Kindred’s Special: Checking Up New In Chess

An exciting contest titled “From Duras and Schlechter to Kramnik” was written up by David Navara, top Czech player. How it came about was the brainstorm and effort of organizer Pavel Matocha who wanted to celebrate this hundred anniversary event by inviting GM Kramnik to battle with Navara in a 25 min/10 sec per move added to the time control. The 8-game quick chess match was sponsored by the company CEZ, the largest Czech energy company. The rapid match of 8-games was played in Prague this year 2008.

Rating-wise Kramnik overpowered Navara 2788 to 2672 and the end result was to be expected 5.5-2.5 in the Russian’s favor and recipient of the 2008 CEZ Chess Trophy. To David’s credit, he praised the play of Kramnik and gave a personal look at how a player rated below thinks about when meeting such talent and his own feelings about the result. This is often seen today by writers who give a deep and interesting appraisal of such match play compared to the often seen 3rd person reviews.

The event included in addition to the rapid match the Prague Chess Society also organized a wonderful exhibition of chess cartoons and a series of lectures: GM Kavalek spoke about Bobby Fischer; GM Hort about Karel Opocensky; and GM Babula lectured about his best games.

As usual it takes the energies of a dedicated organizer like Pavel Matocha to stir the blood and spirit of chess enthusiasts and plans now to hold a match between chess legends and young women players in Carlsbad, the famous spa and chess city in the west of Bohemia.

Another topic of great reporting was presented by Peter Doggers who as the manager of the official website, enlightened readers with his experiences with the headline: Grand Prix Set Off In Baku. This event was followed on WCL as well other places.

The startup of Global Chess got off to a rather shaky start as the top four invitees: Anand, Kramnik and Topalov argued that it was not possible to fit into their schedule commitments this event, and Morozevich said the whole world championship cycle envisioned by Global Chess was flawed and was critical of Global Chess asking him to sign a contract when the exact details of the proposed series were not known.

Failure to obtain these four super stars however did not take much from the Baku event as the youngster, Magnus Carlsen, found himself in the #1 position at the start of the tournament. He did not fail to hold up his status as he emerged with two others in a three-way tie where the $72,000 euro check was a NIC photo! showing Wang Yue, Vugar Gashimov and Magnus Carlsen each holding the huge display check.

If you want the meat of the whole article, then you will have to subscribe or see if you can borrow a copy from an owner! Both of the above appear in the April issue listed as 2008/4. Although pricey, if you like chess, then the cost is worth at least one-year’s subscription price. The question might be asked whether you will get more from paying a hefty fee to a chess coach or getting over 100 pages of great chess coverage–news, photos, games, and great commentary often by the players themselves.

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