Archive for February, 2014

FIDE just released the pairings for the Candidates tournament which will be held in Khanty-Mansiysk, Russia is about a month away. The winner will face World Champion Magnus Carlsen in his first title defense. This double round-robin event of the eight qualifiers is sure to be hotly-contested as many of the marquee players are present. […]

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Dear friends and supporters, Covering the 2013 U.S. Championship! Yesterday I was watching “When We Were Kings,” Miro Reverby’s documentary on chess hustlers in New York’s Washington Square Park. I marveled at ironies of foul-mouthed players taking delight in the thrilling ride that chess is. Contrast this with the subtleties of the Sinquefield Cup and […]

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Magnus Carlsen prevails in Zurich.Photo by Maria Emelianova. In his first tournament since becoming World Champion, Magnus Carlsen came out victorious last week. While he suffered a couple of stumbles, his performance was strong enough in the classical games to overcome his lackluster performance in the rapids. One attribute that is recurrent in Carlsen’s play […]

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Ignatius LeongPhoto by kasparov2014.com. The World Chess Federation or FIDE election season is in full swing as both candidates have had to face accusatory inquiries stemming from past contracts apparently exhibiting a “conflict of interest”. ChessBase.com ran a story titled, “Contractgate” detailing a six-page contract drawn up by Attorney Morton Sand and one that Garry […]

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The 2013 African Junior Championships were hosted on January 25th-31st at Hotel Bouazza in Tiaret, Algeria and organized by the Algerian Chess Federation (FADE) and the African Chess Union. This tournament features players under 20 years old or born before January 1, 1993. Eight federations were represented and there were some surprises. Despite being played […]

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