Archive for the 'Middle East' Category

While the fervor from World Championship has subsided and Magnus Carlsen settles into his role as the World Champion, other action is heating up in Antalya, Turkey. The biennial World Team Championship is being held featuring ten of the top teams including the host nation of Turkey. Hikaru Nakamura is climbing up the ELO list […]

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GM Ahmed AdlyPhoto from https://chess.ugrasport.com. BREAKING NEWS! In what is clearly a disappointing development for Egyptian chess, GM Ahmed Adly was unable to receive clearance to participate in the 2013 World Cup which starts on August 10th in Tromso, Norway. Adly was prevented from traveling due to an obligatory service to the Egyptian Army. There […]

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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 back and enjoy these short […]

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Dear Chess World, Those of us in the small community of chess journalism commit to this task as a labor of love. There is no quantifying the amount of time and energy invested in telling the story of chess to the world. Many of us who cover chess have full-time jobs in addition to the […]

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I have always wanted to visit Turkey. It is one of those places that one reads about in school. The Ottoman Empire and the vision of Kemal Attaturk are those I had known about, but to see the famous Blue Mosque was something I had to witness. The 40th Chess Olympiad was held in the […]

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Champions Cup The 40th Chess Olympiad came to a close on Sunday evening as the medal ceremonies crowned a number of winners. The crowning moments came at the end when both the Armenian men and the Russian women climbed the podium for the gold. If this Olympiad has told us nothing else, we have seen […]

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Top Boards (Open) Ukraine 3-1 China Hungary 1½-2½ Armenia Russia 3-1 Germany Poland 1½-2½ USA Argentina 1-3 Netherlands Full Results GM Levon Aronian. Photo by Daaim Shabazz. Armenia wins their third gold in the last four Olympiad as they stormed to victory over Hungary. Matched with China’s devastating 3-1 loss to the Ukraine, Armenia edged […]

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Top Boards (Open) China 2½-1½ United States Argentina 1½-2½ Russian Federation Netherlands 1-3 Armenia Azerbaijan 1½-2½ Ukraine Czech Republic 1-3 Poland Full Results Onischuk was unable to hold the match for the USA. Photo by Daaim Shabazz. Fortunes turned again as the unpredictable Olympiad entered its penultimate round. Marquee matchups promised fighting chess… and that […]

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Ali Nihat Yazici speaking on the journalist banning. Photo by Daaim Shabazz. Evgeny Surov of chess.news received a sanction from Turkish Federation President Ali Nihat Yazici and was not allowed an accreditation at the 40th Chess Olympiad in Istanbul, Turkey. According to a Chessvibes report and Surov’s own accounts, he was not allowed to enter […]

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Top Boards (Open) USA 2½-1½ Russia Philippines 0½-3½ China Armenia 2½-1½ Germany Poland 2-2 Azerbaijan Ukraine 3-1 France Full Results Miracle on Board? Nakamura topples Kramnik in gladiator matchup.Photo by Daaim Shabazz. Not exactly a miracle, but perhaps “shocking” is what is used to describe Russia’s loss to the USA in round nine. With the […]

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Top Boards (Open) Russia 2½-1½ Ukraine China 2-2 Azerbaijan Armenia 3-1 Uzbekistan Macedonia 1-3 United States Germany 2½-1½ Hungary Full Results Wow! What a tragedy for Vassily Ivanchuk who sat at the board after his draw with Kramnik with his head in his hands. Ivanchuk had to win to save the Russia-Ukraine match and may […]

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Top Boards (Open) Azerbaijan 1½-2½ Russia China 2½-1½ Armenia Philippines 2-2 Hungary Ukraine 2½-1½ Spain Moldova 1½-2½ Germany Full Results With only four rounds remaining, the favorites are rising to the top. Russia, China, the Ukraine, Armenia and the USA have the top five spots after seven rounds. Armenia lost ground with a loss to […]

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Top Boards (Open) Russian Federation 2-2 Armenia Azerbaijan 3-1 Croatia Germany 2-2 United States Czech Republic 1½-2½ Spain Philippines 2½-1½ Bulgaria Full Results (Open) On The Chess Drum’s first day on site at the 40th Chess Olympiad, nothing could convey the electricity in the air more than being person and feeling the tension of the […]

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Top Boards (Open) Armenia 2½-1½ Ukraine Hungary 1½-2½ Russia Germany 2-2 Montenegro Croatia 2½-1½ France United States 2-2 Czech Republic Full Results Here comes Armenia!Photo by Arman Karakhayan. The plot thickens. At the first break and at the midway point, Armenia has made the climb to the top ekeing out slim 2½-1½ victories. This round […]

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Top Boards (Open) USA 2-2 India Russia 3-1 China Azerbaijan 2-2 Germany France 2-2 England Philippines 1½-2½ Armenia Full Results The contenders are beginning to rise to fore as many of the heavyweights are now facing off in crucial contests. Russia got a crucial win by beating China handily 3-1 with Grischuk crushing Wang Yue […]

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