Month: January 2011
Nakamura wins 2011 Tata Steel!
GM Hikaru NakamuraPhoto by Chessvibes.com. In his biggest win of his career, Hikaru Nakamura won the 2011 Tata Steel Chess Tournament held in Wijk aan Zee, Netherlands. This tournament featured the top four highest-rated players in the world including World Champion Viswanathan Anand and the world’s highest rated player in…Read More »
Uganda elects 2011-2012 Officers
Vianney LuggyaChairman of Uganda Chess Federation Aviation Chess Club’s Vianney Luggya has been voted into office as the new Chairman of the Uganda Chess Federation following an election held at the Federation’s Annual General Meeting held on Saturday 29th January 2010 at the National Council of Sports Headquarters in Lugogo.…Read More »
2011 Botswana Chess Calendar
Two years ago, the Botswana Chess Federation (BCF) hosted World Champion Viswanathan Anand in what may have been the highest crowned achievement since having Judit Polgar ten years ago. The President of Botswana Chess Federation Tshepo Sitale shakes hands with Viswanathan Anand during his visit in 2009. The BCF remains…Read More »
Matthews gets FM title… 12 years late!
A seven-time national champion, Shane Matthews earned the moniker “The Magician” by the style he wins his games. Having represented Jamaica at the Olympiad since 1982, he has seen his share of good results. In 1998, he competed at the Olympiad in Elista and scored 6½/11. (seeRead More »
Mandizha joint 1st at Liberty Bell
IM-elect Farai Mandizha Zimbabwe’s Farai Mandizha tied for first place in the strong Liberty Bell Open this past weekend. GM Alexander Shabalov, GM Sergey Kudrin and IM Marc Esserman also score atop the field with 5.5/7. Mandizha earned his third IM norm last year and is still waiting on conferral…Read More »
2011 Tata Steel Chess (Wijk ann Zee)
A very exciting tournament is shaping up in Wijk aan Zee. Sponsored by Tata Steel conglomerate has begun with a power-packed lineup including the top four players. Tata Steel is an Indian multinational conglomerate consisting of a number of industries. Those following the tournament from the early days will remember…Read More »
Marshall CC to honor Williams!
The Marshall Chess Club honors National Master Justus Williams Justus Williams is one of the brightest young stars on the scholastic chess scene. Williams is a 12-year old member of the U.S. All-American team and will be honored by the Marshall Chess Club for earning the rank of National Master.…Read More »
10th Annual M.L. King Holiday Tournament
10th Annual M.L. King Holiday Tournament Saturday, January 15, 2011 The New Schools at Carver 55 McDonough Blvd SE, Atlanta GA 30315 Open to: All scholastic players in grades K-12 Format: Five rounds. 30 minutes per player per game. Individual/Team Swiss System pairings. In the non-rated sections we will attempt…Read More »
What Matters… Champion or #1?
Since Garry Kasparov bolted from FIDE, there has been the question of whether a player should be both the highest-rated player and the declared World Champion. Although Kasparov forfeited his official crown, he continued to have credibility as the world’s strongest player and was able to stage a championship match…Read More »
Mutesi’s trek to Siberia
There was a very interesting story written by Tim Crowther on Phiona Mutesi, a chess player from Uganda. ESPN The Magazine feature the 14-year old player from a small Ugandan town of Katwe. It is an intriguing story showing how she came to learn the game of chess and her…Read More »