Jun 232018

In a small town of northern Italy called Ortisei, history is being made. The young uber-prodigy R. Praggnanandhaa is playing the 4th Gredine Open 2018 and is tantalisingly close to his final GM norm which would make him the second youngest GM in the history of the game. In this article IM Sagar Shah analyzes one of Pragg’s fine wins over Aryan Gholami from Iran. We also tell you the score that Pragg requires from the last two rounds to make a GM norm. His sister Vaishali is also in fantastic form as she is on track to making her maiden IM norm. Also get to see some breathtaking pictures sent to us by Sushir Lohia.
Praggnanandhaa a game away from Grandmaster
Source: Chess News

Jun 222018

Pia Cramling was born in 1963, the same year as Garry Kasparov, and she is also a chess legend. 40 years ago, when she was 15, she played in her first Olympiad. But this year she won’t in play the Olympiad in Batumi 2018. In an extensive interview, the Swedish grandmaster reveals what drove her decision and reflects on her long career. | Pictured: Juan Bellon, Anna Cramling, Pia Cramling; Photo: Swedish Chess Federation
Pia Cramling to miss Olympiad 40 years after her first
Source: Chess News

Jun 222018

While Steinitz is rightly credited with creating a new ‘positional’ style of chess, the concepts he popularised didn’t come from nowhere. Howard Staunton deserves a lot of credit for showing the way to Steinitz, as his style and results were a clear influence. While there has been a reassessment of Staunton’s contribution to chess in the last 40 years, he still gets bad press from chessplayers who only know about his non-match with Paul Morphy. I suspect if this contoversy hadn’t clouded his actual playing career, his role in developing modern chess principles who have been more appreciated.
Today (22nd June) is the anniversary of his death, and so I’ve selected possibly the last competitive game he played to show his style. The opening is positively modern, and after Barnes’ attempt at a tactical finesse blows up in his face, Staunton keeps control all the way to the end.

Barnes,Thomas Wilson – Staunton,Howard [C42]
London consultation London, 1859 new PgnViewer( { boardName: “game867”, movesFormat: “default”, pgnString:’1.e4 e5 2.Nf3 Nf6 3.Nxe5 d6 4.Nf3 Nxe4 5.d4 d5 6.Bd3 Be7 7.O-O Nc6 8.c4 Nf6 9.Qe2 Bg4 10.Be3 O-O 11.Nc3 Qd7 12.c5 Rad8 13.a3 a6 14.b4 Rde8 15.Qc2 Bxf3 16.Bf5 Be4 17.Bxd7 Bxc2 18.Bxe8 Rxe8 19.Rac1 Bb3 20.h3 Bd8 21.Rfe1 Kf8 22.f3 Re6 23.b5 axb5 24.Nxb5 Bc4 25.Nc3 Na5 26.Bf4 Nd7 27.Rxe6 fxe6 28.Rb1 Ba6 29.Nb5 e5 30.dxe5 Nxc5 31.Kh2 Kf7 32.Be3 Nd3 33.f4 Nc4 34.Bc1 c6 35.Nd4 g6 36.g4 Bb6 37.Nf3 h6 38.f5 Nxc1 39.Rxc1 gxf5 40.Re1 Ne3 41.Kg3 f4+ 42.Kh2 d4 43.g5 hxg5 44.Nxg5+ Ke7 45.h4 d3 46.Nf3 Nf5 47.Kh3 Be3 48.Kg4 Nh6+ 49.Kg5 Nf7+ 50.Kf5 d2 51.Rh1 Bd3+ 52.Kg4 Be2 0-1′, pauseBetweenMoves: 500, pieceSize: 29 } );

Howard Staunton
Source: Chessexpress