Archive for September, 2008

The U.S. Chess League just got a bit more exciting. In it’s fourth season, the league has expanded to 14 teams with Chicago and Arizona joining the western conference. IM Emory Tate has agreed to play for the Chicago Blaze in their debut season. The swashbuckling tactician will bring his uncompromising style to the league, […]

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Philadelphia (left) faces off against Baltimore! Photo by Michael Willliams. Players from Baltimore locked horns with rivals from Philadelphia to engage in the annual match for bragging rights on the east coast. The match took place in Delaware (Pennsylvania) at the home of Malik Rogers. Baltimore avenged their loss from last year’s sound beating by […]

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The Nigerian Experiment

The Nigerian Chess Federation came up with a novel idea to choose an Olympiad team for the upcoming tournament in Dresden. The idea was to involve the entire Nigerian Diaspora in the process by having transcontinental trials (Nigeria, U.S., Europe). Is this experiment going to pay dividends for Nigeria or is there a way to […]

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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: https://nalchik2008.fide.com/ Playing Venue of […]

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In the last 10 years, the cultural landscape of chess has changed dramatically. Formerly perceived as a sport the Europeans and Americans dominated, chess has seen forays into the top level by far-flung countries in Latin America, Africa and of course Asia. The latter region has experienced the fastest and most comprehensive growth producing several […]

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