Archive for January, 2010

The world has been gripped by the horrific images stemming from the Haitian earthquake. There has been support to various non-govermental and humanitarian organizations. However, there is no way to know whether a given person will get the assistance they need. Families lost their homes, prized possessions and family records, so the burdens are heavy. […]

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Jamaica will hold its 2010 John Powell Open on January 30th-31st. The tournament is in the honor of one of the federation’s founding members. Powell passed away in 2007. Below is the press release from Peter Myers. NEWS RELEASE FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE FOR THE JAMAICA CHESS FEDERATION DATE JANUARY 28, 2010 JOHN POWELL MEMORIAL OPEN […]

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Prior to the devastating earthquake that leveled the city of Port au Prince, the Fédération Haïtienne des Échecs (Haitian Chess Federation) held their National Championship from December 11th to 20th. After nine rounds of fighting chess, Mondoly Sanon won the event with an undefeated 7½/9. Mondoly, 29, previously won the championships in 2001 and 2005 […]

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The annual Corus Chess tournament is currently taking place in Wijk aan Zee, the Netherlands. This years promises to be an exciting event with a variety of players from around the globe. This tournament will be bolstered by a number of young stars who have born in the past few years. Below are the participants […]

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Fellow Chess Enthusiasts: You are most certainly aware of the tragedy that has beset the nation of Haiti. A nation of a proud history and a nation sharing the love of our royal game of chess. Less than a week ago, a massive earthquake leveled the capitol city of Port au Prince, devastating the population […]

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Prayers for Haiti

On January 12th, a 7.0 magnitude rocked the city of Port au Prince, toppling buildings, twisting metal and killing what are said to be scores of people in the impoverished country of nearly 10 milllion. Images are coming in and they are horrific as reports indicate. Relief efforts are underway with the first relief efforts […]

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Justus Williams and Josh Colas will face off in their second match. This match will be the best-of-five and Game/60 time control. In October, two of America’s brightest stars faced off in a highly-anticipated blitz match in typical New York tradition. The match with Justus Williams and Josh Colas was followed widely. Josh prevailed 9-3. […]

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For the past decade Sophia Stewart has been embroiled in a dispute with the Wachowski Brothers (Larry and Andy) over copyright to the blockbuster trilogies of “The Matrix” and “Terminator”. It is strange that this case did not get wide publicity in the mainstream news, but the online sites were blazing with lively debates. The […]

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Chess in the Congo!

The President of the Spanish CF Javier Ochoa visited the city of Kinshasa, capital of the Democratic Republic of Congo (former Zaire) from 2 to 8 December invited by the Spanish Embassy in the frame of the Embassy’s cultural activities. Spain’s Chess Federation President Javier Ochoa with Congolese chess officials. The Embassy initiated its program […]

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Many of the world’s top chess federations will assemble in the Bursa province of Turkey for the World Team Championships. Some of the notable teams represent perennial powers Russia, Azerbaijan, Armenia, Israel and USA. Also included in the field is India, the world’s #6 team Despite the fact that World Champion Viswanathan Anand is busy […]

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Jehron Bryant, the latest of the New York scholastics to reach the ‘Expert’ level. Photo courtesy of Belinda Pura. Jehron Bryant is the latest of the competitive New York scholastic crew to break the vaulted barrier of 2000, the necessary route to chess mastery. This represents the 4% of skill level in the nation (of […]

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The year of 2009 has come to a close. We end on the note of knowing that the world crown is unified and there will be a consistent cycle for the foreseeable future. There were a number of bright young stars to emerge from diverse countries. We also have a new #1 player. Lots of […]

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