Archive for June, 2012

New in Chess (2012/4)

This issue of New in Chess has a number of headlining stories including the cover story of the World Championship between Viswanathan Anand and Boris Gelfand. Several stories were presented including a very lengthy interview with the champion who spoke candidly about the match. The vision of Andrei Filatov of combining art with the championship […]

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With the Philadelphia International beginning tonight, the 40th World Open officially begins tomorrow and remains the marquee tournament in America. Approximately 1000-1300 players will travel to Philadelphia to compete for top prizes. What big names will be out? Stay tuned! 40th Annual World Open July 2-8, 2012, Philadelphia, PA Sheraton Philadelphia City Center Hotel 17th […]

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Chess South Africa & Chess Western Province cordially invites all chess players to participate in 2012 South African Open Friday 29th June 2012 and will conclude on Sunday 8th July 2012Newlands Stadium Convention Centre (City of Cape Town in Western Province, South Africa) ENTRIES Entries after 27th June 2012 will be subject to the discretion […]

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WILKINSON HEADS FOR WORLD CHESS “COURT” Jamaica’s Ian Wilkinson Attorney-at-law Ian Wilkinson, the President of the Jamaica Chess Federation, Chairman of the Magnificent Chess Foundation and the President of the Jamaican Bar Association, is scheduled to leave Jamaica on Wednesday, June 27, 2012 for Lausanne, Switzerland to sit on the Ethics Commission (“EC”), the disciplinary […]

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African Championships for Zone 4.2 took place in Abuja, Nigeria and finished on Sunday, June 24th. IM Bunmi Olape (pictured right) bested the field of ten with an undefeated 7.5/9. There were five nations representing their flags with host Nigeria, Egypt, Uganda, Sudan and Ghana competing. In the women’s section there were eight players representing […]

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In Jamaica, the music genre is known for the “clashes” between the reggae dons. This weekend the “chess dons” take centre stage and play for the undisputed crown of Jamaican champion. The national championship ended in a tie for first between defending champion Damion Davy and Andrew Mellace. These playoffs will also determine board #1 […]

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The “Dutch Antilles” is a region not known for its strength in chess, but has come one of the most active regions in the Caribbean. The Curaçao Chess Festival draws strong GMs from around the world and the island of 135,000 have no doubt been inspired. Most will remember the 1962 Candidates Tournament being played […]

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The Ghanaian Chess Federation presents the 2nd President’s Cup Open House June 16th-17th Accra Stadium 7-Round Swiss, 60 minutes per game Day 1: Rounds 1-4 (starting at 9am) DAY 2: Rounds 5-7 (starting at 12pm) Registration: 10.00 cedis Prizes: 500.00 cedis donated by Reiss & Company, GHANA This is a FIDE-registered event. Players who take […]

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Anatoly Karpov was in St. Louis to participation in an exhbition match with GM Yasser Seirawan. The encounter ended with the former World Champion winning the match 8-6 (1-1 classical, 1-1 rapid, 6-4 blitz-Karpov). The blitz match was thrilling to watch. During the press conference Macauley Petersen relayed a question I posted (forward to 12:50). […]

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U.S. legend Yasser Seirawan and former World Champion Anatoly Karpov will face will face-off in a legends match at the Chess Club and Scholastic Center of St. Louis (CCSCSL). This is a revisitation of their classic battles in the 1980s. Photo by CCSCSL. The main site reads: The two will face off June 9-13 in […]

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While the 2012 edition is not as strong as last year’s field (quartet of 2800s), the world’s top five players in the world will pawn off in Moscow, Russia. Both Viswanathan Anand and Boris Gelfand will obviously be missing from this year’s competition, but Magnus Carlen, Levon Aronian, Vladimir Kramnik, Teimour Radjabov and Hikaru Nakamura […]

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In the fifth “Drum Beat” segment (June 7th), we present a special issue highlighting the World Championship and its aftermath. We will discuss the match, the result, the reaction and the response from the champion, Viswanathan Anand. One may argue that Boris Gelfand had the better preparation. There were a number of different comments made […]

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National Masters Justus Williams, James Black, Jr. and Josh ColasPhoto by Guy Colas. Coming off of credible performances at the Chicago Open and heading into the the summer circuit of tournaments, three young scholastic stars seem to be coming of age in the U.S. chess scene. Justus Williams (14), Josh Colas (13) and James Black, […]

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2012 Robert Froemke Memorial (Tallahassee, Florida) Last weekend I played in a tournament in Tallahassee, Florida, the town in which I reside. It is mostly known for being Florida’s state capitol and for its two universities, Florida State University and Florida A&M University (my employer). The Chicago Open was in progress, but ironically I was […]

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