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  • Reflections on Batumi Olympiad

    Back to another Olympiad… another new place… another adventure. I had been to Calvia, Turin, Dresden, Istanbul, Tromso and now would venture to a place abutting the Black Sea in a city known for vintage wineries. Nevertheless, I geared up for this trip not knowing what was to come after…

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  • Beauty of Africa through a Chess Lens

    There are many ways to describe the African continent. Some know it as the “Cradle of Civilization” and by others as the “Dark Continent.” Rest assured, this massive landmass has a complicated history, but its complexity may be softened by the sheer diversity and beauty. Each time I travel to…

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  • 2016 Millionaire Chess Open: Day Two

    The good news is that Amy Lee had successful surgery and was released from the hospital. Her Facebook update showed that she received an outpouring of support and love and the tournament hall will be glad to see her at the beginning of the 5th round. Favorites are still holding…

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  • 2015 Sinquefield Cup: Round #6

    2015 Sinquefield CupAugust 23th – September 3rd, 2014 (St. Louis, USA)Round #6 – Saturday, 29 August 2015 1 Aronian, L ARM ½-½ Carlsen, M NOR 2 Vachier-Lagrave, M FRA 1-0 Topalov, V BUL 3 Giri, A NED ½-½ Anand, V IND 4 So, W USA 0-1 Nakamura, H USA 5…

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  • Reflections on Tromso Olympiad

    Every two years, FIDE hosts the Olympiad with a chief organizing body. It is like no other tournament, so generally no expense is spared to make it successful. Most everyone was anticipating the Tromso Olympiad in the idyllic and quaint city. Besides it is the home country of World Champion…

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  • 2014 Chess Olympiad: Closing Ceremonies

    2014 Chess Olympiad: Closing Ceremonies Thursday, 14 August 2014 Ni Hua jumps in jubilationafter China wins gold.All photos by Daaim Shabazz. The 41st Chess Olympiad was eventful for a number of reasons. The contentious campaign leading up to the Presidential election held the entire event in suspense. The presence of…

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  • 2014 World Open (Arlington, USA)

    The historic World Open is being held in Arlington, Virginia for the second year in a row at the Crystal City Hyatt. The field has attracted a strong Cuban contingent including defending champion Lazaro Bruzon and Cuba’s national champion Isan Reynaldo Ortiz Suarez. A horde of international players are in…

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  • 2013 U.S. Championships (Round #7)

    GM Gata Kamsky was unable to overcome GM Alejandro Ramirez. The tournament is coming down to the wire with the penultimate round tomorrow. Today at the top of the field changed little, but a few other contenders inched closer. Gata Kamsky-Alejandro Ramirez had an interesting battle in which a tactical…

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  • London: Chess’ New Linares?

    Back in 2007, I visited London, England for the first time to attend a conference held by the International Academy of African Business Development (IAABD) at London Metropolitan University. I had heard much about the famed metropolis of eight million, but particularly the rainy, gloomy days and pedestrian congestion. While…

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  • Quisqueya Tourney (Haiti)!

    Following is a press release from “Ajeh Club d’Echecs” (@EchecsHaiti) about a tournament in Haiti in the village of Quisqueya. It was a youth tournament featuring seven players. French and a rough English translation are offered below. French Le tournoi d’ouverture de l’année scolaire de village quisqueya s’est déroulé le…

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