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.


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!