Archive for June, 2010

The January earthquake will go down in infamy in the minds of Haitians. It was a day that stripped the livelihood of millions of Haitians around the globe. It was a disaster of the most horrific proportions. However, there were millions around the world who gave to various organizations and charities. Some of these were […]

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FIDE is holding a seminar from July 5th-10th which will serve as administrative training for federation management. Each federation is having their flights and lodging paid for the five-day seminar. The seminar will take place at the Taj Pamodzi Hotel, a five-star establishment. There is an extensive agenda with the guest speakers including FIDE VP […]

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FIDE is in the midst of a fierce campaign to elect the next head of the 158-member chess organization. Kirsan Ilyumzhinov is the current President and has waged a battle to extend his 15-year reign. His opponent is the 12th World Champion, Anatoly Karpov who has made inroads to many federations including several countries with […]

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Farai Mandizha has been on the U.S. tournament circuit a few years and has developed a reputation on the east coast. The New York-based player from Zimbabwe is perhaps known for his acute skills in blitz, but he has been putting together some solid results in major tournaments. Having a Hikaru Nakamura scalp on his […]

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Ashley inspires Youth

Maurice Ashley is leading a chess camp at Huber Memorial Church in Baltimore. The Brooklyn-based Grandmaster has been singing the virtues of chess for two decades as a chess evangelist. He has been a player, coach, commentator, author and even a fan. Ashley’s story is well-known, but each time he tells it provides an opportunity […]

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Ever since Justus Williams burst on the scholastic scene, the word on him was, he had a very mature style for a scholastic player. With many scholastic players, there is a tendancy to over-emphasize openings and tactics to the neglect of sound positional principles. There is also another attribute spectators notice about young Justus… his […]

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New York is developing momentum once again with another marquee tournament. Gone are the days of the famous New York Open, but the Marshall Chess Club has organized a promising tournament for the 3rd year running. The New York International has attracted some serious pedigree including a contingent from India. Surya Ganguly, one of Viswanathan […]

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Josh was featured in the Trinidadian Guardian. Summer vacation is here and young stars are out to make an impact. Josh Colas has been making strides to reach National Master status. He has been selected to compete in the World Youth Championship in Haldiki, Greece in October. However, Josh will make his international debut in […]

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Players on San Francisco’s Market Street. Photo by cormac70 (flickr). Many major cities around the world have their chess watering holes. The U.S. is replete with these cultural icons. In New York, there is Washington Square Park; in Los Angeles, there is Venice Beach; in Chicago there is North Avenue Beach; in Washington, DC there […]

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Nigel Bryant, the latest of the New York scholastics to reach the ‘Expert’ level. Photo courtesy of Derrick Bryant. Two of a kind may not win many poker hands, but in chess a pair it is certainly something to applaud. Chess not only has a pair of siblings, but a pair of twin siblings who […]

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The 2010 World Open will be held at the Valley Forge Convention Plaza beginning June 29th and will last through July 5th in four formats. The World Open remains the marquee event in the U.S. and looks to have a strong lineup in this year’s event. The Continental Chess Association will also be holding the […]

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On May 15th, I left Chicago’s O’Hare airport for a long journey to Africa. I finally set foot in Africa on May 18th in Johannesburg, South Africa. My trip was delayed two days because of a passport issue. I finally got my passport corrected, boarded my flight and flew a smooth 15 hours over the […]

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The Trinidadian Ministry of Sports and Youth Affairs and the Trinidad & Tobago Chess Foundation will be hosting its annual Caribbean Chess Carnival from August 3rd – August 8th. The tournament has become a popular fixture in the Caribbean and hopes to attract a strong field in the Open section. There will be three junior […]

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Viswanathan Anand at 2006 Olympiad. Photo © Daaim Shabazz. Of course, Viswanathan Anand is one of the most influential player in recent history. To recount all of his accomplishments would be redundant, but he represents all that is good about chess at this point. He is generous, humble, polite, alturistic and certainly a great ambassador […]

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Olympiad Announcement

Invoices for Olympiad Charters and Accommodation Tuesday, 01 June 2010 10:44 IMPORTANT ANNOUNCEMENT TO ALL PARTICIPANTS & FEDERATIONS Today, June 1st, two different invoices have been sent to all federations by the Organising Committee of the Olympiad: 1. Invoice for Charters [airport tax for teams, full fare for others] in USD. 2. Invoice for Accommodation […]

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