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2014 Sinquefield CupAugust 27th – September 7th, 2014 (St. Louis, USA)Round #1 – Wednesday, 27 August 2014 1 Vachier-Lagrave FRA ½-½ Carlsen, M NOR 2 Aronian, L ARM ½-½ Nakamura, H USA 3 Topalov, V BUL 0-1 Caruana, F ITA Official Site “Fire on Board” in MVL-Carlsen… Topalov toppled. Carlsen had to find the resourceful […]

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Six of the world’s top ten chess players will assemble in what has recently been claimed as America’s “Chess Capital”. St. Louis will host the 2nd Sinquefield Cup beginning today touts the strongest ever tournament on American soil. With the average rating at a stratospheric 2801.67 it is the first tournament whose average rating tops […]

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QUEEN NEFERTARI (Egypt) Each year in America, the Black community commemorates the accomplishments of many pioneers who overcame political exclusion, racial discrimination and socioeconomic hardships. In general the many historic figures are given each year during “Black History Month” and their accomplishments are reflected. The Chess Drum will take this opportunity to highlight some that […]

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GM Hicham HamdouchiPhoto by Daaim Shabazz. Long-time Moroccan ace Hicham Hamdouchi has won the French Championship after winning a tiebreak match over fellow GM Jean-Marc Degraeve. Hamdouchi has lived in France for many years after studying at University of Montpellier, but changed his federation some years back and has taken a wife in France. This […]

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Perhaps one of the most ebullient players has become a hit on the online chess scene. Aurélie Dacalor has joined the team that produced the “Chess & Strategy” videos. The Women’s FIDE Master can also be seen promoting popular book titles in “Au Pays des Livres” series. The videos are all short and are well-done […]

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GMs Levon Aronian and Gabriel Sargissian at 2008 Olympiad in Dresden, Germany. Photo by Daaim Shabazz. Armenia’s Levon Aronian won the Amber tournament for the 2nd consecutive year by winning both the blindfold and the rapid events. Vladimir Kramnik, arguably the world’s best blindfold player and Viswanathan Anand, arguably the world’s best rapid player, tied […]

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One of the strongest rapid events is coming to a close today in France and 20-year old Hikaru Nakamura will face Vassily Ivanchuk in the finals. This will be Nakamura’s biggest test of his career after having beat former World Champion Anatoly Karpov in the semi-final match. For the last several years Nakamura has come […]

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Pham Minh Hoang vs. Amon Simutowe Amon Simutowe continues his march toward the final requirement for the GM title by coming clear 2nd in Rhône International Open in Lyon, France. He lost only to the winner, GM Vadim Malakhatko who scored 8-1. He drew with GM Jozsef Horvath of Hungary. Several of Simutowe’s games were […]

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The title is not some catchy phrase, but it does describe the names of three top tournaments in progress in Mexico, Moscow and France. Lots of heated chess action! Viswanathan Anand enroute to defeating Magnus Carlsen Moreilia, Mexico (Linares SuperGM XXV) Linares SuperGM XXV (Morelia, Mexico & Linares, Spain) The top venue would be Morelia, […]

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