Archive for July, 2009

ChessCube’s Headquarters in South Africa. In a very intesting experiment, Mark Levitt, the CEO of chesscube.com, is holding the South Africa Open with players who are not at the tournament venue. Three players are located in Australia and are playing via the Internet under the supervision of arbiters. The SA Open’s R90,000 ($12,000) prize fund […]

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The World Open has been the stage for realizing that chess has many faces. In 37 years, this tournament is typically a time of great celebration for players of African descent. There is no official side event designated for this celebration, but this is a tournament that attracts players from around the world and many […]

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Hikaru Nakamura had just finished playing a tough game with Evgeny Najer in the 7th round of the World Open. After winning the game on move 55, the 21-year old knew that the fate would lie in the hands of players who he had battled earlier. Nakamura had to take two 1/2-point byes for the […]

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Amon Simutowe receiving his certificate for his 3rd GM norm in 2007. Photo by Ben Schulte. It has been two years since Zambia’s Amon Simutowe had earned his 3rd GM norm. After adding a couple more norms, he still had not reached the required 2500 rating barrier. Recently, he had eclipsed the 2500 barrier and […]

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Viktor Mikalevski ponders Gata Kamsky’s next move while Nakamura-Najer reaches the climatic stage. Photo by Daaim Shabazz. In an unusual ending to America’s premier tournament, Evgeny Najer and Hikaru Nakamura topped the World Open field with a final 7-2 tally. What made this result so unusual was that Nakamura had requested two half-point byes for […]

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Ian Wilkinson was re-elected unopposed to start his fourth two-year term as president of the Jamaica Chess Federation (JCF), at the annual general meeting and awards ceremony of the JCF, held at the Alhambra Inn in Kingston last Saturday. Wilkinson, who was unchallenged for the post, will lead a team of 13 council members who […]

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The marquee event in the USA has begun and a projected 1100 players will make their way to Philadelphia, Pennsylvania to compete for a $250,000 prize fund. The tournament has added several new side tournaments and will be featured throughout. However, the main event will feature the world’s top players including U.S. Champion, GM Hikaru […]

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