Archive for August, 2014

2014 Chess Olympiad: Round #10 Tuesday, 12 August 2014 Top Boards (Open) France 1½-2½ China Ukraine 2-2 Azerbaijan Croatia 3½-½ Norway 1 Hungary 3½-½ Romania Bulgaria 1½-2½ Poland Full Results China got a key win over the French maintaining the lead. In the penultimate round of the 2014 Chess Olympiad, there are still a number […]

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The buildup to the 2014 FIDE election in Tromso, Norway was so tense you could feel it in the air. As representatives from 176 federations filed into the Universitetet i Tromsø (UIT) auditorium there was a buzzing of excitement. However, it was a matter of time before the meeting had to address controversial issues during […]

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2014 Chess Olympiad: Round #9 Monday, 11 August 2014 Top Boards (Open) China 2-2 Ukraine Czech Republic 1½-2½ France Norway 2-2 Turkey Azerbaijan 2-2 Romania Israel 1-3 Hungary Full Results The parity of this year’s Olympiad means that many teams retain medal chances even after a setback. In order to win the gold, a team […]

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2014 Chess Olympiad: Round #8 Sunday, 10 August 2014 Top Boards (Open) China 3-1 Azerbaijan Romania 3-1 Czech Republic Bosnia & Herzegovina 1-3 Norway Ukraine 2½-1½ Bulgaria France ½-1½ Poland Full Results Ding Liren is one of China’s bright hopes for future dominance. Both he and Yu Yangyi are picking up the slack for China’s […]

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The battle for the office of FIDE President is perhaps the most important event during this two week Olympiad. While the games were to take place at 2:00pm, the continental meetings took place today at 9:00am at the Radisson Blu Hotel. One of the main topics was the election for the next FIDE President. The […]

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Top Boards (Open) Cuba 1½-2½ Azerbaijan Czech Republic 3-1 Russia Norway 1 1½-2½ Germany Serbia ½-3½ China Bulgaria 3-1 Netherlands Full Results Magnus Carlsen vs. Arkadij Naiditsch, 0-1.Photo Paul Truong. One of the shocks of the round was not Germany’s win over Norway, but the fact that Magnus Carlsen bungled a pawn advantage into a […]

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Top Boards (Open) Azerbaijan 3½-½ Georgia Serbia 2-2 Bulgaria Italy 1-3 Norway 1 Cuba 3½-½ Kazakhstan Uzbekistan 1½-2½ Russia Full Results Azerbaijan widens its lead with a crushing victory over Georgia with Shakhriyar Mamedyarov getting a cluster of pieces around the black king with deadly effect. Serbia-Bulgaria drew trading wins on board 1 and 4. […]

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Claudia Munoz at the 2014 U.S. Open.Photo by Daaim Shabazz. Claudia Munoz is known in chess circles for her chess promotion activities in social networking. The 16-year old is the reigning National Girls champion and took part in the U.S. Open where we conducted a short interview. Enrolled in Texas Virtual Academy, an online school […]

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GM Conrad Holt receiving the Edmondson Cup.Photo by Daaim Shabazz. Conrad Holt has had a great run in the last couple of years. The physics major and rising senior at University of Texas at Dallas made a sparkling debut in last year’s U.S. Championship scoring a creditable 5th place with a solid +2. He did […]

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Top Boards (Open) Azerbaijan 2-2 Serbia Russia 2-2 Bulgaria Armenia 2½-1½ Norway 1 China 2-2 Netherlands Ukraine 1½-2½ Uzbekistan Full Results What’s wrong with Ivanchuk?Photo by David Llada. The Ukraine has won two Olympiads of the past five with Armenia winning the other three. They are always a credible threat to compete for the gold. […]

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