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  • Executive Board Election Results are in

    United States Chess Federation
    21 Jul 2014 | 9:25 am
    Subject to ratification of the election results by the Delegates, Gary Walters, Allen Priest, and Mike Nietman are elected to the Executive Board for three year terms.
  • Cadet Heats Up

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

    World Chess Federation - FIDE
    24 Jul 2014 | 9:32 am
    Further Guidance regarding proxies.Please be advised that a Delegate who has given his proxy to another Delegate can still vote a proxy if he has been given one.
  • Wesley So lifts trophy in Bergamo, breaks the 2750 barrier

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    videnova
    24 Jul 2014 | 4:57 pm
    The ACP Golden Classic international chess tournament took place in Bergamo, a city in Lombardy, Italy, on 12-20th July 2014. The tournament was organized by Asd Caissa Italia and Società Scacchistica Bergamo, under the patronage and sponsorship of the Municipality of Bergamo and other commercial, industrial and non-for profit partners. The event was a part of the Association of Chess Professionals (ACP) tour and gathered seven of the world’s top players: GM Wesley So (PHI); GM Baadur Jobava (GEO); GM Ian Nepomniachtchi (RUS); GM Zoltan Almasi (HUN); GM Emil Sutovsky (ISR),…
  • 45 seconds to solve

    Susan Polgar Chess Daily News and Information
    24 Jul 2014 | 7:30 pm
    White to move. Can you find the only one solution to salvage this game for White? Can you do it in 45 seconds or less? No computer please.6R1/6r1/1p2p2k/2p1P2p/r3Q3/5P2/pq3bPP/1B5K w - - 0 3Chess Daily News from Susan Polgar
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  • Cadet Heats Up

    22 Jul 2014 | 6:25 am
    Two-thirds of the way through the 2014 US Cadet Championship, being held in Rockville, MD, Edward Song and Kapil Chandran are tied for 1st place with scores of 4.5/6.0.
  • Four Tie at 1st Junior Girls, Munoz Wins Scholarship

    21 Jul 2014 | 3:27 pm
    The 2014 US Junior Girls Closed ended with four co-champions: Claudia Munoz, Apurva Virkud, Maggie Feng, and Akshita Gorti. Munoz was awarded the 10K scholarship to the University of New Hampshire on tie-break.
  • Executive Board Election Results are in

    21 Jul 2014 | 9:25 am
    Subject to ratification of the election results by the Delegates, Gary Walters, Allen Priest, and Mike Nietman are elected to the Executive Board for three year terms.
  • Team USA Shines in Mexico

    19 Jul 2014 | 6:20 am
    Team USA shined at the Pan-Am Youth in Mexico, bringing home eight medals: 5 Gold, 2 Silver 1 Bronze. Gold medallists Vignesh Panchanatham Christopher Shen (just updated!) annotate key games.
  • Fields Set for Denker, Barber and NGIT

    19 Jul 2014 | 3:04 am
    Fields are set for the 2014 GM Denker Tournament of High School Champions, the Dewain Barber Tournament of K-8 Champions and the National Girls Invitational Tournament. (July 26-29, Orlando)
 
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    World Chess Federation - FIDE

  • Guidance regarding proxies

    24 Jul 2014 | 9:32 am
    Further Guidance regarding proxies.Please be advised that a Delegate who has given his proxy to another Delegate can still vote a proxy if he has been given one.
  • DEADLINES FOR SUBMISSION OF FBO AND TEAM COMPOSITIONS

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

    22 Jul 2014 | 3:46 am
    FIDE President's letter to Tromso Olympiad Organising Committee - 21 July (pdf)
  • Rebates for Developing countries

    22 Jul 2014 | 2:00 am
    Following the decision of the Executive Board in Tallinn that the FIDE Treasurer and I would discuss a reform of the rebates, I am pleased to announce that starting in 2014 the following rebates will be in effect: Chess developing countries in level 5 will have FIDE fees (except Membership Fee) offset of up to the amount of €1,000 Chess developing countries in level 4 will have FIDE fees (except Membership Fee) offset of up to the amount of €750 Chess developing countries in level 3 will have FIDE fees (except Membership Fee) offset of up to the amount of €500 I hope that this change…
  • Reply of Olympiad Organizing Committee: All teams are accepted

    21 Jul 2014 | 2:42 am
    Reply of the Tromso Olympiad 2014 Organizing Committee (pdf)
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  • Wesley So lifts trophy in Bergamo, breaks the 2750 barrier

    videnova
    24 Jul 2014 | 4:57 pm
    The ACP Golden Classic international chess tournament took place in Bergamo, a city in Lombardy, Italy, on 12-20th July 2014. The tournament was organized by Asd Caissa Italia and Società Scacchistica Bergamo, under the patronage and sponsorship of the Municipality of Bergamo and other commercial, industrial and non-for profit partners. The event was a part of the Association of Chess Professionals (ACP) tour and gathered seven of the world’s top players: GM Wesley So (PHI); GM Baadur Jobava (GEO); GM Ian Nepomniachtchi (RUS); GM Zoltan Almasi (HUN); GM Emil Sutovsky (ISR),…
  • Aleksej Aleksandrov clear first in Minsk Open

    Goran
    24 Jul 2014 | 2:32 pm
    The International Chess Tournament Minsk Open 2014 took place on 15-24th July 2014 in Minsk, the capital of Belarus. The event was a 9-round Swiss Open with 117 participants, including 10 Grandmasters and 8 International Masters. The total prize fund was around 7150 EUR in local currency. GM Aleksej Aleksandrov emerged sole winner after concluding the race with 7,5/9 points. Replay games with analysis GM Aleksej Aleksandrov Final standings: 1 GM Aleksandrov Aleksej BLR 2569 – 7.5 2 GM Lintchevski Daniil RUS 2553 – 7 3 GM Podolchenko Evgeniy BLR 2426 – 7 4 GM Stupak Kirill…
  • Gelfand and Svidler exchange blows in the third day of the “2nd Gideon Japhet” match – VIDEO and PHOTO report

    videnova
    24 Jul 2014 | 10:31 am
    Two more games have been played in the Gelfand-Svidler match held in the 2nd Gideon Japhet Memorial Open Chess Tournament. Gelfand won the 5th game in his favorite Gruenfeld Defence, but Svidler bounced back in the next round. The Russian Grandmaster managed to maintain the lead and the current score is 3.5:2.5 in his favor. You can see the games with in-depth analysis in the viewer below. The exclusive video coverage continues with another two interviews, combined with first-hand game analysis. Gilad Japhet provided new videos, taken at the press conference after the third day of the match.
  • 5th Iberoamerican Individual Chess Championship 2014 LIVE!

    videnova
    24 Jul 2014 | 7:48 am
    The 5th Iberoamerican Individual Chess Championship is taking place on 22-30rd July 2014 in Linares, a city located in the Andalusian Province of Jaen, Spain. The event is a 9-round Swiss, that gathers 82 players from 20 different eligible countries, including 15 GMs, 19 IMs, 2 WGMs and 2 WIMs. First seed is GM Axel Bachmann (Paraguay) 2652. Official website/ More information here
  • 7th Paleochora Chess Tournament 2014 LIVE!

    videnova
    24 Jul 2014 | 6:08 am
    The 7th International Chess Tournament of Paleochora is taking place on 21-28th July 2014 at the Municipality of Kandanos – Selino Community Centre in the Cretan town of Paleochora, Greece. The event will be a 9-round Swiss Open, valid for FIDE rating and title norms. Top seed is Bulgarian GM Alexander Delchev, while the first prize is 1.800 €. Official website
 
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    Susan Polgar Chess Daily News and Information

  • 45 seconds to solve

    24 Jul 2014 | 7:30 pm
    White to move. Can you find the only one solution to salvage this game for White? Can you do it in 45 seconds or less? No computer please.6R1/6r1/1p2p2k/2p1P2p/r3Q3/5P2/pq3bPP/1B5K w - - 0 3Chess Daily News from Susan Polgar
  • Please Release Me and Let Me Go

    24 Jul 2014 | 6:00 pm
    SO TO PICHAY: RELEASE MEJuly 23, 2014Written by Ed AndayaPublished in Other SportsWITH only 10 days left before the 41st World Chess Olympiad in Tromso, Norway, GM Wesley So reiterated his wish to transfer to the United States Chess Federation (USCF) to pursue his lifelong dream of challenging for the world chess title. In an open-letter to National Chess Federation of the Philippines (NCFP) president Prospero “Butch” Pichay, So asked for his immediate release to enable him to compete in all FIDE-rated tournaments in the coming months. “I hope that Mr. Prospero Pichay will finally sign…
  • Heavyweight fights between Gelfand and Svider

    24 Jul 2014 | 4:30 pm
    Gelfand and Svidler exchange blows in the third day of the “2nd Gideon Japhet” match – VIDEO and PHOTO reportJul 24, 2014Two more games have been played in the Gelfand-Svidler match held in the 2nd Gideon Japhet Memorial Open Chess Tournament.Gelfand won the 5th game in his favorite Gruenfeld Defence, but Svidler bounced back in the next round.The Russian Grandmaster managed to maintain the lead and the current score is 3.5:2.5 in his favor. You can see the games with in-depth analysis in the viewer below.The exclusive video coverage continues with another two interviews, combined with…
  • Sergei Rublevsky wins the rapid tournament in Barnaul

    24 Jul 2014 | 3:00 pm
    The Cup of the Altai Krai Governor was held on 18-20th July at the Valery Zolotukhin Theater in province capitol Barnaul.The event was organized by the Russian Chess Federation, Altai Krai Chess federation and Altai Krai Sports Department.The 11-round Swiss rapid open with time control 15 min + 10 sec is valid for the Rapid Grand-Prix of Russia. 120 players competed.Grandmaster Sergei Rublevsky, captain of the Russian Women’s team, emerged clear winner with 9,0/11 points to take the top prize of 1400 EUR.Former European Rapid Champion and last year winner GM Aleksey Dreev and 17-years old…
  • Historic Olympiad Journey for Palau

    24 Jul 2014 | 1:30 pm
    For the first time Palau is sending both an Open and Women’s Team to participate in the Chess Olympiad.Tromso will see a debut for the Women’s, while the Open Team previously competed in Istanbul 2012.Fixed Board Order (FBO):Open Board 1: Roberto Angeles Hernandez ID#16600010 Rtg: 1868Open Board 2: Cyril Tomas Jr. Almitante Montel ID#16600037 Rtg: 1906Open Board 3: Bernardo Bernaldez Garcia ID#16600096 Rtg: 1754Open Board 4: Dennis Ramas Gonzales ID#16600150 Rtg: 1684Open Reserve: Jeffrey Damayo Balbalosa ID#16600240 Rtg: 1699Open Captain: Jamie Kenmure ID#3202070 Rtg: 1680Women Board 1:…
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  • At the Chess Board

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

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

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

    2 Jun 2014 | 11:00 am
    Part 2: Notation and Game Strategy Written by guest author Erik Czerwin for Wholesale Chess. Basic Endgames Next, I teach basic endgames. This seems an abnormal place to begin, but it is critical to begin here. I begin with a three-move rook mate (king v king & rook) to demonstrate the concept of stealing space. Once students grasp that a checkmate is stealing an opponent’s space, they are then ready to begin studying the rest of the game. Of course, this is also the point when I demonstrate draws and stalemates. Notation Then I teach notation. This seems an odd point to teach notation,…
  • What do I Teach my Chess Team?, Part 1

    13 May 2014 | 11:00 am
    Part 1: Basic Concepts: Boards and Pieces Written by guest author Erik Czerwin for Wholesale Chess. There are a thousand, no a trillion, opinions on the best way to teach a beginning chess player. No one opinion is better than another because whatever system a coach uses, it has to work for him and for his team. After teaching pure beginners for a long time, I’ve got a system that works for me, and it all centers on a single idea: Teach the concepts, not the tricks. Of course, it’s frustrating when the tricks defeat my players. It’s difficult for me to watch them crash and burn in 12…
 
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    Jim West On Chess

  • "Pawn Sacrifice" at 2014 TIFF

    24 Jul 2014 | 2:34 am
    Pawn Sacrifice, starring Liev Schreiber as Boris Spassky and Tobey Maguire as Bobby Fischer, is among the films listed for the 2014 Toronto International Film Festival in September. 
  • Darrian Robinson in "Chicago Tribune"

    23 Jul 2014 | 2:56 am
    Candidate master Darrian Robinson is interviewed in the Chicago Tribune.
  • Marshall July Grand Prix 7/20/2014

    22 Jul 2014 | 3:54 am
    On Sunday, I finished with a score of 1-1-3 in the tournament at the Marshall Chess Club.Round Four: King's Indian Defense, Fianchetto VariationJonathan Maxwell (USCF 2030) - Jim West (USCF 2203), Marshall Chess Club 7/20/20141.d4 Nf6 2.Nf3 g6 3.g3 Bg7 4.Bg2 O-O 5.c4 d6 6.Nc3 Nbd7 7.O-O e5 8.Qc2 c6 9.b3 Re8 10.dxe5 dxe5 11.e4 Qc7 12.h3 a5 13.Be3 Bf814.Na4 b6 15.Rfd1 Nc5 16.Nxc5 bxc5 17.Bg5 Nh5 18.Rd2 Ng7 19.Bf6 Nh5 20.Bg5 h6 21.Be3 Kh7 22.Rad1 Ng7 23.Qc3 f6 24.Ne1 Ne6 25.Nd3 Nd4 26.f4 Qe7 27.Rf2 Bg7 28.fxe5 fxe5 29.Qd2 Be6 30.Rdf1 a431.Nc1 axb3 32.axb3 Reb8 33.Bxd4 cxd4 34.Kh2 h5 35.Qc2 h4…
  • Marshall July Grand Prix 7/19/2014

    21 Jul 2014 | 5:30 am
    On Saturday, I played this game in the tournament at the Marshall Chess Club.Round Two: King's Indian Defense, Orthodox VariationWilliam Hu (FIDE 1991) - Jim West (FIDE 2045), Marshall Chess Club 7/19/20141.d4 Nf6 2.c4 g6 3.Nc3 Bg7 4.e4 d6 5.Nf3 O-O 6.Be2 e5 7.O-O Nc6 8.d5 Ne7 9.Ne1 Nd7 10.Be3 f5 11.f3 f4 12.Bf2 g513.Rc1 Ng6 14.c5 Nf6 15.cxd6 cxd6 16.Nb5 g4 17.Nc7 g3 18.hxg3 fxg3 19.Bxg3 Rb8 20.Ne6 Bxe6 21.dxe6 Bh6 22.Rc3 Kh8 23.Bf2 Nf4 24.Bc4 a6 25.Nd3 N6h5 26.Nxf4 Nxf4 27.Be3 Qe7 28.Qc2 Rg8 29.Bxf4 Bxf430.Rd1 Qh4 31.g4 Rg6 32.Bf1 Rbg8 33.e7 Qxe7 34.Rc8 Be3+ 35.Kg2 Bc5 36.Rxg8+ Rxg8 37.Bc4…
  • Frank Brady Interview at 2014 World Open

    20 Jul 2014 | 3:58 am
    Frank Brady is inerviewed by David Kerans at the 2014 World Open.
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    The Closet Grandmaster

  • Arianne Caoili in "Shall We Dance?"

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

    admin
    7 Jul 2014 | 9:45 am
    I’m back from my three days and two nights in Sacramento. For me, the tournament was a Learning Experience. That’s another way of saying that it didn’t go as well as I had hoped. Strangely enough, though, I enjoyed it and I will definitely consider playing in this tournament next year. I really liked the idea of playing in a tournament that isn’t dominated by IM’s and GM’s but instead has good strong competition at the expert and national master level. As I said, the tournament was definitely winnable for a player like me, and this was proved by the fact…
  • Where the 2171′s are

    admin
    5 Jul 2014 | 8:51 am
    In my first 18 years of living in California, I somehow never played a single chess game in Sacramento, the state capital. There are a few reasons. First, it’s a three-hour drive. I can’t commute between home and the tournament, as I can if the tournament is in the Bay Area. Second, there have never been any big-money tournaments there; and third, there are usually enough tournaments in the Bay Area to keep me busy. However, the planets aligned this year and I decided to play in the Sacramento Chess Championship, which started yesterday and runs through Sunday. It’s not a…
 
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    Goddesschess

  • Ancient Mammoth Bone Used in Apparent Olmec Construction Ritual

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

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

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

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

    20 Jun 2014 | 9:28 am
    From BBC News Online 18 June 2014 Last updated at 15:35 ET Nepal's living goddess who still has to do homework By Sonia Narang PRI's The World, Nepal Samita Bajracharya is a 12-year-old Nepalese girl who lives with her family, studies hard, and enjoys playing a Nepali version of the lute. But until recently she was also worshipped by people who believed she was a reincarnated goddess.
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  • Blindfold exhibition in Dublin Castle

    Rory Quinn
    17 Jul 2014 | 1:16 pm
    Alexander Baburin gave a blindfold exhibition over 16 boards at the Printworks in Dublin Castle last night emulating Zukertorts 12 board display in Dublin way back in 1879. The event got good  media coverage. Alex was aiming to score 12 out of 16 but the match was halted with Alex on a score of 6 from 9 and 7 left to play. It sounds like the organisers underestimated the amount of time the event would take and they had to call a halt due to the venue closing. The ICU website says there will be a report on the event shortly.  
  • Vassals

    Lionrai games
    17 Jul 2014 | 11:32 am
    Lionrai Games have created a new board game which can only be described as a new and exciting version of the very popular game chess. Vassals can be be played by two or four people.The story is developed around a celtic european middle ages background. A vassal or feudatory is a person who has entered into a mutual obligation to a lord or monarch in the context of the feudal system in medieval Europe. The obligations often included military support and mutual protection, in exchange for certain privileges, usually including the grant of land held as a fiefdom. The term can be applied to…
  • Making Moves

    letters from val
    17 Jul 2014 | 8:58 am
    Freedom is mine and I know how I feel.– Nina Simone (Feeling Good) Dear Friends, The guys across the street, in front of the Bisma Mini-Market,  play chess from afternoon to late evening. Everyday I walk by, and there are four men around the table, two of them in deep concentration. They sometimes pause a moment to say hello, then they continue playing. For the past two days, I’ve had breakfast and lunch at Kopi Bisma, which is directly across from them, so I have been watching their deliberate moves and steady hands for two days. Chess is a complicated game that I haven’t…
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    bilbatuz
    17 Jul 2014 | 8:44 am
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    Tigre sin Tiempo
    17 Jul 2014 | 8:07 am
    This section of Graphic Humor in political-economic, national or international issues, are very inge
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    Boylston Chess Club Weblog

  • BCC PRESENTS: $5 OPEN // LOWEST ENTRY FEES IN THE NEIGHBORHOOD // QUALITY CHESS // GREAT EVENT FOR KIDS // HAPPY AMBIENCE

    Steve Stepak
    22 Jul 2014 | 10:20 am
    BOYLSTON CHESS CLUB PRESENTS$5 OPENTHIS IS THE LEAST EXPENSIVETOURNAMENTFORSATURDAYJuly 26, 2014Register Early for Discount$5 OPEN : DETAILS HEREThis event is preferred by the kids of chess . . . and amateur players of all ages who just want to playsome friendly tournament chess in a relaxed environment.ON A BEAUTIFUL SUMMER DAYChess and Good Cheers4SS // 60/SDPlay 4 rounds, 3 rounds + half point bye;or 2 rounds + 2 half point byesA casual, friendly experienceSee you this Saturday!
  • BCC SUMMER CHAMPIONSHIP // JESSE NICHOLAS 1ST // NICHOLAS LESIEUR 1ST U1800 // 24 PARTICIPANTS // TOP JUNIORS // GAME ANALYSIS

    Steve Stepak
    20 Jul 2014 | 11:48 am
    BOYLSTON CHESS CLUBSUMMER CHAMPIONSHIPOPEN SECTIONJesse Nicholas wins Open Section with undefeated score of3.5/4 for a +10 to 2100 rating.CRITICAL GAMEConway Xu plays black vs Jesse Nicholas, Round 4: draw.Fast passed action characterized the opening.David Tianyi Zhou, black vs Conway Xu in Round 1.Conway won this encounter and took clear 2nd placewith 2.5 points and a +3 to 1943 rating.8 yr old David scored 1 point for a +31 to 1469 rating.3-7thNM Hal Terrie, Nithin Kavi, Uri Feld, Brandon Wu, Derek JinNM Hal Terrie, black vs Brandon Wu. 10 yr old Brandontook the full point…
  • BCC PRESENTS: SUMMER CHAMPIONSHIP // 4SS // 60/SD // CASH PRIZES // SATURDAY // JULY 19 //

    Steve Stepak
    16 Jul 2014 | 1:45 pm
    BOYLSTON CHESS CLUBSUMMER CHAMPIONSHIPSATURDAY, JULY 19, 2014SUMMER CH: THE FACTSPRINCESS: SUMMER CHAMPIONSHIPLucy Cai USCF 1556BRING YOUR COMPETITIVE EDGECASH PRIZES AWARDEDEVENT IN 2 SECTIONSPREMIER (OPEN) AND U1800PHOTOS: STEVE STEPAK
  • BCC GRAND PRIX // JULY // 33 PARTICIPANTS // SIDDHARTH ARUN 1ST IN PREMIER // DAVID ZHU SUN / NED KERWIN 1-2nd / U1800 //

    Steve Stepak
    13 Jul 2014 | 3:38 pm
    BOYLSTON CHESS CLUBGRAND PRIX JULY 2014IN 2 SECTIONSOPEN (PREMIER)NM Siddharth Arun was undefeated with 3.5/4 to captureclear 1st place in BCC GP, for a rating of +5 to 2250.3 TIE FOR 2NDMIT student Yang Dai shared 2-4th place with Jason Tangand Nathan Smolensky, each scoring 3 points out of 4.Yang Dai was +9 for a 2152 rating.Yang Dai holds the fort vs Jason Tang, in Round 4: draw!Mark Robert Neale plays MACA President and ChessHorizons Editor, Nathan Smolensky in Round 2.Mark "oops'd" a rook and Nathan collected the full point.In spite of this, Mark earned a +60 to 1701…
  • BCC PRESENTS THE EVER POPULAR GRAND PRIX EVENT // EARLY // SATURDAY / JULY 12, 2014 // 4SS //

    Steve Stepak
    9 Jul 2014 | 8:07 am
    BOYLSTON CHESS CLUBGRAND PRIX: JULYSATURDAYJULY 12, 20144SS / 5" delayBoys and Girls / Men and WomenMIDWAY POINTTIME TO ACT / PLAY AND WINRACK UP THE POINTSYOUSTILL HAVE A CHANCE TO WIN YOUR RATING CATEGORYREGISTER EARLYCHECK OUT THE FACTS HEREFUN FOR THE WHOLE FAMILYA RELAXED CHESS ENVIRONMENTPLAY YOUR GAMEANALYZE IT POSTMORTEMLEARN AND LAUGHTOTAL SUNSHINESEE YOU THISSATURDAY
 
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    The Streatham & Brixton Chess Blog

  • Harman In My Head

    24 Jul 2014 | 12:00 am
    Slate's Ben Rothenberg reports:What's this about? The gift shop at Wimbledon, which rests above the subterranean Wimbledon museum, sells towels, polo shirts, and even strawberry-shaped earrings. The shop also sells a yearbook, known as the Official Wimbledon Annual. The 2013 annual, a compendium of photos and writings from that year's tournament, featured a cover shot of Andy Murray kissing the championship trophy.We need to know this why?By the end of this year's tournament, which was contested from June 23 to July 6, the 2013 annual had been removed from the Wimbledon bookshelves. It has…
  • DG XI: 'Doctor' Gillian McKeith

    23 Jul 2014 | 12:00 am
    If you want to know how bad things are, you have to take a look at "Doctor’ Gillian McKeith. More precisely, you have to take a look at Doctor Ben Goldacre taking a look at 'Doctor' Gillian McKeith.... the form of McKeith’s pseudo-academic work is superficially correct ... but the substance is lacking.Ben Goldacre, Bad Science, Harper Perennial (2009)And this is the problem: when chessers write about chess and dementia it isn’t even that good.A couple of weeks ago - DG IX: Guioco Piano - I mentioned that I’d recently stumbled across the existence of FIDE’s Social Action Chess…
  • Jarmany In My Head

    21 Jul 2014 | 11:55 pm
    Horton-Jarmany, round 3, British Championship (Aberystwyth) 2014Position after 27...Rf8-h8. White to play and to be disturbed. I'm on nought out of three. I'm not happy. I messed up a super game: I'm not at all happy. But in fact I'm much unhappier than that.White is winning, in the above position. (You might like to check that, because it's pertinent. It's not the whole point of the story, but it's pertinent.) He's winning, but he has just four to five minutes, plus thirty-second increments, to play the next fifteen moves. He has lost the thread a little - hence the time shortage - and has…
  • They’re Already Off

    21 Jul 2014 | 12:00 am
    Black to playWade - Keene, British Championships 1971And here we go. Or rather, there we went.It was four years ago that I started writing about the format of the British Chess Championship [Bigger and Better?; Wagging the Dog]. A year later [Mummy’s Little Prince and the Sheffield Rest Day] I wrote of the schedule - 11 round swiss, Monday to Saturday in week 1, Sunday rest day, Monday to Friday in week two - and how it had remained unchanged for several decades.Well for this year, at least, things are different. OK, they’re different only so that there won’t be a clash with…
  • Brixton Byways: 8. Uncommon People

    19 Jul 2014 | 3:00 am
    This Brixton Byways series continues, but with the focus shifted three miles away from Brixton to Streatham as we are now researching the origins of the Streatham half of Streatham and Brixton Chess Club - we have gone, temporarily, Streatham Sideways.As we saw in the last episode, in 1886 the British Chess Magazine reported a body setting up as Streatham CC; but judging from the Streatham News in October 1893 another outfit was the one that really had lift off and could claim the name, and it had been launched in all likelihood in 1891. The News looked…
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    Dayton Chess Club

  • The Art of Attack Part VI – M. Kellie lecture 23 July 2014

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

    DCC Chess Queen
    11 Jul 2014 | 6:34 pm
    Carl Boor (2376) Scott Ramer  (2259) Will Sedlar (2239) Robert O’Donnell (2147) BYE RD 1 Noah Keating-Adams (2091) Blake Baumgartner (2065) John Dowling (2000) Conner Keuchel (1991)  BYE RD 1 Jake Lennon (1989) Richard Mercer (1940) Surya Parasuraman (1927) Riley Driver (1821)  BYE RD 4 Jason Wang (1777) Alex Cretsos (1771) Brennen Keuchel (1756) BYE RD 1 Kevin Li (1770) Arvind Prasad (1693)  BYE RD 3 Bobby Goddin (1662) Ashwin Kalyanakumar (1654) Divyest Balamurali (1634)  BYE RD 1 William Franklin (1541) Chris Bechtold (1532) Brian Suganraj (1465) Destynn Keuchel (1446)  BYE RD…
  • The Art of the Attack, Part V – M. Kellie, 9 Jul 2014

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

    DCC Chess Queen
    4 Jul 2014 | 11:21 am
    Unless specified otherwise, players will be placed in sections per their rating.  Want to play up?  Please let us know via email at dcc.18w5@sbcglobal.net  ASAP. Will Sedlar (2239) James Mills (2217) Noah Keating-Adams (2132) Luke Xie (2109) Blake Baumgartner (2065) Caleb Jaquish (1984) Shourjya Ghosh (1837) Nolan Song (1803) (Requested OPEN section) Jason Wang (1777) (Requested OPEN section) Mark Kellie (1752) (Requested OPEN section) David Guehl (1655) Ashwin Kalyanakumar (1654) Elton Cao (1557) Chris Bechtold (1532) Brian Suganraj (1465) Ethan Fang (1415) Steve Phillips (1362) Dennison…
  • First of the Month Scholastic Tournament – 5 June 2014

    DCC Chess Queen
    25 Jun 2014 | 5:58 am
    From Riley Driver…. Tipping my “Imaginary Hat” to Ms. Kay Stanley who ran the Dayton Chess Club Thursday night (5 June 2014) effectively by herself and had 22 scholastic players in a non-rated 4 round tournament that lasted until almost 930pm. Way to go Kay!  Additionally kudos to parents and grand parents who brought their children and grandchildren – 14 “regulars” in all.  Then it was Rust McClinttock who brought 4 from Springfield and helped Kay a great deal with the tournament . And it was JW Terry who brought 4 from Deca Prep Charter School and he…
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    Tactics Time

  • 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 →
  • News and Notes: Gazette, Ribs, Missed Mate in One

    tim@tacticstime.com (Timothy Brennan)
    29 Jun 2014 | 8:15 am
    One of the positions that I featured in my e-mail newsletter is in Stephen Dann’s Worcester Telegram and Gazette Sunday Chess Column today. You can check it out here: http://www.telegram.com/article/20140629/NEWS/306299941/ Congrats to Jackson Chen, who just made National Master this … Continue reading →
  • Life Master Brian Wall Podcast June 2014

    tim@tacticstime.com (Timothy Brennan)
    14 Jun 2014 | 10:14 am
    Before the New Mexico vs Colorado Team Chess Tournament in Trinidad, Colorado, I sat down and did a podcast with Life Master Brian Wall. Brian is a legend in Colorado Chess with multiple titles to his name. He has won … Continue reading →
  • News and Notes: TT2 paperback, Happy Bday, more!

    tim@tacticstime.com (Timothy Brennan)
    1 Jun 2014 | 5:30 am
    Today’s Sunday Chess Column by Stephen Dann, Worcester Telegram and Gazette features a position of mine from the Bobby Fischer Memorial played in May. It is from my game against Joshua Jex, and I am Black. Black to play You … Continue reading →
  • April 2014 Tactics Time Column

    tim@tacticstime.com (Timothy Brennan)
    18 May 2014 | 7:09 am
    Click Here to read the April 2014 Tactics Time Column from the Colorado State Chess Association’s magazine the Colorado Chess Informant in PDF. Tournaments include: Colorado Correspondence Colorado Springs Panera Bread Tournaments 24 Hour Insanity and more! Players include: Jeff … Continue reading →
 
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