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The 13-year-old Sam Sevian -- or, for history’s sake: 13 years, 10 months and 27 days-old Sam Sevian -- just dropped the bar on one of America’s highest records.
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Alice Dong, a 2044-rated sixteen year old junior at Princeton (NJ) High School, is doing her part to get more girls involved in chess. She planned, organized, and executed a two-day chess camp for girls in New Jersey, during the state’s two-day teachers’ convention break on Thursday and Friday, November 6 and 7. Alice’s goal was clear. She stated “By increasing the number of girls who are introduced to chess, hopefully the number of girls who continue and maintain their interest will increase as well.” In fact, thanks to sponsorship and donations, all the girls were able to attend the camp for free.
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World Champions' blunders
Magnus Carlsen won game six of the World Chess Championship in Sochi, Russia in a dramatic battle marked by a big Carlsen blunder, 26. Kd2 that Anand failed to exploit. "Usually you feel happy when you win (but) when you get such a massive gift, you just feel relief." Magnus said in the press conferenece.
After 26. Kd2, Black can play ...Nxe5 Rxg8 Nxc4+ Kd3 Nb2+ (the key zwischenzug) and Black is up two pawns.
Magnus certainly realized he blundered immediately after he played 26. Kd2. When asked, "How did you keep your poker face?", he replied with a smile and "I don't think I kept my poker face at all."
See the article and also the Chessbase article.
Coach Andy's comment: Anand spent only 14 seconds, and blundered back. Lesson for us all, slow down, think and then move.
Viswanathan Anand has achieved a partial success in Sochi: he will be White in the 5th game with a level match score (one victory, one defeat, two draws) and much more confidence than last year in Chennai, where he lost the 5th and 6th games.
In game four, Carlsen found himself in a new situation. He had to recover from a loss as the World Champion. He pressed for five hours, looking for an error which did not occur.
“I thought I played terribly, but it was a draw so that's OK”, said Carlsen after the long fight. Probably no chess amateur in the world thinks the Norwegian played “terribly” that game. Unless you are a genius, like him, what you will see are some inaccuracies here and there, but nothing serious. Later on, he insisted: “My last two games have been pretty bad so I have to improve.”
9/7/2014 – ChessBase conducts an exclusive interview with the World’s strongest chess trainer. GM Vladimir Chuchelov has coached top players such as Van Wely, Radjabov, Giri, and is currently seconding Fabiano Caruana in the Sinquefield Cup. Read on to discover the insights into Caruana’s preparation to the strongest tournament in history. Interview by Alisa Melekhina.
AM: What is your method to improving your students' chess?
VC: It always starts with a 60-hour course called "Strategic balance." All my Students are familiar with it. Then we begin routine work such as analyzing games, working on your opening repertoire, and having calculation sessions. You have to be focused, motivated and willing to work hard. Learning to work efficiently is what counts the most. There is no one formula for success – it depends on each individual player. Everyone has different weaknesses that must be tuned.
AM: By “focus,” do you mean that one must study solely chess?
VC: Not necessarily, but when you are studying chess, you must focus purely on chess. It cannot be half-half. Only then you can be efficient.
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This blog reports the achievements of my students (current and recent).