Archive for May, 2011

FIDE President in Nigeria

On 30 May, FIDE President arrived on a working visit to Nigeria, where in Abuja city he participated in the ceremony of inauguration of newly elected President of Nigeria Jonathan Goodluck. The same day Kirsan Ilyumzhinov met with Mr. Asishana Okauru, General Director of Nigeria Governors’ Forum (NGF). During the meeting the leaders discussed the […]

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MONKAGEDI GAOTLHOBOGWE Staff Writer (Mmegi-Botswana) Tuduetso Sabure led Botswana women to victory. Botswana women gave their Zambian opponents a 15-5 thumping in a friendly chess match played in Kasane on Saturday. The two teams played four rounds. In the last round, the Zambians were walloped 4-0 as Keitumetse Mokgacha, Onkemetse Francis Thapelo Francis, and Tuduetso […]

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The 20th annual Chicago Open takes place in Wheeling, Illinois which is about a 40-minute drive from downtown Chicago. Grandmasters from around the road are competing in one of the major U.S. tournaments in the summer circuit that carries a $100,000 guaranteed prize fund. GM Pentala HarikrishnaPhoto by Daaim Shabazz. GM Pentala Harikrishna of India […]

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After a three-month layoff of chess, Hikaru Nakamura felt the rust. He sat out the U.S. Championship, but decided he would participate in an exhibition match against Ruslan Ponomariov of the Ukraine. Nakamura, the world’s #8 lost the first game, but rebounded in the second with a win. After three draws, he closed the match […]

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Summertime is certainly a busy time for U.S. chess. Next week will kick off a run of major summer tournaments. 20th Chicago Open May 26-30, 27-30, 28-30 or 29-30 National Open June 10-12 or June 11-12 4th New York International June 17-21 8th Philadelphia International June 24-28 39th World Open June 28-July 4, June 30-July […]

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New In Chess (2011/3)

GM Levon Aronian’s win at the 20th Amber Blindfold and Rapid tournament is the lead story in the current New In Chess. This is his second consecutive win, but unfortunately the tournament sponsors have decided to end the tournament. Held at the Monte-Carlo Bay Hotel & Resort, Dutchman Maecenas Joop van Oosterom closed in fine […]

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64 Squares Chess Club

Frank Johnson had a dream. To provide an alternative for Atlanta area chess players given the sagging activity in the city. With the reduced activity at Atlanta Chess & Games, there was a need to provide more opportunities in the greater Atlanta area. After tossing around a number of ideas, Johnson launched chess-coach.net and in […]

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GM Sergei Tiviakov, world traveler impresario, is currently in Angola taking part in the CUCA International tournament in the capitol of Luanda. He has taken very nice pictures and a brief article has appeared on ChessBase. GM Nigel Short heads the field of 26 players in the open section. There are a couple of other […]

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Attorney Ian Wilkinson

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When looking at the eight players who qualified for the candidates matches, many had chosen Levon Aronian as the odds-on favorite. With Magnus Carlsen having withdrawn, Aronian was hoping to make a big splash against Alexander Grischuk. Surprisingly, Armenia’s Levon Aronian failed to advance. The match went into tiebreaks and Grischuk completed the upset in […]

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The Uganda Chess Federation has confirmed sending 2011 East Africa Chess Champion, Elijah Emojong to represent the country at the Zone 4.2 Africa Chess Championship to be held in Khartoum, Sudan from 19th to 29th May 2011. Elijah Emojong Zone 4.2 also comprises of chess power-house Egypt, Sudan, Nigeria, Kenya, Rwanda, Somalia, Ghana, Seychelles and […]

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May 2011 FIDE Ratings out!

Not much changed in the recently-released FIDE rating list for May 2011. The only two active players in the top 10 were Vassily Ivanchuk (2776, -3) and Vugar Gashimov (2760, +14). World Champion Viswanathan Anand (2817, +0) still sits atop the rating chart a mere two points ahead of Magnus Carlsen (2815, +0). The candidates […]

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The first qualifier for the 2011 National Chess Championships will take place May 21-22, 2011 at the Half Way Tree Entertainment Centre. NOTE CAREFULLY: Winning or placing in the tournament does not guarantee qualification, instead it may allow you to place higher on the selection index, and provides an opportunity for additional games. To register […]

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