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  • International Conference Chess in Schools in Yerevan

    World Chess Federation - FIDE
    18 Oct 2014 | 12:16 am
    From 16 to 18 October, 2014, an International Conference “Chess in Schools” was held in Yerevan, Armenia, organized by the Ministry of Education and Science of the Republic of Armenia, the World Chess Federation (FIDE), as well as the Armenian Chess Federation and the Chess Academy of Armenia, in cooperation with the Armenian State Pedagogical University named after Khachatur Abovyan. FIDE President Kirsan Ilyumzhinov and President of the Republic of Armenia, President of the Armenian Chess federation, Serzh Sargsyan welcomed the participants of the conference. Academic Board of the…
  • FIDE President visits the new chess school in Tashkent

    World Chess Federation - FIDE
    20 Oct 2014 | 11:26 pm
    On 20th of October before the opening ceremony of Grand Prix in Tashkent, FIDE President Kirsan Ilyumzhinov, together with the Deputy Prime Minister of the Republic of Uzbekistan Adham Ilkhamovich Ikramov, Chairman of the Chess Federation of Uzbekistan Alisher Saidabbasovich Sultanov and First Deputy Minister of Sport Muradzhan Bakievich Aliyev visited the new specialized youth chess school recently opened in the center of Tashkent. The school includes training rooms, playing halls, dining room and other facilities. Deputy Prime Minister of the Republic of Uzbekistan Adham Ilkhamovich Ikramov…
  • Winners of World Junior Chess Championship 2014

    World Chess Federation - FIDE
    20 Oct 2014 | 12:05 am
    Lu Shanglai of China won the World Junior Chess title by defeating Aleksander Indjic of Serbia. In the girls section Aleksandra Goryachkina had successfully defended her title with a round to spare yesterday. LU SHANGLAI OF CHINA WINS WORLD JUNIOR TITLE PADMINI FINISHES FOURTH AND VIDIT IS PLACED FIFTH http://www.worldjuniorchess2014.com/ ANIRUDDHA DESHPANDE - CHAIRMAN, ORGANISING COMMITTEE, WORLD JUNIOR CHESS CHAMPIONSHIP, VENKATRAMA RAJA - PRESIDENT AICF, ALEKSANDRA GORYACHKINA, HER EXCELLENCY, EX PRESIDENT OF INDIA, SMT PRATIBHA PATIL, LU SHANGLEI, ASHOK JAIN, PRESIDENT-MCA AND RAVINDRA…
  • Claudia's Journey to India: Finishing Strong

    United States Chess Federation
    21 Oct 2014 | 10:23 am
    Claudia Munoz wraps up her trip to World Junior in India with inspiring wisdom on how to finish a tournament strong and her motivation going forward.
  • Tournament Creator Girls (♥ T.C.Girls ♥)

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    22 Oct 2014 | 7:00 am
    Tournament Creator Girls (♥ T.C.Girls ♥) We create Standard, Themes and Chess960 tournaments. We hope for many participants of our tournaments and wish all chess players much joy and success in the tournaments. Sarah, Jennifer, Andrea and Br...
 
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    World Chess Federation - FIDE

  • FIDE President visits the new chess school in Tashkent

    20 Oct 2014 | 11:26 pm
    On 20th of October before the opening ceremony of Grand Prix in Tashkent, FIDE President Kirsan Ilyumzhinov, together with the Deputy Prime Minister of the Republic of Uzbekistan Adham Ilkhamovich Ikramov, Chairman of the Chess Federation of Uzbekistan Alisher Saidabbasovich Sultanov and First Deputy Minister of Sport Muradzhan Bakievich Aliyev visited the new specialized youth chess school recently opened in the center of Tashkent. The school includes training rooms, playing halls, dining room and other facilities. Deputy Prime Minister of the Republic of Uzbekistan Adham Ilkhamovich Ikramov…
  • Tashkent Grand Prix: Round 1

    20 Oct 2014 | 11:05 pm
    Round 1: Andreikin, Nakamura and Vachier-Lagrave first winners in Grand Prix Dmitry Andreikin, Hikaru Nakamura and Maxime Vachier-Lagrave defeated their opponents today, perhaps, inspired by the great Champions Bobby Fisher, Tigran Petrossian and Mikahil Tal (whose portraits are on the background of the photo from the opening ceremony). Maxime Vachier-Lagrave started the Grand Prix series with victory over the top seed of the tournament Fabiano Caruana. In a “must see” game Nakamura vs Jobava, Georgian player sacrificed a rook for 3 pawns but blundered in a very complex position being…
  • Winners of World Junior Chess Championship 2014

    20 Oct 2014 | 12:05 am
    Lu Shanglai of China won the World Junior Chess title by defeating Aleksander Indjic of Serbia. In the girls section Aleksandra Goryachkina had successfully defended her title with a round to spare yesterday. LU SHANGLAI OF CHINA WINS WORLD JUNIOR TITLE PADMINI FINISHES FOURTH AND VIDIT IS PLACED FIFTH http://www.worldjuniorchess2014.com/ ANIRUDDHA DESHPANDE - CHAIRMAN, ORGANISING COMMITTEE, WORLD JUNIOR CHESS CHAMPIONSHIP, VENKATRAMA RAJA - PRESIDENT AICF, ALEKSANDRA GORYACHKINA, HER EXCELLENCY, EX PRESIDENT OF INDIA, SMT PRATIBHA PATIL, LU SHANGLEI, ASHOK JAIN, PRESIDENT-MCA AND RAVINDRA…
  • International Conference Chess in Schools in Yerevan

    18 Oct 2014 | 12:16 am
    From 16 to 18 October, 2014, an International Conference “Chess in Schools” was held in Yerevan, Armenia, organized by the Ministry of Education and Science of the Republic of Armenia, the World Chess Federation (FIDE), as well as the Armenian Chess Federation and the Chess Academy of Armenia, in cooperation with the Armenian State Pedagogical University named after Khachatur Abovyan. FIDE President Kirsan Ilyumzhinov and President of the Republic of Armenia, President of the Armenian Chess federation, Serzh Sargsyan welcomed the participants of the conference. Academic Board of the…
  • Registration and Licensing of Players

    17 Oct 2014 | 4:43 am
    After November, 1 2014 FIDE will enforce rules for Registration and Licensing of Players approved by 2013 FIDE Executive board. Rules can be found at http://www.fide.com/component/handbook/?id=12&view=category.Please make sure all National players are listed under your National flag.
 
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  • Spice Cup Open 2014 LIVE!

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    22 Oct 2014 | 2:00 pm
    The 2014 SPICE Cup Open is taking place on 21-26th October 2014 at the Crowne Plaza Clayton Hotel in Saint Louis, Missouri, USA. The 9-round Swiss open is sponsored by Webster University and the Susan Polgar Foundation. The event offers the prize fund of $13,000 guaranteed (up from $11,000 last year) and the possibility to earn FIDE title norms. Live games with analysis will be live daily on Chessdom.com and the official website with triple engine analysis by the Top Computer Chess Championship (TCEC) engines Komodo, Houdini, and Stockfish. Coming soon: Carlsen – Anand 2014 live with…
  • Three rounds completed at EYCC 2014 in Batumi

    Goran
    22 Oct 2014 | 8:26 am
    The third round of the European Youth Chess Championship 2014 in Batumi was completed on Tuesday, and in some groups favorites already emerged. In the oldest boys group three players have maximum score – Valerii Iovcov from Romania, IM Alexey Zenzera from Russia and FM Melih Yurtseven from Turkey. Yurtseven defeated the top seed GM Avital Boruchovsky from Israel in the 3rd round. In girls group U18 two Azerbaijan players tie with 3/3: WFM Ulviyya Fataliyeva and WIM Gunar Mammadzada. Five players are in the lead with the perfect score in the group Boys U16, while six players top the…
  • Chess lessons with GMs Kuljasevic, Chatalbashev, Arnaudov

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    22 Oct 2014 | 8:15 am
    If you love chess and you want to train with top coaches, if you are tired of losing games right from the opening, if you need professional chess players for guidance, all you need to do is join our Online Chess Academy. Let our team help you improve! Send your inquiry and reserve your classes here! NEW: ANALYSIS OF YOUR CHESS GAMES BY A GM (5 GAMES + 1 FREE for €35)! More about the trainers in Online Chess Academy: GM Boris Chatalbashev GM Boris Chatalbashev (2549) is a  Bulgarian GM, four times national champion for men. As an active player Boris has won more than 30 tournaments in his…
  • Al Ain Chess Classics 2014

    Goran
    22 Oct 2014 | 8:12 am
    The Al Ain Chess Club invites all FIDE rated players to participate in the 3rd Al Ain Chess Classics from 18-27th December 2014. The 9-round Swiss tournament will take place at the Al Ain Rotana Hili Hotel. Top prizes are 1st $11,000 / $8,500 / $6,000 / $4,500 / $3,000 / $2,000 etc (20 regular prizes) There are also special prizes for women, juniors, regional players and elo sections. Time Control: All moves in 90 minutes for 40 moves then players get additional 30 Minutes to complete their games , with an increment of 30 seconds per move starting from move 1. Last year winner was GM Abhijeet…
  • Internet Refreshing Courses for Arbiters in French language

    Goran
    22 Oct 2014 | 7:52 am
    FIDE and FIDE Arbiters’ Commission are going to organize on Internet a Refreshing Course for Arbiters in French language. The following subjects will be discussed: (a) The changes of the Laws of Chess that have been in effect since 1 July 2014. (b) The changes of FIDE Titles, Ratings Regulations and Swiss System regulations that have been in effect since 1 July 2014. (c) The Anti cheating regulations that will be in effect soon. The course will be held in the period 8, 9 and 10 November 2014, 18.00 – 21.00 hours, Brussels time, every day. The lecturer will be IA Dirk De Ridder (BEL),…
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    Susan Polgar Chess Daily News and Information

  • SPICE Cup round 3 pairings

    22 Oct 2014 | 1:17 pm
    Round 3 pairings1 Manuel Leon Hoyos (2512) Ray Robson (2628)2 Liem Le (2706) Razvan Preotu (2405)3 Vasif Durarbayli (2624) Reinaldo Vera (2449)4 Fidel Corrales (2532) Guðmundur Kjartansson (2439)5 Kayden Troff (2532) Orlen Ruiz Sanches (2429)6 Kiewra Keaton (2391) Akshat Chandra (2488)7 Samuel Sevian (2484) Daniel Gurevich (2314)8 Priyadharshan Kannappan (2460) Joel Banawa (2350)9 Jake Banawa (2306) Ilya Nyzhnyk (2613)10 Daniel Naroditsky (2601) Angelo Young (2315)11 Jeffrey Xiong (2470) Kostya Kavutskiy (2307)12 Andre Diamant (2465) Leif Pressman (2301)13 David Recuero Guerra (2424) Gauri…
  • Chess Grandmaster and CFP Team Up to Achieve Clients’ Endgame

    22 Oct 2014 | 1:00 pm
    OCTOBER 21, 2014Chess Grandmaster and CFP Team Up to Achieve Clients’ EndgameNew book takes strategic approach to winning at investing"Rich as a King" applies chess strategies to personal finance.You don’t need to have a Ph.D in economics to be a successful investor, but even a Nobel Prize winner in economics can appreciate the value of viewing investing through the decision-making paradigms of a champion chess player.Indeed, Nobel Prize laureate in economics, Michael Spence, is just one of a long list of distinguished endorsers of Rich as a King: How the Wisdom of Chess Can Make You a…
  • SPICE Cup round 2 results

    22 Oct 2014 | 12:44 pm
    Round 31 ½ Guðmundur Kjartansson (2439) ½ Liem Le (2706)2 1 Ray Robson (2628) 0 David Recuero Guerra (2424)3 ½ Orlken Ruiz Sanches (2429) ½ Vasif Durarbayli (2624)4 1 Razvan Preotu (2405) 0 Daniel Naroditsky (2601)5 ½ Fidel Corrales (2532) ½ Kiewra Keaton (2391)6 ½ Joel Banawa (2350) ½ Kayden Troff (2532)7 1 Manuel Leon Hoyos (2512) 0 Vitaly Neimer (2344)8 0 Justin Tan (2346) 1 Denes Boros (2468)9 ½ Daniel Gurevich (2314) ½ Priyadharshan Kannappan (2460)10 1 Akshat Chandra (2488) 0 Alex Richter (2016)11 1 Samuel Sevian (2484) 0 Michael Langer (2168)12 ½ Gauri Shankar (2296) ½…
  • 2014 SPICE Cup LIVE!

    22 Oct 2014 | 8:00 am
    Chess Daily News from Susan Polgar
  • Chigorin Memorial 2014 LIVE!

    22 Oct 2014 | 6:00 am
    Chess Daily News from Susan Polgar
 
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    Wholesale Chess: Latest News

  • Choosing the Right Size and Style of Chess Set - Part 2

    19 Oct 2014 | 11:00 am
    Part 2: Chess Pieces Chess pieces are extremely important. Quality, durability, design, and ease-of-play are all crucial to how your game goes and how long your pieces last. But not all chess pieces are created equally. Read through this short guide to pieces available here at Wholesale Chess. The first decision you’ll have to make is whether you want plastic or wooden pieces. Plastic chess pieces are great for clubs and tournament play, while wood pieces are generally higher-end, detailed pieces used for display and home play. We’ll discuss both here. Plastic Pieces We’ll start with…
  • Choosing the Right Size and Style of Chess Set

    3 Oct 2014 | 2:51 am
    Part 1: Chess Boards We have many chess boards available here at Wholesale Chess. Unfortunately, with a lot of options, people can get overwhelmed when trying to make a decision. Here is a short guide on selecting a chess board. First of all, you’ll have to choose a board color. Green and white is standard, but it’s really down to personal preference. Every vinyl or rollup board we sell comes in at least green, blue, or black. If you like unusual combinations, you might want to try a pink, red, or brown board just to keep your game more colorful.Vinyl Chess Boards Our quality vinyl boards…
  • New Product Videos

    8 Sep 2014 | 11:00 am
    We wanted to let all of our customers know – as you may have noticed – that we’ve updated several product videos and added a lot more! Our goal is to make sure you clearly understand our products before you make your purchase; no one likes to buy something if they’re not sure about whether or not it's what they need. With that in mind, if you have questions as you browse the site, be sure to watch the included videos, as they may answer any questions or concerns you have.From the classic vinyl boards and plastic tournament chess sets to high-end wooden pieces and boards, as well as…
  • 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…
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  • Final conclusion

    30 Sep 2014 | 11:10 am
    What this blog lacks is a final conclusion. I will provide one now. There are things in life that one can call "unfinished business". In my life I had two which stood out: fishing and playing chess.I hardly caught any fish when I started to experiment with fishing.It took me 25 years to get the hang of it. At the moment I understood how to do it and started to catch lots and lots of fish, I abandoned fishing. Since I don't like fishing. Experimenting and finding out  how it works was a definite challenge, but when the challenge was over, it was finished. I never touched an angling rod…
  • The initiative

    12 Sep 2013 | 12:32 pm
    Writing in english again is somewhat uneasy. I feel rusty both write- and chesswise. I did read a few old posts of mine. Especially this one caught my attention. I never really put the ideas from that post into practice. But pruning branches and  excluding move orders based on reasoning about the initiative is a great idea. I will experiment with it. All other ideas failed, so there is nothing to loose.I did a little test with solving an old high rated problemset. It turns out that most of the times I remember the moves, not the diagrams. Since the initiative is much more important than…
  • Chess comes in waves

    11 Sep 2013 | 5:23 pm
    I haven't posted for a while. But the new season has started, so I will try to pick it up again. First I will have to read some old stuff to see where I'm standing right now. See you around.
  • Seeing everything as new

    16 Mar 2013 | 5:13 pm
    Say, there is a big tree in my garden. It casts a lot of shadow, so it makes my house ïnside very dark. At one day, I decide to chop it down because I got so annoyed to have to put on the lights by day, even in the summer. After a good night of sleep, I have forgotten that I did chop the tree and why I did it. When I wake up, I look in the garden and I start to rave: "which idiot has chopped my tree while I was asleep? When I now sit in the garden it will be too hot for me since there is no shadow!"This happens when you see everything always as "new". When you don't see the relation between…
  • ATH 1900 Fide estimated

    13 Mar 2013 | 8:02 am
    In about 11 months my FIDE estimated rating at CT has risen from 1844 to 1900 today. Most of this has been realized the past 7 months, when I started with my new method of making diagrams and memorizing limited amounts of high rated tactical problems. As you might have noticed I made a detour for two months or so with endgames during this time.In fact, I might be somewhat underrated even. Since I wasn't aware that the FIDE estimated which is calculated during standard tactics makes use of the time I spend on a problem. I have the habit to go to the mall or to watch the telly while the clock…
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    Jim West On Chess

  • Sweepless in Seattle

    22 Oct 2014 | 5:26 am
    In week nine of the USCL, the heavyweight bout between the New Jersey Knockouts and the Seattle Sluggers proved to be not much of a contest.With but a single draw, NJKO nearly got swept on boards one, two, three, and four.
  • Marshall October Under 2300 10/19/2014

    21 Oct 2014 | 7:05 am
    On Sunday, my opponent blundered a piece in the tournament at the Marshall Chess Club.Round Four: Sicilian Defense, King's Indian AttackJim West (FIDE 2044) - Paul Rachlin (FIDE 1900), Marshall Chess Club 10/19/20141.e4 c5 2.Nf3 e6 3.d3 Nc6 4.g3 d5 5.Nbd2 Nf6 6.Bg2 Be7 7.O-O O-O 8.e5 Nd7 9.Re1 Re8 10.h4 b6 11.Nf1 Bb7 12.Bf4 h6 13.h5 f6 14.Bh3 Nf815.N1h2 fxe5 16.Nxe5 Bg5 17.Qg4 Bxf4 18.Qxf4 Qf6 19.Qe3 Nxe5 20.Qxe5 Qxe5 21.Rxe5 d4 22.Rae1 Bd5 23.f4 Kf7 24.f5 exf5 25.Rxf5+ Kg8 26.Rxe8 Rxe8 27.Rxd5, Black resigns.PGN
  • Marshall October Under 2300 10/18/2014

    20 Oct 2014 | 3:04 am
    On Saturday, I won this game in the tournament at the Marshall Chess Club.Round Three: Sicilian Defense, Najdorf VariationJose De Villa (FIDE 1847) - Jim West (FIDE 2044), Marshall Chess Club 10/18/20141.e4 c5 2.Nf3 d6 3.d4 cxd4 4.Nxd4 Nf6 5.Nc3 a6 6.Bd3 e5 7.Nf3 Be7 8.Qe2 Nbd7 9.h3 b5 10.Be3 Bb7 11.a3 Rc8 12.Rd1 O-O 13.O-O Re8 14.Nh2 Nc515.Bxc5 Rxc5 16.Ng4 Nxg4 17.Qxg4 Qc8 18.Qg3 Qe6 19.Be2 Qg6 20.Qd3 Rec8 21.Bg4 Rxc3 22.bxc3 Bxe4 23.Qg3 f5 24.Bf3 Qxg3 25.fxg3 Rxc3 26.Bxe4 fxe4 27.Rfe1 Rxa3 28.Rxe4 Kf7 29.Kh2 Ke630.Re2 d5 31.Red2 d4 32.Rd3 Ra2 33.c3 Bf6 34.cxd4 exd4 35.Rc1 Kd5 36.Rc8 b4…
  • Camejo - O'Connor

    19 Oct 2014 | 3:20 am
    For the first time, Michael O'Connor [pictured] broke 1900 last weekend in a tournament at Chess Mates.Round Three: French Defense, Tarrasch VariationMauricio Camejo (USCF 2061) - Michael O'Connor (USCF 1888), Rahway NJ 10/11/20141.e4 e6 2.d4 d5 3.Nd2 Nf6 4.e5 Nfd7 5.f4 c5 6.c4 Nc6 7.cxd5 exd5 8.dxc5 Bxc5 9.Nb3 d4 10.Nf3 Bb6 11.Bb5 O-O 12.Bxc6 bxc6 13.Nfxd4 Nxe5 14.fxe5 Qh4 15.Kf1 Ba6 16.Kg1 c5 17.Nf3 c4 18.Nbd4 Qe4 19.Kf2 Rad8 20.Be3 f521.Qc2 Rxd4 22.Nxd4 Bxd4 23.Qxe4 fxe4 24.Kg3 Bxe3 25.Rhf1 Rxf1 26.Rxf1 c3, White resigns.PGN
  • Pix from Sunday Game/45 10/12/2014

    18 Oct 2014 | 3:08 am
    During Sunday's tournament at the Marshall Chess Club, I took these pictures.
 
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    The Closet Grandmaster

  • Guardiola on Chess

    16 Oct 2014 | 12:48 am
    Former Barcelona football club coach Pep Guardiola had this to say about chess:The process of picking a line-up is a bit like sitting in front of your chess pieces. You’ve no idea how similar the two things are.You can read more about his observations on chess here. 
  • End of Chess in New York Times?

    14 Oct 2014 | 12:00 am
    Is it really the end of the chess column in the New York Times? Many people certainly thought so when this appeared at the foot of the 11 October edition.A chess column has appeared in the NYT since... 1855. MT @kevingranville Spotted in today's NYT. Checkmate. pic.twitter.com/lh3vHaym2E— Don Van Natta Jr. (@DVNJr) October 12, 2014 Then again, perhaps not.As quoted by Poynter, a spokesperson for the NYT said, "We are considering eliminating the chess column in order to keep freelance costs in line. A final decision for the column (on all platforms) has not been made yet.”However, just to…
  • Evelyn Koshnitsky, 1915-2014

    5 Oct 2014 | 4:27 pm
    Such is the world today that the first thing I log on to is my social media feed. And one of the first tidbits I read this morning was a status update from a friend with the very sad news that Evelyn Koshnitsky has passed away, aged 99. Actually, it looks like the first news of this is via Kevin Bonham over on ChessChat.I did not know Mrs Koshnitsky deeply, but I certainly knew of her reputation and the immense good she did for Australian chess over the decades.Cathy Chua has a brief mention specifically of Evelyn Koshnitsky in an old post:Evelyn Koshnitsky has made her life’s work the…
  • Illingworth GM Hunting in Hungary

    12 Sep 2014 | 12:52 am
    UPDATE (16 Sep): Max scored 3.5 from the last 4 rounds of his event. Thus, he not only won that tournament but also gained himself a GM norm!(Original text below)International master Max Illingworth, who starred for Australia at the Tromsø Olympiad last month, is extending his European stint in the hunt for another GM norm. And obviously in the process, hopefully, also raise his rating ever closer to that magic 2500.Max is currently in the First Saturday GM event in Hungary. After 5 rounds there, the Sydneysider is undefeated on 3.5 points. With 4 rounds to go, he'll be desperately needing…
  • Carlsen Will Play in Sochi

    7 Sep 2014 | 11:23 pm
    And it's on!After days of uncertainty, the World Championship match between Carlsen and Anand is finally set to happen after the defending title holder signed the contract. It has been a pleasure signing autographs for the fans in St. Louis. After the tournament I found the time for 1 more pic.twitter.com/wRELuTPko1— Magnus Carlsen (@MagnusCarlsen) September 7, 2014 No doubt many will be relieved, happy that a potential split in world chess has been averted. On the other hand, FIDE will be quite satisfied by the outcome; they can carry on business-as-usual. Others, particularly the average…
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  • Almost My First Win Over a GM

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    19 Oct 2014 | 11:22 pm
    What a finish to the Western States Open! In the last round, I almost… Beat my first grandmaster (a bucket list item) Tied for first in an open tournament, for the first time in 20 years Scored another historic victory with the Bryntse Gambit Got my rating back over 2200. But I didn’t. Instead, I agreed to a draw with grandmaster Sergey Kudrin. Hint: If a grandmaster offers a draw to a player rated below 2200, it’s pretty certain that the grandmaster has a lost game. Especially when a draw will give him no prize money. But you can judge for yourself. Here is the final…
  • How Could I Be So Blind?

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    18 Oct 2014 | 10:01 am
    This is a lament that every chess player utters at some point… some of us more often than others. My turn to utter it was yesterday. FEN: 7k/7p/P2R2p1/5p2/2p5/1K6/6rP/8 w – - 0 48 Position after 47. … c4+. White to move. Round one of the Western States Open in Reno. I’m playing White against Samir Alazawi, a class A player. Here is where I had my moment of chess blindness. I probably spent 10 minutes thinking about this position. The first move I wanted to play was 48. Ka3, to keep Black’s rook off the a-file. Obviously if 48. … c3 49. a7, and White’s…
  • Millionaire Tournament Results

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    14 Oct 2014 | 11:21 am
    So So wasn’t so-so! (Sorry, I couldn’t resist!) I tried to look up the winner of the Millionaire Open in Las Vegas this morning, and it wasn’t as easy as I expected to find out who won. When I went to chessbase.com, usually my first source, there was nothing about the playoffs. Next I went to the tournament page itself — but that page is a navigational disaster. There was no apparent way to find out who won the tournament! Finally I had to resort to Google, which took me to Susan Polgar’s blog, which took me to the Chess24 website, which had an excellent article…
  • The Agony of De-draw

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    12 Oct 2014 | 10:22 pm
    On ABC’s Wide World of Sports, the late broadcaster Jim McKay used to talk about “the thrill of victory and the agony of defeat.” But in chess we have a third possibility, the agony of de-draw. The first seven rounds of the Millionaire Open in Las Vegas are over, and tomorrow is “Millionaire Monday.” The Final Four, who will play off for the $100,000 first prize, are Wesley So (Phillippines), Yangyi Yu (China), Ray Robson (U.S.) and Jianchao Zhou (China). At this point, after seven rounds of serious chess, each of these four is guaranteed to win at least $14,000.
  • Oh, the Shame

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    9 Oct 2014 | 3:30 pm
    I just discovered that Shredder lets you see your “rating progress,” just as the USCF does. I don’t know which to be more ashamed of… the fact that I have played more than 200 games against Shredder (that’s a lot of time-wasting, and it’s just in the last three months!) or the fact that my rating against it is only 2021. Some comments: In my first game I lost to Shredder set at 2350 (I believe). In my second game I beat it at a rating of 2180. That explains the huge rating spike after two games, when my rating went over 2250. I should have stopped then!
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  • Hales Corners Chess Challenge XX

    18 Oct 2014 | 7:58 pm
    Hola darlings! I will have full results and all chess femme prize winners, and also the winners of Don McLean's memorial prize ($50 awarded to a player in both the Open and Reserve Sections, based on relative performance rating) tomorrow, it's already late for me and I've yet to eat supper, yikes! My chess buddy, Ellen Wanek (1070),  who has done so much for chess in the Sheboygan, WI area,
  • Tomb of Emperor Qin Huang's Grandmother Discovered

    14 Sep 2014 | 6:10 pm
    From The International Business Times Online, which contains many more photographs of artefacts from the tomb: China: Ancient Tomb of First Emperor Qin Shi Huang's Grandmother Discovered in Xi'an By Mary-Ann Russon September 11, 2014 11:57 BST A huge ancient tomb belonging to the grandmother of China's first emperor Qin Shi Huang has been found in Xi'an during excavations to expand the
  • Israeli Spies Infiltrating Archaeology to Turn the Pyramids Jewish

    14 Sep 2014 | 5:43 pm
    This is absolutely hilarious, except it was not published (as far as I can tell) on April Fool's day.  Only goes to show, you can fool some of the people ALL of the time.  Are all fundy Muslims brainwashed (just like fundy Christians)?  Read it and laugh, and then weep for the state of appalling ignorance and prejudice in the world today, for it is bullshit like this that makes people kill each
  • Women in Ancient Egypt

    14 Sep 2014 | 3:38 pm
    From the Biblical Archaeological Society (BAR) online -- if you don't subscribe to Shanks' excellent magazine, I urge you to do so!  The article that I've copied the text from contains several more images than included here, so please visit BAR (click on link in title to article) and check them out, they are fascinating and flesh out the context and article.  This story presents an interesting
  • Hales Corners Chess Challenge XX!!!

    7 Sep 2014 | 1:46 pm
    Hola darlings! Time is flying by!  Please mark your calendars:  October 18, 2014!!!!  Hales Corners Chess Challenge XX, hosted by the Southwest Chess Club, will be taking place at the Olympia Resort in Oconomowoc, Wisconsin. The Challenges are held two times a year, and now up to tournament twenty.  Goddesschess has been funding special prizes for the chessplayers in these events since
 
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  • Announcing the Cast of "Chess"!

    Actors' Theatre
    15 Oct 2014 | 6:38 pm
    Just in case you missed the announcement on our Facebook page: CONGRATULATIONS TO THOSE CAST IN CHESS!! Florence: Jess Barton Freddie: Wayne Swezey Anatoly: Jeremiah Postma Molokov: David Hatter Svetlana: Amy Groen Walter: Brian Lauer Arbiter: John Girdlestone Gregory Vassy/Ensemble: Bud Thompson Ensemble: Michelle Matson Liz Brand Brianna Clark Carly Uthoff Kallie Piette Matt Hartman Jason DeJager Rob Reminga (and a few more to follow) Chess runs December 4-6, 11-13 & 18-20. Tickets are on-sale now!! Call (616) 234-3946 or go online to atgr.org to purchase tickets! We look forward to…
  • Check Mate { assignment 3 - part 1}

    Diane
    15 Oct 2014 | 4:14 pm
    f/4 assignment – aperture – show depth of field Depth of field and f/stops are the first things I really learned from a photography class. I always wondered how photographers could get a great close up of a flower or animal and yet the background was pleasantly blurry. I have many photos where I too have accomplished the depth of field I was looking for, but since I am trying to get through this class (I can’t believe how long it has taken me in between lessons. I hope to get caught up soon on the 5 I am behind.) I figured I should practice it again. The chess board was…
  • Book Review: Curiosity by Gary Blackwood

    CSL Children's Department
    15 Oct 2014 | 1:00 pm
    Can you imagine a hoax so successful, that Napoleon Bonaparte, Benjamin Franklin and Empress Maria Theresa were all duped by it? That very thing actually happened, and the hoax revolved around an automaton named the Turk, that was said to be able to play a near-perfect game of chess. The public were amazed by the creation, until the day that it was revealed how the Turk really operated (hint – it wasn’t actually mechanical!). Curiosity by Gary Blackwood takes place in America, years after the truth about the chess-playing automaton has been revealed in Europe, and follows young…
  • Life in chess.

    brainydaps
    15 Oct 2014 | 11:17 am
    Chess,as you already know is one of the best and oldest strategic board games and it has been around Since 6 A.D,Yes It’s as old as that. This is my best game,it requires everything I love using Which is: strategy and tactic. At first When you begin to learn chess,it seems kind of simple and plain and a bit boring, every move you make is like a random guess because you still haven’t started seeing possibilities in the game. But as time goes on,as you begin to lose in this game,your brain starts getting excited to learn more about the game,you start realizing the powers of each…
  • NEW TRICKS

    SAM FLANAGAN
    15 Oct 2014 | 9:49 am
    I spent last week playing Chess in the Isle Of Man. As it turns out “New Tricks” providentially broadcast an episode with a “Chess Theme” the very same week! The English Defence is still available for viewing on iPlayer. Who murdered the Chess playing German interpreter? Was she mysteriously murdered by a Chess playing colleague, or someone completely different? There are a number of suspects in the show. Here is a trailer I made for the show. Providentially the woman in the trailer just happens to be a real Chess playing German interpreter/Bi-lingual secretary,…
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    The Streatham & Brixton Chess Blog

  • Patriarchal theory

    21 Oct 2014 | 11:55 pm
    I happened to be discussing the famous Botvinnik-Fischer game with some friends when Angus French pointed out an interesting anomaly at a crucial point.The anomaly isn't in the game, so much as in Botvinnik's comments on it: at Black's seventeenth move he gave a couple of short variations which he had apparently analysed in his preparation, but which Fischer sidestepped by choosing a third move instead.Here's the variations given on page 243 of Fischer's My 60 Memorable Games (Faber and Faber, 1972)and here they are on page 242 of Kasparov's My Great Predecessors, part 2 (Everyman,…
  • Day of days

    20 Oct 2014 | 12:00 am
    White to playKasparov - Karpov World Championship Game 4, New York 1990Last Friday’s post from EJH marked the 43rd anniversary of the sixth game of the Fischer - Petrosian Candidates’ Final. We’re revisiting another 17th October today too, although we don’t have to go quite as far back for this one.It’s not exactly a coincidence. You play World Championship Chess for a century or more, you’re going to have plenty of examples of two or more important and/or memorable games being played on the same day.I wonder, though, what the most significant date for chess history is. Has…
  • What Marcel Might Teach You

    18 Oct 2014 | 2:00 am
    An exhibition "What Marcel Duchamp Taught Me" has just opened, in which today's "conceptual" artists, reflect, in words and pictures and things, on their debt to Marcel Duchamp. It is at the Fine Arts Society, 148 New Bond Street, W1, and it is on until 5th November - free downloadable catalogue on their website.A lot of it is good fun, at least I thought so. As for a homage to his chess (not, if the truth be told, a major focus of the artists involved) there's a holographic chess piece, a recycled chess set, a chessic totem pole, and a painting called…
  • Why didn't Petrosian play 3.e3?

    16 Oct 2014 | 11:55 pm
    The sixth game of Petrosian's 1971 match with Fischer, the Candidates' Final, took place on the seventeenth of October. As Petrosian lost the game and the three that followed, the match is probably best remembered now as the fourth of Fischer's five consecutive crushing victories which began with the procession at the Palma Interzonal became and ended with his trouncing of Spassky in Reykjavík.Or was that Fisher?Whoever owns AGON, they can neither spell Fischer nor resist the 600 million nonsense.It didn't seem like that on the afternoon of 17 October: the scores were equal, Petrosian had…
  • Clearly not a sacking offence

    15 Oct 2014 | 11:55 pm
    Private Eye 1377, 17 October 2014, page 6.["Plagiarism is theft and I'd lose my job if I did it."][Thanks to Pablo Byrne] [Ray Keene index][Ray Keene plagiarism index][Keenipedia]
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    Delaware State Chess Assn

  • SCHOLASTIC CHESS TOURNAMENT — Nov 15, 2014

    Michelle Pergeorelis
    5 Oct 2014 | 4:52 pm
    A USCF event presented by The Delaware Youth Chess Organization Who?   All K-12 Chess Players – New & Experienced What?   USCF 5 rounds Game 30/ d 5 Sections:     K-6 / U600 .                        K-8/ U1000 .               […]
  • 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 […]
 
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    Dayton Chess Club

  • Part VI Caro-Kann – Conclusion – Lecture by D. Rittenhouse, 24 Sep 2014

    DCC Chess Queen
    8 Oct 2014 | 3:37 pm
    Conclusion of the 6 part series of the Caro-Kann…. Part VI The post Part VI Caro-Kann – Conclusion – Lecture by D. Rittenhouse, 24 Sep 2014 appeared first on Dayton Chess Club.
  • Risk Required…. R. Driver lecture, 17 Sep 2014

    DCC Chess Queen
    17 Sep 2014 | 4:05 pm
    David Rittenhouse was unable to present his lecture this evening….so stay tuned for NEXT Wednesday for the conclusion of his 6 part Caro-Kann lecture. GM Daniel Naroditsky has written an article on chess.com dated September 12, 2014 with the title, “How to Win Equal Positions.”   This lecture will borrow freely and heavily upon GM Naroditsky’s writing.  Thank you GM Naroditsky! Risk Required The post Risk Required…. R. Driver lecture, 17 Sep 2014 appeared first on Dayton Chess Club.
  • Wright Brothers Open 2014 Advance Registrations

    DCC Chess Queen
    11 Sep 2014 | 5:14 pm
    Please note ratings indicated may NOT the rating used for this tournament – October ratings WILL be used for the Wright Brothers Open. THREE DAY SCHEDULE: OPEN Ben Li (2294) Hans Multhopp (2234) Will Sedlar (2202) James Mills (2201) Maggie Feng (2186)  BYE RD 1 Blake Baumgartner (2087) Luke Xie (2062)  BYE RD 1 John Miller (2046) Lewis Sanders (1977) Anagh Kulkarni (1973)  BYE RD 4 Jason Wang (1919) Gregg Stark (1900) Michael Penway (1855) Nolan Song (1699) David Guehl (1690) TaraGanesh Yeluguri (1619) Chris Bechtold (1500) PREMIER (U1800) Monish Yeluguri (1723) David Rutherford…
  • Part V of the Caro-Kann – Fantasy Variation … Lecture by D. Rittenhouse 10 Sep 2014

    DCC Chess Queen
    10 Sep 2014 | 3:27 pm
    Welcome to the Caro-Kann lecture series….  This evening (10 Sep 2014), David Rittenhouse presents part V:   Caro-Kann System Part V The post Part V of the Caro-Kann – Fantasy Variation … Lecture by D. Rittenhouse 10 Sep 2014 appeared first on 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.
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  • 中国和俄国国际象棋学派的争夺(二)

    13 Oct 2014 | 8:58 am
    中国和俄国国际象棋学派的争夺(二)China vs. Russia (2): Soviet chess technique by IM David Martínez https://chess24.com/en/read/news/china-vs-russia-2-soviet-chess-technique Is 16-year-old Vladislav Artemiev set to follow in the footsteps of Anatoly Karpov, Vladimir Kramnik and Mikhail Botvinnik? Spanish IM David Martínez continues his series looking at the Russian and Chinese schools of chess by examining three endgames in which the young Russian talent demonstrated extraordinarily good technique. by IM David Martínez Stay patient, create a weakness, fix…
  • 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…
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    Tactics Time

  • Millionaire Chess Open Report Card

    tim@tacticstime.com (Timothy Brennan)
    16 Oct 2014 | 7:54 am
    I wanted to share some thoughts and reflections on the Millionaire Chess Open, which recently concluded. The tournament was held at the Planet Hollywood Hotel and Casino in Las Vegas, Nevada, which was a great location. I have played in … Continue reading →
  • Colorado Open Podcast

    tim@tacticstime.com (Timothy Brennan)
    30 Aug 2014 | 11:13 pm
    Today I did a fun podcast at the Colorado Open!   Guests include Life Master Brian Wall, Brian’s son Devon Wall, Francisco Baltier, and Daniel Herman The huge turnout at the 2014 Colorado Open (158 players!) The Lemming Opening The … Continue reading →
  • Tactics Time Comments/Feedback

    tim@tacticstime.com (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

    tim@tacticstime.com (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

    tim@tacticstime.com (Timothy Brennan)
    8 Jul 2014 | 6:29 am
    Paul Covingon sent me an email this morning with the subject “CJA” saying: Tim, http://chessjournalism.org/2014entries/entries.htm. 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 →
 
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