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2016 Chess Olympiad: Round #6Thursday, 8 September 2016 Open Section India 2½-1½ Russia USA 2½-1½ Ukraine Czech Republic 2-2 Georgia Greece 2-2 Azerbaijan 1 Canada 2½-1½ Belarus Full Results India and the USA win… head for another showdown tomorrow! The rest day worked out well for the Indians. They became Internet sensation with the team […]

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Magnus Carlsenstops to sign autographs.Photo by Vladimir Barsky. Viswanathan Anand and wife Aruna Anand exchanging pleasantries with former champion Anatoly Karpov. Photo by Anastasia Kharlovich. Magnus Carlsen was re-crowned as the world champion, a berth that will last until 2016. He defeated challenger Viswanathan Anand 6.5-4.5 in an exciting, albeit imperfect match. The match was […]

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Congratulations GM Magnus Carlsen, World Champion! After Magnus Carlsen won a tense Berlin Ruy Lopez, he could proclaim, “Ich bin ein Champion!” In a game in which he was under serious pressure from Viswanathan Anand, he kept his Nordic cool and waded through the complications… particularly after Anand’s stunning 23…b5!! Later Carlsen capitalized off over […]

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Carlsen avoided a landmine today, but can he withstand the pressure?Photo by ChessBase. Today was a key game of the match and many thought that Viswanathan Anand was going to press for a win against Magnus Carlsen. The Tiger from Madras was definitely on the prowl after facing a Grunfeld Defense in which he faced […]

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The game was not nearly as gallant as this photo. Beautiful shot showing the tense moments building in the match! Photo by Anastasia Kharlovich. Well, that was fun, wasn't it — Magnus Carlsen (@MagnusCarlsen) November 20, 2014 Not much excitement in today’s game, but the 20-move draw in the Berlin Defense has set the stage […]

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Mira Nair, a highly-acclaimed, Indian-born director, will be producing a film adaptation of Tim Crothers’ book “The Queen of Katwe“. This book was a gripping story about Phiona Mutesi who hails from one of the poorest parts of sub-Saharan Africa. The very vivid account shows how the Ugandan girl from abject poverty found chess and […]

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Today’s eighth game for the World Chess Championship was perhaps the most uneventful encounter with only a few moments of tension. However it wasn’t the draw that was necessarily evoking boredom. It was the posture of world champion Magnus Carlsen sleeping at the board that was captured in countless photos and viewed by millions on […]

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Game seven battle almost broke a record for moves played in a world championship match. Photo by Vladimir Barsky. A lot has been made of Magnus Carlsen’s youth in this match against the middle-aged Viswanathan Anand. Perhaps too much is being made of this, but today’s game would put these theories to the test. Unlike […]

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“Sometimes you’re very, very lucky.”~Magnus Carlsen The chess world is still buzzing on social media about today’s game in which blunders were traded. After having played a rather unambitious version of the Kan Sicilian, Viswanathan Anand allowed Magnus Carlsen to create pressure on the kingside and tried to solve his problems tactically. While white had […]

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The Tiger didn’t catch any prey today.Photo by Anastasia Kharlovich. Very exciting day today at the World Chess Championships between world champion Magnus Carlsen and challenger Viswanathan Anand. With Anand playing the white pieces, he opted for 1.d4 and faced the surprising Queen’s Indian. Anand showed the depth of his preparation once again as he […]

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Fire on board? Not today. Just when it appeared that we were heading for another swashbuckling fight, the world champion ended that hope with 3.g3 instead of 3.d4. Of course, a Najdorf or Scheveningen is not where Carlsen would want to go since Anand is at home in those complications. He chose a slow system […]

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A crushing victory by challenger Viswanathan Anand over champion Magnus Carlsen today in a supreme example of opening preparation. Anand admitted in the post-game press conference that he had prepared as far as move 24, but had to check the subtle differences. In fact there were two main games that served as precedences in today’s […]

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There was a lot begin made of today’s 25th anniversary of the Berlin Wall’s demise. When game #2 started 1.e4 e5 2.Nf3 Nc6 3.Bb5 Nf6 all the puns started about the Berlin Wall started, but Carlsen played 4.d3 avoiding a wall that has not been dismantled in top level play. Others anticipated a Najdorf Sicilian. […]

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Opening Press Conference The first press conference was done is a very traditional format of a welcoming, introductions, short speeches and a Q&A. FIDE Press Officer Anastasia Kharlovich presided and Polina Tsedenova was the translator. Former World Champion Boris Spassky was in attendance as well as several Women’s World Champions (i.e., Alexandra Kosteniuk, Antoneta Stefanova, […]

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2014 World Chess ChampionshipSochi, Russia (November 7th-28th)   1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 pts. Carlsen ½ 1 0 ½ ½ 1 ½ ½ ½ ½ 1 – 6½ Anand ½ 0 1 ½ ½ 0 ½ ½ ½ ½ 0 – 4½ Official Site: http://www.sochi2014.fide.com/ Dear Chess Fans! […]

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On November 7th, the World Chess Championship will commence in Sochi, Russia. It will be a “rematch” between both Magnus Carlsen and Viswanathan Anand. Last year, Carlsen defeated Anand in Chennai to take the crown and Anand won the Candidate’s tournament to qualify. So it isn’t a rematch in the traditional sense, but it will […]

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FIDE just released the pairings for the Candidates tournament which will be held in Khanty-Mansiysk, Russia is about a month away. The winner will face World Champion Magnus Carlsen in his first title defense. This double round-robin event of the eight qualifiers is sure to be hotly-contested as many of the marquee players are present. […]

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Down three points, World Champion Viswanathan Anand admitted that his situation did not appear to be encouraging, but when he sat down today he had his head held high and proceeded to forge on. While much of the attention has focused squarely on Magnus Carlsen during the match, Anand perhaps was not given enough credit […]

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Do or die. Courtesy of Anastasia Karlovich. Today would be the day that the World Champion would make a strong stand to retain his title. Many expected that Viswanathan Anand would play something a bit more daring and thus change his opening choice against challenger Magnus Carlsen and his two-point lead. They also felt that […]

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‘Be Someone’ Founder Attending 2013 World Chess Championship USA’s Orrin “Checkmate” Hudson in the Business of Saving Lives with His Chess Board Orrin “Checkmate” Hudson, long known in the United States for his ability to change young lives through the lessons taught on a chess board, is once again telling his story on an international […]

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Another pre-game rumination by Anand… trying to stir up motivation. Photo by Anastasia Karlovich. Fans and commentators were clamoring for a Najdorf Sicilian to challenge Magnus Carlsen’s two-point bulge in the eighth game of the match. What did they get? Anand took a page out of John F. Kennedy’s archives and seemed to have replied, […]

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Anand pondering on a way to catch Carlsen in preparation. Photo by Anastasia Karlovich. All eyes were on Viswanathan Anand today as he was attempting to rebound after two consecutive losses. A minor stir was caused as Magnus Carlsen nearly forfeited due to the zero tolerance rule. Magnus Carlsen almost forfeited! Photo by Paul Truong. […]

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Magnus Carlsen now has opened a healthy lead. Photo by Anastasia Karlovich. Magnus Carlsen has opened up a two-point bulge in the sixth game of the World Championships shellshocking fans all over the world… and Anand himself. The past two games lost by Anand in rook endings followed two contentious games where both sides got […]

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With the match building up to an exciting crescendo, this game actually started out with a rather speculative opening. It continues a trend of fighting chess. The match is getting prominent coverage in the Norwegian press. The game entered a variation that could lead to a sacrifice on move six after 1. c4 e6 2. […]

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The World Champion was in the hot seat today. Photo by Anastasia Karlovich. Perhaps Magnus Carlsen gave his cook a night off and tried the spicy cuisine. Given the pyrotechnics on the board today, perhaps both players were in a fighting mood. A placid and positional Berlin quickly turned into an inferno. Game four showed […]

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