion is very hard to fix. In Kramnik’s case, achieving a win against Anand must seem like aContinue reading “Anand-Kramnik: Game 6 from the 2008 World Championship of Chess”

Anand-Kramnik: Game 5 from the 2008 World Championship of Chess

Kramnik must be feeling miserable. Anand has beaten him with the black pieces once again. Now down two full points with 7 games to go, Kramnik must take considerable risks if he is to have any chance at becoming world champion again. Taking these risks could easily backfire and have the effect of causing thisContinue reading “Anand-Kramnik: Game 5 from the 2008 World Championship of Chess”

Anand Kramnik 2008: A Special Report Looking Back at the World Chess Championship 1858

“Morphy…I think everyone agrees…was probably the greatest of them all.” (Bobby Fischer) This years chess match between Viswanathan Anand and Vladimir Kramnik takes place 150 years after one of the greatest world championship matches in history. In 1858, the two best chess players in the world, Paul Morphy and Adolph Anderssen, battled in Paris toContinue reading “Anand Kramnik 2008: A Special Report Looking Back at the World Chess Championship 1858”

Anand-Kramnik: Game 4 from the 2008 World Championship of Chess

It was back to the “drawing” board in game 4 from Bonn, Germany.  Defending champion Viswanathan Anand played the white side in the solid Queen’s Gambit Declined. Kramnik ended up with the ubiquitous isolated queen’s pawn and allowed Anand no opportunities for victory. 3. Nf3 Anand decides to avoid a repeat of game 2’s Nimzo-Indian.Continue reading “Anand-Kramnik: Game 4 from the 2008 World Championship of Chess”

Anand-Kramnik: Game 3 from the 2008 World Chess Championship

 In game 3 from the 2008 World Chess Championships, Viswanathan Anand put on a tactical display using his fiery attacking style to beat Vladimir Kramnik into submission. Below is the game that has put Anand ahead in the match:    2…c6 Anand chooses the Slav again. 4. Nc3 Kramnik chooses not to play the exchange Slav asContinue reading “Anand-Kramnik: Game 3 from the 2008 World Chess Championship”

Anand-Kramnik: Game 2 from the 2008 World Chess Championship

The second game from the 2008 World Chess Championship ended in a draw. In an attempt to show off some of his preparation for playing white against the Slav(1.d4 d5 2.c4 c6), Anand decided to use 1.d4 instead of his favorite 1.e4. Kramnik avoided the technical Slav lines in game 1 and chose to use theContinue reading “Anand-Kramnik: Game 2 from the 2008 World Chess Championship”

Anand-Kramnik Game 1 from the 2008 World Chess Championship

Kramnik faced off against Anand in Game 1 of the World Chess Championship Match on October 14, 2008. The “Battle of Bonn” began with little surprise as Anand chose to play one of his main weapons referred to as the Slav Defense to the Queen’s Gambit Declined. The game concluded after move 32 when aContinue reading “Anand-Kramnik Game 1 from the 2008 World Chess Championship”

Team Anand

For the 2008 World Chess Championship match in Bonn, Germany, Viswanathan Anand has selected these players as his “Seconds.” I will review Vladimir Kramnik’s team in a later post. Name: Peter Heine Nielsen Date of birth: 05-24-1973 Country: Denmark Current Rating: 2652 Description: A grandmanster with a very aggressive style who has won the Denmark Chess  ChampionshipContinue reading “Team Anand”

Where I Was Ten Years Ago.

Thanks to Google’s ten year  anniversary, the famed search engine has added an option to have a google search  show the user what he or she would have seen ten years in the past. This feature also includes the cached pages from a decade ago. Below is the description of my chess activities from ten years ago taken directlyContinue reading “Where I Was Ten Years Ago.”

5 Days Until the 2008 World Chess Championships in Bonn, Germany

   Anand and Kramnik both enjoy playing the Petroff Defense(1.e4 e5 2. Nf3 Nf6) and I would be very surprised not to see it used in their 2008 World Championship Chess Match. Both players know the theory very well in this opening, so any game they play could lead to new ideas for the worldContinue reading “5 Days Until the 2008 World Chess Championships in Bonn, Germany”

Kramnik vs. Anand 2008 (preview game revisited)

Seven Days until the Anand vs. Kramnik 2008 World Championship Match. I am revisiting a game they played in 2007 at the request of several fans of my blog. Kramnik-Anand 9/13/2007 was a Moscow variation of the Semi-Slav Defense. The Moscow variation which starts after 5…h6 can lead to very sharp play especially because Anand gambits aContinue reading “Kramnik vs. Anand 2008 (preview game revisited)”

Bakersfield Chess Teacher

Here is a nice recomendation I received from a distinguished Disctrict Superintendent. The Torres Chess and Music Academy  offers schools in California the very best chess experience possible. For more information please visit http://www.ChessandMusic.com   8 July 2008   Letter of Recommendation for  Chris Torres   For the past 2 years Chris Torres has worked with VinelandContinue reading “Bakersfield Chess Teacher”

Bakersfield Chess Tournaments

Date Title Location Address October 25 Fall Chess Classic Sunset Elementary 8301 Sunset Blvd. Bakersfield CA 93307 November 29 Thanksgiving Chess Extravaganza University Square 2000 “K” Street Bakersfield CA 93301 December   No Tournament Scheduled           January 31 Super Bowl of Chess American Elementary 800 Verdugo Lane Bakersfield CA 93312 FebruaryContinue reading “Bakersfield Chess Tournaments”

Rybka Proves It Is Still The Best

Rybka finished first in the 16th ICGA World Computer Chess Championship held in Beijing, China with a score of 8/9 with no losses. For much of the tournament Hiarcs was keeping pace with Rybka but when the two engines played, Rybka was victorious. The other key game for Rybka was against  Junior (2006 World Computer Chess Champion.)Continue reading “Rybka Proves It Is Still The Best”

Kramnik vs. Anand

Just ten days until the Anand vs. Kramnik World Chess Championship match of 2008! Tonight I present another preview game for the upcoming World Chess Championship match between Viswanathan Anand and Vladimir Kramnik. The game I chose is a recent example of the two contenders going head to head in a major event.  My analysis is aboveContinue reading “Kramnik vs. Anand”

World Computer Chess Championships 2008

   On 9/28/2008 the 16’th World Computer Chess Championships began in Beijing, China. The IGCA has scheduled an eleven round accelerated swiss tournament format for the top  chess engines in the world to compete for the the title of World Computer Chess Champion 2008. The accelerated swiss structure strikes me as odd being that there are onlyContinue reading “World Computer Chess Championships 2008”