Archive for September, 2012

Follow the Drum!

The Chess Drum was live in Istanbul with coverage of the 40th Olympiad and it was an exciting event indeed. We were on site and captured history with photos, interviews and stories to bring life to the event for those who were not there. There were many breaking stories including “African Diaspora at ’12 Olympiad” […]

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Former State Trooper and Presiding Superior Court Judge Join to Inspire Youth to ‘Be Someone’ “ChessFest” is coming! This unique September Lakewood event, according to organizers, will inspire young people to think ahead, plan, execute and utilize the components of chess to sharpen the mind and motivate them to become someone special. Orrin Hudson’s Besomeone […]

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Concurrently running with the London Grand Prix tournament, the Bilbao Chess Masters Final has begun and features World Champion Viswanathan Anand along with world’s two top-rated players Magnus Carlsen and Levon Aronian. The field also has frontliners Sergey Karjakin, Fabiano Caruana with the lone Spanish contender in Francisco Vallejo-Pons. 2012 Competitors (R-L): Magnus Carlsen, Levon […]

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Olympiad tournaments are full of interesting personalities ranging from professional players, to enthusiastic organizers and to national champions in tiny chess countries. IM Kenneth Solomon The Chess Drum was able to get 12 interviews during the 40th Chess Olympiad including its third with three-time Olympic champion Levon Aronian. Please sit back and enjoy these short […]

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New in Chess (2012/6)

Wang Hao officially enters stardom gracing the cover of the latest New In Chess. While China is a rising power in chess, news on the rise of China is rather scarce. This story is a refreshing entry into news often dominated by the same faces. Wang Hao is a phenomenon. Amongst China’s 1.3 billion people, […]

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Dear Chess World, Those of us in the small community of chess journalism commit to this task as a labor of love. There is no quantifying the amount of time and energy invested in telling the story of chess to the world. Many of us who cover chess have full-time jobs in addition to the […]

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I have always wanted to visit Turkey. It is one of those places that one reads about in school. The Ottoman Empire and the vision of Kemal Attaturk are those I had known about, but to see the famous Blue Mosque was something I had to witness. The 40th Chess Olympiad was held in the […]

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Champions Cup The 40th Chess Olympiad came to a close on Sunday evening as the medal ceremonies crowned a number of winners. The crowning moments came at the end when both the Armenian men and the Russian women climbed the podium for the gold. If this Olympiad has told us nothing else, we have seen […]

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Top Boards (Open) Ukraine 3-1 China Hungary 1½-2½ Armenia Russia 3-1 Germany Poland 1½-2½ USA Argentina 1-3 Netherlands Full Results GM Levon Aronian. Photo by Daaim Shabazz. Armenia wins their third gold in the last four Olympiad as they stormed to victory over Hungary. Matched with China’s devastating 3-1 loss to the Ukraine, Armenia edged […]

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GM-elect Kenneth Solmon of South Africa.Photo by Daaim Shabazz. In the past few years, life has really changed for IM Kenny Solomon. Now married with a daughter and living in Italy, his life has a new purpose. When I interviewed Solomon after the sixth round, I asked him if this life change helped his chess […]

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Top Boards (Open) China 2½-1½ United States Argentina 1½-2½ Russian Federation Netherlands 1-3 Armenia Azerbaijan 1½-2½ Ukraine Czech Republic 1-3 Poland Full Results Onischuk was unable to hold the match for the USA. Photo by Daaim Shabazz. Fortunes turned again as the unpredictable Olympiad entered its penultimate round. Marquee matchups promised fighting chess… and that […]

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Ali Nihat Yazici speaking on the journalist banning. Photo by Daaim Shabazz. Evgeny Surov of chess.news received a sanction from Turkish Federation President Ali Nihat Yazici and was not allowed an accreditation at the 40th Chess Olympiad in Istanbul, Turkey. According to a Chessvibes report and Surov’s own accounts, he was not allowed to enter […]

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Top Boards (Open) USA 2½-1½ Russia Philippines 0½-3½ China Armenia 2½-1½ Germany Poland 2-2 Azerbaijan Ukraine 3-1 France Full Results Miracle on Board? Nakamura topples Kramnik in gladiator matchup.Photo by Daaim Shabazz. Not exactly a miracle, but perhaps “shocking” is what is used to describe Russia’s loss to the USA in round nine. With the […]

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WGM Oleiny Linares-Napoles (Cuba)… world’s strongest female of African descent. Photo by Daaim Shabazz. The 40th Chess Olympiad in Istanbul, Turkey has been a fortuitous one for both Africa and Caribbean nations. They have garnered a number of upsets which gives one the impression that the gap is not only closing (has closed) between Europe […]

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Top Boards (Open) Russia 2½-1½ Ukraine China 2-2 Azerbaijan Armenia 3-1 Uzbekistan Macedonia 1-3 United States Germany 2½-1½ Hungary Full Results Wow! What a tragedy for Vassily Ivanchuk who sat at the board after his draw with Kramnik with his head in his hands. Ivanchuk had to win to save the Russia-Ukraine match and may […]

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Top Boards (Open) Azerbaijan 1½-2½ Russia China 2½-1½ Armenia Philippines 2-2 Hungary Ukraine 2½-1½ Spain Moldova 1½-2½ Germany Full Results With only four rounds remaining, the favorites are rising to the top. Russia, China, the Ukraine, Armenia and the USA have the top five spots after seven rounds. Armenia lost ground with a loss to […]

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Top Boards (Open) Russian Federation 2-2 Armenia Azerbaijan 3-1 Croatia Germany 2-2 United States Czech Republic 1½-2½ Spain Philippines 2½-1½ Bulgaria Full Results (Open) On The Chess Drum’s first day on site at the 40th Chess Olympiad, nothing could convey the electricity in the air more than being person and feeling the tension of the […]

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Top Boards (Open) Armenia 2½-1½ Ukraine Hungary 1½-2½ Russia Germany 2-2 Montenegro Croatia 2½-1½ France United States 2-2 Czech Republic Full Results Here comes Armenia!Photo by Arman Karakhayan. The plot thickens. At the first break and at the midway point, Armenia has made the climb to the top ekeing out slim 2½-1½ victories. This round […]

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Top Boards (Open) USA 2-2 India Russia 3-1 China Azerbaijan 2-2 Germany France 2-2 England Philippines 1½-2½ Armenia Full Results The contenders are beginning to rise to fore as many of the heavyweights are now facing off in crucial contests. Russia got a crucial win by beating China handily 3-1 with Grischuk crushing Wang Yue […]

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