Archive for April, 2008

Another Drum Major on the move! Pontus Carlsson is in a field of 337 male players competing for the crown of European Champion. There are 159 players in the female section. According to ChessBase… The IX European Individual Chess Championship is taking place in Plovdiv, Bulgaria, from April 21st to May 3rd 2008, with one […]

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Ronnie Simpson has left his New York chess domain, but has settled in North Carolina and made his presence felt. The FIDE Master earned his stripes in the “Black Bear School of Chess” and developed a reputation as a swashbuckling tactician. Recently, he competed in the North Carolina Invitational event against five other Masters and […]

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News just in from Rodney Thomas… Medina Parrilla wins the All-Girls invitational sponsored by the Kasparov Chess Foundation. Parrilla won the under-18 section and by virtue of her victory, she wins a scholarship to University of Texas at Dallas. Parrilla beat top-seed Courtney Jamison to take top honors. (See results here.) According to Thomas, Jim […]

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Emory Tate has been on the chess scene for the past 30 years cutting a swath of memorable wins into his historic journey. The journey has been a challenging one, but the famous tactician continues toward his goal. He is currently competing in the Benidorm International and is battling amongst the likes of GMs Julio […]

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HEROES DAY CUP Celebrating our Heroes in Chess Bridgetown, Barbados,-May 24-28, 2007 PRESS RELEASE: 2008-05-25 Grandmasters in for Digicel RBTT Heroes Day Cup The Grandmasters are in the house. US Grandmaster Julio Becerra and English Grandmaster Keith Arkell will be featured players in the Masters Section when the pawns start pushing at this year’s Digicel […]

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When one thinks of chess-playing nations, Somalia would not be one of the first nations one would think of. However, the nation has been promoting chess as a means for academic improvement with a “chess-in-schools” program. According to an article on the Somali Chess Federation website, federation President Dr. Abdi Hassan has signed agreement headmasters […]

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Pham Minh Hoang vs. Amon Simutowe Amon Simutowe continues his march toward the final requirement for the GM title by coming clear 2nd in Rhône International Open in Lyon, France. He lost only to the winner, GM Vadim Malakhatko who scored 8-1. He drew with GM Jozsef Horvath of Hungary. Several of Simutowe’s games were […]

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The U.S. National H.S. Championships are underway and a star-studded field is led by Marc Arnold (2406). Many of the top players are state champions, Denker/Polgar representatives, or All-Americans. Jimmy Canty III (2130, pictured right) and Kayin Barclay (2091) are playing as well as Medina Parilla (1982) and Darrian Robinson (1889) are also playing. The […]

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There is finally a top-level tournament that has an interesting collection of players. The first FIDE Grand Prix tournament will kick off in Azerbaijan with a very diverse field. Professional chess becomes a bit routine when you get the same permutation of players like Anand, Kramnik, Topalov, Morozevich, Svidler (and a couple of other players) […]

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Chicago standout Kayin Barclay tied for first in the Park Forest Open over the weekend. This is perhaps his most significant win in an open tournament as he held co-champion Mesgen Amanov (2390) and Carl Boor (2300) to draws. The 17-year old senior will be competing in the National High School Championships this weekend in […]

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Capitalizing on the momentum from the hip-hop chess movement, RZA of the Wu-Tang Clan has launched wuchess.com. One has to credit Adisa Banjoko and Leo Librian for there pioneering concept of hip-hop chess. Although there were others who tried mixing the two genres, the Hip-Hop Chess Federation clearly gave the concept credibility and RZA’s voice […]

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Assassination plots have always held intrigue in America, a nation having lost four Presidents to assassins’ bullets. The most widely-studied is the assassination of John F. Kennedy. This assassination had many different vantage points, but the conspiracy evolves around whether Lee Harvey Oswald was the lone assassin or whether it was an orchestrated plan by […]

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Hedgehog has sharp quills!

I found two games from the Second Ruy López International Chess Festival won by Michael Adams with +4. China’s Zhang Pengxiang came in second on 5-2. I saw a couple of interesting games, one of which was won by Fabiano Caruana against the rising Hou Yifan of China. Both involved the hedgehog setup. It is […]

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Medeuf Yonhel (pictured left) won the 2008 Martinican Championship with a sparkling 7½-1½. Raymond Marbot duplicated the score, but lost to Yonhel in two tiebreak games 1½-½. Past champion Gilles Suez-Panama (pictured right) and perennial #1, ended on a disppointing note. Ligue d’échecs de la Martinique: https://www.echecs-martinique.com/

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Viswanathan Anand of India is the World Champion. OK… most chess players know this and accept this. Of course there are those who even say Anand will not be accepted until he wins the November match. Let’s hope Anand wins! Why? In my opinion, he is a fitting champion and above all the petty bickering […]

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