Archive for March, 2013

Round #13 Sunday, 31 March 2013 Main Venue… Institute of Engineering and Technology.Photo by Ray Morris-Hill. Preview: The 2013 World Candidates tournament is entering its last two rounds and the result is still in doubt. While two players have a reasonable chance of winning the top four are mathematically eligible to win. Two points separate […]

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The 2013 World Candidates tournament is entering its last two rounds and the result is still in doubt. While two players have a reasonable chance of winning the top four are mathematically eligible to win. Two points separate the top four positions with Vladimir Kramnik atop the chart with an undefeated 8/12. What is remarkable […]

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Adisa Banjoko on point at Harvard University. Adisa Banjoko, founder of the Hip Hop Chess Federation (HHCF), presented to students at Harvard University “Living The Game: The Powerful Fusion of Hip-Hop & Chess”. The lecture detailed his philosophy of hip-hop chess which combines the lessons of hip-hop, martial arts and chess. The lecture was a […]

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New in Chess (2013/2)

New in Chess has its usual splendor in the 2013/2 issue and it starts off with a bang. The letters section has a tome by GM Borislav Ivkov in response to GM Ivan Sokolov’s critique of Ivkov’s book, My 60 Years in Chess. Interesting that politics cannot escape chess. Moving on… the new issue focuses […]

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FM Ignacio Perez holding the state championship on which his name appears twice as the champion. Photo by Steve Shoe. FM Ignacio Pérez is a household name in Seattle chess. An immigrant from Cuba, he has found a home in Washington state and is now a two-time state champion. Held on two weekends, the state […]

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Round #12 Friday, 29 March 2013 Preview: Time is getting short. Three rounds left and one point separates the top three position. In a crucial battle today, Levon Aronian will face Vladimir Kramnik in a battle that may determine whether it is a two-horse race instead of a three-horse race. With Magnus Carlsen facing an […]

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Round #11 Thursday, 28 March 2013 Preview: Big round here. An underachieving Alexander Grischuk, who a year earlier shocked the world by winning the drawfest qualifier, will face the surging Magnus Carlsen. With only four rounds remaining, only three players remain in contention and any win can turn the tide. The other five players will […]

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Round #10 Wednesday, 27 March 2013 Magnus Carlsen keeping an eye out on his nearest competition, Levon Aronian. Photo by Ray Morris-Hill. 2013 World Championship CandidatesMarch 15th-April 4th, 2013 (London, England) Round #10 # Name Flag Rating Result Name Flag Rating 10.1 Carlsen 2872 1-0 Gelfand 2740 10.2 Aronian 2809 1-0 Ivanchuk 2757 10.3 Radjabov […]

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Round #9 Monday, 25 March 2013 2013 World Championship CandidatesMarch 15th-April 4th, 2013 (London, England) Round #9 # Name Flag Rating Result Name Flag Rating 9.1 Kramnik 2810 ½-½ Carlsen 2872 9.2 Svidler 2747 ½-½ Grischuk 2764 9.3 Ivanchuk 2757 1-0 Radjabov 2793 9.4 Gelfand 2740 1-0 Aronian 2809 Overview: While the Kramnik-Carlsen was a […]

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Round #8 Sunday, 24 March 2013 This was one of two games Magnus Carlsen won against Levon Aronian last year. This game at 2012 Tata Steel and 2012 London Classic catapulted Carlsen over the rating ELO record, but Aronian looks to close the gap. Photo by Frits Agterdenbos of ChessVista. Preview: This is the most […]

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Round #7 Saturday, 23 March 2013 Will Levon Aronian make a move? Photo by Ray Morris-Hill. Preview: After the second rest day we resume play and will see if the spirited play continues. There are some marquee matchups including Carlsen-Radjabov. In fact, all of the games feature pairings players who are close in age and […]

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Train of Thought Kicks Off Chess Education for Celerity Education Group’s (CEG) Family of Charter Schools LOS ANGELES, CA (March 1, 2013) – Train of Thought, a chess education nonprofit focused on teaching the game of chess to children and youth throughout Los Angeles, CA and the surrounding areas will design, develop and implement chess […]

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Charles Smith has been teaching chess in the Birmingham area for the past 11 years. Having played chess in the hardscrabble and competitive circles in Brooklyn, New York and Washington (DC), Smith has been able to gain a measure of success and was honored by the Mayor with the prestigious “Hidden Heroes Award”. Smith started […]

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Round #6 Thursday, 21 March 2013 Alexander Grischuk attempts to redeems yesterday’s loss. Photo by Ray Morris-Hill. Preview: An in-form Peter Svidler will take on Magnus Carlsen after having played a maniacal game against Boris Gelfand last round. He holds a +2 advantage over Carlsen in classical play and may look to press the issue […]

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According to Jake Paine’s article in hiphopdx.com, GZA’s “Liquid Swords” 4LP Box Set will be released with two CDs, liner notes and… a wooden chess set!! Most of the hip-hop world knows about GZA’s love for chess and he has included chess themes in many of his songs. However, he has decided to share two […]

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