Posts Tagged ‘Anna Zatonskih’

WWCC08 – Zatonskih Out

Tuesday, September 2nd, 2008

Bummer! Anna fought hard today, needing a win. Unfortunately, she came up just shy of victory when Black escaped with perpetual check.

Our last bastion of hope is Katherine Rohonyan. She’s taken it to the tiebreakers with a nice endgame win. Her solution to the classic “always a draw” opposite-colored bishops? Sac it for a wall of pawns! :)

Five matches are going the distance tomorrow. Should be exciting. I’ve updated the draw HERE.

WWCC08 – The Americans

Monday, September 1st, 2008

A rocky start to round two for the home team. Both Katherine Rohonyan and Anna Zatonskih took losses today with the black pieces.

Always a bummer to see the Modern/Pirc lines face defeat. Well, not ALWAYS. You know… if you’re playing white. ;)


Putting a final cap on Round 1, FIDE has a nice bulletin in PDF format you can download HERE. It has commentary on the games and snippets from the press conference with the ladies. And, it’s a great way to touch up on your Russian too! :)

My favorite quote, echoing my own sentiments, is from Kosteniuk:

“The World Championship is a very special tournament but I disagree with Pia. Knock-out system is interesting and provides the intrigue, but I don’t think it is suitable for establishing the new World Champion.”

Women’s World Chess Championship – Round 1.2

Saturday, August 30th, 2008

Allow me to correct an assumption I made yesterday. The rounds aren’t split, after all. Rather, they consist of single-elimination mini-matches.

Regarding the US women, Irina Krush indeed appears not to be playing, and so Elena Sedina (2344) of Italy advances “in a walk,” as they’d say in tennis. And the reason I couldn’t find Anna Zatonskih’s games is because she was similarly declared the winner of her first round match due to the absence of her scheduled opponent, Tea Bosboom Lanchava (2358) of the Netherlands.

The game I’m choosing today is Elizabeth’s Paehtz’s recovery from yesterday’s debacle. They now go into tiebreaks tomorrow, consisting of a series of mini matches at accelerating pace (2 rapid games, followed, if needed, by 2 blitz) capped off by an Armageddon game, should all else fail.

Women’s World Chess Championship 2008

Friday, August 29th, 2008

The Women’s World Chess Championship got underway today in the south of Russia in Nalchik, and I’m psyched! It’s my goal to cover it on a daily basis — as I will attempt with the re-reunification of the World Chess Championship in October as well.

In the case of the Women’s Championship, this means I’ll be posting the games that caught my eye from the round or that had particularly weighty title implications. As for the upcoming matches, of course, every game will be posted. I hope you will follow along and comment with your thoughts on the eventual winner and the games themselves.

First thing that caught me off guard was, where in the heck are the games of our US players? Both Irina Krush and Anna Zatonskih are participating, but it turns out the rounds are split between two days, so they won’t play until tomorrow.

The next was a brave decision from one the hugely overmatched Alaa El Din in her game against the rating qualifier, GM Humpy Koneru. It appears she shunned a repetition at move 23 when she continued with Ne1 rather than Qe2. Is it possible? So far, all I’ve got to go on is the ICC, since the Game link on the official site is not working as of this typing. I’ll try to remember to correct, if I see it was just a relay error.

There was also an actual upset in the round as Elizabeth Paehtz lost to rating underdog Kadimova, when the former’s attack proved to be “too much too early.”

Technology Doesn’t Work

Thursday, July 3rd, 2008

As a software engineer, I’m allowed (and qualified) to say that. ;)

But, let me elaborate. There’s more to the statement: Technology doesn’t work… if you don’t work it!  Seems obvious enough, right?

And yet, just this May, the chess-playing public watched on in horror as the US Women’s Chess Championship was decided by a blitz playoff, capped by an Armageddon game. Worst of all, with digital clocks now the standard in tournament play, there was no time-delay used for these games.

How is it right to take a cerebral art and turn it into a show of manual dexterity? Same goes for when the ICC conducts important qualifying tournaments, like the Challenge of State Champions, in which I once competed, at a rate of 3 minutes per side, with—you guessed it—no delay.

Irina’s explosive rook launch upon being flagged in this most critical of games is understandable: Video on ChessBase.

Reminds me of the time my freshman roommate at UNH chucked his King against the cement wall after losing a game to me. Why was that particular game so frustrating for him? Well, I was playing blindfold, and he had sight of the board.

So, what do you think about how the US Women’s Championship went down and about time delay in general? What’s your favorite time control? As a player? Spectator? Don’t be shy. Add a comment below.

Speaking of technology, a couple of my favorite books on the subject:
The Overworked American by Juliet Schor and
Technopoly: The Surrender of Culture to Technology by Neil Postman.

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