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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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Since the Millionaire Chess Open ended, I have read several accounts of the historic event. Most were favorable; some were mixed; some were critical. As is custom in my coverage of major tournaments The Chess Drum covers live, I do a reflections piece. It recounts my overall experiences along with an assessment on some specifics. […]

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The Millionaire Chess Open has come and gone, but will not be soon forgotten. The four-day festival culminated with an exciting playoff and in the end GM Wesley So came out victorious. The 21-year old Filipino was expressive at the closing ceremony and could be seen milling out in a jubilant mood. Varuzhan Akobian (right) […]

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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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On the boat “Bhaya” in Halong Bay, Vietnam. When one travels abroad, there is always the apprehension that comes with being in an unfamiliar place. What is even more challenging is understanding the intricate history of the host nation and how that history has made it what it has become. Vietnam is a nation of […]

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The Chess Drum is beating in Vietnam as the nation of 90 million is experiencing a growth in the sport. Daaim Shabazz will be in Hanoi, Vietnam to visit with the chess community at the chess center on Nguyen Luong Bang street, Dong Da district, Hanoi. The Chess Drum’s Daaim Shabazz in Ho Chi Minh […]

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All roads led to the 2013 World Minds Sports Games in Beijing, China on December 12th-18th. This unique tournament featured five sports including bridge, go, draughts, xiangqi (Chinese chess) and international chess. Top players in each of these mind sports competed in various formats. Chess unfurled a unique chess variant called “Basque Chess” which entails […]

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Two more rounds remain at the the 2013 World Team Championships and it will be a race to gold. Ukraine is currently atop the field by one point over Russia with 12 points, while China (10 pts.) and the USA (8 pts.) are also fighting for medal contention. Kramnik’s fortune has changed since his brutal […]

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While the fervor from World Championship has subsided and Magnus Carlsen settles into his role as the World Champion, other action is heating up in Antalya, Turkey. The biennial World Team Championship is being held featuring ten of the top teams including the host nation of Turkey. Hikaru Nakamura is climbing up the ELO list […]

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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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The tiger prowled… …but Thor got away!Photos by Anastasia Karlovich and Paul Truong respectively. Things are certainly heating up in Chennai, India! Former World Champion Garry Kasparov was on hand to watch game three amidst a minor controversy that he was being purposely shunned by the Indian hosts. Kasparov is a FIDE Presidential candidate, but […]

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Chess Family, By now everyone has heard about powerful typhoon that swept across the Philippines just days ago. Winds reached as high as 300 kilometers per hour (190 mph) and devastated the archipelago leaving 600,000 homes destroyed or damaged. Nicknamed “Haiyun” the typhoon cut through a swath of devastation across islands Samar, Leyte, Cebu and […]

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Carlsen surprised Anand with 1…c6. The media often uses chess as a metaphor for a looming strategic battle. It is considered a symbol for erudition and intellectual guile. Well… today’s game may use the same metaphor to describe the strategic jockeying after the second draw in the World Championship match. While fans and commentators were […]

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Magnus Carlsen meditates before his first classical match begins. The highly-anticipated match has begun in what has been billed by some as the “Match of the Century”. There was a throng of photographers outside of the playing area, a press room packed with journalists and millions of fans around the world watching. The Indian press […]

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2013 World Chess ChampionshipChennai, India (November 7th-28th) Player ELO Nation Flag Player ELO Nation Flag Anand 2775 India Carlsen 2870 NOR This is the time that we have waited for. The World Chess Championship will kick off tomorrow in Chennai, India as millions will tune into what will one of the most pivotal match in […]

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In a week’s time, the “Match of the Century” will take place between defending World Champion Viswanathan Anand and Magnus Carlsen. This match could represent the battle of generations, but many are not so sure that it will result in the passing of the torch. Anand has an excellent chance to retain the title and […]

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Hou Yifan dispatched Anna Ushenina to regain the Women’s World Champion. Can the 19-year old star invigorate women’s chess? China is back on top of women’s chess! Hou Yifan clinched the 2013 Women’s World Championship with a crushing 5½-1½ win over a beleaguered Anna Ushenina. The margin of victory was a total embarrassment not only […]

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