Posts Tagged ‘Mkrtchian’

WWCC08 – Quarterfinals Game 1

Sunday, September 7th, 2008

The round-of-16 FIDE bulletin is ready, and the quarterfinals are underway.

  • Kosteniuk – Ushenina (1/2 – 1/2)
  • Koneru – Shen Yang (1 – 0)
  • Mkrtchian – Hou Yifan (1/2 – 1/2)
  • Stefanova – Cramling (0 – 1)

My pick for most exciting game of the day goes to Koneru’s for her well-calculated sacrificial (one piece after another) attack.

Junior 10.1 assigns exclamation marks to both 21.Bxg6 and 27.Nxd5. In other words, there’s no bluff to these shots!

WWCC08 – Quarterfinal Pairings

Saturday, September 6th, 2008

While Yifan Hou easily dispatched her opponent in the tiebreak, the battle between GM Shen Yang and IM Nadezhda Kosintseva was a more rocky (and tragic) affair. After winning the first rapid game, Kosintseva looked well on her way to a draw from a superior position. Then something happened — probably time-trouble — and suddenly it was game over… but for the “wrong” player.

Unable to recover, she offered little resistance in the blitz games. Chess can be a cruel game indeed!

So, here we have it, the quarterfinals are upon us:

  • Kosteniuk-Ushenina
  • Koneru-Shen
  • Mkrtchian-Hou
  • Stefanova-Cramling

WWCC08 – Round 1 Wrap-Up

Monday, September 1st, 2008

As a teen, in the good ‘ole days of Candidates Matches and World Championship battles that actually had enough games to reduce the luck factor, I used to have the draw posted on my door, so I could follow along and see the future pairings, etc..

These were also the days when there wasn’t live internet coverage. I remember buying the official match newsletter for one of the Kasparov-Karpov matches. I think it was 1990. It arrived in the mail a day or two after each game with some good analysis. It was always so exciting to come home from school to one of these two to three page write-us. I’d immediately sit down on the couch and play it out on the coffee table.

To relive that experience, though at a much accelerated pace, I’ve filled in the gaps on FIDE’s wallchart HERE, which I’ll be keeping up to date as each match completes. You can see some of the big names are already through to the next round based on no-shows.

Yesterday, Round 1 tiebreaks saw Kadimova taking Paehtz to an Armageddon game before the latter pulled it out. Surely not the start she must’ve expected. The other tiebreak victors were Katerine Rohonyan (missed mentioning she’s another American in the competition) who defeated Zhukova, Socko over Foisor in an Armageddon, Moser against Mkrtchian (6 letters before we see a vowel), and Ju over Bojkovic.

Serious chess. Serious fun!