Archive for May, 2010

Nigel Short is on the African trail again prescribing an “anti-Kirsan” platform in the upcoming election. The elections will take place at September’s General Assembly meetings at the 2010 Olympiad in Siberia. The campaign barbs have sharpened over the Russian endorsement controversy. GM Nigel Short trip to Africa hopes to bear fruit this time around. […]

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2010 Chicago Open

GM Michael Adams will headline the field in the 2010 version of the Chicago Open. Several players from the recently-ended U.S. Championship will also be on hand to vie for the $100,000 prize fund. More details at https://www.chicagoopen.net/

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2010 Guadaloupe Open

Guadaloupe will kick off their 2010 Open for June 12th-13th. Olivier Moueza has extended an invitation to all players to compete in the chess festival with a prize fund of 6000 euros.

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On May 17th, I arranged with Kenyan players to visit Kenya’s Checkmates Chess Club. I had come to Nairobi from Johannesburg and posted on the Kenyan Forum that I was in town. After e-mail and phone call exchanges, both Mehul Gohil and Kim Bhari came to pick me up from the Stanley Sarova Hotel on […]

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Birmingham, Alabama is perhaps known more for its Civil Rights legacy than for chess. Chess in Alabama has not met a renaissance although the state has produced several strong players. The lack of such a presence may make it difficult to find models to emulate. However, scholastic chess has blossomed in spite of this fact. […]

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The U.S. Championship has begun. All the big guns will be facing off for pride and glory at the Chess Club and Scholastic Center of St. Louis. Rex Sinquefield and wife Jeanne are hosting 24 of the top U.S. players at arguably the best playing conditions in the country. The CCSCSL has quickly become a […]

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Viswanathan Anand Photo © Chessvibes. There was speculation on whether the match finale would show Topalov going for the juglar. Yet it was Anand who bolted out of the opening with the dynamism that he had been reserving with the black pieces. Anand played with the energy, speed and precision that made him one of […]

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While this match has had its share of mistakes, no chess fan on the planet will say that the match was not hard-fought. This match has had many exciting battles where the game hung in the balance such that the result was unclear. Game #11 was different because it featured 1.c4, the first time a […]

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Benjamin Moon facing Justus Williams. Both scored 6/7 with two others, but Williams would go on to winon tiebreaks. Photo by Shaun Smith. Atlanta hosted the Burt Lerner National Elementary Championships featuring players from kindergarten through 6th grade. There was only a couple of certainties… the tournament would draw thousands of players and among these […]

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Topalov and Anand battle in Game 10’s Grunfeld Defense. Photo by Chessvibes. This world championship will go down go down as one of the best in the past 25 years. The play has not been stellar, but the fighting between the two players has been admirable and the games (and the match) have been accented […]

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This illustration was done by Mike Magnan of Toronto. Magnan is one of several talented chess cartoonists which include José Diaz for Chessvibes and Rene Duret for Alexandra Kosteniuk’s site. These types of images will certainly make chess appear to be more friendly. Viswanathan Anand may have missed a crucial chance to put pressure on […]

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Tyrone Lee, a long-time Chicago resident and chess player was killed in a car accident while traveling to Tennessee last weekend. “Ty Lee” (as he is commonly called) was a chess player known to those primarily in the Chicago area, but had chess associates around the country. He spent a number of years in the […]

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The body language tells all… Topalov will be pressing and Anand will be defending. Game #8 had its twists and turns but certainly not reminiscent of Game #7. Photo © ChessVibes. If it is not clear that the momentum shifted after Game #7, then it should be absolutely clear that Veselin Topalov has it now. […]

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Anand and Topalov have an epic battle in Game #7. Photo © Chessvibes. World Champion Viswanathan Anand and Challenger Veselin Topalov played what was arguably the most exciting game in the match. A game replete with theoretical complications and a perpetual ebb and flow, Topalov rolled out his famous preparation and stunned Anand with an […]

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The Honorable Florencio Campomanes has passed away after suffering from cancer. He had become an icon in the Karpov-Korchnoi match in Baguio, Philippines and for initiating reforms in FIDE when he took office in 1982. He officiated over the five Kasparov-Karpov championship matches including the historic 1984-85 match which lasted 48 games. He will be […]

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