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25.05.2017 18:45 On Chess : Observations from the 2017 Super Nationals VI Chess Tournament
The biggest chess event of all time was held May 12-15 in Nashville. In total, 5,577 players vied for prizes in the three national events which are held together at the same site at the same time every four years. The event is a mix of four chess tournaments, the Nationals, the Elementary Chess Championships, the Middle School Chess Championships and the High School Chess Championships. These four competitions are normally held on different weekends and in different cities in the spring. However, every four years, they are held simultaneously at the same site. The Super Nationals require a complex with hundreds of hotel rooms and scores of convention rooms, which is why this tournament has been held at the Gaylord Opryland Resort for several years. The resort's many rooms can hold the outstanding crowd including ...
21.05.2017 19:07 Shak Mamedyarov surges to No5 in chess rankings after remarkable run of form
Rarely does a chess player upset the established pecking order so quickly as Shak Mamedyarov. The 32-year-old Azeri has been on a roll in the last month, jumping to No5 in the world by dynamic attacking play, and is now the favorite to win the Fide Grand Prix and thus become a candidate to challenge for Magnus Carlsen’s global title. He has achieved the coveted 2800 live rating and threatens to undermine next month’s super elite chess event at Stavanger, Norway, which claimed to be the strongest in all chess history when the then top 10 accepted invitations. Mamedyarov’s surge has included joint first in the opening Grand Prix event at Sharjah; victory at the Shamkir tournament on his home soil, where he finished ahead of the world No2, Wesley So; a 4/4 sweep in the Russian team chess championship; and the Moscow leg of ...
21.05.2017 15:22 Open Sicilians
Uncompromising fighting chess!
20.05.2017 23:04 King's Indian
Practical chances outweigh theoretical issues!
20.05.2017 08:16 King Pawn
New ideas at the Gashimov Memorial
18.05.2017 23:17 French Defence
A return to topical variations
16.05.2017 19:05 Round 1 of the Moscow Grand Prix, in Pictures
The second leg of the Chess Grand Prix began Friday in Moscow. ... Misha Osipov, a 3-year old chess protigy, made the ceremonial first move with help of Israel Gelfer, right, vice president of the World Chess Federation, and Kirsan Ilyumzhinov, the Federation's president. ... Ashot Vardapetyan, far left, the chief arbiter of the tournament, Kirsan Ilyumzhinov, the president of the World Chess Federation, and Israel Gelfer, the Federation's vice president, watch as Misha Osipov shakes hands with Michael Adams of England. ... Hikaru Nakamura of the United States during Round he drew. ... Ian Nepomniachtchi of Russia, left, greets his compatriot, Peter Svidler before Round 1. ...
16.05.2017 19:05 Flash Report: The Chinese Lead Moscow Chess Grand Prix
Hou Yifan and Ding Liren, the two Chinese chess players in the Moscow Grand Prix, are tied for the lead after two rounds. While Hou drew in Round 2 with Maxime Vachier-Lagrave of France, Ding beat Ernesto Inarkiev of Russia to catch up to his compatriot. There was one other decisive game as Ian Nepomniachtchi of Russia bounced back from his Round 1 loss to Hou to beat Jon Ludvig Hammer of Norway. The Moscow Chess Grand Prix is the second of four in the series. Each chess tournament has a prize fund of 130,000 euros. The Moscow tournament is being held in the Telegraph building in central Moscow, a landmark building that is steps from the Kremlin. The Telegraph was also the site of the 2016 Candidates tournament. The top two finishers in the Chess Grand Prix will qualify for the Candidates tournament next year to ...
16.05.2017 19:02 Nigel Short close to becoming first over-50 to reach landmark 2700 rating
Nigel Short is competing at Malmo this weekend as the 51-year-old former world title challenger continues what is proving a remarkable Indian summer in his long career. The current England No2’s latest results were victory in the Bangkok Open and then the top board gold medal, achieved with 8/9, in the world over-50 senior team championship in Crete. Short could, if he does well in his final two games in Sweden, become the first over-50 ever to achieve an official Fide 2700 elite grandmaster rating. There are caveats – past legends like Emanuel Lasker and Mikhail Botvinnik would have been 2700 had official ratings existed in their era and Anatoly Karpov and Viktor Korchnoi narrowly missed it when arguably ratings were deflated – but it would still be a sizeable achievement at a time when ...
15.05.2017 19:18 Twenty years on from Deep Blue vs Kasparov: how a chess match started the big data revolution
On the seventh move of the crucial deciding game, black made what some now consider to have been a critical error. When black mixed up the moves for the Caro-Kann defence, white took advantage and created a new attack by sacrificing a knight. In just 11 more moves, white had built a position so strong that black had no option but to concede defeat. The loser reacted with a cry of foul play – one of the most strident accusations of cheating ever made in a chess tournament, which ignited an international conspiracy theory that is still questioned 20 years later. This was no ordinary game of chess. It’s not uncommon for a defeated chess player to accuse their opponent of cheating – but in this case the loser was the then world chess champion, Garry Kasparov. The victor was even more unusual: IBM supercomputer, Deep Blue. In defeating Kasparov on ...
12.05.2017 20:40 Anti-Sicilians
Some food for thought
12.05.2017 12:09 English, Flank
Spotlight on Levon Aronian
11.05.2017 18:19 How St. Louis Helped Kickstart An American Chess Renaissance
The St. Louis Chess Club and Scholastic Center has a pretty humble beginning. After retiring and moving back to his Missouri home, financier (and Forbes contributor) Rex Sinquefield had settled into the St. Louis area. A lifelong chess player, Sinquefield told me his motivation for creating his club...
10.05.2017 16:32 Daring Defences
There is daring, and then there is daring!
09.05.2017 18:34 Does playing chess make you smarter? A look at the evidence
The stereotype of the chess player is someone who is smart, logical and good at maths. This is why so many parents around the world are keen to get their children playing chess – in the hope that the game might help to boost their son or daughter’s intelligence levels and help them succeed in a ...
08.05.2017 18:55 Making A Living In Chess Is Tough - But The Internet Is Making It Easier
At the United States Chess Championship, I entered a world of chess as serious business. For one thing, I was wanded by a security guard on my way up to the competition. (To prevent cheating, cell phones or anything else that can connect to the internet were strictly forbidden in the competition are...
29.04.2017 18:45 England's top seeds lose to Armenia at world senior chess championship
England’s over-50 chess team are the No1 seeds in the world senior chess championship which has its closing rounds in Crete this weekend. Yet their chances of gold are only slender after a 1-3 defeat by the No4 seeds, Armenia, a reversal which carries an uncomfortable echo of former times. A cruci...
25.04.2017 18:56 Ted 2017: I won first match with Deep Blue, says Kasparov
Garry Kasparov relived his epic chess match with IBM's Deep Blue computer as he took to the stage at the Ted (Technology, Entertainment and Design) conference to talk about the current battle between man and machine. The chess ex-champion said it had been both a "blessing and curse" to be the first ...
24.04.2017 16:53 Nimzo, Benoni
Lots of White Wins!
22.04.2017 19:30 Hou Yifan shocks Fabiano Caruana and Magnus Carlsen at Grenke Classic
The world’s No1 woman chess player, Hou Yifan, enters Saturday’s final round of the Grenke Classic at Baden-Baden in contention for a historic result. After the first three of the seven rounds, played at Karlsruhe, the Chinese 23-year-old led the field on 2.5 points, crushing the world No4, Fabi...
21.04.2017 22:52 Dragon Sicilians
No Easter bunnies here!
20.04.2017 18:42 On Chess : Professional players through the eyes of a grandmaster, coach and spectator
From March 27 until mid-April, I had the chance to be grandmaster in residence at the Chess Club and Scholastic Center of Saint Louis. Being at the “mecca” of chess was already a great privilege but what doubled my luck was coinciding this period with the most prestigious chess event in the Unit...
19.04.2017 13:05 Caro Pirc Alekhine
The conflict between Hypermodern and Classical
16.04.2017 16:11 d-Pawn Specials
Attacking Flair
15.04.2017 18:47 Wesley So wins US chess title despite struggling to break down opponents
Wesley So got there in the end but he made heavy weather of it. The 23-year-old world No2, aiming for his first US title, found it difficult to break down the solid play of his opponents. The former Filipino did win in brilliant style in the ninth round, as featured in last week’s puzzle, but then...
13.04.2017 19:11 On Chess : 2017 US Chess Championships crown victors, Wesley So and Sabina Foisor
Between March 29 and April 10, the Chess Club and Scholastic Center of St. Louis hosted the 2017 U.S. Chess Championship and U.S. Women’s Chess Championship, two of the most exciting chess events in the American circuit. This year, the events were stronger than ever, with three players out of the ...
07.04.2017 20:20 World No2, Wesley So, shares lead in congested field at US chess championship
The 23-year-old is in joint first place after eight of the 11 rounds in St Louis but just half a point separates the top six grandmasters. The world No2, Wesley So, on a run of 64 games without defeat, is clinging to the shared lead as the US chess championship at St Louis reaches its decisive final...
02.04.2017 19:37 How some of Britain's greatest writers played chess by post
It may not seem unusual for a literary editor to engage in regular correspondence with some of the country’s greatest writers. But Anthony Curtis’ letters to Sir William Golding, Richard Adams and others were not inquiring about to their latest work, but their next move on the chess board. Curti...
29.03.2017 18:50 Resignation claim is fake, says world chess chief
The international chess governing body FIDE has been plunged into controversy after announcing its longtime president, Kirsan Ilyumzhinov, had resigned in a statement he dismissed as “fake”. Ilyumzhinov, a Russian businessman and former leader of Russia’s Buddhist Kalmykia region, is no strang...
25.03.2017 18:10 Chess : David Howell fights back to take surprise win at St Louis Winter Classic
England’s David Howell stole the show this week at the St Louis Winter Classic, a 10-grandmaster invitation staged in America’s major chess city. The 26-year-old from Seaford, Sussex, was seeded only fifth but played through unbeaten with three wins and six draws to take the $5,000 first prize. ...
24.03.2017 17:52 On Chess : US Chess is rising and So is the competition
It’s that time of the year again. The time when St. Louis dresses up in its white and black gown and welcomes the best chess players the nation has to offer. The 2017 U.S. Chess Championship & U.S. Women’s Championship will take place from March 28 to April 10 at the Chess Club and Scholastic Ce...
22.03.2017 18:39 Chess notes
The new women’s world chess champion is the much unexpected Tan Zhongyi. She is the 16th women’s chess champion and the fifth Chinese woman to hold the title. Just the ninth-highest rated and very much in the shadow of her countrywoman Wenjun Ju, Tan showed great determination and preparation to...
14.03.2017 17:54 Can you solve the chess problem which holds key to human consciousness?
It might look like a simple chess problem, but this puzzle could finally help scientists uncover what makes the human mind so unique, and why it may never be matched by a computer. 75 years after Bletchley Park sought codebreakers in the Second World War by placing a crossword in The Telegraph, scie...
11.03.2017 19:40 What Qualities Do Talented Chess Players Share?
If you’re not a great chess player yourself, generally chess talent will manifest itself in six different areas: Focus. Chess games are long (up to seven hours in some formats). If you can’t focus, you will struggle to play. Memory. You have to memorize a lot of opening theory, middlegame theory...
06.03.2017 19:33 Does Women's Chess Have a Problem?
Last week, Tan Zhongyi, a Chinese grandmaster, became the Women’s World CHess Champion. She did it by winning a 64-player knockout tournament held in Tehran that included most of the world’s top chess players. For this triumph, Tan earned $48,000. The chess tournament was exciting and there were...
05.03.2017 19:07 Tan Zhongyi produces surprise victory in women's world championship
The world women’s chess championship in Tehran ended with a shock on Friday afternoon when Tan Zhongyi, the No9 seed but little known outside China, defeated the No2 seed, Anna Muzychuk of Ukraine, in speed tie-breaks to capture the crown. Tan Zhongyi had earlier knocked out the top seed, Ju Wenju...
28.02.2017 18:18 Fide Grand Prix struggling in Sharjah as big names choose to stay away
Magnus Carlsen, Vlad Kramnik, Vishy Anand, Fabiano Caruana and Wesley So are all absent and the organisers may struggle to sell pay-per-view packages. Sharjah has its closing rounds this weekend (11am start). The €130,000 chess tournament in the United Arab Emirates is the first of four legs of th...
26.02.2017 18:41 On Chess : A look at the Tradewise Gilbraltar Open 2017 contest
The Tradewise Gibraltar Open is considered one of the strongest open chess tournaments in the world. The 2017 tournament was held Jan. 24 through Feb. 2 with an exceptionally strong pool of chess players, including super Grandmasters Fabiano Caruana of St. Louis, as well as Maxime Vachier-Lagrave, H...
22.02.2017 18:33 Young Iranian chess grandmaster expelled from national team for not wearing hijab
Iran has banned 18-year-old chess grandmaster Dorsa Derakhshani from competing for the national chess team for not wearing a hijab – obligatory dress for women under Iranian law. Derakhshani was expelled for not covering her hair with the garment – compulsory wear for women since the Islamic Rev...
22.02.2017 18:32 Teenage Iranian chess master banned from national team for refusing to wear a headscarf
To most observers, nothing stood out about Dorsa Derakhshani last month when she competed at the Tradewise Gibraltar Chess Festival. The 18-year-old female grand master fared fine on the chessboard, twice using the Four Knights defense, and looked like any other teenager you might see in the British...

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