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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