Archive for September, 2014

New in Chess (2014/6)

Very interesting issue of New in Chess. It marks the first time that I can remember China was featured on two consecutive covers. Shows the changing in the balance of power. They have certainly earned it with Hou Yifan playing at a high level and the Chinese men winning the gold medal in Tromso. The […]

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Like everyone else I waited in great anticipation for the 2014 Sinquefield Cup… since the first one ended! The excitement was so high in last year’s successful inaugural event that fans were in awe of the names being bandied about. The field this year could not have been much better and it was a collective […]

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L-R: GM Erik Blomqvist (2nd), GM Daniel Semcesen (1st), GM Pontus Carlsson (3rd). Photo from pontus-carlsson.com. GM Pontus Carlsson finished 3rd in the recent Swedish Championship. He was vying for the top spot but was crippled both by a spate of draws and a crucial loss to Pia Cramling in the penultimate 8th round. After […]

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Dear chess community, GM Maurice AshleyPhoto by millionairechess.com. The buzz of the Millionaire Chess Open (MCO) has persisted since GM Maurice Ashley and Canadian entrepreneur Amy Lee announced the idea in December and confirmed the event in early April. This tournament has at least initiated a debate about chess promotion going forward. Known these days […]

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Last month, the world’s marquee team tournament known as the “Chess Olympiad” ended in Tromso, Norway with record attendance of 174 nations. This included a record 34 present from Africa (excluding eight proxies). While I am not certain when the first African federation joined the World Chess Federation (FIDE), nations from this continent have been […]

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After his scintillating performance in the 2014 Sinquefield Cup, fans the world over marveled at Fabiano Caruana’s resourceful play, cool demeanor and humility. During his run of seven consecutive wins, there was a furor created that he was quickly gaining on Magnus Carlsen in terms of ELO rating and that he would be the next […]

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“The event has really exploded on the public consciousness!”~ GM Maurice Ashley ~ The crescendo of excitement will reach the ultimate climax on October 9th when the Millionaire Chess Open will begin. GM Maurice Ashley is ecstatic about the progress of the tournament and wants to raise the profile of chess. GM Maurice Ashley and […]

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2014 Sinquefield CupAugust 27th – September 7th, 2014 (St. Louis, USA)Round #10 – Saturday, 6 September 2014 1 Aronian, L ARM ½-½ Caruana, F ITA 2 Topalov, V BUL ½-½ Carlsen, M NOR 3 Nakamura, H USA ½-½ Vachier-Lagrave, M FRA Official Site Caruana wins 2014 Sinquefield Cup! Fabiano Caruana, 2014 Sinquefield Cup champion! For […]

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2014 Sinquefield CupAugust 27th – September 7th, 2014 (St. Louis, USA)Round #9 – Friday, 5 September 2014 1 Caruana, F ITA ½-½ Nakamura, H USA 2 Carlsen, M NOR ½-½ Aronian, L ARM 3 Vachier-Lagrave, M FRA ½-½ Topalov, V BUL Official Site All three games drawn for the first time! Round nine… hard to […]

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2014 Sinquefield CupAugust 27th – September 7th, 2014 (St. Louis, USA)Round #8 – Thursday, 4 September 2014 1 Caruana, F ITA ½-½ Carlsen, M NOR 2 Aronian, L ARM ½-½ Vachier-Lagrave, M FRA 3 Nakamura, H USA 0-1 Topalov, V BUL Official Site Carlsen breaks streak… holds Caruana to a draw. Caruana leaving the playing […]

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2014 Sinquefield CupAugust 27th – September 7th, 2014 (St. Louis, USA)Round #7 – Wednesday, 3 September 2014 1 Vachier-Lagrave, M FRA 0-1 Caruana, F ITA 2 Carlsen, M NOR 1-0 Nakamura, H USA 3 Topalov, V BUL ½-½ Aronian, L ARM Official Site Carlsen surging… dispatches Nakamura.Caruana continues immortal streak! Twitter is a chess player’s […]

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2014 Sinquefield CupAugust 27th – September 7th, 2014 (St. Louis, USA)Round #6 – Tuesday, 2 September 2014 1 Caruana, F ITA 1-0 Topalov, V BUL 2 Carlsen, M NOR ½-½ Vachier-Lagrave FRA 3 Aronian, L ARM ½-½ Nakamura, H USA Official Site Fabiano Caruana on a Fischeresque 6-0 blitz… history books being rewritten. Let’s start […]

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Hou Yifan graces the cover of the latest New in Chess while riding one of the most successful streaks of her career. In the last year, she has gained 50 ELO points and currently is three points behind Judit Polgar on the live rating list. Polgar recently retired from international play after winning a silver […]

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2014 Sinquefield CupAugust 27th – September 7th, 2014 (St. Louis, USA)Round #5 – Sunday, 31 August 2014 1 Nakamura, H USA 0-1 Caruana, F ITA 2 Aronian, L ARM 0-1 Carlsen, M NOR 3 Topalov, V BUL 1-0 Vachier-Lagrave FRA Official Site “Fab Five”… unprecedented performance in strongest tournament! Two products of the American Swiss […]

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