Archive for October, 2011

High school chess lore is always replete with stories of legendary coaches, legendary players and legendary tournament battles. East St. Louis Senior High School, a migrant town in southern Illinois, had a good run of successful scholastic events in the 70s and 80s. Perhaps it was a discussion recounting the glory days that lead to […]

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Announcement from Guadeloupe saying “Come All!” to the inaugural International Open of Club Cence of Gosier. The seven-round FIDE-rated tournament will be held on three days from Friday, November 11th through Sunday, November 13th. The prize will be 4000 euros. Guadeloupe has a fairly active chess community and will also host a blitz tournament on […]

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The Chess Federation of Zambia wishes to advise that the 2011 Zambia Closed Chess Championships will be held at the Olympic Youth Development Centre from Saturday, October 22 to Monday, October 24, 2011. In addition to the main event, the Championship section, the tournament will also incorporate youth age group sections for the following ranges: […]

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Boikhutso Mudongo at 2006 Olympiad in Spain. Photo by Daaim Shabazz. Botswana’s stalwart women player Boikhutso Mudongo is now Women International Master. This follows confirmation from FIDE after her outstanding performance at the Zone 4.3 championships held in Gaborone in April 2011. In a highly contested tournament, Mudongo finished comfortably on position 2 with 7.5 […]

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Frank Johnson with Damir Studen, winner of Liscious Williams Memorial. All photos courtesy of Frank Johnson (64 Squares). Frank Johnson has become a premier chess organizer in the state of Georgia, USA and the founder of the 64 Squares Chess Club. His story has been told here before, but he has made some improvements since […]

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Josh Colas has been on a path of excellence since learning chess at age six. Getting his start on tournaments on the east coast, he made a steady rise and reached the 2000 barrier at age 10. Just two years later at age 12, he became a National Master. On the way he has won […]

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The Jamaica Chess Federation presents the 2011 Jamaica Open October 15-16, 2011 Immaculate Conception High School 152 Constant Spring Road Kingston 8 (Beside Constant Spring Road) Full Details here!!

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Magnus Carlsen had another inspired win at Bilbao.Photo by Pascal Simon. In a very exciting ending, Magnus Carlsen won the Bilbao Grand Slam by catching Vassily Ivanchuk and then beating him in a tiebreak blitz match. The key win for Carlsen may have been round #9 when he scored a tying win against then-leader Ivanchuk. […]

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Haiti in Transition!

Almost two years ago, Haiti suffered a devastating earthquake that would shake the foundations of this proud nation. Today, Haiti still struggles and development is moving along like a snail’s pace. Having recently talked a fellow professor who visited Haiti, he stated that progress is at a standstill. Fortunately there are many people and organizations […]

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GM Pontus CarlssonPhoto by Mig Greengard. GM Pontus Carlsson will play on the Sweden squad at the 2011 European Team Championship with GM Hans Tikkanen, GM Nils Grandelius, IM Daniel Semcesen, GM Stellan Brynell. The tournament will take place from November 3-11 in Porto Carras, Greece. Several of the top teams will be on hand […]

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Vassily Ivanchuk is leading the Bilbao Masters tournament with a strong performance and was in good spirits after the first half of the tournament. However, his experience in Brazil took a turn for the worse when assailants robbed them at gunpoint 20 meters from the hotel while they waited for a taxi to go to […]

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International Master Daniel Jere won Botswana International Chess Open convincingly after scoring an impressive eight out of a possible nine rounds. The annual event which took place over the Independence Holidays attracted the strongest chess players from Botswana, South Africa, Zambia and Zimbabwe. IM-elect Daniel Jere of Zambia Jere rebounded from a crushing loss to […]

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Vladimir Kramnik graces the cover of the most recent issue of New In Chess. His win at Dortmund was his 10th, beating the field by an impressive 1.5 points. Perhaps only one other Russian has enjoyed a better 2011 campaign and that is Peter Svidler whose recent World Cup and European Cup victories have solidified […]

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September 30, 2011 The Jamaica Chess Federation Jamaica Chess Federation Arbiter Course This is to announce that registration for an upcoming JCF Arbiter Course is now open and continues until October 18. Persons wishing to register must be paid up members of the JCF. The registration fee is J$1,000 which will cover all materials. Completed […]

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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: September 30, 2011 Zachary Ramsay, The Jamaica Chess Federation Wilkinson To Sit On “World Chess Court” Attorney-at-law Ian Wilkinson, the President of the Jamaica Chess Federation, Chairman of the Magnificent Chess Foundation and the President of the Jamaican Bar Association, is scheduled to leave the island on Thursday, September 29, 2011 for […]

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