Monday, June 13, 2005

Anand comes from behind to win Leon Chess tournament

LEON : World No. 2 Viswanathan Anand staged a superb rally to score a comprehensive 2.5-1.5 victory over FIDE champion Rustam Kasimdzhanov of Uzbekistan to win the 18th Magistral Ciudad de Leon Chess tournament here.
In what was a great comeback, Anand, trailing 0-1 after losing the first game, won the second and the fourth game and drew the third to attest his superiority once again in the rapid version of the game.
Having earlier beaten prodigious Grandmaster Magnus Carlsen in the semis, it turned out to be another memorable outing for Anand here after he had won the Advance chess title on three previous occasions on Leon soil.
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Saturday, June 11, 2005

Chess: Kasimdzhanov shocks Shirov

Leon, Spain, June 11. (UNI): The reigning champion Alexie Shirov got a shocking 1:3 defeat at the hands of World Chess Champion Rustam Kasimdzhanov in the first semifinal of the 18th Ciudad de Leon which started Friday.
Playing with white, Shirov opened his first rapid game with e4 and Kasimdzhanov replied with c5. The game than followed a set pattern of moves and ultimately turned in to the Najdorf pattern of the Sicilian defence. Kasimdzhanov played a splendid game with Qxe5 being a novelty [23rd move]
The game failed to give any clear position till the 31st move. Despite having only ten seconds on the board and committing a mistake on the 32nd move with his g5, Kasimdzhanov remained materially superior. However, Shirov failed to cash in on the mistake due to his poor position. As a last resort he tried to salvage his position by moving his Queen but ultimately surrendered to the superior black position after 41 moves.
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Ajedrez. Torneo de León: El indio Anand eliminó al noruego Carlssen

El indio Viswanathan Anand, número uno del mundo tras la retirada de Kasparov, eliminó al joven noruego Magnus Carlssen por 3-1, en la segunda semifinal del XIII Torneo de León que se disputa en esta ciudad.
Cuando subieron al escenario, el contraste entre los dos jugadores era bien visible. Anand de 35 años, alto, moreno, seguro de si mismo; Carlssen, de 14 años, pequeño, rubio, tímido y algo asustado.
La primera partida, que comenzó con la sólida defensa rusa o Petrov, apenas tuvo historia. Carlssen dio un peón en plena apertura (movimiento 12) y Anand lo capturó sin pensárselo mucho.
A continuación, cambio de piezas y el indio devolvió el peón para forzar un final con una mejor que el caballo negro. Desde este momento, las blancas de Anand tuvieron una clara ventaja.
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Wednesday, June 08, 2005

''Can a Brain Pill Make You a Better Chess Player?''

2005 US Open Chess Masters Get a Sin City View of the New Cognitive Supplement That Helps Them Think Faster!

LOS ANGELES--(BUSINESS WIRE)--June 8, 2005--Natrol Inc. (NASDAQ:NTOL - News) Chess masters and fans at the 2005 US Open Chess Championship will get a sneak preview of Natrol® brainSpeed(TM), the new cognitive health supplement designed to help improve mental agility, promote attention and maintain memory.(a) This innovative nutritional product hits the chess world June 11, 2005 at the famed Riviera Hotel grand ballroom. In a twist on chess tradition, Natrol and the US Chess Federation will present the brainSpeed Human Chess Challenge, a regulation match where two world-famous Grandmasters control a gigantic chessboard featuring human beings as the chess pieces.
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Saturday, June 04, 2005

Bobbly Fischer desafía a Kasparov y Karpov a jugar un torneo mundial

El legendario ajedrecista Bobby Fischer desafió a los rusos Gary Kasparov y Anatoly Karpov a medirse con él en un campeonato mundial "no amañado" en la modalidad Random, donde se sortea la disposición inicial de las piezas.
Fischer, refugiado en Islandia de la Justicia de su país, EEUU, hizo esta propuesta en una entrevista al semanario ruso "Rodnaya Gazeta", a pesar de que sigue convencido de que Kasparov y Karpov son "mentirosos y fariseos" que "jugaban partidas amañadas".
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Thursday, June 02, 2005

Men better at chess

Jacquie van Santen, ABC Science Online

In a novel approach to testing gender differences in achievement, an Australian researcher has compared the past three decades of male and female international chess results to see if gender differences have diminished with changes in society.
But the results of the study, by Dr Robert Howard from the University of New South Wales, may ruffle some female feathers.
Despite changes in what society expects of women, access to opportunities to succeed intellectually, and other factors, women don't do as well in chess as men.
Howard says his study, published in the May issue of the Journal of Biosocial Science, backs the idea that men have an innate ability to checkmate and win the game.
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http://abc.net.au

Kasparov, Nobel del ajedrez

Oscar Domínguez Giraldo *

García Márquez cuenta en su autobiografía que su primer triunfo literario se lo debe al ajedrez. Sin proponérselo, esto ocurrió al pronosticar la muerte del belga que jugaba con su abuelo monótonas partidas.
La crónica familiar convirtió el vaticinio del niño Gabito en novelón. En reciprocidad por ese primer Nobel, muchos personajes de las novelas del novel arúspice practican el ajedrez, el juego más hermoso del mundo. Por estos días estuvo de visita en Macondo, el Nobel del ajedrez, Garry Kasparov.
La forma de jugar ajedrez del campeón mundial Kasparov (42 años) parece sintetizada en el soneto de Lope de Vega sobre el amor: “Desmayarse, atreverse, estar furioso;/áspero, tierno, liberal, esquivo;/alentado, mortal, difunto, vivo;/leal, traidor, cobarde y animoso”. En una palabra, Kasparov ha jugado con pasión, una expresión que ama como si fuera su almohada favorita. O su complejo de Edipo, su madre, doña Klara Kasparova, quien suele acompañarlo en su peregrinar.
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