Wednesday, July 20, 2016

Carlsen's Win vs Wei Yi, 9th Masters Final Bilbao 2016

Monday, July 18, 2016

Article on Reasons to learn Chess Openings

18 July 2016, Kuala Lumpur - Came across an interesting chess article on Reasons to learn Chess Openings and I think it would be very useful to share with readers of this blog. Kindly visit the following link below:-

https://www.chessable.com/blog/2016/06/28/8-reasons-for-learning-openings-now/

Researchers from Oxford University and Brunel University set out to discover what made chess experts, well, experts. Often it is said that expert’s calculating skill differs the higher their chess skill is. This may be why every chess player at some point has been asked how many moves deep they ‘see.’ Research shows that this is surprisingly NOT the most important thing in chess. So what else can we gather from this study?
Reason #1: Calculating ability will only help you so much!
Once you reach a certain level of calculating ability it peaks. After this, improvements are very slight whether you are a chess master or not. There may be differences between one master and the next, but in general, the study suggests that based on experiments calculating ability is about equal for Class A and up to Master level. Compare this to playing an opening you are familiar with, every time you play it, you gather more experience, and this will help way beyond a rating of 1,800 (Class A). Once you get above master level things are different, but that’s above 2,400 in rating!
Reason #2: Getting a familiar opening saves you time
The researchers found that when master chess players had familiar opening positions, they were able to invest their time and energy calculating deeper instead of wider. Instead of looking at five different moves, you look at two, the two best ones because you know what goes on in this opening and pawn structure. With a good opening repertoire, this could mean finding the killer move you need, rather than losing half your time looking at all reasonable moves.
Reason #3: Playing openings you know increases your rating by a few hundred points
The researchers found that when chess masters played an unfamiliar opening (for instance, a Sicilian defense when the player is a French defense player), their skill was reduced by up to two standard deviations. In other words, their study showed that the chess master’s skill was reduced by a few hundred chess rating points! Potentially, this means a master would play like a club level player.
Reason #4: Do as chess masters do, even Grandmasters stick to openings they know
Aside from a few super-Grandmasters that seem to be able to mix it up and know it all, the researchers confirm that all other chess players, even at master level, play their opening repertoire and stick to it. In the research, an analysis of the Sicilian masters showed they stuck to their opening 81% of the time, playing the French only 6% of the time! The sooner you implement the study of openings, the sooner you will be able to start acquiring expert knowledge. Did you lose in that Spanish Game? Look up why or ask why, using our opening variation comments tool. You won’t make the same mistake next time.
Reason #5: Well, as White I have to face all these openings anyway, right? WRONG!
Pet lines also exist for white players, for instance, I play the Rossolimo Sicilian to black’s 1…c5. This means I never see the Sicilian Najdorf and avoid a ton of complications. Yes, the Najdorf might be objectively better, but until you reach Grandmaster level, those differences often don’t matter. What matters is that you get an opening you’ve got experience in and one that you are familiar with.
Reason #6: It’s one of the surest ways to improve your chess
Obtaining specialised knowledge of openings is something a chess player will have to do at some point in their career. Why not do it now? If you begin now, you begin accumulating those small nuggets of expertise in the openings early on. It all adds up.
Reason #7: Avoid opening blunders
We’ve all been there. Your opponent takes you out of the opening book. You know your stuff, so you think long and hard. You lose a lot of time on your clock but make an excellent logical developing move.  As it turns out, shortly after, this move leads to a super sharp variation that your opponent is familiar with. With the time advantage, their dream position can’t get any better, but of course, the pressure mounts and you blunder. Game over.
Reason #8: There are opening repertoires for all levels.
You can find something that suits your play. For instance, the Able’s Repertoires are around just five moves deep, easy to remember, and they give you a stable place to start from. Take this a step further, if you are an intermediate player you can find repertoires seven moves deep. Advanced? You can find opening repertoires that are ten moves deep and more. There is no excuse, and once you master one opening, feel free to pick a new one and move on.
Chessable can help you learn chess openings in the most efficient way, and you can browse a lot of repertoires, free and paid online. However, you don’t even have to use our awesomely social website. As long as we’ve convinced you that you should put more work into your chess openings, then we are happy.
*The research study analysed to prepare this blog post is titled “Specialization Effect and Its Influence on Memory and Problem Solving in Expert Chess Players” published in Cognitive Science by Bilalic, McLeod and Gobet (2009).

Saturday, June 11, 2016

G Jagathees and Amir Faiz Amirul Winners of Seremban 2 Chess Tournament 2016

11th June 2016, Kuala Lumpur - The winners of the Datin Sri Komalam Chess Tournament held last 22nd May 2016 in Seremban 2 were won by  G Jagathees with 5.5 points in the Under-18 category. Meanwhile in the Under-12 category, the chess tournament was won by Amir Faiz Amirul with 7 points.

A total of 36 players participated in the Under 18 category while another 118 players in the Under-12 category.

Fig 1. Under 18 Final Ranking Results


Table 2. Under 12 Category - Final Ranking Results.

Table 3. Continue - Under 12 Category - Final Ranking Results.

Table 4. Continue - Under 12 Category - Final Ranking Results.
 (results courtesy of SV Guna)

Sunday, May 22, 2016

Inarkiev Ernesto leads in 17th Individual European Chess Champions 2016

22 May 2016, Kuala Lumpur - GM Inarkiew Ernesto of Russia is leading with eight points after the 9th round of play at the 17th Individual European Chess Champions 2016 in Gjakova, Kosovo.






To see more chess results pls visit this link -  http://www.chess-results.com/tnr206558.aspx?lan=1&art=1&rd=9&turdet=YES&flag=30&wi=984&group=ACP

Saturday, May 7, 2016

Dpulze Open 2016

Nicholas Chan in the lead at Dpulze Chess Open 2016 after 5 rounds with 5 points.

Tomorrow 8th May 2016 another two rounds.

Thursday, May 5, 2016

Carlsen's Game vs Kramnik, 4th Norway Chess 2016



Carlsen won his seventh round game against Vladimir Kramnik during the 4th Norway Chess 2016, 18-30th April 2016 in Stavenger, Norway. The Queen's Gambit Variation was played.

Tuesday, May 3, 2016

Gunina vs Zhao Zue, Batumi WGP 2016



Batumi, Georgia, Women Grand Prix 2016. Valentina Gunina played Zhao Zue of China in the tenth round.

Malaysia Chess Festival 2016 is coming

3rd May 2016, Kuala Lumpur - The upcoming Malaysian Chess Festival 2016 is slated for the 9th - 19th September 2016 for the various chess tournament lined up as follows:-


  • ASTRO Merdeka Open Rapid Team Chess Championship 2016, 
  • 1st Datin Yee Wai Fong Merdeka Junior Team Chess Championship 2016, 
  • Merdeka Blitz Chess Championship, 
  • 7th Swensen's Age-Group Chess Championship 2016, 
  • 13th IGB Dato' Arthur Tan Malaysia Open Chess Championship, 
  • 7th IGB Seniors Open Chess Championship, 
  • 11th Malaysia Chess Challenge, 
  • Individual Rapid Chess Championship.



Monday, May 2, 2016

IM Dimakiling Oliver of Philippines wins Selangor Open 2016

2nd May 2016, Kuala Lumpur - Today's final round 9 of the 43rd Selangor Open 2016 draws to a close. IM Dimakiling Oliver was crowned the Champion of the Selangor Open 2016 with a score of 7.0 points. He drew his 9th round against IM Lio Dede of Indonesia.

In second place is Malaysia's FM Yeoh Li Tian with a score of 6.5 points. While in third is IM Lio Dede of Indonesia with 6.5 points, too.



Final Ranking after 9 rounds - Selangor Open 2016:


To see more results, please visit this link :  http://chess-results.com/tnr219335.aspx?lan=1&art=4&flag=30&wi=821

Muhd Aziz Farhan wins Challenger Section of Selangor Open 2016

2nd May 2016, Kuala Lumpur - In the Challenger Section of the Selangor Open 2016, Muhd Aziz Farhan Noor Akbar turned out a super 8.5 points out of 9 rounds of play. He drew his last round with Wong Kiiug Lik of Malaysia. Muhd Aziz Farhan will be crowned the Champion of the Challenger Section of the Selangor Open 2016.  In second spot is Amir Qayyim Mohd Saprin with 7.5 points. Third place goes to Subramaniam Shreyes with 7 points, fourth place won by Wong Kiiug Lik with 7 points.





Final Ranking after 9 rounds :


Top 23 Final Ranking after 9 rounds: