Archive for December, 2013

Hikaru Nakamura on the mark versus Boris Gelfand.Photo by Ray Hill-Morris. Hikaru Nakamura stormed to victory at the London Chess Classic in a new rapid format featuring 16 players in four sections. The top two from each section (double round robin) then went to in a knockout format. Nakamura defeated Boris Gelfand after winning a […]

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A few days ago, GM Maurice Ashley launched what would be a bold attempt to put chess in its rightful place as a sport with the ability to raise its profile in a big way. Along with entrepreneur Amy Lee, Ashley launched “Millionaire Chess“, a tournament with a deep prize fund of $1,000,000 and many […]

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Dear chess community, The year is coming to a close and it has been quite an exciting year for The Chess Drum. The site is closing in on 200 stories for the year and has covered major events including the Tata Steel, World Candidates, U.S. Championship (live), African Championships, Tal Memorial, World Cup, Women’s World […]

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Rogelio Ortega in Zdroj, Poland in 1967.Photo by Alojzy Milka (courtesy of Dariusz Milka). There are many global heroes of sport, yet we often forget about those who never caught the glare of the bright lights but shone as brightly on the national scene. Every two years we see this marvel in the Olympiad tournaments. […]

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A couple of days ago, GM Maurice Ashley contacted The Chess Drum with some startling news. He announced the launch of “Millionaire Chess” a theme tournament with a guaranteed $1,000,000 prize fund! Back in 2005, Ashley hosted the HB Global Chess Tournament which at the time boasted the largest prize fund of any open tournament […]

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During Thanksgiving holidays in America, there are a number of tournaments being held to take advantage of the extended weekend. The National Congress in Philadelphia would certainly be the marquee venue for chess. People travel from coast to coast to see relatives and I was no exception. This year I have been to St. Louis […]

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Back in the summer, The Chess Drum chatted with Swedish Grandmaster Pontus Carlsson via Skype and got an update on his chess activities and his online teaching. He is well-known to The Chess Drum audience having earned his GM title back in 2007 and joining Sweden’s national team. While Carlsson is still an active player, […]

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Two more rounds remain at the the 2013 World Team Championships and it will be a race to gold. Ukraine is currently atop the field by one point over Russia with 12 points, while China (10 pts.) and the USA (8 pts.) are also fighting for medal contention. Kramnik’s fortune has changed since his brutal […]

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