Archive for December, 2016

The year 2016 was the year of the Olympiad and Baku certainly spared no expense to put on a wonderful event. It was, by many accounts, the best Olympiad ever. The USA won the gold for the first time in 40 years and capped off a cinderella year the likes of Fabiano Caruana, Hikaru Nakamura […]

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Much has been said about racial intolerance in recent years. The contentious election season in the U.S. had everyone discussing the tension between the supporters of Donald J. Trump and Hillary Rodham Clinton. Campaign rallies were filled with commotions between protesters, racial epithets and sometimes fists flying. In Europe there has been a debate about […]

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There is a petition circulating to invite the gold medal winning U.S. Olympiad team to the White House. After the momentous victory in Baku, Azerbaijan, there was little fanfare and barely any recognition of the historic accomplishment apart from chess media. Nationally, there was hardly any media coverage, no airport reception, no celebration and certainly […]

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Ray “Dragon” Robinson February 22, 1959 – December 18, 2016 Ray Robinson at the 2006 World Open. Photo by Daaim Shabazz Ray “Dragon” Robinson of Philadelphia was a man of many names, full of passion and excelled in chess, air hockey and pool. In addition to his chess exploits, he competed in air hockey tournaments […]

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FM Harold Wanyama (Uganda)Photo by Kim Bhari In a story out of Uganda, FM Harold Wanyama has retired from competitive chess after a 10-year stint that included appearances on the Olympiad team, national tournament prominence and stellar play in the club leagues. He mentioned as part of his highlights his experience in the Istanbul and […]

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1 Aronian, L ARM 0-1 Topalov, V BUL 2 Anand, V IND ½-½ Kramnik, V RUS 3 Giri, A NED ½-½ Caruana, F USA 4 So, W USA ½-½ Vachier-Lagrave, M FRA 5 Adams, M ENG ½-½ Nakamura, H USA Official Site Round #9: Sunday, 18 December 2016Wesley wins London Classic and Grand Chess Tour!Topalov […]

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1 Nakamura, H USA ½-½ Aronian, L ARM 2 Vachier-Lagrave, M FRA ½-½ Adams, M ENG 3 Caruana, F USA ½-½ So, W USA 4 Kramnik, V RUS ½-½ Giri, A NED 5 Topalov, V BUL 0-1 Anand, V IND Official Site Round #8: Saturday, 17 December 2016Wesley So clinches Grand Chess Tour! Congratulations to […]

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1 Aronian, L ARM ½-½ Anand, V IND 2 Giri, A NED ½-½ Topalov, V BUL 3 So, W USA ½-½ Kramnik, V RUS 4 Adams, M ENG ½-½ Caruana, F USA 5 Nakamura, H USA 1-0 Vachier-Lagrave, M FRA Official Site Round #7: Friday, 16 December 2016London is hosting an 1.e4 theme tournament with […]

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1 Vachier-Lagrave, M FRA 1-0 Aronian, L ARM 2 Caruana, F USA 1-0 Nakamura, H USA 3 Kramnik, V RUS ½-½ Adams, M ENG 4 Topalov, V BUL 0-1 So, W USA 5 Anand, V IND ½-½ Giri, A NED Official Site Round #6: Thursday, 15 December 2016Blockbuster games… heavyweight battles and trash-taking accent exciting […]

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1 Aronian, L ARM ½-½ Giri, A NED 2 So, W USA ½-½ Anand, V IND 3 Adams, M ENG 1-0 Topalov, V BUL 4 Nakamura, H USA ½-½ Kramnik, V RUS 5 Vachier-Lagrave, M FRA ½-½ Caruana, F USA Official Site Round #5: Tuesday, 13 December 2016Adams gets the “W” … Topalov in free […]

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1 Caruana, F USA ½-½ Aronian, L ARM 2 Kramnik, V RUS ½-½ Vachier-Lagrave, M FRA 3 Topalov, V BUL 0-1 Nakamura, H USA 4 Anand, V IND ½-½ Adams, M ENG 5 Giri, A NED ½-½ So, W USA Official Site Round #4: Monday, 12 December 2016Is this it for Topalov? Different day… same […]

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1 Aronian, L ARM ½-½ So, W USA 2 Adams, M ENG ½-½ Giri, A NED 3 Nakamura, H USA 1-0 Anand, V IND 4 Vachier-Lagrave, M FRA ½-½ Topalov, V BUL 5 Caruana, F USA ½-½ Kramnik, V RUS Official Site Round #3: Sunday, 11 December 2016Hikaru rebounds… continues domination of Anand The only […]

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1 Kramnik, V RUS ½-½ Aronian, L ARM 2 Topalov, V BUL 0-1 Caruana, F USA 3 Anand, V IND 1-0 Vachier-Lagrave, M FRA 4 Giri, A NED ½-½ Nakamura, H USA 5 So, W USA 1-0 Adams, M ENG Official Site Round #2: Saturday, 10 December 2016Boards blaze! Wesley So sizzles; Caruana swindles After […]

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1 Aronian, L ARM 1-0 Adams, M ENG 2 Nakamura, H USA 0-1 So, W USA 3 Vachier-Lagrave, M FRA ½-½ Giri, A NED 4 Caruana, F USA ½-½ Anand, V IND 5 Kramnik, V RUS 1-0 Topalov, V BUL Official Site Round #1: Friday, 9 December 2016London bridges falling down! Three decisive games in […]

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With a recently-concluded World Championship match coronation of Magnus Carlsen, the other elite players will be pawning off in London, England for the last leg of the Grand Chess Tour beginning today, December 9th. The field will feature staple players in these elite events and mostly likely the next contender to challenge Carlsen in 2018. […]

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The Gateway ArchAll photos by Daaim Shabazz (unless otherwise stated) I have been to St. Louis, Missouri many times. In fact, while I was a child, my parents would drive to East St. Louis, Illinois where their parents grew up. It was on this trip that we rode on Route 66 and saw the “Arch” […]

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TIEBREAKSCarlsen beats Karjakin 9-7 to defend crown! Carlsen hoists champion’s trophy.Photo by chess24 After beating Karjakin in Game #10, Magnus Carlsen said that he was able to “break” Sergey Karjakin. It was a pivotal moment of the match as the champion decided that with new life, he would head for the tiebreaks. “The idea was […]

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