Archive for November, 2009

Round #4 will feature a healthy dose of 2700 battles. We can expect shorter draws and perhaps longer matches. A few marquee matches are on tap including Svidler-Shirov, but Ruslan Ponomariov may be lurking in the wings hoping the field has forgotten that he has won this tournament back in 2002. The Azeri duo (Mamedyarov […]

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America’s #1 player Hikaru Nakamura is riding a successful year with several strong results including the U.S. Championship title and victories in San Sebastian and Mainz. He flamed out in Melody Amber after falling ill and finishing with a horrible score, but stated that December would be a pivotal moment for him and he looked […]

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Photo by Galina Popova courtesy of FIDE. Gallery link, ugra-chess.ru. Pivotal Round today in Siberia. Boris Gelfand will try to hold onto the board #1 position against Judit Polgar in what may be the marquee matchup of round #3. A deep field means that Polgar is the #32 ranked player at 2695 ELO. Wesley So […]

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Scholastic standout Josh Colas continues to climb. Last weekend, Josh got his first taste of a National crown after tying for first in the National Youth Action tournament. He scored 7.5/9 and shared the K-9 crown with Kevin Cao and Jialin Ding. All three are near the top of players in their age categories and […]

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Key matchups are on tap for the FIDE World Cup. While most of the top seeds moved on, they will face stiffer tests in round two. Judit Polgar will start her first match today against Liviu-Dieter Nisipeanu of Romania. This tournament may see the rise by a number of young players. By contrast, players like […]

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Eshan Ghaem Maghami (Iran) chats with fellow-GM Darwin Laylo (Philippines) before action starts. Photo by Galina Popova courtesy of FIDE. Gallery link, ugra-chess.ru. The opening round of the 2009 World Cup had few surprises, but it is clear that the balance of power is shifting. Certainly the Russians still have the most numbers, but there […]

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GM Amon Simutowe peeking at NMs Mihail Bantic and Vautvydas Vedrickas. Photo by Daaim Shabazz. The University of Texas-Dallas (UTD) is gearing up for the Pan-Am Intercollegiate tournament with tune-up tournaments featuring most of the team members and a few Grandmasters. UTD has been embroiled in a rivalry with University of Maryland-Baltimore (UMBC) for the […]

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Video Documentary on Fischer

An excellent documentary on Bobby Fischer has been presented on YouTube in a five-part series. Fischer was arguably the best player that ever played chess given the impact and the conditions he commanded for professional chess. Chess had come out of the throes of a club sport to one than investors wanted to associate with. […]

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Under the auspices of the African Chess Union, the Egyptian Chess Federation has the honor of inviting African Federations affiliated to FIDE to participate in the 2009 African Junior Chess Championship and African Girls Chess Championship Under 20. The 2009 African Junior & Girls Chess Championships will be held from 30th December 2009 (arrival) to […]

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2009 World Cup begins today!

The World Cup will kick off today with the Opening Ceremonies. A total of 128 players from more than 40 countries are vying for spots in the next World Championship cycle. The players were qualified by: World Champion and 4 semi-finalists of World Cup 2007, World Champion from Women’s Championship, World Junior Champion, 20 rating […]

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Darrian Robinson is in Antala, Turkey for the World Youth Championships. She is one of 25 players from the U.S. participating in the annual event and will play in the under-16 event. The tournament has six age categories and will feature young talent from countries in the world. This tournament is not as strong as […]

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At the 2006 World Open, James “Jimmy” Canty III told The Chess Drum that he would seek to make National Master as soon as possible. While now a Senior at Detroit’s Mumford High School (transfer from Cass Tech), Canty has now earned the title of USCF National Master after a strong 6.5/7 performance in the […]

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Nigeria Chess Federation (NCF) last week, departed from its traditional selection trial process following the directive that all state chess associations must organize a tournament to select three male and female chess players that will converge on Lagos for the national trial to select the team that will represent the country at the next World […]

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Justus training hard!

Justus Williams is one of the brightest stars in scholastic chess. As his rating continues to climb, he is making strides to take his game to a higher level. Now at I.S. 318, his coach Elizabeth Vicary has arranged a match with FM Andrei Zaremba, a former scholastic standout. The four-game match will be played […]

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NATIONAL MASTER Geoffrey Byfield is the 2009 Jamaica Chess Open Champion. Byfield copped the title at Jamaica College last weekend, finishing unbeaten on five points from six games after securing a critical final round victory over the defending champion National Master Andrew Mellace. In the final round top-of-the-table-clash, Byfield took top honours after capitalizing on […]

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WFM Sabrina Chevannes has come a long way from the cute British school champion we knew years ago. Of Jamaican and Chinese/Malay descent, young “Sabz” blazed the trails in youth chess for many years. The medical student is now competing with the British Women’s team. Last year, she represented England in the Four Nations Challenge […]

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2009 FIDE World Cup

On November 20th, the 2009 World Cup will begin with the Opening Ceremonies. A field of 128 players will assemble is Khanty-Mansiysk to vie for a spot in the 2010 World Championship cycle. The top delegation is home favorite Russia with a total of 34 players. The top seed is Boris Gelfand of Israel. He […]

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