Month: August 2011

  • 2011 World Cup: Round #2

    2011 World CupAugust 26th-September 21st, 2011(Khanty Mansiysk, Russia)Round #2 # Name Flag Nation Result Name Flag Nation 1 Karjakin, S RUS 2½-1½ So, W PHI 2 Alekseev, E RUS ½-1½ Ivanchuk, V UKR 3 Mamedyarov, S AZE 2½-1½ Fridman, D GER 4 Ni Hua CHN 2½-3½ Ponomariov, R UKR 5…

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  • 2011 World Cup: Round #1

    2011 World CupAugust 26th-September 21st, 2011(Khanty Mansiysk, Russia)Round #1 # Name Flag Nation Result Name Flag Nation 1 Karjakin, S RUS 2-0 Kaabi, M TUN 2 Ivanchuk, V UKR 2-0 Steel, H RSA 3 Mamedyarov, S AZE 2-0 Ibrahim, H EGY 4 Ponomariov, R UKR 1½-½ Gwaze, R ZIM 5…

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  • 2011 World Cup (Khanty-Mansiysk, Russia)

    In a few weeks, Russia will host the FIDE World Cup beginning tomorrow with 128 players from around the world vying for a qualifying spot for the 2012 World Championship. The seven-round tournament will feature a knockout format with the winner continuing onto the next stage. Khanty-Mansiysk, the host of…

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  • William Griffin… chess pioneer in 1900s

    Owen Clarkin sent me notice of a Black chess player from the 1900s named William E. Griffin. He was born in Missouri and apparently had achieved moderate success. Griffin mentioned that he did not know of many players of his race, but James McCune Smith and Theophilus Thompson had already…

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  • Opinion/Editorials

    Politics behind World Cup snubs? (update)

    The pairings of the first round of the FIDE World Cup were released in July and after a couple of changes will commence on August 26th in Khanty-Mansiysk, Russia. Russia will bring a delegation of 26 players. China will bring nine players, Ukraine, eight. Pressure will be on Russia to…

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  • 10th All-Africa Games (Maputo, Mozambique)

    The 10th All-Africa Games will take place in 2011 in the capitol-city of Maputo, Mozambique. Maputo’s hosting will be only the third time the games will have been held in the southern part of the continent. The 2009 All-Africa Games was held in Algiers, Algeria. The awarding of the games…

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  • New In Chess (2011/5)

    The recent cover of New in Chess shows the changing of the guard as both Magnus Carlsen and Sergey Karjakin are featured. The two are the most prominent “prodigies with Carlsen being the top-rated players and Karjakin still the record-holder of making Grandmaster (12 years, 7 months). The new issue…

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  • Manhattan Open attracts surprise entries!

    2011 Manhattan Open at the posh New Yorker Hotel.All photos by Adia Onyango. The Manhattan Open is in full swing and some surprise entrants are competing. Besides U.S. Open Aleksandr Lenderman, GM Maurice Ashley is playing in his first major tournament since the 2003 U.S. Championship. GM Maurice Ashley in…

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  • Chess at Chicago’s Dumas Tech

    Chicago has a long history of chess. The famed Palmer House was once a hub for major tournaments in the U.S., but over the decades has lost its luster due to a number of factors. Chicago Public Schools also has a history of producing strong scholastic players, but activities are…

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  • OnlineChessLessons.net … HOT!

    Websites and blogs come and go. While the winds of change render some sites passe’, other seize a niche and develop a healthy following. One such site is Online Chess Lessons (onlinechesslessons.net). The site has only been in existence since January, but has wide following and has amassed a large…

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