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02.09.2014 16:02 Millionaire Chess to Hit Las Vegas, in Gambit to Raise Game’s Profile With Big Prizes
Next month, more than 500 chess players from 39 countries will arrive at the Planet Hollywood Casino in Las Vegas to compete in a tournament with the biggest prize fund in chess history — $1 million. And despite all of the players paying at least $1,000 each in entry fees, the tournament organizers will almost certainly lose hundreds of thousands of dollars. But they expected that. The tournament, called Millionaire Chess, is intended to be the first step in a multiyear plan to organize and run tournaments with big prize funds, said Amy Lee, 43, an entrepreneur from Vancouver, Canada, who is financing the event. Her business partner, Maurice Ashley, 48, the only African-American chess grandmaster, was the driving force behind the HB Global Challenge tournament in Minneapolis in 2005. That chess tournament had ...
01.09.2014 16:16 13-Year-Old Is Set to Become Youngest U.S. Grandmaster
Samuel Sevian, at age 13, is poised to make chess history, aided by a strong performance this month at the Washington International tournament. Sevian tied for second place at the chess event, held in Rockville, Md. In doing so, he earned the third and final norm for the chess grandmaster title. To fulfill the final requirement, Sevian, who lives in Southbridge, Mass., needs a 2,500-point rating, the system used to rank chess players. When the new list comes out on Monday, his rating will be 2,473. If he gets the points he needs before his birthday in December, Sevian will become just the seventh chess player in the world to become a grandmaster before turning 14. He would also be the youngest American ever to reach grandmaster status. The record is now held by Ray Robson, who earned the title just before ...
30.08.2014 15:46 Chess in the Time of War
Chess was played and often flourished under totalitarian regimes, military juntas and in the middle of wars. How did the chess players deal with that? Did they raise their voices against the leaders of their own country or did they keep silent? In the Polish spa Polanica Zdroj in August 1968 we continued to play chess. The former world chess champion Vassily Smyslov, with whom I fought for first place, kept to himself and was quiet. Simagin was exhausted and distressed. The Soviet chess players spent better times together. Simagin was Smyslov's coach during his world chess championship matches in the 1950s. As fate would have it, I played Simagin in the penultimate round and I knew that the man across the chess board disagreed with the Soviet occupation. He was a chess philosopher believing that ...
28.08.2014 16:30 The might of Sinquefield
I have done the sums, and the second Sinquefield Cup in St Louis, Missouri, where battle commences today, will be the strongest chess tournament in the history of the game. I imagine the organisers were brandishing the pocket calculator when they sent out the invitations. Despite the withdrawal of Sergei Karjakin, the combined ratings of the six chess players, at 16,810, exceeds the Zurich tournament held earlier this year by just one point. Magnus Carlsen heads the field and will be determined to send his prospective challenger, Vishy Anand, a message that his erratic form at the Chess Olympiad was just a blip. Carlsen’s closest rivals on the rating list, Levon Aronian and Fabiano Caruana, will be fighting hard for the $100,000 first prize. Hikaru Nakamura, the US number one, will also be determined to inflict a first defeat on the chess champion in ...
26.08.2014 13:50 Nimzo Benoni
Nimzo and Benoni games from the Chess Olympiad
24.08.2014 16:55 Best Woman to Ever Play Chess Retires From Competition
The best woman to ever play chess has called it a career. Earlier this month, as the Chess Olympiad in Tromso, Norway, drew to a close, Judit Polgar, a Hungarian grandmaster, announced that she was retiring from competition. Polgar was one of the greatest prodigies in chess history. In 1989, at age 12, she became the first female player to ever be ranked among the world’s top 100. Two years later, she became the youngest chess player to earn the grandmaster rank, breaking the record Bobby Fischer set in 1958. She has never relinquished her spot in the top 100, and until recently was the only woman on that list. (Hou Yifan of China joined her last month.) Polgar was ranked as high as eighth in 2004 and 2005, and she is No. 65 on the latest list. She is also ...
24.08.2014 09:36 King Pawn
New ideas from the Chess Olympiad
23.08.2014 16:04 Sinquefield Cup an opportunity for Magnus Carlsen to emulate past greats
Arguably the strongest chess tournament in the game’s history starts on Wednesday when the second Sinquefield Cup opens in St Louis. The six chess players in the double-round event all rank in the top 10, are headed by the world chess champion, Magnus Carlsen, and have an average rating above 2800. The tournament, first prize $100,000, is another step in billionaire Rex Sinquefield’s impressive plan to make his home city into a global chess centre and for the US to regain the status it had in the early seventies when Bobby Fischer surged to the top. Young chess talent has been sparked. Samuel Shankland, 22, won a gold medal at the Olympiad with 9/10, while St Louis hosted the 2014 US junior which included Samuel Sevian, who has just scored ...
21.08.2014 15:44 China Wins Gold at Chess Olympiad in Norway
Chess shifted to Asia this week: for the first time two Asian teams stepped on the podium to claim olympic medals. The young Chinese team won the 41st Chess Olympiad in Tromsø, Norway. They became the only undefeated team among 176 participating countries, winning eight matches and tying three, scoring 19 points. The Hungarians won the silver medals on a tiebreak over India, both scoring 17 points. Azerbaijan and the top rated team of Russia also scored 17 points, but their tiebreaks were not good enough. Russia won the Women's Chess Olympiad with 20 match points and China edged Ukraine on a tiebreak after both scored 18 points. The average age of ...
20.08.2014 16:13 King's Indian
The trendy ...c5 Fianchetto
18.08.2014 16:56 Caro Pirc Alekhine
Three mighty Scandinavian games!
18.08.2014 15:18 Daring Defences
Diverse opening systems in the spotlight this month!
17.08.2014 16:07 Flow of Chess Olympiad Medals for Russian Men Dries Up
Last week’s Chess Olympiad results further tarnished Russia’s lingering reputation as the game’s dominant power. The chess tournament showed that, at most, it is first among equals, and that may be too generous an assessment. The Russians, as usual, were the top-ranked team at the Chess Olympi...
17.08.2014 15:37 Open Sicilians
Attractive Sicilian games from Tromse!
16.08.2014 14:57 Dragon Sicilians
A subscriber's game under the microscope
16.08.2014 11:11 French Defence
A bumper update of neglected variations!
15.08.2014 15:56 China spring historic surprise with gold medals at Tromso Chess Olympiad
China’s gold medals at the 174-nation Tromso Chess Olympiad were a historic moment. Its team halved with the top seeds Russia and Ukraine but beat their other main rivals in an emphatic triumph. Yu Yangyi, 20, was their individual star. His 9.5 points total was the highest of any Olympiad player, ...
15.08.2014 15:49 Did Kasparov’s Outspoken Nature Cost Him the Chess Election?
After a spirited campaign in which he traveled around the world, Garry Kasparov on Monday lost his bid to become the president of the international chess federation, bested by the eccentric incumbent, Kirsan Ilyumzhinov, who has held the office since 1995. The race turned into a cold-war-like strugg...
12.08.2014 14:50 Kasparov Is Soundly Defeated in Bid to Lead Chess Federation
Garry Kasparov, the former world chess champion, rarely tasted defeat in his long playing chess career. But on Monday, in an election for the presidency of the World Chess Federation, the game’s governing body, Mr. Kasparov received a stinging rebuke in his effort to unseat the incumbent, Kirsan N...
10.08.2014 15:55 Chess Olympiad Is Shadowed by Leadership Showdown
It is election season at the World Chess Federation, with a vote at the Chess Olympiad on Monday that pits the incumbent president against a former world chess champion. The president, Kirsan Ilyumzhinov of the Russian republic of Kalmykia, has led the chess federation for 19 years. He is known for ...
08.08.2014 16:29 England in the running as Tromso Chess Olympiad provides plenty of surprises
... After upsets galore, no chess team had maximum points after five rounds. Top seeded Russia halved with Bulgaria and China, and both the No2 seeds, Ukraine, and the Chess Olympiad champions, Armenia (who met England in round six), started badly. Round five leaders included the unlikely names of S...
07.08.2014 13:01 Queen's Gambit, Slav
Interesting games and ideas in the Slav
06.08.2014 15:57 American teams stumble as Chess Olympiad kicks off
After easy wins in the first two rounds, the U.S. team suffered a painful setback in Round 3 of the 41st biennial Chess Olympiad that got underway late last week in the northern Norwegian city of Tromso. The American chess squad lost to a powerful Dutch team 2½-1½ Monday, with GM Alex Onischuk’s...
06.08.2014 12:48 English and Flank
The English according to Richard Rapport!
05.08.2014 16:19 d-Pawn Specials
The Tromp is once again experiencing a surge in popularity
04.08.2014 15:55 Two New Teenage Champs as Scholastic Chess Events Boom
Two 16-year-olds have won their first chess championships at scholastic tournaments. Claudia Muñoz of Texas emerged as the winner of the first United States Girls Junior Invitational last month after the tournament, held in New Hampshire, ended in a four-way tie. She took the title based on tiebrea...
01.08.2014 16:29 Powerful Queen Sacrifices in Chess Olympiads
On the eve of the Chess Olympiad in Tromsø, Norway, scheduled for the first two weeks in August, a few queen sacrifices from the past chess olympiads lead us to an intriguing question: when might have the queen been sacrificed for the first time? A scarce double-queen sacrifice. The tension was mou...
01.08.2014 14:05 Anti-Sicilians
Off to the Olympiad!
30.07.2014 15:44 Song soars with dramatic Cadet chess victory
It came down to one game for all the marbles in the final round of the U.S. Cadet Chess Championship in Rockville, Maryland, last week, with co-leaders Edward Song of Michigan and Kapil Chandran of Connecticut paired against each other. Song, who relinquished the lead with a painful loss the previou...
28.07.2014 16:19 Chess Tournament Wins Point to Youth’s Strength
Performances at three elite chess tournaments that ended last week show how much players in their early to mid-20s are now dominating the chess world. Fabiano Caruana of Italy, who will be 22 on July 30, won the 42nd Sparkassen Chess Meeting in Dortmund, Germany, last Sunday. He clinched first place...
26.07.2014 17:04 England roll back the years with silver at World Senior Teams in Vilnius
The England teams in the halcyon 1980s became accustomed to silver medals behind the golden Soviets and silver it was again this week in the World Senior Teams at Vilnius, Lithuania. It was the chess event’s first outing since the senior age limit changed from 60 to 50 and in truth the entry was u...
24.07.2014 16:19 Cadets battle as DC summer chess scene heats up
With the D.C. International and the World Chess Open just behind us, and a slew of chess events underway and on the way, the Washington area is emerging as one of the nation’s premier summer hot spots for top-flight chess. The Maryland Chess Association kicked off a busy month by hosting the stron...
22.07.2014 15:57 Winning While Losing
The chess tournament in Solingen, celebrating the 600th anniversary of the town, almost didn't take place. The main attraction was Boris Spassky (photo above), but he was running out of favor in Moscow ever since he lost the world title to Bobby Fischer in Reykjavik in 1972. Almost at the last momen...
20.07.2014 16:18 Chess Champion's Luck Runs Out at His Favorite Tournament
Fabiano Caruana of Italy took the early lead at the Sparkassen Chess Meeting in Dortmund, Germany, by winning three of his first four games, while Vladimir Kramnik of Russia, who has won the title 10 times, had a rocky start. Ruslan Ponomariov of Ukraine was one of Caruana’s victims in a game that...
18.07.2014 15:54 Controversy hits chess Olympics in Norway
The chess Olympic games in Norway next month could be under threat following the organisers' decision to exclude the Russian women's team, the current champions, who were not registered in time. The organising committee of the games, to be held from August 1 to 14 in the city of Tromsoe in northern ...
16.07.2014 15:53 Winners take three paths to the top at the 42nd World Chess Open
There are many paths to world domination. The 42nd World Chess Open, held earlier this month at the Hyatt Regency in Crystal City, produced a three-way tie at the top, with GMs Ilya Smirin of Israel, Illya Nyzhnyk of Ukraine and Conrad Holt sharing the honors in the Open section with 7-2 scores. Smi...
13.07.2014 15:54 A Run of Significant Victories for the Game's Young Stars
Boys from Massachusetts, Texas, Utah and Wisconsin are leading the way for the next generation of great chess players. Awonder Liang, an 11-year-old from Wisconsin, proved his chess prodigy status when he was 8 and won a World Youth Chess Championship title. Two weeks ago, at the D.C. International ...
10.07.2014 16:02 Who Is the Greatest Chess Player?
We can't answer Magnus Carlsen—not yet. His future is still ahead of him. We also can't answer Paul Morphy—in his day no one else was very good, and he got through everyone like a hot knife through butter. I present to you five options: Player A scored 77 percent with white and 69 percent with b...
08.07.2014 16:00 Magnus Carlsen's Parents on Raising the World's Best Chess Player
The family of the unmatched chess prodigy gave him time to find his passion, but never went easy on him. How do you a chess prodigy? Is there a moment—perhaps when he makes a boldly brilliant move out of nowhere or plasters his bedroom with pinups of Bobby Fischer and Garry Kasparov—when it all ...
06.07.2014 15:53 An Elite Club May Add Its Second Woman
Hou Yifan of China is on the cusp of becoming just the second woman to crack the list of the world’s top 100 chess players. Her victory last week at the Women’s Grand Prix chess tournament in Lopota, Georgia, leaves her less than 10 ratings points — or about two games away — from overtaking ...

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