Archive for the 'South America' Category

Vassily Ivanchuk is leading the Bilbao Masters tournament with a strong performance and was in good spirits after the first half of the tournament. However, his experience in Brazil took a turn for the worse when assailants robbed them at gunpoint 20 meters from the hotel while they waited for a taxi to go to […]

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Allan Herbert of Barbados has sent a message the 2.3 Zonal has begun in the Dominican Republic. The tournament features four Grandmasters and six IMs attempting to earn a spot in the World Championships cycle. Cuban stars Lenier Domninguez and Lazaro Bruzon are the top seeds. The other two GMs are Manuel Leon Hoyos (Mexico) […]

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Justus Williams at the U.S. Chess School. Photo by Elizabeth Vicary. Justus Williams recently participated in a U.S. Chess School program in Dallas along with nine other talented scholastic players. Williams will participate in the Pan-American Youth Championship in Bento Goncalves, Brazil from August 1st to August 11th. It will be Williams’ first international competition. […]

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2010 Dubai Open

Dubai is a place of intrigue and marvel. A place of hopes and dreams… a chess paradise. It is the home of the world’s only seven-star hotel (pictured right) and the home of the opulent Dubai Chess & Culture Club. In the first week of April the club here hosted its 12th Dubai Open, an […]

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Many of the world’s top chess federations will assemble in the Bursa province of Turkey for the World Team Championships. Some of the notable teams represent perennial powers Russia, Azerbaijan, Armenia, Israel and USA. Also included in the field is India, the world’s #6 team Despite the fact that World Champion Viswanathan Anand is busy […]

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WORLD JUNIOR CHESS CHAMPIONSHIP 2009 Mar del Plata – Province of Buenos Aires – Argentina 21 October to 4 November 2009 The International Chess Federation (FIDE), the Confederation of Chess for America (CCA), the Argentina Chess Federation and the Mar del Plata Chess Federation, have the honour to invite all the FIDE National Chess Federations […]

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While in Brazil last March, I often scanned the landscape for any sign of chess activity. Of course, chess is played widely in Brazil and the populous country produces some of the strongest players in Latin America. However, when I asked a lecturer about this history of chess among Afro-Brazilians, he gave me a quizzical […]

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Colombia, a land of 37 million lying at the northwest region of South America, has long been one of the most active nations in the sport of chess. GM Alonso Zapata is perhaps the most famous player and remains as the country’s top player. However, other players are rising. One such player, among others is […]

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The first I remember seeing the art of capoeira was as a Ph.D. student at Clark Atlanta University when some of the avowed Afrocentric students were “playing” on the yard. I had heard of this deadly art, but here were students moving rhythmically to the beat of the drum (atabaque) and the tune of the […]

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