Archive for November, 2014

Magnus Carlsenstops to sign autographs.Photo by Vladimir Barsky. Viswanathan Anand and wife Aruna Anand exchanging pleasantries with former champion Anatoly Karpov. Photo by Anastasia Kharlovich. Magnus Carlsen was re-crowned as the world champion, a berth that will last until 2016. He defeated challenger Viswanathan Anand 6.5-4.5 in an exciting, albeit imperfect match. The match was […]

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Rex Sinquefield keeps building the momentum of top-level chess in America with yet another inventive idea. This time he is hosting another novel event with two top-ten players in Levon Aronian and Hikaru Nakamura. These two gladiators will battle in four-game classical match followed by a hair-raising 16-game blitz match. The prize fund was set […]

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Congratulations GM Magnus Carlsen, World Champion! After Magnus Carlsen won a tense Berlin Ruy Lopez, he could proclaim, “Ich bin ein Champion!” In a game in which he was under serious pressure from Viswanathan Anand, he kept his Nordic cool and waded through the complications… particularly after Anand’s stunning 23…b5!! Later Carlsen capitalized off over […]

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The South Sudan Africa’s 54th country, is currently having its first ever National Championship. The country is not yet a member of FIDE so its tournament is under the Ugandan auspices. Seventy-two players are listed in this 11-round format with none of the players having a FIDE rating. The country was formed after a secession […]

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Carlsen avoided a landmine today, but can he withstand the pressure?Photo by ChessBase. Today was a key game of the match and many thought that Viswanathan Anand was going to press for a win against Magnus Carlsen. The Tiger from Madras was definitely on the prowl after facing a Grunfeld Defense in which he faced […]

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We were fortunate to have participating in this year’s tournament two outstanding young African American chess masters from the state of New York, James Black Jr and Joshua Colas. Chess Masters Joshua Colas and James Black Jr are from the New York City area. Each achieved chess master status at the age of 12 making […]

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The game was not nearly as gallant as this photo. Beautiful shot showing the tense moments building in the match! Photo by Anastasia Kharlovich. Well, that was fun, wasn't it — Magnus Carlsen (@MagnusCarlsen) November 20, 2014 Not much excitement in today’s game, but the 20-move draw in the Berlin Defense has set the stage […]

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Mira Nair, a highly-acclaimed, Indian-born director, will be producing a film adaptation of Tim Crothers’ book “The Queen of Katwe“. This book was a gripping story about Phiona Mutesi who hails from one of the poorest parts of sub-Saharan Africa. The very vivid account shows how the Ugandan girl from abject poverty found chess and […]

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Today’s eighth game for the World Chess Championship was perhaps the most uneventful encounter with only a few moments of tension. However it wasn’t the draw that was necessarily evoking boredom. It was the posture of world champion Magnus Carlsen sleeping at the board that was captured in countless photos and viewed by millions on […]

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Game seven battle almost broke a record for moves played in a world championship match. Photo by Vladimir Barsky. A lot has been made of Magnus Carlsen’s youth in this match against the middle-aged Viswanathan Anand. Perhaps too much is being made of this, but today’s game would put these theories to the test. Unlike […]

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“Sometimes you’re very, very lucky.”~Magnus Carlsen The chess world is still buzzing on social media about today’s game in which blunders were traded. After having played a rather unambitious version of the Kan Sicilian, Viswanathan Anand allowed Magnus Carlsen to create pressure on the kingside and tried to solve his problems tactically. While white had […]

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A very interesting project was launched early this year. A group of scholars have collaborated to form a journal, but not simply your run-of-the-mill journal. It is a journal what will look at the multi-faceted nature of chess. Many see chess as a sport, game, art and also a science. It is the latter characteristic […]

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The Tiger didn’t catch any prey today.Photo by Anastasia Kharlovich. Very exciting day today at the World Chess Championships between world champion Magnus Carlsen and challenger Viswanathan Anand. With Anand playing the white pieces, he opted for 1.d4 and faced the surprising Queen’s Indian. Anand showed the depth of his preparation once again as he […]

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Both co-champions on the right side of the board… Francis Anquandah (top right) and Kojo Hasford (bottom right). Hasford won the tiebreak match. The 2014 GHANA NATIONAL CHESS CHAMPIONSHIPS took place at the media centre of the Accra Sports Stadium between the 25th October and 2nd November. KCF Africa was pleased to be asked to […]

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Kenya Chess Association President Githinji Hinga taking an inventory of the 5000 sets and board received from the Kasparov Chess Foundation for Africa. Kasparov Chess Foundation (KCF) has been a welcome presence on the continent of Africa in the past few years. After losing a bitter battle for FIDE President, former world champion Garry Kasparov […]

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