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!