Archive for October, 2010

President Jacob Zuma makes ceremonial move to launch initiative. Photo by Supreme Chess Trust. In a sign of good things to come, the Supreme Chess Trust launched “Moves for Life” program on October 24th at a gala event. President Jacob Zuma, a self-described chess player, gave the keynote address. Other dignitaries present were Mrs. Angie […]

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Both Justus Williams and Josh Colas are in Halkidiki, Greece competing in the World Youth Chess Championships and are in the under-12 section. Thus far, both are on 3.5/5. This is the most important tournament for the two all-Americans after making their international debuts this summer. Both have been motivating each other since their challenge […]

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Billed as FIDE’s largest event ever, 1387 players traveled from 80 countries to Halkidiki, Greece to partake in the annual festival featuring five age groups. There are separate groups in under-18, under-16, under-14, under-12, under-10 and under-8 for both boys and girls. While this tournament is organized in categories, the ratings earned from this tournament […]

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Three 2800s Square Off!

While Viswanathan Anand (India), Magnus Carlsen (Norway) and Veselin Topalov (Bulgaria) have played in a number of tournaments together, the Nanjing International will be the first recorded tournament where three players with 2800 FIDE ratings will compete. This tournament is in its third edition and features six strong Grandmasters. Rounding out the field will be […]

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Giorgi Kacheishvili has been playing in the U.S. for some years and has gotten use to the Swiss tournaments. He still gets bitten every now and then, but at the Continental Open, he successfully waded through the waters of young sharks. In the first round, the GM from the Republic of Georgia was paired against […]

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Mosah Mokganedi, “We learnt valuable lessons – chess captain,” MmegiOnline, 8 October 2010. The captain of the men’s chess team, Kenneth Boikhutswane, has said despite failure to bring home a medal, they learnt valuable lessons at the just-ended Olympiad in Khanty Mansiysk, Russia. Kenneth Boikhutswane, Botswana team captain. Photo by ugra-chess.com. Boikhutswane said it was […]

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The Olympiad has come and gone. It was a magnificent event where many of today’s stars shined. However, these elite players do not get a break from the action. Four of the top ten will face off in Bilbao, Spain for the Bilbao Masters, a six-round double round-robin event. World Champion Viswanathan Anand of India […]

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The 2010 Chess Olympiad was an organizational success of the highest order. The pre-tournament concerns were put to rest and the Siberian cold took a hiatus to allow the Olympiad to shine. The Olympiad is a global chess festival involving all member federations in a celebration of how chess has touched people from the largest […]

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Since going into a self-imposed hiatus from tournament chess, GM Maurice Ashley has not rested on his laurels as arguably one of the games premier commentators. He has authored a couple of books, traveled the world promoting the virtues of chess and has recently released another DVD in partnership with chess software powerhouse, ChessBase. Ashley’s […]

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Stanley Chumfwa on the move against Libya’s Elbaruni Mohamed.Photo by ugra-chess.com. Zambia has had quite a bit to to celebrate in past years, but the men’s performance in the recently-ended 39th Chess Olympiad in Khanty-Mansiysk is the most recent of its accomplishments. Stanley Chumfwa led the charge of the 121st-ranked Zambian team to reach a […]

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Vladimir Tukmakov hoists the championship trophy. Ruslain Ponomariov and Pavel Eljanov flank the Ukrainian captain. Photo by ugra-chess.com. Russia’s team poses with captain with Yury Dokhoian (right) after an 11/11 golden performance. Photo by ugra-chess.com. The 39th Chess Olympiad came a close on yesterday. As grand as the opening was, so was the closing. The […]

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Top Boards (Open) The Ukraine wins gold! Russia 1 gets silver on strength of Karjakin. Israel 2-2 Ukraine Russia 1 2-2 Spain Poland 1½-2½ Hungary France 2-2 Armenia Russia 2 2½-1½ Greece China 3-1 Italy Medal Standings (Open) GOLD-Ukraine SILVER-Russia 1 BRONZE-Israel Round #11 Analysis: The Ukraine only needed a draw in round #11 to […]

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Ryan Blackwood with 2010 winner, Zachary Ramsay. Photo by Jamaica Chess Federation. University of the West Indies (UWI) medical science student Zachary Ramsay, was crowned the top junior chess player in the island, when the 2010 National Junior Chess Championship came to an end on Sunday at the Ministry of Agriculture and Fisheries Canteen on […]

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Top Boards (Open) Ukraine 3½-½ France China 1½-2½ Russia 1 USA 1-3 Israel Spain 3-1 Georgia Serbia 1-3 Poland Czech Republic 1½-2½ Armenia Round #10 Analysis: While the women’s gold has been decided, the open section is anything but decided. The Ukraine (18 match points, 27 board points) still holds onto a one-point lead, but […]

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