Month: December 2009

  • January 2010 FIDE Rating list released!

    Carlsen: World’s Top-Ranked Chess Player! GM Magnus Carlsen Photo by ChessBase.com. There is a new king in the world ranking of chess. The nineteen-year old Magnus Carlsen (2810, +9) has officially vaulted over 2800 mark to become only the 5th person in history to eclipse the magical figure. It appears…

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  • Williams wins Empire State Open!

    Justus Williams (far right) with Josh Colas and the Bryant twin brothers, Nigel and Jehron Bryant. Watch out for this crew! Photos by Elizabeth Vicary. Rising star Justus Williams of I.S. 318 has won perhaps his first major tournament. Entering with a pre-tournament rating of 2092, the 11-year old placed…

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  • Canty takes on 30 Detroit Chess Youth

    James “Jimmy” Canty III has officially cemented his position as National Master by giving a large simultaneous exhibition. The Senior at Mumford High School took on 30 budding chess players at the Detroit Institute of Fine Arts. Canty became a sensation in Detroit area chess by showing talent as a…

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  • Another Kawuma to make Olympiad

    Kawuma ousts Nsubuga on Olympiad team Sunday, 27th December, 2009 By Phillip Corry (Uganda) Final standings 1. H. Wanyama 8.5 points 2. P. Kawuma 7.0 3. S. Kantinti 6.5 4. B. Bibasa 6.5 5. S. Kawuma 6.0 6. G. Nsubuga 5.5 7. R. Kamoga 5.5 8. H. Nsubuga 5.0 9.…

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  • Europe

    Does the Soviet School of Chess still rule?

    Mikhail Botvinnik, Soviet School icon. Chess has a storied history. There are many theories of its origin stemming from either India or China and going to Persia through the Middle East across the Sahara and into Europe. Some say that chess went through Central Asia and into Eurasia. Regardless of…

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  • Chess.com buys Chesspark

    They say, “Life is short.” This is certainly true in the online world of commerce. Online chess servers have sprouted up over the past 15 years, but only a few have shown to be sustainable. The Internet Chess Club may be one of the most stable of the bunch and…

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  • Susan Polgar in “My Brilliant Brain”

    The famed GM Susan Polgar, the eldest of the famed Polgar Sisters was the subject of an interesting documentary on how the three sisters received specialized training to become strong chess players. Much of the documentary was set in New York and Hungary and Polgar described her evolutionary process as…

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  • S. Africa’s President at Chess Tourney

    Compiled by the Government Communication and Information System Date: 21 Dec 2009 Title: Checkmate President Zuma Pretoria- President Jacob Zuma is to participate in the inaugural KwaZulu-Natal Chess Tournament tomorrow. The tournament, organised at the request of the President, will be held at the Nkandla Community Hall at 2pm. It…

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  • Chess Crackers (November/December 2009)

    More Chess Crackers for your enjoyment. This set are positions from IM Michael Schleifer’s games. A couple of them are not very difficult, but there are some very instructive ideas here. Enjoy! IM Michael Schleifer – IM Mark Bluvshtein (2002 CMA Futurity, Montreal, Canada) White to Move (after 19…Rc8xc1) More…

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  • Barbados host Prince Memorial

    Margaret Prince Celebration Ladies Tournament 2010 Margaret Prince Barbados’ 1st Women’s Chess Champion, Margaret Prince was an icon of the local chess community and one of its most vocal advocates for Women’s Chess. She was a former Vice-President and Founding Member of the Barbados Chess Federation, serving a number of…

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