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  • Nakamura Talks Candidates, Sponsorship

    About.com Chess
    15 Apr 2014 | 12:49 pm
    Hey readers! Just wanted to point out this great interview with Hikaru Nakamura posted over at Chess.com. Nakamura talks about a variety of topics, from his recent sponsorship deal with Red Bull to the Candidates Tournament and much more. Definitely worth checking out!
  • Working visit to Hanoi

    World Chess Federation - FIDE
    22 Apr 2014 | 2:50 am
    On April 21st Kirsan Ilyumzhinov continued his working visit to Vietnam. Having arrived in the Vietnamese capital, he had meetings at the Ministry of Culture, Sports and Tourism, the Ministry of Education and Training and at the Chancellery of the Government. Deputy Minister of Culture, Sports and Tourism, Ms. Dang Thi Bich Lien greatly appreciated the level of cooperation between FIDE and Vietnam, emphasizing that, nevertheless, it has the potential for further development. In turn, FIDE President highlighted the progress of the Vietnamese chess players on the international arena: "There are…
  • Hou Yifan Wins Khanty-Mansiysk Grand Prix, Girya Second

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    Peter Doggers
    22 Apr 2014 | 4:34 am
    The result was never in doubt: Hou Yifan won the Women's Grand Prix in Khanty-Mansiysk. The reigning World Champion finished on 8.5/11 and 1.5 points ahead of Olga Girya, whose 7/11 was good for a GM norm.  Photos © Kirill Merkuriev courtesy of FIDE
  • Bill Mason (1964-2014)

    United States Chess Federation
    22 Apr 2014 | 6:56 am
    Bill Mason of Bethesda, Maryland died in hospice on March 16, 2014. Steve Mayer remembers the influential DC area player.
  • FIDE/ACP Anti-Cheating Committee meeting

    World Chess Federation - FIDE
    23 Apr 2014 | 6:53 am
    On April 21-23, the FIDE/ACP Anti-Cheating Committee met at the Department of Computer Science and Engineering of the University at Buffalo, NY, for finalizing the proposal to the General Assembly for the new Anti-Cheating regulations. The meeting was also an occasion for a first-hand evaluation, together with leading academic experts, of the sophisticated anti-cheating tool developed by Prof. Kenneth Regan. FIDE wishes to thank the University at Buffalo for hosting this very important meeting and for devoting its professors' time to this project. Left to Right: Konstantin Landa, Kenneth…
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  • Bill Mason (1964-2014)

    22 Apr 2014 | 6:56 am
    Bill Mason of Bethesda, Maryland died in hospice on March 16, 2014. Steve Mayer remembers the influential DC area player.
  • 181 Players Qualify for 2014 World Youth

    22 Apr 2014 | 2:47 am
    The USCF is pleased to announce that 181 players have qualified to participate in the 2014 World Youth Chess Championships to be held in Durban, South Africa, from Sept 18-30.
  • Kamsky Tops Philly on Way to Saint Louis

    21 Apr 2014 | 11:55 pm
    GM Gata Kamsky took clear first at the Philadelphia Open on the way to his US Champs title defense in Saint Louis in two weeks. Check out his thoughts on the event and key games.
  • Quest to the First GM Norm

    18 Apr 2014 | 10:51 pm
    14-year-old Akshat Chandra of the Quest to GM blog writes about earning his first norm at the GM Norm Invitational at the Marshall Chess Club.
  • Philadelphia Open Underway

    18 Apr 2014 | 1:46 am
    A strong Philadelphia Open is underway, with over ten participating Grandmasters, including reigning US Champion Gata Kamsky.
 
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  • FIDE/ACP Anti-Cheating Committee meeting

    23 Apr 2014 | 6:53 am
    On April 21-23, the FIDE/ACP Anti-Cheating Committee met at the Department of Computer Science and Engineering of the University at Buffalo, NY, for finalizing the proposal to the General Assembly for the new Anti-Cheating regulations. The meeting was also an occasion for a first-hand evaluation, together with leading academic experts, of the sophisticated anti-cheating tool developed by Prof. Kenneth Regan. FIDE wishes to thank the University at Buffalo for hosting this very important meeting and for devoting its professors' time to this project. Left to Right: Konstantin Landa, Kenneth…
  • Working trip to Cambodia

    23 Apr 2014 | 3:18 am
    On April 22 Kirsan Ilyumzhinov arrived to Cambodia where in Phnom Penh he had several working meetings. In particular, he met with the Senior Minister Mr. Yim Nolla, Chairman of Economic, Social and Cultural Council of Royal Cambodian Government. With Senior Minister Mr. Yim Nolla Then the FIDE President had negotiations with Mr. Hang Chuon Naron, Minister of Education, Youth and Sport, Mr. Hun Many, President of Union of Youth federation of Cambodia, Member of National Assembly. With Mr. Hang Chuon Naron, Minister of Education, Youth and Sport Kirsan Ilyumzhinov, FIDE President, Dmitry…
  • Women’s World Rapid and Blitz Championships started

    23 Apr 2014 | 2:48 am
    34 participants from 14 countries. The World Rapid and Blitz Championships started in Khanty-Mansiysk. Once again Khanty-Mansiysk is at the center of attention for the chess world: following the Candidates tournament and Women's Grand Prix, this city hosts the 2014 Women's World Rapid and Blitz Championships. 14 countries sent their representatives – 34 beautiful ladies – to Siberia. The FIDE Vice-President Vanik Zakarian addressed the players and organizers at the opening ceremony. “Having this competition is Khanty-Mansiysk is very important for FIDE. Your city is a true center of the…
  • Working visit to Hanoi

    22 Apr 2014 | 2:50 am
    On April 21st Kirsan Ilyumzhinov continued his working visit to Vietnam. Having arrived in the Vietnamese capital, he had meetings at the Ministry of Culture, Sports and Tourism, the Ministry of Education and Training and at the Chancellery of the Government. Deputy Minister of Culture, Sports and Tourism, Ms. Dang Thi Bich Lien greatly appreciated the level of cooperation between FIDE and Vietnam, emphasizing that, nevertheless, it has the potential for further development. In turn, FIDE President highlighted the progress of the Vietnamese chess players on the international arena: "There are…
  • Women's FIDE Grand Prix in Khanty-Mansiysk is officially closed

    21 Apr 2014 | 5:00 pm
    Ugra stage of the Women's FIDE Grand Prix is officially closed.After the end of the final round of women chess Grand Prix in Khanty-Mansiysk closing ceremony followed. Naturally chess players were the main actors on the stage, namely the prize-winners of Ugra stage. Chinese Hou Yifan tried on a gold medal. Olga Girya who represents Ugra and Russia won the second place. For Olga her current success is yet the biggest in her career. Bronze medal went to one more Russian Alexandra Kosteniuk. On behalf of International Chess Federation President, Vanik Zakarian, FIDE Vice-president, thanked the…
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  • Nakamura Talks Candidates, Sponsorship

    15 Apr 2014 | 12:49 pm
    Hey readers! Just wanted to point out this great interview with Hikaru Nakamura posted over at Chess.com. Nakamura talks about a variety of topics, from his recent sponsorship deal with Red Bull to the Candidates Tournament and much more. Definitely worth checking out!
  • New on the Site in March

    31 Mar 2014 | 3:17 pm
    With March coming to an end, it's time to take a look at what's been added to the site in recent weeks. Here's a look at a few articles that were posted during the last month:...Read Full Post
  • Anand Wins Candidates With Room to Spare

    30 Mar 2014 | 12:18 pm
    In the end, there wasn't even any drama. Viswanathan Anand sealed his victory in the Candidates Tournament with a round to spare - and to be honest, had virtually assured himself of the crown a few rounds prior to that - cementing a rematch with Magnus Carlsen later this year. In the end, Anand took first place (with 8.5 points on three wins and no losses) by a full point over Sergey Karjakin, who scored a marathon win over Levon Aronian on the final day. With all of the other games ending in draws, that sent Aronian tumbling down the tight field into a tie for 6th with Peter Svidler at a…
  • Candidates Round 9: Anand's Tournament to Lose

    24 Mar 2014 | 9:37 am
    Heading into the 2014 Candidates Tournament, few observers gave Viswanathan Anand much of a chance to win. Sure, he wasn't discounted entirely, but most figured that it would be Levon Aronian or Vladimir Kramnik (or maybe Topalov, perhaps Karjakin...) who would ultimately emerge as the next challenger to Magnus Carlsen. But with just five rounds left to play, Anand now has an imposing lead on the field, meaning we could be headed for a rematch of last year's title clash....Read Full Post
  • Candidates Round 5: Anand Holds Lead, But Field Tightens

    18 Mar 2014 | 7:16 am
    In last year's Candidates Tournament, the leaders (Magnus Carlsen and Vladimir Kramnik) pulled away from the field relatively early, turning the tournament into an apparent two-man race. It seems unlikely that this will be the case in 2014, as after five rounds, the competition is about as close as it can be between four competitors. Following a draw with Dmitry Andreikin, Viswanathan Anand still stands alone in first place with a 3.5/5 score. But right behind him are three players with 3/5 scores. They include favorites Levon Aronian and Kramink, along with Peter Svidler, who scored a neat…
 
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  • YACP - Yet another chess puzzle

    22 Apr 2014 | 5:12 pm
  • Chess Puzzles

    22 Apr 2014 | 3:02 pm
    PLEASE DO NOT POST ANSWERS IN COMMENTS. KEEP IT FAIR [NO PUZZLES YET]
  • historic chess film clips

    22 Apr 2014 | 2:39 pm
    British Pathé, the newsreel maker which documented all walks of life on video during the 20th Century, has uploaded its entire collection of moving images to YouTube.   The archive of 3,500 hours of footage was digitised in 2002 thanks in p...
  • Capablanka VS Yanofsky

    22 Apr 2014 | 2:23 pm
    Ruy Lopez Exchange Variation 
  • Why I'm so awesome

    22 Apr 2014 | 2:19 pm
    Political leanings: Very left Education:   Work and Education North Carolina State University Class of 2010 · Masters in English · Raleigh, North Carolina The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill Class of ...
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  • Shamkir: Nakamura Beats Mamedyarov, Carlsen Maintains Lead | Update: VIDEO

    Peter Doggers
    22 Apr 2014 | 9:30 am
    In the third round of theShamkir Chess 2014 tournament's A group Hikaru Nakamura defeated Shakhriyar Mamedyarov. In a Caro-Kann Advance variation, the U.S. grandmaster profited from a risky pawn move on the kingside by his opponent, and won with an attack on the king. Magnus Carlsen came close to winning his third consecutive game, but he dropped his first half point as Black against Sergey Karjakin.
  • Hou Yifan Wins Khanty-Mansiysk Grand Prix, Girya Second

    Peter Doggers
    22 Apr 2014 | 4:34 am
    The result was never in doubt: Hou Yifan won the Women's Grand Prix in Khanty-Mansiysk. The reigning World Champion finished on 8.5/11 and 1.5 points ahead of Olga Girya, whose 7/11 was good for a GM norm.  Photos © Kirill Merkuriev courtesy of FIDE
  • New: The Most Flexible Sicilian

    New in Chess
    22 Apr 2014 | 2:57 am
    New in our shop: The Most Flexible Sicilian.
  • Carlsen Also Beats Nakamura in Shamkir | Update: VIDEO

    Peter Doggers
    21 Apr 2014 | 9:36 am
    Magnus Carlsen also won his second game in Shamkir, Azerbaijan. On Monday the Norwegian defeated Hikaru Nakamura and increased his lead in the Shamkir Chess 2014 tournament's A group to a full point. Sergey Karjakin quickly equalized against Fabiano Caruana in a Berlin Ending while Shakhriyar Mamedyarov and Teimour Radjabov split the point in a Semi-Slav, Meran.
  • Vallejo First on Tiebreak at Bangkok Open

    Peter Doggers
    21 Apr 2014 | 6:31 am
    He's not a professional chess player anymore, but he can still win tournaments: Francisco Vallejo Pons. The Spanish grandmaster edged out Pinoy GM Oliver Barbosa on tiebreak at the Bangkok Open after both had finished on 7.5/9. GMs Jan Gustafsson of Germany & Bartosz Socko of Poland and IM Lui Qingnan of China tied for third place with 7 points. Photos courtesy of the Bangkok Chess Club
 
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  • Mitropa Cup 2014

    Goran
    23 Apr 2014 | 6:22 am
    Mitropa Cup 2014 is organized by the Slovak Chess Federation from 22nd to 31st May at the City Hotel Kultura Ruzomberok, A. Bernolaka 1, Slovakia. The following chess federations are entitled to take part in the Mitropa Cup 2014 competition: Austria, Croatia, Czech Republic, France, Germany, Hungary, Italy, Slovakia, Slovenia and Switzerland. Mitropa Cup is a team event for ten European federations which will be held in two sections, the open section and the women section, played by round robin system. Each team consists of four players in the open section, two women in the women’s section.
  • FIDE World Amateur Chess Championships 2014 – Participants

    Goran
    23 Apr 2014 | 6:16 am
    The World Chess Federation (FIDE) and the Singapore Chess Federation are organizing the FIDE World Amateur Chess Championships 2014 from 25th April to 4th May in Singapore. The tournament will be played according to Swiss System in 9 Rounds. The Playing Hall is the Pasir Ris Sports Hall (situated within Pasir Ris Sports and Recreation Centre). The respective Champions shall be awarded the title of FIDE Master/WFM. The winners of the Silver and Bronze Medals (after tiebreak) shall be awarded the CM/WCM title. The Prize Fund is distributed as follows: Open (€ 5,000): 1,500; 1,000; 700; 450;…
  • Viktor Laznicka takes the trophy in Neckar Open 2014

    videnova
    23 Apr 2014 | 1:51 am
    Viktor LaznickaThe 18th edition of Neckar Open took place from 17th to 21st April, 2014 in Deizisau, Germany. It was divided into three independent tournaments (A-Open > 1800; B-Open < 2000; C-Open < 1400). The format of the master section was 9 rounds Swiss with prize fund in the amount of 12,050 €. GM Viktor Laznicka (CZE) was convincing winner with 8/9 points and deservedly grabbed the top prize of 3000 €. GM Kacper Piorun (POL) and GM Andrey Vovk (UKR) shared second place with 7.5/9. See the top standings below or visit the official website for full standings. Official website/ Follow…
  • FIDE World Women Rapid Chess Championship 2014 LIVE!

    chessdom
    23 Apr 2014 | 1:34 am
    The FIDE Women World Rapid and Blitz Championships 2014 will be held from 21st April (arrival) to 29th April (departure) at the beautiful Ugra Chess Academy in Khanty-Mansiysk, Russia. The events will be both Swiss pairings tournaments and will be held over three days for Rapid (23-25th April) and three days for Blitz (26-28th April). In the Rapid Championship, each player will have 15 minutes + 10 seconds additional time per move, starting from move 1. Offcial website / Live games / Live games (with chat) /Standings / TCEC Stage 3
  • 13th Asian Continental Championships – Round 6 Video

    Goran
    23 Apr 2014 | 12:57 am
    The 13th Asian Continental Individual Open and Women’s Chess Championships are taking place 16th to 26th April 2014 in Sharjah, United Arab Emirates. The top five from the 2014 Asian Open Championship qualify for the 2015 World Cup. The 2014 Asian Women’s champion qualifies for the 2015 Women’s World Championship. After six rounds of play GM Yu Yangyi CHN 2667, GM Adhiban B. IND 2609 and GM Kasimdzhanov Rustam UZB 2693 are joint leaders in the Open sections with 5,0/6 points each. In the Women section WGM Sukandar Irine Kharisma INA 2319 extended her lead to a full point and is now on…
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  • Anand wins 2014 Candidates Tournament

    30 Mar 2014 | 11:00 am
    Viswanathan Anand won the 2014 Candidates Tournament in Russia to give himself another chance at a World Championship -- a match with World Champion Magnus Carlsen in November. Anand, who had actually clinched his tournament win before the final round started, finished with a draw against Peter Svidler. He had 8.5 out of 14 points. In the final round, Shakhriyar Mamedyarov and Vladimir Kramnik had a relatively quick draw. Veselin Topalov and Dmitry Andreikin had a draw after 69 moves of play. It wasn't the longest game ever played -- that record goes to a tournament in 1989 that lasted 269…
  • Analog Chess Clocks vs. Digital Chess Clocks

    24 Mar 2014 | 11:00 am
    If you've ever been shopping for a chess clocks, it can be hard to choose between digital chess clocks and analog chess clocks. Both types of clocks have their own unique advantages, making the choice even more difficult.  Here are a few tips:Analog Chess Clocks Often, analog clocks are the first types of chess clocks you may be familiar with. Analog Chess Clocks traditionally feature two separate clock faces in the same chess clock, one for each player. The most basic ones feature two buttons at the top for each player to press. With analog clocks, you typically set the time on each…
  • Signs You Might Be A Chess Addict

    4 Mar 2014 | 10:00 am
    I came across a great article that had all my friends laughing.  I thought I'd share a few points from it.  These are a few signs that you might be a chess addict.  You can read the full article by Bill Wall at his website: Bill Wall's Chess Page. A Few Signs You might be a Chess Addict: you bump into someone or something and say "J'adoube." And you don't even know French. you set up a chess set with salt and pepper shakers and food items when you sit at a checkered tablecloth. you calculate 8x8 faster than 7x7 and navigate like a knight - one block up and two blocks over. you…
  • Rules For Chess Equipment In Tournaments

    27 Jan 2014 | 10:00 am
    WHY RULES FOR EQUIPMENT Chess is a very complicated game that demands concentration and focus. Certain rules have been adopted for pieces, boards, and clocks to keep them from distracting from the chess game. If a set is too detailed or the pieces are too similar then they may distract the player who has to spend time figuring out which pieces are which. At the same time a chessboard with graphics on it or squares that are too bright can become irritating after looking at the board for several hours.CHESS PIECES Chess pieces must be of the staunton style. The staunton style is the very…
  • Excalibur Game Timers Are Back

    23 Dec 2013 | 3:55 am
    Excalibur clocks are back at Wholesale Chess! That's right, the popular Excalibur clocks are now back in stock at Wholesale Chess for a limited time. We have both black and red versions of the Game Time II chess clock available. These clocks are feature-packed with everything you'd need for a chess game. They are straight forward to set and manage and feature a great selection of pre-programmed timing modes, including the always-needed delay. You can find the Black clock here and the red one right here.
 
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    Jim West On Chess

  • Tourney at Ironia School, Winter 2014

    23 Apr 2014 | 3:49 am
    On Tuesday, the final class of the winter 2014 session took place at Ironia Elementary School, in the after school enrichment program on chess, coached by me for Enrich and Grow Academy.The tournament winner was Ethan Ji with 5 points, trailed by Alexander Winans and Andrew Browne with 4 points.Medals were awarded to the fourteen students.
  • Pix from Rahway Swiss 4/19/2014

    22 Apr 2014 | 5:37 am
    You can see pictures from the 3rd Saturday Swiss at the Chess Mates blog.
  • Marshall Sunday Game/45 4/20/2014

    21 Apr 2014 | 3:48 am
    On Sunday, I finished with a score of 3-0-1 in the tournament at the Marshall Chess Club.Round Three: Sicilian Defense, King's Indian AttackJim West (USCF 2207) - Yefrem Zats (USCF 2030), Marshall Chess Club 4/20/20141.e4 c5 2.Nf3 e6 3.d3 Nc6 4.g3 g6 5.Bg2 Bg7 6.O-O Nge7 7.Nbd2 O-O 8.Re1 d5 9.h4 b6 10.e5 Qc7 11.Qe2 Nb4 12.Nf1 Ba6 13.a3 Nbc6 14.Bf4 Nd415.Nxd4 cxd4 16.Nh2 Rac8 17.Rac1 h5 18.Nf3 Qc5 19.Bh3 Nc6 20.g4 hxg4 21.Bxg4 Qe7 22.Bg5 Qc7 23.Kg2 Rce8 24.h5 gxh5 25.Bxh5 b5 26.Bf4 Ne7 27.Nxd4 Ng6 28.Bg3 Qe7 29.Nf3 d4 30.Nxd4 Bb7+ 31.Bf3 Qg532.Kf1 Nf4 33.Bxf4 Qxf4 34.Qe3 Qxe3 35.fxe3 Bxf3…
  • Rahway Swiss 4/19/2014

    20 Apr 2014 | 6:13 am
    On Saturday, I finished with a score of 1-0-2 in the tournament at Chess Mates.
  • Phiona Mutesi Begins U.S. Tour Today

    19 Apr 2014 | 3:21 am
    Today WCM Phiona Mutesi and her coach Robert Katende begin a tour of the United States to share their inspiring story of success through chess and education.Please support Phiona's campaign.
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  • 2014 Aussie Olympiad Team

    22 Apr 2014 | 5:21 am
    It is an Olympiad year again and this time the party is heading off to Norway. I had actually planned to head over, but the cost of getting there from Tokyo was going to seriously put me in the red, especially since I already have two OS trips scheduled for later in the year. So I shall have to put off my next Olympiad holiday until 2016. Although, I am not too hot about going to Baku if I'm honest!Anyway, about this time the Australian Chess Federation begins the selection process for captains and players. For the pundits, like yours truly (yep, I still follow the Australians whenever they…
  • Are Aussie Girls Bad at Chess?

    16 Apr 2014 | 12:19 am
    Just the other day, I read a blog post by GM Ian Rogers in which he observed the differences between the performances of Aussie female chess players and their Indonesian sisters.Australia currently has more stand-out male juniors – though we lost 3.5-6.5 in an internet match against the Academy students in 2012 – but there is a chasm between the two countries in the development of girl players and Australia is falling further behind.  A major difference appears to be cultural factors – something which is evident in the attitude of the girls players at the Academy. In Indonesia…
  • Chess24 Coverage of Candidates

    22 Mar 2014 | 3:48 am
    Thanks to our old mate Macauley for this tip.Chess24 have their own live coverage of the Candidates which is hosted by IM Lawrence Trent and GM Jan Gustaffson (although right now as I type, their round 8 is having some sort of technical hardships. No sound). If you prefer a somewhat more relaxed style of commentary, then Chess24's is the one to choose. Both guys certainly do their best to be the Roy & HG of chess.
  • FIDE World Candidates Commentary

    19 Mar 2014 | 4:53 am
    By the time I sort of "retired" from chess a few years ago, this whole live commentary thing, streamed straight from the venue - with multiple camera angles, HD video, then followed by a press conference - hadn't yet taken off. In fact, I don't remember seeing any of it. But apparently these days live coverage is now a regular fixture, in at least the super tournaments. And who can't be glad about that?The concept has certainly rekindled my interest. I knock off from work about early evening and hit my desk at home just when games are entering the middle game. Like now, for example: round 6…
  • Video: Aussie Junior Championships 2014

    20 Jan 2014 | 7:31 pm
    Very nice video of the recently completed Australian Junior Chess Championships produced by the people at Sydney Academy of Chess.   And by the way, congrats to FM Anton Smirnov for winning the event and also for coming very close to taking out the tournament before that - the national champs.
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    Confessions of a chess novice

  • Some new chess rules passed by FIDE

    2 Apr 2014 | 7:57 am
    You can read about it at Chess.com. Here are the first couple: At the recent FIDE Congress, delegates from the 103 countries represented made some rule changes that had been debated for the past few years. Here are the highlights- 1. Changes for title requriements: a. By a margin of 100-4, it was voted for the introduction of a new title-TM (Traveling Master). To earn his TM title, a
  • Smith Morra Mayhem!

    13 Jan 2014 | 1:08 pm
    Quick update...I will probably have a few over the next month. I have been playing a lot of blitz lately (2-5 games a day, with 3 0 time controls). I have ignored opening theory (in fact I have purposefully been playing objectively unsound, reckless openings), tactical training, and slow games for the last few years. Other bits of life have become my highest priority. While I have found
  • Happy Birthday, Carnival!

    5 Dec 2011 | 10:11 pm
    That's a wrap!Welcome to the December 5, 2011 edition of chess improvement carnival. Some great stuff, and as a Christmas gift I was very inclusive in accepting stuff that was submitted.This is the last Carnival I am going to be involved with. I appreciate everyone taking the time to participate by submitting articles, hosting carnivals, etc..You have provided a lot of great content the past
  • Chess Improvement Carnival the 12th

    5 Dec 2011 | 9:11 am
    Will be up tonight...My apologies for the delays, this is a sign it is time for me to pass on the skeptre!
  • Tomorrow is deadline for December Carnival!

    30 Nov 2011 | 8:04 pm
    UpdateThe fearless Wahrheit has volunteered to continue on with the Chess Improvement Carnival next year! If you have suggestions for how we could improve it, please write it in the comments here, or let him know.One thing on my wish list is better carnival software. The site we use is awful, but the only thing I found. If anyone knows of any alternates, please tell.Last chance! See previous post
 
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  • Charmed (Far West Open Results, 2014)

    admin
    21 Apr 2014 | 8:18 am
    Did you ever have a charmed day? A day when everything works out right? Well, that was Easter Sunday for me. First, when Kay and I went out for lunch, I ordered a slice of carrot cake and got two! Well, one and a half. The woman behind the counter cut off a piece that she felt was too small, so she cut another one and then gave me both of them! “Nobody here is going to eat it, anyway,” she said. So I had my cake and ate it, too. Next, I finally hit a lucky slot machine for the first time all weekend. Kay and I went the casino and I intended to gamble at most $2, because I was…
  • Adventures in Reno

    admin
    20 Apr 2014 | 1:53 pm
    So far, after five rounds in Reno, I have an even score of 2½-2½. So far, all of my five games have been quite interesting and tactical. Michael Aigner remarked that he has trouble even telling who is ahead in material in my positions, let alone who stands better! Well, he was joking of course, but every one of my games has featured a material imbalance within the first 21 moves. Round one: Sergey Kudrin pseudo-sac of a bishop against me, I counter-sacrificed a rook for insufficient compensation, he won easily. (See last post.) Round two:  Exchange sacrifice against Theodore Biyiasis, I…
  • Fireworks by the River

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    19 Apr 2014 | 9:32 am
    After I finished my evening game in the second round of the Larry Evans Memorial, I went outside and was surprised to see some fireworks going off in the distance. Apparently this is a somewhat regular event in Reno. Anyway, it was a good metaphor for the two games I played yesterday, because they both involved some “fireworks.” In round one I had Black against Grandmaster Sergey Kudrin. I played my Bird Variation of the Ruy Lopez as usual, and he took a surprisingly long time — forty minutes on the first 8 moves. This made me overconfident, and my tenth move was a blunder…
  • Calm Before the Storm

    admin
    17 Apr 2014 | 6:42 pm
    Round zero is complete here in Reno, and everybody is still tied with 0 points out of 0! The main job on Thursday is just to get here, which was no problem this year because the weather was beautiful. I picked up a passenger en route. Yes, that’s Jesse Kraai (photo taken by my wife), looking as if he’s dressed for a bike ride more than a chess tournament. Biking really seems to be his passion these days, and we spent a good long time talking about it on the trip up to Reno. Even though Jesse has been on this trip many times before, as we passed by one beautiful vista after…
  • Calculation and Conceptualization

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    13 Apr 2014 | 10:19 am
    This week I recorded a ChessLecture that should come out in a month or so, called “How to Tell When the Moment is Right.” The question I was looking at in the lecture is, how do you tell when it’s time to calculate detailed variations, and how do you tell when you shouldn’t calculate variations and you should just go on general principles? Of course, I don’t want to give away the content of the lecture. But I will say this: I’m a calculator. On almost every move of every tournament game, I’m trying to calculate variations, even in positions where…
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  • Looted Statue of Goddess Demeter Recovered by Turkish Police

    17 Apr 2014 | 5:53 pm
    From greekreporter.com Greek Goddess Statue Found At Illegal Excavation in Turkey by Iro-Anna Mamakouka - Apr 17, 2014 A statue, believed to be the ancient Greek goddess Demeter, has been unearthed at an illegal excavation in Simav, western Turkey. The statue, weighing in at 610kg and standing 2.8 meters tall, was discovered by two Turks, Ramazan C. And Ismail G, 26 and 62 years old
  • Hales Corners Chess Challenge XIX

    16 Apr 2014 | 7:32 pm
    Thank you to Tom Fogec, who sent me the following, highlighting all of the chess femmes and how they did!  This year there was a new playing venue, the Olympia Resort in Oconomowoc, Wisconsin, April 12, 2014.  Four rounds in one day.  Too stressful for me, alas. Chess Femmes in RED Hales Corners Challenge XIX - OpenCross Table, Page 1 No. Name St Rate Rd 1 Rd 2
  • FIDE Women's Grand Prix Khanty-Mansiysk 2014

    16 Apr 2014 | 6:47 pm
    Hola darlings! I am in the middle of selling my house and shopping for a new place and it's been crazy crazy crazy around here.  All of this has happened within the past 3 weeks or so, out of the blue.  I didn't have my house up for sale, I received a private offer!  Now I'm simultaneously trying to get everything marshalled together for a private sale (no broker and closing department involved)
  • Hales Corners Chess Challenge XIX - April 12, 2014!

    11 Apr 2014 | 8:48 pm
    Hola darlings! I won't be there in person tomorrow, but I will be there in spirit, and in Goddesschess Prize Money, woo woo!  The latest email I received, there are 89 pre-registered players, 11 of which are you, my dear chess femmes.  Can we break a record?  Let's go for it, ladies.  Top $800 in Goddesschess prize money winnings (paid out in Challenge XVIII) and we set a new record.  I know
  • Hales Corners Chess Challenge XIX!

    10 Apr 2014 | 6:17 pm
    Update:  As of last night, there are 79 pre-registered players, of which 11 are chess femmes:  3 in the Open and 8 in the Reserve. Woo woo!  And as of earlier today, there are now 82 pre-registered players, 38 in the Open, and 44 in the Reserve!  Chess femmes in the Open are:  Rachel Ulrich (2070); Anne Ulrich (1668); and Alena Huang (1620).  In the Reserve:  Teja Karimikonda (1487); Susanna
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  • A Queen Within (Fashion Loves Chess)

    mlinski0521
    17 Apr 2014 | 10:35 am
    Calling all Fashionistas!!! Check out this exciting exhibit at the World Chess Hall of Fame in Saint Louis!!! April 19th is the last day the World Chess Hall of Fame will be hosting this spectacular event. Located: 4652 Maryland Avenue 63108 Down the street from Coffee Cartel This event is free up until the last day and the items in the gift shop are 50% (only items about this exhibit). Be sure to check it out the garments are to die for. It relates chess to fashion and it is sure to amaze you. Designers from Alexander McQueen to Gucci Also features local designer Michael Drummond
  • A Sunday Tour Pt XII

    THEJNSREPORT
    17 Apr 2014 | 10:10 am
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  • Kindred's Special: Stupid Is as Stupid Does--FOLLOW THE MONEY

    kindredspiritks
    17 Apr 2014 | 9:28 am
    Stupid! Stupid! Stupid!  Years ago the radio talk show host Dr. Michael Savage spoke of the evils of POT.  Yep!  Now some study group has come out as though they just discovered through a new research study to enrich the good doctors who conduct such research about its dangers to the brain. I hear it damages a couple of areas of the brain–not just one.  Most important of course is the thought that all these little darlings who have used it just as our illustrious President OBAMA did in his youth (Remember: “I used it and it didn’t hurt me.”  quote from our leader…
  • Kindred's Special: You Must Be Kidding

    kindredspiritks
    17 Apr 2014 | 8:06 am
    Hillary Clinton just received a 67 per cent approval rating for likeability. Ugh! You must be kidding! Russia’s top dog Putin is playing politics like the Russies play chess. You are kidding?! Readers’ Digest FAMILY WORD FINDER – A New Thesaurus of Synonyms and Antonyms in Dictionary Form Readers attention: You got to get this. You must be kidding!  Not really!!  Get smart!    
  • Kindred's Special: When and How to Resign a Game

    kindredspiritks
    17 Apr 2014 | 6:09 am
    What is the proper way to surrender to your opponent?  That is often asked by players just learning the game.  There has not really been much written on this subject but these are by personal experiences proper ways to give up the ship while retaining dignity and good sportsmanship. It must be said that answers to this question depend on circumstances as to whether it comes about in a friendly skittles game at home or at the club.  This becomes complicated if you are playing a tournament game or a club team  match. A friendly skittles* game refers to non rated and just practice and…
 
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    Boylston Chess Club Weblog

  • BCC::GRAND PRIX // APRIL 26 // GAME 60 // 4SS // FRIENDLY // ENJOYABLE // WIDE OPEN RACE //

    Steve Stepak
    22 Apr 2014 | 12:00 pm
    BCC GRAND PRIXThis Saturday, April 26, 2014JANUARY THROUGH DECEMBERA 12 MONTH AFFAIR[Editor's note: I started in August and missed winning my rating prize by only 1/2 point!]So, it's surely not too late to join in!Serious, yet friendly chess environment!Young and Old play good chess at the BCC Grand PrixCHECK OUT THE DETAILSBCC GRAND PRIXCHESS FOR THE WHOLE FAMILYNew hair style // new rating record:World Chess Champion, Magnus Carlsenup, up and away, playing in the "Vugar Gashimov Memorial"in Shamkir, Azerbaijan, won his first two games and has a"live" rating of 2888! UPDATE: "GASHIMOV…
  • BCC HOSTS $5 OPEN // ARUN DOMINATES / MARTIN TAKES U1950 / 26 PLAYERS // 2 SECTIONS // UPSETS // ACCOMPLISHMENTS // CHESS AT ITS BEST //

    Steve Stepak
    20 Apr 2014 | 1:00 pm
    BCC $ 5 OPENIN 2 SECTIONSOPENNM Siddharth Arun goes 4 - 0 for 1st place; +13 to 2244 rating,here playing white vs Brandon Wu in Round 3.ACCOMPLISHMENT10 yr old Brandon Wu goes 2-4 to share 4-9th .Brandon rating is +41 to 1911.(NOTE: Bobby Fischer's USCF rating was 2186 at 12 yrs old!)IN THE GROVEVeteran BCC chess player Arthur Nugent was on strideand undefeated with 3 points out of 4, sharing 2-3rd place with Nithin Kavi, for a +18 to 2018 Rating.Arthur took points from NM Andrew Liu and Michael YuBravo, Arthur!Nithin Kavi v Alex Yu (Jason Tang, [center]  2/4, 4-9th),…
  • BCC QUADS // A QUALITY EVENT // FOR THE SELECT FEW // 14 PLAYERS // JUNIORS SHINE //

    Steve Stepak
    16 Apr 2014 | 11:29 am
    BCC QUADSA TALE IN 3 SECTIONSQUAD 1Jason Tang plays NM Almir Dzhumaev, Round 2.Almir scored 2.5/3 to win Quad 1, and +8 to 2267 rating.CRITICAL GAME: CLASH OF MASTERSNM Siddarth Arun writes as NM Almir Dzhumaev makeshis move in this critical Round 3 game.Almir won this game and the Quad.CREDIBLE PERFORMANCEExpert Michael Mahoney impresses with 3 draws in Quad 1for share of 2-3rd place. Rating +8 to 2083.QUAD 210 year old Brandon Wu poised playing white vs veteran Tim O'Malley in Round 2. Brandon was 2.5/3 to clinch 1st place,and a +21 to 1870 rating (Bobby Fischer did not…
  • BCC $5 OPEN // THE BEST SHOW IN TOWN // 4SS // 60/SD // SATURDAY // APRIL 19 2014 // BRING THE KIDS! // BRING THE WHOLE FAMILY! //

    Steve Stepak
    15 Apr 2014 | 9:10 am
    BOYLSTON CHESS CLUBFIVE DOLLAR OPEN THIS COMING SATURDAYAPRIL 19 2014 THISwill get you one admission toeither the Open Section or the U1950 Sectionor the U1650 Section (pay by Thursday, check or cash;by PayPal Friday 11:59PM) . . . check out the details here . . . This is the total eclipse of the moon . . . over Boston at 3:07 amTuesday morning . . . This is a May Flower from April Showers . . . See you this Saturdayfor the BCC April $5 Open!
  • BCC QUADS: SATURDAY // APRIL 12 // 60 SD // 3RR //

    Steve Stepak
    11 Apr 2014 | 8:14 am
    BCC: QUADSQUADS: THE FACTS4 PLAYER GROUP // ALL PLAY ALL4 PLAYER GROUP BY RATINGTOMORROW !! SATURDAY !!APRIL 12, 2014A SPECIAL FORMAT RECOMMENDED BYLUCY CAICOME ON OVER, AND JOIN LUCYAND ALL THE CHESS FAMILY OF THE BCCFOR AN INTENSE, COMPETITIVEPLAY AMONGST YOUR PEERS!Your boards await you.See you tomorrow morning!
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    The Streatham & Brixton Chess Blog

  • Psychological Caution

    23 Apr 2014 | 12:00 am
    Black to playExchange sac-wise, I’ve been in a bit of a slough of despond recently. A couple of days after last week’s post BORP? XXIX - I stumbled across a quote from Petrosian. I’m not sure if it helped or made things worse.I repeat, that the first and main difficulty in making a positional exchange sacrifice is a psychological caution: after all, you have to give up a rook for a minor piece. The second difficulty is that the exchange is given up when this is not forced by circumstances. Therefore you must anticipate beforehand, in good time, how events will develop and take the…
  • How to annotate a chess game, you morons

    21 Apr 2014 | 11:55 pm
    with International Master Colin Crouch(renowned author of many Everyman books).I Gurevich v C Crouch, Hastings 1992/3You morons aren't going to understand anything about this game.1. e4 g6 Standing on the shoulders of giants. Though anybody is a giant compared to termites like you.2. d4 Bg73. Nc3 d6 4. Be2I could try and explain the subtleties of this move-order to you, but why don't you stop wasting my time and look it up instead? 4 ... Nf65. Nf3 O-O6. O-O Bg47. h3A strong player might grasp that this move is not the best. But you do not have the intelligence.7... Bxf38. Bxf3 e5I suppose I…
  • Probably Got Nothing to do with chess XII

    21 Apr 2014 | 12:00 am
    Exchanges sacs will return on Wednesday. In the meantime, here’s something that could help you kill a few hours should you find yourself with a lot of time on your hands this Bank Holiday.... to do with chess Index(With thanks to Morgan)
  • Our first Streatham Library Rapidplay: Great venue, great day, and more to come (we hope).

    19 Apr 2014 | 3:00 am
    Richard Tillett reports.Last Sunday was the day of the Streatham Library Rapidplay, the first such event that Streatham & Brixton Chess Club has held for 28 years.‘Round 1 will be starting shortly, please take your places…’Martin wrote about the 1986 event here, and two stalwarts of our club who were there on that day turned up on Sunday – Robin Haldane to play in the Open and Angus French to take charge of proceedings as tournament controller. Alongside Angus was a 6-strong team of S&B helpers - Shez, Paul, Barry, Martin, David and yours truly. Together we comprised an…
  • Ray in Romford

    17 Apr 2014 | 11:55 pm
    Tsk. Too late! We missed the show. Still, don't miss the video!That was a bit garbled, wasn't it? Try this instead. Ah yes, the Companionate. Hurrah!But wasn't that a bunch of conmen?[Ray Keene index]
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    Delaware State Chess Assn

  • 4/15/14 Newsletter

    Matt Little
    15 Apr 2014 | 6:56 am
    Delaware State Chess Association April Newsletter Its been a slow month for DSCA. Here are some past and upcoming events. A Crossroads article in the Delaware News Journal newspaper featured a review of Drew Serres and his Delaware State Chess Champion title. Check it out at the following link: http://www.delawareonline.com/story/life/2014/04/02/crossroads-chess-champ-challenge/7226193/ Upcoming Events in this region Philadelphia […]
  • Drew Serres: Delaware State Chess Champion

    Matt Little
    13 Apr 2014 | 10:15 am
    Last Thursday’s Crossroads article in the Delaware News Journal newspaper featured a review of Drew Serres and his Delaware State Chess Champion title. Check it out at the following link: http://www.delawareonline.com/story/life/2014/04/02/crossroads-chess-champ-challenge/7226193/
  • Brandywine CC 4/11/14 Newsletter

    Matt Little
    11 Apr 2014 | 10:09 am
    The BLCC will be meeting tonight in room 209 from 5:30pm – 8:30pm.  We continue to offer free national rated games for those who are also USCF members.  Last week, Matthew Clowes won his second match game with Brad Thomas. Congratulations Matt! For those of you who weren’t able to get a copy of last Thursday’s […]
  • For High School Players grade 9-12 – Let us know you play!

    Michelle Pergeorelis
    3 Apr 2014 | 5:42 pm
    GM Arnold Denker Tournament of High School Champions Rules: https://www.uschess.org/content/view/7867/131/ When:  July 26- July 29 2014 Where:  Rosen Centre Hotel 9840 International Dr. Orlando, FL 32819 Time Control:  G90 w/ 30sec. increments per turn Eligibility Each state (States defined per USCF include Washington, DC and Northern & Southern California) shall be allowed one Representative as […]
  • For Scholastic Chess Players K-8 — Let us know you play!

    Michelle Pergeorelis
    3 Apr 2014 | 5:39 pm
    The Dewain Barber Tournament of K–8 Champions  Rules: https://www.uschess.org/content/view/11560/131/ When:  July 26- July 29 2014 Where:  Rosen Centre Hotel 9840 International Dr. Orlando, FL 32819 Time Control:  G90 w/ 30sec. increments per turn Eligibility Each state (States defined per USCF include Washington, DC and Northern & Southern California) shall be allowed one Representative as determined […]
 
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    Dayton Chess Club

  • Dancing Knights…..Lecture by M. Kellie

    DCC Chess Queen
    9 Apr 2014 | 4:28 pm
    While a quick game….it has style! Dancing Knights The post Dancing Knights…..Lecture by M. Kellie appeared first on Dayton Chess Club.
  • A Draw if You Can Keep It… lecture by Riley Driver, 2 Apr 2014

    DCC Chess Queen
    2 Apr 2014 | 5:08 pm
    At the website Quality Chess Blog (http://www.qualitychess.co.uk/blog/?p=2698) I ran across Endgame #1 which reminded me of fifth game of the 1978 World Chess Championship with Korchnoi vs Karpov which became the longest World Chess Championship ever played at 124 moves. And the rest of the story….. A Draw IF You Can Keep It….. The post A Draw if You Can Keep It… lecture by Riley Driver, 2 Apr 2014 appeared first on Dayton Chess Club.
  • Attacking Pays Off … lecture by Riley Driver

    DCC Chess Queen
    20 Mar 2014 | 5:54 pm
    This is the second game I have presented of GM Baddur Jobava’s and it is another attacking masterpiece. It is such an amazing game, it made its way into the March 2, 2014 issue of the New York Times as well as a number of websites. GM Jobava’s style is being compared to that of GM David Bronstein, whom this event is named after. His attacking style is eclectic and reminiscent of that of GM Bronstein and perhaps that of the Dane GM Bent Larsen as well. Enjoy the game. Attacking Pays Off   The post Attacking Pays Off … lecture by Riley Driver appeared first on Dayton Chess Club.
  • Gotcha! Lecture – M. Kellie on 26 Feb 2014

    DCC Chess Queen
    13 Mar 2014 | 5:46 am
    Oh yes…when a Gotcha happens, it’s a pleasure to the soul of every chess player…… Gotcha !! The post Gotcha! Lecture – M. Kellie on 26 Feb 2014 appeared first on Dayton Chess Club.
  • It’s a Fight for Tough Guys After All… RileyD, nwJ (Riley D. Driver) – 20 Feb ’14

    DCC Chess Queen
    5 Mar 2014 | 4:17 pm
    It’s a Fight For Tough Guys After All It is necessary to remind ourselves that chess is above all a sport. The ability to wage battle may be the most essential trait for success in the game. As Bobby Fischer was proud to admit: “There are tough players and nice guys, and I’m a tough player.  (Credit:  http://www.vnews.com/lifetimes/10662031-95/shelby-lyman-on-chess-its-not-dna) Fighting Game The post It’s a Fight for Tough Guys After All… RileyD, nwJ (Riley D. Driver) – 20 Feb ’14 appeared first on Dayton Chess Club.
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