Archive for August, 2014

2014 Sinquefield CupAugust 27th – September 7th, 2014 (St. Louis, USA)Round #4 – Saturday, 30 August 2014 1 Caruana, F ITA 1-0 Aronian, L ARM 2 Carlsen, M NOR ½-½ Topalov, V BUL 3 Vachier-Lagrave FRA ½-½ Nakamura, H USA Official Site Caruana is now at 2820 on live list.Photo by uschesschamps.com. A tremendous tsunami […]

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2014 Sinquefield CupAugust 27th – September 7th, 2014 (St. Louis, USA)Round #3 – Friday, 29 August 2014 1 Carlsen, M NOR 0-1 Caruana, F ITA 2 Vachier-Lagrave FRA 1-0 Aronian, L ARM 3 Topalov, V BUL 1-0 Nakamura, H USA Official Site Caruana on fire at 3/3, beats Carlsen! What a homecoming it has been […]

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2014 Sinquefield CupAugust 27th – September 7th, 2014 (St. Louis, USA)Round #2 – Thursday, 28 August 2014 1 Nakamura, H USA ½-½ Carlsen, M NOR 2 Caruana, F ITA 1-0 Vachier-Lagrave FRA 3 Aronian, L ARM 1-0 Topalov, V BUL Official Site Caruana wins again… Topalov loses again… this time to Aronian. Nakamura-Carlsen showdown drawn. […]

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2014 Sinquefield CupAugust 27th – September 7th, 2014 (St. Louis, USA)Round #1 – Wednesday, 27 August 2014 1 Vachier-Lagrave FRA ½-½ Carlsen, M NOR 2 Aronian, L ARM ½-½ Nakamura, H USA 3 Topalov, V BUL 0-1 Caruana, F ITA Official Site “Fire on Board” in MVL-Carlsen… Topalov toppled. Carlsen had to find the resourceful […]

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Six of the world’s top ten chess players will assemble in what has recently been claimed as America’s “Chess Capital”. St. Louis will host the 2nd Sinquefield Cup beginning today touts the strongest ever tournament on American soil. With the average rating at a stratospheric 2801.67 it is the first tournament whose average rating tops […]

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James “Black Knight” Taylor was soldier of fortune. A four-time Bronze Star winner for valor in Vietnam, he saw war in its ugliest form. After being discharged from the Marine Corps, he saw war in its most beautiful form. That form of war was the game of chess. For more than thirty years, he lived […]

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Every two years, FIDE hosts the Olympiad with a chief organizing body. It is like no other tournament, so generally no expense is spared to make it successful. Most everyone was anticipating the Tromso Olympiad in the idyllic and quaint city. Besides it is the home country of World Champion Magnus Carlsen, so it was […]

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The Olympiad is the biennial chess festival attracting players, delegates and enthusiasts far and wide. Its beauty lies in the fact that all of the chess federations have arrived at the venue in many different ways… and in some cases for the first time. The 2014 Olympiad broke a record for entrants with 174 federations […]

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2014 Chess Olympiad: Closing Ceremonies Thursday, 14 August 2014 Ni Hua jumps in jubilationafter China wins gold.All photos by Daaim Shabazz. The 41st Chess Olympiad was eventful for a number of reasons. The contentious campaign leading up to the Presidential election held the entire event in suspense. The presence of campaign slogans were everywhere including […]

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2014 Chess Olympiad: Round #11 Thursday, 14 August 2014 Top Boards (Open) Poland 1-3 China Hungary 3-1 Ukraine Norway 1 4-0 Malaysia Russia 2½-1½ France Azerbaijan 2½-1½ USA Full Results Medal Standings (Open) GOLD-China SILVER-Hungary BRONZE-India Kurt Meier of the Seychelles shown here in action during round seven. Meier collapsed at the board during his […]

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2014 Chess Olympiad: Round #10 Tuesday, 12 August 2014 Top Boards (Open) France 1½-2½ China Ukraine 2-2 Azerbaijan Croatia 3½-½ Norway 1 Hungary 3½-½ Romania Bulgaria 1½-2½ Poland Full Results China got a key win over the French maintaining the lead. In the penultimate round of the 2014 Chess Olympiad, there are still a number […]

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The buildup to the 2014 FIDE election in Tromso, Norway was so tense you could feel it in the air. As representatives from 176 federations filed into the Universitetet i Tromsø (UIT) auditorium there was a buzzing of excitement. However, it was a matter of time before the meeting had to address controversial issues during […]

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2014 Chess Olympiad: Round #9 Monday, 11 August 2014 Top Boards (Open) China 2-2 Ukraine Czech Republic 1½-2½ France Norway 2-2 Turkey Azerbaijan 2-2 Romania Israel 1-3 Hungary Full Results The parity of this year’s Olympiad means that many teams retain medal chances even after a setback. In order to win the gold, a team […]

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2014 Chess Olympiad: Round #8 Sunday, 10 August 2014 Top Boards (Open) China 3-1 Azerbaijan Romania 3-1 Czech Republic Bosnia & Herzegovina 1-3 Norway Ukraine 2½-1½ Bulgaria France ½-1½ Poland Full Results Ding Liren is one of China’s bright hopes for future dominance. Both he and Yu Yangyi are picking up the slack for China’s […]

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The battle for the office of FIDE President is perhaps the most important event during this two week Olympiad. While the games were to take place at 2:00pm, the continental meetings took place today at 9:00am at the Radisson Blu Hotel. One of the main topics was the election for the next FIDE President. The […]

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Top Boards (Open) Cuba 1½-2½ Azerbaijan Czech Republic 3-1 Russia Norway 1 1½-2½ Germany Serbia ½-3½ China Bulgaria 3-1 Netherlands Full Results Magnus Carlsen vs. Arkadij Naiditsch, 0-1.Photo Paul Truong. One of the shocks of the round was not Germany’s win over Norway, but the fact that Magnus Carlsen bungled a pawn advantage into a […]

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Top Boards (Open) Azerbaijan 3½-½ Georgia Serbia 2-2 Bulgaria Italy 1-3 Norway 1 Cuba 3½-½ Kazakhstan Uzbekistan 1½-2½ Russia Full Results Azerbaijan widens its lead with a crushing victory over Georgia with Shakhriyar Mamedyarov getting a cluster of pieces around the black king with deadly effect. Serbia-Bulgaria drew trading wins on board 1 and 4. […]

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Claudia Munoz at the 2014 U.S. Open.Photo by Daaim Shabazz. Claudia Munoz is known in chess circles for her chess promotion activities in social networking. The 16-year old is the reigning National Girls champion and took part in the U.S. Open where we conducted a short interview. Enrolled in Texas Virtual Academy, an online school […]

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GM Conrad Holt receiving the Edmondson Cup.Photo by Daaim Shabazz. Conrad Holt has had a great run in the last couple of years. The physics major and rising senior at University of Texas at Dallas made a sparkling debut in last year’s U.S. Championship scoring a creditable 5th place with a solid +2. He did […]

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Top Boards (Open) Azerbaijan 2-2 Serbia Russia 2-2 Bulgaria Armenia 2½-1½ Norway 1 China 2-2 Netherlands Ukraine 1½-2½ Uzbekistan Full Results What’s wrong with Ivanchuk?Photo by David Llada. The Ukraine has won two Olympiads of the past five with Armenia winning the other three. They are always a credible threat to compete for the gold. […]

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Top Boards (Open) France 1½-2½ Azerbaijan Serbia 2½-1½ Czech Republic Norway 1 3-1 Poland Russia 2-2 China Netherlands 2-2 Israel Full Results Kamsky reeling after losing to IM Henry Steel (2399)!Photo by Paul Truong When was the last time a top 50 player has lost to another player 300 ELO points below in the Olympiad? […]

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The Chicago Tribune ran an interview with Darrian Robinson who The Chess Drum will have read about. Now a rising 19-year old junior at the University of Chicago, she has a well-defined path to success in the public sector. Last summer, she interned at the White House Office of Public Engagement and Intergovernmental Affairs. The […]

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Top Boards (Open) Armenia 1½-2½ France USA 1½-2½ Netherlands Norway 3-1 Montenegro Germany 2-2 England Poland 2-2 Cuba Full Results Batumi, Georgia putting in a bid for Olympiad 2018. Photo by Paul Truong. The plot thickened today as top teams began to clash. All the top teams faced a strong opponent… except the Ukraine who […]

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Top Boards (Open) Russia 3½-½ Qatar Norway 2 2-2 Ukraine Finland 2-2 Norway 1 France 4-0 Mongolia Australia 1-3 Armenia Full Results Fabiano Caruana of Italy is now #3 in the world with a 2800 ELO. Photo by chess24.com. First major upset of the tournament! The Ukraine was drawn by a Norwegian side… not the […]

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Top Boards (Open) Jordan 0-4 Russia Ukraine 4-0 Tunisia Norway 2½:1½ Yemen Zambia 0-4 France Armenia 4-0 Japan Full Results Madagascar going through security. Photo by Paul Truong. The 2014 Chess Olympiad kicked off with the usual fanfare and excitement. The bustling of the teams greeting one another and of course finding their boards. For […]

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