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05.02.2016 17:21 Vishy Anand dropped out of the world top 10
The former world champion Vishy Anand suffered a horror show at Gibraltar’s Tradewise Open. Gibraltar’s annual Tradewise Open has created a fine reputation with its high prize fund, efficient and friendly organisers, and distinctive venue. In just a few years it has become established as the best and most popular chess event of its kind in the world. The global elite match pawns with ambitious amateurs, special awards for women attract the best players, while the Rock’s government provides active and interested support. Russia, England, France, China, India and the US all sent leading grandmasters to Gibraltar 2016 this week. The stars were the former world chess champion Vishy Anand and the US No1, Hikaru Nakamura, but they had very different fortunes. Nakamura, who won Gibraltar 2015, looked off the pace with four early draws but ...
04.02.2016 13:10 Caro Pirc Alekhine
New ideas from Gibraltar and Wijk Aan Zee
03.02.2016 15:40 d-Pawn Specials
Critical and topical material
02.02.2016 00:13 Dragon Sicilians
A blast from the past!
30.01.2016 18:30 Magnus Carlsen holds narrow lead over Fabiano Caruana at Wijk aan Zee
Magnus Carlsen, the world chess champion, is bidding for a third successive tournament victory this weekend at Tata Steel Wijk aan Zee, following his successes at the London Classic and the Qatar Open. The 25-year-old Norwegian enters the final three rounds, unbeaten on 7/10, although he is only half a point clear of Fabiano Caruana of the US. Carlsen told a recent interviewer that he was trying for a correct balance between risk-taking and sound play and he seems to have got it right. The talking point for many chess fans is less the battle for the lead than the seemingly primitive but crushing attack by which the Chinese prodigy Wei Yi, 16, overran the Czech No1, David Navara. Navara chose the ultra-solid Berlin Wall as his defense and, when the teenager responded by what looked a quiet strategic plan of using his knights to pressure ...
26.01.2016 17:48 Magnus Carlsen takes risks to rise to chess top at Wijk
The champ isn't resting on his laurels. Unlike some of his illustrious predecessors, world titleholder Magnus Carlsen isn't afraid to mix it up with his rivals, maintaining an active tournament schedule — and risking the occasional embarrassing loss — since he first won the chess crown in November 2013. He doesn't win every chess event he enters, but the constant play has kept his game sharp and given him some notable tournament triumphs to burnish his reputation. The 25-year-old Norwegian may be on the verge of another big win, holding a half-point lead over leading rival GM Fabiano Caruana of the U.S. entering the home stretch of the Tata Steel Masters chess tournament, which winds up Sunday at the fabled Dutch chess mecca at Wijk aan Zee. It was a bit of risk-taking that helped jump-start Carlsen's tournament at Tata, as ...
25.01.2016 17:59 Chess: Gymnasium of the Mind
Can the brain be exercised like other parts of the body? For some, the notion seems contrary to experience. When we exercise a muscle repeatedly, there usually is a palpable physical change that follows. On the other hand, if we do challenging mental work, the effect of our activity is not readily observable. My personal experience as a teenager was that a weekend at a chess tournament seemed to make me more effective when I returned to school, but I was never certain. The connection was elusive. There is, nevertheless, increasing evidence that chess and other mind games such as checkers and bridge do, indeed, enhance cognitive performance. The mechanism is easy to understand. Mind games stimulate as many as six key cognitive areas of the brain — short-term memory, long-term memory, language, calculation, visual ...
23.01.2016 18:04 Magnus Carlsen upstaged by Hou Yifan in early rounds of Wijk aan Zee
Tata Steel Wijk aan Zee, currently just beyond its halfway mark was expected to be another triumph for the world chess champion, Magnus Carlsen, after the 25-year-old Norwegian’s recent victories in London and Qatar but Carlsen only drew his first four games and was upstaged in the early rounds by the No1 woman player, four years his junior. Hou Yifan has really impressed. She is the all-time No2 female after the legendary and now retired Judit Polgár and hopes to match the brilliant Hungarian’s achievements against the top men. Her 3.5/6 total could have been even better if she had cashed in three games where she was a pawn ahead and her victory over the Czech No1, David Navara, has been the best game of the chess tournament. Hou prepared well, producing the sharp chess novelty 13 c4!? which immediately provoked ...
23.01.2016 18:04 Chess forbidden in Islam, rules Saudi mufti, but issue not black and white
Game likely to take on status of minor vices such as music after Sheikh Abdulaziz al-Sheikh says it encourages gambling. Muslim scholars usually put chess, a skill-based game, in a different category from games of chance. Saudi Arabia’s grand mufti has ruled that chess is forbidden in Islam, saying it encourages gambling and is a waste of time. Sheikh Abdulaziz al-Sheikh was answering a question on a television show in which he issues fatwas in response to viewers’ queries on everyday religious matters. He said chess was “included under gambling” and was “a waste of time and money and a cause for hatred and enmity between players”. Sheikh justified the ruling by referring to the verse in the Qur’an banning “intoxicants, gambling, idolatry and divination”. It is not clear when the fatwa was delivered. Grand Ayatollah Ali al-Sistani, Iraq’s supreme Shia religious authority, has previously issued rulings forbidding chess. After the 1979 Islamic revolution, playing ches...
22.01.2016 14:04 King's Indian
Popular, yet doubtful?
19.01.2016 22:13 French Defence
Neglected lines
17.01.2016 14:33 Daring Defences
The Benko, Blumenfeld and Neo-Grunfeld
16.01.2016 21:16 Open Sicilians
Fighting, high-level chess!
16.01.2016 17:56 David Howell evokes memories of Paul Keres at Tallinn memorial tournament
David Howell, the England No2, scored one of his chess career best results this week when the 25-year-old from Seaford, East Sussex, shared second prize at the Paul Keres memorial tournament in Tallinn, Estonia. This evocative rapidplay was staged to commemorate the centenary of the birth of the att...
14.01.2016 01:53 Anti-Sicilians
A Wing Gambit and several early g-pawn thrusts!
13.01.2016 14:21 Nimzo, Benoni
Interesting gambit ideas in the Nimzo-Indian
13.01.2016 00:17 English, Flank
White dominates this month
04.01.2016 15:57 Queen's Gambit, Slav
My first update as a GM-elect!
03.01.2016 17:28 Magnus Carlsen emulates Boris Spassky and reaps reward at Qatar Open
Magnus Carlsen’s bold decision to play in an open chess tournament, the first reigning world chess champion to do so since Boris Spassky in 1971, paid off handsomely this week at Qatar when the 25-year-old Norwegian won first prize unbeaten on 7/9 with one of his best performances. He tied with Yu...
30.12.2015 18:28 Great Chess Minds Think Alike: Carlsen Wins in Qatar
The world chess champion Magnus Carlsen finished the year with a victory at the Qatar Masters Open in Doha on Tuesday. He was leading most of the way, but was caught by the Chinese grandmaster Yu Yangyi in the last round and both ended with 7 points in 9 games. However, Carlsen dominated the playoff...
24.12.2015 17:26 Magnus Carlsen facing tough task against strong opposition at Qatar Open
The Qatar Open, which nears its closing rounds this weekend, is the strongest ever of its kind. The 77 grandmasters are headed by Magnus Carlsen, the first time that a reigning world chess champion has competed in such an event since Boris Spassky at Vancouver 1971. And it produced an immediate mass...
19.12.2015 17:30 Carlsen Wins Grand Chess Tour
The world chess champion Magnus Carlsen won the Grand Chess Tour, a three tournaments bonanza played in Norway, the USA and England, and involving the world's best chess players. It was loosely based on the $1,2 million 1988-1989 Chess World Cup, a series of six Grand Prix tournaments I have organiz...
12.12.2015 17:40 Cautious play casts a shadow over opening rounds of London Classic
It has been like a long-distance race where everybody has planned for a sprint finish, so that nobody makes the running. After six of the nine rounds in the London Classic at Kensington Olympia by the end of Thursday, the two over-40s Vishy Anand and Veselin Topalov trailed but the other eight grand...
07.12.2015 17:39 Leader of world chess body FIDE steps down over alleged Syria links
Russia’s Kirsan Ilyumzhinov – who built a ‘Chess City’ and says he was abducted by aliens – has temporarily withdrawn from Fide after US imposed sanctions. The head of the world chess body, Fide, has temporarily relieved himself of his functions, after being placed on a US sanctions list f...
06.12.2015 17:41 Magnus Carlsen looks to end poor run and regain form at London Classic
The UK’s premier chess event of the year is under way this weekend as the London Classic, final event in the $1m Grand Tour, is in progress at Kensington Olympia. Ten elite grandmasters, headed by the world chess champion, Magnus Carlsen, and including the England No1, Michael Adams, as the home w...
02.12.2015 17:38 Magnus Carlsen struggles while Russia take gold at European chess championship
Russia took gold at this week’s European chess championship in Reykjavik, with Armenia and Hungary next. The result was no surprise, but was still welcome relief for Moscow, whose teams have failed as top seeds several times in recent years. England found the going tough, although victories in the...
27.11.2015 17:36 The Ups and Downs of Chess Champions
In the ratings war, the world chess champion Magnus Carlsen, 24, and the top Armenian grandmaster Levon Aronian, 33, looked like brothers in arms, occupying the first two places for some years. A world championship match between the two could be a treat. But this year they both hit the wall. Carlsen...
22.11.2015 17:51 Magnus Carlsen’s wobbles continue at European teams in Reykjavik
Magnus Carlsen’s uneven 2015 results took another hit this week when he lost twice in three games at the European teams in Reykjavik. Norway’s 24-year-old world chess champion was beaten as White by Levon Aronian of Armenia and then by Yannick Pelletier of Switzerland, who is rated nearly 300 po...
18.11.2015 17:26 Russia back in the game of chess
Russia had reasserted itself as a power in world chess after a period of relative decline, says Malcolm Pein. The recent FIDE World Cup was a triumph for Russia. After the drama of the final stages, the realisation was that Russia had reasserted itself as a power in world chess after a period of rel...
12.11.2015 17:57 Carissa Yip wins silver for U.S. at World Youth chess event
India was the big winner and the U.S. team came home with some hardware but no gold at the just-completed World Youth Class Championships in Halkidiki, Greece. Indian youngsters took home gold medals in five age categories, including a surprise gold for WFM M Mahalakshimi in the Under-18 Girls secti...
08.11.2015 18:00 Mark Hebden defies his age by winning seventh British Rapidplay title
Speed chess is popular and a large global internet audience watched Magnus Carlsen perform last month at the world rapid and blitz chess championships in Berlin. The UK version took place last weekend when the annual British Rapidplay, 11 rounds of one-hour games spread over two days, was staged in ...
01.11.2015 19:56 Vlad Kramnik attracts plaudits with strong display at European Club Cup
A brilliant individual result took the honours at the European Club Cup in Skopje, where Russia’s Siberia narrowly outpointed Azerbaijan’s SOCAR in the gold medal match between elite squads financed by oil money. The England No1, Michael Adams, scored 4/5 for SOCAR, the best performance on his b...
28.10.2015 18:09 Russia back in the game of chess
Russia had reasserted itself as a power in world chess after a period of relative decline, says Malcolm Pein. The recent FIDE World Cup was a triumph for Russia. After the drama of the final stages, the realisation was that Russia had reasserted itself as a power in world chess after a period of rel...
27.10.2015 17:44 David Howell beaten by lower-ranked opponents at European Club Cup
Michael Adams’s long reign as England No1 received a surprise boost this week when the No2 David Howell, who at 24 is two decades younger than the Cornishman, was twice defeated by lower-ranked opponents in the opening rounds of the European Club Cup in Skopje, Macedonia, whose final round can be ...
22.10.2015 17:28 Bobby Fischer's priestly second shines in new biopic
The Bobby Fischer biopic "Pawn Sacrifice," which we wrote about here last week, offers another extra kick for the serious chess fan, giving the full Hollywood treatment to one of the American game's most interesting and underappreciated chess players — William Lombardy, who was Bobby's sorely trie...
21.10.2015 17:01 Russian world chess champion Kasparov banned from FIDE for two years
The Ethics Commission of the World Chess Federation (FIDE) has banned 13th world chess champion Garry Kasparov and former general secretary Ignatius Leong from holding any office or position in FIDE for two years, the official site said on Wednesday. "Kasparov and Leong are both banned for a period ...
18.10.2015 17:51 Hikaru Nakamura secures victory after controversy at Millionaire Chess
Hikaru Nakamura, the US chess champion and world No2, won Millionaire Chess in Las Vegas this week but it was a close call which sparked controversy. The top four after seven rounds qualified for a speed knock-out to decide the $100,000 first prize. Three players scored 6/7, and it would have been f...
16.10.2015 18:12 Chess Feasts in Europe and America
The world chess champion Magnus Carlsen came to Berlin this month to defend his other two world titles: in the rapid and blitz play. The Norwegian grandmaster succeeded marvelously in the three-day rapid event, finishing undefeated and scoring 11.5 points in 15 games. He left his next rival, Ian Nep...
10.10.2015 16:57 Sergey Karjakin and Peter Svidler blunder through Baku World Cup final
This week’s final of the $160,000 World Chess Cup in Baku descended into farce when Russia’s Peter Svidler and Sergey Karjakin produced a series of blunders before Karjakin emerged the winner at 6-4. Svidler led 2-0 in the best-of-four classical games but missed several easy chances to clinch th...
08.10.2015 16:57 Karjakin Lifts the Chess World Cup
"It is the best result of my life," said Sergey Karjakin, 25, after he won the 2015 FIDE World Chess Cup, the grueling 128-player elimination tournament that took 25 days and finished on Monday in Baku, Azerbaijan. Karjakin defeated Peter Svidler in the all-Russian final match 6:4. The match, a comb...

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