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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 Revolution in 1979 – while competing as an independent player in the 2017 Tradewise Gibraltar Chess Festival. Her brother Borna, 15, has also been banned after competing against Israeli player Alexander Huzman in the same chess tournament. The siblings have subsequently been precluded from competing in future international chess competitions for the Islamic Republic. Dorsa obtained her International Master and Woman Grandmaster titles last year and currently lives in Barcelona, Spain, after taking up the offer of a year’s ...
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 territory that borders southern Spain. But to the head of the Iranian Chess Federation, Derakhshani practically committed an act of treason. Mehrdad Pahlevanzadeh didn’t have a problem with Derakhshani’s play, but her headwear. Derakhshani wore a simple headband in her long hair, instead of a hijab, Iran’s traditional headscarf, which became a compulsory accessory for women after the 1979 revolution. As a result, Pahlevanzadeh announced on Monday that Derakhshani would be kicked off the national chess team. Derakhshani’s younger brother ...
22.02.2017 18:22 What chess players can teach us about intelligence and expertise
Are experts more intelligent than non-experts or do they just work harder? And why do some people reach high levels of expertise, while others just remain amateurs? These are some of the questions that cognitive scientists have tried to answer for more than a century. Now our new research on chess players has started untangling the problem. Some researchers believe that becoming an expert in disciplines such as music and scientific research is just a matter of “an awful lot of … effort” – to quote American Olympic gold medallist Jesse Owens. The romantic idea that all of us can achieve great results by deliberate practice, commitment and abnegation is deeply rooted in our culture. In his popular science book “Outliers” Malcolm Gladwell suggests that 10,000 hours of practice will achieve expertise in virtually any skill. Rocky, in the famous ...
22.02.2017 13:10 Anti-Sicilians
Wins from Gawain's remarkable performance at Tata Steel
21.02.2017 18:37 King Pawn
1...e5 in the first super tournament of the year
20.02.2017 19:02 Hou Yifan among absentees from controversial world title event in Tehran
The world No2, Ju Wenjun, is the No1 seed at a chess competition that several top women have chosen not to attend as a protest. The women’s world chess championship has reached its last 16 in Tehran. The prize fund includes $60,000 for the winner but several of the best chess players are absent in protest against the knockout format or the mandatory requirement to wear the hijab at the chessboard. There was even a petition to have the event moved but Iran was the sole bidder for the tournament. China’s world No2, Ju Wenjun, fresh from her Gibraltar triumph, is in a strong position. She is the top seed in Iran and, as winner of the women’s Grand Prix, is already the designated challenger if she fails. The current chess champion and No1, Hou Yifan, dislikes the knockout system so is abandoning her crown and ...
18.02.2017 15:53 Open Sicilians
Attacking chess, and opening disasters!
18.02.2017 00:12 Queen's Gambit, Slav
How I set players problems with my ChessPub analysis
17.02.2017 18:04 On Chess : How to earn a chess title
Many readers may be familiar with such titles as Grandmaster (GM) and International Master (IM), but what do they mean? Why are they important? How does an aspiring chess player earn them? Tsar Nicholas II of Russia first awarded the title of Grandmaster to the five finalists of the 1914 St. Petersburg tournament: Emanuel Lasker (World Champion 1894-1921), Jose Capablanca (World Champion 1921–27), Alexander Alekhine (World Champion 1927–35, 1937–46), Siegbert Tarrasch and Frank Marshall. However, it wasn’t until 1950 that the International Chess Federation (FIDE) began awarding both the GM and IM titles. Aspiring chess players earn titles through a combination of rating (Elo) and performance benchmarks earned in chess tournaments with other titled competitors (norms). For example, a player hoping to earn ...
17.02.2017 13:58 d-Pawn Specials
Kamsky's latest adventures
15.02.2017 16:36 French Defence
From the conventional to the bizarre
13.02.2017 21:25 English, Flank
Surprising developments in the reversed Grunfeld
12.02.2017 22:25 Caro Pirc Alekhine
Exciting games!
12.02.2017 18:19 Chess grandmaster plays 48 games at once, blindfolded while riding exercise bike
Timur Gareyev has set a world record for blindfold chess and the 28-year-old US grandmaster says he is ready to take on 55 games simultaneously. The world record for blindfold chess has been broken by Timur Gareyev, a 28-year-old US grandmaster. He played 48 games simultaneously in Las Vegas in Dece...
10.02.2017 18:23 Chess Triumphs, Stumbles and Embarrassments
Two American chess grandmasters won the first major chess events of 2017. Wesley So triumphed in the traditional Dutch tournament in Wijk aan Zee and Hikaru Nakamura prevailed in Gibraltar. Their victories were almost upstaged by the Women’s world chess champion Hou Yifan. She deliberately lost a ...
08.02.2017 23:58 Daring Defences
New ideas in the Grunfeld Defence
06.02.2017 18:37 An American Chess Champion
The United States may be on the verge of complete chess supremacy, with not only the best team in the world but quite possibly the next world chess champion. Last September, the United States won the team gold medal at the Chess Olympiad in Baku, Azerbaijan. It was the first time that the United Sta...
04.02.2017 18:35 'My main goal is to be chess world champion': Sergey Karjakin
In an exclusive interview with RT, Russian chess grandmaster Sergey Karjakin discussed his performance in last weekend’s Wijk aan Zee chess tournament in Holland, his plans of going into real estate, and when he will return to the chessboard. Sergey Karjakin once again obliged the Moscow public - ...
04.02.2017 18:35 Hou Yifan resigns after five moves in protest over her Gibraltar pairings
The Tradewise Gibraltar Open, in which Hikaru Nakamura, the world No6, won for the third year running by defeating Spanish and Chinese rivals in a speed play-off after the trio tied with 8/10, was overhadowed by the controversial action of the women’s world chess champion, Hou Yifan, who resigned ...
03.02.2017 18:47 This chess grandmaster was tired of being paired against women — so she just threw a game
Typical chess games can involve dozens of moves on each side of the board. This week, the world's female chess champion needed only five of them to send a powerful shock wave through the international chess community. The reason: Hou Yifan's moves didn't lead to another victory for the 22-year-old C...
03.02.2017 18:47 Confused chess commentator comes up with hilarious reasons to explain thrown match
Chess can be a confusing game — and not just for those unfamiliar with the board game’s strategies and rules. It turns out even grandmasters can be left wondering what the heck is going on. Such was the case at the Gibraltar Chess Festival on Thursday when the world’s top-ranked female player ...
28.01.2017 18:28 Magnus Carlsen blunders at Wijk and puts world No1 ranking under threat
Magnus Carlsen, the world chess champion, made the most embarrassing blunder of his career at Tata Steel Wijk aan Zee last weekend, missing a chance for a simple virtually forced mate in three moves, all of them rook checks. That game was drawn and the next day he lost after a series of errors. His ...
27.01.2017 20:14 Scientists call for crackdown on doping in chess as players may be taking performance-enhancing ...
Scientists have called for a crackdown on doping in chess after it emerged that players may be taking performance-enhancing substances. A study has for the first time identified two stimulants that significantly boost a chess player's endurance and ability to concentrate during a match. Neuroenhance...
21.01.2017 18:39 Chess Champions and Their Queens
When Magnus Carlsen sacrificed his Queen against the Russian challenger Sergey Karjakin last month in New York, it won him not only the world title match, but it was the most brilliant final move of any world chess championship in history. It will be hard to match. Chess players are always attracted...
21.01.2017 18:36 Wesley So at top of Wijk standings going into final weekend rounds
America’s world No3, Wesley So, leads Tata Steel Wijk aan Zee with 4.5/6 going into the weekend rounds, with the world chess champion, Magnus Carlsen, half a point behind. Their individual encounter has already happened, a bloodless draw in the opening round. On Saturday Carlsen meets the Netherla...
21.01.2017 01:24 Dragon Sicilians
Delving deep into the topical 9 0-0-0 d5 10 Qe1 Yugoslav Attack!
14.01.2017 18:44 Absence of rivals means Magnus Carlsen can aim for supremacy at Wijk
The most famous chess tournament on the planet, Tata Steel Wijk aan Zee in the Netherlands, starts its 2017 edition this weekend with the first round free and live to watch online from 12.30pm on Saturday. Its central theme will be Magnus Carlsen’s attempt to win by a clear margin and so reinforce...
07.01.2017 18:39 Nimzo, Benoni
A tricky Benoni option
06.01.2017 18:25 Ramesh Praggnanandhaa and Nodirbek Abdusattorov race to break world record
Replete with tradition, the Hastings congress reached age 97 this week. It has been staged almost every year since 1920, at a historic venue where 10 world chess champions have played. The event’s peak years are long past but it has gained a new lease of life as the backing of Tradewise Insurance ...
31.12.2016 18:20 Jetlag restricts Magnus Carlsen to bronze at world rapid chess championship
It was all about jetlag for Magnus Carlsen at the world rapid chess championship in Doha this week. The Norwegian won the 2014 and 2015 versions of the title, which was decided by 15 rounds of 15-minute games with 10 seconds per move increment, but for 2016 he had to settle for the bronze medal on t...
31.12.2016 18:18 Russia's Karjakin wins World Blitz chess title
Sergey Karjakin has turned the tables on rival grandmaster Magnus Carlsen, winning the World Blitz chess championship in Doha, Qatar. It happened exactly two months after their duel in the classical World Chess Championship ended in a narrow victory for the Norwegian. The Karjakin-Carlsen standoff i...
23.12.2016 18:26 Valentina Gunina outshines Wesley So with victory in Super Rapidplay
Wesley So won the London Classic and the four-event Grand Tour but the show stealer at Kensington Olympia last weekend was Valentina Gunina. The 27-year-old from Murmansk scored an unbeaten 9/10 to win the Super Rapidplay – 10 rounds of speed games with a £5,000 first prize and a record 475 entri...
19.12.2016 18:58 Nailed To The Chessboard For 50 Years
Bobby Fischer became the youngest chess grandmaster in 1958 at the age of 15. When he faced Boris Spassky in Santa Monica in 1966 under Jacqueline Piatigorsky’s watchful eye, his record was still intact. The year 1966 was memorable. It was the first year I played chess as a grandmaster. “A grand...
17.12.2016 18:56 Wesley So peaks at London Classic to secure grip on Grand Tour title
The London Classic, which finishes at Olympia this weekend and can be viewed free and live online, is also the final event of the chess Grand Tour, which Wesley So is poised to win. The 23-year-old American, a former Filipino, has been improving steadily and is now on a roll. So reached the super-el...
12.12.2016 18:00 Sergey Karjakin in war of words with Garry Kasparov after world chess defeat
After Sergey Karjakin v Magnus Carlsen the next bout was Karjakin v Garry Kasparov in a sharp war of words. The legend and former world chess champion, Kasparov, defeated in his bid for president of the global chess body, Fide, lives in New York but did not attend a single session at the match site ...
08.12.2016 18:43 Is Magnus Carlsen a Chess Artist?
Magnus Carlsen became known to the world as a chess artist. Nearly 13 years ago he began a sparkling attacking victory in a Dutch tournament with sacrifices on a single square: first the Bishop, then the Rook. I dubbed him the Mozart of chess in the Washington Post and soon the moniker spread around...
05.12.2016 19:04 Nerves of steel: Chess Grandmasters prove their mettle
Preparing for victory means nothing if you’re not prepared to win. Without self-belief and a winning mentality, all the money in the world will not prepare you to be first across the finish line, the recent Karjakin-Carlsen battle shows. Mental strength and the ability to translate this into actio...
03.12.2016 18:21 Magnus Carlsen's dramatic fightback from 'certain' defeat cements his chess legend
Magnus Carlsen looked spent. It was Thursday morning in New York, less than a full day after he had survived the sternest test of his career to successfully defend the world chess championship on his 26th birthday. He’d celebrated into the night with dinner and a champagne shower at the BLT Prime ...
03.12.2016 18:21 Chess Champion Magnus Carlsen Successfully Defends His Title In Thrilling Finale
When the dust had settled at the World Chess Championship in Manhattan on Wednesday night, the expected had happened. In his second defense match since winning the title in 2013, Magnus Carlsen of Norway vanquished the most difficult foe of his still-young chess career: 26 year-old Sergey Karjakin o...
01.12.2016 17:16 Magnus Carlsen retains world chess title after quickfire tie-breaker
Twenty days ago, on the eve of a world chess championship match that would prove more gruelling and arduous than many observers had expected, Magnus Carlsen described his forthcoming title defence against Russia’s Sergey Karjakin in pugilistic terms. “For me, it’s a matter of when I get the ch...

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