Very funny:).

Obviously the story with Vladislav Tkachiev still remains in the top of chess news. There are many big newspapers published their version of what happened in India, but today ( with help of Jacob Aagaard ) I found the following article  http://politiken.dk/bagsiden/article782985.ece

Well, of course it’s impossible to undertand the language, but it’s for sure article about Tkachiev case ( we can see his name a few times), but with my picture from recent “Politiken Cup”.  Very strange I should say, though Jacob Aagaard confirmed , that at some place it’s mentioned that another player is on the picture :).

Very sad story .

The following article has been published todayhttp://www.expressindia.com/latest-news/drunk-chess-star-dozes-off-concedes-match-at-kolkata-open/512679/

A very sad story I would say. Vlad Tkachiev is originally from Kazakhstan, the same country I was borned and he is a good friend of mine. I was always sure he has a huge talant ( his positional undertanding is exceptional) and he could easily reach 2700+ and to be the top player , but this story ( and there were many like this) is the reason why he is just a strong GM and not the player of Linares calibre.

Here is the Russian version http://lenta.ru/news/2009/09/04/chess/

My best Elo.

Yersterday FIDE published the official ratings for 1st of September. As I was expected after two very successful tournaments ( Politiken Cup and Zurich Open) I gained 27! points and reached 2668. That’s the highest rating in my chess career, that allowed me to move 40 places up in top 100 players and currently to be number 3 in Israel rating. As always here I give you the list of Top 100 in the World

Rank Name Title Country Rating Games B-Year
1 Topalov, Veselin g BUL 2813 0 1975
2 Anand, Viswanathan g IND 2788 0 1969
3 Aronian, Levon g ARM 2773 13 1982
4 Carlsen, Magnus g NOR 2772 10 1990
5 Kramnik, Vladimir g RUS 2772 10 1975
6 Leko, Peter g HUN 2762 23 1979
7 Radjabov, Teimour g AZE 2757 10 1987
8 Ivanchuk, Vassily g UKR 2756 42 1969
9 Gelfand, Boris g ISR 2756 33 1968
10 Morozevich, Alexander g RUS 2750 18 1977
11 Jakovenko, Dmitry g RUS 2742 24 1983
12 Svidler, Peter g RUS 2741 9 1976
13 Ponomariov, Ruslan g UKR 2741 9 1983
14 Gashimov, Vugar g AZE 2740 0 1986
15 Wang, Yue g CHN 2736 0 1987
16 Nakamura, Hikaru g USA 2735 17 1987
17 Grischuk, Alexander g RUS 2733 0 1983
18 Shirov, Alexei g ESP 2730 18 1972
19 Alekseev, Evgeny g RUS 2725 23 1985
20 Karjakin, Sergey g UKR 2722 13 1990
21 Mamedyarov, Shakhriyar g AZE 2721 2 1985
22 Dominguez Perez, Leinier g CUB 2719 13 1983
23 Vachier-Lagrave, Maxime g FRA 2718 31 1990
24 Eljanov, Pavel g UKR 2717 13 1983
25 Malakhov, Vladimir g RUS 2715 10 1980
26 Movsesian, Sergei g SVK 2711 9 1978
27 Motylev, Alexander g RUS 2710 0 1979
28 Bacrot, Etienne g FRA 2709 23 1983
29 Short, Nigel D g ENG 2706 10 1965
30 Rublevsky, Sergei g RUS 2703 0 1974
31 Kasimdzhanov, Rustam g UZB 2702 30 1979
32 Bu, Xiangzhi g CHN 2702 0 1985
33 Onischuk, Alexander g USA 2699 0 1975
34 Akopian, Vladimir g ARM 2698 13 1971
35 Jobava, Baadur g GEO 2696 9 1983
36 Vallejo Pons, Francisco g ESP 2696 9 1982
37 Moiseenko, Alexander g UKR 2694 20 1980
38 Kamsky, Gata g USA 2692 32 1974
39 Navara, David g CZE 2692 9 1985
40 Ni, Hua g CHN 2692 8 1983
41 Miroshnichenko, Evgenij g UKR 2690 28 1978
42 Wang, Hao g CHN 2690 0 1989
43 Bologan, Viktor g MDA 2688 8 1971
44 Tomashevsky, Evgeny g RUS 2688 7 1987
45 Nielsen, Peter Heine g DEN 2687 10 1973
46 Polgar, Judit g HUN 2687 0 1976
47 Naiditsch, Arkadij g GER 2685 10 1985
48 Almasi, Zoltan g HUN 2685 9 1976
49 Grachev, Boris g RUS 2684 11 1986
50 Adams, Michael g ENG 2682 25 1971
51 Najer, Evgeniy g RUS 2681 17 1977
52 Volokitin, Andrei g UKR 2681 2 1986
53 Vitiugov, Nikita g RUS 2681 0 1987
54 Sargissian, Gabriel g ARM 2678 10 1983
55 Sutovsky, Emil g ISR 2676 9 1977
56 Harikrishna, P. g IND 2673 8 1986
57 Tiviakov, Sergei g NED 2670 45 1973
58 Tkachiev, Vladislav g FRA 2669 11 1973
59 Kurnosov, Igor g RUS 2669 0 1985
60 Avrukh, Boris g ISR 2668 19 1978
61 Timofeev, Artyom g RUS 2668 10 1985
62 Cheparinov, Ivan g BUL 2667 20 1986
63 Areshchenko, Alexander g UKR 2667 9 1986
64 Guseinov, Gadir g AZE 2667 2 1986
65 Meier, Georg g GER 2664 18 1987
66 Inarkiev, Ernesto g RUS 2664 13 1985
67 Nisipeanu, Liviu-Dieter g ROU 2664 11 1976
68 Georgiev, Kiril g BUL 2663 26 1965
69 Berkes, Ferenc g HUN 2663 18 1985
70 Pashikian, Arman g ARM 2663 18 1987
71 Dreev, Alexey g RUS 2662 27 1969
72 Caruana, Fabiano g ITA 2662 17 1992
73 Fridman, Daniel g GER 2661 26 1976
74 Sasikiran, Krishnan g IND 2661 9 1981
75 Andreikin, Dmitry g RUS 2659 9 1990
76 Milov, Vadim g SUI 2659 0 1972
77 Fressinet, Laurent g FRA 2658 23 1981
78 Roiz, Michael g ISR 2658 20 1983
79 Sokolov, Ivan g BIH 2657 10 1968
80 Beliavsky, Alexander G g SLO 2656 9 1953
81 Landa, Konstantin g RUS 2655 0 1972
82 Predojevic, Borki g BIH 2654 18 1987
83 Efimenko, Zahar g UKR 2654 0 1985
84 Postny, Evgeny g ISR 2651 33 1981
85 Krasenkow, Michal g POL 2651 27 1963
86 Van Wely, Loek g NED 2650 19 1972
87 Tregubov, Pavel V. g RUS 2649 9 1971
88 Smirin, Ilia g ISR 2648 17 1968
89 Kobalia, Mikhail g RUS 2648 9 1978
90 Lastin, Alexander g RUS 2648 0 1976
91 Zhigalko, Sergei g BLR 2646 32 1989
92 Baklan, Vladimir g UKR 2646 18 1978
93 Riazantsev, Alexander g RUS 2646 11 1985
94 Seirawan, Yasser g USA 2646 0 1960
95 Fier, Alexandr g BRA 2644 31 1988
96 Granda Zuniga, Julio E g PER 2644 27 1967
97 So, Wesley g PHI 2644 9 1993
98 Fedorchuk, Sergey A. g UKR 2643 37 1981
99 Amonatov, Farrukh g TJK 2643 13 1978
100 Kazhgaleyev, Murtas g KAZ 2643 9 1973

A very nice article with a lot of statistics has been published on ChessBase site. Here is the link http://chessbase.com/newsdetail.asp?newsid=5729

A recommendable chess web page.

Some days ago I discovered an interesting web page http://www.yourchess.net

This site gives you links of all well-known chess web pages, also you can find there the list of coming events, videos and in general you can search for any useful information regarding chess. For a few days there is a cross link to my blog in the middle of the main page.

Interesting positions.

The position in diagramm

Betansky-Avrukh

is from my game against  Igor Betansky from the Israeli Team Cup ( that evantaully has been won by our Club after big drama in last round). The position is extremely complicated, but somehow I managed to create serious activity on the kingside. White’s king is pretty much in danger and Igor with his last move Nf4-d5 intends to swap queens, that would really help White to reduce Black’s activity on the kingside.

Can you find a nice refutation of White’s idea ?

A great success for my student.

My German student Tobias Graf has became a winner of Vienna open in B-section. In my opinion this is a tremendous achievement to win a section under 2000 with personal rating 1768!

My big congratulations to Tobias!

Here is the web page with the results of the tournament http://chess-results.com/tnr19377.aspx?art=4&lan=1&flag=30&m=-1&wi=1000

Zurich Jubilee 2009

It was definitely a very successful tournament for me. I scored incredible + 6 ( 7,5 out of 9) and shared 1-2 with Ukranian Grandmaster Areshchenko. Apparently one of my greatest achievements in my chess career. There was a lot of luck in my last game against Alexander Morozevic, but to win such a strong tournament you definitely need some:). So in general I had a fantastic summer , sharing 1-2 place in two very strong Opens and gaining a lot of elo points.

Here in my blog I want to share my thoughts about last round game from Zurich Open, Kuzubov-Areshchenko , which cost me about 7,500 franks. I have no doubts the game was pre-arranged the day before, which was very obvious to any GM in the tournament. They are two friends and I will never believe that such a solid player like Kuzubov, will lose so badly (in 20 moves) with White pieces, then draw secures a big prize for both players. I also heard in tournament hall, that Morozevic was complained about this game and he was a bit shocked when he saw such an easy win for Black  (during our game). It’s true I cannot prove nothing ( I didn’t have a recorder or camera to catch them), so I just have no respect to these players.

Here is a good link about the tournament http://chessbase.com/newsdetail.asp?newsid=5680

Below you can find also official tournament page.

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