Archive for the 'Netherlands' Category

Sebastian Halfhide at 2015 Groningen OpenPhoto by Harry Gielen(http://schaakuitzendingen.blogspot.com). The Netherlands is one such country that has a sizeable segment of its population from Asia, Africa and the Caribbean. Another significant group of migrants come from Suriname, a Dutch-speaking country that lies in northern part of South America. The country of 585,000 borders English-speaking Guyana […]

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Wesley So was at a low point a couple of years ago placing last in the 2015 Sinquefield Cup. Now only 16 points behind Magnus Carlsen while bolting ahead of Fabiano Caruana. Caruana is currently playing in Gibraltar where he was upset by Nigel Short in the sixth round. This allowed So to overtake him […]

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The first major tournament has begun and marks the first classical tournament for Magnus Carlsen since he defended his title. He will be one of the 14 competitors in the 79th edition of the Tata Steel Chess tournament in Wijk aan Zee (Netherlands). Pea soup will not be the only thing served up as the […]

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IM Emory TatePhoto by Daaim Shabazz. Chris Torres, President of the Torres Chess and Music runs an interesting blog called, “Chess Musings“. Recently, he ran a recent story about “Drum Major” and International Master Emory Tate. Known around the world (and of course to The Chess Drum audience), some may know that Tate is now […]

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Round #13 – Sunday 25 January 2015 Masters Hou, Y. – Ivanchuk, V., ½-½ So, W. – Van Wely, L., 1-0 Carlsen, M. – Saric, I., ½-½ Wojtaszek, R. – Giri, A., ½-½ Aronian, L. – Ding, L., 0-1 Caruana, F. – Vachier-Lagrave, 0-1 Jobava, B. – Radjabov, T., 1-0 World Champion Magnus Carlsen won […]

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Round #12 – Saturday 24 January 2015 Masters Van Wely, L. – Jobava, B., ½-½ Radjabov, T. – Hou, Y., ½-½ Ivanchuk, V. – Caruana, F., ½-½ Vachier-Lagrave – Aronian, L., ½-½ Ding, L. – Carlsen, M., ½-½ Saric, I. – Wojtaszek, R., 1-0 Giri, A. – So, W., 1-0 Anish Giri beat contender Wesley […]

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Round #11 – Friday 23 January 2015 Masters Giri, A. – Van Wely, L., 1-0 So, W. – Saric, I., 1-0 Wojtaszek, R. – Ding, L., 0-1 Carlsen, M. – Vachier-Lagrave, ½-½ Aronian, L. – Ivanchuk, V., ½-½ Caruana, F. – Radjabov, T., ½-½ Hou, Y. – Jobava, B., 1-0 Today we saw a comedy […]

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Round #10 – Wednesday 20 January 2015 Masters Vassily Ivanchuk – Magnus Carlsen, ½-½ Ding Liren – Wesley So, ½-½ Maxime Vachier-Lagrave – Radaslaw Wojtaszek, ½-½ Ivan Saric – Anish Giri, 0-1 Baadur Jobova – Fabiano Caruana, 0-1 Teimour Radjabov – Levon Aronian, ½-½ Loek van Wely – Hou Yifan, 1-0 The tournament moved to […]

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Round #9 – Tuesday 20 January 2015 Masters Ivan Saric – Loek van Wely, ½-½ Radaslaw Wojtaszek – Vassily Ivanchuk, ½-½ Anish Giri – Ding Liren, 1-0 Magnus Carlsen – Teimour Radjabov, 1-0 Wesley So – Maxime Vachier-Lagrave, ½-½ Fabiano Caruana – Hou Yifan, ½-½ Levon Aronian – Baadur Jobova, 1-0 Magnus Carlsen won his […]

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Round #8 – Sunday 18 January 2015 Masters Hou Yifan – Levon Aronian, ½-½ Ding Liren – Ivan Saric, 1-0 Vassily Ivanchuk – Wesley So, 0-1 Baadur Jobova – Magnus Carlsen, 0-1 Maxime Vachier-Lagrave – Anish Giri, 1-0 Loek van Wely – Fabiano Caruana, 0-1 Teimour Radjabov – Radaslaw Wojtaszek, 1-0 So had preparation waiting […]

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Round #7 – Saturday 17 January 2015 Masters Ivan Saric – Maxime Vachier-Lagrave, 0-1 Ding Liren – Loek van Wely, 1-0 Radaslaw Wojtaszek – Baadur Jobova, 0-1 Magnus Carlsen – Hou Yifan, 1-0 Anish Giri – Vassily Ivanchuk, ½-½ Wesley So – Teimour Radjabov, ½-½ Levon Aronian – Fabiano Caruana, ½-½ Lots of exciting games […]

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Round #6 – Friday 16 January 2015 Masters Loek van Wely – Levon Aronian, ½-½ Baddur Jobova – Wesley So, 0-1 Vassily Ivanchuk – Ivan Saric, ½-½ Fabiano Caruana – Magnus Carlsen, 0-1 Hou Yifan – Radaslaw Wojtaszek, ½-½ Teimour Radjabov – Anish Giri, ½-½ Maxime Vachier-Lagrave – Ding Liren, 1-0 MVL polished off Ding […]

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Round #5 – Thursday, 15 January 2015 Masters Maxime Vachier-Lagrave – Loek van Wely, ½-½ Radaslaw Wojtaszek – Fabiano Caruana, 1-0 Ding Liren – Vassily Ivanchuk, ½-½ Wesley So – Hou Yifan, ½-½ Anish Giri – Baddur Jobova, 1-0 Magnus Carlsen – Levon Aronian, 1-0 Ivan Saric – Teimour Radjabov, 0-1 Radoslaw has toppled both […]

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Round #4 – Tuesday, 13 January 2015 Masters Baddur Jobova – Ivan Saric, 0-1 Teimour Radjabov – Ding Liren, 0-1 Vassily Ivanchuk – Maxime Vachier-Lagrave, 1-0 Loek van Wely – Magnus Carlsen, 0-1 Wesley So – Fabiano Caruana, ½-½ Hou Yifan – Anish Giri , ½-½ Radaslaw Wojtaszek – Levon Aronian, ½-½ I believe we […]

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Round #3 – Monday, 12 January 2015 Masters Ding Liren – Baddur Jobova, 1-0 Vassily Ivanchuk – Loek van Wely, 1-0 Anish Giri – Fabiano Caruana, ½-½ Radaslaw Wojtaszek – Magnus Carlsen, 1-0 Maxime Vachier-Lagrave – Teimour Radjabov, ½-½ Wesley So – Levon Aronian, 1-0 Ivan Saric – Hou Yifan, ½-½ Standings after Round #3 […]

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Round #2 – Sunday, 11 January 2015 Masters Loek van Wely – Radaslaw Wojtaszek, ½-½ Magnus Carlsen – Wesley So, ½-½ Levon Aronian – Anish Giri, ½-½ Fabiano Caruana – Ivan Saric, 1-0 Hou Yifan – Ding Liren, 0-1 Baddur Jobova – Maxime Vachier-Lagrave, ½-½ Teimour Radjabov – Vassily Ivanchuk, ½-½ GM Ding Liren scored […]

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World Champion Magnus Carlsen will be one of the 14 competitors in the 77th edition of the Tata Steel Chess tournament in Wijk aan Zee (Netherlands). With an average rating of 2746 the tournament boasts Carlsen (2862), Fabiano Caruana (2820) and defending champion Levon Aronian (2797) leading the field. There is also a Category 13 […]

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GM Levon AronianPhoto by Frans Peeters. Levon Aronian was on a blistering pace and clinched the 2014 Tata Steel tournament with one round remaining. Not even a last round loss could spoil his otherwise sterling result. In the last round, he fell prey to a nice tactical shot from Loek Van Wely. Nevertheless, Aronian edged […]

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This year’s Tata Steel Chess Tournament features a scales down edition from previous years with only two sections and 12 players. Previous tournaments have had three sections of 14 players each. In addition, neither Magnus Carlsen, nor Viswanathan Anand will be present. Both have long-running histories of the tournament, but are not participating. Who is […]

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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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Last week, Peter Doggers of Chessvibes.com released a statement that his company was being purchased by chess.com. It was an announcement that had caught many by surprise, but had been in the works for the better part of a month. As negotiations flowed, the main details were determined and Doggers will be on full-time with […]

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Magnus Carlsen receiving the winner’s trophy at the 2013 Tata Steel closing ceremonies. A stoic Viswanathan Anand looks on with his third place finish. He will hope than this scene will not repeat itself if the two should meet in future tournaments or a championship match. Photo by tatasteelchess.com. A few days ago, Magnus Carlsen […]

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Magnus Carlsen still holds the lead.Photo by tatasteelchess.com. Magnus Carlsen maintains the lead at the Tata Steel Chess Tournament after eight rounds with +4. His combination of resourcefulness and determination leaves him undefeated, but he has many challenges forthcoming. Viswanathan Anand is a half-point out with 5½/8 with Levon Aronian and Hikaru Nakamura in joint […]

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The first four rounds of chess have had a little for everyone… lightening attacks, novelties, positional gems, blunders and even a tiny bit of controversy (with draws of course). So… the 2013 Tata Steel tournament is off to a great start with marquee names gracing the charts. At the end four rounds, Magnus Carlsen, Viswanathan […]

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