Archive for January, 2011

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 Magnus Carlsen. Seeded in the […]

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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. Luggya now replaces Joseph Kaamu […]

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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 active and has a full […]

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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. (see

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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 of his title. In this […]

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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 it as the Hoorgovens, a […]

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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. Williams is a standing member […]

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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 to pair players as close […]

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Garry Kasparov in 2005 after retiring from professional chess. 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 […]

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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 amazement of traveling thousands for […]

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The Chess Drum reported on Orrin Hudson’s plea for support after the Dekalb County slapped him with five citations which requires him to raise $28,000 to come into code compliance. He got the first $14,000 from a local anonymous donor. With a December deadline approaching, Tyler Perry donated the other $14,000 and now the renovation […]

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Magnus Carlsen (2814, +12) has reclaimed the number one position on the FIDE rating chart with gains from the Pearl Spring and the London Classic. He overtakes Viswanathan Anand who saw a modest gain (2810, +6). There was a little movement amongst the top players as Sergey Karjakin (2776, +16) gained after his stellar performance […]

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