Archive for the 'Asia' Category

Most everyone can recount the history of chess having roots in India, but to see the country taking a prominent (even leading) role in chess expansion is refreshing. The Grand Chess Tour went to Kolkata, India for the first time in an effort to expand the tournament into new markets. Events in both Abidjan, Cote […]

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Charisse WoodsPhoto by Junfu Han, Detroit Free Press Charisse Woods had her moment in the national spotlight when she was honored with five other Detroit girls in the All-Girls National Championship three years ago. At the time she was a 5th grader at University Prep Science & Math Elementary. Since then she has moved on […]

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Ding Liren after winning 2019 Sinquefield Cup Photo by Lennart Ootes The chess world is still buzzing about Ding Liren’s win of the 2019 Sinquefield Cup in St. Louis. He had to overcome World Champion Magnus Carlsen who has looked unbeatable all year long. This is a landmark win for many reasons. Firstly, it shows […]

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The 47th World Open ended in an exciting tiebreak with Vietnam’s Le Quang Liem winning over Jeffery Xiong. Both ended the tournament with a sterling 7.5/9. Five players following on 7/9 were: GMs Hrant Melkumyan, Ray Robson, Aleksandr Lenderman, Saven Andirasian and Fidel Corrales Jimenez. More than 1000 players trekked across the U.S. to compete […]

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Several years ago, The Chess Drum ran a series of articles on the rise of Asian chess nations (parts 1, 2, 3). The countries highlighted were China, India, Vietnam and the Philippines. There were other articles focusing exclusively on China, but it seems that India has taken the world by storm as the new chess […]

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2018 Women’s World Chess ChampionshipNovember 8th-28th, 2018 (Khanty-Mansiysk, Russia) FINAL (Ju Wenjun vs. Kateryna Lagno)   Flag 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 pts. Ju 0 ½ ½ 1 ½ ½ 1 1 – – – 4½ Lagno 1 ½ ½ 0 ½ ½ 0 0 – – – 2½ […]

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2018 Women’s World Chess ChampionshipNovember 8th-28th, 2018 (Khanty-Mansiysk, Russia) FINAL (Ju Wenjun vs. Kateryna Lagno)   Flag 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 pts. Ju 0 ½ ½ 1 ½ ½ 1 1 – – – 4½ Lagno 1 ½ ½ 0 ½ ½ 0 0 – – – 2½ […]

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Ju Wenjun, the long-standing salutatorian of Chinese women players won the world championship 5.5-4.5 on yesterday. Drawing the tenth game, she held off Tan Zhongyi who was the reigning champion. Ju makes the sixth Chinese player to win the title after Xie Jun, Zhu Chen, Xu Yuhua, Hou Yifan and Tan Zhonyi. Ju Wenjun, 2018 […]

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FM Justus WilliamsPhoto by Daaim Shabazz FM Justus Williams of Webster University has spent the semester abroad in Thailand at the satellite campus. He is finishing his second year and appears to be having a great time thus far. He told me back in February, “Thailand has been great so far. I really like it. […]

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2017 World Chess CupSeptember 2nd-27th, 2017 (Tbilisi, Georgia)SEMI-FINALS Levon Aronian vs. Maxime Vachier-Lagrave Wesley So vs. Ding Liren Drum Coverage| Round 1 | Round 2 | Round 3 | Round 4 | Round 5 || Semifinals | Finals | Photos by Maria Emelianova (chess.com), Anastasia Kharlovich (fide.org), Lennart Ootes. The 2017 World Cup is coming […]

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Viswanathan Anand remains one of the few world champions in history and perhaps the only sitting champion, to visit the continent of Africa. “Vishy” Anand visited South Africa, Botswana, Tanzania in the past and he will return to Africa when he visits Kenya next week for a gala dinner during the Zone 4.2 championship. He […]

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A new woman will be declared World Champion as the knockout tournament dwindles down to two competitors. Both Tan Zhongyi and Anna Muzychuk had trod different paths to reach the final Zhongyi survived an intense tiebreak despite being on the brink of defeat in the Armageddon game. On the other hand, Muzychuk has waltzed through […]

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2016 Chess Olympiad: Round #6Thursday, 8 September 2016 Open Section India 2½-1½ Russia USA 2½-1½ Ukraine Czech Republic 2-2 Georgia Greece 2-2 Azerbaijan 1 Canada 2½-1½ Belarus Full Results India and the USA win… head for another showdown tomorrow! The rest day worked out well for the Indians. They became Internet sensation with the team […]

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Wesley So, wearing a beautiful Filipino barong, hoists the Sinqufield Cup aloft after winning the 2016 edition. Photo by Lennart Ootes Wesley So is heading to Baku, Azerbaijan to compete for gold on the U.S. Olympiad team. He got an excellent tuneup for the event with his close victory in a strong field. Despite Magnus […]

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