Archive for October, 2018

Excitement will begin to build up for the World Chess Championship set to begin in Holborn, London on November 9th. While the media blitz has not yet begun, it will be interesting to see how the match is billed. Magnus Carlsen has been the World Champion for five years and this will be his third […]

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International Master Emory Tate is long gone, but certainly not forgotten. In one of his poems he mentioned the symbolism of the lion and the pride. While Tate’s sons Andrew and Tristan channeled their energy into kickboxing instead of chess, he left behind another pride of admirers. One of them was Tom Murphy who used […]

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According to a report on Philly.com, Stephen Schutt has been accused of sexual improprieties with his players while a coach at Douglass Elementary School during his tenure in the 1970s. Schutt was a legendary coach whose team was the subject of a movie titled, “The Mighty Pawns” featuring Paul Winfield and Alfonso Ribeiro. He also […]

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GM Pontus Carlsson has being making moves lately. The moves are not necessarily on the chess board although he recently played in Riga, Latvia. He scored a solid 6/9 including a nice win over Jan-Christian Schroder. Based in the Czech Republic, the Swedish national has been blazing a trail with a new initiative. A couple […]

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Back to another Olympiad… another new place… another adventure. I had been to Calvia, Turin, Dresden, Istanbul, Tromso and now would venture to a place abutting the Black Sea in a city known for vintage wineries. Nevertheless, I geared up for this trip not knowing what was to come after a contentious FIDE campaign that […]

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The Chess Olympiad is chock full of inspirational stories that become part of the event’s history. The Olympiad in Batumi had more than 180 nations participating so there was no shortage of them. In fact, ChessBase India did the best job in capturing the essence of wide experiences among the players. The story of Dr. […]

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Aster Bantiwalu (Ethiopia)Photo by David Llada The Chess Olympiad is a special event and by some accounts is the most important event in chess. It is at the biennial Olympiad that various expressions of chess are seen from every corner of the planet. Apart from the colorful outfits from the various delegations, there is the […]

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Lewis Ncube at African CongressPhoto by Africa Chess Media Lewis Ncube, the incumbent, declared to hold his position as President of the African Chess Conferation after two competitors emerged. It appeared that he would have quite a challenge after Tshepo Sitale and Dr. Essoh Essis released very impressive campaign statements. There was also the debate […]

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2018 Chess Olympiad: Round #11Friday, 5 October 2018 Open Section Full Results Dint Liren and Ju Wenjun (CHINA) Photo: @davidllada #BatumiChess2018 pic.twitter.com/F32w5ek57f — Batumi Chess Olympiad 2018 (@BatumiChess2018) October 5, 2018 China has won Olympiad gold after beating medal contender Poland in a thrilling last-round battle. The medals were not decided until the final tiebreaks […]

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2018 Chess Olympiad: Round #10Thursday, 4 October 2018 Open Section Full Results China ended a strong run by Poland despite their epic win over the USA the previous round. That result was sure to put the Poles into a position to medal, but their 3-1 drubbing at the hands of China throws those ideas in […]

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2018 Chess Olympiad: Round #9Wednesday, 3 October 2018 Open Section Full Results Arkady Dvorkovich is the new FIDE President. Photo: @davidllada @BatumiChess2018 pic.twitter.com/4rwzciuuTv — Batumi Chess Olympiad 2018 (@BatumiChess2018) October 3, 2018 Top story of today was the election of the new FIDE President, Arkady Dvorkovich. He becomes the 7th to hold that position and […]

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Arkady DvorkovichPhoto by David Llada Months after announcing his candidacy, Arkady Dvorkovich has won the favor of chess federations around the world by winning the office of FIDE President. In the lead up to the vote, There were several endorsements including a last minute show of support for fellow candidate Nigel Short who withdrew his […]

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2018 Chess Olympiad: Round #8Tuesday, 2 October 2018 Open Section Full Results Clutch!! In USA-Azerbaijan, Fabiano Caruana won a thrilling game that appear to be equal, but the trump was that black’s king was more exposed than white’s. This came to bear when Shakhriyar Mamedyarov’s king was being checkmated on move 64. With an unstoppable […]

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2018 Chess Olympiad: Round #7Monday, 1 October 2018 Open Section Full Results Key battles in the 7th round. Poland-Azerbaijan was drawn 2-2 while the USA beat Croatia 3-1 moving into a three-way tie for first. The USA benefited from favorable pairings the last two rounds, but will certainly play everyone that they’ll need to play. […]

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2018 Chess Olympiad: Round #6Sunday, 30 September 2018 Women Section Full Results First, the women… The Americans are making a run for medals in both sections after the 6th round proceedings. The story thus far has to be the play of unheralded FM Jennifer Yu who is now on 5.5/6 after winning against India. The […]

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