Archive for December, 2015

The year of 2015 had so many highs and lows. In The Chess Drum’s 14th year, we posted 200 stories and a number of tournaments graced these pages. Apart from the Tata Steel tournament starting off the new year, there were several big productions announced including the Millionaire qualifiers held on the African continent (Kenya, […]

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Sweden’s best chess player Nils Grandelius will challenge Sam Sevian, USA, in a duel. The two rapid games 15 min + 10 sec will be broadcast live on Expressen TV on January 5th at 8:30pm CET (2:30pm EST). GM Pontus Carlsson just returned from the Qatar Masters with rave reviews, but he has reported to […]

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God is good! When I least expected it, Josh surprised us. He earned his first GM and IM norm in The North American Open in Vegas. ~Guy Colas Guy Colas will tell anyone within earshot that his son Josh Colas has always had the potential to excel at chess. An ardent advocate, he has looked […]

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After the contentious Presidential election of the World Chess Federation (known as FIDE) in 2014 featuring incumbent President Kirsan Ilyumzhinov and former World Champion Garry Kasparov, the future of the African continent was in serious question. Little had been done in past decades to provide the continent with firm footing to develop consistent programs. Ethiopian […]

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The 2015 Zimbabwe Open is currently taking place in the nation’s capital. The tournament has received the sponsorship of the Kasparov Chess Foundation and aspires to offer chances for the IM norm. The event will be taking place at the New Ambassador Hotel in Harare from 28th December until the 1st January 2016. According to […]

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Madagascar is the latest African nation to launch a nationwide chess program targeting the youth. Earlier this month Marisa van der Merve of Minichess launched an initiative in Kenya and last year in Lesotho. These initiatives are designed as a “train the trainer” seminars to roll out innovative techniques to spur chess enthusiasm. MiniChess trainer […]

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Tanzania has gained momentum since their accession to FIDE last year. They held a very successful 2013 Tanzania Open and recently held the second edition in Dar es Salaam. The event attracted 42 players from Tanzania, Kenya, Uganda, South Africa, Rwanda, Zambia, Yemen and India competed for for TShs 2,000,000 (approximately USD 1,000) prize fund. […]

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Kenneth Omolo2015 National Champion Kenya’s top brass assembled for the 2015 National Chess Championship at Strathmore University, Madaraka Campus. Veteran Ken Omolo came out on top with 21 points (three points for win and one for draw) to collect 1st place and KSh21,000 (US$200.00). Omolo beat Mehul Gohil in the penultimate 7th round and Dr. […]

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World Champion Magnus Carlsen won the final leg of the Grand Chess Tour by winning the London Chess Classic on tiebreaks. It was a rather austere series for Carlsen garnering an efficient +1 over the three events. He was helped by his high-scoring performances in Sinquefield and London. Indeed there were some disgruntled fans and […]

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Round #9: Sunday, 13 December 2015 Viswanathan Anand ½-½ Anish Giri Michael Adams ½-½ Fabiano Caruana Levon Aronian ½-½ Maxime Vachier-Lagrave Magnus Carlsen 1-0 Alexander Grischuk Hikaru Nakamura ½-½ Veselin Topalov Carlsen essayed 1.Nf3, but the game ended up in a Sicilian. Grischuk missed his chances in the end when zeitnot came back to haunt […]

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Round #8: Saturday, 12 December 2015 Anish Giri 1-0 Hikaru Nakamura Veselin Topalov ½-½ Magnus Carlsen Alexander Grischuk ½-½ Levon Aronian Maxime Vachier-Lagrave ½-½ Michael Adams Fabiano Caruana ½-½ Viswanathan Anand Despite losses last round, bright smiles for two national legends. Two players at opposite ends of field,but still a fierce fight ahead.Photos by Amruta […]

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Round #7: Friday, 11 December 2015 Fabiano Caruana ½-½ Anish Giri Viswanathan Anand 0-1 M Vachier-Lagrave Michael Adams ½-½ Alexander Grischuk Levon Aronian 1-0 Veselin Topalov Magnus Carlsen 1-0 Hikaru Nakamura The world’s top ten is packed with only 20 Elo points between the 2-10 positions. Magnus Carlsen was still on top despite losing a […]

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Round #6: Thursday, 10 December 2015 Anish Giri ½-½ Magnus Carlsen Hikaru Nakamura ½-½ Levon Aronian Veselin Topalov ½-½ Michael Adams Alexander Grischuk 1-0 Viswanathan Anand M Vachier-Lagrave ½-½ Fabiano Caruana A very interesting scenario given tension in France. Well done!Photo by Ray Morris-Hill. Not the game of the round, but a classic shot.Photo by […]

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Round #5: Tuesday, 8 December 2015 Maxime Vachier-Lagrave ½-½ Anish Giri Fabiano Caruana ½-½ Alexander Grischuk Viswanathan Anand 1-0 Veselin Topalov Michael Adams ½-½ Hikaru Nakamura Levon Aronian ½-½ Magnus Carlsen Anand played a nice game today against Veselin Topalov. Photo by Ray Morris-Hill. Games of Round #5 Standings after Round #5 1st-3rd: Vachier-Lagrave, Nakamura, […]

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The New Times, “Chess: Thirteen-year-old Murara makes history,” 10 November 2015. With some luck on his side, Ian Murara, 13, defied the odds to make the top six winners of the national Championship Qualifiers, a seven round tournament that concluded at Hilltop Hotel on Sunday. The grade nine pupil at Green Hills Academy emerged sixth […]

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