Archive for November, 2010

Botswana Chess Federation is gearing up for its FIDE tournament in a few weeks and is issuing a call to all chess players to vie for top honors. The tournament will be held in the capitol of Gaborone from December 10th-12 that the Botswana National Productivity Center. According to the announcement, “BNPC is 10 minutes […]

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Ken Gibson (left) facing Chappel Whyms in the final round of the Bahamas National Championship. Gibson would win the encounter to earn the title. Photo by Bahamas Chess Federation. Ken Gibson is Bahamas National Champion for the 2010-2011 year after scoring +2 to win the crown. The tournament was heavily contested as the result was […]

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Blitz is something that most chess players enjoy playing. Watching a good blitz battle is as exciting as any sporting competition can be. The tension build-up, the pensive pauses and the culmination of rapid fire moves are facets of blitz we all enjoy. It is no surprise that many of the top players in the […]

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There may not be many players who can say they have a variation named after them, but International Master Emory Tate is one of them. With a fan base of cultist proportions, Tate has dazzled the chess arena for more than three decades with his tactical wizardry. What most may underestimate about Tate is the […]

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A controversy is brewing in New York after seven chess players were cited with trespassing tickets at a playground for children. The men were playing in Inwood Hill Park when they were approached by police officers who issued tickets (one for each player) for playing at the chess tables built at the park. According to […]

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What is Maurice Ashley doing these days? A lot of things. He’s not behind the board yet, but he was recently seen on the pages of New in Chess (2010/7). He penned an article about the World Chess Challenge, a match between Magnus Carlsen and the World. The world was led by a tripartite of […]

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IM Oladapo Adu (right) set to face off against the ever-tough IM Enkhbat Tegshsuren. Photo courtesy of Oladapo Adu. IM Oladapo Adu had a succcessful month which included joint first place finishes at the LPO Chess Open and the North Virginia Open. In the most recent tournament in Virginia he tallied 5/5 and tied with […]

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Several of the world’s top players are in Moscow, Russia competing in the 5th Tal Memorial. The tournament is named for the 8th World Champion, Mikhail Tal of the Soviet Union. The 10-player event takes place from November 5th to November 14th and is a nine-round round-robin event. The field is lead by Levon Aronian […]

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Super National Master (SNM) Duane ‘Rossolimo’ Rowe was in top form when he re-captured the 2010 Jamaica Chess Open, held on October 30-31 at the Medallion Hall Hotel. Rowe, a graduate of Cambridge University, was unable to defend his title last year due to work commitments overseas. However, the Super National Master made an emphatic […]

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Magnus Carlsen has written FIDE a letter expressing his intent to exit from the World Championship Cycle. Photo by ChessBase. Magnus Carlsen, one of the top contenders for the World Championship crown, has decided to drop out of the cycle. This is the first time since Garry Kasparov that such a top three player has […]

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Jamaican Women’s Olympians (L-R): Deborah Richards (board 1), Margoe Williams (board 4), Annesha Smith (board 5), Krishna Gray (board 2) and Ariel Barrett (board 3). Photo by Ian Wilkinson. Jamaica etched another fantastic chapter in its illustrious sporting history when the curtains came down on the 39th World Chess Olympiad in Khanty-Mansiysk, Siberia, Russia on […]

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Levon Aronian of Armenia is the sixth player to eclispe the 2800 barrier. World Champion Viswanathan Anand (2804, +4) has reclaimed the #1 position on the FIDE ratings chart… if only but for a short while. Magnus Carlsen’s (2802, -24) performance at the Pearl Spring Invitational at Nanjing, China will certainly put him back on […]

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