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  • Kassa Korley seeking 3rd GM Norm

    IM Kassa Korley preparing for the Round 9 game against GM Tiger Hillarp Persson.Photo by Dansk Skak Union. Kassa Korley has been fiercely competing in norm tournaments in an attempt to earn his 3rd and final Grandmaster norm. The New York City (Harlem) native created a stir while earning his…

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  • Carlsson blitzes field in two tourneys!

    Grandmaster Pontus Carlsson took his blitz skills to Czech Republic and Slovakia and won both events by prodigious scores. Not originally known as a “blitz specialist,” the Swedish national has competed at the highest levels at the World Rapid and Blitz. In 2018, he scored 8/15 (rapid) and 10.5/21 (blitz)…

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  • Nepomniachtchi wins Candidates… Carlsen undecided on rematch

    Ian Nepomniachtchi won the Candidates Tournament yesterday ending on an undefeated 9.5/14. In fact, he avoided real trouble (for the most part) and his +5 showed a consistent level. Magnus Carlsen spent a few days in Madrid and met with FIDE President Arkady Dvorkovich and Director-General GM Emil Sutovsky. They…

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  • Nepomniachtchi leading Candidates 2022 after six

    Ian Nepomniachtchi came into this Candidates Tournament as the last player who earned the right to play Magnus Carlsen for the World Championship. That match ended in a 7½–3½ disaster as the Russian lost three of the last four games. While he was gracious in defeat, Nepomniachtchi may get a…

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  • 2022 Candidates Tournament (Madrid, Spain)

    In two days, the 2022 Candidates tournament will begin with a very interesting field of new faces and some returnees from the 2020 edition. Ian Nepomniachtchi won the tournament and went on to face defending champion Magnus Carlsen for the crown. The champion got a crushing 7½-3½ win, a total…

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  • Dvorkovich-Anand 2022 campaign for FIDE

    Six weeks ago on April 1st, Arkady Dvorkovich announced a commitment from 5-time world champion Viswanathan Anand to stand with him on the ticket for reelection. The incumbent FIDE President needs to gain some appeal after his former ties with Russian President Vladimir Putin have put him in a serious…

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  • Business Meets Chess & Kids… Spring 2022!

    Business Meets Chess & Kids kicks off a spring event featuring former Real Madrid star Esteban Granero as he will participate in a tandem chess tournament with youth at Los Naranjos Golf Club in Marbella, Spain. The other participants will be children from Spanish inner-city communities and business executives from…

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  • Black History Month 2022-Day 14: Raphaelle Bujisho

    France has a storied history and it one of the most iconic countries for chess. It is well-known that François-André Danican Philidor was one of the first chess pioneers and his Analyse du jeu des Échecs was a standard chess guide for more than a century. Even military commander Napoleon…

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  • Reflections of 2021 World Championship/EXPO 2020

    Following are my reflections on the World Chess Championship that took place in Dubai, UAE. For years I have been doing reflection pieces for major events. It is enjoyable to go back and relive these memories. What makes this more special was that it occurred during World Expo 2020. I…

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  • Magnus Carlsen retains title, winning 7.5-3.5!

    2021 World Chess Championship Dubai, UAE (November 24th-December 16th)   1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 14 pts. Carlsen ½ ½ ½ ½ ½ 1 ½ 1 1 ½ 1 – – – 7½ Caruana ½ ½ ½ ½ ½ 0 ½ 0…

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