Magnus Carlson is the New World Champion Contender

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After about 3 weeks of the candidates playoffs between 8 of the world’s best chess players, Magnus Carlson has come out in 1st place. 
Meaning he will contend with the current world Champion on October 2013 to see who will reign over the next 2 years as world Champion.
Our wishes are with you Magnus !!! All the best and Congratulations 🙂
To learn more about the world championship match, visit http://www.chessbase.com

 

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Kuwait Chess Championship 2013: Round 8 Quick Summary

Faisal Al Hamlan defeated Khalaf Al Azmi leaving him with a clear lead at 6.5 / 8.
Bader Al Hajeri Luckily defeated Hazaa Al Shurafaa.
(SEE BELOW TO SEE HOW HAZAA STARTED HIS ATTACK)
(During the game, black didn’t play the best moves here, which gave white a +11 advantage at one point.)
WHITE TO PLAY.

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However, Bader played like a wizard and slowy took back the advantage, 1 square at a time. Eventually, Hazaa had a losing position and lost on time.
Bader Al Khaldi beat Nasser Al Maqseed and Nawaf Al Azmi escaped from defeat against Taher Al Khateeb when Taher blundered by a disguised tactic which lost him the exchange, rook versus queen.
Today, the top matches will be the top two boards where
Table one is 
Faisal Al Hamlan Vs. Nasser Al Maqseed
and Table two is
Bader Al Khaldi Vs. Bader Al Hajeri.
It is still not clear who will win because the difference between Al Hamlan and Al Hajiri is only half a point.
Both players need to win todays game. Draws for either player will lose them the Kuwait Chess Champion Title.
Pictures will be included in the final report.

Kuwait Chess Tournament 2013: Quick Summary of Round 7

All the results of the round 7 matches were unexpected.
At table 1, Hazaa Al Shurafaa tactically defeated Taher Al Khateeb in a complicated English opening. Hazaa showed his true form and played like a master against his opponent. Sacrificnig two pieces and a pawn for a deadly attack. But Taher defended well and went into an endgame of 2 rooks and 1 pawn versus Queen and 3 pawns. And Hazaa played the endgame perfectly winning it by queening before Taher.
In Table 2, Bader Al Hajeri played against Faisal Al Hamlan. And even though Al Hajiri maintained a slight advanatge for most of the game, he blundered with a few in-accurate moves. Faisal Al Hamlan took advantage of Bader’s weaknesses and won the game!
Unbeleiveably, after 7 rounds, all games are extremely close.
The top players are as follows.
At first place, Faisal Al Hamlan with 5.5 / 7
And a 5-way tie with players having 5.0 / 7 are the following : Bader Al Hajiri, Taher Al Khateeb, Hazaa Al Shurafa, Khalaf Al Azmi, Nasser Al Maqseed.
And the scores of the players are as follows:
4.5 Adel Al Amiri, Bader Al Khaldi
4.0 Nawaf Al Azmi, Ahmad Al Daweesh, Abdulaziz Al Khateeb, Waleed Al Awadhi
3.5 Hashem Hussain, Abdulmohsin Al Meshari, Yehya Al Azmi
3.0 Omran Al Moussawi, Hamaed Al Moutawa, Bader Al Hamadi, Amer Al Amer, Abdullah Al Baloushi
2.0 Ali Bouland, Ahmad Al Naser, Mohamed Qabazard, Khaled Al Juwaisry
1.0 Khaled Al Juwaisry, Mohamed Al Muneer

Kuwait Chess Tournament 2013: R5 Results & R6 Pairing

A few amazing games took place last night at the Kuwait Chess Federation.

Nasser Al Maqseed, who was the only player with a perfect score  of 4.0/4 was soundly defeated by Taher Al Khateeb in a complicated yet interesting Sicilean defense.

Nasser defended soundly but Taher destroyed his defences and won after a complicated endgame.

Another surprising thing that happened was Adel Al Amiri DREW against the Kuwait Champ Bader Al Hajeri.

Not only did he draw, but he had a winning advantage as well!

After a very long 4 hours and sacrificing the Rook for two pawns, Adel thought the game was a draw.

See the final position below where Adel accepted the draw.

White to play

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Detailed Pairing and results from the will be posted soon.

 Round 6 pairing:

1. Faisal Al Hamlan – Taher Al Khateeb, 2. Bader Al Hajeri – Nasser Al Maqseed, 3. Khalaf Al Azmi – Adel Al Ameri, 4. Hashem Hussain – Nawaf Al Azmi, 5. Waleed Al Awadhi – Omran Al Moussawi, 6. Hazaa Al Shurafa – Hamed Al Mutawa, 7. Ahmed Al Naser – Bader Al Khaldi, 8. Ahmad Al Daweesh – Khaled Al Jowaisry, 9. Yehya Al Azmi – Abdulmohsin Al Meshari, 10. Abdulaziz Al Khateeb – Ali Boland, 11. Amer Al Amer – Mohammed Qabazard, 12. Khaled Al Harees – Bader Hamadi, 13. Mohammed Al Muneer – Abdullah Al Baloushi

Top 5 Players:

1) Taher Al Khateeb 4.5

2) Faisal Al Hamlan 4.0

3) Nasser Al Maqseed 4.0

4) Bader Al Hajeri 4.0

5) Khalaf Al Azmi 4.0

Pictures and more detailed report will be updated into this post soon.

Kuwait Chess Tournament 2013: R4 Results & R5 Pairing

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The top board between Bader Al Hajeri and Taher Al Khateeb, after a tough battle, ended up in a draw.

However, Nasser Al Maqseed won his game against Omran Al Moussawi, leaving him the only player with a perfect score in the tournament so far.

Other undefeated players include Bader Al Hajeri and Taher Al Khateeb.

Tonight, the two undefeated players, Taher Al Khateeb and Nasser Al Maqseed will go head-to-head.

Pictured below is Amer Al Amer, a member of the Kuwait Mind Sports Association.Amer Al Amer

And here is the results for Round 4:

R4 Results

And here is the pairing for Round 5:

R5 Pairing

Kuwait Chess Tournament 2013: R3 Results & R4 Pairing

Bader Al Hajeri, Taher Al Khateeb and Nasser Al Maqseed are now the only players who still have a perfect score of 3.0 / 3.

Today Bader and Taher will go head to head.

Will Bader prevail?

Will Taher defeat the current Kuwait Champ?

Or will it end up in a draw?

Tune in tonight for the exciting verdict.

Now the top players will play each other and the games should be exciting.

Here are the results for Round 3 of the Kuwait Chess Tournament.

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Here is the Round 4 pairing.

R4Pairing

Hope you enjoy the gallery. More soon to come.

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