Daily Chess News Links January 14, 2013

Report of round 2
TataSteel
A Bonanza of draws was the last thing anyone expected a few hours into round 2 of the 75th Tata Steel Chess Tournament, but at the end of a long day, all games in Group A had ended …

Report of round 1
TataSteel
The 75th edition of the Tata Steel Chess Tournament took off to a slow start with the vast majority of grandmaster games ending in a draw. First exception was Sergey Karjakin …

Wijk aan Zee, Round 2: Seven Splits; Several Scares
The Chess Mind Blog
Today was a busy day for me (including tournament victory in an unrated local event), so the update will have to be a quick one. In brief, all seven games Group A …

Coldblooded defence and tiredness sees all the Tata Steel Round 2 games drawn
The Week in Chess
The second round of the Tata Steel Chess tournament saw all the games were drawn but it never looked like that until near the end. Levon Aronian was surely winning …

Tata R02: All games drawn, but many very tense
ChessBase News
Ivan Sokolov, playing black, had Hikaru Nakamura on the verge of defeat. Magnus Carlsen admitted that Levon Aronian “outplayed me, so I was lucky to survive.” …

Parsvnath Delhi International: Aleksandrov takes clear first
ChessBase News
With a win in round nine against his chief rival Marat Dzhumaev of Uzbekistan, in the end it was Aleksej Aleksandrov of Belarus who finished at 8.0/10 points …

Tata R2: seven draws, many missed opportunities
ChessVibes
All games in the A group of the Tata Steel tournament ended in draws on Sunday. Loek van Wely was pressing for most of the time against Hou Yifan, and at the end he was …

Giri’s New Year present
ChessVibes
While he is playing in Wijk aan Zee as we speak, at the start of the new year Anish Giri visited Vienna, where he played a clock simul against talented Austrian players. …

Aleksandrov wins Parsvnath International Chess Festival
ChessVibes
Grandmaster Aleksej Aleksandrov of Belarus won the premier section of the Parsvnath International Chess Festival. Aleksandrov finished with eight points out of a …

11th Parsvnath Delhi International Chess Festival
Chessdom
Grandmaster Aleksej Aleksandrov of Belarus won the premier section of Parsvnath International Chess Festival after drawing with Grandmaster Henrik Teske …

Wijk aan Zee 2013 Play of the Day: Levon Aronian – Magnus Carlsen
PowerPlayChess
Daniel King presents his highlight from the 2nd round of the 2013 Wijk aan Zee Tata Steel Tournament. …

Pawns for Pieces
The Chess Improver
As beginners, we learned the “static” values of the pieces: Knight equals three pawns, Bishop equals Knight, Rook equals five pawns and so on. …

Nice attacking finish!
Spraggett on Chess
From Hastings this year. A sharp duel in the Sicilian with opposite-side castling. Black has preferred to use his pieces to create threats on the Queenside rather than the …

Random Rook Endings: Lesson Number One
The Streatham & Brixton Chess Blog
It could have been any tournament hall or any club room at any time. As it happens this potential half-point was thrown away at Benasque in July of 2011. …

Anand draws with Giri in Tata Steel Chess tournament
Times of India
World Champion Viswanathan Anand missed out on his chances and drew with Dutch champion Anish Giri, while P Harikrishna held higher-ranked Fabiano Caruana …

Aleksej Aleksandrov wins Parsvnath International Chess
Times of India
Grandmaster Aleksej Aleksandrov of Belarus won the premier section of Parsvnath International Chess Festival after drawing with Grandmaster Henrik Teske …

PSC Chess Cup starts today
Tempo
Grandmaster Oliver Barbosa, Jr., the lone Filipino qualifier to the World Chess Cup this year, is the top seed when the Philippine Sports Commission (PSC) Cup …

Clitheroe Chess Club needs players
Clitheroe Today
Next Tuesday, January 22nd, Clitheroe Chess Club will have three teams playing matches at the Brown Cow in Chatburn, but it urgently need extra players. …

Tata Steel Starts with Tame Seas
United States Chess Federation
Macauley Peterson reports from the Tata Steel, the 75th annual tournament in Wijk aan Zee, the Netherlands. Participants include reigning US Champ Hikaru Nakamura …

SM Shmelov vs GM Holt finishes 18th in the Game of the Year Contest
US Chess League
An entertaining draw which saw a hanging Rook for a surprisingly long string of moves is the third game knocked out from the GOTY Contest. …

The Crown Game Affair
Gödel’s Lost Letter
What constitutes evidence of cheating? Faye Dunaway is an Academy Award-winning actress who co-starred with the late Steve McQueen in the 1968 movie “The Thomas Crown Affair.” …

Social chess games
Bayside Bulletin
Redlands Chess Club will host social chess games this Tuesday night so it’s a great time to check out our club. The Phoenix Cup tournament will run from …

Chess Grandmaster turns hedge fund manager
Opalesque.tv
Patrick Wolff of Grandmaster Capital describes his transition from chess champion to Silicon Valley dot-commer, and into the investment management world to …