Archive for April, 2010

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 of Texas at Dallas. The […]

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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 mostly for “The Arch” and […]

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Anand is on a roll… wins again with ‘Killer Catalan’! Photo by Europe-Echecs.com. 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 with Topalov deviating early with […]

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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 ultra solid Slav. Topalov tried […]

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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 “shellshocked” as described by some […]

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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 happened next was a tremendous […]

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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 be blogging from Africa and […]

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2010 Dubai Open

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 its 12th Dubai Open, an […]

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Francis Anquandah showing game to e.tv 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 after winning the tie-break against […]

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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. This will also be the […]

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A good diversity of positions here… endgame tactics, queen sacrifices, king hunts! A usual game involving Emory Tate but this one features a classic game with Maurice Ashley! Also John Porter has the “game of a lifetime”. Amon Simutowe has a key victory enroute to his 2nd place finished in the 2000 World Junior. Enjoy! […]

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IS 318…Jr. High Champs!

Alexis Paredes, Justus Williams , Jehron Bryant and Pobo Efekoro show off their shiny new trophies. Photos by Elizabeth Vicary. Back in the late 70s and early 80s, a dominate force rolled through junior high school chess. Vaux Jr. High of Philadelphia won seven consecutive national championships and eight overall. This was quite an accomplishment […]

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GM Amon Simutowe at 2010 Philadelphia Open. Photo by Chris Bird. Chess Grandmaster Amon Simutowe has been flying under the radar since enrolling at University of Texas-Dallas for a second tour. He is completing his Master’s degree and was spotted in Philadelphia for the Philadelphia Open. The Zambian Grandmaster scored a respectable 6.5/9 and tying […]

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SAINT LOUIS– Grandmaster Maurice Ashley, the first African-American GM in the history of chess, will provide expert analysis and commentary at the 2010 U.S. Chess Championship, set for the Chess Club and Scholastic Center of Saint Louis May 13-25. Ashley was featured on ESPN in 1996 when he provided commentary for the Man vs. Machine […]

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The Bahamas Kean Smith is leading the host effort for the Caribbean Chess Subzonal 2.3 in the capitol city of Nassau. The event will take place from Friday, June 25th to July 1st. Some 16 federations will take part in the nine-round FIDE event. This will mark the first time the subzonal has been hosted […]

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