Archive for November, 2014

“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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Dear Chess friends, 2014 AFRICAN INDIVIDUAL CHESS CHAMPIONSHIPS INVITATION On behalf of the Namibia Chess federation (NCF) I wish to invite all eligible Players from all African chess federation affiliated to the World Chess Federation (FIDE) to participate in the 2014 African Individual Chess Championships (AICC) to be held at the Safari Court Hotel & […]

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Fire on board? Not today. Just when it appeared that we were heading for another swashbuckling fight, the world champion ended that hope with 3.g3 instead of 3.d4. Of course, a Najdorf or Scheveningen is not where Carlsen would want to go since Anand is at home in those complications. He chose a slow system […]

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A crushing victory by challenger Viswanathan Anand over champion Magnus Carlsen today in a supreme example of opening preparation. Anand admitted in the post-game press conference that he had prepared as far as move 24, but had to check the subtle differences. In fact there were two main games that served as precedences in today’s […]

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There was a lot begin made of today’s 25th anniversary of the Berlin Wall’s demise. When game #2 started 1.e4 e5 2.Nf3 Nc6 3.Bb5 Nf6 all the puns started about the Berlin Wall started, but Carlsen played 4.d3 avoiding a wall that has not been dismantled in top level play. Others anticipated a Najdorf Sicilian. […]

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The first round of the 2014 World Chess Championship was definitely a bitter fight. Anand must’ve followed the advice of many and tried to steal a point early. In a unexpected Grunfeld, Anand tried to apply central pressure which caused Carlsen to eat up time on the clock. The body language of Carlsen was not […]

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