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Hikaru Nakamura GM Hikaru Nakamura is riding high off of his recent win in Gibraltar, Spain. The 27-year is a bit more mellow in his demeanor, but his play is still high-octane. At the Gibraltar Masters, he bolted out of the gate with six straight wins including a creative queen romp against Jovana Vojinovic and […]

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QUEEN NEFERTARI (Egypt) Each year in America, the Black community commemorates the accomplishments of many pioneers who overcame political exclusion, racial discrimination and socioeconomic hardships. In general the many historic figures are given each year during “Black History Month” and their accomplishments are reflected. The Chess Drum will take this opportunity to highlight some that […]

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Peter Doggers’ Chessvibes ran a story about a row in Spain after a Ukrainian GM Viktor Moskalenko hurled accusations at a contingent of Cuban players who compete in the Spanish circuit. One of the prime targets is GM Orelvis Perez Mitjans who recently was conferred his GM title last year in Istanbul. GM Orelvis Perez […]

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Concurrently running with the London Grand Prix tournament, the Bilbao Chess Masters Final has begun and features World Champion Viswanathan Anand along with world’s two top-rated players Magnus Carlsen and Levon Aronian. The field also has frontliners Sergey Karjakin, Fabiano Caruana with the lone Spanish contender in Francisco Vallejo-Pons. 2012 Competitors (R-L): Magnus Carlsen, Levon […]

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Jamaican Master Duane Rowe (2236) competed in the 2012 Gibraltar Festival in the Masters Section. While Gibraltar was won by Nigel Short on tiebreaks, it was Hou Yifan who was the talk of the tournament. Rowe participated in two tournaments… the Masters and the Challengers. He played a total of 18 games (+12=3-3). He was […]

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Magnus Carlsen had another inspired win at Bilbao.Photo by Pascal Simon. In a very exciting ending, Magnus Carlsen won the Bilbao Grand Slam by catching Vassily Ivanchuk and then beating him in a tiebreak blitz match. The key win for Carlsen may have been round #9 when he scored a tying win against then-leader Ivanchuk. […]

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IM Orelvis Perez Mitjans (Spain)Photo by Societat Coral Colon. Orelvis Perez Mitjans was born in Cuba 35 years ago (28 July 1976) and learned chess the way many of us learn… in an informal setting. Watching chess players in Central Park in Havana he was drawn to the game and soon became engrossed in its […]

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The Olympiad has come and gone. It was a magnificent event where many of today’s stars shined. However, these elite players do not get a break from the action. Four of the top ten will face off in Bilbao, Spain for the Bilbao Masters, a six-round double round-robin event. World Champion Viswanathan Anand of India […]

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Viswanathan Anand preparing to take on Teimour Radjabov in round #1 in Linares. Photo by Nadja Woisin. The 26th Linares tournament is taking place in Linares, Spain. This tournament is one of the premier tournaments in professional chess and attracts the world’s top players. In past years, they have split the tournament between two venues, […]

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Peter Svidler defeats Vadim Milov in a tiebreaker to win the Gibraltar Chess Congress, Masters section. There was actually a five-way tie after nine rounds. The others involved in the tie were Hikaru Nakamura (who overcame two early losses), Pentala Harikrishna and Vugar Gashimov. Nakamura and Gashimov drew quickly while Svidler beat Harikrishna to break […]

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World Women’s Chess Championship (August 28th – September 18th) – Sixty-four players gather in Nalchik, Russia for the Women’s crown. The top seed is Humpy Koneru of India, but she will be challenged by defending champion Xu Yuhua and Hou Yifan both of China and Antoaneta Stefanova of Bulgaria. Official Site: http://nalchik2008.fide.com/ Playing Venue of […]

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(clockwise L-R) IM Emory Tate, GM-elect Amon Simutowe, GM Pontus Carlsson, GM-elect Amon Simutowe, IM Emory Tate, GM Pontus Carlsson The Málaga Open kicked off in Spain and three players certain to add excitement to the event are IM Emory Tate (USA), GM Pontus Carlsson (Sweden) and GM-elect Amon Simutowe (Zambia). The three will join […]

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The title is not some catchy phrase, but it does describe the names of three top tournaments in progress in Mexico, Moscow and France. Lots of heated chess action! Viswanathan Anand enroute to defeating Magnus Carlsen Moreilia, Mexico (Linares SuperGM XXV) Linares SuperGM XXV (Morelia, Mexico & Linares, Spain) The top venue would be Morelia, […]

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IM Emory Tate told me an e-mail that he is scheduled to play in Spain. What is interesting is that GM Pontus Carlsson will be playing at the same tournament in Spain soon. I got this comment from Tate: “You know this guy? lol. This will be the first tournament we play together, unless he […]

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Hikaru Nakamura at 2008 Gibtel Masters.Photo by ChessBase. I guess naysayers will be quieted somewhat after another victory by American Grandmaster, Hikaru Nakamara. Nakamura (FIDE 2670) has been playing very well lately and will soar toward 2700 after winning the Gibtel Masters tournament in Gibraltar, Spain. There is still some doubt that Nakamura is as […]

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CONTROVERSY!! Bulgarian Grandmaster Ivan Cheparinov was initially forfeited for not shaking hands with England’s Nigel Short. Case Short came to the board, and with his opponent absent, he played the move 1.e4, and walked away. A few minutes later, Cheparinov came to the board, sat down, and played 1…c5. As Short came over, and held […]

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