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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 moment the Soviet Chess Federation decided to cancel Spassky's participation in Solingen. As a result, the main sponsor Egon Evertz sent telegrams to all players, the Soviet Federation and the Soviet Embassy. He explained that the chess tournament is being cancelled because the Soviets didn't keep their word. Within 24 hours Spassky got his traveling permit back and the chess event was on again. A series of five wins in the second half of the chess tournament allowed ...
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 was notable for how quickly Ponomariov’s position collapsed. In the left diagram, Ponomariov’s best chance was to play 37 ... Bd7, but he used 37 ... Rg7 instead, and after 38 gf7 Bf7, Caruana made an incredible move with 39 Re7. The game ended 39 ... Qe7 40 Ba6! Ka6 41 Qa8, checkmate. It has been a dismal tournament for Kramnik, who started with a loss to Georg Meier of Germany, followed by three draws. For this year at least, it seems most unlikely 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 Norway, announced Wednesday its decision to bar 10 teams which had not registered before the June 1 deadline. Leaving the Russian women's team out, despite the intervention of the World Chess Federation (Fide), means they will be unable to defend their title. "(The) organisers of Tromsoe (have disappointed us)... Fide now has to consider very, very strict and strong measures against them," Fide vice president Israel Gelfer said. He said he could not rule out that ...
17.07.2014 14:55 Caro, Pirc, Alekhine
Provoking White into overextending himself
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. Smirin would claim the official title after a playoff. The three co-champs took very different paths, however, on the way to meeting in the winners’ circle. Smirin bolted from the gate with five wins and a draw in his first six games, and was able to coast home with three grandmaster draws while the field tried to run him down. (His five-move draw with Nyzhnyk in Round 7 was not exactly one of the chess tournament’s high points.) Nyzhnyk, the onetime chess prodigy who, at 17, is rounding into ...
16.07.2014 14:06 French Defence
Recent games in the 7 Qg4 0-0 Winawer
16.07.2014 12:48 Daring Defences
Good news for Grunfeld fans!
15.07.2014 14:43 d-Pawn Specials
Typically entertaining fare!
15.07.2014 02:02 Nimzo & Benoni
Karpov, Kasparov, Fischer and Botvinnik-Capablanca!
14.07.2014 01:44 Open Sicilians
Attractive games with theoretical value!
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 22:52 English and Flank
The usual favourites!
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...
10.07.2014 14:38 Anti-Sicilians
A huge 2.c3 Sicilian edition!
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 ...
07.07.2014 12:56 Queen's Gambit, Slav
Lots of action in the Ragozin System
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 ...
04.07.2014 15:45 Magnus Carlsen takes rapid and blitz titles in Dubai
Magnus Carlsen badly wanted more titles in Dubai last week after finishing only second on his Norwegian home turf in Stavanger a few days earlier and the 23-year-old world chess champion did just that in capturing the global crowns in both rapid and blitz chess, both against very strong fields. Carl...
02.07.2014 15:53 Fourth time a charm as Troff captures U.S. junior chess title
America’s newest chess grandmaster is also its 2014 junior chess champion. In his fourth try at the title, GM-elect Kayden Troff broke through to win the under-21 U.S. Closed Junior crown, using a strong finishing kick to tally a 7-2 score, 1½ points ahead of FM Michael Bodek and IM Samuel Sevian...
01.07.2014 15:44 Dragon Sicilians
A good month for the Dragon
30.06.2014 15:55 In a Surprise, Carlsen Shows He's a Three-Speed Champ
Magnus Carlsen is now the world champion of chess at all speeds. Carlsen has held the title in conventional, or slow, chess since November. Now he has swept to victory at both the World Rapid Championship (fast) and the World Blitz Championship (faster), which were held in Dubai this month. He start...
28.06.2014 16:58 Carlsen's Trifecta and Tal's Magic
After the world chess champion Magnus Carlsen collected two more world titles last week in Dubai, winning the FIDE Rapid and Blitz chess championships, new comparisons were inevitable. Now he might be compared to a horse or a long distance runner, I thought. The famous horse I had in mind was Secret...
26.06.2014 16:37 Campaigning and competing on Capitol Hill
Appropriately, there was a lot of lobbying, some politicking and a little competing at the first public meeting of the Congressional Chess Caucus last week, held in a committee room at the House Rayburn Office Building. Assisted by former world chess champion Garry Kasparov, St. Louis chess patron ...
24.06.2014 16:27 Magnus Carlsen clinches triple crown with world blitz title win
Speed chess, once a poor relation of slower classical games, has become mainstream. The global body, Fide, now has official world rankings for one-hour rapid games and for 10-minute blitz. This week the Fide world rapid and blitz championships surged to a new level of high-class participants, as a $...
22.06.2014 15:53 Grandmaster Finds Success at a Chess Event With No Name
The Russian grandmaster Sergey Karjakin seems to have an affinity for playing in Norway. On June 13, he won the “No Logo” Norway chess tournament, which included a notable native son — Magnus Carlsen, the world chess champion — and six of the other top 10 chess players in the world. Carlsen ...
20.06.2014 16:06 That Time When People Thought Playing Chess Would Make You Violent
Whenever one is forced to bear witness to the predictable silliness of the moral panic of the day, it is useful to recall all the past moral panics that we now consider so equally silly. We've written before about the relatively recent hand-wringing over modern entertainment ventures such as tableto...
18.06.2014 16:00 Kasparov, new caucus mark first congressional chess tourney
There will be some bipartisanship at the board this week on Capitol Hill, as the newly hatched Congressional Chess Caucus on Wednesday, June 18 hosts the inaugural Congressional Chess Tournament, with former world chess champion Garry Kasparov on hand to enforce the touch-move rule. The long-overdue...
16.06.2014 15:52 Czech Star Loses Again in His Own Showcase
Based on his inconsistency and unfilled potential, the Czech grandmaster David Navara is one of the more enigmatic of the world’s elite chess players. He was a chess prodigy who became a grandmaster in 2002, just before his 17th birthday, and quickly rose into the top ranks, displaying a mix of in...
14.06.2014 15:50 Magnus Carlsen against Vishy Anand rematch to be held in Sochi
Sochi’s Olympic Village will host the Magnus Carlsen v Vishy Anand world title rematch in November, after the 12-game series looked in danger due to lack of bids. The $3m budget includes $1m to $1.5m for the prize fund. The chess global body Fide’s surprise announcement followed a visit by Vladi...
11.06.2014 15:52 Sometimes a chess queen is too powerful for her own good
As the great chess theorem we just invented puts it: More power, more problems. The king and queen, in their different ways, are the two most powerful pieces in chess. Lose the king, of course, and you lose the game. And combining the force of a rook and bishop, the queen is obviously the most power...
09.06.2014 15:47 Seeking National Glory, Chess Clubs Tap Global Talent
The champions of premier French and British club leagues defended their titles this year by doing the usual: importing world-class chess talent. In France, the chess team from Clichy won the Top 12 league title this month for the third year in a row. The team was led by Maxime Vachier-Lagrave, the n...
08.06.2014 13:38 King's Indian
When strong players forget their theory!
07.06.2014 16:01 Magnus Carlsen’s bid for Stavanger domination founders after three draws
World chess champion Magnus Carlsen is trying to dominate one of the strongest events of chess history this weekend when rounds four and five (of nine) of Stavanger are screened free and live with computer commentaries on the internet. Seven of the world top 10 are competing. Carlsen plays Black to ...
05.06.2014 15:35 As chess player and teacher, Velimirovic made his mark
Great chess players leave a double legacy — the games they play and the players they influence. One can see that in spades in the career of the fine Serbian GM Dragoljub Velimirovic, who passed away late last month at the age of 72. A brilliant attacking player, Velimirovic earned perhaps the most...
03.06.2014 15:56 Wei Yi aiming to become China’s first real challenger to Magnus Carlsen
The world’s youngest chess grandmaster turns 15 on Monday as he aims to become his country’s first chess player to contend seriously for the global crown. China’s Wei Yi qualified as a GM at 13 years eight months, putting him fourth youngest on the all-time list where the current world chess c...
01.06.2014 15:44 Grandmaster’s Death Recalls Era of Risks and Rewards
The Serbian grandmaster Dragoljub Velimirovic, who died May 22 at age 72, was one of the last chess players to develop a system or strategy that is so inventive it bears its creator’s name. It is a feat that is unlikely to be repeated in the modern era, when computer-based games and databases so t...
30.05.2014 15:57 Chess Champions in America
Many past and present chess champions were attracted to America, mostly to New York. William Steinitz won the first official world chess championship match in 1886 in the United States and spent his last days there. The world chess champions Emanuel Lasker and Jose Raul Capablanca, both died in New ...
28.05.2014 17:19 In the end, Kamsky, Krush repeat as U.S. chess champions
They made it interesting for the longest time, but in the end it was the favorites raising the trophies at last week’s U.S. national chess championship tournaments at the Chess Club and Scholastic Center of St. Louis. Top seed GM Gata Kamsky, who needed a last-round win against GM Josh Friedel jus...
26.05.2014 15:28 US Chess Champs Retain Titles in Playoffs After Late Rallies
It was a struggle for them, but both Gata Kamsky and Irina Krush successfully defended their national titles on Tuesday by winning three-way playoffs at the United States Chess Championship in St. Louis. It was the fourth title in five years for both, and it was Krush’s sixth chess championship ov...
24.05.2014 15:26 Magnus Carlsen facing fresh young threats to his status as world No1
The standard forecast for top chess in the next few years is for the world chess champion, Magnus Carlsen, 23, to stay ahead of Italy’s Fabiano Caruana, 21, and Russia’s Sergey Karjakin, 24. But events this month showed that other young pretenders to Carlsen’s throne have announced their arriv...

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