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The closing ceremony of European Individual Women's Chess Championship was held last night in „Nikola Tesla“ hall of hotel Metropol Palace in Belgrade...
GM Hoang Thanh Trang (2467) is the new European Champion for 2013! She drew with Viktorija Cmilyte in the last 11th round and won the Championship with 9 points out of maximum 11. The curiosity is that Hoang Trang is the first woman to win both Asian and European Individual Women's Championships.
The leader Hoang Trang defeated Alexandra Kosteniuk with black in the 10th round of European Individual Women's Chess Championship. It seems Kosteniuk had a bad day, and practically beat herself. She chose a strange sequence of moves, which Hoang punished right away and now she has a full point advantage over the following players, since the other important matches were drawn...
Hoang Trang drew with Salome Melia today, again in an endgame, just this time, unlike the others, with a peaceful outcome. Melia with this draw gained her second GM norm in 9 rounds and rating performance of 2641 points.

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Interview with Grandmaster Ljubomir Ljubojevic - Chess now and then, through the prism of technology, physics and philosophy - part 1

on 29 July 2013.

ljubojevicYugoslav chess legend, former World No. 3, one of the best chess players from these parts ever, Grandmaster Ljubomir Ljubojevic, shared with us his impressions about the current state of Serbian and international chess, the influence of computers on chess and development of chess ways of thinking, and about the specificities of the profession of the modern chess player.

Nadezda Stojanovic
I belong to the generation which wasn't even born at the time you were at the peak of your career. So, for us, who belong to this younger generation, it is always very interesting to hear stories about the time when chess in these parts of the world had a much greater influence than nowadays.

Ljubomir Ljubojevic
When it comes to chess profession, the biggest difference between these different times arises from great development of technology. In the period when chess relied on personal analyses and when it was difficult to find the information about the latest games played in tournaments worldwide, we depended on how fast we could get these pieces of information. That's why we would analyse for days, sometimes even for months, to be sure if some line is playable or not. Nowadays, that is very easy, you turn on the computer and you can easily check if certain positions or openings are applicable or not.
ljubojevic2In terms of openings, chess has developed a lot. But, it is my impression that the middlegame and endgame are still an Achilles’ heel of professionals. This begs the question: has the quality of those game phases stagnated because people got used to relying on computer knowledge? Or could this be because people get tired faster than before, because they spend less time on exercising their mental skills leaving that to technology?

Nadezda Stojanovic
But isn't it a paradox that now we have more grandmasters and more people who play chess than before? How do you explain that?

ljubojevic3Ljubomir Ljubojevic
Chess lovers have always existed, nowadays and in the past. The only difference is that back then, their number was unknown. But, when the Soviet Union opened its borders, a large number of chess players from there immigrated to the West, which created the impression that suddenly the number of chess players in the world increased. While the Soviet Union was a closed country, we didn’t have this situation. Of course, with the appearance of Fischer, the West embraced the popularity of the chess game which gradually, owing to the fact that a large number of chess tournaments with tempting prize funds were organised, drew the attention of other chess players around the world. Therefore, from the 1970s already, the Americans and the English started to produce top chess players and managed to establish the balance between the East and the West. Today, China and India are big rivals of the western civilisation and equal competitors with the cradle of the chess game. This probably happened due to the world globalisation and huge progress of technology.

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Combination of the day from the book "Chess Queens" - today P. Cramling - M. Chiburdanidze

chess queens250 cramling chiburdanidzeIn the honour of European Individual Women's Chess Championship, Chess Informant published (promoted) the book "Chess Queens" of the authors Josip Asik and Slobodan Mirkovic.

Every day until the end of the tournament we will publish one chosen combination from this book. Today we publish combination number 250 from the game P. Cramling - M. Chiburdanidze. (Combination >>>)