28 December 2016

2015-2016 Women's Grand Prix, the Players

After the previous post, 2015-2016 Women's Grand Prix, Khanty-Mansiysk, I left myself two tasks to close the chapter on the 4th Women's Grand Prix (WGP):-
Add the final, overall standings to the page 2015-2016 FIDE WGP, and add the names of the participants to the Index of Women Players.

This is now done.

The chart on the left shows the cumulative scores of all 22 participants in the 4th WGP. The two players listed at the top -- Ju Wenjun and Koneru,H -- also finished in convincing 1st and 2nd place according to the WGP scoring system.

Ju Wenjun earned a seat in the next championship match, currently shown on the FIDE calendar as Women’s World Championship 2018; Khanty-Mansiysk, Russia. She will be playing against the winner of next year's knockout event, shown as Women's World Chess Championship 2017; Tehran, Iran; 10-Feb-2017 to 5-Mar-2017.

For previous blog reports on the final standing of the first three WGPs, see:-

The first two posts, 2009-2010 & 2011-2012, could use a chart like the one shown above.

21 December 2016

2015-2016 Women's Grand Prix, Khanty-Mansiysk

I added the crosstable and PGN for the fifth (and last) event in the 2015-2016 FIDE Women's Grand Prix, held at Khanty-Mansiysk in Russia. Still to do: add the final, overall standings to the same page, and add the names of the participants to the Index of Women Players.

14 December 2016

Carlsen - Karjakin, Wrapup

It's time to wrap up the recent World Championship match, the same way I did for the two previous Carlsen matches: Carlsen - Anand, Wrapup (December 2013) and Carlsen - Anand II, Wrapup (December 2014). Let's start with a number of posts, mainly on this blog, that preceded the match.

During the match I posted a number of weekly 'progress reports'.

On my main blog, 'Chess for All Ages', I ran two series on the careers of the match protagonists.

I also looked at a number of aspects surrounding the match.

While the match was being played, I ran a weekly post on the mainstream press reporting.

Last, and probably least, I looked at the match in the context of a new series, the 'Sociology of Chess'.

Whenever a World Championship match is held, chess comes into focus for a few intense weeks. In two years we'll see GM Carlsen defend his title against another strong challenger, maybe GM Karjakin, maybe someone else. See you then!

07 December 2016

2016 Carlsen - Karjakin

I added the crosstable and PGN game scores to my page on the recently concluded 2016 Carlsen - Karjakin title match. Then I added the event against both names on the Index of Players.

While I was working on this match, which ended in tiebreak, I looked at the two previous matches that went to tiebreak -- 2006 Kramnik - Topalov and 2012 Anand - Gelfand --- and noticed that the tiebreak games were not explained adequately. I added some brief notes for the 2006, 2012, and 2016 matches.

Another point isn't even worth mentioning, so of course I'll mention it. I found two different (but similar) logos in use.

Left: www.fide.com
Right: nyc2016.fide.com

The left logo is the one that I use on my 2016 Carlsen - Karjakin page; I found it on fide.com, linking to the official site for the match. The right logo is from the official site. Note that the board orientations are flipped.