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  • Justus Williams notches first GM norm!

    International Master Justus Williams took a big step toward his goal of becoming an International Grandmaster by earning his first GM norm. Just over one year ago, he clinched his IM title, won a couple of tournaments, and wrote a nice article in Chess Life titled, “Getting My Reps In.”…

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  • Tani Adewumi earns another IM norm!

    This picture was the beginning of a journey for 8-year-old Tani Adewumi, who became a national sensation. He earned a 3rd International Master norm last Sunday. Photo by Christopher Lee (New York Times). In November 2021, Tanitoluwa “Tani” Adewumi earned his FIDE Master (FM) title. At the NYC Fall GM/IM…

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  • Cannon Farragut… Tampa’s ray of sunshine

    In various forms of chess, a cannon is an integral part of showing force and Tampa’s Cannon Farragut is showing his force of talent. Cannon is amongst the top 50 list among 12-year-olds and one of the state’s top juniors. Cannon learned the moves as a four-year-old after stumbling across…

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  • Fischer Random Chess: A Dream Deferred

    In what was perhaps the most exciting chess tournament we’ve seen in some time Hikaru Nakamura won the 2022 Fischer Random World Chess Championship in Reykjavik, Iceland. The American legend lost only once in the entire tournament and took a handsome prize of $150,000 after winning an Armageddon game again…

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  • Carlsen quits against Niemann… the saga continues

    Yesterday, Magnus Carlsen quit against Hans Niemann after playing his first move. Playing black… after 1.d4 Nf6 2.c4 Carlsen resigned and simply logged off abruptly. The cheating insinuation by Carlsen had been simmering down, but this latest action has thrown gasoline on the fire of a controversy leaving it open…

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  • After the Carlsen-Niemann firestorm, what now?

    The cheating scandal that dominated the 2022 Sinquefield Cup saw GM Hans Niemann fall into controversial spotlight in his first supertournament. The incident was precipitated by Magnus Carlsen’s withdrawal from the tournament and a tweet that included a reference to cheating. Many commenting on the matter did not understand the…

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  • 2022 Chess Olympiad: Closing Ceremonies

    Uzbekistan proved that a new chess era has unfolded. The closing of the 2022 Chess Olympiad happened with an exciting future ahead. As the generations of players drop from elite status or retire, new stars are rising. This reality was on full display when Uzbekistan and India 2 stood on…

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  • 2022 Chess Olympiad: Uzbekistan, Ukraine win!

    2022 Chess Olympiad: Round #11 Tuesday, 9 August 2022 The famous Uzbek talents we’ve heard about for so long have arrived! Photo by Stev Bonhage Before round 11, there was a lot of tension in the hall as the finale of the 2022 Chess Olympiad unfolded. The young team from…

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  • 2022 Chess Olympiad: Round #10

    2022 Chess Olympiad: Round #10 Monday, 8 August 2022 One day Dommaraju Gukesh was touted as a national hero having won eight straight games; a couple of days later, he was the culprit for India losing a crucial match in round 10. Chess can be brutal as a sporting activity.…

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  • 2022 Chess Olympiad: Round #9

    2022 Chess Olympiad: Round #9 Sunday, 7 August 2022 While Nodirbek Abdusattrov gets the most attention, Javokhir Sindarov has had a solid result and scored a timely victory against Armenia. Photo by Steve Bonhage. Another group of teenagers is leading the 2022 Chess Olympiad. Uzbekistan has broken into the lead…

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