Archive for April, 2008

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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The Jamaica Chess Federation presents the ROBERT WHEELER CHESS OPEN 2008 DATES Saturday April 19, 2008 Sunday April 20, 2008 VENUE Campion College Auditorium FORMAT Six Round Swiss (3 Rounds on Each Day) Open Section – Anyone can participate Amateur Section – Open only to entrants with a JCF rating under 1600 TIME CONTROL Game […]

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GM Simen Agdestein (Norway) vs. IM Watu Kobese (South Africa)at the 2008 Waterkloof Open. The South African Olympiad team has chosen their Men’s and Women’s teams and IM Kenny Solomon will lead a delegation of ten players to Dresden, Germany. The men’s team will include South African champion, 18-year old Henry Steel. IM Watu Kobese […]

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The Philippines has had a tumultuous time rebuilding their chess community after vicious infighting. Young Filipino GMs Mark Paragua and Wesley So certainly are bright spots. More on So later. I remember seeing Paragua (pa-ra-gua) playing at the 2000 Chicago Open as a 16-year old upstart. He was tactically sharp and gave an impressive exhibition […]

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The latest rating list is out. Viswanathan Anand is on top… where he belongs. Magnus Carlsen has soared up to #5. Two more Chinese over 2700. ❗ I’ll let you comment on the top 50. Hikaru Nakamura is up to 2686! Future women’s champion Hou Yifan is on 2549. Rank Name Title Country Rating Games […]

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Garry Kasparov playing Eiichiro Ishiyama, a 3-dan player. Interesting story on ChessBase! Former World Champion Garry Kasparov is reported to have played shogi (??)with a Japanese master. Shogi is very much like chess in that many of pieces are the same. The difference is that the tiles are invertible so if you capture an opponent’s […]

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