Archive for November, 2013

While the fervor from World Championship has subsided and Magnus Carlsen settles into his role as the World Champion, other action is heating up in Antalya, Turkey. The biennial World Team Championship is being held featuring ten of the top teams including the host nation of Turkey. Hikaru Nakamura is climbing up the ELO list […]

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Down three points, World Champion Viswanathan Anand admitted that his situation did not appear to be encouraging, but when he sat down today he had his head held high and proceeded to forge on. While much of the attention has focused squarely on Magnus Carlsen during the match, Anand perhaps was not given enough credit […]

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Do or die. Courtesy of Anastasia Karlovich. Today would be the day that the World Champion would make a strong stand to retain his title. Many expected that Viswanathan Anand would play something a bit more daring and thus change his opening choice against challenger Magnus Carlsen and his two-point lead. They also felt that […]

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‘Be Someone’ Founder Attending 2013 World Chess Championship USA’s Orrin “Checkmate” Hudson in the Business of Saving Lives with His Chess Board Orrin “Checkmate” Hudson, long known in the United States for his ability to change young lives through the lessons taught on a chess board, is once again telling his story on an international […]

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Another pre-game rumination by Anand… trying to stir up motivation. Photo by Anastasia Karlovich. Fans and commentators were clamoring for a Najdorf Sicilian to challenge Magnus Carlsen’s two-point bulge in the eighth game of the match. What did they get? Anand took a page out of John F. Kennedy’s archives and seemed to have replied, […]

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Anand pondering on a way to catch Carlsen in preparation. Photo by Anastasia Karlovich. All eyes were on Viswanathan Anand today as he was attempting to rebound after two consecutive losses. A minor stir was caused as Magnus Carlsen nearly forfeited due to the zero tolerance rule. Magnus Carlsen almost forfeited! Photo by Paul Truong. […]

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Magnus Carlsen now has opened a healthy lead. Photo by Anastasia Karlovich. Magnus Carlsen has opened up a two-point bulge in the sixth game of the World Championships shellshocking fans all over the world… and Anand himself. The past two games lost by Anand in rook endings followed two contentious games where both sides got […]

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Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity Inc., known for its instincts for being originators and being first to serve and lead in its communities has done it again. The pre-community services activities of the second annual Cleveland Scholastic Open, a chess tournament designed to attract the interest of non-scholastic chess players and provide meaningful competition to more […]

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With the match building up to an exciting crescendo, this game actually started out with a rather speculative opening. It continues a trend of fighting chess. The match is getting prominent coverage in the Norwegian press. The game entered a variation that could lead to a sacrifice on move six after 1. c4 e6 2. […]

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The World Champion was in the hot seat today. Photo by Anastasia Karlovich. Perhaps Magnus Carlsen gave his cook a night off and tried the spicy cuisine. Given the pyrotechnics on the board today, perhaps both players were in a fighting mood. A placid and positional Berlin quickly turned into an inferno. Game four showed […]

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The tiger prowled… …but Thor got away!Photos by Anastasia Karlovich and Paul Truong respectively. Things are certainly heating up in Chennai, India! Former World Champion Garry Kasparov was on hand to watch game three amidst a minor controversy that he was being purposely shunned by the Indian hosts. Kasparov is a FIDE Presidential candidate, but […]

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Charles Lawton at 2009 U.S. Championship.Photo by Daaim Shabazz. National Master Charles Lawton was interviewed on NPR November 8th discussing the vibrant chess scene in St. Louis. Lawton, a St. Louis native, talked about his humble beginnings as a budding player. He also mentioned the facets of chess that make it so attractive to so […]

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Chess Family, By now everyone has heard about powerful typhoon that swept across the Philippines just days ago. Winds reached as high as 300 kilometers per hour (190 mph) and devastated the archipelago leaving 600,000 homes destroyed or damaged. Nicknamed “Haiyun” the typhoon cut through a swath of devastation across islands Samar, Leyte, Cebu and […]

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Carlsen surprised Anand with 1…c6. The media often uses chess as a metaphor for a looming strategic battle. It is considered a symbol for erudition and intellectual guile. Well… today’s game may use the same metaphor to describe the strategic jockeying after the second draw in the World Championship match. While fans and commentators were […]

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Magnus Carlsen meditates before his first classical match begins. The highly-anticipated match has begun in what has been billed by some as the “Match of the Century”. There was a throng of photographers outside of the playing area, a press room packed with journalists and millions of fans around the world watching. The Indian press […]

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Jerry Bibuld in an undated photo.Photo courtesy of Jerry Bibuld (Myspace). Jerry Bibuld, FIDE International Arbiter and longtime chess advocate for the expansion of chess in the African Diaspora has died. Born in the Bronx, New York on June 9th, 1928, the 85-year old had been suffering from the effects of Parkinson’s Disease and succumbed […]

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2013 World Chess ChampionshipChennai, India (November 7th-28th) Player ELO Nation Flag Player ELO Nation Flag Anand 2775 India Carlsen 2870 NOR This is the time that we have waited for. The World Chess Championship will kick off tomorrow in Chennai, India as millions will tune into what will one of the most pivotal match in […]

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Nakamura sits on two career highs… ranking and rating. Photo by Dirk Jan ten Geuzendam. As Magnus Carlsen prepares for his World Championship showdown in a few days, he is certainly not worried about his ELO status. However, the rankings are bound to become tighter as he will most likely concede ELO point in this […]

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New in Chess (2013/7)

There has been great anticipation of the World Championship match starting in a few days in Chennai, India. Of course New in Chess will be on the scene covering the action. The new issue laid out a very useful statistical guide showing the head-to-head count between Viswanathan Anand and Magnus Carlsen. It includes such details […]

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Michael Jordan always sought the toughest competition. Michael Jordan is perhaps one of the world’s most recognized sports names even long after he has retired. He has been viewed as the best competitive basketball player ever to play the game. Of course arguments can be made for Wilt Chamberlain, Bill Russell, Elgin Baylor, Larry Bird […]

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Andrew Mellace (right) receiving winner’s trophy. National Master Andrew Mellace won the 2013 Jamaica Open Chess Championship which was held at St. George’s College on October 26-27. Mellace scored 5 points from 6 games (5/6), and suffered his only loss of the Open in the 3rd round to Alistair Walker. Horace Sinclair turned in a […]

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