Daily Chess News Links July 31, 2014

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ChessCafe.com
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Powerful Queen Sacrifices in Chess Olympiads
Huffington Post
On the eve of the Chess Olympiad in Tromsø, Norway, scheduled for the first two weeks in August, a few queen sacrifices from the past olympiads …

Treasure Island
The Spectator
As I write, young Jonathan Hawkins has stormed into the lead in the British Championship in Aberystwyth with the tremendous score of 6/6. This is not quite …

August 2014 FRL
World Chess Federation
FIDE publishes August 2014 FRL FIDE Rating List. The list of top players is published at Top lists page of FIDE ratings website. All players can check new ratings …

The 2014 Sinquefield Cup
Championship Chess in America
Reigning World Champion Magnus Carlsen returns to Saint Louis to defend his crown at the second annual Sinquefield Cup, scheduled to be held …

Chess Olympiad Preview Show: Preparations (Video)
Tromso 2014
With only two days to go before the action begins Susan Polgar reports from the scene on last-minute preparations, taking a look at the venue and artwork …

Championship shared by Hawkins and Howell
British Championship
By winning his last round game against Mark Hebden, defending champion David Howell caught up with long term leader Jonathan Hawkins to share the British …

Prize giving – 30/7/14 (Video)
British Championship
British chess championship 2014 prize giving …

Game of the Day: Round 11 (Video)
British Championship
Round 11 Game of the Day …

Games of the Day: Rounds 9 and 10 (Video)
British Championship
Rounds 9-10 Games of the Day …

Hawkins and Howell are British Champions
ChessBase News
It was a true nailbiter until the very last game. IM Jonathan Hawkins finished his brilliant start with a solid final stretch, but drew his last five rounds …

MVL and Loek Van Wely in Corsica Rapid
ChessBase News
In the pastoral area of Casanova in Corsica, a nine-round rapid event was held on a Sunday afternoon. What makes the event noteworthy isn’t the open air …

British Championship & Politiken Cup Conclude
The Chess Mind Blog
Everything is finishing up just in time for the Olympiad, which begins August 1. In particular, the British Championship concluded in a tie between …

The British Championships – and life outside
Crouch Notes
Just after the last round at Biel, my computer crashed, so I have not been able to write up the last few days. Back on track again, I hope, and I am looking …

Hawkins and Howell share first place in the British
Ennis Chess Club
Well despite reaching 6 out of 6 and remaining undefeated for the tournament Jonathan Hawkins was caught by the defending champion David Howell in the …

Fantasy Chess Olympiad… it’s finally here!
Yorkshire Chess
Yorkshire Chess today announces the launch of the Fantasy Chess Olympiad 2014 which gives chess fans around the world the chance to pick their dream …

The Ten Games of the Politiken Cup Winner
Sydney Academy
In today’s blog post I will be covering the Politiken Cup, specifically of the winner, Bu Xiangzhi, who crushed the field with 9/10. The Australians also …

BORP? XXXI
The Streatham & Brixton Chess Blog
Somehow it feels more like Jonathan Hawkins won it than David Howell. I’m not sure why. It just does. Perhaps it’s something to do with Hawkins leading from …

An Instructive Ending With Bishop Up For F-Pawn
The Chess Improver
My student Eric (currently rated USCF 15xx) showed me a recent tournament game of his in which a rather fascinating ending came up. As Black, he had a …

Tournament Journal for the Thailand Open 2014
Bangkok Chess Club
The tournament journal is now available for free download. Thanks to our sponsor the Tourism Authority of Thailand for making it possible. …

Mannheim tournament, Round 6
Old in Chess
The cable reporting the results and game scores of the sixth round of the Mannheim tournament, played on July 27th, arrived after considerable delay …

Weimar meeting – update
kwabc.org
Our announcement of the November meeting in Weimar has been updated: the organizers Wolfgang Angerstein and Thomas Thomsen have distributed …

Firsts in Norway: Captain Donaldson Previews the Olympiad
United States Chess Federation
US team captain IM John Donaldson previews the American teams headed to the 41st Olympiad, which starts in Tromso, Norway on Saturday …

Lecture with GM Bryan Smith (Video)
CCSCSL
Chess Grandmaster Bryan Smith presents a lecture at the CCSCSL where he analyzes the games of Chess Club members …

Chess in the Vieux Carré
Chess.com
The Vieux Carré or French Quarter, cradled in the crescent of the Mississippi River, was the original site of La Nouvelle-Orléans. Although during the 19th century …

Today’s Math: Cultural Exclusion Within the STEM Trend
The Hip-Hop Chess Federation Blog
A few weeks ago I walked into the Ocala Youth Center in San Jose after passing out fliers for our free Hip-Hop Chess program. I was sweating like a …

Garcia Palermo vs Cavicchi in Sicilian Najdorf
BDG Blog
We enjoy the rare games where the little amateur rises up to smite the giant master. Here Francesco Cavicchi wins a Sicilian Najdorf vs GM Carlos Garcia Palermo …

A Positional Sacrifice
Improving Player
A common trait among us improvers is to be too materialistic. We miss opportunities for game-changing sacrifices. Study the games of strong players …

On Chess: 2014 Sinquefield Cup Will Be Even Stronger Than Last Year’s Powerhouse
St. Louis Public Radio
Norwegian GM Magnus Carlsen, winner of last year’s inaugural cup, left St. Louis merely as the No. 1 rated player in the world. He returns as the …

SHS Chessmen Compete in National Tournament in San Diego
Scarsdale10583.com
Most are not aware that the game of chess is as competitively demanding and time consuming as any mainstream sport. The reality is that …

Brooklyn Chess Festival
PR Newswire
The first annual Brooklyn Chess Festival takes place on Saturday, August 9th at Robert McNair Park on Washington and Classon Avenues between 10:00 am and 4:00 …

41st Chess Olympiad: Viswanathan Anand, Koneru Humpy missing but Indian team in high spirit
Economic Times
Indian team, sans five- time world champion Viswanathan Anand, will be spearheaded by Krishnan Sasikiran at the 41st Chess Olympiad …

Everything You Need to Know About the 2014 Chess Olympiad in Tromsø, Norway
The Mary Sue
Russia may have the highest average rating, but Norway has World Champion and Triple Crown title-holder Magnus Carlsen, the highest-rated player …

Interview: Jan Berglund, Chess Olympiad ambassador
thelocal.no
In August the Chess Olympiad comes to Tromsø. 181 countries take part, crowning it the third biggest sporting event in the world. The Local makes its …

Ilyumzhinov’s FIDE versus Kasparov’s promises
Business Standard
The Chess Olympiad in Tromso, Norway, will also feature the FIDE elections this time wherein incumbent Kirsan Ilyumzhinov is pitted against the …

FIDE & The Right To Vote
ChessAsia
On August 11, 2014, the delegates to the 85th FIDE Congress to be held in conjunction with the 41st World Chess Olympiad in Tromso, Norway, will elect …

Celebrating 10 Years: The Malaysian Chess Festival 2014
ChessAsia
The Malaysian Chess Festival, now in its 11th edition and so having become one of South East Asia’s long standing events, will be once again be held at its …

Cabanata wins Calinan chess
Sun.Star
Marlon Cabanata clinched the open title of the just-concluded 2014 Calinan Fiesta Chess Tournament held at Calinan Park, Tuesday. Cabanata …

Chess Olympiad amid tight security
The Trinidad Guardian
Armed police patrol outside the airport terminal building in Oslo, Norway. The T&T contingent to the 41st World Chess Olympiad is expected to …

National chess team leaves for Norway
Kenya Broadcasting Corporation
The Kenya national chess team that will represent the country at the 41st edition of the Chess Olympiad will leave the country Wednesday …

Johnsons leads in Rhand chess
Tobago News
Siblings Joshua and Gabriella Johnson are among the early leaders in their division after two rounds of play on the opening day of the RHAND …

First ever Terrian Invitational show attracts eight players
In Black & White
The 1st Terrian Invitational Chess Tournament took place on Saturday 26th July at the prestigious Brighton Academy – Kindergarten, on Muthangari …

The 3 Percent: Women Coaching Men
IIP Digital
Fewer women coach today than 40 years ago. While the majority of women’s sports teams in the U.S. are coached by men, only 3 percent of men’s teams …

Chess is not a sport… but what constitutes a sport?
The Bolton News
I have worked on a sportsdesk for 25 years and chess is one of those topics which has got journalists scratching their heads over whether to put it on …

Seven sporting disasters
cherwell.org
For those of you who are frightened of a post-apocalyptic society run by robots – this must have seemed like a bit of a watershed moment. Garry Kasparov …

Daily Chess News Links July 30, 2014

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ChessCafe.com
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Book Review
ChessCafe.com
The most brilliant attacking chess player in history. …

Video Spotlight
ChessCafe.com
IM Yang-Fan Zhou talks about how he became interested in chess. …

Step by Step
ChessCafe.com
Designed to improve your visualization skills and can be used in a classroom setting. …

Song soars with dramatic Cadet chess victory
Washington Times
It came down to one game for all the marbles in the final round of the U.S. Cadet Championship in Rockville, Maryland, last week, with co-leaders …

FIDE ALBUM 2010-2012 – Results in section B
WFCC
The hard-working and efficient team of the 2010-12 Album Threemovers section managed to conclude their work just a few weeks before the congress. …

Olympiad: just two days left
ChessBase News
It starts in just two days, and some of our readers may be on their way already. For those going to Tromsø, and those who just want to feel the atmosphere of the …

What it takes to be an Olympian
ChessBase News
Sometime in April WGM Nino Maisuradze, the reigning French woman champion, learnt that she had not been selected for the French Women’s Olympic team. …

Blindfolded in life
ChessBase News
It is almost impossible to imagine the hurdles a person without eyesight must leap over in life, and one can only commisserate and admire those who do. …

Midnight sun, Kasparov & Kramnik in Tromsø
Chess24 News
Tromsø, a city of just over 70,000 people, is gearing up for one of the world’s biggest sporting events. The Olympiad will see around 3,200 people make the brief …

Pardubice: Nisipeanu Won Open, Had Even Better Perspective
Chess-News.ru
The traditional festival Czech Open which gathers a lot of events has finished in Padrubice. The main Swiss format Open has been won by Liviu-Diter Iordanescu …

Canadian Open tie-breaks (armaggedon games)
Canadian Chess Newsfeed
Here are the armaggedon games that crowned GM Tiaviakov as the 2014 Canadian Open Champion : GM Tiviakov (Netherlands) didn’t play in the first round …

The long-running Armstrong Cup
Irish Chess History
Tim Harding’s first article for Chess Cafe since its recent hiatus set out to answer the question “what are the oldest chess leagues in the world?” It will probably …

Guidelines For Teaching Kids Endgames and Tactics
The Chess Improver
Once a student is familiar with piece movements, attacks, check and checkmate, my next topic is to teach him or her elementary mates. This was explained …

Boris Spassky Top Eight Chess Sacrifices! (Video)
Kingscrusher
Boris Spassky Top Eight Chess Sacrifices! …

The Boden-Kieseritzky Gambit
Ian Simpson’s Blog
My coverage of the Two Knights Defence is effectively concluded with my coverage of the Boden-Kieseritzky Gambit, which runs 1.e4 e5 2.Nf3 Nf6 3.Bc4 …

Beginner Breakdown with Mike Kummer (Video)
CCSCSL
Mike Kummer analyzes games from a recent beginner tournament at the Chess Club …

Known and Unknown Opponents
CCSCSL Recent Stories
Your opponent opens with e4. Your speakers emit the synthesized sound of a piece thunking down on wood. You begin to wonder: What system …

On Chess: Hall Of Fame Exhibit Peeks Inside The Complex Mind Of Bobby Fischer
CCSCSL Recent Stories
The name Bobby Fischer is synonymous with outstanding intellect, intimidating competitiveness and intense focus. His is a uniquely American success story …

Readers’ Games, Questions and Comments, Part 6
Chess.com
Chess.com member Einet890 asked: “If you were to train me for two years to become a GM and had a million dollars on the line …

Chess Puzzles
ArcaMax Publishing
If you have spent any length of time with this puzzle column, you have to know White’s first move here! The question, however, is whether you can see all the lines …

Fries Nielsen in Irregular Veresov Opening
BDG Blog
Veresov Opening involves playing 1.d4, 2.Nc3, 3.Bg5 to begin a chess game, but note how the subtle difference of 3.Bf4 allows White to expand the kingside …

A Game from Round 3 of the 960 Tourney
Livingston County Chess Blog
Nineteen players were around for the start of Round 3 of our 960 Tournament. Fourteen played in the tournament and five were available for casual games. …

The Power of the Rook
Improving Player
My opponent chose to play the f4 Sicilian with little or no apparent experience. What’s more instructive about this game is the dominance of my rook down the d-file. …

Losing a Tempo
Improving Player
Rook and pawn endgames can be tricky. The game below is one such endgame. If you look at the position, my opponent hoped to be able to hold a draw. …

Chess lessons for kids in the Hamptons
Newsday
If your kids love chess or want to learn the game, you may want to check out new classes this summer in the Hamptons. New York City Chess Inc. will be …

India’s top players have little respect for Chess Olympiad
daijiworld
At a time when world’s top rated players will be playing in the chess Olympiad, the absence of former world champion Viswanathan Anand …

Jaya grants Rs 50 lakhs reward for gold medallist
The Times of India
Tamil Nadu chief minister J Jayalalithaa on Monday announced a reward of Rs 50 lakhs to Satish Kumar Sivalingam, who won a gold medal in …

India will not back Kasparov in Fide election
Bangalore Mirror
Garry Kasparov has launched a fierce campaign against the current establishment of the world chess but his enlightening speeches and tall promises …

US-based Pinoy tops Manhattan Open chess
ABS CBN News
FIDE Master (FM) Rico Salimbagat emerged champion in the recently concluded 13th Annual Manhattan Open Chess Tournament …

Salimbagat, Castro shine in US chess
PhilBoxing.com
Fide Master Rico Salimbagat, who hails from Tanauan, Batangas and who is now based in Queens, New York, emerged champion in the recently-concluded …

First Terrian Invitational Tournament Attract Eight
The Star
The 1st Terrian Invitational Chess Tournament took place on Saturday 26th July at the prestigious Brighton Academy – Kindergarten, on Muthangari …

Chess player Ana Matnadze about art, chess & her life at solitude
akademiesolitudeblog
Ana Matnadze, a Spanish chess Woman Grandmaster (WGM) and open International Master born in Telavi/Georgia, was introduced to chess at the age …

Chess Teacher
Idealist.org
We are seeking a Chess Teacher who is results-oriented, relentless, and takes a “Beyond Z” approach in every aspect of their role. At Success Academy …

The Renaissance Faire opens Saturday at Mount Hope
Lancaster Newspapers
Speaking of which, the new Chessboard is home to the human chess match … Among the free activities are chess, checkers, hands-on musical …

BWW Recap: AGATHA CHRISTIE’s BIG FOUR Strike Again in Poirot Mystery
Broadway World
Ryland and Olivier are present for the chess tournament, about to be played by Ryland himself and Soviet grand master Ivan Savaranoff, as are a …

Daily Chess News Links July 29, 2014

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ChessCafe.com
This month purchase Grandmaster Repertoire 2: 1.d4, Vol. 2 and receive Grandmaster Repertoire 1: 1.d4, Vol. 1 free!! Supply is limited. Sale ends July 31, 2014. …

The largest chess club in the World in Sharjah (UAE)
FIDE
The Sharjah Cultural and Chess Club was established by Sheikh Dr. Sultan bin Ahmed Al Qasimi, the ruler of Sharjah, more than one year ago and …

Commentary Rounds 10 & 11
British Championship
Why not bookmark these YouTube pages now? The commentary will be in the usual place as well (LIVE Commentary link, left) but with the Championship at stake …

British Championship: Howell and Hebden closing in
ChessBase News
After nine rounds, the venerable British Championship is once more heating up. Jonathan Hawkins started with a 1.5 point lead over everyone else, but …

Adhiban dominates the Biel Masters
ChessBase News
The main focus of the Biel Chess festival was on the Grandmaster tournament, won by GM Maxime Vachier-Lagrave. But this was not the only strong chess …

Looking back: Biel
ChessBase News
Even though only one of the players in the tournament was in the top-10 of the official rating list, it is clear that Biel was a top tier event and one of the most …

NK Open: a 140-year-old tradition
ChessBase News
The NK Open, which takes place in Dieren, Holland, between 22 – 31 July dates back 140 years and it has been 46 years since it was held in the current location. …

Carlsen’s chess is “almost a different sport”
Chess24 News
The Norwegian team is holding a final training session at the Kragerø Resort south of Oslo before the Olympiad starts on Saturday, and Magnus Carlsen …

Another Improved Lisitsin Gambit
The Chess Mind Blog
In a recent post we examined the Loek van Wely’s 14-move win on the white side of an Improved Lisitsin Gambit against Erwin L’Ami; today we’ll have …

Grandmaster Q&A Part 5
Quality Chess Blog
In the autumn of 2013 I gave ten hours of training to a GM who has been struggling for years, unable to improve his play and slowly bleeding rating points. …

Game of the Week: IM Ruiz Sanchez vs. GM Van Kampen
Canadian Chess Newsfeed
Although neither of the players in this week’s game is Canadian, I figured I could get away with showing you this game since it was one of the most exciting games …

A Modular Approach To Chess Opening Development
The Chess Improver
In the first course I made at my Tiger Chess site I presented a modular approach to building an opening repertoire. I have explored this idea before …

Magnus Carlsen Top Eight Chess Sacrifices (Video)
kingscrusher
Magnus Carlsen Top Eight Chess Sacrifices (up until 2014) …

Upsets Abound at the Denker
United States Chess Federation
We’re at the halfway point for the Denker, Barber, and NGIT events, and the top-seeded players in all three tournaments have taken at hit. Melinda J. Matthews …

The 10 Most Important Moments in Chess History
Chess.com
There is arguably no other game with the timeless staying power and global reach of chess. Unlike most of the other games and sports played today by …

Chess Puzzles
ArcaMax Publishing
Black has violated a good many principles of development such as not getting castled, playing with the queen too soon, and too many pawn moves. …

Impulse Control
dana blogs chess
After my epic fail yesterday against Josiah Stearman… number two 10-year-old in the country Josiah Stearman, that is… I just had to go over the game …

Looking Back a Few Years
ENYCA
Thursday last the weekly SCC meeting was not too well attended. Some skittles games were played, and Mr. Mockler and I had a discussion about improvements …

Smothered Checkmate Tactic in Bird’s Opening
BDG Blog
The smothered mate is well known, but how often do you actually get to play one? Below I play a smothered mate in a Bird’s Opening. I do tactics exercises …

The Two Knights Defence with 4.d3
Ian Simpson’s Blog
With 4.d3 White quietly defends the e4-pawn from attack, and can either continue in “Giuoco Pianissimo” style, aiming for quiet development, or can continue …

FIDE and the right to vote
The Malay Mail Online
On August 11, 2014, the delegates to the 85th FIDE Congress to be held in conjunction with the 41st World Chess Olympiad in Tromso …

Indian team hopeful of good show at chess Olympiad
Business Standard
The Indian team for the ensuing 41st World Chess Olympiad in Norway is a mix of experienced and motivated young players and hoping to do well, a team member said. …

Chess camp coached by Ivana Furtado
Times of India
Chess player Ivana Furtado has volunteered to interact and guide chess players to create interest and encourage the game in Chinchinim. …

PH chessers off to Norway amid terror threat
Inquirer Sports
Team Philippines will leave early Tuesday to compete in the 41st Chess Olympiad slated Aug. 1 to 14 in Tromso, Norway, amid a terrorist threat on the …

Shell chess in Mindanao
Manila Bulletin
Two tournaments are on tap in the Mindanao eliminations of the Shell National Youth Active Chess Championships (Shell Active Chess) starting next month. …

Malawi Chess team off to Norway for World tourney
Nyasa Times
Malawi Chess squad left on Tuesday for World Chess Olympiad to be held in Oslo Norway from 1-15 August. The squad camped for 10 days in …

Kazakh Chess Grand Master Wins Spanish Tournament
Astana Times
Chess masters from 38 countries, including 37 international grand masters and 33 international masters, gathered July 4-12 to challenge each other at …

Iran chess grandmaster Ghaem Maghami crested in Canada
PressTV
Iran chess grandmaster Ghaem Maghami shines at the 2014 Canadian Open Chess Championship in Montreal. …

Calling all chess beginners and enthusiasts
SooToday.com
SooToday.com received the following announcement from River View Public School regarding the first chess academy and tournaments in the Sault. …

Exclusive Q&A with VooFoo Studios: A new environment available for Pure Chess
DroidGamers
The team at VooFoo Studios with the help of Ripstone Games their publisher were kind enough to give Droid Gamers an exclusive interview. …

Chess is good, dice are bad: but what about backgammon?
British Library
And he who spoke for intelligence, brought chess with its games, showing that he who had the most intelligence and was alert could defeat the other. …

Daily Chess News Links July 28, 2014

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ChessCafe.com
This month purchase Grandmaster Repertoire 2: 1.d4, Vol. 2 and receive Grandmaster Repertoire 1: 1.d4, Vol. 1 free!! Supply is limited. Sale ends July 31, 2014. …

Rounds 7 and 8 Games of the Day
British Championship
More Games of the Day …

Quiz night
British Championship
The traditional Championships quiz night was held on Sunday 26 July at the Black Lion, Llandabarn. Winners, not for the first time …

More pictures from Arnold Lutton
British Championship
Including the prizegiving on Friday …

Tromso 2014: Preview and preparations
ChessBase News
The much awaited Chess Olympiad in Tromso, Norway is just around the corner, with the gong for round one sounding on August 2. After much controversy …

The largest chess club in the world
ChessBase News
The United Arab Emirates has many landmarks that are famous around the world, including the tallest man-made structure, the Burj Khalifa, the world’s biggest …

The 7 worst “wrong” outcomes to a game
Chess24 News
One of the best-known aphorisms ascribed to the Polish/French Grandmaster and wit Savielly Tartakower is “no game was ever won by resigning”. …

CEO of MyHeritage Gilad Japhet: Steinitz was related to Lasker
Chessdom
Mr Gilad Japhet, the organizer of the 2nd Gideon Japhet Memorial Chess Tournament in honor of his father, and also founder and CEO of …

Vladimir Kramnik to Play In an Open
Chess-News.ru
Sensational news came from Qatar: Vladimir Kramnik will play in Qatar Masters Open which is scheduled to take place from November 25 to December 5 …

Money to Federations, Not FIDE
Kasparov2014.com
FIDE has very little to do with a huge majority of chess activity in the world today, and this represents a huge failure of the current administration and a huge opportunity …

Three Queen Sacs
The Chess Mind Blog
And all on the same square, too. Some time ago I came across a puzzle in Chess Today, and while the first move was pretty obvious I managed to get …

A Miniature From The Dutch Championship
The Chess Mind Blog
The Dutch Championship finished a week or two ago (won by Loek van Wely in a playoff over Sergei Tiviakov), but I didn’t notice the remarkable game …

Images of Prison Chess… by Oliver Fluck
The Chess Drum
In our world of chess we play in a variety of environments… hotels, schools, barber shops, busy streets, parks, museums, office board rooms, malls …

FM Jason Cao scores an IM norm!
Canadian Chess Newsfeed
FM Jason Cao, one of the very few Canadian to win a World Youth Champion title, managed to get his first IM norm, even though he scored …

The Second Front
The Chess Improver
This week, we have an example of second-front strategy in the endgame. In the diagram position, the obvious move is …

Aberystwyth ISEs
The Streatham & Brixton Chess Blog
Normally we’d be half way through at this point. This year we’re already approaching the closing stretch. Better get the ISEs in quick while I’ve still got a chance …

Match by telegraph between Los Angeles and San Francisco clubs is drawn, 5-5
Old in Chess
A match by telegraph played over ten boards on July 4th between the Los Angeles Chess and Checker Club and the Mechanics’ Institute Chess Club of San Francisco …

Edward Song Wins US Cadet
United States Chess Federation
Edward Song (Michigan) took clear first at the US Cadet Championships with a 6.5/9 score. FM Cameron Wheeler and Christopher Gu tied for 2nd with …

Paul Morphy Screenplay
Chess.com
As many fans of Paul Morphy know, there have been some historical fiction written about him. On my Morphy website I host two short stories about Morphy …

U.S. Open round 2: better lucky than good
Chicago Chess
In the post-mortem, my opponent found out that I was from Chicago and asked me whether I knew NM Kevin Bachler. The former ICA president is spending …

Torre and Marshall Victories over the Vienna
The Kenilworthian
I have annotated G. Gustafson’s games against Carlos Torre and Frank Marshall from the Alrick H. Man Vienna Gambit Theme Tournament of 1924-1925. …

No Fool Like an Old Fool
dana blogs chess
The title is a line from a song you wouldn’t know, by a singer you wouldn’t know. It’s a line that came to mind this afternoon, as I was driving home …

Beginners Corner – Develop or Push Pawns?
Livingston County Chess Blog
Here is a win by Luigi M early in our Summer League. It is entertaining because of some “knight dancing”, and educating from an opening and middle game …

Human touch
Frisco Del Rosario
White’s general idea after 1. d4 Nf6 2. g4 Nxg4 is to play Rh1-g1 as soon as possible, but White has to mind the black queen bishop. If White plays …

Faltering Against the Dutch
Chess Skills
My game against Jeremy Krasin did not go as planned. I did not win. In the Spokane Contenders Tournament, I had White against Jeremy. I also had White in …

Greenwich a hotbed of youth chess
Greenwich Time
New York City has long been considered the center of youth chess in the United States. But this year when the North American Youth Chess Championships …

Association of Chess Professionals Golden Classic
BusinessWorld Online Edition
The Association of Chess Professionals (ACP) organized the first “Golden Classic” in 2012 in Amsterdam Science Park. The event is called “Classic” …

Why develop a chess activity in Cambodia?
chessforallincambodia
Since the dawn of time, Cambodian people are playing different kind of games, especially during the Khmer New Year. As a chess player, I will talk …

Elite chess players bring A-game to board
Central Queensland news
Tension was high at the 2014 Queensland Open Chess Tournament in Gladstone as more than 40 competitors went head to head. The two-day tournament …

Chess competition
St Marys-Mt Druitt Star
Plumpton High school students became check mates when they competed with 10 other schools in Penrith RSL’s annual chess tournament. The school’s A team placed …

Champ teaches kids chess skills
Sault Star
“He is a phenomenal chess player,” said camp organizer Tim Pearson. “He’s an excellent student of the game. He’s had a lot of success, but he’s also …

Role in film a turning point
Otago Daily Times
Former Dunedin resident and onetime gang member Wayne Hapi knows plenty about miracles. He decided to apply and, unexpectedly, landed a big …

Daily Chess News Links July 27, 2014

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ChessCafe.com
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Tournament Wins Point to Youth’s Strength
NYT Chess
Performances at three elite competitions that ended last week show how much players in their early to mid-20s are now dominating the chess world. …

Chess Olympiad 2014 – Opening Ceremony video
Tromso 2014
This video will feature in the opening ceremony. It gives a good idea of what we want the 2014 Chess Olympiad to be all about – celebrating …

British Championship: Hawkins leads, rivals closer
ChessBase News
After taking a humongous 1.5-point lead in round six, round seven saw some of the other contenders do a bit of catch-up by closing the gap to ‘only’ a full point. …

Hip-Hop Educational Pedagogy?
The Chess Drum
Adisa Banjoko of the Hip Hop Chess Federation penned an interesting essay titled, “Illusory Protection: Education & The Prison Industrial Complex”. …

British Championship 2014 Rd. 3 Ward vs Hebden
Keverel Chess
At the British Championship in Aberystwyth, the anticipated late rush of entries from the better players did not materialise as several of them were preparing …

British Chess Championship 2014: Ward vs Hebden Round 3 – Kings Indian Defence (Video)
kingscrusher
British Chess Championship 2014: Ward vs Hebden Round 3 – Kings Indian Defence …

How Fabiano Caruana won Dortmund Sparkassen Chess Meeting (2014) (Video)
kingscrusher
How Fabiano Caruana won Dortmund Sparkassen Chess Meeting (2014) …

Child Genius
The Chess Improver
Yesterday evening I watched the first episode of Channel 4′s Child Genius, a programme in which exceptionally gifted young children compete in a series …

Glen Eira Chess Club
CoffeeHouse Chess
The success of any new venture depends on the commitment of the individuals involved. When I talked to my friend and colleague, David Cordover, about starting …

Q&A with Coach Heisman July 25, 2014
Chess.com
“I noticed that the pre-registration for the Open section of the Holly Heisman Memorial (HHM) fundraiser chess tournament on Aug 3 (in Wynnewood …

The Universal Opening Trap
Chess.com
The majority of chess players like opening traps. I believe the main appeal of setting a trap is not the chance to win the game instantly. What really makes an …

my favorite lessons 4: winning up a pawn
Elizabeth Spiegel’s blog
I stole this from an endgame book, I’m sorry I don’t remember which one. The idea is to give students a roadmap for how to win a simple minor piece endgame …

Albin Counter Gambit Checkmate Sawyer Win
BDG Blog
The Albin Counter Gambit is one of my most successful defences to 1.d4, especially in blitz play. Both sides attack each other, so attacking and defending tactics …

Top 10 Chess Openings (Video)
thechesswebsite
The most common question I get asked is the top chess openings a player should learn in chess so I thought I’d create a video to answer that question …

Shelby Lyman on Chess: Sports, Empowerment and War
Valley News
Curiously, the sedentary and minimally physical game of chess also was seen as a form of empowerment by leaders of the revolutionary Soviet …

16-year-old Miami Beach teen wins prestigious chess Master title
MiamiHerald.com
Not only does winning competitions bring the trophies to Rachel, but this also improves her international chess ranking which in turn improves her …

The World Chess Championship match
Irish Independent
The World Chess Championship match between the defending World Champion Magnus Carlsen and former World Champion Vishy Anand should …

BVM emerge Somalwar inter-school champions
Times of India
Bhartiya Vidya Mandir (BVM) teams ruled the roost in the 14th LG Somalwar Memorial Boys Team Chess Championship, organized by …

GT&T renders support as national chess team leaves for Olympiad in Norway
Kaieteur News
The Guyana Chess Federation (GCF) fields a team to Norway for the 41st Chess Olympiad, August 1-15 next. The team is expected to depart Guyana …

Kalu top in Blitz and Rapid chess
nation.lk
Rajeendra Kalugampitiya has climbed to the top of both the Blitz and Rapid Rating lists among active Sri Lankan chess players according to the latest …

Annapurna School crowned inter-school chess champion
Republica
Annapurna Higher Secondary School, Jyatha won the CIS 100 Inter-school Chess Tournament at the National Sports Council …

Chess Piece, Pawn
Metropolitan Museum of Art
Object Name: Chess piece Date: 8th–11th century Geography: Western Islamic Lands Culture: Islamic …

Strong performances in The Dark Horse
Stuff.co.nz
Stuff sat down with Cliff Curtis and James Rolleston, stars of the new Kiwi film The Dark Horse, which is released nationwide on July 31. …

Daily Chess News Links July 26, 2014

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Specials of the Week
ChessCafe.com
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Chess Evolution by Arkadij Naiditsch
ChessCafe.com
Hou Yifan is very close to entering the Top 100. …

The Puzzling Side of Chess by Jeff Coakley
ChessCafe.com
More puzzles involving multiple queens and the solution for the ultimate problem. …

Endgame Study
ChessCafe.com
V. Rudenko, 1956: The Endgame Study is where the true depth and subtlety of chess is revealed. …

Video Spotlight
ChessCafe.com
Kayden Troff discusses what it takes to be a national champion. …

Weekly chess column
Boston Globe
Maybe he is a modern romantic, always striving for energetic, original attacking chess at the cost of, let’s say, soundness, which is very much like …

Leonard Barden on Chess
guardian.co.uk
The England teams in the halcyon 1980s became accustomed to silver medals behind the golden Soviets and silver it was again this week in the World Senior Teams …

World Senior Team Chess Championship 2014
FIDE
World Senior Team Chess Championship 2014. Following the 2013 FIDE Congress in Tallinn decision, the World Senior Chess Championship was …

Kirsan’s FIDE Versus the Federations
Kasparov2014.com
Teams from Afghanistan and Gabon still cannot play in Tromsø because Ilyumzhinov’s administration illegally removed the legitimate federation heads to …

Prizegiving
British Championship
Tonight’s prizegiving will be broadcast LIVE at 6:45pm, thanks to the untiring efforts of Matthew Carr … why not tune in and see the rewards reaped by chess players …

Aleksandrov Takes Clear First at Minsk Open
Chess-News.ru
GM Aleksej Aleksandrov took clear first at Minsk Open with 7.5 out of 9. Five finished half a point behind: Lintchevski of Russia, Podolchenko and Stupak …

Best ‘Chess Constructs’ by ChessBase readers
ChessBase News
Chess constructs are basically an intermediate form of composition or chess problem, lying somewhere between brilliancies from chess history …

Olympiad: Terror warning in Noway
ChessBase News
We don’t want to scare anyone, and things around the Olympiad seem fine. But the country is bracing for an attack by ISIS jihadies that “could happen in three …

Interview with the winner of the 2014 Biel GMT – Maxime Vachier-Lagrave (Video)
PowerPlayChess
Here’s an interview with Maxime Vachier-Lagrave, the winner of the 2014 GMT at the Biel Chess Festival …

British Championship Standings after 7 rounds
Ennis Chess Club
Well at a mammoth 11 rounds the British Championships always appeared to me as more a marathon than a sprint. Somebody obviousy forgot to tell that to …

Leaving the Politiks behind
davidsmerdon.com
It’s not like me to write about chess politics (i.e. my last post), but I’m sure I’ll have no choice at the Olympiad next week. Not to mention Australian politics …

Honesty
The Chess Improver
I had no intention of writing this article as of two weeks ago until I was faced with an interesting situation at one of my week long chess camps. A parent emailed …

The bubonic plagiarist
The Streatham & Brixton Chess Blog
The Times has no qualms about employing bubonic plagiarist …

Mannheim tournament, Round 5
Old in Chess
Alexander Alekhine defeated Carl Carls to claim a share of the lead after five rounds of the Mannheim international Masters’ tournament. Alekhine, with …

Millionaire Chess Special Prize to Belize
Millionaire Chess
Millionaire Chess is pleased to announce the MC Belize vacation prize, which will go to one of the participants of this year’s Millionaire Chess Open …

Millionaire Chess Special Prize to the Hawaii Chess Festival
Millionaire Chess
Millionaire Chess is pleased to announce the MC Hawaii Chess Festival prize, which will be awarded to one of the participants of this …

The Positional Rook Lift
Chess.com
Last week, we examined the rook lift as an attacking tool. Of course, a rook is not only an attacking piece — it can be mobilized for positional reasons as well …

Chess Puzzles
ArcaMax Publishing
This is a game that starts out calmly, then suddenly erupts, and we get the diagrammed position. What is White’s best continuation …

Chess by Shelby Lyman
Buffalo News
“The way he understands the dynamics of chess is incredible,” says Carlsen. Carlsen likes to compare himself to the tennis player Rafael Nadal …

Middle Schooler Shows No Mercy at the Chessboard
OZY
The leader of a new wave of chess phenoms shows no fear and plays entertaining games …

Chess (#1106)
Business Standard India
Some of the tensions around the Olympiad remain with just a week to go. But one major issue has been sorted. Teams, which submitted late …

Budding chess players will get to witness live action
Daily News & Analysis
Pune is gearing up for yet another big show down when the Junior World Chess Championship unfolds here from October 5. Aniruddha Deshpande …

Chess Whiz Attains Master Ranking, No. Two in Age Group
India West
He attained the prestigious title of National Master after he won the 7th grade section event at the K-12 National Chess Championship, held in …

So’s gambit declined
Philippine Daily Inquirer
Zugzwang.That’s the term for a situation in a chess game where a player is forced to make a move that will only worsen his position. That’s …

Cash-rich Barangay Tablon chessfest underway
Sun.Star
Tablon’s first ever chess tournament goes into full throttle at Tablon Elementary School in Cagayan de Oro City today, July 26. National Masters …

Indonesian team ready for chess olympics
ANTARA
Indonesias chess team is ready for the Chess Olympics scheduled in Tromos, Norway, from August 1 to 15, an All Indonesia …

CIS 100 chess finals today
Republica
Ashok BK of Himalayan Academy, Sushil Kafle of Pushpa Lal Memorial and Sampurnaraj Neupane of Pioneer School shared …

Chess body lacks funds to send junior side to SA
IPPmedia
Tanzania Chess Association has appealed for support from well-wishers to send its junior players to compete at the World Youth Championship to be …

Daily Chess News Links July 25, 2014

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Specials of the Week
ChessCafe.com
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The Chess Cafe Puzzlers Cup
ChessCafe.com
ChessCafe.com is pleased to announce our second annual puzzle composing competition. The contest is being held as part of The Puzzling Side of Chess

57th WCCC: composing tournaments
WFCC
Composing tournaments held within the 57th World Congress of Chess Composition are starting to appear on the official website of WCCC 2014! …

British Championship: Hawkins continues to win
ChessBase News
Six rounds, six points – the British Championship started well for IM Jonathan Hawkins. After winning against GM Simon Williams in round six Hawkins now leads …

Biel: MVL clinches, Wojtaszek second
ChessBase News
It’s all said and done. Despite a before-last round scare against Giri, MVL was able to play solid chess against Wojtaszek, who finished second, and hoping …

Gideon Japhet: Svidler wins match 5-3
ChessBase News
The Second Gideon Japhet Memorial was an unmitigated success with three chess opens and a four-day match between world class players Peter Svidler and …

World Senior Chess Team Championship 2014
ChessBase News
The World Senior Team Chess Championship had been retired ten years earlier in 2004, but with the growing popularity of the World Senior events …

Grigoriyan wins Sant Marti Open
ChessBase News
The Sant Marti Open was the third tournament in the Catalonian circuit for our reporter – who fulfilled the final requirements for his IM titel in this event. …

Biel, Rd 10: Maxime hangs on to claim title
Chess24 News
Maxime Vachier-Lagrave had to suffer in the final two rounds of the Biel Chess Festival, but a hard-fought draw against Poland’s Radek Wojtaszek was enough …

Game of the Day – Round 6 (Video)
British Championship
More from IM Andrew Martin …

Gelfand vs. Svidler interview after game 7 (Video)
Jeruchess Club
Interview of the game 7 with Boris Gelfand, Peter Svidler & the co-organizer of the match Gilad Japhet and Jeruchess Club …

Gelfand vs. Svidler interview after game 8 (Video)
Jeruchess Club
Interview of the game 8 with Boris Gelfand, Peter Svidler & the co-organizer of the match Gilad Japhet and Jeruchess Club …

Biel 2014 Round 10 Highlights (Video)
PowerPlayChess
Daniel King demonstrates highlights of play from round 10 in Biel …

Biel 2014 Round 10 Report (Video)
PowerPlayChess
A brief on-the-spot report of round 10 of the Biel Grandmasters Tournament including post-game interviews with Maxime Vachier-Lagrave …

Biel 2014 Round 10 Motylev vs Giri (Video)
PowerPlayChess
Motylev and Giri discuss their round 10 game with Daniel King …

Biel 2014 Round 10 Vachier-Lagrave vs Wojtaszek (Video)
PowerPlayChess
Vachier-Lagrave and Wojtaszek discuss their round 10 game with Daniel King …

The Daily Roundup: Biel & Gelfand-Svidler Finish, And More
The Chess Mind Blog
Biel ended as one would have expected for most of the event; Maxime Vachier-Lagrave recovered from yesterday’s “hiccup” against Anish Giri and took …

Vachier-Largrave won at Biel, after some nervousness perhaps
Crouch Notes
After three steady draws yesterday, suddenly there were three decisive games today, including the loss by Vachier-Lagrave against Giri. Undoubtedly Giri …

In Asuncion
Dejan Bojkov Chess Blog
The Panamercian U20 Junior championships were scheduled to take place in the middle of May. For various reasons the dates were moved to the end of …

The Health Benefits of Playing Chess
Ennis Chess Club
Interesting article by Riley Merkel over at chess cafe. The author suggests chess helps to stimulate dendritic growth, develops both hemispheres of the brain …

Blind In One Eye And Can’t See Out The Other One
The Chess Improver
The game below is from the second round of my most recent event that I played in Colorado Springs. This game was a comedy of errors. I lost the first round …

Mannheim tournament, Round 4
Old in Chess
Rudolf Spielmann maintained his leading position at the Mannheim international Masters’ tournament with a fourth-round victory over Hans Fahrni. Spielmann, who sports …

The Fun in Orlando Begins with Denker, Barber & NGIT
United States Chess Federation
The Denker Tournament of High School Champions, the Barber Tournament of K-8 Champions the National Girls Invitational Tournament all begin in …

Lecture with GM Bryan Smith (Video)
CCSCSL Recent Stories
Chess Grandmaster Bryan Smith presents a game from the first World Championship match between Wilhelm Steinitz and Johannes Zuckertort. …

Pandolfini’s Puzzler #52: Rooking the Queen
Chess.com
Professor: Welcome back. Class: Welcome back to you, too, Professor. Rachel: So what are you going to talk about today? Professor: Well, the last …

Clash of Champions: Alekhine vs Capablanca
Chess.com
As we move further from the misty past and closer to modernity in our exploration of the endgames of world championship matches, we come to the battle …

When a Bishop and Knight Rule the Queen
Improving Player
NM Bruce Pandolfini is a well-known and highly-respected chess coach. He has assembled a collection of ten tactical examples where a knight …

Attack When the Time Is Right
Improving Player
I have been interested in the Albin Counter-Gambit since I watched the ChessBase video on the topic a couple of years ago by former FIDE World Champion …

Chess Impacts Students
Education Week
For the past 13 years, Chess has been part of the curriculum at the Jackson Independent Schools, a pre-K-12 public school district of approximately …

Chess in cyberspace: a smart move?
Financial Times
Never mind the fact that, in theory, chess should be one of the most gender- and culture-blind games in the world – like so many of the so-called “stem” …

Chess NYC’s “Chess On The Beach” Expands Hamptons Camp
Hamptons.com
Chess NYC is returning to the Hamptons again this year with its “Chess on the Beach” program, but has expanded to two one-week camps. …

Chess hopefuls make their moves against master
Central Telegraph
Dan Beyers takes on international chess star Gary Lane at Stockland ahead of the Queensland Open Chess Tournament in Gladstone this weekend. …

Armenian National Chess Teams getting prepared for Olympiad
Armenpress.am
With the 41st World Chess Olympiad in Tromsø set to start in a little over a week’s time the schedule for submitting team information has been …

Pestaño: How the Olympiad almost got cancelled
Sun Star
The other week, the organizing committee of the Tromso Olympiad sent an official letter to the World Chess Federation excluding the Russian …

So to Pichay: Release me
journal.com.ph
With only 10 days left before the 41st World Chess Olympiad in Tromso, Norway, GM Wesley So reiterated his wish to transfer to the United States Chess Federation …

Young Pangasinense chess wizard brings home honor and pride
Philippine Information Agency
Young Pangasinense chess wizard Dennis Gutierrez, III was declared champion in the 20th Annual New York State Open Blitz Chess Championship …

Kamau proves his point as he claims the inaugrual Kenyatta University Open
In Black & White
Olympiad debutant Jackson Kamau proved that his recent victory in the Capablanca Cup was no fluke when he won the Kenyatta University (KU) Inaugural Chess …

Daily Chess News Links July 24, 2014

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Specials of the Week
ChessCafe.com
This month purchase Grandmaster Repertoire 2: 1.d4, Vol. 2 and receive Grandmaster Repertoire 1: 1.d4, Vol. 1 free!! Supply is limited. Sale ends July 31, 2014. …

Witsch craft
The Spectator
The ever reliable Steve Giddins has just published a new book on that great strategist Aron Nimzowitsch. This is the third tome on Nimzo in the last few years …

Game of the Day – Round 5
British Championship
IM Andrew Martin strikes again with his trademark humour and insight – here’s his Game of the Day from Round 5 …

AM Live Games – 24th July
British Championship
As usual, thanks to the expertise and dedication of David Clayton on the live boards setup, the morning’s worth of live games can be found here …

Explosive round in Biel!
ChessBase News
It’s almost too much to take in. Anish Giri uncorked a novelty and defeated Maxime Vachier-Lagrave, who now only leads by half a point. Behind him is …

Biel Rd 9: All wins and all to play for
Chess24 News
Run-away leader Maxime Vachier-Lagrave was brought to an abrupt halt by Anish Giri in Round 9 of the Biel Chess Festival and now goes into …

Close to Catching Judit
Chess-News.ru
After a peaceful Round 8 in Biel where all games finished in draws, the 9th round turned out to be exceptionally fighting – all three encounters finished …

Biel 2014 Round 9 Highlights
PowerPlayChess
Daniel King demonstrates highlights of play from round 9 in Biel …

Biel 2014 Round 9 Report
PowerPlayChess
A brief on-the-spot report of round 9 of the Biel Grandmasters Tournament including post-game interviews with Hou Yifan, Maxime Vachier-Lagrave …

Biel 2014 Round 8 Wojtaszek vs Giri
PowerPlayChess
Wojtaszek and Giri discuss their round 8 game with Daniel King. …

Biel 2014 Round 8 Wojtaszek vs Harikrishna
PowerPlayChess
Wojtaszek and Harikrishna discuss their round 9 game with Daniel King …

Biel 2014 Round 8 Highlights
PowerPlayChess
Daniel King demonstrates highlights of play from round 8 in Biel …

Everything in the open at Biel, as Vachier-Lagrave loses
Crouch Notes
An all too easy round to comment on at Biel, as all three games end up in steady draws. Even the apparently sharp encounter between Wojtaszek and Giri …

Illusory Protection: Education & The Prison Industrial Complex
Hip-Hop Chess Federation Blog
In 2006, I created the Hip-Hop Chess Federation to teach kids chess and correlating life skills. A few years ago, a young Black female student tried to …

The Daily Roundup: Vachier-Lagrave and Svidler Lead
The Chess Mind Blog
Biel: On Tuesday all three games were drawn, but on Wednesday White went 3-0. This was highly significant to the race for first, because Maxime Vachier-Lagrave …

Travail Pursuit #23: Red hot pawns?
Yorkshire Chess
Today’s challenge is one of judgement and calculation. We’re back with the Budapest Gambit again although the position on the right is a middle game position …

How Do You Play Against 1 h3?
The Chess Improver
When I was 10 years old in 1980, shortly after playing in my first couple of rated tournaments, I came under the influence of the then-current Michigan Open …

Robert E Rough Cup
Chess Scotland
Congratulations to Lukah Connolly Sams of Edinburgh who is the winner of the inaugural Robert Rough Cup for 2013-2014 season. The prize goes to the …

Mannheim tournament, Round 3
Old in Chess
Rudolf Spielmann assumed sole leadership of the international Masters’ tournament at Mannheim by defeating Jacques Mieses in only 23 moves to record his …

The Great Saint Petersburg Tournament of 1914, Part One
Chess.com
One hundred years ago the chess world witnessed one of the greatest chess tournaments of all time, Saint Petersburg 1914. Its storylines were numerous and …

Chess Puzzles
ArcaMax Publishing
You obviously have a winning position here with advanced pawns, knight, rook and queen all bearing down on the uncastled Black king …

Find the Blow
Chess Skills
There is a nice miniature won by Viktor Kortchnoi that I sometimes attempt to imitate with rare success. …

Training with Shredder
dana blogs chess
Lately I’ve been playing more frequently against the computer program Shredder, with a purpose. After my last tournament I had a feeling that I was …

Too Greedy
Improving Player
When I play the Scotch Opening, I tend to play the Scotch Gambit. I find that improvers are inclined to get greedy and take not just the first pawn …

Cavicchi vs Simioli in BDG Italian Lemberger
BDG Blog
Francesco Cavicchi sends me games that I often use on Thursdays. Here is another example of Black trying to avoid the Blackmar-Diemer Gambit with 3…e5. …

Tartakower Wins in Veresov Vs George Thomas
BDG Blog
Savielly G Tartakower is the favorite grandmaster of Tom Purser, partly because Tartakower played so many Blackmar-Diemer Gambits. But also, Tartakower played …

Round Two of the Summer 960 Tourney Completed
Livingston County Chess Blog
Let’s open with a puzzle. Black to move and win. Make sure you see the two move mate – and the five move win if White finds the best moves. …

Hall Of Fame Exhibit Peeks Inside The Complex Mind Of Bobby Fischer
St. Louis Public Radio
Fischer showed an aptitude for puzzles and analytical thinking at a very early age and became obsessed with chess from the moment his older sister …

Youth and experience at chess Olympiad
The Trinidad Guardian
Nobody in their right mind would expect little T&T to leap into the ranks of the chess-playing nations at the World Olympiad starting in …

‘All schoolchildren should learn to play chess’, says MP
The Bolton News
It may lead to youngsters follow in the footsteps of Bolton School old boy Nigel Short, who became the youngest international chess master in history …

Guelph mom ponders ‘Why isn’t chess cool?’
Guelph Mercury
My son has been playing chess since he was four. I’m not much of a chess player so I can’t gauge how good he is, but I do know that he follows the …

Check mates
The Hindu
The documentary, Algorithms, follows three visually impaired youngsters who dream of becoming chess world champs …

The Dark Horse launches Film Festival
Stuff
Kiwi actors Cliff Curtis and James Rolleston admit they developed a love for the game of chess while making their new film. …

Prague to get public chess boards soon
Prague Post
Chess tables with pieces will be installed in five public places in the center of Prague in early August, café owner Ondřej …

Daily Chess News Links July 23, 2014

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ChessCafe.com
This month purchase Grandmaster Repertoire 2: 1.d4, Vol. 2 and receive Grandmaster Repertoire 1: 1.d4, Vol. 1 free!! Supply is limited. Sale ends July 31, 2014. …

Pando’s Ten-Pack by Bruce Pandolfini
ChessCafe.com
Like many chess teachers, I tend to show plenty of tactics. …

CC Chronicles by Bo Bredenhof
ChessCafe.com
Seeing new risks and opportunities in one’s games is very rewarding. …

Past Pieces by Olimpiu G. Urcan
ChessCafe.com
The world’s archives have yet to be thoroughly scoured. …

Book Review
ChessCafe.com
One of the most original King’s Indian repertoire books. …

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

Video Spotlight
ChessCafe.com
Each day, you will find anyone stopping by to play chess. …

Cadets battle as D.C. summer chess scene heats up
The Washington Times
With the D.C. International and the World Open just behind us, and a slew of events underway and on the way, the Washington area is emerging …

Game of the Day – Round 4
British Championship
Game of the Day – Round 4 …

Gideon Japhet Memorial with Gelfand vs Svidler
ChessBase News
The Second Gideon Japhet Memorial is taking place in Jerusalem, from July 16-24, consisting of three Opens and an Amateur Group, with a prize fund of …

Quiet day in Biel
ChessBase News
Only two rounds remain at the Biel Chess Festival as round eight saw a series of three relatively quiet draws. This leaves Vachier-Lagrave as the clear favorite …

British Championship: Hawkins leads with 4.0/4
ChessBase News
The British Championships 2014 take place in Aberystwyth in West Wales. The idyllic surroundings seem to suit IM Jonathan Hawkins, who won with black …

Najdorf Chess Festival has seven-way tie
ChessBase News
The MetLife Najdorf Chess Festival was recently held in Warsaw, Poland, in tribute to one of Poland’s greatest players, with a variety of events and …

Biel Rds 7 & 8: Vachier-Lagrave on the brink
Chess24 News
France’s Maxime Vachier-Lagrave scored the only win in rounds 7 and 8 of the Grandmaster Tournament in Biel to put himself a full 1.5 points clear …

Biel 2014 Round 8 Report
PowerPlayChess
A brief on-the-spot report of round 8 of the Biel Grandmasters Tournament including post-game interviews with Hou Yifan, Maxime Vachier-Lagrave …

Three steady draws at Biel. Vachier-Lagrave of course still winning the tournament
Crouch Notes
An all too easy round to comment on at Biel, as all three games end up in steady draws. Even the apparently sharp encounter between Wojtaszek and Giri …

Game of the Week : IM Sevian vs FM Cao (Canadian Open)
Canadian Chess Newsfeed
The strongest U14 in the World, IM Samuel Sevian, played against FM Jason Cao from British-Columbia, one of the few Canadians who won the …

The Legacy of the “Black Knight”
The Chess Drum
Those who live in the DMV (DC, Maryland, Virginia) area will know the lure of chess in the parks. These places are known for their grittiness and …

Alekhine-Euwe match
Sydney Academy
For this week’s blog post I will investigate some of the critical moments from the Alekhine-Euwe World Championship Match of 1935. Alekhine started strongly …

Two Knights Defence- the 5…Na5 lines- Part 2
Ian Simpson’s Blog
I have now completed the coverage of the 4.Ng5 lines in the Two Knights Defence. I don’t expect this to be the last of my investigations into the …

Blunder Or Sense Of Danger
The Chess Improver
For us a mistake which turn the table or decides the game is called a blunder, but for kids it’s nothing special. I have seen lots of kids win games with a single …

Mannheim tournament, Round 2
Old in Chess
Rudolf Spielmann and Dr. Milan Vidmar share the lead after two rounds of the international Masters’ tournament at Mannheim with perfect 2-0 scores. …

Riding The Winds Of Fashion, Part 3
Chess.com
Warning! This is a fairly advanced article. I try to write for players of all ratings, so sometimes I explore basic stuff, and other times I bow to the 1800-and-above …

Morning Coffee
Chess Skills
During the past month, coffee time has been occupied with study of games from the first match between Alexander McDonnell (1798-1835) and …

Giant chess board engages public space in play
The Rapidian
Downtown Grand Rapids Inc. has set up a giant chess board outside of the GRAM for public use. …

Main Street Chess Board Draws Complaints In Middletown
Hartford Courant
A chess board set up outside the North End Action Team office on Main Street has prompted complaints about garbage and …

So-less chess team eyes top 20 in Olympiad
ABS-CBNNEWS.com
Sans its top player, the Philippine men’s team to the 41st Chess Olympiad remains upbeat of being competitive for the …

Chessmaster Wesley So continues to shine amid distractions
Rappler.com
This summer has been the brightest in the life of 20-year-old Wesley So. In two months, So has won the Capablanca …

Cabibil wins July chess title
Sun.Star
March winner Tony Cabibil won his second monthly title after scoring four wins and a draw for a 4.5 points in the July edition of the Cebu Executives …

Russian women’s team to compete in Chess Olympiad in Tromso
Russia Beyond the Headlines
The organizing committee of the World Chess Olympiad, which will take place in Tromso, Norway on August 1-14, decided on July 21 to allow the …

Oman to take part in Chess Olympiad
Times of Oman
For the first time in the history of Oman, the national chess team will take part in the Chess Olympiad — a biennial tournament in which teams from all …

Chess Team Ready for Olympiad
AllAfrica.com
The national chess team is ready to display good performance in this year’s Olympiad scheduled for Tromso, Norway from August 1-15. …

Bangladesh aims to match previous high
The Daily Star
Bangladesh hope to keep their 33rd position intact in next month’s Chess Olympiad in Norway, although it will be a tough task to retain their position in …

Daily Chess News Links July 22, 2014

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Specials of the Week
ChessCafe.com
This month purchase Grandmaster Repertoire 2: 1.d4, Vol. 2 and receive Grandmaster Repertoire 1: 1.d4, Vol. 1 free!! Supply is limited. Sale ends July 31, 2014. …

Wesley So wins 2nd ACP Golden Classic in Bergamo
ACP
Wesley So has won the 2nd ACP Golden Classic in Bergamo with 4.5 out 6. The young Philippine finished one point ahead of Baadur Jobava, while Zoltan Almasi …

Daniel Semcesen is the new Swedish Champion
ChessBase News
He was just the eighth seed in this interesting and exciting championships, held in the small industrial town of Borlänge in the middle of Sweden. …

British Championship: Three lead after round three
ChessBase News
GM Chris Ward, British Champion 1996, “From Amateur to IM” Jonathan Hawkins, and young talent FM Justin Tan had the best start at the British Championship. …

Miraculous MVL
ChessBase News
Two players can certainly be unhappy with today’s results. Hou Yifan let go of a winning advantage against Radoslaw Wojtaszek and had to be content …

Dortmund Rd 7: A fighting finish
Chess24 News
Fabiano Caruana had already won the Sparkassen Chess Meeting with a round to spare, and was happy to finish with a quiet draw that meant he …

Game of the Day – Round 3
British Championship
Game of the Day – Round 3 …

Biel 2014 Round 7 Motylev vs Vachier-Lagrave
PowerPlayChess
Motylev and Vachier-Lagrave discuss their round 7 game with Daniel King …

Biel 2014 Round 7 Highlights
PowerPlayChess
Daniel King shows the highlights from round 7 in Biel …

Biel 2014 Round 7 Report
PowerPlayChess
A brief on-the-spot report of round 7 of the Biel Grandmasters Tournament including post-game interviews with Hou Yifan, Maxime Vachier-Lagrave …

Biel 2014 Round 7 Giri vs Harikrishna
PowerPlayChess
Giri and Harikrishna discuss their round 7 game with Daniel King …

Gelfand vs. Svidler interview after game 4
Jeruchess Club
Interview of the game 4 with Boris Gelfand, Peter Svidler and organizer of the match Gilad Japhet …

Gelfand vs. Svidler interview after game 3
Jeruchess Club
Interview of the game 3 with Boris Gelfand, Peter Svidler and organizer of the match Gilad Japhet …

The Daily Roundup: Vachier-Lagrave Extends His Lead In Biel
The Chess Mind Blog
Biel: Caruana won Dortmund convincingly; likewise So in Bergamo. Now it looks like Maxime Vachier-Lagrave is going to be a third straight impressive …

It is now Vachier-Lagrave who takes on the limelight
Crouch Notes
There are still the last few rounds at Biel, the obvious questions to ask being whether Maxime Vachier-Lagrave would carry on his winning streak, and/or whether Anish Giri …

Critical Objectivity: Part II
The Chess Improver
If you were with me last week, you will likely remember that the above is the phrase I suggested that every chess player should live by with regard to each game …

Jarmany In My Head
The Streatham & Brixton Chess Blog
I’m on nought out of three. I’m not happy. I messed up a super game: I’m not at all happy. But in fact I’m much unhappier than that. …

Leeds Chess Congress 11-13 July 2014
Yorkshire Chess
Bob Clegg was the only Yorkshireman to emerge as outright winner of a 1st prize at this year’s ‘Leeds’. He won the Intermediate with 4½ points …

Double Take
CoffeeHouse Chess
When was the last time you were playing a game in one of your favourite openings and someone comes up with a move that makes you do a double take? …

Chess Diary
CoffeeHouse Chess
No, don’t worry, I’m not going to pour my heart out while in the midst of a middle aged crisis. Diaries, or personal notebooks, are often kept by chess …

Mannheim tournament, Round 1
Old in Chess
The Mannheim international Masters’ tournament, centerpiece of the 19th Congress of the German Schachbund, has now begun, with 18 players in the field. …

Four Tie at 1st Junior Girls, Munoz Wins Scholarship
United States Chess Federation
The 2014 US Junior Girls Closed ended with four co-champions: Claudia Munoz, Apurva Virkud, Maggie Feng, and Akshita Gorti. Munoz was awarded the …

Chess Puzzles
ArcaMax Publishing
In this game from 1946, Hill-Janeway, White comes up with a dramatic and decisive way of winning this game. What was White’s great blow here? …

Anatomy of a Miracle
dana blogs chess
At yesterday’s chess party at Mike Splane’s house, Bryon Doyle showed one of his two miraculous wins from the recent Sacramento Championship …

Brunold Finds First Blackmar Correspondence
BDG Blog
Gunter Brunold found the oldest Blackmar Gambit known to have been played via correspondence about 20 years before the birth of E.J. Diemer. …

Chess in the curriculum? The game that makes you smarter.
Deseret News
Birmingham, Alabama, is looking to make chess a fixture in its schools, in hopes that it will allow kids to stretch their minds and improve their analytical abilities. …

Women’s chess champ Tatev Abrahamyan aims to put the men in check
Los Angeles Daily News
At 18, she defeated Alexander Shabalov, a Latvian-born Grandmaster 21 years her senior who has won the U.S. Chess Championship four times. …

Keshequa chess team finishes undefeated in league play
theLCN.com
The Keshequa chess team was undefeated in 2013-14 rural school league play under new head coach Ryan Almeter, tallying 12 victories and no …

Russian female champions admitted to chess Olympics
GlobalPost
The Russian women’s chess team and current Olympic champions will finally be allowed to compete in the Chess Olympiad next month despite …

Minh Huy qualifies for Grandmaster title
VietNamNet Bridge
Vietnamese chess master Nguyen Huynh Minh Huy has achieved his third Grandmaster (GM) norm after finishing supreme with 7.5 points at the fifth First Saturday …

Wesley draws last game, earns title, higher rating
ABS-CBNNEWS.com
Grandmaster Wesley So settled for a quick 20-move draw in a Slav encounter with Italian Sabino Brunello to formalize …

Chess at PSA Forum
Tempo
How the country will fare in the coming Chess Olympiad in Tromso, Norway will be discussed in today’s Philippine Sportswriters Association (PSA) …

Chess meets zombies in the upcoming Kings & Corpses for iOS
AppAdvice
Kings & Corpses, an upcoming iOS game from developer Danny Perski, combines the classic game of chess with a deathly zombie threat. It’s due to …