More bad news for chess players…

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”Excessive sitting causes coronary artery calcification, associated with heart problems, a new study concludes. Each hour spent sitting, regardless of the time spent exercising, boosts the chance of a heart disease by 14 percent. 

US researchers, who analyzed the data on heart scans and physical activity of more than 2,000 people living in Dallas, whose average age was 50, have found out that “each hour of sedentary time per day on average was associated with a 14 percent increase in coronary artery calcification burden.”  Read more HERE.

Some photos from Cappelle

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I apologize for not posting anything significant about the tournament in Cappelle these last days, but LIFE sometimes gets in the way of our plans!  Besides not having a particularly good tournament myself, I have also come down with the flu and this has also eaten into my energy.  IN ANY CASE, here are some photos that I have taken, and I promise to have many more before the end of the tournament on Saturday…

 

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Two of the VERY BEST arbiters in the world, Carlos Dias (Portugal) on the right and Miguel Ramos Vizuete (Spain).  The Cappelle tournament chooses very wisely its support team!

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Montrealers might remember Renier Castellanos.  Here he is with the lovely Silvia-Raluca Sgircea from Romania

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My first round opponent, Theodor Kenneskog, from Sweden, and his upper-right is a fellow Swede, Martin Lokander.

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cappelle2015a 243 [1600x1200]Two Dominican internationals, Geovanny Cesar (l) and Ramon Mateo, at a local pub near our hotel last night.

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cappelle2015a 242 [1600x1200]Dinner last night with friends.  Dominic and Jean-Luc Seret (left) and Kaido Kulaots (Estonia grandmaster and coach).  As well as yours truly giving the thumbs up…

 

Today’s winning 5-second tactics

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gm  Adhiban, Baskaran

1

gm  Ding, Liren

IND-CHN Summit Hyderabad 2015.3.2  Position after 20 moves. An interesting opening, but I got the impression that Black was simply outplayed or caught in something he was not so familiar with. Here the chinese superstar can win a pawn with 21.Nxe6 PxN 22.Rxe6 Nxc3 23.RxR+ RxR 24.Bxb7, but Black could still put up tough resistance as in such positions a pawn extra is no guarantee of a win.

Ding Liren looked deeply into the position and found a much more convincing (and surprising) line of play…

 WHITE TO PLAY AND WIN!

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gm  Postny, Evgeny

2

gm   Vocaturo, Daniele

16th ch-EUR Indiv Jerusalem 2015.3.4  A difficult fight for both players!  White’s last move (48.Rc1) envisions 48…Rxh3 49.Rxf8+, 50.Rc8+ and 51.Qe8++.  Probably White was waiting for his opponent to stop the clock…but he is in for a surprise!

BLACK TO PLAY AND DRAW!

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gm  Kovalenko, Igor

3

im  Martynov, Pavel  (2414)

31st Cappelle Open  2015.2.28  The first round.  Position before Black’s 20th move.  What can one say? Sometimes the opponent just does not see the threat…

 

 BLACK TO PLAY AND WIN!

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im  Draskovic, Luka (2432)

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 gm  Can, Emre

16th ch-EUR Indiv Jerusalem 2015.3.4  Position after White’s 28th move (28.Rc1+).  Clearly Black is suffering, the result of some sloppy play earlier on.  Here Black saw that if he retreats his King to the second rank there would follow 29.Nxg7!  Nxg7 30.Rc7+ etc, but did not realize that he had no better!  Optimistically, he played…

28…Kb5(?)

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…thinking that his troubles were behind him!

 

WHITE TO PLAY AND MATE IN 4!

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IND-CHN Summit Hyderabad 2015.3.2  Ding, Liren–Adhiban, Baskaran: 21.Rxe6!! fxe6 22.Nxe6 Rd6 23.Bxd5  with two pieces for the Rook the win is elementary of a grandmaster.  The game soon ended: 23… Kh8 24.c4 Re8 25.Nd4 Rd7 26.Kg2 Kg7 27.Ra1 a6 28.Ne6+ Kf6 29.Nc5 1-0

16th ch-EUR Indiv Jerusalem 2015.3.4 Vocaturo, Daniele–Postny, Evgeny: 48…Rxg4+ 49.hxg4 ( 49.Qxg4? Rxe8 and Black must win! ) Qh3+ 50.Kf2 ( Or 50.Kg1 Qg3+ 51.Kh1 ( 51.Kf1?? Qf4+ ) Qh3+ 52.Kg1 Qg3+ as in the game ) 50…Qh4+! Black must not allow the King to escape to the Queenside. 51.Kg1 ( 51.Kg2 Qh3+ ) Qg3+ 52.Kh1 Qh3+ 53.Kg1 Qg3+ 54.Kh1 Qh3+ 55.Kg1 1/2-1/2

31st Cappelle Open  2015.2.28 Martynov, Pavel–Kovalenko, Igor: 20…Rxg2+ 21.Kxg2 Nf4+ 0-1

16th ch-EUR Indiv Jerusalem 2015.3.4 Can, Emre–Draskovic, Luka: 28.Rc1+ Kb5 ( 28…Kd7 ) 29.Nd4+ Kb4 30.Bd2+ Ka3 31.Bc3! 1-0  Mate next move!

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