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  • Caruana Off to a Crushing Start in Sinquefield Cup

    United States Chess Federation
    29 Aug 2014 | 3:16 am
    Grandmaster Fabiano Caruana combined extraordinary opening preparation with accurate calculation to win his second consecutive game at the 2014 Sinquefield Cup, leaving the rest of the highest-rated field in history snapping at his heels.
  • SportAccord Mind Games 2014: Final Selection of Players

    World Chess Federation - FIDE
    30 Aug 2014 | 12:05 am
    FIDE publishes the list of players who have been selected to participate in the SportAccord Mind Games 2014: 1. MEN ID Number Name Fed Tit B-day AvgRtg Standard Blitz Rapid 13300474 Aronian, Levon ARM GM 1982 2822.7 2805 2850 2813 4126025 Grischuk, Alexander RUS GM 1983 2800.3 2795 2778 2828 4168119 Nepomniachtchi, Ian RUS GM 1990 2793.7 2730 2880 2771 14109603 Karjakin, Sergey RUS GM 1990 2774.7 2786 2732 2806 13401319 Mamedyarov, Shakhriyar AZE GM 1985 2768.7 2743 2824 2739 623539 Vachier-Lagrave, Maxime FRA GM 1990 2757.0 2766 2777 2728 14100010 Ivanchuk, Vassily UKR GM 1969 2755.3 2735…
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  • Zbigniew Pakleza of Poland wins Scacco Bratto Open

    30 Aug 2014 | 9:26 am
    The 31st International Chess Festival Conca Della Presolana was held from 20-28th August at the Centro Sportivo Comunale in Castione della Presolana, Bratto, Italy. The event was organized by the “Scacchistica Milanese”, historical chess club founded in 1881, Italian Chess Federation, and ScacchiRandagi. The Festival had five sections: “Master” tournament – 9 round Swiss for players rated over 2000 “A” and “B” tournaments – 8 round Swiss “C” and “Under 16″ tournaments – 6 round Swiss The side events…
  • FIDE Women’s Grand Prix in Sharjah, UAE LIVE!

    Susan Polgar Chess Daily News and Information
    30 Aug 2014 | 4:00 am
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  • Caruana Off to a Crushing Start in Sinquefield Cup

    29 Aug 2014 | 3:16 am
    Grandmaster Fabiano Caruana combined extraordinary opening preparation with accurate calculation to win his second consecutive game at the 2014 Sinquefield Cup, leaving the rest of the highest-rated field in history snapping at his heels.
  • US Masters Returns to Greensboro

    28 Aug 2014 | 1:15 am
    For the third consecutive year, the US Masters will take place over Labor Day weekend in Greensboro, NC. This year's field includes 18 GM's and a total of 44 internationally titled players.
  • Back to School with Becca Lampman

    27 Aug 2014 | 3:41 pm
    Incoming high school senior Becca Lampman talked to CLO about making her mark on the NGIT, the rise of girls in US Chess and balancing chess and homework.
  • Strongest Chess Tournament Ever Begins in Saint Louis

    26 Aug 2014 | 4:12 pm
    The 2014 Sinquefield Cup, featuring six of the world’s top-ten kicks off Wednesday at the STL Chess Club. Round 1 pairings are Vachier-Lagrave vs. Carlsen, Aronian vs. Nakamura Topalov vs. Caruana.
  • Captain Melik & Coach Yury Reflect on Tromso

    26 Aug 2014 | 3:37 pm
    US Women's team captain GM Melikset Khachiyan and coach GM Yury Shulman reflect on the squad's performance at the Olympiad in Tromso, Norway.
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    World Chess Federation - FIDE

  • SportAccord Mind Games 2014: Final Selection of Players

    30 Aug 2014 | 12:05 am
    FIDE publishes the list of players who have been selected to participate in the SportAccord Mind Games 2014: 1. MEN ID Number Name Fed Tit B-day AvgRtg Standard Blitz Rapid 13300474 Aronian, Levon ARM GM 1982 2822.7 2805 2850 2813 4126025 Grischuk, Alexander RUS GM 1983 2800.3 2795 2778 2828 4168119 Nepomniachtchi, Ian RUS GM 1990 2793.7 2730 2880 2771 14109603 Karjakin, Sergey RUS GM 1990 2774.7 2786 2732 2806 13401319 Mamedyarov, Shakhriyar AZE GM 1985 2768.7 2743 2824 2739 623539 Vachier-Lagrave, Maxime FRA GM 1990 2757.0 2766 2777 2728 14100010 Ivanchuk, Vassily UKR GM 1969 2755.3 2735…
  • List of titles approved by the Presidential Board

    28 Aug 2014 | 3:15 am
    FIDE is publishing the list of titles approved by the Presidential Board. GM Zilka, Stepan CZE Glud, Jakob Vang DEN Shoker, Samy EGY Arribas Lopez, Angel ESP Riff, Jean-Noel FRA Bromberger, Stefan GER Stern, Rene GER Dambacher, Martijn NED Rozum, Ivan RUS Bagrationi, Alexander UKR Bernadskiy, Vitaliy UKR Nguyen, Huynh Minh Huy VIE WGM Dimitrijevic, Aleksandra BIH Fomina, Tatyana EST Duisenova, Madina KAZ Enkhtuul, Altanulzii MGL Seps, Monika SUI Nguyen, Thi Mai Hung VIE IM Ikeda, Junta AUS Sardana, Rishi AUS Smirnov, Anton AUS Rooze, Jan BEL Chu, Wei Chao CHN Li, Bo CHN Liu, Gianchu CHN Wang,…
  • Sharjah Women’s Grand Prix: Round 4

    27 Aug 2014 | 11:12 pm
    Round 4: Ju Wenjun takes lead In a dramatic fourth round Ju Wenjun beat Elina Danielian to grab solo lead with 3½ points in the FIDE Women’s Grand Prix in Sharjah. In the battle of the two top seeds, Hou Yifan, playing black, defeated Humpy Koneru, who unexpectedly lost the drawish endgame. Tatiana Kosintseva had winning position against Nafisa Muminova but missed advantage in the time trouble. The game finished in a draw same as another encounter between Harika Dronavalli and Zhao Xue. Another drama happened in the game Zhu Chen – Batchimeg Tuvshintugs. Qatari player had better position…
  • General Assembly 2014 Decisions

    26 Aug 2014 | 1:26 am
    Decisions General Assembly 2014 11-14 August 2014 Tromso, Norway GA-2014/1. To discharge the Treasurer. The new Treasurer is Dr. Adrian Siegel.  GA-2014/2. To re-appoint Ernst & Young as FIDE External Auditors. GA-2014/3. To elect the FIDE President with his ticket, 5 Vice-Presidents, Chairmen and members of the Ethics and Constitutional Commissions and members of the Verification Commission. GA-2014/4. To appoint Mr. Nigel Freeman as Executive Director. GA-2014/5. To award the organization of the World Schools Individual Championship 2016 to Tunisia. GA-2014/6. To approve the organization…
  • FIDE Grand-Prix 2014-2015 Announcement

    20 Aug 2014 | 1:03 am
    FIDE announces the full details of the Grand-Prix 2014-2015, from which the first two (2) winners will qualify to the Candidates Tournament of the World Chess Championship Cycle 2014-2016. The schedule of the four events is the following: a.) 1 - 15 October 2014: Baku, Azerbaijan b.) 20 October - 3 November 2014: Tashkent, Uzbekistan c.) 14 - 28 February 2015: Tehran, Iran d.) 13 - 27 May 2015: Moscow, Russia In total 16 players will participate, 11 qualifiers as per regulations (listed below) plus 4 nominees from the organisers (to be announced) plus 1 nominee of the FIDE President (to be…
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  • 2014 Week 1 Review: St. Louis Arch Bishops vs. Baltimore Kingfishers

    29 Aug 2014 | 7:07 pm
    St. Louis Arch Bishops vs. Baltimore Kingfishers 2.5-1.5 GM Le Quang Liem (2785) - GM Niclas Huschenbeth (2603) 1-0 View Game GM Varuzhan Akobian (2758) - IM Levan Bregadze (2530) 1-0 View Game WGM Anna Sharevich (2367) - NM Jared Defibaugh (23...

    29 Aug 2014 | 6:33 pm
    When you see two people arguing, always post on one of their notes (or in the chat) FIGHT FIGHT FIGHT FIGHT. Makes it more dramatic.
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    29 Aug 2014 | 5:31 pm
    I want to be 2300+ in bullet please help me to reach that rating by give me membership! gold, platinum, or Dimond. that's going to be very nice from you so please you're going to change my life if you did so please do it....if you cant do it so at...
  • Sensing Danger!, Part 3: Test Yourself

    29 Aug 2014 | 4:26 pm
       The final installment of Sensing Danger! Part 1 focuses on how to properly recognize a critical position.  Part 2 establishes guidelines on how to approach these critical positions. This blog post presents exercises from recent games (US Che...
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  • Zbigniew Pakleza of Poland wins Scacco Bratto Open

    30 Aug 2014 | 9:26 am
    The 31st International Chess Festival Conca Della Presolana was held from 20-28th August at the Centro Sportivo Comunale in Castione della Presolana, Bratto, Italy. The event was organized by the “Scacchistica Milanese”, historical chess club founded in 1881, Italian Chess Federation, and ScacchiRandagi. The Festival had five sections: “Master” tournament – 9 round Swiss for players rated over 2000 “A” and “B” tournaments – 8 round Swiss “C” and “Under 16″ tournaments – 6 round Swiss The side events…
  • 136th New York State Championship

    30 Aug 2014 | 2:54 am
    The 136th Annual New York State Championship will be held from August 29-September 1, 2014, at the Albany Marriott, 189 Wolf Road, Albany, NY. The event has 5 sections: Open, Under 2100, Under 1800, Under 1500 and Under 1200. The Open section has either 4-day (August 29-September 1) or 3-day (August 30-September 1) schedules to play in while all other sections have either 4-day (August 29-September 1), 3-day (August 30-September 1) or 2-day (August 31-September 1) schedules to play in. The tournament format is 6-round Swiss with the time control 40/110, SD/30, d10. Last year New York State…
  • World Schools Chess Championships 2014

    30 Aug 2014 | 2:43 am
    The International Chess Federation (FIDE), the Brazilian Chess Federation (CBX), the Minas Gerais Chess Federation (FMX), the System X Schools Chess and Degraus Education System have the honor to announce the X World Schools Chess Championships 2014 (Individual) to be held in Brazil, in the city of Juiz de Fora, Minas Gerais state, between November 26 and December 4, 2014. Entitled to participate are players (Boys & Girls) at their respective categories: Under 07: Born after January 1, 2007 Under 09: Born after January 1, 2005 Under 11: Born after January 1, 2003 Under 13: Born after…
  • Fabiano Caruana in big lead in Saint Louis

    30 Aug 2014 | 2:28 am
    Fabiano CaruanaThree rounds, three wins and a commanding lead: Grandmaster Fabiano Caruana has been unstopped in the 2014 Sinquefield Cup. The “lowest” rated players in the field, GMs Veselin Topalov and Maxime Vachier-Lagrave – officially, the eighth and ninth-best players on earth – earned full points in Friday’s third round, while the top-two players on the globe suffered defeat. GMs Magnus Carlsen and Levon Aronian entered the weekend with a loss each, sending them backward in a strongest-ever field that features two world champions, current and former – and both…
  • European Youth Rapid & Blitz Championships 2014

    29 Aug 2014 | 12:50 pm
    The 14th European Youth Rapid & Blitz Championships (U8-U18) are set to take place on 12-17th November at the Meriton Grand Conference & Spa Hotel in Tallinn, Estonia. The organizers of the Championship are the European Chess Union and Estonian Chess Federation. Tallinn is the capital and largest city of Estonia. It is an internationally renowned tourist destination with the exceptionally complete and well-preserved medieval Old Town next to modern gems of architecture and many other attractions. Accommodation will be provided on the full board basis in Meriton Grand Conference…
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    Susan Polgar Chess Daily News and Information

  • FIDE Women’s Grand Prix in Sharjah, UAE LIVE!

    30 Aug 2014 | 4:00 am
    Chess Daily News from Susan Polgar
  • Women's GP round 5 pairings

    30 Aug 2014 | 3:00 am
    Round 5 pairings3 GM Danielian Elina 2490 - GM Zhao Xue 2508 124 WGM Batchimeg Tuvshintugs 2346 - WGM Ju Wenjun 2559 25 WGM L'ami Alina 2446 - GM Zhu Chen 2461 16 WGM Muminova Nafisa 2315 - GM Ushenina Anna 2487 117 GM Hou Yifan 2661 - GM Kosintseva Tatiana 2494 108 GM Harika Dronavalli 2521 - GM Koneru Humpy 2598 9Chess Daily News from Susan Polgar
  • Attacking chess tactic

    30 Aug 2014 | 12:00 am
    White to move. How should White proceed?Chess Daily News from Susan Polgar
  • Caruana perfect after 3 rounds

    29 Aug 2014 | 11:00 pm
    Standings after 3 rounds1. Caruana, Fabiano g ITA 2801 - 3 pts2. Vachier-Lagrave, Maxime g FRA 2768 - 1½ 3. Aronian, Levon g ARM 2805 - 1½ 4. Nakamura, Hikaru g USA 2787 - 1 5. Carlsen, Magnus g NOR 2877 - 1 6. Topalov, Veselin g BUL 2772 - 1 Chess Daily News from Susan Polgar
  • New breed of champion

    29 Aug 2014 | 10:30 pm
    World Chess Champion Competes in St. Louis at Strongest Chess Tournament EverBy WILLIS RYDER ARNOLDThis year’s Sinquefield Cup chess championship is underway here in St. Louis and it’s billed as the strongest chess tournament in the history of the sport. The tournament features six of the top nine players in the world and takes place at the Chess Club and Scholastic Center of St. Louis. The compete for a first place prize of $100,000. Before the end of the tournament, each player will play every other player twice. Current world chess champion Magnus Carlsen is a favored…
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  • Answers to the Ultimate Chess Quiz

    26 Aug 2014 | 11:00 am
    SPOILER ALERT! -- ANSWERS TO THE CHESS QUIZ! Here are the answers to the ultimate chess quiz written by Bill Wall. Answers: 1. Manuel Aaron was India's first International Master, in 1961. 2. Viswanathan Anand was India's first Grandmaster, in 1987. 3. In 1995, Robert Smeltzer played the most USCF games in one year - 2,266 games. 4. Michael Adams was the youngest player to win the British Chess Championship at 17. 5. Bobby Fischer was the youngest player to win the US Chess Championship at 14 in 1957/58. 6. Hikaru Nakamura was the 2nd youngest player to win the US Chess Championship at 16 in…
  • Chess Quiz: Test Your Chess Knowledge

    13 Aug 2014 | 11:00 am
    Think you know a lot about chess and chess history? Here's the ultimate chess quiz for long-time chess lovers created by Bill Wall. Good luck - you're going to need it! 1. Who was India's first International Master? 2. Who was India's first Grandmaster? 3. Who played the most USCF rated games in one year? 4. Who was the youngest player to win the British Chess Championship? 5. Who was the youngest player to win the US Chess Championship? 6. Who was the second youngest player to win the US Chess Championship? 7. Who was the first <!--more-->Indonesian Grandmaster? 8. Who was Norway's…
  • 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…
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    Jim West On Chess

  • FIDE Could Strip Title from Carlsen

    30 Aug 2014 | 3:40 am
    [photo by Alvaro Barrientos] By tomorrow's deadline, Magnus Carlsen must agree to play the world championship rematch in November or risk forfeiting his title.
  • Frost Interviews Kasparov

    29 Aug 2014 | 5:24 am
    David Frost interviews Garry Kasparov.
  • "Game of Thrones" Author & Bobby Fischer

    28 Aug 2014 | 5:18 am
    Game of Thrones author George R. R. Martin, a native of Bayonne NJ, owes his writing career to Bobby Fischer.
  • Sweet Success for Applesauce vs. NJKO

    27 Aug 2014 | 3:40 am
    In week one of the United States Chess League, the Manhattan Applesauce found sweet success against the New Jersey Knockouts.  Savor the games on boards one, two, three, and four.
  • Westfield Quads 8/24/2014

    26 Aug 2014 | 4:27 am
    On Sunday, I drew this game in the quads at Westfield.Round Two: Sicilian Defense, King's Indian AttackJim West (USCF 2203) - Pete Radomskyj (USCF 2270), Westfield NJ 8/24/20141.e4 c5 2.Nf3 e6 3.d3 Nc6 4.g3 g6 5.Bg2 Bg7 6.O-O Nge7 7.Nbd2 O-O 8.Re1 d6 9.a4 e5 10.c3 h6 11.h4 Bg4 12.Qc2 Qd7 13.Nc4 Rad814.a5 Bh3 15.Kh2 Bxg2 16.Kxg2 f5 17.Qb3 Kh8 18.Rh1 d5 19.exd5 Qxd5 20.Ncd2 Qxd3 21.Ng5 Qd5+ 22.Qxd5 Rxd5 23.Ne6 Rf6 24.Nxg7 Kxg7 25.Nc4 Rf8 26.Re1 Rfd8 27.Be3 Nc8 28.Ra3 Nd6 29.Nxd6 R8xd630.c4 Rd3 31.Bxc5 Rxa3 32.Bxd6 Rb3, draw.PGN
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  • Another Split in World Chess?

    27 Aug 2014 | 8:30 pm
    This is what I like to see, a World Champion who’s prepared to throw his weight around.Magnus Carlsen is, for now, dragging his feet over the re-match against Anand that is slated for November. The Norwegian and his team have to date not signed the contract papers, queried the suitability of the venue, asked for more prize money and also raised questions about media coverage.This is good. For if there’s anyone who really ought to do more to, at least, ruffle FIDE’s feathers – it’s the numero uno, the World Champ. How is the world body supposed to react?Already there is speculation…
  • Levon Aronian's Preparation

    25 Aug 2014 | 11:28 pm
    GM Levon Aronian just tweeted this. Beach selfie from South Carolina. Sinquefield Cup starting tomorrow!— Levon Aronian (@LevAronian) August 25, 2014 The world number two spent the weekend in South Carolina. He and Arianne are on their way to St Louis where Levon will play in the Sinquefield Cup.I imagine that the other participants are busy in front of their computers looking for that next big novelty. Between that and Aronian's prep method, I know exactly which one I prefer. After all, if you're world number 2 you can probably afford a bit of a frolick in the…
  • How Norway Does Chess on TV

    21 Aug 2014 | 7:05 pm
    We know that chess has been really big on Norwegian TV and that is thanks, of course, to their favourite son, Magnus Carlsen. The just completed Olympiad, for example, as well as the World Championships match in Chennai months before that were both heavily covered. Really impressive stuff.But what does it take for a mainstream outfit to cover something like a chess event?You would think that just a few cheap Handycams and maybe some GoPro's will do. Oh, no. The Norwegians went about their business like they were covering the summer Olympics! Sort of.Here's Jon Stale Carlsen describing the…
  • Rwandans Upset By Captain

    19 Aug 2014 | 3:19 pm
    I wonder what some experts on the regulations think of this.It seems that the unfortunate incident on the last day of the Olympiad has had the unintended side-effect of causing ructions within the Rwandan men's team.From Rwanda's The New Times paper:The controversy started on the final day of the tournament on Thursday last week, when in round 11, a Seychelles player against Rwanda’s Alain Patience Niyibizi on board 2, suddenly collapsed and was later pronounced dead. Although Rwanda was leading on the score against Seychelles before the incident, team captain Maxence Murara chose to…
  • Zhukova Berates Lagno

    18 Aug 2014 | 9:41 pm
    Fourth board for Ukraine's women, Natalia Zhukova, had some pretty nasty things to say about ex-compatriot Kateryna Lagno.Zhukova: "Getting rid of the parasites is always painless. Well, love cannot be forced. If she doesn't want to play for Ukraine, why do we need such people? We didn't communicate at the Olympiad, she avoided it. Cleansing is always for the better." Terrible thing to say even for my tastes.Obviously we're relying on the translation to be accurate, but since it is a Russian site, I guess it is 100% reliable.Anyway, GM Jonathan Tisdall thought he might have read something…
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  • Computer problems, state championship, chess after marriage

    29 Aug 2014 | 2:21 pm
    Once again, I’m having problems with the Comment function on my blog. It seems to be a different problem this time from the ones earlier this year, but equally unsatisfactory. My blog is not accepting new comments, and all the old ones have disappeared as well. I hope that this situation is temporary, because a blog with no comments is just a diary. I’ve e-mailed my Internet service provider and we’ll see what they come up with. I suspect that all the comments are still there, but some program is not talking to some other program any more. Isn’t it amazing how our…
  • Hallucinations and Beauty

    26 Aug 2014 | 9:59 am
    At Mike Splane’s chess party I showed a game I played against Paul Richter (a teen-aged expert and soon-to-be master, with a rating around 2180) that I’m also planning to give a ChessLecture on. The game had a beautiful finish, but I also had a curious blind spot that might have cost me the victory if my opponent had played the best move. Position after 41. Bh6. Black to move. FEN: n3b2k/5q1p/4pP1B/pp1pP2p/2pP4/P1P3Q1/1PB5/7K b – - 0 41 We have just passed the time control (Black with only 4 seconds to spare) and both players can breathe again. The question is whether Black…
  • Another Master?

    24 Aug 2014 | 11:13 pm
    At Mike Splane’s latest chess party, which was held today, Juande Perea showed three of his games from the recent Kolty Club Championship, which he won in impressive style. Juande scored 5-0 in the games he actually played, plus he took two half-point byes for non-chess reasons, so he ended with a score of 6-1. Best of all, there’s a chance that he earned a USCF National Master rating as a result. That would be pretty amazing — two master certificates in two months for our little group! (Uyanga Byambaa was the first one.) Juande has actually been master strength ever since…
  • Olympiad is Over

    14 Aug 2014 | 10:50 am
    The last round of the Chess Olympiad is in the books and, no surprise, China won. They beat Poland, 3-1, making any discussion of tiebreaks academic. As I mentioned in my previous entry, they completed the event with only one loss out of 44 games, a truly dominating performance. Hungary (the only team to even win a game off the Chinese, although they lost their match) tied Ukraine 2-2 in the last round and won the silver medal on tiebreaks over India, by the narrowest possible margin (½ point). India took the bronze, which was quite impressive given that their best player (Anand) did not…
  • One Round to Go

    13 Aug 2014 | 4:45 pm
    With one round to go in the chess Olympiad, the U.S. is still in contention for… something, and the gold-medal team is in my opinion all but decided. China beat France in round 10, taking over sole first place with 17 points (7 wins, 3 ties). The only team that could pass them is Hungary, which has 16 points (7 wins, 2 ties, one loss). But Hungary already played China and lost to them way back in round three. So Hungary has to rely on the extremely unlikely scenario of Poland beating China, while at the same time Hungary has to beat a very tough Ukraine team. Here are all the final…
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  • Oldest Metal Object To Date In Middle East Found in Woman's Tomb

    23 Aug 2014 | 10:51 am
    The Oldest Metal Object Found to Date in the Middle East According to Dr. Danny Rosenberg of the University of Haifa’s Zinman Institute of Archeology, the copper awl is a unique and very rare artifact, whose discovery, along with other items during the excavations at Tel Tsaf in the Jordan Valley, indicates that the site was an ancient international commercial center Released:
  • Hello...Has No Chinese Archaeologist Ever Heard of the Tocharians???

    23 Aug 2014 | 9:41 am
    From Xinhua European man's remains found in ancient Chinese tomb 2014-08-17 15:06:04 YINCHUAN, Aug. 17 (Xinhua) -- The remains of a human skull found in a 1,400-year-old tomb in China possibly belonged to a man of European origin, an initial investigation by scientists revealed on Sunday. The skull was found in the M1401 tomb in Guyuan City in northwest China's
  • Teams USA Final Results at Tromso Chess Olympiad

    14 Aug 2014 | 7:28 pm
    Is Rex S. pulling his hair out of his head?  Geez, it was bad, people, BAD! The Open (a/k/a Men's) Team finished in 14th place overall.  Really?  The Netherlands, France, Cuba and Israel finished ahead of us (US).  Holding my nose as I look at the final results.  HOLY HATHOR.  Will the USCF now try to pass this off as some kind of great victory?  I sure the hell hope not. Final Ranking after 11
  • Judit Polgar Retiring from Professional Chess

    13 Aug 2014 | 6:04 pm
    Um, I thought she did this years ago, except for the occasional urge to make some appearance fees at special events or serve the call of her homeland (as in an Olympiad).  It's been clear for some time that Judit P.'s heart was no longer solely dedicated to the game. One reaches the point in one's life where too many other things are calling out to one...  And, as we know, Chess is a very jealous
  • LIttle Girl Lost and Her Pet Dog...

    13 Aug 2014 | 4:37 pm
    An absolutely amazing story out of Siberia.  A three year old girl lost in the wilderness for 11 days survived!  Read how. Little girl survives 11 days in Siberian forest All hope is lost when her dog returns home without her; then the dog leads rescuers to the missing 3-year-old, who was called the miracle girl August 13, 2014 by David Strege A little girl lost in a remote region of
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  • Dog Days of Chess

    21 Aug 2014 | 2:08 pm
    Rudy,Cole,Marc and Jeremy anaylize a position. Even though it has been a cool Summer, the Chess is Hot at the Jackson Chess Club. Somebody always has an interesting set or book they bring down and if you have any game you’d like to go over, Jimio or many of the other members would be happy to check it out and go through all the inner working and variations. The chess lessons here are totally free! This is Jimio saying *Chess for Fun*
  • Brooklyn Blitz Open this Sunday!

    21 Aug 2014 | 2:00 pm
    After the great Brooklyn Chess Festival two weeks ago, we have another great chess event for you! This coming Sunday, Aug 24th, we are bringing a new exciting tournament to the New York chess scene- 7 rounds of blitz with time odds! The way it works is that we’re giving extra chance for lower-rated players to win by giving them more time than their higher-rated opponents will get. It is a novel idea which we hope to catch on. There are great money prizes with $400 for the winner and several class prizes given in various age groups. So, it’s this Sunday, Aug 24th at 4 at the New…
  • Celebrating Alex's Birthday

    21 Aug 2014 | 12:12 pm
    Things were a little bit more low key this year seeing as it was just Alex and I for his Birthday but we made the most of it! We spent the weekend doing all his favorite things. We started by going to Ground Kontrol(a local arcade and bar, pretty much his dream place, right?) and mostly played the pinball machines. This was my first time there and I have to say it was pretty awesome!  They had cheap food, and a 3 dollar amazing root beer float. They also had one of Alex’s favorite beer and I think a pint was 3 dollars as well. They had a really great selection of games as well, but…

    21 Aug 2014 | 12:02 pm
      CHESS BOXING This is a game that has developed in the UK. It has gotten popular to the extent that it is being participated in an International forum. The sport entails 11 rounds of both chess and boxing; 6 rounds of chess and 5 rounds of boxing. One can win either by checkmate in a chess game or by knockout in the boxing ring. A lot of people are unwilling to participate in the sport due to the test of mental and physical strength. A lot of concerns hava been raised regarding to the safety of the sport as the only equipment one for protection is the punching glove. The violent nature…
  • Galway Congress 17th October

    Rory Quinn
    21 Aug 2014 | 10:02 am
    Galway Chess Club have announced that this years Galway Chess Congress will take place in the Menlo Park Hotel over the weekend of 17-19th October. There are 3 sections and a total prize fund of over €3000.  The City of Dublin Championship is the next big tournament on the horizon and will take place from the 12th to 14th September. More details here.
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    Steve Stepak
    27 Aug 2014 | 11:01 am
    NEW ENGLAND NOR'EASTERSvsPHILADELPHIA INVENTORS IN FIRST LEAGUE MATCHofOF UNITED STATES CHESS LEAGUE 2014US CHESS LEAGUE SITETHE PLAYERS, FOR NEW ENGLAND on August 26, 2014 vs PhiladelphiaIM David Vigorito, Board 1FM Steve Winer, Board 2FM Chris Chase, Board 3NM Andrew Liu, Board 4MANAGERIM David VigoritoASSISTANT MANAGERNM Charles RiordanComplete Roster USCF March Rating List1. GM Alexander Ivanov (2590)2. IM David Vigorito (2499)3. NM Mika Brattain (2412)4. FM Steve Winer (2409)5. FM Chris Chase (2382)6. NM Andrew Liu (2307)7. NM Lawyer Times (2271)8. NM Carey Theil (2180)9.

    Steve Stepak
    27 Aug 2014 | 8:55 am
    BCC AUGUST GRAND PRIXIN 2 SECTIONS: OPEN AND U1800OPEN SECTION(Master) Mark Larocca [highest USCF rating 2331]3 wins and a draw for clear 1st place.Brandon Wu plays Alvin Tan, Round 2.Brandon drew Mark Larocca in Round 4(!) to score3 points and a share of 2-4th place and a +52 to 1998 rating!(background): Professor Jerry Williams, black vs Loring LorettiNM Hal Terrie: 3 points for 2-4th place.Carissa Yip: 3 points for 2-4th place. Eddie Wei, black vs Jonathan Aiyhathurai, Round 2.Jonathan won this game, and was 2/4 overallfor a +29 to 1804 rating.(background): Mark Neale vs Pinyi…
  • Changes Coming Soon at the Boylston Chess Foundation

    22 Aug 2014 | 12:56 pm
    Dear BCF Members,For years, we have known that our time at 240 Elm Street in Davis Square could be limited, because of changes to the building. It appears that certain changes are now imminent. According to plans we have obtained, 240 Elm Street will be renovated to become a market and gym. This means that we may need to vacate our current home. We don’t know yet what the timeline is for these changes.We have been planning for this possibility for many years. We have communicated directly with the owners of our building, who have reassured us that there will be space available for us in the…

    Steve Stepak
    19 Aug 2014 | 10:28 am

    Steve Stepak
    18 Aug 2014 | 8:38 am
    BOYLSTON CHESS CLUB PRESENTS THE CHARLES DRAFT MEMORIALPRE-TOURNAMENT INTROWalter Driscoll speaks while TD Bernardo Iglesias listens.Walter was a long-time friend of Charles Draft who was totally paralyzed from a swimming-pool accident. Inspite of this disability, Charles graduated from Harvard College and went onto learn and play chess. Walter organizes this event every year to keep thememory of his friend alive as an inspiration to all of us who haveour own challenges to meet. [As captain of a championship MetropolitanChess League of Boston C-Team, my group went over to…
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    The Streatham & Brixton Chess Blog

  • Chess Art en Guerre 2

    30 Aug 2014 | 2:00 am
    POWs play chess: that's the thematic connection between this post and the recent series on chess in World War 1 here, here, and here. They played with improvised chess sets fashioned from whatever was to hand: which also makes this post a sequel to one from last summer, Chess Art en Guerre, featuring a chess set, made from scavenged bone, crafted in an internment camp in the aftermath of another war: the Spanish Civil War of 1936-39.This and all chess set pictures below reproduced with kind permission of Fonds StroppoloThe set was made by Giordano Giovanni Stroppolo…
  • 2014/15: A Year on the Circuit

    29 Aug 2014 | 12:00 am
    1: The Golders Green Open, August 2014Black to playJMGB v Alan Merry, Golders Green Open (1) August 2014I played Alan Merry in the first round at Golders Green last week. I say "played". "Sat at the same board as for a couple of hours" would be more accurate, if I’m honest.That I troubled neither him nor the scorers would have come as a surprise to few of those present, I’m sure. Still, if our game is unlikely to warrant an extended in examination in the 'From Amateur to GM' book that young master Merry may well be in a position to write one day, it did at least have a pretty finish.21…
  • Sixty Memorable Annotations

    26 Aug 2014 | 11:55 pm
    #28: Polugayevsky-Portisch, Petropolis Interzonal 1973And so I awoke with a thirst for battle, but not a reckless battle, but one prepared beforehand, like a decisive encounter in a war. Hence the stages in my opening preparation, carried out on the morning of the game. First I had to decide the question: should I play what I normally play, or should I try to surprise my opponent with my choice of opening? My second made his recommendations to me on both possibilities, and we began considering opening with the king's pawn. In its favour, apart from its surprise value, was the fact that afer…
  • The Worst of Times

    25 Aug 2014 | 12:00 am
    White to playMatt Fletcher v JMGB, #chess180 ChallengeHas there been a disturbance in The Force and nobody’s telling me? Journalism, the English Chess Federation, the #chess180 Challenge: wherever you look, for the last 10 days or so it’s all going a bit Pete Tong.Let’s start with the ECF Forum.You will recall the Brave New World starting on 23rd June was going to be so very different from the EC Forum, the independent site which is evidently not tremendously popular in some quarters. Unfortunately, there’s been a certain horlicks-like quality about the the ECF’s…
  • Matisse Plays Chess

    23 Aug 2014 | 2:00 am
    Though not, as far as we can see, with this lady...Odalisque With a Turkish Chair (1928) Musée National d'Art Moderne, Centre Georges Pompidou, Paris, France(From here)...nor with his family.The Painter's Family. (1911) The Hermitage, St. Petersburg, Russia(From here)Or these two...Odalisques (1928)(From here)But, according to the catalogue of the Matisse Cut-Outs exhibition currently at Tate Modern, he did play -  though not chess as we know it.This is what Samantha Friedman says in her catalogue essay Game and Endgame:"Ultimately, it is yet another metaphor - one that Matisse…
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    Dayton Chess Club

  • Caro-Kann Part IV – Lecture David Rittenhouse 27 Aug 2014

    DCC Chess Queen
    27 Aug 2014 | 4:00 pm
    ..and the saga continues…..   Caro-Kann System Part IV Caro-Kann Exchange Variation-1 to go with Part IV The post Caro-Kann Part IV – Lecture David Rittenhouse 27 Aug 2014 appeared first on Dayton Chess Club.
  • Advance Registrations for the 2014 Ohio Chess Congress

    DCC Chess Queen
    24 Aug 2014 | 4:11 am
    Unless player specifies otherwise, rating dictates section….. If OCA membership is not current, please renew your membership online by going to the Ohio Chess Association website….There is a direct link to PayPal. Do drop us a line at and let us know your OCA membership is current after you renew. Thanks! OPEN Will Sedlar (2246)  Note:  OCA membership required William Wright (2240) Yuri Barnakov (2231)  Note: OCA membership required John Stopa (2227) Note: OCA check received with membership – thanks! Alan Casden (2225) Maggie Feng (2205) Tom Britt…
  • 2014 Ohio Chess Congress Flyer

    DCC Chess Queen
    22 Aug 2014 | 5:02 pm
    Please feel free to print and pass around…..  Looking forward to a successful Ohio Chess Congress Tournament in Dayton this year!   70thOCCflyer The post 2014 Ohio Chess Congress Flyer appeared first on Dayton Chess Club.
  • Incredible Dutch – Lecture by Riley Driver, 21 Aug 2014

    DCC Chess Queen
    21 Aug 2014 | 4:16 pm
    Thursday evening lectures are always a delight – to kids and adults! Incredible Dutch The post Incredible Dutch – Lecture by Riley Driver, 21 Aug 2014 appeared first on Dayton Chess Club.
  • Caro-Kann – Panov Variation – Part III : Lecture by David Rittenhouse

    DCC Chess Queen
    20 Aug 2014 | 4:27 pm
    Part 3 of a 6 part series: Caro-Kann System Part III Caro-Kann Panov Variaition-1 The post Caro-Kann – Panov Variation – Part III : Lecture by David Rittenhouse appeared first on Dayton Chess Club.
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  • 波士顿环球报:中国队获得国际象棋奥林匹克赛冠军

    27 Aug 2014 | 4:16 pm
    The world’s largest chess team championship in history came to a close this month. The final results of the 177 teams in the open and 133 teams in the women’s section were completely surprising. Team ratings would have suggested the Russians taking the open and the Chinese victorious in the women’s, but just the opposite resulted. The Chinese open team, consisting of Wang Yue, Ding Liren, Yue Yangyi, Ni Hua and Wei Yi, some of whom had hardly been heard of in the West, took the lead after defeating Azerbaijan in the eighth round and never relinquished it thereafter. The exhausting…
  • 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…
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