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The Gateway ArchAll photos by Daaim Shabazz (unless otherwise stated) I have been to St. Louis, Missouri many times. In fact, while I was a child, my parents would drive to East St. Louis, Illinois where their parents grew up. It was on this trip that we rode on Route 66 and saw the “Arch” […]

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TIEBREAKSCarlsen beats Karjakin 9-7 to defend crown! Carlsen hoists champion’s trophy.Photo by chess24 After beating Karjakin in Game #10, Magnus Carlsen said that he was able to “break” Sergey Karjakin. It was a pivotal moment of the match as the champion decided that with new life, he would head for the tiebreaks. “The idea was […]

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Game 12: WTF? With tension in the air at the Fulton Market Building, both Carlsen and Karjakin were preparing for a pivotal game in the match. It was, in effect, a “sudden death” match. Many anticipated an epic battle, but were shocked at the outcome. The game lasted less than an hour. Jonathan Tisdall had […]

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Game 11: Another fighting draw! Carlsen-Karjakin will go the distance. Another Ruy Lopez…. the theoretical theme of the match! This match has had its share of twists and turns and the penultimate round was no different. A Ruy Lopez repeated from Game #2, the game took on a type of classical feel with all the […]

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Game 9: Carlsen at the brink… holds for another day VG's sport front page today #vgsjakk pic.twitter.com/thoeOW6lhh — Jon Ludvig Hammer (@gmjlh) November 23, 2016 “The King’s Choice: A Chess Drama” In Norway, five million people have been staying up late at night following the championship match featuring their native son Magnus Carlsen and Russian […]

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Game 8: Karjakin shocks Carlsen… goes up +1! The Trump analogies will start flying again if Sergey Karjakin wins the ongoing championship match. Karjakin stormed to victory today in a tense, yet error-filled game. Magnus Carlsen pressed with white in an unbalanced position, had an edge, misjudged the position and later blundered. Karjakin got confident […]

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Game 7: Draw… Fischer’s ghost stirring Today was another short game, but the players granted a longer press conference. Some of the questions asked have been rather off-putting, but today packed room enjoyed a bit of levity and good cheer from the players. Perhaps this is an effort to stay loose for what will be […]

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Game 6: Calm draw before pending storm While outsiders may look at the score of the ongoing championship match, they would say that it seems to lack action because no one is scoring wins. If one could, for one moment, think of this match like a 12-round boxing bout where each boxer is judged on […]

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Game 5: Another draw, but momentum to Karjakin! Is Carlsen becoming unraveled? Photo by Peter Doggers (chess.com) Magnus Carlsen started a social media trend #Trumpowsky with his first round 1.d4 Bg5 2.Bg5. When asked if the opening had to do with the election victory of Donald Trump, he said, “A little bit.” Well… the next […]

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Game 4: Karjakin: Minister of Defense! Superlatives were bandied about to describe Sergey Karjakin’s defensive prowess after holding Magnus Carlsen in a 94-move bout. Peter Doggers of chess.com quipped that Vladimir Putin should hire him as “Minister of Defense” after which Karjakin said (with a wry smile) he’d be honored. Certainly Karjakin was glad to […]

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Game 3: Battle Royale! Video by World Chess (Facebook). After two rather humdrum affairs in Carlsen-Karjakin match, the third round of the World Championship match had about as many twists and turns as … you guessed it … a roller coaster. While the cliche was a bit overused in social media, it was certain an […]

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WCC signposts outside of Fulton Market.Photo by Albert Silver The match continued today with a regularity that only chess players would recognized. The initial pre-tournament excitement has worn off only to be replaced by the excitement of the twists and turns of the match. What would it be today? Sergey Karjakin was playing white, but […]

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Game One of the World Chess Championship got underway in New York at the Fulton Market Building in the South Street Seaport in Manhattan. The atmosphere was vibrant and drinks were flowing in the VIP section, but many of the fans complained about the ticket prices ($75 for general admission) and the viewing conditions for […]

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In the lead up to the 2016 World Chess Championship there are any predictions being made. Both chess.com and ChessBase pundits give almost no chance to challenger Sergey Karjakin against Magnus Carlsen. This wasn’t enough for former FIDE World Champion Ruslan Ponomariov to say, I think Carlsen is the stronger player and a clear favorite […]

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2016 World Chess ChampionshipManhattan, New York, USA (November 11th-30th)   1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 pts. Carlsen ½ ½ ½ ½ ½ ½ ½ 0 ½ 1 ½ ½ 6 Karjakin ½ ½ ½ ½ ½ ½ ½ 1 ½ 0 ½ ½ 6 Official Site: https://worldchess.com/nyc2016/ Tiebreaks […]

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Right in the midst of a contentious Presidential election, the American populace has been fixated on the candidacy of Donald J. Trump and Hillary Rodham Clinton. It has been such a bitter election, that most other news stories have taken a back seat. This week in New York, the World Chess Championship will begin in […]

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Last year, Anish Giri wrote a book titled, “After Magnus: Who can detrone the World Chess Champion?” In this slender book, he gave profiles of 10 players whom he thought could possibly unseat Magnus Carlsen. There was one omission… not himself of course, but Sergey Karjakin! Perhaps many overlooked the Ukrainian transplant and had Fabiano […]

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An epic finale’ is brewing in Moscow at the 2016 Candidates Tournament. Both Sergey Karjakin and Fabiano Caruana are gripped in a tense tie for 1st place and are scheduled to meet in the last round of the tournament. At this point Karjakin has the better tiebreak based on his number of wins, so Caruana […]

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World Champions have often invoked their thoughts on various topics. Perhaps Mikhail Botvinnik, Bobby Fischer and Garry Kasparov had the most to say about conditions of professional players and other pertinent matters such as the world championship cycle. On August 11th, Magnus Carlsen is the latest world champion to weigh in on the issues. World […]

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As I walked into a local theater to watch “Ex Machina,” a preview of a chess movie was being played. It immediately brought a smile to my face and looked very promising. As I watched the Fischer character (Tobey McGuire) in a fitful rage, I imagined that this movie would certainly be what many American […]

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Mariya Muzychuk, World ChampionPhoto by Anastasia Kharlovich. The Ukraine has a new champion! The embattled country has had its share of chess success in recent history with the greatness of Vassily Ivanchuk and the former FIDE World Champion of Ruslan Ponomariov. They can also lay claim to Sergey Karjakin who still hold the record for […]

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After having difficulties in finding a sponsor, the 2015 Women’s World Championship is underway. Back in January, FIDE had announced that the games would be held in March. However the games will not feature the current World Champion Hou Yifan who is currently playing in the Hawaii Chess Festival. She will receive a chance to […]

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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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