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  • WCC2013-1: “Damp Squib” in first game

    Magnus Carlsen meditates before his first classical match begins. The highly-anticipated match has begun in what has been billed by some as the “Match of the Century”. There was a throng of photographers outside of the playing area, a press room packed with journalists and millions of fans around the…

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  • 2013 World Chess Championship (Anand vs. Carlsen)

      2013 World Chess Championship Chennai, India (November 7th-28th) Player ELO Nation Flag Player ELO Nation Flag Anand 2775 India Carlsen 2870 NOR   This is the time that we have waited for. The World Chess Championship will kick off tomorrow in Chennai, India as millions will tune into what…

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  • Match of the Century! Anand vs. Carlsen

    In a week’s time, the “Match of the Century” will take place between defending World Champion Viswanathan Anand and Magnus Carlsen. This match could represent the battle of generations, but many are not so sure that it will result in the passing of the torch. Anand has an excellent chance…

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  • HOU YIFAN REGAINS TITLE!

    Hou Yifan dispatched Anna Ushenina to regain the Women’s World Champion. Can the 19-year old star invigorate women’s chess? China is back on top of women’s chess! Hou Yifan clinched the 2013 Women’s World Championship with a crushing 5½-1½ win over a beleaguered Anna Ushenina. The margin of victory was…

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  • 2013 Women’s World Championship (Taizhou, China)

    FIDE Women’s World Chess Championship starts on 10th of September 2013. The event has been traveling under the radar and has not been highly-touted in the shadows of the upcoming World Championship match. This match will feature reigning World Champion Anna Ushenina of the Ukraine and former champion Hou Yifan…

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  • Philippines welcomes Orrin Hudson!

    Orrin Hudson has been traveling around America with lessons for life. He has a number of motivational slogans such as “think it out… don’t shoot it out” which are that much more relevant in the wake of the massacre in Newtown, Connecticut. More on that later. Hudson made his international…

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  • 2012 World Mind Games (Beijing, China)

    The 2012 World Minds Sports Games in progress in Beijing, China. This unique tournament will feature five sports including bridge, go, draughts, xiangqi (Chinese chess) and international chess. This tournament features an number of top players in each of these mind sports competing in different categories. For chess, it will…

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  • Drum Interviews @ Istanbul Olympiad

    Olympiad tournaments are full of interesting personalities ranging from professional players, to enthusiastic organizers and to national champions in tiny chess countries. IM Kenneth Solomon The Chess Drum was able to get 12 interviews during the 40th Chess Olympiad including its third with three-time Olympic champion Levon Aronian. Please sit…

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  • Anand retains Chess Crown!

    Kirsan Ilyumzhinov presents Viswanthan Anand with the World Champion wreath at the Closing Ceremonies. Photo by Alexey Yushenkov. Viswanathan Anand has defeated Boris Gelfand to successfully defend his crown. Anand has certainly etched a place in chess history by defending his world title for the 3rd time since unification. He…

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  • WCC2012-12: Backlash on short draw

    Gelfand and Anand square off in last game of the match. Tension was high and building before an unexpected ending occurred. Photo by Anastasia Karlovich. The angst was high amongst the fans, commentators and journalists alike and the Anand-Gelfand match ended in another short draw. The defending champion actually offered…

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