Month: April 2010

  • Scholastic

    Ballantyne wins All-Girls Title!

    Ballantyne shows off her scholarship letter. Photo by Elizabeth Vicary. Rochelle Ballantyne of Brooklyn Tech won the All-Girls 18-under title with 5-1. Danni Chen of Ohio State University also had 5-1 but with inferior tiebreaks. The All-Girls championship is sponsored by the Garry Kasparov Foundation in cooperation with the University…

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  • Nakamura relocates to St. Louis

    Nakamura winning the 2009 U.S. Championship. Photo by Daaim Shabazz. St. Louis just got a whole lot stronger in chess. A press release buzzed around the Internet about U.S. Champion Hikaru Nakamura relocating from the friendly climes of Seattle with its comfortable living for the St. Louis, a place known…

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  • WCC 2010-4: Anand crushes Topalov for +1

    Anand is on a roll… wins again with ‘Killer Catalan’! Photo by World Champion Viswanathan Anand destroyed Challenger Veselin Topalov today in another “Killer Catalan”. This time it would be Anand to deliever a crushing knight sacrifice to shatter black’s king. The game evolved into a very interesting battle…

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  • WCC 2010-3: Match stays level after draw

    Would Veselin Topalov come out blazing after taking one on the chin in Game #2? It just so happened that he attempted to take the initiative, but Viswanathan Anand was more than willing to take up the fight. Anand took a page out of Vladimir Kramnik’s book by introducing the…

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  • WCC 2010-2: Anand storms back… evens match

    India’s Viswanathan AnandPhoto © Chessvibes. After Viswanthan Anand’s crushing loss in game #1, many were wondering if the “Ashgate” ordeal he faced was affecting him. In fact that question was raised in the press conference. Anand did not offer his harrowing 40-hour trip as an excuse, but he certainly was…

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  • WCC 2010-1: Topalov breaks out on top!

    Veselin Topalov and Viswanathan Anand begin the 2010 World Championship. Photo © ChessVibes. The match was finally underway. Fans and pundits wondered what Veselin Topalov would play in the first encounter against Viswanathan Anand… 1.e4, 1.d4 or 1.Nf3. The Bulgarian played 1.d4 and the World Champion offered the Grunfeld. What…

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  • The Drum to beat in Africa!

    The Chess Drum’s Daaim Shabazz will arrive in Africa on May 12th with a contingent of faculty members from universities around the continental U.S. The group will visit a number of businesses, organizations and sites in South Africa (3 days), Kenya (5 days) and Tanzania (5 days). Shabazz hopes to…

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  • Middle East

    2010 Dubai Open (Dubai, UAE)

    Dubai is a place of intrigue and marvel. A place of hopes and dreams… a chess paradise. It is the home of the world’s only seven-star hotel (pictured right) and the home of the opulent Dubai Chess & Culture Club. In the first week of April the club here hosted…

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  • African Regent Championship (Accra, Ghana)

    Francis Anquandah showing game to Ghana. On the 10th of April, 2010, the Ghana Chess Association organized a chess tournament at the African Regent Hotel in Accra. Over forty (40) players participated in the seven round, G/30 event. At the end of the tournament, Francis Anquandah came in first…

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  • 2010 World Chess Championship (Anand vs. Topalov)

    World Champion Viswanathan Anand will defend his crown against Challenger Veselin Topalov in a highly-anticipated Championship match. This match will features two exciting players likely to bring many exciting theoretical battles. The match will be held in Sofia, Bulgaria and will serve as the final event of the current cycle.…

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