Archive for November, 2011

Koneru Humpy (right) on the move against Hou Yifan. Photo by Anastasiya Karlovich for FIDE. After breaking out on top with a win yesterday, Hou Yifan had the white pieces against her Asian rival, Koneru Humpy. Looking to put a comfortable distance between them, Hou started the game with 1.e4 and perhaps expected another Petroff. […]

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Hou Yifan broke on top in a tense game which ended with Koneru Humpy’s position collapsed under pressure. Photo by Anastasiya Karlovich for FIDE. China’s Hou Yifan won the first decisive game of the match after struggling to hold in the first two games. In the Queen’s Gambit, Hou played actively and aggressively expanded on […]

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The World Youth Championships begin today in Caldas Novas, Brazil. The tournament will have twelve categories (six each for both open and girls). There are 78 countries competing for top honors and titles. There are several Grandmasters on hand including top seed Samvel Ter-Sahakyan (2556) of Armenia. The under-18 section has three GMs. The under-12 […]

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Norfolk State University is a historically-Black University (HBCU) with more than 6,000 students and located in Norfolk, Virginia. Yesterday Norfolk State President Dr. Tony Atwater’s held a student forum in which he solicited input from the student body. He encouraged the students to give him candid feedback, “the good, the bad and the ugly” as […]

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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE Media Contact: Lauren Eastman (415) 867-7664 or lauren.eastman@gmail.com * * * Celebrate Family Gatherings This Holiday with The Chessboard® Bring the Family Together with a Game of 3-D Chess Ignite the Senses and Enhance Conversation San Francisco, CA (November 15, 2011) — Just in time for the holidays, Charles Smith, owner of […]

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Koneru Humpy trots out the Petroff in Game #2. The Indian pressed by could not score the full point. Photo by Anastasiya Karlovich for FIDE. Looking at the first two games of the Women’s World Championship, one may say that it is the challenger who looks to be more aggressive. In game two of the […]

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All roads lead to Moscow as the Tal Memorial will begin tomorrow with one of the strongest fields in history. The tournament of ten players includes four 2800s and seven of the top ten highest-rated players. The field also includes World Championship candidates challenger, Boris Gelfand and FIDE World Cup champion, Peter Svidler. Ian Nepomniachtchi […]

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The highly-anticipated world championship match between China’s Hou Yifan and India’s Koneru Humpy got underway today. The first of ten games began with the “Killer Catalan” which has become a serious weapon in several World Championship matches. Viswanathan Anand employed with great effect against Veselin Topalov. Perhaps Koneru got some coaching from Anand. She is […]

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Vaux Junior High School chess team with President Jimmy Carter in 1979. One of the most storied teams in scholastic chess has been relegated to the annals of history, but their name lives on. Recently Steve Rasmussen, a former teacher at Vaux, noted some of the history during the school’s magnificent run of national titles. […]

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Justus Williams, Josh Colas and James Black, Jr. have a lot more in common than their names beginning with the same letter. All are from New York state, all have won multiple scholastic titles, all earned the title of National Master before their 13th birthday and all have desires to become Grandmasters. All three will […]

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