Archive for September, 2015

2015 World Chess CupSeptember 10th-October 4th, 2015 (Baku, Azerbaijan)Match Scores (SEMIFINALS) 1 Svidler, P RUS 1½-½ Giri, A NED 2 Karjakin, S RUS 3½-2½ Eljanov, P UKR Drum Coverage| Round 1 | Round 2 | Round 3 | Round 4 | Round 5 || Semifinals | Finals | Who will advance and compete for the […]

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The second Millionaire Chess Open is just a bit more than a week away and excitement is building. There is also excitement because more “star power” has been added before the September 30th registration deadline. The MC organized periodically announces strong players and yesterday Amy Lee told The Chess Drum that a Texas university was […]

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Arthur Ssegwanyi of Uganda. The World Cup is currently moving into the sixth round and the elite Grandmasters are among the last four players standing, but of course there are always a number of interesting stories that surface. This one comes out of Uganda and this time the subject is not Phiona Mutesi. An unheralded […]

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2015 World Chess CupSeptember 10th-October 4th, 2015 (Baku, Azerbaijan)Match Scores (Round #5) 1 Svidler, P RUS 3½-2½ Wei Yi CHN 2 Vachier-Lagrave, M FRA ½-1½ Giri, A NED 3 Mamedyarov, S AZE 2-4 Karjakin, S RUS 4 Eljanov, P UKR 1½-½ Nakamura, H USA Drum Coverage| Round 1 | Round 2 | Round 3 | […]

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2015 World Chess CupSeptember 10th-October 4th, 2015 (Baku, Azerbaijan)Match Scores (Round #4) 1 Topalov, V BUL ½-1½ Svidler, P RUS 2 Wei Yi CHN 3½-2½ Ding Liren CHN 3 So, W USA ½-1½ Vachier-Lagrave, M FRA 4 Wojaszek, R POL 1-3 Giri, A NED 5 Caruana, F USA ½-1½ Mamedyarov, S AZE 6 Karjakin, S […]

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2015 World Chess CupSeptember 10th-October 4th, 2015 (Baku, Azerbaijan)Match Scores (Round #3) Bracket 1 1 Topalov, V BUL 2½-1½ Lu Shanglei CHN 2 Radjabov, T AZE 1½-2½ Svidler, P RUS Bracket 2 3 Areshchenko, A UKR ½-1½ Wei Yi CHN 4 Guseinov, G AZE ½-1½ Ding Liren CHN Bracket 3 5 So, W USA 2½-1½ […]

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2015 World Chess CupSeptember 10th-October 4th, 2015 (Baku, Azerbaijan)Match Scores (Round #2) Bracket 1 1 Topalov, V BUL 1½-½ Zhigalko, S BLR 2 Wang Hao CHN ½-1½ Lu Shanglei CHN 3 Radjabov, T AZE 3-1 Smirin, I ISR 4 Nisipeanu, L ROM 1½-2½ Svidler, P RUS Bracket 2 5 Aronian, L ARM 1-3 Areshchenko, A […]

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2015 World Chess CupSeptember 10th-October 4th, 2015 (Baku, Azerbaijan)Match Scores (Round #1) Bracket 1 1 Topalov, V BUL 2-0 Adu, O NGR 2 Zhigalko, S BLR 3-1 Bukavshin, I RUS 3 Wang Hao CHN 2½-1½ Perunovic, M SRB 4 Lu Shanglei CHN 2½-1½ Moiseenko, A UKR 5 Radjabov, T AZE 3-1 Sevian, S USA 6 […]

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IM Kassa Korley has begun posting “Banter Blitz” sessions on his YouTube channel. Banter Blitz is a relatively recent phenomena that players have been taping on chess24. The New York native has taped a few sessions of his blitz encounters in which he gives commentary during the games. Very interesting!

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The Chess Drum caught up with WGM Jennifer Shahade during the 2015 Sinquefield Cup in a very short interview. While she has played in a number of U.S. Championships (winning two women’s titles), she primarily is known as a chess promoter and commentator. She is a fixture on commentary teams for tournaments held at the […]

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The opening ceremony of the 2015 World Chess Cup officially opened the championship qualifier. One-hundred and twenty eight players have arrived in Baku, Azerbaijan carrying their flags to compete for a chance and glory… and perhaps a chance at competing in the World Candidate’s tournament in March 2016. According to fide.com, The players, official and […]

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The 2015 Sinquefield Cup was held was great fanfare from August 22nd until September 3rd. The excitement built from a gradual crescendo when ten of the top players from around the world set upon St. Louis, Missouri to compete one of the strongest round robins in history. The Chess Drum would be “in the building”. […]

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Detroit is known for many things… cars, music, sports and increasingly chess. On the weekend of August 21st, Hikaru Nakamura visited the Detroit City Chess Club (DCCC) and was welcomed by the community at-large. Kevin Fite who organized the visit hosted the four-time U.S. Champion and world’s #2 player, his fiance Maria DeRosa and FM […]

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2015 Sinquefield CupAugust 23th – September 3rd, 2014 (St. Louis, USA)Round #9 – Tuesday, 1 September 2015 1 Topalov, V BUL ½-½ Aronian, L ARM 2 Anand, V IND ½-½ Carlsen, M NOR 3 Vachier-Lagrave, M FRA ½-½ Giri, A NED 4 Nakamura, H USA 1-0 Grischuk, A RUS 5 Caruana, F USA ½-½ So, […]

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2015 Sinquefield CupAugust 23th – September 3rd, 2014 (St. Louis, USA)Round #8 – Monday, 31 August 2015 1 Aronian, L ARM ½-½ Anand, V IND 2 Carlsen, M NOR ½-½ Nakamura, H USA 3 Grischuk, A RUS ½-½ Vachier-Lagrave, M FRA 4 Giri, A NED ½-½ Caruana, F USA 5 So, W USA ½-½ Topalov, […]

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