Archive for May, 2012

The Board of Directors of the Trinidad and Tobago Chess Foundation extends an invitation to all Chess players and federations to participate in the 10th edition of our Caribbean Chess Carnival from August 2rd – August 5th. The tournament will have three junior sections drawing players from around the Caribbean and North America. Details on […]

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Game three was certainly a crowd pleaser! After complaints of the first two games, this game showed that the “feeling out” process is over. Photo by Alexey Yushenkov. After weathering the storm of Boris Gelfand’s assault, World Champion Viswanathan Anand was pressing for the win with his extra pawn. Unfortunately, the champion was bitten by […]

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GM Hikaru Nakamura leads the field at the halfway point.Photo by CCSCSL. At the midway point of the U.S. Championship, two of the pre-tournament favorites are at the top of the leaderboard. Hikaru Nakamura leads the overall field on 4½/6 despite fighting a minor bout of sickness. Perennial favorite Irina Krush has been the most […]

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Viswanathan Anand preparing for battle. Photos by Alexey Yushenkov. GM Yasser Seirawan, who is competing in the U.S. Championship, was asked by commentator WGM Jennifer Shahade his view of the World Championship. He stated that he hoped there would be more excitement and noted that both games were drawn and rather short. However, if he […]

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There certainly will be no personality clashes in this match since both Viswanathan Anand and Boris Gelfand share deep respect for one another and have been on friendly terms for more than a decade. However, expect hostilities on the board. Viswanathan Anand is about to face Boris Gelfand’s Grunfeld Defense.Photo by Alexey Yushenkov. In the […]

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This evening will launch the world championship of chess between two veterans, India’s Viswanathan Anand (defending World Champion) and Israel’s Boris Gelfand (Challenger). The first game of the anticipated match begins May 11th and will be held in Moscow’s Tretyakov Gallery. The prize fund for the match is 2.55 million dollars, 60% of which will […]

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With the World Hall of Fame and the world’s biggest chess piece as its backdrop, the U.S. Championship got off to a blistering start. There were some good games and there were some absolute clunkers. There was even a hung piece on move 11 by a Grandmaster. With 8/11 decisive games, perhaps it is the […]

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Follow the Drum!

The fourth edition of “The Drum Beat” is out! We will feature the latest updates, visit top websites, Facebook, Twitter and gear up for the 2012 World Championship starting tomorrow! You can also send in your questions and they can be addressed on the air. Get news you can’t get anywhere else and help keep […]

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In the fourth “Drum Beat” segment (May 7th), we present an extended issue highlighting the U.S. Championship, the World Championship and upcoming tournaments. The latest news on The Chess Drum include the national championships of IS-318 (Brooklyn) in both the High School and Junior High and also a historic visit by Magnus Carlsen. The team […]

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Gata Kamsky, 2011 U.S. Champion.Photo by Daaim Shabazz. The U.S. Championship will kick off tomorrow at the Chess Club and Scholastic Center of St. Louis and will feature America’s top brass. Hikaru Nakamura will vie for the title as well as defending champion Gata Kamsky and up-and-coming players such as Robert Hess and Ray Robson. […]

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Le Championnat de Martinique 2012 Toutes Catégories – Open Fide ! Yonhel Medeuf, defending champion of Martinique Durée: du jeudi 17 mai au lundi 21 mai 2012 Lieu: Hôtel La Batelière à Shoelcher Organisateur: La ligue d’Echecs de la Martinique Contact: gilles@echecs-martinique.com Inscription: jeunes: 25€ / adultes: 50€ (prix majorés à partir du 5 mai: […]

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Following on the heels of their January and March tournaments, Tanzania Chess Association is organising their next event – the “May Chess Arena” – to be held over the weekend of 26th and 27th May in Dar es Salaam. Led by Nurdin Hassuji, the federation is keeping its promise of reviving competitive chess in the […]

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May 2012 FIDE Ratings

Levon Aronian (2825, +5) edged closer to ratings leader Magnus Carlsen (2835, +0) in the last FIDE list. Aronian gained five points in the Bundesliga while most of the top ten were inactive. Viswanathan Anand (2791, -8) actually lost points playing in the same Bundesliga league. While both Aronian and Kramnik played a thrilling six-game […]

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National chess champion FM Ryan Harper, assisted by ex-champion Marcus Joseph, has again made chess history, but this time not over the chessboard. Instead, the two stalwarts have jointly launched the country’s first chess magazine, Ace Chess, intended primarily to serve the Caribbean chess community. In his foreword, publisher Harper gives the raison d’etre for […]

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10th ANNUAL BE SOMEONE DAYSATURDAY MAY 5, 2012 1:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m.Free Food, Free Entertainment, Free Admission. Be Someone Inc. Creative Director Orrin ”Checkmate” Hudson has announced the 10th Annual “Be Someone Day” May 5 will be dedicated to teenager Trayvon Martin who was killed earlier this year by a self-proclaimed community watch volunteer […]

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