Archive for October, 2008

Viswanathan Anand of India has retained his world championship title by accepting a draw from Vladimir Kramnik.This World Chess Championship further unifies the championship cycle using the match system The game was surprising in that all the games had begun with 1.d4, but Anand trotted out his traditional 1.e4. There was an expectation that Kramnik […]

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Emory Tate’s inaugural year for the US Chess League’s Chicago Blaze has brought some spirited play. The team is fighting for one of the last two playoff spots. The playoffs are slated to begin on November 10th and Chicago plays the Dallas Destiny, a team already seeded in the playoffs. Four teams from the two […]

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Vladimir Kramnik came roaring back with a convincing victory over Viswanathan Anand in an interesting Nimzo-Indian. All pundits were speculating that Anand could close the deal with a draw, but the game entered a sharp middlegame where Anand went astray and his position collapsed in only a few moves. It appeared that Anand had a […]

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Viswanathan Anand and Vladimir Kramnik pawn off. Photo by Frederic Friedel (ChessBase). “I thought I was lost,” stated Viswanathan Anand during the press conference of the World Chess Championship in Bonn, Germany. Indeed. Fans near and far thought this was Vladimir Kramnik’s chance to close the gap. There are a lot of questions being asked […]

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New in Chess (NIC) has been the world’s premier chess magazine for decades. Its slick layout and improved design has been the staple of players’ libraries and sets the standard for chess journalism. Dirk Jan ten Geuzendem has been leading the charge. When the magazine introduced its new color format years ago (2005, #7), it […]

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Vladimir Kramnik went into this highly-anticipated match with a reputation as a superb match player. While his reputation is more legend than fact (having lost several matches), he is the only player to have beaten Garry Kasparov in a match. Kramnik was actually a slight favorite in this match, but no one felt the former […]

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No… this is not an article about the southeast Asian economies (e.g., Singapore, Hong Kong, South Korea and Taiwan). It is an article about the rise of chess in the Asian region. Over the last 20 years, Asian has begun to assert itself and is producing a massive wave of talent. This talent will certainly […]

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In what appears to be an ongoing impasse between three African nations and FIDE Accounts Office, Bermuda’s Nigel Freeman (FIDE Treasurer) has written a letter to Olympiad organizer banning Ethiopia, Uganda and Nigeria from the event in Dresden. In general, nations failing to meet financial obligations to FIDE and have been barred from rating lists […]

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Tournament coverage has changed quite a bit over the years. Only 20 years ago, players had to rely heavily on magazines for the diet of chess news, but often information was dated. In the age of Internet, games can be played or viewed in real time adding an exciting dimension to chess coverage. Companies such […]

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Viswanathan Anand has built what would purport to be an insurmountable lead over Vladimir Kramnik in the World Chess Championship being held in Bonn, Germany. After Anand’s win in impressive style today, Kramnik must be wondering how he has dug himself into a 4½-1½ deficit. Anand first two victories (games 3 and 5) were due […]

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Here is a letter from Lynne van Rensburg of South Africa to federations in the African Chess Union. CHESSA, or Chess Federation of South Africa is hosting the event. From: CHESSA Lynne [lynne@chessa.co.za] Subject: Africa Junior Chess Championships 2008 Dear ACU Members, Attached is the invitation to the African Junior Chess Championships to be held […]

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Dresden Olympiad: Motivational Message from ACU President to all ACU Countries Written by ACU Press on 15-10-2008 10:32 The Olympiad is four weeks away and the official Dresden Olympiad Website reflects that this year there are going to more teams from the African continent. Some of the new-comers include Gabon, Ghana, Burundi, Rwanda, and many […]

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Viswanathan Anand is known as the ‘Tiger from Chennai’. On Friday he showed his strength after he took the lead in a highly anticipated match with former World Champion Vladimir Kramnik. Game three featured a complicated Meran variation in which Anand unfurled a novelty in 14…Bb7! This pawn sacrifice helped Anand gain fluidity in the […]

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Almost everyone has sat down and played a casual game of checkers. However, few play the 8×8 version the way Grandmaster Ron ‘Suki’ King of Barbados plays it. A layman may not take this version serious and feel it is inferior to the 10×10 version known as “draughts.” Of course, we have learned about World […]

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China put on an impressive display in the chess discipline at the inaugural World Minds Sports Games in Beijing, China. More than 3000 competitors from 130 nations descended up the site of the 2008 Olympiad for perhaps the strongest collection of diverse talent in history. Five premier minds sports were featured and the traditional powers […]

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South African-based Pieter van der Nat has launched a new website called “Chess For All.” It features chess news and information with an emphasis on Africa. A quick look and you will find news on Mauritius, Kenya, Botswana and other world events. Van der Nat expressed that there is a dearth of websites in Africa […]

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Wednesday, 15 October 2008 06:41 Dear FIDE Members, The Organizers have sent out via e-mail the official invitation letters to all Federations which requested the letters at our database or via e-mail already weeks ago. Due to the fact that the Chess Olympiad will start in 29 days we would like to call special attention […]

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Having just visited the Nigerian Chess Forum, there is an interesting story out of Nigeria. PEDACHESS, an organization that provides teaching service has begun a chess campaign in Lagos to help with educational advancement of the students there. They had their first event some months ago. Here is the statement from PEDACHESS: PEDACHESS Educational Services […]

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The big downdown will commence in Bonn, Germany in a few days. World Champion Viswanathan Anand will play in perhaps the biggest match of his life and a chance to cement his legacy among the world’s greatest players in chess history. His opponent… Vladimir Kramnik, who defeated Garry Kasparov in a match to become the […]

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Zachary Ramsay has launched a relatively-new blog called caribchess.net and recently penned an interesting article about the future of Caribbean chess. With Maurice Ashley arriving in Jamaica yesterday to help train the national team for the Olympiad, there is a since of urgency to move the federation in the right direction since the development of […]

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For Immediate Release Media Contact: Meko Gaborski (323) 335-4497 gaborski@shinkenpublicrelations.com UFC Fighters to Play Platinum Recording Artist atHHCF 2nd Annual Chess Kings Invitational Chess Masters, Rappers and MMA Fighters Come Together for Charity Chess & Grappling Flash! POSTPONED until February 28, 2009 Sept. 15, 2008 – San Francisco, CA- The Hip-Hop Chess Federation is proud […]

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THE VISIT TO AFRICA Thursday, 18 September 2008 08:43 According with the program approved in the last EB meeting a delegation composed by Mr. Allan Herbert, CACDEC Chairman, Mr. Uvencio Blanco, CIS Chairman and Mr. Jorge Vega, Presidential Board Member and Continental President for America paid a visit to South Africa and Botswana on September […]

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World Minds Sports Games (October 3rd-18th, Beijing, China) The 1st World Minds Sports Games will kick off tomorrow in Beijing, China, the main site of the magnificent and historic 2008 Olympic Games. This unique tournament will feature five sports including bridge, go, draughts, xiangqi (Chinese chess) and international chess. Shogi was not included. Official Site: […]

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World Minds Sports Games (October 3rd-18th, Beijing, China) The 1st World Minds Sports Games will kick off tomorrow in Beijing, China, the main site of the magnificent and historic 2008 Olympic Games. This unique tournament will feature five sports including bridge, go, draughts, xiangqi (Chinese chess) and international chess. Shogi was not included. Official Site: […]

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October 2008 FIDE Rating list

There was a lot of suspense leading up to the October 2008 rating list with many suspecting that Norwegian phenom Magnus Carlsen would vault to the number one spot and set an age record for the top rating. That moment would be short-lived. Carlsen faltered at the end of the Bilboa tournament and dropped from […]

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