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  • Firsts in Norway: Captain Donaldson Previews the Olympiad

    United States Chess Federation
    30 Jul 2014 | 3:09 am
    US team captain IM John Donaldson previews the American teams headed to the 41st Olympiad, which starts in Tromso, Norway on Saturday, August 1st.
  • Memo for 2014 FIDE General Assembly Delegates

    World Chess Federation - FIDE
    29 Jul 2014 | 3:42 am
    Dear Delegates! To facilitate our mutual work, please pay attention to the following information: 1. The Secretariat is situated in office 312, hotel Radisson Blu, Tromso. 2. The GA Agendas can be picked up from our offices (one per Federation). 3. The accreditation office is also situated in the same hotel. 4. The entire programme of the Congress is available on the FIDE and Olympiad websites, at the Secretariat and all hotels and Olympiad venues. 5. The parallel activities programme will also be available at the Secretariat. 6. The first day of the General Assembly is August 11, 2014. 7.
  • W60(45):Brandknew-StonehengePsycho - Play. Learn. Share.
    31 Jul 2014 | 1:08 am
  • Tromso Chess Olympiad Men LIVE!

    30 Jul 2014 | 11:15 pm
    The 41st Chess Olympiad takes place from August 1–14th, 2014, in the city of Tromsø, Norway. The event includes 881 participants from 178 different countries. Top seed is the team of Russia with an average rating of 2777, including GM Vladimir Kramnik, GM Alexander Grischuk, GM Sergey Karjakin, GM Peter Svidler and GM Ian Nepomniachtchi. Games will be daily live at with computer analysis by Stockfish, Komodo, and Houdini, the three best engines of the top computer championship TCEC Live games (open): Live games (top) / Live games (other boards) / Live games (alternative) Live…
  • Difficult Brain Teaser

    Susan Polgar Chess Daily News and Information
    30 Jul 2014 | 10:05 pm
    Can you find the right continuation for White?Source: ChessToday.netChess Daily News from Susan Polgar
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    United States Chess Federation

  • Firsts in Norway: Captain Donaldson Previews the Olympiad

    30 Jul 2014 | 3:09 am
    US team captain IM John Donaldson previews the American teams headed to the 41st Olympiad, which starts in Tromso, Norway on Saturday, August 1st.
  • Upsets Abound at the Denker

    28 Jul 2014 | 7:32 am
    We’re at the halfway point for the Denker, Barber, and NGIT events, and the top-seeded players in all three tournaments have taken at hit. Melinda J. Matthews reports on the fun games in Orlando.
  • Edward Song Wins US Cadet

    27 Jul 2014 | 12:16 pm
    Edward Song (Michigan) took clear first at the US Cadet Championships with a 6.5/9 score. FM Cameron Wheeler and Christopher Gu tied for 2nd with 6/9.
  • The Fun in Orlando Begins with Denker, Barber & NGIT

    24 Jul 2014 | 4:29 pm
    The Denker Tournament of High School Champions, the Barber Tournament of K-8 Champions the National Girls Invitational Tournament all begin in Orlando this weekend. Melinda J. Matthews previews the action. .
  • Cadet Heats Up

    22 Jul 2014 | 6:25 am
    Two-thirds of the way through the 2014 US Cadet Championship, being held in Rockville, MD, Edward Song and Kapil Chandran are tied for 1st place with scores of 4.5/6.0.
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    World Chess Federation - FIDE

  • Memo for 2014 FIDE General Assembly Delegates

    29 Jul 2014 | 3:42 am
    Dear Delegates! To facilitate our mutual work, please pay attention to the following information: 1. The Secretariat is situated in office 312, hotel Radisson Blu, Tromso. 2. The GA Agendas can be picked up from our offices (one per Federation). 3. The accreditation office is also situated in the same hotel. 4. The entire programme of the Congress is available on the FIDE and Olympiad websites, at the Secretariat and all hotels and Olympiad venues. 5. The parallel activities programme will also be available at the Secretariat. 6. The first day of the General Assembly is August 11, 2014. 7.
  • Electoral Commission

    28 Jul 2014 | 2:36 pm
    FIDE wishes to correct false and misleading allegations made by Ms Ank Santens, observer to the ELE on behalf of the Kasparov ticket, in her observations published on the website on the 19 July 2014. First, the Electoral Commission was welcomed by Ms Santens as “a good development”. After lengthy discussions during the days preceding the 2012 General Assembly in Istanbul, an agreement was reached with Ms Santens regarding the detailed functioning of the Electoral Commission. For example, she required that members of the ELE constituted for an election be precluded from…
  • Guidance regarding proxies

    24 Jul 2014 | 9:32 am
    Further Guidance regarding proxies.Please be advised that a Delegate who has given his proxy to another Delegate can still vote a proxy if he has been given one.

    23 Jul 2014 | 12:13 am
    41st WORLD CHES OLYMPIAD 1-14 August 2014, Tromso, Norway SCHEDULE OF THE DEADLINES FOR THE SUBMISSION OF THE FBO AND THE TEAM COMPOSITIONS 1. Deadline for the submission of the Fixed Board Order (FBO): 19:00, 1 August The “Fixed Board Order” shall be delivered to TAP by the following ways: (a). by e-mail to the TAP Chairman IA Ashot Vardapetyan (e-mail: The e-mail must be stamped and signed. (b). upon arrival in the Tromso Airport, to volunteers who will be there for this purpose. (c). before the start of the Opening Ceremony in Skarphallen, to TAP Members or…
  • FIDE President's letter to COT2014 - 21 July

    22 Jul 2014 | 3:46 am
    FIDE President's letter to Tromso Olympiad Organising Committee - 21 July (pdf)
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  • Tromso Chess Olympiad Men LIVE!

    30 Jul 2014 | 11:15 pm
    The 41st Chess Olympiad takes place from August 1–14th, 2014, in the city of Tromsø, Norway. The event includes 881 participants from 178 different countries. Top seed is the team of Russia with an average rating of 2777, including GM Vladimir Kramnik, GM Alexander Grischuk, GM Sergey Karjakin, GM Peter Svidler and GM Ian Nepomniachtchi. Games will be daily live at with computer analysis by Stockfish, Komodo, and Houdini, the three best engines of the top computer championship TCEC Live games (open): Live games (top) / Live games (other boards) / Live games (alternative) Live…
  • Tromso Chess Olympiad Women LIVE!

    30 Jul 2014 | 11:00 pm
    The 41st Chess Olympiad takes place from August 1–14, in the city of Tromsø, Norway. The event includes 689 participants from 134 different countries. Top seed is the team of China, led by the world women champion GM Yifan Hou. Games will be daily live at with computer analysis by Stockfish, Komodo, and Houdini, the three best engines of the top computer championship TCEC Live games (open): Live games (top) / Live games (other boards) / Live games (alternative) Live games (women): Live games (top) / Live games (other boards) / Live games (alternative)
  • Howell and Hawkins share first place in British Championship 2014

    30 Jul 2014 | 2:48 pm
    GM David Howell The British Individual Chess Championship 2014 took place from 19-30th July at the Aberystwyth University, Penglais Campus, in Aberystwyth, Ceredigion. The event was an 11-round Swiss Open, including 59 participants. GM David Howell and IM Jonathan Hawkins share first place on 8,5 points each. Third place was shared in a six-way tie by GM Nicholas Pert, GM Mark Hebden, GM John Emms, GM Keith Arkel, IM Richard Pert and Ravi Haria on 7,5/11 points each. Official website / Replay the games with analysis Top standings after 11 rounds: 1-2 GM Howell David W L 4NCL Wood Green…
  • Tromso Chess Olympiad – Need To Know

    30 Jul 2014 | 1:40 pm
    The organizing committee of the Tromso Chess Olympiad has issued a brochure with the basic information that visitors need to know before and on arrival. Money We strongly recommend exchange of Euro and U.S. dollars to Norwegian currency (NOK) prior to departure – or at Norway’s international airport, Gardermoen. On arrival in Tromsø there will be limited opportunities for currency exchange. The only place that to exchange foreign currency to NOK in Tromsø is the main post office (Posten). Please note that the post office only accepts Euro and U.S. dollars. Climate In spite of its…
  • 1st Durban Open Grandmasters Chess Tournament

    30 Jul 2014 | 6:45 am
    Chess South Africa is organizing the 1st Durban Open Grandmasters Chess Tournament to be held in Durban, South Africa from 20 to 29 September 2014. The event will take place at the International Convention Centre, Durban, concurrently with the FIDE World Youth Chess Championships. The tournament will be conducted as per FIDE Laws of Chess and FIDE Swiss System with 11 rounds in all. The time control will be 90 minutes for the entire game with a 30 seconds increment after every move is made. The total prize fund is 10,500 EUR, with 2100 EUR reserved for the winner. The LOC will ensure the…
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    Susan Polgar Chess Daily News and Information

  • Difficult Brain Teaser

    30 Jul 2014 | 10:05 pm
    Can you find the right continuation for White?Source: ChessToday.netChess Daily News from Susan Polgar
  • Howell and Hawkins tie for 1st at British Championship

    30 Jul 2014 | 10:03 pm
    Full standings here: Daily News from Susan Polgar
  • Chess included as 1 of 7 biggest sports disaster

    30 Jul 2014 | 9:00 pm
    Seven sporting disastersAfter Brazil's calamitous World Cup 'choke', Jamie Farmer had a go at compiling a list of some other sporting disasters...Jamie Farmer on Wednesday 30th July 2014Unless you have been living in a cave you probably heard about that World Cup Semi-Final, you know the one - the most catastrophic World Cup defeat in the history of the competition. Brazil (5 times world champions) were trounced 7-1 in Belo Horizonte by a German team described by leading world experts (aka the BBC’s Match of the Day team) as “a ruthless well oiled machine”. Some described it as a…
  • Breaking the Coaching Mold

    30 Jul 2014 | 7:30 pm
    The 3 Percent: Women Coaching MenBy Kate Hoit | Contributor | 27 June 2014US Department of StateFewer women coach today than 40 years ago. While the majority of women’s sports teams in the U.S. are coached by men, only 3 percent of men’s teams are coached by women, according to Brooklyn College researchers. This disparity doesn’t surprise Susan Polgar, a Hungarian-born American chess grandmaster who coaches Webster University’s chess team — ranked Number 1 in the U.S. She is the only woman collegiate chess coach.“When I first started out in chess I was asked, ‘How could any…
  • Bachmann wins Iberoamerican Chess Championship 2014

    30 Jul 2014 | 7:30 pm
    Full standings: Daily News from Susan Polgar
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  • When Should I Start Teaching Chess to My Child?

    24 Jul 2014 | 11:00 am
    Written by Laura Sherman of Many parents wonder when they should dust off the old chess board in the attic and introduce the game of kings and queens to their child. I would venture to guess most parents wait too long. In our household I started teaching our son when he was 4. The lessons were very short and fun, many occurred on the beach. As he learned more and more of the basics the lessons became longer and longer. Now that he is 5 and has more experience we can go 45 minutes without a problem. He has also played in two chess tournaments which lasted over 1 hour. Since…
  • At the Chess Board

    9 Jul 2014 | 11:00 am
    Written by guest author Greg Delaney for Wholesale Chess. There are countless human experiences that can and do teach us something about ourselves and how we think, feel, and behave. Little did I know when I was drawn back to the game in 2005, how profoundly revealing of oneself the game of chess can be. Since chess reduces the element of chance to a minimum, what happens at the chess board approximates truth perhaps as closely as we human beings can experience it. Chess is not all about memorization and calculation and technique, although these functions are all part of the game. I have…
  • Rapid and Blitz Chess Championships

    24 Jun 2014 | 11:00 am
    Magnus Carlsen is the world chess champion. Of course, everyone knows that. Carlsen won the 2013 Championship in impressive fashion. Now, however, he’s adding even more trophies to his collection by winning the chess titles in the other two forms of the game. Carlsen, 23, of Norway, is the first player to be the world champion in all speeds of the game. Carlsen won the Rapid and Blitz events at the World Rapid Chess tournament June 15-21 in Dubai, proving that he had mastered both the classic and quick games. He called both formats “fun” and admitted to needing to adjust to a faster…
  • Debunking Five Myths about Chess

    16 Jun 2014 | 11:00 am
    Written by Laura Sherman of 1) Chess is for Nerds Not so! One of the greatest things about the sport is that it attracts people from all walks of life. Whenever I played in chess tournaments I was always amazed at how a doctor would be playing a carpenter or a school teacher would be playing a plumber. Besides would you call John Wayne, Timothy Dalton (one of our James Bonds), Bill Cosby, Tom Selleck or Will Smith a nerd? To their face? They all play chess, you know. Actually the list goes on, but I think I've made my point. 2) Girls Can't Play Chess Ahem! Well, taking…
  • What do I Teach my Chess Team?, Part 2

    2 Jun 2014 | 11:00 am
    Part 2: Notation and Game Strategy Written by guest author Erik Czerwin for Wholesale Chess. Basic Endgames Next, I teach basic endgames. This seems an abnormal place to begin, but it is critical to begin here. I begin with a three-move rook mate (king v king & rook) to demonstrate the concept of stealing space. Once students grasp that a checkmate is stealing an opponent’s space, they are then ready to begin studying the rest of the game. Of course, this is also the point when I demonstrate draws and stalemates. Notation Then I teach notation. This seems an odd point to teach notation,…
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    The Daily Dirt Chess News Blog

  • Response to Canadian Fed Prez Drkulec

    30 Jul 2014 | 12:05 pm
    [ The Chess Talk message board where I posted this reply to Canadian Federation president Vladimir Drkulec yesterday mysteriously shut down hours later. I'm not a suspicious guy, so I'm guessing it was caused by aliens. I'm just posting this in the long-dead Dirt (RIP) so I can send the link to a few people who wanted to read and/or share it. Sorry it's out of context, but it's clear enough. I fixed a few typos and unclear phrasings. - Mig ] How do you spend money without first raising it? (And you miss that there are also KCF offices in Johannesburg, Brussels, Singapore, and Mexico City with…
  • Origin of the Chess Tourists

    11 Nov 2013 | 2:56 pm
    [ Just putting this up for historical purposes, since Garry Kasparov just referred to himself as a "chess tourist" in Chennai. Near the end of this 1999 article by Garry is the source of that joke, which has been routinely used by other players, often when referring to themselves as going to an event because it's fun without any real expectation of winning. It wasn't intended as an insult here either, nor did it include all eight of the remaining players as some would have it. But of course it was hardly flattering! It was actually Movsesian's over-the-top open letter reply to Garry that…
  • Svidler's Black Attack

    17 Sep 2011 | 12:26 am
    It's beginning to look like Peter Svidler prepared for Khanty-Mansiysk by reading the works of Stokely Carmichael because he's all about Black Power, baby! Check out this line of the Russian champ's games with the dark pieces. Note that those last four in a row are classical wins. Insane and amazing. Kasparov had five black wins in a row at Linares, 1999 (Ivanchuk, Adams, Topalov, Svidler (!), Anand) and the fact that I remember that at all shows the rarefied ground Svidler is treading on here. He was helped in his latest effort by Alexander Grischuk's typically self-destructive time…
  • World Cup 2011 r5: Cuban Tiebreak Crisis

    8 Sep 2011 | 10:21 pm
    Tension doing what it does to the human brain, the chess in these events is rarely what you come for. Yesterday's spectacular Svidler combo against Kamsky is now the only KO game I can remember, give or take. But they do delivery drama in spades. The ups and downs of the tiebreaks bring thrills and spills and it's the rare game that is won start to finish. Only three of eight fourth round matches were decided without the extra day of play. The quarterfinals: Polgar-Svidler, Ponomariov-Gashimov, Ivanchuk-Radjabov, Navara-Grischuk. Pono knocked Gashimov out in the quarters in 2009 in tiebreaks.
  • World Cup 2011 r4: Lady's First

    5 Sep 2011 | 11:04 pm
    The last time Judit Polgar made a deep run in a FIDE World Cup / FIDE KO Championship we were still in the 20th century. She cruised to the fifth round in Las Vegas, where she lost to eventual winner Alexander Khalifman's amazing run of form. Other than that trip, she has usually underperformed these events, losing early to underdogs Almasi and Milov. The 2004 and 2007 events corresponded with the arrival of her two children and in 2009, at the last World Cup, she lost to another eventual winner, Gelfand, in the third round. Now she's into the sweet 16 once more and clearly in good form,…
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    Jim West On Chess

  • Manhattan Open 7/27/2014

    30 Jul 2014 | 4:30 am
    On Sunday, I finished with a score of 1-0-3 plus a half point bye at the Manhattan Open.Round Four: Pirc DefenseMaxwell Schwartz (USCF 2095) - Jim West (USCF 2200), Manhattan Open 7/27/20141.d4 Nf6 2.Bf4 g6 3.Nc3 Bg7 4.e4 d6 5.Nf3 O-O 6.Qd2 Nc6 7.O-O-O Bg4 8.Be2 Bxf3 9.Bxf3 e5 10.dxe5 dxe5 11.Qxd8 Rfxd8 12.Bg5 Nd4 13.Nd5 Rd614.Rxd4 exd4 15.Ne7+ Kf8 16.e5 Kxe7 17.exd6+ Kxd6 18.Bf4+ Kd7 19.Bxb7 Re8 20.Ba6 Nd5 21.Bd2 f5 22.Re1 Rxe1+ 23.Bxe1 Kd6 24.Bd2 Be5 25.g3 h5 26.Kd1 h4 27.Ke2 hxg3 28.hxg3 d3+ 29.Bxd3 Bxb230.g4 Ke5 31.gxf5 gxf5 32.Kf3 c6 33.Bh6 Kf6 34.Bd2, draw.PGN       …
  • Manhattan Open 7/26/2014

    29 Jul 2014 | 3:40 am
    On Saturday, I played these games at the Manhattan Open.Round One: French Defense, King's Indian AttackJim West (USCF 2200) - John MacArthur (USCF 2009), Manhattan Open 7/26/20141.e4 e6 2.d3 c5 3.Nf3 Nc6 4.g3 g6 5.Bg2 Bg7 6.O-O Nge7 7.Nbd2 d6 8.a4 b6 9.Re1 Qc7 10.Nc4 O-O 11.c3 e5 12.Bd2 f5 13.exf5 Bxf5 14.Qc2 Rad815.Ne3 Bc8 16.Qb3+ d5 17.Rad1 Kh8 18.Bc1 d4 19.Nc4 Be6 20.Ng5 Bg8 21.Qb5 Nd5 22.Ne4 Be6 23.a5 h6 24.axb6 axb6 25.Bd2 Na7 26.Qa6 Bc8 27.Qa2 Be6 28.Qa6 Bc8 29.Qa2 Be6, draw.PGN          *          *          *…
  • Pix from Manhattan Open 7/27/2014

    28 Jul 2014 | 4:16 am
    On Sunday, these pictures were taken by me at the New Yorker Hotel.
  • Pix from Manhattan Open 7/26/2014

    27 Jul 2014 | 3:40 am
    On Saturday, I took these pictures at the New Yorker Hotel.
  • Pix from July Grand Prix 7/20/2014

    26 Jul 2014 | 12:40 am
    On Sunday, I snapped these photos during the tournament at the Marshall Chess Club.
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  • Arianne Caoili in "Shall We Dance?"

    19 Jul 2014 | 2:13 am
    Aussie chess fans will remember with some amusement, I think, Arianne Caoili's suddenly rise to fame years ago when she appeared on Australia's "Dancing With The Stars". Now living mostly in Armenia, with you-know-who, it looks like she's reprising that brief stint as a celebrity in yet another dancing show.This one's apparently called, "Shall We Dance?"Here you can see the Aussie WIM jivin' with her partner, some bloke named, Suren.And in this other video, the boyfriend, Lev Aronian, even makes an appearance.
  • Kirsan: Olympiad Will Be in Tromso

    18 Jul 2014 | 7:05 pm
    Who didn't see this coming? The open letters are flying around as usual. Norwegians on one side and FIDE as well as the Russians on the other.They can fire off the bluster all they like, but at least now any talk of moving the event to Russia is finally put to rest. In this interview with Goran Urosevic, Kirsan confirms it: "[The Olympiad] will stay in Tromso. The General Assembly adopted Tromso and there is no further discussion."
  • Russian Threat To Norway Olympiad

    17 Jul 2014 | 6:47 am
    Just a few weeks ago the upcoming Tromso Olympiad took a brief dive because of some uncertainty over sponsorship money. Thankfully, the tournament was brought to level again when the Norwegian government finally confirmed funding of 12 million NOK. But now, only a fortnight from the start of proceedings, new turbulence has hit the event.As far as I can tell, this new set of problems is related to the organisers' decision to exclude from Tromso as many as ten teams, one of which is the Russian women's side who, of course, won the 2010 and 2012 women's events. Expectedly, that's pissed off the…
  • 50 Moves Magazine

    7 Jul 2014 | 6:00 am
    Wow! This one's completely out of the blue. Some young Aussie chess guys just launched a digital startup called "50 Moves". Basically, it is an online chess magazine. From the very professionally designed website it looks like this is going to be  a well organised publication. It certainly looks like plenty of planning has gone into this venture before final rollout. But what's really impressive is the roster of contributors, consisting mainly of Australia's new masters and the legendary, GM Ian Rogers.The first issue will be on 1 August, just in time for the Olympiad.Now I have just had…
  • Aussie Olympiad Fund Appeal

    11 Jun 2014 | 4:46 am
    For the last few years, especially in the months leading up to an Olympiad, the Australian Chess Federation has always run a very successful Olympiad Fund Appeal. Given the overall cost of travel for our men's and women's teams, the amounts collected are quite modest. But they help.For example, about this same time two years ago, the ACF collected over $10,000 in donations. This year, however, they've garnered only a paltry $700! And we are only a little over a month out from the Olympiad in Norway.What has happened? An economic dip Down Under that we don't know about?Perhaps it is…
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  • Impulse Control

    28 Jul 2014 | 9:06 am
    After my epic fail yesterday against Josiah Stearman… number two 10-year-old in the country Josiah Stearman, that is… I just had to go over the game and see what I did wrong. It’s actually a very complicated question. But let’s get to the position where the game finally, irrevocably became an Epic Fail. FEN: r3qr1k/ppp3Rp/3p3P/3Ppb2/2PnNp2/8/PP2BPP1/R2QK3 w Q – 0 21 Position after 20. … Bf5. White to move. I’m playing White, and the opening was a King’s Indian Defense. Up to this point neither side has played very much defense. Black…
  • No Fool Like an Old Fool

    27 Jul 2014 | 5:37 pm
    The title is a line from a song you wouldn’t know, by a singer you wouldn’t know. It’s a line that came to mind this afternoon, as I was driving home from my latest tournament, the People’s Tournament. There are some tournaments I often play well in, like the Reno tournaments. And then there are some tournaments that, for unfathomable reasons, I never ever do well in… and that’s the People’s Tournament. I know that nobody reading this blog wants to throw me a pity party, so I’ll keep my account short. On Friday, the first day of the tournament,…
  • Training with Shredder

    23 Jul 2014 | 9:17 pm
    Lately I’ve been playing more frequently against the computer program Shredder, with a purpose. After my last tournament I had a feeling that I was not getting enough practice in winning superior positions. In fact, playing against Shredder set at its maximum strength, I was hardly ever even getting a superior position. So I came to the conclusion that I needed to play some training games against the computer with its rating “dumbed down” a bit. In retrospect, it’s silly that I didn’t do this before. There were two main reasons. One was pride. I wanted to…
  • Anatomy of a Miracle

    21 Jul 2014 | 6:34 pm
    At yesterday’s chess party at Mike Splane’s house, Bryon Doyle showed one of his two miraculous wins from the recent Sacramento Championship, where he tied for first place with his girlfriend Uyanga Byambaa. (Uyanga was also at the party and showed one of her games.) Bryon said over and over that he was just lucky in this game, and in the tournament. How lucky? Well, let’s see. The game below was his fifth-round game against a master named Robert Hatarik, who was playing White. Let’s start at Black’s 17th move. FEN:…
  • The Seventh Samurai

    12 Jul 2014 | 7:46 pm
    Not long ago I wrote here jokingly about the fact that the U.S. has “too many” young players getting IM and GM norms. I hope everyone realizes I wasn’t serious… This is a true golden era of American chess. Today I was browsing the list of the top 100 juniors in the world, and I came across a name I hadn’t seen before: 81. Chandra, Akshat (USA) 2442 There are seven Americans on the list, and all of the others are very familiar to me. Ray Robson at #10/11. Daniel Naroditsky, chess author and last year’s U.S. Junior champion, at #21. Kayden Troff, the current…
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  • "Bubble Magic" Sent by Isis...Do Dolphins, Porpoises and Whales Read?

    28 Jul 2014 | 8:04 pm
    Sent to me by Isis.  As Mr. Spock says - "Fascinating..." I'll be back as I can find time.  Right now I'm just trying to shoe-horn myself into this down-sized house and TONS of unpacking and organizing and trying to make sense of it all yet to do!  The worst of all horrors, darlings -- I have NO ROOM FOR ALL MY BOOKS! And no bookcases, either, as I left behind the three really junky
  • Ancient Mammoth Bone Used in Apparent Olmec Construction Ritual

    20 Jul 2014 | 6:32 pm
    This is absolutely fascinating!  Why did the builders use this ancient fossil (a few other examples have also been discovered)?  Did they understand how old it was?  Was there a legend that related to an ancient behemoth that they knew but was never recorded in a form that survived so that we of today could learn of it?  So many questions! Posted at Art Daily -- sometime in July, 2014
  • Was It Race, Or Climate Change, That Triggered A War?

    20 Jul 2014 | 5:44 pm
    I do wish writers and editors would stop using such misleading lead-ins to articles.  Saharan remains may be evidence of first race war, 13,000 years ago This is a very interesting article, once one gets past the crap about it possibly (later in the article it is essentially stated as fact) being a race-based war instead of what a current look at the evidence actually suggests -- it was a war
  • Nanjing Man is a Woman

    20 Jul 2014 | 4:37 pm
    Interesting facial reconstruction.  I wonder, if the people doing the reconstruction had chosen a "masculine" jawbone instead of a "feminine" one, would Nanjing Man still be a dude?  I was also much struck that this face is remarkably human, given the age of the fossil bones upon which it was reconstructed.  Nanjing woman is not depicted as an "ape-woman."  Only goes to shows how perceptions of
  • Moved Into New Digs At Last! And - Mini-Treasure Trove Discovered!

    19 Jul 2014 | 7:59 am
    Hola darlings! Bear with me, please.  It has been a chaotic and traumatic three months, but about 95% of my possessions are here at the new, smaller, house and I am in the process of unpacking dozens of boxes and trying to figure out where the hell to put everything! I just wanted to let you all know that yes, I am still alive and feeling quite well, actually, despite all the stress and horrors
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  • Chess Images

    Steve Kanzer
    24 Jul 2014 | 3:53 pm
    Photo by Andreas Kontokanis. No changes made. Photo by Flickr user, herr_flickr. No changes made.
  • Cooperative Chess And Cheating

    24 Jul 2014 | 1:53 pm
    When I taught a group of kids how to play cooperative chess (see Cooperative Chess At Southern Oregon University’s ACADEMY), I was outsmarted. Yes, the kids outsmarted me because they behaved in a way that I didn’t anticipate. True, I had expected difficulty for them in trying to shed the classic competitive spirit. But I didn’t expect this. Namely, that in achieving a mutual victory they also worked out a collaborative failure. In cooperative chess there are two possible outcomes: a shared win or a joint loss. You either both win or both lose. But even in this variant of…
  • The Health Benefits of Playing Chess

    Rory Quinn
    24 Jul 2014 | 1:32 pm
    Interesting article by Riley Merkel over at chess cafe. The author suggests chess helps to stimulate dendritic growth, develops both hemispheres of the brain, help prevents Alzheimers, can be helpful in treating schizophrenia, improves childrens thinking and problem solving skills, builds self confidence and helps with rehabilitation and therapy for a range of deficits and disabilities. I am sure you could add to the list easily enough but thats a quick list most of which have at least a modicum of empirical evidence to back them up. 
  • Playing Chess

    24 Jul 2014 | 11:37 am
    When I was a kid All I wanted to do Was decimate my opponents pieces I took whatever piece whenever The unfortunate one could be taken Too bad my dad Knew strategy So my aggressive play never worked I’ve never beaten him Now I’m a lot older And only a little smarter I still like running rough shot on the board But now I can see a little more of what’s going to happen So I never lose Because I only play My young sons Who play like I used to Recklessly, cluelessly Some day they will beat me, Some day I’ll beat my dad Half that statement is correct.
  • Chess and Rim Jobs?

    24 Jul 2014 | 9:45 am
    I am not quite sure what about chess makes this man think I want him to do these things to me.
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    Boylston Chess Club Weblog


    Steve Stepak
    30 Jul 2014 | 8:34 am
    BOYLSTON CHESS CLUBTHURSDAY NIGHT SWISS5 THURSDAY EVENTAu Bon Pain Chess Cafe, Harvard SquareNM Chris Williams tops!(seen here at the chess tables, playing blitz)Professor Natesh Pillai, Harvard University,warming up at blitz chess, plans to play some seriouschess at the BCC this coming Fall Semester.Mei Geddes pondering her chess position,surrounded by her colorful origami cranes.Born in Anhui Province, China, and raised in California, Meia graduated from Brown University this Spring of 2014,with a concentration in English and Literary Arts. Awardeda Fulbright Grant, Meia will teach…

    Steve Stepak
    27 Jul 2014 | 11:50 am
    BOYLSTON CHESS CLUB$5 OPENA TIME TO PLAY GOOD CHESSIN 2 SECTIONSOPEN SECTIONNM Eric Godin: 3 wins and a bye for 3.5 pointstakes clear 1st place in Open Section.Eric plays Harold Dondis in Round 1.Andrew Lam Trattner, from Oregon, scored 3 pointsto take clear 2nd place and a +13 to 2015 rating.Here Andrew is playing white vs Richard Alan Chen in Round 1.Richard scored 2 points and a +18 to 1552. Bravo, Richard!Jesse Nicholas writes down the moves as his opponent,Professor Jerry Williams makes his move with the whitepieces in Round 2. Jesse won this game and also hisRound 3 game and along…

    Steve Stepak
    22 Jul 2014 | 10:20 am
    BOYLSTON CHESS CLUB PRESENTS$5 OPENTHIS IS THE LEAST EXPENSIVETOURNAMENTFORSATURDAYJuly 26, 2014Register Early for Discount$5 OPEN : DETAILS HEREThis event is preferred by the kids of chess . . . and amateur players of all ages who just want to playsome friendly tournament chess in a relaxed environment.ON A BEAUTIFUL SUMMER DAYChess and Good Cheers4SS // 60/SDPlay 4 rounds, 3 rounds + half point bye;or 2 rounds + 2 half point byesA casual, friendly experienceSee you this Saturday!

    Steve Stepak
    20 Jul 2014 | 11:48 am
    BOYLSTON CHESS CLUBSUMMER CHAMPIONSHIPOPEN SECTIONJesse Nicholas wins Open Section with undefeated score of3.5/4 for a +10 to 2100 rating.CRITICAL GAMEConway Xu plays black vs Jesse Nicholas, Round 4: draw.Fast passed action characterized the opening.David Tianyi Zhou, black vs Conway Xu in Round 1.Conway won this encounter and took clear 2nd placewith 2.5 points and a +3 to 1943 rating.8 yr old David scored 1 point for a +31 to 1469 rating.3-7thNM Hal Terrie, Nithin Kavi, Uri Feld, Brandon Wu, Derek JinNM Hal Terrie, black vs Brandon Wu. 10 yr old Brandontook the full point…

    Steve Stepak
    16 Jul 2014 | 1:45 pm
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    The Streatham & Brixton Chess Blog


    31 Jul 2014 | 12:00 am
    Somehow it feels more like Jonathan Hawkins won it than David Howell. I’m not sure why. It just does.Perhaps it’s something to do with Hawkins leading from first to last. Or the fact that he was unbeaten over the 11 games. Then again, if you compare their respective fields he 'only' played 4GMs, 3IMs and an FM as opposed to 4GMs, 4IMs and an FM and Howell also won more games. That should count for something. Although so should having the slightly higher TPR and the fact that he would have won on a Sum of Progressive Scores tie-break if it comes to that.Is it just that Howell ending up on…
  • History Boy

    30 Jul 2014 | 12:00 am
    Well done Paul McKeown (of Athenaeum CC here in London) for his erudite talk on Monday evening at the City Lit on the de la Bourdonnais-McDonnell match of 1834.He gave us rich and fascinating detail on the two players, their social backgrounds and political outlooks, as well as a graphic evocation of the atmosphere of the match (or matches - there were six back to back high-rolling slugfests altogether). The Frenchman was dominant, winning 45 of the total 85 games played (McD won 27, with 13 drawn).Was it all just a historical curiosity, or the dawn of modern match play? Paul made a good case…
  • Cleaner than handshakes

    28 Jul 2014 | 11:55 pm
    Important news before British Championship competitors shake hands today:Scientists at Aberystwyth University in Wales have shown that a shake transfers more bacteria than other forms of hand-on-hand action. They are calling for the widespread adoption of the fist bump instead.Public Health England whimsically suggested a Victorian-age bow or curtsey would be even safer.In the light of the news, championship organisers have asked competitors who expect to begin games with a handshake to arrive at their boards ten minutes earlier than normal in order to allow time to wash their hands…
  • Aberystwyth ISEs

    28 Jul 2014 | 12:00 am
    Black to playHowell - Williams, British Championship (4) 2014Normally we’d be half way through at this point. This year we’re already approaching the closing stretch. Better get the ISEs in quick while I’ve still got a chance.S&BCB’s own Justin Horton was paired against Yang-Fan Zhou in the first round. A tough welcome back to chess for EJH that. It’s a measure of Zhou's strength that you can consider his +4 =2 -1 and  current share of 4th place as under-performing. I’d actually thought he was a decent outside bet to win the Championship this year and if that’s not…
  • "I was very impressed by Horton, especially in view of his age"

    27 Jul 2014 | 1:55 am
    So says the tournament report. Well, I am 49.Heh, actually it's not the current tournament we're talking about here but the 1960 Scottish Championship and the Horton concerned was my father.The report also says: Horton seemed to improve markedly as the tournament went on.Well I'd have to, wouldn't I?[Chess Scotland championship archive]
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    Dayton Chess Club

  • Pre-Registrants – Dog Days Pawn Storm XXV 2 Aug 2014

    DCC Chess Queen
    27 Jul 2014 | 5:46 pm
    Unless stated otherwise, player will be placed in section determined by rating: (please contact us via email at….calling will result in message being taken and possibly not be returned until late Saturday, 2 August!)  Note: Ratings used are from the 1 Aug 2014 USCF posted ratings James Mill (2200) Blake Baumgartner (2115) Jason Wang (1874) OPEN SECTION Kevin Li (1858) Ashwin Kalyanakumar (1644) Dennison Min (1527) Marc Smith (1071)  BYE RD 4 Aryan Balyan (1013)  U1600 The post Pre-Registrants – Dog Days Pawn Storm XXV 2 Aug 2014 appeared first on Dayton…
  • The Art of Attack Part VI – M. Kellie lecture 23 July 2014

    DCC Chess Queen
    24 Jul 2014 | 3:54 am
    …and the Art of the Attack continues!   The Art of Attack VI Game reviewed at the Dayton Chess Club on 23 July 2014 The post The Art of Attack Part VI – M. Kellie lecture 23 July 2014 appeared first on Dayton Chess Club.
  • Pre-Registrants for the First Annual Ohio Masters Tournament

    DCC Chess Queen
    11 Jul 2014 | 6:34 pm
    Carl Boor (2376) Scott Ramer  (2259) Will Sedlar (2239) Robert O’Donnell (2147) BYE RD 1 Noah Keating-Adams (2091) Blake Baumgartner (2065) John Dowling (2000) Conner Keuchel (1991)  BYE RD 1 Jake Lennon (1989) Richard Mercer (1940) Surya Parasuraman (1927) Riley Driver (1821)  BYE RD 4 Jason Wang (1777) Alex Cretsos (1771) Brennen Keuchel (1756) BYE RD 1 Kevin Li (1770) Arvind Prasad (1693)  BYE RD 3 Bobby Goddin (1662) Ashwin Kalyanakumar (1654) Divyest Balamurali (1634)  BYE RD 1 William Franklin (1541) Chris Bechtold (1532) Allen Chan (1192) Brian Suganraj (1465) Destynn…
  • The Art of the Attack, Part V – M. Kellie, 9 Jul 2014

    DCC Chess Queen
    9 Jul 2014 | 3:27 pm
    …and the art of attack continues….   The Art of Attack V Lecture 9 Jul 2014 The post The Art of the Attack, Part V – M. Kellie, 9 Jul 2014 appeared first on Dayton Chess Club.
  • Pre-Registrants for Heat Wave Pawn Storm – July 12, 2014

    DCC Chess Queen
    4 Jul 2014 | 11:21 am
    Unless specified otherwise, players will be placed in sections per their rating.  Want to play up?  Please let us know via email at  ASAP. Will Sedlar (2239) James Mills (2217) Noah Keating-Adams (2132) Luke Xie (2109) Blake Baumgartner (2065) Caleb Jaquish (1984) Shourjya Ghosh (1837) Nolan Song (1803) (Requested OPEN section) Jason Wang (1777) (Requested OPEN section) Mark Kellie (1752) (Requested OPEN section) David Guehl (1655) Ashwin Kalyanakumar (1654) Elton Cao (1557) Chris Bechtold (1532) Brian Suganraj (1465) Ethan Fang (1415) Steve Phillips (1362) Dennison…
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  • 奈迪茨详解瑞士比尔大赛侯逸凡胜吉里 Hou Yifan Commands Respect

    27 Jul 2014 | 6:42 am
    Hou Yifan Commands Respect  by Arkadij Naiditsch  Hou, Yifan (2629) – Giri, Anish (2750)  Hans Suri Mem 2014 Biel SUI (1.3), 14.07.2014 Sicilian Defense [B51] In the history of chess, only one woman has played on the highest level and this is Judit Polgar. At her best she even managed to enter the Top Ten. Hou Yifan, the current Women's World Champion and clearly the strongest female player after Polgar seems to do fine against men as well. Yifan is very close to entering the Top 100 and already proves this in the first round of Biel.  …
  • 2013年09月22日

    22 Sep 2013 | 4:37 am
    Late on Her Schoolwork? Well, She’s a Titan of Chess.  侯逸凡夺冠一小时后纽约时报电话采访文章2013年9月20日:北大二年级学生,国际象棋女神。 By DYLAN LOEB McCLAIN Published: September 20, 2013…
  • Tan Zhongyi won the 3rd Women Masters Chess Tournam ...

    31 May 2013 | 4:30 am
    The 3rd Women Masters Chess Tournament takes place in Wuxi, Jiangsu, China from 31 May to 9 June 2013.  The time control: 90 minutes for 40 moves plus 30 minutes for the rest of the game with an increment of 30 seconds per move, starting from move one.  Official site  Live live  results    Final standings after 9 rounds:  No. Name FED Rtg 1 WGM Tan Zhongyi CHN 2483 2 GM Gunina Valentina RUS 2514 3 WGM Huang Qian CHN 2469 4 WGM Guo Qi CHN 2439 5 WGM Ding Yixi GEO 2427 6 IM Shen Yang CHN 2397 7 WGM Zhang Xiaowen CHN 2367 8 WGM Wang Jue CHN 2401 9 WGM Ju…
  • Dominguez won Fide Grand Prix Thessaloniki 2013

    22 May 2013 | 2:23 pm
       21 May - 4 June 2013  Official site Live Live  Video pgn THESSALONIKI FIDE GRAND PRIX TOURNAMENT  Organizer(s) : FIDE, GREEK CHESS FEDERATION  Tournament Director : IO Theodoros Tsorbatsoglou (GRE) Chiefarbiter : IA Panagiotis Nikolopoulos (GRE) Arbiter : IA Arg. Kitharidis (GRE), IA Ioan. Mitrou (GRE), FA Alex. Iskos (GRE)  Date : 2013/05/22 To 2013/06/03  Final Ranking Rank SNo.             Name                  Rtg FED Pts Res. vict    SB…
  • Ding Liren wins the 4th Danzhou Grand Master Chess  ...

    20 May 2013 | 3:59 pm
    The 4th Danzhou Grand Master Chess Tournament takes place in Danzhou, Hainan from 20 May to 29 May 2013.  site live  live  parings and results download pgn  Final standings after 9 rounds:   Rk. Name FED Rtg Pts.  TB1   TB2   TB3  1 GM Ding Liren CHN 2707 7.0 29.00 0.0 5 2 GM Bu Xiangzhi CHN 2662 6.0 23.00 0.0 3 3 GM Ni Hua CHN 2646 6.0 22.00 0.0 5 4 GM Zhou Weiqi CHN 2590 5.5 23.75 0.0 3 5 GM Yu Yangyi CHN 2675 4.5 18.25 0.0 2 6 GM Xiu Deshun CHN 2534 4.5 17.00 0.0 4 7 GM Wei Yi CHN 2530 4.5 15.00 0.0 3 8 GM Wen Yang CHN…
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    Tactics Time

  • Tactics Time Comments/Feedback (Timothy Brennan)
    28 Jul 2014 | 3:18 am
    I am continually amazed at how much feedback I get about the Tactics Time Books. I see feedback via reviews on amazon tweets facebook comments blog posts e-mails etc Normally I don’t respond in detail to much of the feedback … Continue reading →
  • Maurice Ashley Podcast (Timothy Brennan)
    24 Jul 2014 | 9:14 pm
    Today I had the honor of doing a podcast interview with Grandmaster Maurice Ashley! From the Millionaire Chess website, Maurice Ashley made history as the first African-American International Grandmaster and translated his love to others as a three-time national championship … Continue reading →
  • Chess Journalists of America Award Nominees (Timothy Brennan)
    8 Jul 2014 | 6:29 am
    Paul Covingon sent me an email this morning with the subject “CJA” saying: Tim, TT is entered by New in Chess Congrats and good luck! Thanks Paul! I was also happy to see that the Colorado Chess Informant magazine … Continue reading →
  • News and Notes: Gazette, Ribs, Missed Mate in One (Timothy Brennan)
    29 Jun 2014 | 8:15 am
    One of the positions that I featured in my e-mail newsletter is in Stephen Dann’s Worcester Telegram and Gazette Sunday Chess Column today. You can check it out here: Congrats to Jackson Chen, who just made National Master this … Continue reading →
  • Life Master Brian Wall Podcast June 2014 (Timothy Brennan)
    14 Jun 2014 | 10:14 am
    Before the New Mexico vs Colorado Team Chess Tournament in Trinidad, Colorado, I sat down and did a podcast with Life Master Brian Wall. Brian is a legend in Colorado Chess with multiple titles to his name. He has won … Continue reading →
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