Archive for December, 2014

It has been a long journey for Kenny Solomon. Following in the footsteps of his older brothers, he charted a course to chess excellence. His destiny would be etched in history when he learned chess at the age of 13. His story has been captured in countless interviews including one appearing in the South African […]

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The African Individual Chess Championship has begun in Windhoek, Namibia and three spots for the World Cup qualifying tournament are up for grabs. The Namibia Chess federation (NCF) is playing host to the annual event which has attracted GM Ahmed Adly along with IM Kenny Solomon (three GM norms). There are six additional IMs with […]

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Viswanathan Anand won the 2014 London Classic by pipping the field in the last round. Anand’s win over Michael Adams gave him a joint tie for 1st on 7/15 points (or 3/5 conventional). His victory is by the virtue of him winning with the black pieces. Michael Adams – Viswanathan Anand, 0-1.Photo by Ray Morris-Hill. […]

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Since its announcement in December 2013, the Millionaire Chess Open created a buzz in the chess world that was mixed with both optimism and cynicism. However the MCO kicked off with great fanfare on October 9th creating an excitement not seen in recent years. The tournament was a rousing success and received raving reviews. Several […]

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Senior Master Josh Colas Sixteen-year old Joshua Colas has been playing chess for nearly ten years and has been able to accomplish many titles along the way. According to his personal website, Josh has won six national championships and has been named to the All-American Scholastic Chess Team every year since 2009. He also qualified […]

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GM Jean-Marc N’Djofang (Cameroon) Grandmaster Jean-Marc N’Djofang of Cameroon will play an unprecedented World Championship match next year against seven-time draughts champion Aleksandr Georgiev of Russia. It will be the first time an African will play a match for the title. There has been only one African to hold the title. Baba Sy of Senegal […]

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The fourth edition of the World Minds Sports Games in Beijing, China on December 11th-17th. This unique tournament featured five sports including bridge, go, draughts, xiangqi (Chinese chess) and international chess. Top players in each of these mind sports competed in various formats. This is the second time that chess will feature a variant known […]

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Now that the Qatar Masters Open has the crown of the strongest open in history, the London Chess Classic is trying to reclaim the strongest tournament from the Sinquefield Cup. Two years ago, the London Chess Classic boasted four 2800-rated players, but last year was even stronger with Magnus Carlsen and Levon Aronian headlining the […]

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Fabiano Caruana graces the cover of the current New in Chess after his memorable win at the Sinquefield Cup. His seven consecutive wins created a worldwide buzz about where his performance fit amongst the all-time greats. His performance rating was a computeresque 3097. However, this look at Caruana (who is maturing before our eyes), may […]

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If you stop by the B-Café for a bite to eat on Saturdays around three in the afternoon, you will see a trail of young girls making their way to Chess Girls DC, a nonprofit founded by Robin Ramson to get more girls interested in the game. Her daughter Sarah, age 4, has been playing […]

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