Daily Chess News Links September 19, 2014

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Specials of the Week
ChessCafe.com
This month save up to 90% and more on select Chess Informant software! Supply is limited. Sale ends September 30, 2014. …

Grandmaster Clash
Slate.com
One of the most amazing feats in chess history just happened, and no one noticed. …

Bilbao Masters 04: Anand rolls forward
ChessBase News
Anand continues with a very impressive performance in the Bilbao Grand Slam Masters Final as he demolished Vallejo Pons in a simple game where all White had to …

ECC 05: Nona virtual winner
ChessBase News
Things are still unclear in the Open section, despite a huge triumph by SOCAR against the number two seed, Obiettivo Risarcimento. Important wins by Topalov and …

11th Malaysian Chess Festival starts strong
ChessBase News
The Malaysian Chess Festival is now in its eleventh year and is the most anticipated event in the country and region. This year the chess festival coincided with …

Hanging queens
ChessBase News
“Gardez la dame! (Protect your queen!)”, is an old chess expression, the equivalent of saying “check” when attacking the enemy king. Apparently there were times …

Carlsen to miss Zurich after sponsor loses patience (updated)
Chess24 News
Magnus Carlsen won the 2014 Zurich Chess Challenge, until recently the highest rated tournament in chess history, but will not take part in 2015 …

Bilbao Masters 4: Anand on the brink of victory
Chess24 News
Only a late collapse can now prevent Vishy Anand from winning his first Bilbao Masters title after he mercilessly punished Paco Vallejo’s opening …

Bilbao: Anand Wins Again, SOCAR Crosses Big Hurdle
Chess.com News
In the fourth round of the Masters Final in Bilbao, Viswanathan Anand won another game to increase his lead to four points. On Thursday he got a very pleasant …

TCEC Season 7 Starts
Chessdom
The top computer chess championship TCEC season 7 starts today. Games begin at 18:00 CET with the champion Stockfish, the updated Komodo 8, the updated …

10,000 Hours Is Not Enough (For Most Of Us)
The Chess Mind Blog
While it was Malcolm Gladwell who laughed all the way to the bank writing about it in Outliers, it was Anders Ericsson and his collaborators who did the actual …

Bilbao 2014: The Antepenultimate Round
The Chess Mind Blog
Both the Grand Slam Final and the European Club Cup have two more rounds to go despite the latter event having gone one round more than the former, so the …

Bilbao Masters (2014) – Round 2: Ragozin Defence (Video)
Kingscrusher
Francisco Vallejo-Pons vs Vishy Anand Bilbao Masters (2014) – Round 2: Ragozin Defence …

Exmouth C.C.’s Buzzer Tournament 2014
Keverel Chess
Exmouth Chess Club’s traditional season-starter has, for several decades been its “Buzzer” Tournament. This comprises a small battery-powered device that …

Travail Pursuit #29: Double Dragon
Yorkshire Chess
For those of you who are too old (or too young!) to get the reference, Double Dragon was a very popular video game when I was a teenager. Basically it involved …

2015 Annual Samford Fellowship Announced
U.S. Chess Trust
The Frank P. Samford Jr. Chess Fellowship is pleased to announce its twenty ninth consecutive annual award. The Fellowship was created by …

NM Daniel Lowinger analyzes the games from Connecticut’s big win over St. Louis
US Chess League
This week we faced off against the seemingly unstoppable St. Louis team (3-0-0), who were fielding two players rated over 2700 for the fourth week in a row! …

Pandolfini’s Puzzler #60: Let’s Play Detective!
Chess.com
Professor: Hey, class, what’s up? A murmur of hello could be detected. Zephyr: Speaking for the class, we’re ready for some chess. Lucian: What are we doing …

Clash of Champions: Petrosian vs. Botvinnik
Chess.com
Mikhail Tal had come and gone; the older Mikhail (Botvinnik) was still on the throne of chess. But in 1963, another archetypal chess player which had heretofore …

Haines Bold French Defence Bishop Sacrifice
BDG Blog
Ray Haines pressures Lance Beloungie with a classic Bxh7+ sacrifice in a thematic French Defence position that was difficult for Black to defend. Ray writes …

Comments are Back Online!
dana blogs chess
I got one interesting comment via e-mail from Ladia Jirasek, whom I played against at the state championship earlier this month. Let me remind you …

22-year-old touted as world’s best chess player
Sioux City Journal
Caruana dominated the competition at the event held at the Chess Club and Scholastic Center of St. Louis, beating the world’s greatest players one …

Learning to say “check mate”
Edwardsville Intelligencer
The Goddard School in Edwardsville is consistently on the cutting edge of education. Last year owner Barbara Burrows invested in a greenhouse …

Chess players can take classes, take part in league
Livingston Daily
Livingston County-area residents interested in chess will have opportunities to learn and play the game. The Howell Area Parks and Recreation …

Sign Up for Human Chess
My Allegheny
Chess Club is recruiting for a human chess game on Sunday, October 5 at 4 p.m. Chess Club provides the costumes and weapons — you just show …

Bilbao Chess Masters: Anand strikes again
The Hindu
Continuing his sparkling form, Viswanathan Anand carved out a clinical victory over Spain’s Francisco Vallejo in 33 moves in their fourth round encounter …

Pestaño: Significant chess records this year
Sun Star
The game had the most superlatives this year. The strongest world rapid and blitz tournament in history were held in Dubai, UAE last June. …

Cheque mate for ten year old chess champion
NewsWales
A ten year old from Birchgrove Primary School has taken a move closer to becoming a Chess Grandmaster when he became the new British Under 10 …

Botswana chess team leaves for World Youth Championships
Shanghai Daily
Botswana has on Thursday sent a team of 12 young chess players to the 2014 World Youth Chess Championships slated for Durban …

Life Outside of Poker: Jennifer Shahade – Chess
CalvinAyre.com
Lee Davy sits down with the poker player, chess Grandmaster, and writer Jennifer Shahade to talk about her chess career, the inclusion of chess at the …

Mauboussin On What Investors Can Learn From Freestyle Chess
ValueWalk
It’s been a long time since humans have been able to hold a candle against top chess programs, Kasparov famously lost to Deep Blue back in 1997 …

Chalk and chess: your playful street drawings from cities around the world
The Guardian
Children playing chess on a chalk chessboard on the street in Bangalore Communities ‘reclaim’ the streets in Bangalore on Cycle Day for fun and …

Chess Piece
Metropolitan Museum of Art
7th–8th century Geography: Egypt Culture: Islamic Medium: Classification: Gaming pieces Credit Line: Rogers Fund, 1907 …

Daily Chess News Links September 18, 2014

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Specials of the Week
ChessCafe.com
This month save up to 90% and more on select Chess Informant software! Supply is limited. Sale ends September 30, 2014. …

Double trouble
The Spectator
The importance of pawn structure cannot be overestimated when planning chess strategy. Although Philidor (18th century) understood the importance of pawns …

20 years of The Week in Chess
The Week in Chess
The Week in Chess is 20 years old today. The first issue of the magazine was published on Saturday 17th September 1994. In the full article below I give an …

ECC 04: SOCAR, Nona unstoppable
ChessBase News
In the Open section SOCAR took sweet revenge from last year’s match-up against Novy Bor and took a comfortable 4-2 victory, with victories by Topalov, Giri and …

4th Zurich Chess Challenge 2015
ChessBase News
Last year saw a narrow Category 23 event. The next edition of the Zurich Chess Challenge, even without Magnus Carlsen, it is led by Fabiano Caruana and reaches …

Kasparov: The future of chess, not FIDE
ChessBase News
He ran for FIDE President, but was defeated by the incumbent Kirsan Ilyumzhinov. The conclusions Garry Kasparov draws from the painful loss are described in a …

New FIDE anti-cheating rules
ChessBase News
FIDE has just modified section 11.3 of its Laws of Chess, reacting to a request of its Anti Cheating Committee. In future players will not be permitted to have…

European Club Cup 2&3: Grischuk stunner
Chess24 News
Top seeds SOCAR and defending champions Novy Bor are the only teams with a 100% record after three rounds of the European Club Cup …

European Club Cup 4: SOCAR gain revenge
Chess24 News
Wins for Topalov, Giri and Radjabov saw top seeds SOCAR continue their dominance of the European Club Cup in Bilbao. Their Round 4 win over Novy Bor …

European Club Cup: SOCAR Takes Revenge, Batumi Leads Women’s Section
Chess.com News
Last year they lost, but today SOCAR of Azerbaijan took revenge and beat Novy Bor of Czech Republic to grab sole lead at the European Clup Cup in Bilbao. …

Caruana, Grischuk and Topalov show their skills
Crouch Notes
With Anand and Aronian not playing today, Carlsen, Grischuk and Topalov have excellent chances of getting a little bet closer to catching up with Carlsen’s daunting …

Catching Up on Bilbao
The Chess Mind Blog
The Grand Slam Final is at the halfway point and four rounds out of seven are finished at the European Club Cup, so let’s take stock of what has happened since …

Make Chess look like a Million Bucks!
The Chess Drum
The buzz of the Millionaire Chess Open (MCO) has persisted since GM Maurice Ashley and Canadian entrepreneur Amy Lee announced the idea in December …

Montreal Open : Report
Canadian Chess Newsfeed
178 players showed up in Montreal, hoping to have their share of the $5500 guaranteed prize fund. The tournament was organized by the Ahuntsic Chess Club at the …

11th IGB Dato Arthur Tan Malaysia Open 2014 Round 4 & 5 Video Report
Vijay Kumar
Indian GM M Shyam Sundar and Phillipines lower rated FM Pascua Haridas are jointly leading the 11th IGB Dato Arthur Tan Malaysia Open 2014 after …

Vishy Anand vs Ruslan Ponomariov: Bilbao Masters (Video)
Kingscrusher
Vishy Anand vs Ruslan Ponomariov: Bilbao Masters 2014: Round 1 – Kings Indian Defence …

Round 4 vs Cercle d Echecs Fontainois
Ennis Chess Club
We took 1.5 points from this Belgian team but possibly it should have been more. Cass, Walshy and myself all drew. John found some nice tactics in his game to …

Don’t Be In A Hurry To Regain Sacrificed Material
The Chess Improver
I have been discussing gambits with a student of mine, to explore the concept of positional sacrifice, a sacrifice of material with long-term positional objectives …

Schicksalsmomente
kwabc.org
The recently published book Schicksalsmomente der Schachgeschichte. Dramatische Entscheidungen und historische Wendepunkte by …

Team USA Heads to South Africa for World Youth
United States Chess Federation
A 70-player US delegation travels to the 2014 World Youth Chess Champs in Durban, South Africa from Sept. 19th–30th. Coach GM Ben Finegold told …

Week 4 Game of the Finalists!
US Chess League
With so many pivotal last second turnarounds and exciting moments, this week was definitely the hardest by far of the season to narrow it down to the …

IM Alexander Katz predicts the Week 4 Wednesday Matches
US Chess League
We managed to climb back into the discussion last week, but with the divisional race extremely tight it’s hardly time to let up. Tonight we face off against the struggling …

IM Alexander Katz recaps New Jersey’s close Week 3 win over Atlanta
US Chess League
It wasn’t pretty, but we managed to notch up our first win of the season last Wednesday. Our victims were the Atlanta Kings, who put up an incredible fight despite being …

Master Joseph Veach Wins Benoni Defence
BDG Blog
FM Joseph Veach played the Benoni Defence with a 3…e5 Czech Benoni which was the second time that I had faced it in tournament play in 1981. This time …

World Champion Carlsen Had Extra Pressure While In St. Louis
St. Louis Public Radio
It’s not often that the World Champion of Chess gets his thunder stolen but, while here in St. Louis, GM Magnus Carlsen’s moment away from the …

Chess prodigy representing U.S. in South Africa
Herald & Review
He has traveled the world, represented the United States in South America, Europe and Africa and he has defeated almost all opponents who come his way …

Feds hold Broward chess program in check
Sun Sentinel
Chess is known to be a slow game. In Broward schools, it’s slow to get started. A month after school started, about 34,000 students are still waiting for …

Rapid City man shares his love of chess
Kotatv
It may be one of the most popular sports in the world. But chess hasn’t really caught on here in the Black Hills. 18–year–old Jerry Casteel wants to …

Master Motivator Plays a Simultaneous Game of Chess
BlackNews.com
Orrin “Checkmate” Hudson, a national chess champion, motivational speaker, and the founder of Atlanta-based Be Someone, Inc. …

First annual Lakecity Chess Open coming up
Williams Lake Tribune
The Williams Lake Chess Club is hosting the first-ever Lakecity Chess Open. “We have it all,” said Scott Richardson, one of the tournament’s organizers. …

Human Chess Game Scorpion NYC Event
CBS.com
Human Chess Game Scorpion NYC Event. Four players took part in a one game elimination tournament in New York City, and one champion …

Solberg in stalemate over Russian chess match
The Local Norway
Prime Minister Erna Solberg has declined attending the Chess World Championship in Sochi this November, it was announced on Wednesday. …

All set as national chess league starts this weekend
In Black & White
With the national chess league set to commence this weekend, clubs have been busy recruiting and assembling their teams to challenge for the championship. …

A look at two unlikely Open tournaments
The Malay Mail
In the next few months, chess players in the region will be able to participate in two Open Championships; the first to be held in …

Memorial to the grand old man
The Trinidad Guardian
DR remembers FW DeVerteuil with great affection. He was a fine chess player, a true lover of the game and a gentleman of the old school. …

Watch world’s most unique chess game played with 550 people
Daily Mail
The remarkable two-hour extravaganza in Veneto, Italy, is played out with intrinsic medieval detail and a mix of 550 walk-on parts, all of …

5 Pop Culturally Cool Chess Sets
Forces of Geek
It’s not often you see the phrase “Cool Chess Set” in a sentence before as Chess it’s often considered to be a rather plain (yet still entertaining) board …

Daily Chess News Links September 17, 2014

Endgame Corner by Karsten Mueller
ChessCafe.com
Demonstrating guidelines in queen and knight endings. …

Novice Nook by Dan Heisman
ChessCafe.com
Learning to win easy endgames is important for those rated Under-1500. …

An Arbiter’s Notebook by Geurt Gijssen
ChessCafe.com
There are still many things to explain regarding the new rules. …

The Skittles Room
ChessCafe.com
The difficultly of eliminating the errors of the past. …

Step by Step
ChessCafe.com
Designed to test and improve your chess skills. …

ChessCafe Book Review
ChessCafe.com
Designed to help any aspiring player improve their chess. …

ChessCafe Video Spotlight
ChessCafe.com
The Houston Rockets are schooling some lucky middle school students. …

Schuyler reclaims chess crown in Virginia title tournament
The Washington Times
Congratulations to Virginia FM James Schuyler, who captured his third state title — and third in the past four years — at the traditional …

Changes of the article 11.3.b. of the Laws of Chess
World Chess Federation
During the 2014 Tromso FIDE Congress the Rules Commission, in order to reflect to the Anti cheating Committee’s request, altered the wording of the article …

Anand wins again
The Week in Chess
Anand increases lead at Bilbao masters final by defeating Paco Vallejo. At the European Club Cup, big favorites Socar, Obiettivo Risarcimento (Italy), and Malakhite …

Bilbao Masters 03: Pono shows class
ChessBase News
Levon Aronian vs. Vishy Anand was set to be the match of the day, the two highest rated players in the tournament duking it out, and also the two players with …

ECC 03: Leaders emerge
ChessBase News
SOCAR was able to easily vanquish Oslo Schakselskap while Novy Bor squashed SK Rockaden 6-0. These two victories put both teams as the leaders since SPB …

Bilbao Masters 3: Ponomariov shows he can play
Chess24 News
Ruslan Ponomariov put two losses behind him to beat Paco Vallejo with a sparkling combination in Round 3 of the Bilbao Masters. Afterwards the Ukrainian …

Ponomariov Bounces Back in Bilbao
Chess.com News
After two losses with the black pieces, on Tuesday Ruslan Ponomariov defeated Francisco Vallejo Pons as White in round 3 of the Chess Masters Final in Bilbao. …

Bilbao: Anand Also Beats Vallejo, Ponomariov Loses Second to Aronian
Chess.com News
On Monday Viswanathan Anand also won his second game at the Chess Masters Final as he beat Francisco Vallejo Pons in 35 moves from a Ragozin Defense. …

A great win for Grischuk, while Anand seems to hesitate
Crouch Notes
Looking at the world to six, Carlsen was not playing in Bilbao, and was playing in an exhibition match against Kasparov, in New York. Caruana was having a quiet start …

A look at recent games of Fabiano Caruana (Video)
PowerPlayChess
Daniel King takes a look at recent games of Fabiano Caruana …

How to play against tricky opening variations (Video)
YMChessMaster
Clear advice for average players …

MC Global News Interview (Video)
Millionaire Chess
Check out the new MC featured on Global News! …

11th IGB Dato Arthur Tan Malaysia Open 2014 Round 3 Video Report (Video)
Vijay Kumar
GM M Shyam Sundar is jointly leading with three other chess players having …

Norway Chess Olympiad 2014 – Interesting games from Round 11 (Video)
Kingscrusher
Norway Chess Olympiad 2014 – Interesting games from Round 11 (Final Round) …

A One-Sided Grünfeld
Chess: A Singapore Column
After drawing the Filipino Grandmaster Jayson Gonzales in the second round of the strong 11th Malaysian Open (Kuala Lumpur, September 15-21, 2014), the …

NATO Chess Championship report
Canadian Chess Newsfeed
The 2014 NATO Chess Championship (military only) was held in Quebec City, at the Citadelle. It ended on Sept 12. Players from 13 countries participated in the …

Tactics: Castling into It 2
Canadian Chess Newsfeed
This week’s Canadian Tactic comes from the game FM Roman Sapozhnikov – IM Bindi Cheng, at the 2014 Toronto Open. Black has mangled pawns …

Round 3 – vs Butrinti
Ennis Chess Club
Round 3 and our first victory of the tournament came via an Albanian team Butrinti. They had an IM on board one but it seemed the rest of their team …

Chess Preparation for the Busy Person
The Chess Improver
Before writing, I checked for other peoples’ views on how a busy person should prepare? But most of the time they suggest opening repertories which save time. …

5 Hardest Mate-in-2 Ever: Part 2
TheChessWorld
Solving chess tactics is an important part of any chess training program. Today we present a continuation of the first series of 5 Hardest Mate-in-2 Ever that was …

US Senior Open Cruises On
United States Chess Federation
Thirty four players, including six-time US Champ GM Walter Browne will compete for the title of U.S. Senior Open Champion aboard the amazing Allure of the Seas. …

Chess Life Editor To Run a Marathon for the USCF
United States Chess Federation
Daniel Lucas, the Director of Publications and the editor of Chess Life magazine is running the 2014 New York City Marathon, and raising money for the USCF …

My Favorite Classic Games, Part 1
Chess.com
When discussing great games, many chess fans always think of slashing attacks and outrageous combinations. While every world-class player tossed out more than …

Chess Puzzles
ArcaMax Publishing
From a King’s Gambit. Black has taken the “poisoned pawn” on b2 and effectively taken his queen away from the defense because she is lured by the prospect …

Chess Puzzles
ArcaMax Publishing
White has Black pinned down with that pawn on the 7th rank. How does White take advantage of the situation? It’s important to recognize it as a …

Lincoln student heading to World Chess Championship
The Gainesville Sun
Tianhui Jie was almost 6 years old when she saw her first chess game. She had passed a room of boys playing the game and immediately asked …

Rockets GM Daryl Morey Tweets Photos Of Past, Present NBA Stars Playing Chess
The Post Game
Chess doesn’t have a long tradition in NBA circles, but you can’t blame Daryl Morey. The Houston Rockets GM, already known for his cerebral …

Anand stays ahead at Bilbao Final Masters by beating Francisco Vallejo Pons
DNA India
Anand displayed his technical prowess and had Vallejo off-track with some brilliant ideas in the game and even though it would go down as a …

Aronian plays draw with Anand
Armenpress.am
In the 3rd round of Grand Slam Chess Masters Final, the Armenian GM Levon Aronian faced with Viswanathan Anand representing India. …

City cops 2 chess golds
Sun Star
Davao City bagged two gold medals and one bronze at the close of the 2014 Philippine Olympic Committee-Philippine Sports Commission (POC-PSC) …

Olape, Others for Chess Heights Classics
THISDAY Live
The intellectual sport, Chess, is set to stimulate the minds of Nigerians as the Chess Heights, one of Nigerians most prominent chess organisations …

Nairobi Grand Prix Junior Chess Championship Attracts Bumper Entry
AllAfrica.com
The 1st Nairobi Grand Prix Junior Chess Championship took place on Saturday 13th September, at Brighton Academy–Kindergaten in Lavington, and …

Gloria Nansubuga : The 13 year old Chess wizard
Kawowo Sports
Nansubuga is privileged to have qualified as one of the two candidates to represent Uganda at this year’s World Youth Chess championships that start …

Mohammad receives UAE chess delegates
gulfnews.com
The delegation included chess players from different age groups who have made significant achievements in the Asian and regional championships …

Peter Thiel: Entrepreneur. Investor. Author. Former national chess master
TechRepublic
Peter Thiel spoke with TechRepublic about his new book Zero to One, his career in technology, and why he believes competition is not synonymous …

A 30 Second, 16-Player Version of Chess You Can Play For Free
Kotaku
Bennett Foddy’s Speed Chess is not actually chess. It looks like chess and the pieces make chess moves, but it is the exact opposite of chess. …

What’s It Worth? prison-made chess table
The Oregonian
Prisoners in the Rocky Butte jail made this chess table for my great grandfather, A.A. Bailey, around 1900. It is 29 inches tall with a 27-inch-square …

Daily Chess News Links September 16, 2014

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Specials of the Week
ChessCafe.com
This month save up to 90% and more on select Chess Informant software! Supply is limited. Sale ends September 30, 2014. …

Kasparov, Carlsen Meet in New York for a Doubles Match
Wall Street Journal
In this case, the heroes were Magnus Carlsen, the 23-year-old world chess champion, who strolled in wearing faded jeans and a tan, and Garry …

Anand takes the lead
The Week in Chess
At the European Club Cup, the two favorites easily defeated their inferior rivals thanks to the pairing system of the first round …

ECC 02: Demolitions and Surprises!
ChessBase News
An exciting game in the European Club Cup in Bilbao. In the Open section the big news of the day was the board one matchup between SHSM and SOCAR …

Bilbao Masters 02: Time Pressure Reigns
ChessBase News
Today’s games might have gone differently in the main stage at Bilbao had the players managed their time differently. Especially unlucky was Vallejo Pons who blundered …

Arkadij Naiditsch wins GRENKE Chess Classic
ChessBase News
Arkadij Naiditsch, Germany’s number one, is well-known for his aggressive play. In the GRENKE Chess Classic he lived up to his reputation and showed why he …

Black’s barrier
ChessBase News
Every week ChessBase magazine author and renowned endgame expert Karsten Müller presents an endgame in his blog. Today you also have the chance to see …

The Chess Train rolls again
ChessBase News
Five days, five cities, five countries and one of the most charming chess events of the world – that is the “Chess Train Tournament 2014″. The journey begins on …

European Club Cup 1: Off to a rocky start
Chess24 News
With the combined efforts of the European Club Cup and the Bilbao Masters only Magnus Carlsen is lacking for the full world Top 10 to be in action in Bilbao. …

Bilbao Masters 1: Anand nails it
Chess24 News
Viswanathan Anand’s World Championship match warm-up in Bilbao started with a text-book win that gave Ruslan Ponomariov no chance in the first round …

Bilbao Masters 2: Anand and Aronian win
Chess24 News
Vishy Anand was briefly up to world no. 3 on the live ratings as his fine form continued in Round 2 of the Bilbao Masters. The former World Champion ruthlessly …

Anand Grabs Early Lead in Masters Final, Upsets in European Club Cup
Chess.com News
In the first round of the Chess Masters Final, Viswanathan Anand immediately grabbed the lead. In the clash between ex-World Champions, Anand defeated …

A second win by Anand, also Topalov
Crouch Notes
The story today has got to be that Anand has scored his second win out of two days. He has been inactive from tournament or match chess since 2014, when he was …

11th Malaysia Open 2014 Video Report Round One and Two (Video)
Vijay Kumar
The 11th Malaysia Open 2014 started at Kuala Lumpur’s CITITEL Mid Valley Hotel. 130 rated Chess Players including 15 Grandmasters from as many …

Calculation Leads To Creation
The Chess Improver
One of the most important qualities that a chess player can possess, is the ability to calculate deep and accurately in a position. It is, no doubt, one of the …

WECU Jamboree 2014 Results
Keverel Chess
The West of England Jamboree has been the Union’s annual pre-season get-together and rust-remover for many years and is still well-supported, even though …

Paignton Congress 2014 – Day 5
Keverel Chess
This is the time when the finishing line starts to beckon for both the 5 Rd. morning sections and the main event in the afternoons. However, before the serious stuff …

Swindling the Lost Game’
Sydney Academy
This post is about swindling – the legal form of stealing in chess! If I recall correctly, I mentioned in a previous blog post that I would cover how to convert winning positions …

GM Alexander Ipatov – How to Improve at Chess?
TheChessWorld
I have recently conducted an interview with GM Alexander Ipatov (2615 FIDE) on a topic of improving at chess. Alexander started playing chess at age of …

2015 Call for Nominations: USCF Executive Board
United States Chess Federation
The U.S. Chess Federation (USCF) will hold an election in 2015 for two at-large positions on the USCF Executive Board for a term of three years, expiring in …

A Look Back on the 2014 Sinquefield Cup: Bughouse With the Best
CCSCSL Recent Stories
It was 8:30 on a Monday night, and the 2014 Sinquefield Cup — the strongest chess tournament in history — was over. The oppressive, tense atmosphere of …

On Chess: Eight Super Grandmasters Have Fun Skewering Each Other
CCSCSL Recent Stories
It is a question commonly posed to Grandmasters — business-suit wearing giants with perennially furrowed brows, constantly wrinkled above troubled looks …

NM Mark LaRocca previews Boston’s Week 4 Match with Philadelphia
US Chess League
The Boston Blitz face the eastern division leader Philadelphia Inventors who are currently undefeated… and deservedly so. A win would bring the Blitz right back …

Baltimore’s Week 4 showdown with Atlanta is previewed at the Kingfishers’ Blog
US Chess League
The Atlanta Kings will meet the Baltimore Kingfishers for the first time. This is Atlanta’s first season in the USCL. In the Southern Division, Atlanta (1.5-1.5 match record) …

5 Ways Chess Can Boost Your Resumé
Chess.com
Working on your chess doesn’t have to translate to results solely over the board. Experience in chess can go a far way in applications, university personal statements …

Neglect Development at Your Peril
Improving Player
Development is one of the critical opening responsibilities for both players. When you neglect it, you risk a rapid collapse of your game. Or, perhaps, a slow, tortured …

Blackmar-Diemer Vienna 5…Nxe4 vs 6…Nxe4
BDG Blog
The Blackmar-Diemer Gambit is a fight over e4 and some lines are very similar and can be confusing. Pat Murray declined the gambit with the BDG Vienna 4…Bf5. …

Broward Schools Introduce Chess to Elementary School Curriculum
NBC 6 South Florida
Filmmaker Woody Allen once quipped that he was too short to make his school’s chess team. He would feel right at home in Ms. Maver’s class, where …

Chess NYC to open program at Brooklyn Hebrew Academy
Brooklyn Daily Eagle
Chess NYC is going to start a program to teach young children at the Brooklyn Hebrew Academy how to play chess starting this fall. Photos courtesy of …

I Played Chess with Gza of the Wu-Tang Clan
VICE
My personal chess odyssey began on April 23, when I received a set as a birthday gift. I had become interested in “the game of kings” after seeing it in …

Rockets players Trevor Ariza, Troy Daniels try their hands at being different type of ‘pawn stars’
Houston Chronicle
Before Monday, Rockets G/F Trevor Ariza didn’t know much about chess. But after a visit to Ryan Middle School’s Baylor College of Medicine …

Rockets schooling some kids in chess?
CW39 NewsFix
The Houston Rockets are schooling some lucky middle school students, but the moves these kids are learning aren’t on the court. …

Chess players match wits outdoors in St. Petersburg
Tampa Bay Times
The two are part of the Knights of Knowledge Chess Club. They play chess for a few hours almost every day. “It’s cool. It’s a nice atmosphere,” Ruffin said …

Johns Hill students are learning how to keep things in check Herald & Review
Most of the Johns Hill Magnet School students huddled over chess boards before school started in the morning had to get up extra …

Alabama state chess championship to be held at University of Alabama
Tuscaloosa News
The Alabama State Chess Championship Tournament will be held Sept. 26-28, while the Alabama State Scholastic Chess Tournament, featuring …

Make your move at chess tournament
Orlando Sentinel
The Cagan Crossings Friends of the Library is sponsoring a chess tournament on National Chess Day, Oct. 11, at the Cagan Crossings Community …

Chess Lessons for Kids at the Sawyer Free Library
GoodMorningGloucester
Chess Lessons for Kids at the Sawyer Free Library. …

Viswanathan Anand beats Vallejo Pons to stay ahead in Final Masters
Times of India
Five-time world champion Viswanathan Anand cashed in on his chances to put it across Francisco Vallejo Pons of Spain in the second round …

Armenia is always in my heart: U.S. youngest grandmaster Samuel Sevian
Armenpress.am
In an interview with Armenpress News Agency, Sevian confessed that his favorite chess player is Garry Kasparov, but he likes watching Levon …

Emmanuel College chess fans have all the right moves
Warrnambool Standard
You don’t have to be a genius to play chess, you just have to enjoy solving problems, says Emmanuel College teacher Andrew McKenzie. …

Ebola patient bored in US isolation room given chess board
TVNZ
Debbie Sacra says the Nebraska Medical Center brought in a chess board, books and a Nerf basketball hoop to help entertain her husband, Dr. Rick Sacra …

Daily Chess News Links September 15, 2014

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Specials of the Week
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Bilbao, Day 1: Anand Leads The Masters, Few Upsets in the European Club Cup
The Chess Mind Blog
Viswanathan got off to a good start in the Grand Slam Final in Bilbao, defeating Ruslan Ponomariov in round one to take the early lead as the other game …

Bilbao Masters 01: Anand starts well!
ChessBase News
The 2014 Bilbao Masters Final has started. The four player double round robin is the main attraction in Bilbao, which is also hosting the European Club Cup. …

European Club Cup starts
ChessBase News
Next to the Grand Slam Finals in Bilbao, a big room has one of the strongest open team tournaments in the World: the European Club Cup. With a few teams having …

Randy Sinquefield emerges victorious!
ChessBase News
After Caruana shocked the whole world with his incredible performance, the players took part in a more relaxed chess event at the Saint Louis Chess Club. …

Bilbao Masters 1: Anand nails it
Chess24 News
Viswanathan Anand’s World Championship match warm-up in Bilbao started with a text-book win that gave Ruslan Ponomariov no chance in the …

Bilbao Chess 2014 Opening Ceremony (Video)
YouTube
Bilbao Chess 2014 Opening Ceremony …

Anand is looking good at Bilbao
Crouch Notes
Anand, for the first time since he lost his previous match against Carlsen, looks like he has a genuine chance of winning a World Championship match against …

Old Lothario
Kingpin Chess Magazine
Asking someone who has been playing tournament chess for well over thirty years for his favourite game, is rather like asking an ageing Lothario about his favourite …

Blindfold Chess: Good or Bad?
The Chess Improver
Last Saturday I played a couple of blindfold games at the Bradford Chess Festival. This isn’t as hard as it sounds for experienced and strong players …

Anatoly Karpov: Top 16 Chess Sacrifices! (Video)
Kingscrusher
Anatoly Karpov: Top 16 Chess Sacrifices! Former World Chess Champion! …

Wednesday Week 4 Lineups revealed!
US Chess League
As teams battle their division mates to establish playoff positioning, every match’s importance only magnifies as teams establish whether or not they can make …

NM Mark LaRocca analyzes Boston’s Week 3 draw with Arizona
US Chess League
Those of us in the New England area surely remember the fiasco that was the Boston Red Sox “Closer by Committee”.  The lesson learned was that if you …

How to Hypnotize Your Opponents!
Chess.com
The recently finished Sinquefield Cup is going to attract chess players’ attention for a long time. Mostly, chess analysts will concentrate their efforts trying to explain …

How to Draw Your Computer in Just 211 Moves
dana blogs chess
Now that we’ve looked at my recent tournament games, the only other new games to show you are my pathetic games against the computer. These sometimes have …

Chess Challenge – brain training
AL.com
Brain training and mental stimulation is an excellent way to strengthen cognitive performance at any age. Studies show that a consistent, brain training program …

Bilbao Chess: Viswanathan Anand beats Ruslan Ponomariov in first round
Daily News & Analysis
Five-time world champion Viswanathan Anand started his campaign at the Bilbao Final Masters with a crushing win over former FIDE world champion …

Chess tricks for IIM-Indore lads from wizard
Times of India
International Master Akshat Khamparia played with over 50 players simultaneously during Chess Simultaneous Exhibition at Indian Institute …

Chess: Nisha in joint lead with Vijayalakshmi
Hindu Business Line
International Master Nisha Mohota of PSPB shares joint lead with overnight leader IM Subbaraman Vijayalakshmi (2314) of Air India at the end of …

Villanueva triumphs in Malaysia chess tilt
ABS CBN News
National Master (NM) Nelson Villanueva emerged triumphant in the recent POLISAS Classical Open Chess Championship in Polisas, Malaysia …

Faves dominate Shell youth chess
Inquirer.net
Top-seeded Kevin Arquero, Aglipay Oberio, Ricardo Batcho and Virgen Gil Ruaya scored 5.5 points each after six rounds as they continue to …

Cepca holds chess match in BBRC
Sun.Star
The Cebu Executives and Professionals Chess Association (Cepca) tried to shrug off the reputation of being a group of high-profile businessmen, …

Prasad retains chess title
Fiji Chess Federation
National Champion Calvin Prasad successfully defended his title at the Courts Chess Open Championship in Suva on Sunday. Prasad finished undefeated with …

Slow and deliberate wins the decision-making game
The Globe and Mail
Chess grandmasters are expert decision makers. They survey the board, often seeing patterns familiar to them from countless games they have played or studied. …

Why Thousands Are Learning the Ancient Game Go This Week
PRWeb
The board game Go made headlines back in June, when Google featured the Go master Honinbo Shusaku on its home page. Now it’s going local, as …

Daily Chess News Links September 14, 2014

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ChessCafe.com
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Women’s Champion Builds War Chest for Title Defense
NYT Chess
Hou Yifan’s victory in this year’s Grand Prix series may help her defend the women’s world championship. …

European Club Cup and Chess Masters Final officially opened
European Club Cup
The European Club Cub and the Chess Masters Final were officially opened on Saturday at the Euskalduna Jauregia Concert Hall in Bilbao. 52 teams in the …

FIDE’s African Problem
The Chess Drum
Last month, the world’s marquee tournament ended with record attendance of 174 nations including a record 34 from Africa. While I am not certain when the first …

Karsten Müller: Olympiad Endgames
ChessBase News
Our special course with endgames that occurred at the Chess Olympiad in Tromsø was interrupted by topical instructions on how to play the Vancura position. …

Sharjah Grand Prix winner Ju Wenjun
ChessBase News
She is still a simple WGM, not a full-fledged grandmaster – but only because of a clerical error. That will change pretty soon, now that Ju Wenjun has won a Grand Prix …

Interview with Dominic Lawson
ChessBase News
In October the English Chess Federation will elect a new president, and with a single nomination the result is clear: Dominic Lawson, one of Britain’s most prominent …

Chess elite meets in Bilbao
ChessBase News
In September the world’s best players will meet in Bilbao. Levon Aronian, Vishy Anand, Ruslan Ponomariov and Francisco Vallejo-Pons will play a double-round-robin …

Fact or Fiction: Before Bilbao
Chess24 News
No rest for the superhuman! It’s just a week since Fabiano Caruana shook the chess world to its foundations in St. Louis, but he’s already back in action. …

Bilbao – another great festival coming up
Crouch Notes
A bit of a break from watching the chess, and it was exhilarating and exhausting catching up with the St Louis event, and Caruana’s astonishing results. Quite possibly …

11th Malaysian Chess Festival (Video)
Vijay Kumar
Chess Kidz Next Generation Team lifted the Coveted 34th Astro Merdeka Rapid Cup in the 104 Teams championship. Ukraine’s GM Alexei Barsov Picked up the …

11th Malaysian Chess Festival Swensen’s Rapid Age Group Chess Championship (Video)
Vijay Kumar
Some 540 Chess Players from India, Singapore, Australia,Phillipines. Indonesia, Ukraine , USA and Malaysia participated in various in the age group of 6 8 10 12 14 and 16 years in both Boys …

Fabiano Caruana vs Magnus Carlsen Sinquefield Cup (Video)
Kingscrusher
Fabiano Caruana vs Magnus Carlsen Sinquefield Cup (2014) – Sicilian Defense: Round 8 …

City Of Dublin Chess Championships 2014 Day 2
Irish Chess Cogitations
Plenty of drama, excitement and interesting chess on day two of “The Cod” Championships. For now I can only focus on the Masters section, but will get …

Chess for Heroes Continued
The Chess Improver
Let’s assume that, whether you’re a parent or a teacher, you want your children to learn chess because you’d like to give them the opportunity, should they have the …

K-12 National Championships Return to Orlando
United States Chess Federation
The National K-12 Chess Championships return to Orlando, Florida from December 12-14 at the spacious and beautiful facilities of the Rosen Shingle Creek. …

Tuesday Week 4 Lineups Posted!
US Chess League
As we return to divisional play, the action seems only to intensify as St. Louis trots out of the highest rated lineups in USCL history, featuring two 2700+ FIDE players! …

GM Mackenzie Molner (ARZ) wins Week 3 Game of the Week!
US Chess League
In a close vote, GM Molner’s pivotal win, which wound up helping Arizona snare half a match point when things looked very bleak for them early, took the top …

Philadelphia Inventors recap their Week 3 win against Seattle
US Chess League
The Philadelphia Inventors faced a surprising team, the Seattle Sluggers. On USCL round 2, the Sluggers has just demolished the strong San Francisco …

SM Matt Herman recaps New York’s topsy-turvy Week 3 draw with Miami
US Chess League
FM Michael Bodek continues to deliver for the Knights, scoring a critical victory on board 3 against NM Tony Arencibia.  Arencibia played the opening well …

Steve Farmer does a video recap of Arizona’s exciting Week 3 draw with Boston (Video)
US Chess League
US Chess League Week 4 coverage between the Arizona Scorpions and the Boston Blitz. This was a lively contest with four decisive results. GM Mackenzie Molner …

Q&A with Coach Heisman Sep 12, 2014
Chess.com
“When you start a game, how do you get into the mood of concentrating from move 1?” “If you are in a bad mood, how do you prevent this from negatively …

Sawyer Gambit 7.g4!? in Benko vs Paul Norton
BDG Blog
Paul Norton played the Benko Gambit vs me in 1981 at Allentown, Pennsylvania. Inspiration of the moment led me to a wild sacrifice that was a picture …

Shelby Lyman on Chess: Chess or Golf, What Do You Think?
Valley News
Chess players, in particular, have long been thought to possess a special kind of smarts. The game is a “gymnasium of the mind” we have often been …

18-year-old chess king opens center in Rapid City
The Washington Times
Chess may be the most popular game on the planet, yet it has never really caught on in South Dakota, especially at the competitive level. …

Brownsville named Chess City of the Year
Brownsville Herald
The United States Chess Federation has named Brownsville the 2014 Chess City of the Year. This is the first time Brownsville has received this title, which began …

Bobby Fischer and the Match of the Century
Yahoo! India News
The most individualistic, intransigent, uncommunicative, uncooperative, solitary, self-contained and independent chess master of …

Vijayalakshmi maintains lead in National Women Challengers Chess Championship
Times of India
IM Subbaraman Vijayalakshmi of Air India maintained her lead at the end of ninth round with eight points at the 41st National Women …

Cepca holds chess in jail
Sun.Star
The Cebu Executives and Professionals Chess Association (Cepca) will hold its second outreach program dubbed as “Project Sunshine,” for inmates …

Chess lovers take over City Park during annual Bradford event
Bradford Telegraph and Argus
Bradford was filled with chess lovers from Grandmasters to complete novices as the second annual CHESStival took over City Park on Saturday. …

Check these wonderful Chinese stained ivory chess pieces
Derby Telegraph
Of wonderful quality and dating to the Cantonese period of rich exports to the West, the chess set is complete and would have been made in about …

Daily Chess News Links September 13, 2014

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Specials of the Week
ChessCafe.com
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The Puzzling Side of Chess by Jeff Coakley
ChessCafe.com
So please grab a board and find a seat. Your waiter will be right over. …

Endgame Study
ChessCafe.com
K. Regan, 1972: Where the true depth and subtlety of chess is revealed. …

Video Spotlight
ChessCafe.com
Peter Lalic explains a commonly-arising endgame. …

Sinquefield super-match
The Telegraph
Malcolm Pein on a unique contest involving Magnus Carlsen and Garry Kasparov …

Castling clues
The Telegraph
Malcolm Pein on the art of castling …

Impressive young talent
The Telegraph
Malcolm Pein on the British Under-10 Chess Championship final between Chirag Guha and Venetia Sivarajasingam …

Nakamura up against it
The Telegraph
Malcolm Pein on the Sinquefield Cup …

Caruana claims Cup
The Telegraph
Malcolm Pein on the Sinquefiled Cup …

Fabiano Caruana closing in on Magnus Carlsen after Sinquefield Cup win
guardian.co.uk
Fabiano Caruana impressively totalled 8.5/10 to win the £100,000 Sinquefield Cup at St Louis and cement his status as the crown prince of chess, just 27 points …

Chessboxing: brain and brawn battle it out
guardian.co.uk
We learn how to advance and retreat. Keep our guard up. How to jab. …

Q&A with Peter Svidler (Video)
Chess24
Russian Champion Peter Svidler spent an hour and a half answering questions from chess24 Premium Members! …

Dortmund
Michael Adams
I hadn’t played for a while before the event, but had done some prep at home and played a few successful training games. The tournament wasn’t a disaster …

Game of the Week : FM Munro vs FM Nicula (Montreal Open)
Canadian Chess Newsfeed
This game features FM Allan Munro (registered at the FIDE as from Trinidad and Tobago) and Quebec FM Marius Nicula. The latter, who usually has good results …

Strategic Thinking
The Chess Improver
There are two concepts that all chess players must understand from the start; strategy and tactics. Beginners often confuse the two. Simply put, when we employ …

City Of Dublin Chess Championships 2014
Irish Chess Cogitations
The first round of “The Cod” featured some interesting games, with the defending champion Yuri Firstov getting a lost position against Tim Harding who then …

Best in the West
Melbourne Games Coach
The annual Best in the West weekender was held once again at the Louis Joes Arts & Community Centre & this year attracted another excellent turnout of …

GM Alexander Morozevich Top 10 Chess Sacrifices! (Video)
Kingscrusher
GM Alexander Morozevich Top 10 Chess Sacrifices! …

Fight Night – Carlsen v Caruana Live Blog
United States Chess Federation
GM Ian Rogers narrates one of the most dramatic battles in the Sinquefield Cup, Caruana vs. Carlsen, with music and analysis. …

The Baltimore’s important Week 3 win over Los Angeles is recapped at their blog
US Chess League
The Baltimore Kingfishers defeated the Los Angeles Vibe in the first meeting between these two teams. Baltimore won on the top two boards and secured a draw …

NM Daniel Lowinger annotates the games from Connecticut’s tough Week 3 loss to Dallas
US Chess League
This week was the first interdivision week of the season. The Dreadnoughts took on the Dallas Destiny in an exciting match up where it was hard to pinpoint …

How to Win Equal Positions
Chess.com
Through the years, I’ve heard quite a few players claim that having an equal position against a stronger player is pure torture. Even though you might be playing …

Positions from State Championship (Part 3)
dana blogs chess
I’m back online! And as I promised, I’d like to show you a position from my last game in the CalChess state championship, against Michael Lei Wang …

‘Pants Up Tour’ teaches kids about life’s challenges through chess
AL.com
“Help me out, class!” said Orrin “Checkmate” Hudson Thursday, speaking into a microphone to a roomful of children. It was the latest day of …

Chess (#1113)
Business Standard
Chess players often post dramatic things on Twitter. For example, there are ingenious variations on ice-bucket challenges involving fast deployment of …

Battles of the mind
Business Standard
Bobby Fischer’s face-off with Boris Spassky wasn’t just about chess. Pawn Sacrifice tries to capture the turmoil in the American grandmaster’s mind …

NCAA Chess: Bersamina tows Letran to victory
ABS-CBNNEWS.com
Olympiad veteran International Master Paolo Bersamina posted his 10th straight victory to tow Letran to a 3-1 victory over San Sebastian that kept it at …

Seminar on Teaching Chess at School Starts Friday
AllAfrica.com
A seminar on the teaching of chess at school is being held as from Friday in Luanda with national foreign speakers, in one f the rooms of …

Aguinaldo Jaime Highlights Gains With Inclusion of Chess in School Curriculum
AllAfrica.com
The chairperson of the Angolan Chess Federation (FAX), Aguinaldo Jaime, said (Friday), in Luanda, that the subject of chess in the …

Purity Maina,Chess National team player: Chess is my forté
The Standard Digital News
You were the first East African woman arbiter at the 41st Chess Olympiad last month in Norway. What in the world is an arbiter? …

Chess tournament attracts players across the world
Craven Herald
The first Appletreewick and Skyreholme International Chess Tournament attracted players from all parts of Britain, Ireland, Holland and the USA. …

Daily Chess News Links September 12, 2014

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World Mind Games Online Tournament 2014
World Chess Federation
The wait is almost over for online gaming enthusiasts! SportAccord begins the countdown to the launch of the 4th edition of the World Mind Games …

The world chess elite will be in Bilbao starting Sunday
Bilbao Chess 2014
Bilbao Chess 2014, which will be held from 14 to 20 September, gathers in both events 9 of the 10 world top grandmasters, as well as most of the world’s top 50 chess players …

A Tournament Director Speaks
Millionaire Chess
Allow me to begin my remarks by saying that my involvement in this discussion is ex post facto. I got involved shortly after Franc (Guadalupe, Chief TD at MCO) left for Tromsø. …

Always worth a visit: The US Masters
ChessBase News
Sabrina Chevannes, WIM from England, is a fan of the US Masters. Last year she obtained her title in this tournament and she was keen to come back this year. …

Strayed rook
ChessBase News
Chess pieces like company. In fact, they need it. The better in touch with their colleagues they are, the better the chances that their side will win the game. …

Caruana tops Grand Prix line-up
Chess24 News
If the Sinquefield Cup had taken place a couple of weeks earlier Fabiano Caruana might have decided he could rely on his rating alone to get him a place in the …

Sinquefield Cup: Ultimate Moves, Ultimate Showdown
Chess24 News
Following the historic Sinquefield Cup, the Chess Club and Scholastic Center organized two additional exhibition events with the same top grandmasters …

Just When You Think You Are Safe
The Chess Improver
I am currently playing in the ICCF Adrian Hollis Memorial Correspondence Chess Tournament. Adrian Hollis was a strong over-the-board and correspondence …

Travail Pursuit #28: A little something for the weekend?
Yorkshire Chess
Here’s a miniature to celebrate the weekend. Of course we’ve mentioned the Budapest Gambit several times in previous posts (#’s 21 and 23). This game illustrates …

Yuri’s Chess Angels
Irish Chess Cogitations
Top secret dossier on one of the most formidable female chess teams in the world. A team being dubbed Yuri’s Angels, after an old American TV series called …

2015 Samford Fellowship Announced
United States Chess Federation
The Frank P. Samford Jr. Chess Fellowship is pleased to announce its twenty ninth consecutive annual award. …

Week 3 Roster Additions Announced!
US Chess League
One of the new aspects of the USCL this season is teams being able to add a new player to their roster after Week 3 (and another after Week 6), to help fill unforeseen …

Pandolfini’s Puzzler #59: A Knight Can Stop a Pawn
Chess.com
Professor: Hello, class. The class offered a measured blah response. Rachel then spoke up. Rachel: What’s planned for today, Professor? …

Clash of Champions: Botvinnik vs. Tal (1961 Rematch)
Chess.com
Throughout the second half of 1960 and the first few months of 1961, the world had an unusual sort of champion. Throughout most of the history of chess …

Opposite colour bishops with rooks
Chess.com
Marzaduri R- IM Sveshnikov V.  1/2 This game was a draw, but I found a nice plan to win for white, I share it with you. …

Chess Puzzles
ArcaMax Publishing
Karasev-Lyogky reached this position in 1978. The finish was quite spectacular, and the first queen move was, indeed, tantalizing for Black …

La Bourdonnais’s Infantry
Chess Skills
In game 21 of their first match, Alexander McDonnell’s knights prevailed (see “McDonnell’s Cavalry”). In the next game,Louis-Charles Mahé de La Bourdonnais gave …

Becoming a Grandmaster
Boylston Chess Club Weblog
Some time ago, a friend from high school who blogs about various topics (as do I) pointed me to his entry on chess. In it, he mentioned me, and I was surprised …

Eight Super Grandmasters Turn Into Coaches And Have Fun Skewering Each Other
St. Louis Public Radio
It is a question commonly posed to Grandmasters — business-suit wearing giants with perennially furrowed brows, constantly wrinkled above troubled looks …

Milford park patrons can now enjoy chess outdoors
Hometownlife.com
A new outdoor chess board has been installed in Arthur’s Park – across from the main entrance of Central Park – courtesy of the Milford Village Parks …

Wesley So will miss shot at world championship
Inquirer
Filipino chess grandmaster Wesley So will not participate in the FIDE Grand Prix tournaments that will determine the world’s two top players who will compete …

Pestaño: The queen makes her last move
Sun Star
There are few 24-carat heroines in history. What comes to mind are Joan of Arc, Mother Teresa and Florence Nightingale. The fourth in my book …

4 players score draw vs. Gomez
Sun Star
Cebuano Junior and Kiddies players scored a draw with chess Grandmaster John Paul Gomez in the simultaneous games held at the Cebu School of …

Bersamina keeps Letran atop NCAA chess standings
Philippine Star
Olympiad veteran International Master Paolo Bersamina posted his 10th straight victory to tow Letran to a 3-1 victory over San Sebastian that kept it at first place …

11th Malaysian Chess Festival (Video)
Vijay Kumar
The 11th Malaysian Chess Festival 2014 began with the 34th ASTRO Merdeka Int Rapid Team Championship in which over 500 players including Grandmasters …

First steps in illustrious chess career
Radio New Zealand
A 13-year-old Wellington girl hooked on chess has become the youngest New Zealander to win an international title in the women’s game …

Three Named Candidate Masters By World Chess Federation
Bahamas Tribune
Mind sports, like chess, continue to increase their profile in the Bahamas and just on the heels of an historic performance in international competition …

Players to play both chess and poker in tournament
Isle of Man Today
PokerStars will host a combined chess and poker tournament in Douglas on October 3. This will coincide with the overlap between the PokerStars …

Human chess game in Italy
Stars and Stripes
Ever feel like a pawn in someone else’s game? The participants in Marostica’s human chess game, playing out on four occasions through Sunday, can relate to that. …

‘Pawn Sacrifice’ film captures chess drama of Fischer-Spassky face-off
Yahoo! News
There might have been something more nerve-wracking than being an opponent to world chess champion Bobby Fischer, and that was being the mercurial …

Daily Chess News Links September 11, 2014

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Specials of the Week
ChessCafe.com
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Caruana’s Spectacular Chess Leap
Huffington Post
The Sinquefield Cup in Saint Louis was promised to be extraordinary this year: the highest-rated chess tournament ever with many of the world’s best …

Sinking the field
The Spectator
Fabiano Caruana has dominated the Sinquefield Cup in St Louis in a way that almost defies belief. The Italo-American grandmaster, just 22 years old …

Behind the Scenes of the Sinquefield Cup
ChessBase News
The Sinquefield Cup hosted by the Saint Louis Chess Club not only boasted the strongest field in history, but also invested in a full-scale production to broadcast …

Live Q&A with Peter Svidler
Chess24 News
Peter Svidler is not only the seven-time Russian Champion but also one of the world’s best commentators, combining humour and chess talent with English …

Vallejo on Bilbao, the Spanish title and more
Chess24 News
Spanish star Paco Vallejo “retired” in 2012, but it never seemed to stop him playing chess. Recently he’s been in fine form, beating Vladimir Kramnik and Le Quang Liem …

Ivanchuk leads Mérida to Spanish Championship
Chess24 News
Vassily Ivanchuk’s team Mérida Patrimonio de la Humanidad have won the Spanish Team Championship, which ended today in the world-renowned chess city …

The Westphalia Variation (Video)
YMChessMaster
The Westphalia Variation: Intriguing complications can arise …

Levon Aronian vs Veselin Topalov: Sinquefield Cup (2014) (Video)
kingscrusher
Levon Aronian vs Veselin Topalov: Sinquefield Cup (2014) : Round 2: Slav Defense …

Hikaru Nakamura vs Magnus Carlsen Sinquefield Cup (2014) (Video)
kingscrusher
Hikaru Nakamura vs Magnus Carlsen Sinquefield Cup (2014) : Round 2: Spanish Game: Fianchetto …

Judit Polgar Top 11 Chess Sacrifices! (Video)
kingscrusher
Judit Polgar Top 11 Chess Sacrifices! The Strongest Woman Chess Player of all time! …

Top-Board Clash
Chess: A Singapore Column
The top-board game between FIDE Master Tin Jingyao (Hwa Chong Institution) and Edward Lee (Anglo-Chinese School Independent) was one of the …

State Champs from New York to Iowa
United States Chess Federation
In our second edition of Labor Day weekend and State Championship coverage, we go from New York, where US Champ Gata Kamsky also became …

Week 3 Game of the Week Finalists!
US Chess League
The first Interdivision Week was full of topsy-turvy matches, and after the wild action was finally complete, the following five games managed to make the cut to …

Photos in Boston from their Week 3 draw with Arizona
US Chess League
From Tony Cortizas Jr. …

Part V of the Caro-Kann – Fantasy Variation
Dayton Chess Club
Lecture by D. Rittenhouse 10 Sep 2014 appeared first on Dayton Chess Club. …

My first loss to a preteen (I think!)
Chicago Chess
I’ve had the privilege of playing many talented young players this summer, which naturally means that I occasionally had the privilege of losing to them! …

Concord-Carlisle Chess Club begins playing Sept. 14
Wicked Local Concord
Each Sunday afternoon the Concord-Carlisle Chess Club will gather in West Concord to learn, practice, play and compete in occasional tournaments …

Longview High School offers second year of chess team, club
Longview News-Journal
Longview High School sophomore Brady Sykes and his brother, senior Richard Sykes, have been practicing chess together at home after school in the hopes …

N. Luzon chess qualifier set
Manila Bulletin
The 22nd Shell National Youth Active Chess Championships resume with a six-leg nationwide circuit on Sept. 13 to 14 starting with the …

Welcoming the 11th Malaysian Chess Festival 2014
The Malay Mail Online
Now in its 11th year, the Malaysian Chess Festival has grown to become arguably the region’s most anticipated event with no less than five distinct competitions …

Chess Trip Hangs in Balance
AllAfrica.com
With only a week before the start of the 2014 South Africa Junior Chess Championship, the Chess Federation of Zambia (CFZ) is still in limbo over …

All Set As National Chess League Starts This Weekend
The Star
With the national chess league set to commence this weekend, clubs have been busy recruiting and assembling their teams to challenge for the …

Checkmate for Layla
Stuff
Wellington chess player Layla Timergazi was “nervous and scared” when she walked into a large, unfamiliar hall crowded with chess players …

The 8 Sales Strategies I Learnt from Chess
Business Insider
Little did I know that years later when I worked in the sales arena in a global corporate MNC, that I would be to apply lessons from the game to as part of my sales strategies …

Female legend says goodbye
The Trinidad Guardian
Judith Polgar, the greatest female chess player of all time, has called it a day. The child prodigy who eventually became a legend announced her retirement …

12 Images Show What It Really Means to Play Like A Girl
Mic
In the world of chess, Polgár, 38, arrived as a prodigy and is still considered a living legend. Just to put her prowess on the board in context: Polgár, the youngest of …

Are today’s chess champions better than those of 100 years ago?
The Guardian
Are chess players getting better? Would the world champions of recent times defeat those of, say, a century ago? Readers answer other readers’ questions …

Pawn Sacrifice review Bobby Fischer biopic is a bit stale, mate
The Guardian
Tobey Maguire makes a decent fist of playing the prickly chess grandmaster, but Edward Zwick’s unsubtle film never delves beneath the surface of his …

Tobey Maguire Chess Film ‘Pawn Sacrifice’ Sells to Bleecker Street
The Hollywood Reporter
Andrew Karpen’s new distribution company Bleecker Street has made its first buy, acquiring U.S. rights to the Ed Zwick-helmed chess movie Pawn Sacrifice. …

Why Cliff Curtis Won’t Talk About His Chess Warrior Biopic ‘The Dark Horse’
Indie Wire
So serious, in fact, that for the role of Robertson’s real-life Genesis Potini – chess savant, teacher and bi-polar Maori – he put on 30 kg, or about 66 …

Daily Chess News Links September 10, 2014

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Specials of the Week
ChessCafe.com
This month save up to 90% and more on select Chess Informant software! Supply is limited. Sale ends September 30, 2014. …

The Instructor by Mark Dvoretsky
ChessCafe.com
Reminiscent of the dialogues of Sherlock Holmes and Dr. Watson. …

The Kibitzer by Tim Harding
ChessCafe.com
Maintaining playing strength by following top games online. …

Everyman Ebook Cafe
ChessCafe.com
His vision of the game had philosophical depth. …

Step by Step
ChessCafe.com
Designed to test and improve your chess skills. …

Book Review
ChessCafe.com
This could be exactly what you have been searching for. …

Video Spotlight
ChessCafe.com
An eight-year-old Arizona boy will be competing in the World Youth Championships. …

Caruana’s Sinquefield chess win ranks as one for the ages
The Washington Times
It ranked a tournament performance for the ages, and that was with three rounds still to go. Italian-American GM Fabiano Caruana opened with …

FIDE Women’s Grand Prix Overall Standings 2013-2014
World Chess Federation
FIDE Women’s Grand Prix Overall Standings 2013-2014 …

2014 Sinquefield Cup Ultimate Moves (Video)
STLChessClub
2014 Sinquefield Cup Ultimate Moves …

Nakamura Defeats Aronian 3.5-2.5 in Chess960 Match
The Chess Mind Blog
This year’s Sinquefield Cup festivities finally came to an end today with a six-game rapid (15′ + 2″) Chess960 match between Levon Aronian and Hikaru Nakamura …

Pegasus chess extravaganza in Dresden
ChessBase News
Do you recognize the three chess legends in our thumbnail image? All three played in the 1971 Candidates cycle (which Bobby Fischer won to become the challenger). …

Radjabov’s Rook
ChessBase News
Every week ChessBase magazine author and renowned endgame expert Karsten Müller presents a remarkable or particularly instructive endgame in his blog. …

Monastir – the chess hub of Tunisia
ChessBase News
Tunisia is one of the most active chess nations in the Magreb and Africa. Today, the country’s enthusiasm for the game has not diminished, and a lot of efforts are …

Resource (II)
Chess: A Singapore Column
The key feature of this position (Black to move) is the white king’s precarious position. It invites some mating ideas. …

Travail Pursuit #27: An ‘Open’ can of worms
Yorkshire Chess
Today’s game was played exactly eight years ago yesterday and was my first appearance in the Calderdale League for Hebden Bridge. A watershed moment in my …

A Year on the Circuit II
The Streatham & Brixton Chess Blog
In truth you can’t win this kind of ending can you? Although you can help your opponent to lose them. Especially if they are down to 1 minute plus increments …

An Interesting Way To Teach Knight Moves To Kids
The Chess Improver
While teaching how pieces move, the most difficult to explain and understand is the knight. This is because other pieces move in in straight lines and the knight is …

Baltimore’s Week 3 match with Los Angeles is previewed by the Kingfishers
US Chess League
The Los Angeles Vibe and the Baltimore Kingfishers finally face-off for the first time in the USCL. This meeting took awhile as Los Angeles is playing in its 5th season …

Classic Pawn Structure, Part 4b
Chess.com
This is the second part of an article (Classic Pawn Structure, Part 4a) that pointed out some structural similarities between the Sicilian Wing Gambit …

Chess Puzzles
ArcaMax Publishing
Blake-Hooke, 1923, reached this position. Based on the last puzzle, you should get this one pretty quickly. …

FM Seth Homa Annotates!
Livingston County Chess Blog
Seth Homa graciously annotated one of his wins in his title winning 2014 Michigan Open and sent it to LCCC! For all the fans of chess, this is a wonderful look …

Bruce Davis in Caro-Kann Defence Allentown
BDG Blog
Bruce Davis was already an active member of the Allentown, Pennsylvania chess scene when we met in round 3 of a tournament. By 1981 I was an …

Kings And Queens In Massapequa
Massapequan Observer
When it comes to the grand history of board games, the veritable king of the mountain is the so-called “game of kings,” otherwise known the …

Girl power at the chess board
Philly.com
“Many girls are intimidated by the fact that there are so many boys, so they choose not to play chess – they should not be,” said Ta’Dacia Pinkney …

Alabama scholastic chess season kicks off in style
The Birmingham News
Welcome to world of scholastic chess! Rows and rows of young chess players sitting across from one another separated by chess pieces all neatly arrayed and ready …

18-year-old Chess King Opens Center In Rapid City
Volante Online
Chess may be the most popular game on the planet, yet it has never really caught on in South Dakota, especially at the competitive level. …

Mayors and commissioners to gather for a very public game of chess
Sun-Sentinel
For those who missed the Mayors’ Chess Challenge in June, it’s time for a rematch. …

Magnus Carlsen’s weakness
Economic Times
Last week was an extraordinary one in the world of chess. The strongest tournament of all time, the Sinquefield Cup, the first ever with an average rating of …

So you want to be a millionaire..try chess
The Asian Pacific Post
Amy Lee exemplifies the expression “go big or go home.” A self-made millionaire, Amy has spent her career devouring anything that captivates her attention …

All set as national chess league starts this weekend
In Black & White
With the national chess league set to commence this weekend, clubs have been busy recruiting and assembling their teams to challenge for the championship. …

Somton takes on all-comers in chess challenge
Bury Free Press
Saturday saw rising chess sensation Anita Somton undertake an unusual challenge as she faced all-comers outside The Apex in Bury St Edmunds. …