Archive for November 3rd, 2011

FM Ryan HarperPhoto by Daaim Shabazz. While Trinidad’s FIDE Master Ryan Harper, 34, is a long way from matching Cristo Cave’s record of 13 national championships, he is now one step closer with his recent win as reported by the T&T Guardian. Harper bested a field of 11 finalists finishing two points ahead of second […]

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There had been some whispering about an alliance between Hikaru Nakamura and Garry Kasparov for some time now. When Magnus Carlsen began working with Kasparov, Nakamura expressed to me disappointment that chess journalist and Kasparov assistant Mig Greengard did not suggest him as a subject. A Kasparov-Nakamura team seemed to make sense due to Kasparov […]

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November 2011 FIDE Ratings

For the first time in history, there are four 2800s. It seems not so long ago that 2700 was the standard for “super GM”. Twenty years ago, there were only a handful of 2700 players. Ten years ago, only Garry Kasparov and Vladimir Kramnik eclipsed 2800. Now Kramnik (2800) has rejoined the list for the […]

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