Archive for January, 2008

Alex Makatia and Issac Babu Odiah (both of Kenya) at 2004 Chess Olympiad (Mallorca, Spain). Photo by Daaim Shabazz. As you all know, the country of Kenya is gripped in a tragic crisis. While not going into specific details, the nation is literally being torn asunder. Kenya, one of Africa’s most stable economies, has taken […]

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China Rising!

China (left) vs. regional rival India. Bu Xiangzhi battles Viswanathan Anand on Board One at the 2006 Chess Olympiad in Turin, Italy. Photo by Daaim Shabazz. A contingent of Chinese are competing at the Gibtelecom Chess Festival and after eight rounds, they dominate the upper portion of the standings. It appears that the Dragons have […]

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Kenneth Boikhutswane, “Chess Season Kicks Off,” Mmegi/The Reporter, 25 January 2008 (Gaborone, Botswana). The 2008 chess season kicks-off tomorrow at Naledi Secondary School with the first round of the national championships. The event marks the first step in what is likely to be a rigorous battle to the national crown. All top players in the […]

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Michael Adams – Judit Polgar (after 27…Kxe8) The position occurred at 2008 Corus “A” between Michael Adams (England) and Judit Polgar (Hungary) after only 27 moves. White has just traded rooks on e8 with 27.Rxe8+ and black played 27…Kxe8. White to play here. What are the respective plans? Who’s better?

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Viswanathan Anand and strong>Vladimir Kramnik in a stirring finale. Look for more of these battles in the World Championship match! Photo © Michiel Abeln. Lev Aronian and Magnus Carlsen both scored stirring performances to win 2008 Corus. Ironically, Aronian lost only to Vladimir Kramnik while Carlsen put a dent in Kramnik’s unassailable Catalan. While Aronian […]

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Fischer and Black Chess Players

In a recent ChessBase.com article, Bobby Fischer’s last movie was said to be “The American Gangster.” That is unfortunate because that is not a favorable last impression of Black people. However, he did have some interesting interaction with Black chess players. Archie Waters at a Fischer analysis session when the young GM played the brilliant […]

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Mark Levitt of South Africa sent me a message about chesscube.com, an all-purpose chess website that includes gaming, news, blogs, forum and other features. He states, I wanted to highlight www.ChessCube.com, a chess initiative started in Cape Town, South Africa. ChessCube is a free playing site, with a strong social aspect to it. ChessCube has […]

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Ugandan Chess in Crisis

Sande Bashaija & Lambert Rusoke, “Cash Crisis Hurts Chess ,” The Monitor, 3 January 2008 (Kampala, Uganda). There were some tremendous individual performances but financial hiccups continued to hinder the development of chess in 2007. The Uganda Chess Federation (UCF) was throughout the year rocked in a financial quagmire that saw national team players miss […]

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Dear Reader, I just penned an article that may pique your interest. It examines the “first mover advantage” in chess. I have had many online debates (mostly notably on The Daily Dirt) about this issue and most of the arguments point to white’s plus score in games played in the database. However, there is much […]

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Veselin Topalov and Vladimir Kramnik prepare for battle! Photo by ChessBase.com. In the light of the Short-Cheparinov controversy, there was much speculation about the Topalov-Kramnik game at Corus today. Cheparinov lost the delayed game to Short who claimed “moral victory” and smuggly stated, “There is a God and he is not Bulgarian.” Not so fast […]

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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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A story from the Iceland’s Morgunbladid has stated that Bobby Fischer desired one last match with Garry Kasparov and/or Viswanathan Anand. This is a very interesting development since Fischer has disassociated himself with the chess world since his 1992 match in Yugoslavia. In interviews he stated that he would only play Fischer Random, but there […]

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Bobby Fischer (right) on the move against Boris Spassky in their pivotal 1972 match in Reykjavik, Iceland. The news of Bobby Fischer’s demise has come as somewhat of a shock to the world chess community, but the 64-year old chess legend was said to be ailing. Born as Robert James Fischer on March 9, 1943 […]

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Peter Myers, “Porter takes Inaugural John Powell Chess Open,” 18 January 2008 (Jamaica). PORTER TAKES INAUGURAL JOHN POWELL OPEN National Master Russel Porter started the 2008 chess season with a bang, when he claimed the inaugural staging of the John Powell Memorial Chess Open at the Campion College Auditorium over the weekend. Porter topped the […]

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Corus Chess Lane in Wijk an Zee. Photo from chessvista.com. Teimour Radjabov is often criticized for his tournament strategies, but his standing in Corus so far has been one of fortune. Radjabov has scored success with the King’s Indian but today it would be the Benoni-type of position against Pavel Eljanov of the Ukraine. Radjabov […]

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