Just one day left until the first round of FIDE World Championship!


Bartlomiej Heberla Bartlomiej Heberla is a Polish grandmaster with an ELO rating of 2565. This year he came 4th at the Polish Championship. If you're interested in online lessons with GM Heberla, please contact Chessbet!

Every chess fan has been waiting for this match, which is the most important event of the year. I believe the rematch is going to be more interesting than last year’s match!

First of all, it’s not the best year for Carlsen – since he won the World Champion title he has lost seven classical games. Of course his overall results shows that he is still the best player in the world and the favourite in this match, but unstable form gives hope for Anand. In every interview Anand is claiming his positive frame of mind. It’s also supported by the results – in the Candidates tournament this year he showed that last year’s lost title to Carlsen was definitely not his last word. No one expected him to win with a full point advantage. By following up with winning Bilbao Masters in September he proved he is ready to fight back.

It’s also interesting to mention the last two games between the contenders. In the World Rapid & Blitz Championship in Dubai Anand won the rapid game after Carlsen blundered in the endgame. The blitz game finished with a draw. Someone might say it’s not important as it wasn’t classical chess, but psychologically it always brings some difference.

I wish you to enjoy watching the games and remember to bet and check the updates here on chessbet.com after every round!

November Chess Update


Heinrich Basson Heinrich Basson is a chess enthusiast from South Africa. He is an avid club player with a current FIDE rating of 1899. He follows world chess events closely and analyzing the matches and writing about chess are some of his hobbies.

We are at the beginning of November and we have seen some exciting chess events taking place in the last few weeks of October. The Tashkent FIDE Grand Prix tournament showed very solid chess, while the World Senior Championships in Greece showed lots of fighting chess being played. The action does not stop here, as the Tigran Petrosian Memorial tournament in Moscow has started on 04 November and the World Championship match will start on 08 November.

Let us first have a round-up of the Tashkent FIDE Grand Prix held from 21 October until 02 November, this was the 2nd Grand Prix tournament in the series of 4. With 3 wins and 8 draws GM Dmitry Andreikin (RUS) showed his class and took the overall win with 7 out of 11, gaining 20 rating points in the process. GM Hikaru Nakamura (USA) and GM Shakhriyar Mamedyarov (AZE) shared 2nd place with 6.5 out of 11, both with a 2815 rating performance. GM Boris Gelfand (ISR) went from winning the Baku Grand Prix event to finishing in last place in the Tashkent Grand Prix event. This just shows how tough these top events are. GM Fabiano Caruana (ITA) still leads the overall Grand Prix standings with 230 points, followed by GM Hikaru Nakamura (USA) on 207 points. The two remaining Grand Prix events are definitely going to be very exciting.

The World Senior Championships also finished on 05 November with some good chess being played over the 11 rounds. In the senior 50+ age category tournament it was GM Zurab Sturua (GEO) and GM Keith Arkell (ENG) finishing top with 8.5 out of 11, in 3rd place was GM John Nunn (ENG) with 8 out of 11. In the senior 65+ age category there were 4 players on 8 out of 11. They were GM Anatoly Vaisser (FRA), GM Yuri Balashov (RUS), GM Viktor Kupreichik (BLR) and IM Herman van Riemsdijk (BRA).  There were also 6 players who finished on 7.5 out of 11, just showing how tough this tournament was. In the women section it was WIM Svetlana Metnikova (RUS) who took first in the tournament with 8.5 points, in 2nd was GM Nona Gaprindashvili (GEO) with 8 points. Some good results and fighting chess, with the favourites performing quite well in the overall tournament.

The main upcoming event which everyone is looking forward to is the World Championship match between GM Viswanathan Anand (IND) and GM Magnus Carlsen (NOR). The first game will take place on 08 November and the last game will be on 25 November, with a rest day after every two games played, except for game 11 and 12. It will definitely be a very interesting battle and we will see a lot of fighting chess, maybe the first few rounds the players will play it safe and we might see a couple of draws, as we did with the first 4 rounds last year. (Although it was not boring draws) The build-up to this tournament has been slightly less than last year in India, which might help the players a bit. Last year the event lasted 10 matches, but I think that maybe this year it could go all the way to 12 matches, as GM Carlsen has not been playing such fluent chess this year, although he might be so inspired to defend his World Champion title that he plays very inspired chess the match. We will have to wait and see what happens on 08 November for match 1.All the World Championship action will be covered on Chessbet, so be sure to visit each day!

October Chess Update


Heinrich Basson Heinrich Basson is a chess enthusiast from South Africa. He is an avid club player with a current FIDE rating of 1899. He follows world chess events closely and analyzing the matches and writing about chess are some of his hobbies.

So the month of October 2014 is already more than halfway and we have seen a lot of great chess action indeed. There was the Baku Grand Prix, Millionaire Chess Tournament in Las Vegas, Pokerstars Isle of Man Chess Tournament, 18th Univé Hoogeveen tournament in the Netherlands, and the World Junior Chess Championships in India. Definitely a lot of great chess to keep every chess enthusiast in the world very busy if they want to follow all the results and matches.

In the Baku Grand Prix held from 01 October until 15 October it was GM Fabiano Caruana (ITA) and GM Boris Gelfand (ISR) who took shared first place with 6.5 out of 11. They both picked up 155 points in the FIDE Grand Prix standings. There was a lot of drawn matches in this tournament, but that is to be expected taking into account the strength of the field. Showing just how tough the tournament was, is the fact that 5 players finished on 6 out of 11, just half-a-point off first place, they each picked up 82 points in the FIDE Grand Prix standings. GM Leinier Dominguez (CUB) had a tournament which he would like to forget quite quickly, as he only scored 3 out of 11, lost 25 rating points, and fell out of the top 20 in the world live chess ratings standings. However, with him still playing in two of the upcoming Grand Prix events, I am sure he will bounce back with some solid results.

In the Pokerstars Isle of Man tournament held from 04 October to 12 October it was GM Nigel Short (ENG) who won the tournament with 7.5 out of 9, a full point ahead of second place.  Tied for second on 6.5 out of 9 was GM Laurent Fressinet (FRA), GM Sergei Tiviakov (NED), GM David Howell (ENG) and GM Gil Popilski (ISR).

The 18th Univé chess tournament in Hoogeveen, Netherlands took place from 11th to 18th October 2014. There were two 6 game matches between GM Anish Giri (NED) vs GM Alexei Shirov (LAT), and GM Jan Timman (NED) vs GM Baadur Jobava (GEO). There was also the open event which attracted a lot of strong grandmasters. In the end GM Anish Giri, with a 2884 performance beat GM Alexei Shirov by 4.5 to 1.5. In the other match GM Baadur Jobava with a 2794 performance beat GM Jan Timman by the same scoreline. For GM Anish Giri and GM Baadur Jobava, this was definitely solid performances just before going to participate in the FIDE Grand Prix tournament in Tashkent, Uzbekistan (20 October until 03 November).The Open tournament was won by GM Victor Mikhalevski (ISR) with 7 out of 9.

UPCOMING TOURNAMENTS AND EVENTS

Some of the upcoming tournaments in the next month is the second FIDE Grand Pix tournament in Tashkent, Uzbekistan. (20 October to 03 November)

There is also the World Senior Championships in Katerini, Greece which will be held from 23 October to 05 November. Some of the top ranked players are GM John Nunn (ENG), GM Mark Hebden (ENG), GM Anatoly Vaisser (FRA), GM Zurab Sturua (GEO), GM Evgeny Sveshnikov (LAT) and GM Klaus Bischoff (GER).

Another big round-robin tournament is the Tigran Petrosian Memorial, which will be held in Moscow from 03 November to 11 November. It is an 8 player round robin tournament and includes GM Levon Aronian (ARM), GM Vladimir Kramnik (RUS), GM Alexander Grischuk (RUS) and 5 other 2700 plus rated players.

Then there is the match everybody is waiting for, the World Championship match 2014 between GM Magnus Carlsen (NOR) and GM Viswanathan Anand (IND) in Sochi, Russia. It will be held from 07 November until 28 November. There will be 12 matches played, first player to reach 6.5 points will be crowned world champion. I think it will be very close indeed, both players have been preparing very well and we will see some very good chess in November.

There are many other tournaments in November, I just named a few. Therefore, with all this chess action in November there are plenty of matches to follow and results to study. Enjoy your chess in November and remember to make your own predictions!

Everything to be decided in the last round!


Bartlomiej Heberla Bartlomiej Heberla is a Polish grandmaster with an ELO rating of 2565. This year he came 4th at the Polish Championship. If you're interested in online lessons with GM Heberla, please contact Chessbet!

In the Women’s section Russia is still leading with 18 points, even after losing to Ukraine today. China didn’t take the chance to get closer as they only drew against Spain. In the last round the most interesting match is Ukraine – China. Both teams have 17 points and it means they have theoretical chances for the gold. However, according to the tiebreak rules, it’s enough for Russia to draw against Bulgaria to secure first place. The fight for the bronze medal is also not so clear. The only team with 16 points is Germany. If they manage to beat Georgia in the last round everything depends on the Ukraine – China match.

The Open section keeps being more complicated. There are 10 teams with a mathematical chance for a medal! China is the clear leader with 17 points. Their opponent for the last round, Poland, has very small chances for third place, depending on the other results. The match between Hungary and Ukraine is very important. If Hungary wins, they will end up at least in second place. With another result nothing is clear.

All other decisive matches are also very equal. Russia is not doing well so far, but France can’t be satisfied with the pairings, which have the two teams play against each other in the last round. Azerbaijan is playing against USA after some very tough matches. The most unexpected pretenders for the podium, India and Uzbekistan, are facing each other on the fifth board. The rest day gives everyone a chance to prepare fully for the last round. It is going to be an extremely interesting fight!

Make your own predictions here!

Chess Olympiad, round 5


Bartlomiej Heberla Bartlomiej Heberla is a Polish grandmaster with an ELO rating of 2565. This year he came 4th at the Polish Championship. If you're interested in online lessons with GM Heberla, please contact Chessbet!

Round 5 of the Chess Olympiad brought a lot of changes in the standings. There are seven teams sharing first place in the open section. With four wins and one draw Azerbaijan has the best tiebreak. The rest of leaders are quite unexpected: Serbia, Kazakhstan, Bulgaria, Cuba, Uzbekistan and Georgia. The biggest surprise of the last round was Uzbekistan beating Ukraine 2.5 – 1.5. Top rated Russia didn’t manage to overcome the Bulgarians and they are only in 8th place before the rest day. Surprisingly, the other top rated teams are doing even worse so far. Armenia lost an important match against France, while USA and Ukraine both have one loss and one draw.

In the women’s section the situation is less complicated: China, Hungary and Russia won all their matches, while Netherlands, Poland and Serbia are sharing 4th-6th place with one draw and four wins.

It’s worth to mention some individual scores. There are only two players with 5 points out of five games – Deysi Cori from Peru (women’s section) and Valentin Iotov from Bulgaria (open section), who won today against Sergey Karjakin.

After the rest day we will for sure observe a lot of changes at the top of the standings and also a lot of unexpected results – it’s typical for the team events to bring many emotional games.

Come back here for more updates after the next rounds and don’t forget to bet!

First surprises in Tromsø!


Bartlomiej Heberla Bartlomiej Heberla is a Polish grandmaster with an ELO rating of 2565. This year he came 4th at the Polish Championship. If you're interested in online lessons with GM Heberla, please contact Chessbet!

The Chess Olympiad is getting more and more interesting and we observe many exciting games on the top boards. There are 11 teams in the open section and 12 teams in the women’s section who all have won their first three matches. The biggest surprise so far was a draw between Ukraine and Norway 2 in the second round.

Round 3 of the open section brought some very equal matches in the top and five of them finished with 2-2. The most interesting results were France winning against Armenia and Holland beating USA (see below for a picture from this match with three world class players – Gata Kamsky, Hikaru Nakamura and Anish Giri). The hosts with Magnus Carlsen on the first board can’t be satisfied so far. They won with only 2.5-1.5 against Yemen and then made four draws versus Finland. However, after winning in round 3 they are higher in the standings than Armenia and Ukraine. There are 8 rounds to go, so anything can happen. The next rounds will for sure bring more emotions and fascinating games. The most interesting match in round four is definitely France – Azerbaijan.

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Thanks to the live broadcast of all the matches we can also observe the fight on the lower boards. I’m in Tromsø as the captain of the Maltese team. For me on of the more interesting bets on Chessbet.com therefore was if Malta or Cyprus will place higher in the final standings. So far both teams are doing well. Cyprus has two wins, Malta one win and one draw, but 2-2 against Yemen should be considered as a good result.

Every single match even on the last board might be interesting and inspiring. Every team has some aim and every player tries to get the best possible score. That makes the Olympiad the most interesting event of the year. Enjoy watching the games and don’t forget to bet!