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RE­CENT rat­ings and changes for the top 10 in­ter­na­tional grandmasters from a World Live rat­ing list are: 1. Ve­selin Topalov 2813.0 (no rated games in pe­riod), 2. Vishy Anand 2788 (no rated games in pe­riod), 3. Levon Aro­nian 2773.4 +5, 4. Mag­nus Carlsen 2772 (no rated games in pe­riod), 5. Vladimir Kram­nik 2771.6 +12.6, 6. Peter Leko 2761.9 +5, 7. Teimour Rad­jabov 2756 (no rated games in pe­riod), 8. Boris Gelfand 2755.9 +0.9, 9. Vass­ily Ivanchuk 2755.8 +52.8, 10. Alexan­der Moroze­vich 2750.0 -1. Nigel Short and Rus­tam Kasimdzhanov have re­joined the 2700 club.

Anand, the reign­ing world cham­pion, is re­ported to have said at the re­cent chess fes­ti­val in Zurich: ‘‘Ob­vi­ously the av­er­age age of the top play­ers is go­ing down. I mean we al­ways had prodi­gies in chess but they tend to peak much faster as well. And here I think we can see the role of com­put­ers. We can also see the role of com­put­ers in the other thing where chess seems to go faster. There are more tour­na­ments played and if you have an idea, you can use it once maybe but in a week ev­ery­body has al­ready worked it out whereas that abil­ity to han­dle in­for­ma­tion was much slower be­fore.’’

English grand­mas­ter Nigel Short, three times Com­mon­wealth cham­pion, re­signed from his po­si­tion as pres­i­dent of the Com­mon­wealth Chess As­so­ci­a­tion some time last year. Ignatius Leong of Sin­ga­pore, a long-serv­ing of­fi­cial of the World Chess Fed­er­a­tion, was elected to the po­si­tion in his stead.

Dvoris v Svi­dler: white plays, black wins

This year’s Com­mon­wealth cham­pi­onship was planned to be held in Ipoh, Malaysia. Be­cause of cer­tain un­re­solved is­sues raised by the Malaysian Chess Fed­er­a­tion, the event has been resched­uled for Sin­ga­pore as part of the 2009 Sin­ga­pore Chess Fes­ti­val.

The fes­ti­val will com­prise a Com­mon­wealth Open Cham­pi­onship, a Sin­ga­pore Open, a Com­mon­wealth Age-Group Cham­pi­onships for play­ers un­der 20, 16 and 12 years of age, and a Chal­lengers Tour­na­ment. Th­ese events start on De­cem­ber 9 (ar­rival of the play­ers) and con­clude on De­cem­ber 15 (their de­par­ture).

Here is a game from the re­cent Ris­ing Stars vs Ex­pe­ri­ence match in Am­s­ter­dam. GM Ljubomir Ljubo­je­vic (2553) — GM Daniel Stell­wa­gen (2630) Open­ing: Slav De­fence. 1.d4 d5 2.Nf3 Nf6 3.c4 c6 4.Nc3 dxc4 5.a4 Bf5 6.e3 e6 7.Bxc4 Bb4 8.00 00 9.Qb3 Qb6 10.Nh4 Nbd7 11.Nxf5 exf5 12.Rd1 Rac8 13.Bd2 c5 14.Bb5 Rfd8 15.a5 Qd6 16.dxc5 Bxc5 17.Be1 Qe7 18.Nd5 Nxd5 19.Rxd5 g6 20.Rad1 Nf6 21.Rxd8+ Rxd8 22.Rxd8+ Qxd8 23.Bc4 Qc7 24.g3 Bd6 25.Qd3 Be5 26.b4 Ne4 27.Kg2 Kg7 28.b5 Nd6 29.Bd5 Qc5 30.a6 bxa6 31.bxa6 Qb6 32.Bb3 Qc6+ 33.Qd5 Qxd5+ 34.Bxd5 Nb5 35.f3 Bd6 36.Bc4 Na3 37.Bc3+ Kf8 38.Bd3 Bc5 39.e4 fxe4 40.fxe4 Ke7 41.Kf3 Kd6 42.Kf4 h6 43.Bg7 Kc6 44.Ke5 Be7 45.Bxh6 Nb5 46.Be3 White wins 10.

Last week’s so­lu­tions: (1) Af­ter the as­ton­ish­ing 1.Qe3+ Kxe3+ 2.Rg3+ K moves, it’s stale­mate. (2) Key 1.Qh5, threat 2.Qg6#. If 1...N ran­dom+ 2.Rb7#, or 1...Ne7+ 2.Rg2#, or 1...Rxg7 2.Qf7#, or 1.Ke6 2.Qe5#. Phil Viner

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