Archive for October, 2008

Here is a letter from Lynne van Rensburg of South Africa to federations in the African Chess Union. CHESSA, or Chess Federation of South Africa is hosting the event. From: CHESSA Lynne [lynne@chessa.co.za] Subject: Africa Junior Chess Championships 2008 Dear ACU Members, Attached is the invitation to the African Junior Chess Championships to be held […]

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Dresden Olympiad: Motivational Message from ACU President to all ACU Countries Written by ACU Press on 15-10-2008 10:32 The Olympiad is four weeks away and the official Dresden Olympiad Website reflects that this year there are going to more teams from the African continent. Some of the new-comers include Gabon, Ghana, Burundi, Rwanda, and many […]

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Viswanathan Anand is known as the ‘Tiger from Chennai’. On Friday he showed his strength after he took the lead in a highly anticipated match with former World Champion Vladimir Kramnik. Game three featured a complicated Meran variation in which Anand unfurled a novelty in 14…Bb7! This pawn sacrifice helped Anand gain fluidity in the […]

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Almost everyone has sat down and played a casual game of checkers. However, few play the 8×8 version the way Grandmaster Ron ‘Suki’ King of Barbados plays it. A layman may not take this version serious and feel it is inferior to the 10×10 version known as “draughts.” Of course, we have learned about World […]

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China put on an impressive display in the chess discipline at the inaugural World Minds Sports Games in Beijing, China. More than 3000 competitors from 130 nations descended up the site of the 2008 Olympiad for perhaps the strongest collection of diverse talent in history. Five premier minds sports were featured and the traditional powers […]

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South African-based Pieter van der Nat has launched a new website called “Chess For All.” It features chess news and information with an emphasis on Africa. A quick look and you will find news on Mauritius, Kenya, Botswana and other world events. Van der Nat expressed that there is a dearth of websites in Africa […]

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Wednesday, 15 October 2008 06:41 Dear FIDE Members, The Organizers have sent out via e-mail the official invitation letters to all Federations which requested the letters at our database or via e-mail already weeks ago. Due to the fact that the Chess Olympiad will start in 29 days we would like to call special attention […]

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Having just visited the Nigerian Chess Forum, there is an interesting story out of Nigeria. PEDACHESS, an organization that provides teaching service has begun a chess campaign in Lagos to help with educational advancement of the students there. They had their first event some months ago. Here is the statement from PEDACHESS: PEDACHESS Educational Services […]

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The big downdown will commence in Bonn, Germany in a few days. World Champion Viswanathan Anand will play in perhaps the biggest match of his life and a chance to cement his legacy among the world’s greatest players in chess history. His opponent… Vladimir Kramnik, who defeated Garry Kasparov in a match to become the […]

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Zachary Ramsay has launched a relatively-new blog called caribchess.net and recently penned an interesting article about the future of Caribbean chess. With Maurice Ashley arriving in Jamaica yesterday to help train the national team for the Olympiad, there is a since of urgency to move the federation in the right direction since the development of […]

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