Daily Chess News Links August 21, 2014

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Specials of the Week
ChessCafe.com
This month purchase all four Winning Chess books by Jeff Coakley and receive one free!! Supply is limited. Sale ends August 31, 2014. …

From the Archives
ChessCafe.com
For anyone with any serious interest in this great player. …

Great wall
The Spectator
China have won the Olympiad in Tromsø. I believe that we can now look forward to a sustained Chinese dominance in international team events …

Azarov wins Washington, Sevian scores norm
ChessBase News
Among the many summer events was the The 3rd Annual Washington International that was held from August 9-14 in Rockville, MD. What made it …

Marin on Tromso R11 – Battling nostalgia
ChessBase News
From his own days in the Romanian Olympic squad GM Mihail Marin knows the feeling: it’s the last round, your team is not in contention for the medals …

FIDE announces Grand Prix 2014-2015
ChessBase News
FIDE has announced the 2014-2015 Grand Prix series with the players invited to participate and the four tournaments that comprise it, reduced from the …

Mare di Fano – 3rd Summer Chess Festival
ChessBase News
While the Olympiad was unfolding in Tromso, several Opens in Europe offered an alternative to players missing the big action. Fano, on the Italian Mediterranean …

From Garry to Giri: Guest by test
Chess24 News
Doing the live broadcast from the Chess Olympiad was a blast! One big change from our previous shows was the luxury of having some of the world’s best …

Liren’s lethal counter-threat
Crouch Notes
castled, and no longer had either the d-pawn or the f-pawn, nor indeed his light squared bishop. His position was extremely breezy, and Daniel tried to take …

Chess Puzzles
ArcaMax Publishing
Today’s offering seems to give you all sorts of ways to mate White as the White king is so exposed. It’s a forced mate! There is a dazzling start to this mating attack. …

Chess Puzzles
ArcaMax Publishing
This is a fine example of four pieces coordinating to create a back rank make. The bishop, though looking vulnerable in the diagram, ends up protecting the mating …

A Scientific Approach to Chess
Science on the Squares
For a blog about Chess and Science, you might expect more articles about the intersection between the two. Indeed, I have occasionally written here …

Chess Swindle vs Mario Marshall in Caro-Kann
BDG Blog
To pull off a swindle in a slow tournament game is rare, but that is what I did in 2007 at the Southern Open. Mario Marshall had moved to South Florida from …

Caro-Kann – Panov Variation – Part III
Dayton Chess Club
Part 3 of a 6 part series. The post Caro-Kann – Panov Variation – Part III : Lecture by David Rittenhouse …

On Chess: New Pocket Park Fills Formerly Vacant Lot In Old North St. Louis
St. Louis Public Radio
A formerly dead, residential-sized lot near Crown Candy Kitchen has been transformed into a simple outdoor community center themed around chess. …

Cambridge reopens Chess Night
hngnews.com
Anyone interested (regardless of age, experience or gender), can meet to play chess, backgammon, or other board games from 5-6:30 p.m. the third …

Chess: Abhijeet leads Indian challenge in Abu Dhabi Masters
The Hindu
Grandmaster and former world junior champion Abhijeet Gupta will spearhead the Indian challenge in the Abu Dhabi Masters that starts in the …

It’s the team thing
The Hindu
For GM M.R. Lalith Babu, it was a dream come true maiden appearance in the Chess Olympiad in Norway last week-end when the Indian team created history …

Mumbai college designs tech-savvy chessboard for the blind
Mid-Day
Inspired by their belief that no one should be denied the intellectual stimulation derived from a good game of chess, the innovation centre at the …

Indian boys do well in Dubai Junior Chess Championship
Times of India
Three FIDE rated players from the Indian Chess School recorded their career-best performance with two of them finishing third and fourth at the 13th Dubai Junior …

10 yo Bibissara Assaubayeva from Kazakhstan wins Juniors Chess Championship
Tengrinews
Young chess players under 14 years from 130 countries participated in the Juniors Chess Championship in Dubai this year. Righfully earning her first …

Chess in schools pushed
Tempo
Newly elected FIDE secretary general Cavite Rep. Abraham Tolentino yesterday said he will push for the inclusion of chess in the school curriculum to …

7-year-old Rabiatul Adawiyah to represent Malaysia at 10th Asian Schools Chess Championship in Taiwan
New Straits Times
Seven-year-old Rabiatul Adawiyah Mat Zaki will represent the country in the 10th Asian Schools Chess Championships 2014 in Taichung …

Meet The Guy Who’s Making A Sequel To Chess
Deadspin
Chess is getting a sequel. Yes, that Chess. The game with the little horses and kings and queens has been around for thousands of years. …

Daily Chess News Links August 20, 2014

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Specials of the Week
ChessCafe.com
This month purchase all four Winning Chess books by Jeff Coakley and receive one free!! Supply is limited. Sale ends August 31, 2014. …

Endgame Corner by Karsten Mueller
ChessCafe.com
Zugzwang is a sharp weapon in the endgame. …

Novice Nook by Dan Heisman
ChessCafe.com
Dan addresses both piece evaluation and position evaluation. …

An Arbiter’s Notebook by Geurt Gijssen
ChessCafe.com
What is a Push Counter, and What is a Standard Game? …

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

ChessCafe Book Review
ChessCafe.com
A massive undertaking of historical research and compilation. …

ChessCafe Video Spotlight
ChessCafe.com
GM Simon Williams presents his favorite game from the 2014 Chess Olympiad. …

FIDE Grand-Prix 2014-2015 Announcement
World Chess Federation
FIDE announces the full details of the Grand-Prix 2014-2015, from which the first two (2) winners will qualify to the Candidates Tournament of the …

41st Chess Olympiad: China and Russia claim gold!
World Chess Federation
The leaders in both divisions turned up looking confident, the Russian women in particular, who were dressed for success, giving off a celebratory air. …

World Junior 2014 launched in Mumbai
ChessBase News
Almost exactly 27 years ago a young Indian lad won the World Junior Chess Championship, staged in the Philippines. He was present to inaugerate this …

The geometry of expertise
ChessBase News
Chess is a widely used model of human expertise. Chess experts can quickly recognize candidate moves and correctly recall a chess position much better …

Tehran among hosts of slimline Grand Prix
Chess24 News
The Iranian capital city of Tehran joins Baku (Azerbaijan), Tashkent (Uzbekistan) and Moscow (Russia) as a host city for the 2014/15 FIDE Grand Prix. …

Olympiad Tromsø 2014 – Play of the Day Round 11 (Video)
PowerPlayChess
Daniel King demonstrates the play of the day from round 11 in Tromsø …

Olympiad Tromsø 2014 – Play of the Day Round 10 (Video)
PowerPlayChess
Daniel King demonstrates the play of the day from round 10 in Tromsø …

The Olympiad Summary – Being an Arbiter at the Olympiad
Melbourne Games Coach
The recently completed Chess Olympiad in Tromso, Norway was the first time I had been to the Olympiad & I was there as a Match Arbiter. This meant that …

An excellent save by Harikrishna in a difficult rook ending
Crouch Notes
Yesterday evening, I started a filler article, in case nothing of particular interest will come up in the next few days, and in any case I wanted to write something …

For the Love of Doubled Pawns
The Chess Improver
Having doubled Pawns in a chess game is rightfully taught as being potentially disadvantageous, and a vital step toward improvement in chess understanding comes …

Building A Motivational Environment For Kids
The Chess Improver
Kids play chess for fun, but we all know that some seriousness is required for them to learn and improve. If you successfully build a motivational environment it …

A bit extreme?
The Streatham & Brixton Chess Blog
Or if there were any statistical reason to think that participation in chess tournaments had been proving particularly dangerous for competitors. …

Most Unusual Mate in 2: 16 Different Checkmates in One Problem
TheChessWorld
Today we present one of the longest mates in 2 ever. You see, a normal mate in two is… two moves. This mate in 2 involves 32 moves. How is that possible? …

President’s Report From Tromso
United States Chess Federation
USCF President Ruth Haring reports on the FIDE Congress, which took place in conjunction with the Olympiad in Tromso, Norway. …

Ricardo DeGuzman Tops The Field In The Valley
United States Chess Federation
Ricardo DeGuzman’s long trek to the Central Valley proved to be a trip well timed. The Bay Area IM scored 4.5/5 rounds in the 5th Central California Open …

Lecture with IM Stuart Rachels, Part One (Video)
CCSCSL
1989 U.S. Chess Champion and International Master Stuart Rachels presents a lecture at the Chess Club and Scholastic of Saint Louis in which he analyzes …

Lecture with IM Stuart Rachels, Part Two (Video)
CCSCSL
1989 U.S. Chess Champion and International Master Stuart Rachels presents a lecture at the Chess Club and Scholastic of Saint Louis in which he analyzes …

Lecture with GM Bryan Smith (Video)
CCSCSL
Chess Grandmaster Bryan Smith presents some chess studies and a 2001 game from the World Open against Greg Braylovsky …

2014 USCL Rosters Announced!
US Chess League
With the opening day of 2014 only a week away, the USCL teams have revealed their rosters for the season! See the teams’ individual rosters on their team …

Chess NYC announces the addition of GM Gata Kamsky to the New York Knights
US Chess League
Chess NYC announced today the acquisition of reigning USA Champion GM Gata Kamsky to compete for the New York Knights. The Season launches …

IM Alexander Katz introduces the 2014 New Jersey Knockouts
US Chess League
We’re back for another exciting season of US Chess League action. 2 new teams, the Atlanta Kings and the Rio Grande Ospreys, have joined the fray with …

Monster Opening Preparation, Part 2
Chess.com
In our second installment of Monster Opening Preparation (part 1 here), we’ll take a look at two of the most famous “prep” games ever. Both are highlighted by legends …

Another trap in the Caro-Kann, Two Knights Variation
Chicago Chess Blog
Bobby Fischer wrote in My 60 Memorable Games that the purpose of the Two Knights Variation against the Caro-Kann Defense (1.e4 c6 2.Nc3 d5 3.Nf3) …

Van der Lende Chess Master in London System
BDG Blog
What does it takes for a child to become a master in chess? A few years ago I played Ilias Van der Lende in a London System. My opponent was a …

Knights Do Not Always Lose to Bishops
ENYCA
Today’s game is a renewal of a long standing rivalry. Carl Adamec and Dean Howard have been playing each other since sometime in the 1970s. …

Open Chess on 081814 Monday Night
Livingston County Chess Blog
We had fourteen players on an Open Chess night at LCCC. One 960 tournament game was left to be played and Luke S won it beating a higher rated player. …

Oklahoma City chess club offers outdoor games
NewsOK.com
OKC Challengers Chess Club member Jake Williams hosts chess games from noon to 6 p.m. Saturdays at the Myriad Gardens in downtown …

Chess Club members plan their moves at tournament
Fullerton News Tribune
Players from the La Palma Chess Club battled for supremacy on Friday during the second week of the Vienna’s Last Gambit Centennial …

Reaching The Top of The Chess World, And Planning For Retirement
Arutz Sheva
On this week’s Goldstein On Gelt Show, Doug meets the world’s greatest chess player, Grandmaster Magnus Carlsen. Find out what it takes to get to …

Chess gold medallist calls on Naidu
The Hindu
Commonwealth chess gold medallist under physically challenged category K.V. Krishna Karthik along with his coach Shaik Khasim of Global Chess …

Chess: Spearheads Indian Challenge in Abu Dhabi Masters
Outlook India
Grandmaster and former world junior champion Abhijeet Gupta will spearhead the Indian challenge in the Abu Dhabi Masters that starts in the Gulf Emirate …

Grandmaster Tania Sachdev turns 28, sneak peek into her personal, professional life
Dailybhaskar.com
India’s chess grandmaster Tania Sachdev has turned 28 today. One of the most talented Indian female chess player, who went on to dominate the world. Sachdev started …

Pascua tops chess tilt
Sun Star
Haridas Pascua concluded a five-hour chess marathon with a win over Baguio City National High School up and comer Jan Daryl Batula to …

Championships lost but honours gained as local chess players return home
Kaieteur News
They have had a poor start in their quest to procure honours at the 41st Chess Olympiad in Tromsø, Norway after losing to Albania on the inaugural day of the …

Kenyans Back After a Disastrous Outing At the 41st Chess Olympiad in Tromso
The Star
Team Kenya arrived back in the country early on Saturday morning, after a disastrous outing at the 41st Chess Olympiad in Tromso, Norway that took …

Botswana improves despite failure to win chess medals
Mmegi Online
Botswana has improved its rankings though its players failed to win medals at the just ended Chess Olympiad in Tromso, Norway. …

Zambia should recall Simutowe – Shabazz
The Post
National chess team member Chitumbo Mwali has attributed Zambia’s dwindling performance at the just-ended 41st World Chess Olympiad in Norway …

13th WUC Chess – Opening Ceremony
FISU
The opening ceremony of the 13th World University Chess Championship took place on Monday 18 August at the Silesian Philharmonic. …

How the stress of playing chess can be fatal
The Conversation UK
The death of a chess player in the middle of a match at the world’s most prestigious competition may have shocked those who view the game as a …

Daily Chess News Links August 19, 2014

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Specials of the Week
ChessCafe.com
This month purchase all four Winning Chess books by Jeff Coakley and receive one free!! Supply is limited. Sale ends August 31, 2014. …

Could teaching chess in schools make our children smarter?
Yorkshire Post
For years its been kept in the shadows of British sport, but could chess be on the brink of a resurgence? Sarah Freeman reports. …

In Memoriam: GM Dragoljub Ćirić
Chessdom
Belgrade Chess Union has the sad duty to inform that Grandmaster Dragoljub Ćirić passed away at the age of 80. Ćirić was born in Novi Sad in 1935 …

Grigoryan wins Badalona Open
ChessBase News
The Badalona Open 2014 was held from 2nd to 10th August 2014. It was a fairly strong tournament with an average rating of 2160. There were 85 participants …

The 7 most illegal chess moves of all time
Chess24 News
When we start to play chess we learn the rules and then stick to them. Or so you might think. The reality is somewhat different: time and again illegal moves …

Drum Interviews @ ’14 Olympiad
The Chess Drum
The Olympiad is the biennial chess festival attracting players, delegates and enthusiasts far and wide. Its beauty lies in the fact that all of the chess federations have …

Latvia and Turkey
Crouch Notes
It is gratifying to see that I have had so many page-views on this blog, which has only recently started, and now seems to be in full action. I have not yet achieved …

A Spark of Brilliance from Tromso
Ginger GM
The 2014 Chess Olympiad in Tromso was a great event for me to commentate on and watch. Lots of exciting games were played and it was a feast for any chess player. …

British Chess Championship 2014: My Best Effort
Ginger GM
The British Championship, is always an event that I try to play in. The mix of high level chess and fun social nights makes for a great event. …

Is Chess Unhealthy?
The Chess Improver
In the wake of two people dying on the final day of the Tromso Chess Olympiad there have been a number of articles speculating that the strain of chess is unhealthy. …

Winawer Praxis—III
IRLchess
The latest issue of The New Winawer Report has been posted (and not before time!). This one again covers some recent games in theoretical lines. This time the …

Irelands Olympiad Performance
Ennis Chess Club
Well there was quite a lot happening in the chess world over the last few weeks not least of which was the Olympiad in Tromso. As you may have gathered …

Kawiarnia Fantazja Tournament -Walbrzych
Ennis Chess Club
Well this tournament turned out to be a 7 rounder rather than the 9 rounder suggested in my previous post and it was also a bit weaker …

De la Bourdonnais versus McDonnell, 1834 Review: Part II
TheChessWorld
De la Bourdonnais versus McDonnell, 1834 was the mother of all matches, a marathon with 85 games played through six series from June to October 1834. …

Azarov Wins in Washington, Sevian Nabs Final Norm
United States Chess Federation
GM Sergei Azarov (BLR) won the Washington International while Sam Sevian earned his final GM norm. FM Kesav Viswanadha also earned an IM norm. …

Signing Day for the 2014 Sinquefield Cup
CCSCSL Recent Stories
On Tuesday, August 26, from noon to 2:00 p.m., the CCSCSL will host SIGNING DAY for the 2014 Sinquefield Cup. World Champion GM Magnus Carlsen …

How Bobby Fischer Saved Game of Thrones
Chess.com
You might know that Bobby Fischer was responsible for creating unprecedented excitement in the United States chess community when he defeated Boris Spassky …

How to win a lot of games exploiting a serious common opening mistake
Chess.com
I can speak easier than I can explain, so I made a short video. In essence, the common opening mistake being made in amateur chess is pushing rook pawns …

Chess Puzzles
ArcaMax Publishing
This is a fine example of four pieces coordinating to create a back rank make. The bishop, though looking vulnerable in the diagram, ends up protecting the mating rook …

McDonnell — La Bourdonnais 1834
Chess Skills
The ChessBase database contains 110 games of Alexander McDonnell (1798-1835). He was described shortly after his death as “the best English player” …

That Pin of f7
Chess Skills
Alexander McDonnell (1798-1835) lost a long string of games to Louis-Charles Mahé de La Bourdonnais (1795-1840) during their first match. After fourteen games …

Simons vs Brusey in BDG Vienna Kampars
BDG Blog
Martin Simons played the Blackmar-Diemer Gambit in several games of the British championship last month. Alan Brusey chooses the gambit declined line …

Books That Make Journeys Memorable
Forbes India
What keeps high flyers company while they are on the move: Viswanathan Anand, Chess Grandmaster, Since there is nothing much to do on a flight, I enjoy …

Rathanvel and Harshini lift chess trophy
The Hindu
V.S. Rathanvel of Coimbatore and A. Harshini of Tiruvarur emerged champions after the ninth and final round of the 27th state under-13 chess …

Sato, Caingles top chessfest
Sun Star
Panabo City’s Carl Zirex Sato and Holy Cross of Davao College’s Janes Hitfield Caingles shared top honors at the close of the 2014 Mayor Rody …

Jamie’s Mate 2014-Aug-19
Marianas Variety
This week is another tribute column; I know many have been done in the past year but another one is to be written. It comes from the Chess Olympiad …

Kazakh women’s chess team in Top-10 of Chess Olimpiad
Tengrinews
Kazakhstani women’s chess team is ranked 6th in the overall rating of the Chess Olympiad in Norwegian Tromso, Tengrinews reports citing Vesti.kz. …

Controversy Hits Chess Team Over ‘fair Play’ Gesture At Olympiad
AllAfrica.com
Team Rwanda returned from the Chess Olympiad in Tromso, Norway on Saturday embroiled in a bitter controversy. The controversy started on the final …

Ketho reckons chess is not a sport
Mmegi Online
Record five-time national chess champion, Phemelo Khetho had a go at his the sport on Facebook on Wednesday, dismissing it as unsuitable for the Olympics. …

Public piano propagator makes chess move
Radio Prague
Ondřej Kobza, has made a fresh move – on Monday the urban activist and café owner unveiled a public chess table at Prague’s Náměstí Míru, with other sites …

Daily Chess News Links August 18, 2014

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Specials of the Week
ChessCafe.com
This month purchase all four Winning Chess books by Jeff Coakley and receive one free!! Supply is limited. Sale ends August 31, 2014. …

Contentious contest?
Telegraph.co.uk
Malcolm Pein on how Russia were reinstated in the Women’s Chess Olympiad — and went on to win it …

Sterling effort by Adams
Telegraph.co.uk
Malcolm Pein on a brilliant Chess Olympiad performance by Michael Adams which took him up to 16 in the world rankings …

England stumble despite Adams win
Telegraph.co.uk
Malcolm Pein on the Chess Olympiad, where a victory for Michael Adams was not enough to save England from defeat by Serbia …

Carlsen loses again
Telegraph.co.uk
Magnus Carlsen left the Chess Olympiad after crashing to defeat in just 37 moves against rising Croatian star Ivan Saric in the tenth and penultimate …

Key victory for China
Telegraph.co.uk
Malcolm Pein on the Chess Olympiad …

France fight to the top
Telegraph.co.uk
Malcolm Pein on the 2014 Chess Olympiad in Tromso, Norway …

China Wins Gold at Chess Olympiad in Norway
ChessBase News
For the third time in this century the Russian men’s team did not win any medals at the Olympiad – and for the first time, ever, two Asian teams did. The young …

Shirov Loses to a 2200!
The Chess Mind Blog
When an amateur defeats a super-GM, it’s not only a shocking story but also grounds for hope. Even the greatest players can be upset, and in the case of …

Olympiad Deaths, and Death In Chess In General
The Chess Mind Blog
As has been widely reported, there were two deaths at the Tromso Olympiad, both occurring at the end of the event. The first was Kurt Meier …

Back to Basics
Quality Chess Blog
How would you defend this position with White? Or back to work if you like. I have talked to a few friends who have returned from the Olympiad and seen …

The giant-killer from Riga
Crouch Notes
My thanks to Ilkley Chess Club from Yorkshire who sent me a copy of the Armbrust – Shirov game at Riga. See the game in the notes to yesterday’s blog …

Sicilian Passion Killer (Video)
YMChessMaster
An Anti-Sicilian weapon that is proving very effective. I use the game Iordachescu-Ferro Italy 2014 as a typical example …

Englishman’s Olympiad brilliancy
Kingpin Chess Magazine
Forty years ago Michael Stean won $1,000 for the tournament’s most spectacular game …

Nimzo’s Knights
The Chess Improver
As last week’s game showed, Nimzowitsch’s blockading knights were a great feature of his play. This week’s game sees a very strong master humiliated by the …

The Best of Times
The Streatham & Brixton Chess Blog
Choosing my Champagne Moment ((C) TMS) of the Olympiad has not been the most onerous of tasks. Nothing could top seeing Bh6 appear on …

Norway Chess Olympiad, Tromso, 2014 – Interesting games from Round 7 (Video)
kingscrusher
Norway Chess Olympiad, Tromso, 2014 – Interesting games from Round 7 …

The Evans Gambit Part 3- 5…Ba5, 7.0-0 Nge7, 7.Qb3
Ian Simpson’s Blog
My investigations into the Evans Gambit Accepted are concluded with a look at the most critical lines following …

Hikaru Nakamura: Rise Of The Machines!
Chess.com
In one of my previous articles, I compared Mikhail Tal to a chess version of the Terminator. To be fair, except for his ultra aggressive playing style …

The Critical Line of the Vienna Gambit
The Kenilworthian
I have annotated the game Torre – Marshall, Alrick H. Man Vienna Gambit Theme 1925.  It is fitting that this most important game from the Marshall Chess …

A Tale of Two Squares
ENYCA
Last Wednesday a long delayed CDCL match between the Albany A team and the Schenectady A team took place. The results by board were …

Rousing welcome for the Indian chess team
The Hindu
The stars of the Indian chess team, which won a bronze medal in the Tromso Olympiad in Norway, were given a rousing welcome at the Chennai airport by …

Lalith gets warm welcome
The Hindu
Jetlag notwithstanding, Grandmaster M.R. Lalith Babu, after his triumphant return from Norway helping India win it’s first-ever Olympiad …

Rakesh Rao wins Journalists’ Chess Meet
Times of India
Rakesh Rao of The Hindu won the Press Club of India Annual Chess tournament by maintaining an all-win record in the five-round …

Padmini Owes Gold to Change in Preparation
New Indian Express
Odisha’s Padmini Rout made the country proud by becoming the first Indian woman to win an individual gold in the Chess Olympiad. The 20-year-old …

Dauletova Wins Bronze Medal at World Chess Olympiad
Astana Times
The Kazakh Women’s Chess Team achieved great success at the recent 41st World Chess Olympiad held in the Norwegian city of Tromsø. …

Chess champs bring home bronze
Cootamundra Herald
EA Southee Public school took out third place at the Riverina One-Day Chess Tournament, the best result for our region so far …

Daily Chess News Links August 17, 2014

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Specials of the Week
ChessCafe.com
This month purchase all four Winning Chess books by Jeff Coakley and receive one free!! Supply is limited. Sale ends August 31, 2014. …

Flow of Olympiad Medals for Russian Men Dries Up
NYT Chess
The reputation of the Russian men’s team took another hit at the Chess Olympiad, where it did not medal, although the Russian women took the gold. …

China Wins Gold at Chess Olympiad in Norway
Huffington Post
Chess shifted to Asia this week: for the first time two Asian teams stepped on the podium to claim olympic medals. …

Looking back: Tromso
ChessBase News
The Tromso Olympiad has come and gone, and we are left with beautiful memories of the most important chess gathering that happens every two years. …

A steeper fall for Shirov than above a Norwegian fjord?
Crouch Notes
Just a quick note to say that today Alexei Shirov lost against Florian Ambrust of Germany. Alexei had an official rating of 2709, picked up 13 rating points …

Secondary Matters
The Chess Improver
It seems to me that you might have three reasons for running a national chess project for children. Firstly, you could run a ‘scholastic chess’ project …

Armin in Caro-Kann to Blackmar-Diemer Win
BDG Blog
Armin PapavonFelix recently sent me a beautiful short sharp attack. White plays a winning combination in moves 14-15 to pick off the Black queen. …

The Queen in her Glory
Figjam Chess
I have compiled three puzzles which I hope will provide some aesthetic pleasure to the solver; they are all to do with the queen and its unique abilities. …

Shelby Lyman on Chess: Astonishing Precocity
Valley News
Nothing astounded the world’s chess community, which first encountered Bobby Fischer head-on in the Portoroz Interzonal tournament of 1962, more …

Ames High student earns top title in national chess competition
Ames Tribune
When Kushan Tyagi originally signed up for chess club, it was only because his friends and brother had joined. Now, almost 10 years later, Tyagi is earning top …

Human chess board and summer STEAM makes for interesting game of wits at Centro Cultural
The Hillsboro Argus
The executive director at Centro Cultural, Jose Rivera, is a big fan of chess. It’s a game that fits in well with the challenges they are …

PH chess hits rock bottom in Olympiad
Philippine Daily Inquirer
Even before the Philippine team left for the Tromso Chess Olympiad in late July, it was already saddled with many problems. …

PH finishes 46th in Chess Olympiad
ABS CBN News
GM Eugene Torre pulled off a win over IM Leonid Gerzhov while GM John Paul Gomez salvaged a draw from a losing position …

Garcia: No truth to NCFP claim on So
Journal Online
Lies, lies, lies. These were the words of Philippine Sports Commission (PSC) chairman Richie Garcia in reaction to claims that the government sports agency …

Maamo bags Kadayawan open chess title
Sun.Star
Davao City’s very own Harrison Maamo scored perfect six points to clinch the title of the 2014 Kadayawan Open Chess tournament held …

RI women in 61st place at Chess Olympiad
Jakarta Post
The Indonesian women’s chess team, which had initially excelled in the games, ended up ignominiously in 61st place among 136 participating countries at the …

Challenge the chess champ
Sault Star
The coach of Team Canada’s world youth championship squad, and Sault Ste. Marie native, will play up to 25 challengers at once at a charity chess …

Daily Chess News Links August 16, 2014

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Specials of the Week
ChessCafe.com
This month purchase all four Winning Chess books by Jeff Coakley and receive one free!! Supply is limited. Sale ends August 31, 2014. …

The Puzzling Side of Chess by Jeff Coakley
ChessCafe.com
The puzzles get a little tougher as the column goes on. …

Endgame Study
ChessCafe.com
F. Ibragimov, 1927: Where the true depth and subtlety of chess is revealed. …

Video Spotlight
ChessCafe.com
Daniel King interviews GM Sam Shankland at the Tromso Olympiad. …

Leonard Barden on Chess
guardian.co.uk
Chinas gold medals at the 174-nation Tromso Olympiad were a historic moment. Its team halved with the top seeds Russia and Ukraine but beat their other main …

Why chess is really an extreme sport
guardian.co.uk
The deaths of two players at the Chess Olympiad in Norway shows that it’s time tournaments came with a health warning …

Two players die at world chess event in Norway
guardian.co.uk
Competitor dies in the middle of a match during Chess Olympiad in Norway and another is found dead in hotel room …

Norway’s Chess Olympiad shocked by two deaths
The Telegraph
Two deaths within hours of one another at international chess competition in Tromsø both declared as natural causes by police …

Two chess players die on same day as prestigious tournament is hit by double tragedy
Mirror.co.uk
Chess player collapses and dies at tournament while another competitor is found dead in his hotel room …

Marin on Tromso R11 – Battling nostalgia
ChessBase News
From his own days in the Romanian Olympic squad GM Mihail Marin knows the feeling: it’s the last round, your team is not in contention for the medals …

Deaths at the Chess Olympiad
ChessBase News
Sad news from in Tromsø: on the final day the Swiss-born CM Kurt Meier, playing on board two for the Seychelles, collapsed with a heart attack during his game. …

HZ Chess Open won by Krasenkow
ChessBase News
Coinciding with the Olympiad, the HZ Chess Tournament was held in Vlissingen, Holland, featuring a very healthy lineup of grandmasters, masters and amateurs …

How Kirsan outwitted Garry
Crouch Notes
It was, on the face of things, surprising that Kirsan Ilyumzhinov was not crushed in the FIDE’s election for the presidency, especially given that Garry Kasparov …

The Olympiad Trip – Day 18 (the long version)
Melbourne Games Coach
The final day of the Olympiad started early – with an 11am start to the games, the bus from the hotel left at 8:30 – so there was little time to get sleep the night before …

Game of the Week – Itkin vs. Kraiouchkine
Canadian Chess Newsfeed
The U2400 section at this year’s Canadian Open ended with IM Jean Hebert taking the top spot with 7.5/9 followed closely by Nikita Kraiouchkine in a …

Chess Problemist Shot
Keverel Chess
The one million British and Commonwealth WW1 fatalities cut swathes of heartbreak through every walk of life. Even the esoteric world of chess problemists …

Getting out of the Squeeze
The Chess Improver
In past articles I’ve talked about methods you can use to acquire an advantage during the opening and early middle game. We’ve explored some of these ideas …

De la Bourdonnais versus McDonnell, 1834 Review: Part I
TheChessWorld
Our columnist reviews a modern classic that celebrates a saga of epic proportions. De la Bourdonnais versus McDonnell, 1834 was the mother of all matches …

Rooks on the Seventh, Revisited
Chess.com
Despite his irritable personality and somewhat dogmatic assertions, Aron Nimzowitsch (1886-1935) is the undisputed patriarch of modern positional thought. …

Chess Puzzles
ArcaMax Publishing
Alertness is a key to accurate chess playing and this position is no exception …

Peter Webster on Kampars, Fischer and Diemer
BDG Blog
Peter Webster portrays the life of Nikolajs Kampars, editor of BDG Magazine, and chess players Nick Kampars met along his journey from Latvia to Wisconsin …

Chess By Shelby Lyman
The Buffalo News
Chess is a microcosm of life. The centrality of the decision-making process has resulted in the game being described as “the gymnasium of the …

Hip-Hop Chess Facility Opens In Fremont
NBC Bay Area
Hip-Hop and chess have been linked for years, thanks largely to an organization launched in part by Rza, called the Hip-Hop Chess Federation. …

Chess players invited to Myriad Gardens on Saturdays in Oklahoma City
NewsOK.com
An OKC Challengers Chess Club member is hosting chess games on Saturdays at the Meinders Garden Terrace at Myriad Gardens in Oklahoma City.

Chess (#1109)
Business Standard India
China took gold (19 points from 22) and India took bronze (17) in an excellent Olympiad for the two Asian giants. India tied for 2nd-5th and narrowly missed …

Lalith creates history in Norway
The Hindu
India defeats Uzbekistan to clinch the bronze medal, the first-ever medal in the format …

Indian team rode on steady play and smart strategy to succeed at World Chess Olympiad
sportskeeda
Solid play and strategic planning were the keys to India’s success at the 41st Chess Olympiad in Norway, said team members. For the first time, India won three medals …

World Chess Olympiad wraps up in Norway
AzerNews
Incredible and successful event, Chess Olympiad came to an end in Tromso, Norway. The tournament held on August 1-14 was an important event in the history of Chess. …

Ukraine just a sideshow to the big chess battle
Brisbane Times
Former world chess champion Garry Kasparov rarely tasted defeat in his playing career. But in an election for the presidency of the World …

Guam chess team beats Bahamas
Pacific Daily News
The Guam national chess team played the Bahamas in Round 8 of the 41st World Chess Olympiad in Tromso, Norway. Shown inside …

No more tears for youngest master
stuff.co.nz
Wellington chess player Layla Timergazi used to cry when she lost – now she rarely loses at all. The 13-year-old has just picked up the Women’s World Chess …

Chess Olympiad comes to grim end as player dies mid-game
Toronto Star
A major international chess tournament in northern Norway ended on a grim note, with one player dying in the middle of a game and …

Daily Chess News Links August 15, 2014

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Specials of the Week
ChessCafe.com
This month purchase all four Winning Chess books by Jeff Coakley and receive one free!! Supply is limited. Sale ends August 31, 2014. …

The 41st Chess Olympiad: China and Russia claim gold!
World Chess Federation
The leaders in both divisions turned up looking confident, the Russian women in particular, who were dressed for success, giving off a celebratory air. …

Official Chess Olympiad Show, Chess Brains (Video)
Tromso 2014
Susan Polgar interviews a director of an upcoming documentary movie …

Official Press conference after round 11 (Video)
Tromso 2014
The official press conference with winning team for the women section, hosted by Susan Polgar after Round 11 of the 2014 Chess Olympiad …

Official Press conference after round 11 (Video)
Tromso 2014
The official press conference with winning team for the open section, hosted by Susan Polgar after Round 11 of the 2014 Chess Olympiad. Guests are: GM Wesley So GM Csaba Balogh Jarlie Heitmann …

Official Chess Olympiad Show, FIDE Awards (Video)
Tromso 2014
FIDE is giving awards to best Trainers and Arbiters of chess. Susan Polgar Interviews one of them, GM Vladimir Chuchelov …

Tromso Final
ChessBase News
China kept its implacable pace and a last round win clinched their gold. Hungary suffered but obtained the draw for a silver medal. India came out of nowhere …

Judit Polgar: the greatest prodigy ever
ChessBase News
Judit Polgar’s announced retirement from chess competitions at the 41st Chess Olympiad marks the end of an era the likes of which none could foresee …

Ni Hua and Yu Yangyi visit the the Olympiad webcast – Round 11 (Video)
Chess24
Daily Live Commentary webcast direct from Tromsø, Norway …

Scotland in Tromso – The End
Quality Chess Blog
The Tromso Olympiad ended earlier today. I will start with a photo from earlier this week of the television in the house the Scottish men stayed in. What’s the point? …

Diary from a fried brain – End of Tromso Olympiad
Quality Chess Blog
Round 10 was another disappointment. Davor held a draw against a good player on board one, while Mads and I had winning chances on boards 3 and 4. …

The Tromso Olympiad closes
Crouch Notes
Somehow, all the tension has drifted away, after the last games had finished. We have the final scores, and it is now already recorded chess history. …

Tromso Olympics: China Wins the Open; Russia the Women’s Section
The Chess Mind Blog
There was some drama on the last day of the Tromso Olympiad, but it didn’t have to do with the race for first. In the Open Section the Chinese team crushed Poland …

Olympiad Tromsø 2014 – Round 11 Report (Video)
PowerPlayChess
A brief on-the-spot report of round 11 of the Tromsø Olympiad 2014. …

Olympiad Tromsø 2014 – A quick chat with Fabiano Caruana (Video)
PowerPlayChess
Each day in Tromso we will feature a series of rapid-fire interviews. Today, Italy’s Board 1 Fabiano Caruana …

Olympiad Tromsø 2014 – A quick chat with Harika Dronavalli (Video)
PowerPlayChess
Each day in Tromso we will feature a series of rapid-fire interviews. Today, India’s Board 1 Harika Dronavalli. …

Olympiad Tromsø 2014 – A quick chat with Ilia Smirin (Video)
PowerPlayChess
Each day in Tromso we will feature a series of rapid-fire interviews. Today, Israel’s Board 3 Ilia Smirin …

Olympiad Tromsø 2014 – A quick chat with Aseel Faqeeh (Video)
PowerPlayChess
Each day in Tromso we will feature a series of rapid-fire interviews. Today,Palestine’s Board 3 Aseel Faqeeh. …

Stalemate Steals the Point
Dejan Bojkov Chess Blog
Round eight of the Olympiad appeared to be tough for the PNG team. we were facing Gambia. …

The Olympiad Trip – Day 18
Melbourne Games Coach
The final round saw an unfortunate end to the 2014 Chess Olympiad, with Seychelles player CM Kurt Meier collapsing at the board & apparently dying later …

Dealing with the King’s Gambit (Video)
YMChessMaster
Black is very comfortable as long as he knows his stuff. Jensen-Moiseenko Politiken Cup 2014 …

The Captain’s Report: Donaldson on the Last Round in Tromso
United States Chess Federation
IM John Donaldson reports on a tight loss for the US in the final round of the Olympiad in Tromso, Norway. Bright spots: GM Sam Shankland earned the individual …

Hoffman & Rhode on Olympic Impressions
United States Chess Federation
USCF Executive Director Jean Hoffman Sophia Rohde write about impressions from the FIDE Congress on Tromso. …

Pandolfini’s Puzzler #55: Winning the Hard Way the Easy Way
Chess.com
Professor: Good day, class. The class smiled back, some of the students even said “hi.” Professor: Are there any questions before we begin today’s session? …

Clash of Champions: the 1948 World Championship Tournament
Chess.com
Shortly after the end of World War II, Alexander Alekhine died, allegedly by choking, in a mostly empty hotel on the windswept coast of Portugal. He left the …

Olympiad is Over
dana blogs chess
The last round of the Chess Olympiad is in the books and, no surprise, China won. They beat Poland, 3-1, making any discussion of tiebreaks academic. …

Olympiad Update
ENYCA
As the Olympiad winds down to the last round taking stock of the US team’s performance can be done. Hikaru Nakamura has been solid on the first board; 5½ points …

Double Rook Endgames Require Patience
Improving Player
Double rook endgames can be a challenge. In the game below, I had a 3-2 pawn majority on the kingside against an opponent who was approximately 200 rating points …

Ray Haines in Colle System vs Queen’s Indian
BDG Blog
Ray Haines transposes into the Colle System of development in a Presque Isle club game. What is it like to play the same few opponents over and over again? …

The Evans Gambit Part 2- The Normal Position
Ian Simpson’s Blog
I’ve been busy during the last fortnight but have come out with the latest update on the Evans Gambit. …

China’s men win first gold at Chess Olympiad
Chinanews.com
China won a historic Chess Olympiad gold medal, becoming the first Asian country to take the men’s team title, breaking western countries’ dominance for the first …

China wins chess Olympiad gold, India wins bronze
Business Standard
On a day when the dragon nation China won the Olympiad chess gold medal for Asia, India, the other major country in the continent, captured the bronze …

Indian Men Crush Uzbekistan, Tied Second in Chess Olympiad
NDTVSports.com
China became the first Asian country to win the gold medal in the Chess Olympiad and their success comes at a time when there was a highest …

Indian men bring home historic Bronze at Chess Olympiad
Deccan Chronicle
Backed by some gutsy performances on all four boards, the Indian men crushed Uzbekistan 3.5-0.5 to clinch a historic bronze …

India win chess Olympiad bronze, individual gold and silver
Yahoo! Maktoob News
On a day when China annexed the Olympiad chess gold medal, India captured the bronze crushing Uzbekistan 3.5-0.5. Woman Grandmaster (WGM) Padmini Rout …

K Sasikiran completes a ton
Times of India
K Sasikiran became India’s first player to play 100 games in the Chess Olympiad on Thursday. He beat Uzbekistan’s Dzhumaev in his milestone tie. Sasi was rested …

Pestaño: Alien abductee is reelected president
Sun Star
The largest Olympiad with 174 countries playing is now on its final stage in Tromso Norway. An important side event to the tournament is the …

GM Gomez’s lecture moved to Sept. 7
Sun Star
Because of the still ongoing battle for world chess supremacy among nations, GM John Paul Gomez had to reschedule his clocked simultaneous …

PSC claims it isn’t hindering Wesley So’s US transfer
Rappler.com
Contrary to the claims of National Chess Federation of the Philippines president Prospero Pichay Jr, the Philippine …

Men’s team drops 20 places at chess Olympiad
TalkVietnam
Vietnamese men failed to defend their top 7th place finish at the Olympiad world chess team championships in Norway, sliding down 20 …

Cuba Equals Historic Performance in World Chess Olympiad
Radio Cadena Agramonte
The Cuban male chess team today beat his counterpart in England and finished seventh in the World Championships of Tromso, Norway, to match his best performance …

Seychelles loses Chess player at Tromsø Olympiad
Seychelles News Agency
The Seychelles Chess community is mourning the death of one of its active members Kurt Meier who died yesterday at the 41st Chess Olympiad in Tromsø, Norway. …

Second death within hours at Chess Olympics
The Local.no
The male victim is the second chess particpant to die on the same day, after a 67-year-old man collapsed and died in the main play arena while …

Daily Chess News Links August 14, 2014

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Specials of the Week
ChessCafe.com
This month purchase all four Winning Chess books by Jeff Coakley and receive one free!! Supply is limited. Sale ends August 31, 2014. …

Collaboration with ChessCafe
Yelena Dembo
Starting from today it is possible to buy various endgame, theory and middlegame materials with my analysis in ChessCafe Shop! View the page here. …

Olympiad
The Spectator
The Tromsø Olympiad finishes on Thursday 14 August, too late for any definitive conclusions to be drawn here as to the likely medallists. The parallel great contest …

World’s greatest female chess player Polgar retires
Yahoo! News
Hungarian grandmaster Judit Polgar, widely recognised as the greatest female chess player of all time, said Wednesday she is retiring from competition …

The Future of Chess, Not FIDE
Kasparov2014.com
When I announced my campaign for FIDE president on October 8 in Tallinn, I stated that my goal was to elevate our game to the very high level in the public mind …

Judit Polgar to retire from professional chess
The Week in Chess
Judit Polgar is to retire as a professional chess player at the end of the Olympiad. The surprise announcement was made in a brief interview with The Times. …

Marin on Tromso R10 – Boring symmetry?
ChessBase News
How long can perfectly symmetrical play last at the top level of chess? Eleven moves? And what are the results of games in which the moves are mirrored? …

Tromso final round preview
ChessBase News
The last round starts at 11 a.m. in Central European Time. Many of the medals are still to be defined, and we are not just talking about the team medals either. …

Lake Sevan 2014: Vidit Gujrathi triumphs
ChessBase News
23 years ago a young Indian grandmaster took part in one of the strongest events ever, together with nine other top players, all Russian speaking. He won with …

Jan’s Olympiad Diary: Final round!
Chess24 News
The Chess Olympiad is coming to an end and at 11 o’clock the 11th round begins. China (Open) and Russia (Women) are out in front and shouldn’t let …

Kasparov’s worst defeat
Chess24 News
Round 9 of the Chess Olympiad coincided with the FIDE Presidential Election. Garry Kasparov was aiming to take over from Kirsan Ilyumzhinov …

Chess Olympiad – Round 11 – Live commentary webcast (Video)
Chess24
Round 11 from the Chess Olympiad in Tromsø! For best viewing experience …

Round 10 guest replay (Video)
Chess24
If you missed yesterday’s webcast, here’s one of the highlights. …

Catching up on Olympiad statistics
Crouch Notes
This is a rest day, so no need to catch up on live games, and I can start writing before lunchtime, to finish later on. The news is that Magnus Carlsen has decided not …

Olympiad Tromsø 2014 – Play of the Day Round 8 (Video)
PowerPlayChess
Daniel King demonstrates the play of the day from round 8 in Tromsø …

Olympiad Tromsø 2014 – Play of the Day Round 9 (Video)
PowerPlayChess
Daniel King demonstrates the play of the day from round 9 in Tromsø …

Olympiad Tromsø 2014 – Round 10 Report (Video)
PowerPlayChess
A brief on-the-spot report of round 10 of the Tromsø Olympiad 2014. …

Olympiad 2014: Penultimate night
davidsmerdon.com
A lot’s happened, and I’ve been neglecting my updates. I guess that just means plenty of post-Tromsoø updates. For now, here are the cliff notes …

Team Canada pix and vid at Tromso
Canadian Chess Newsfeed
For the last day off before the final round at the 2014 Olympiad, here are some photos and video links for the Canadian Team. …

The Olympiad Trip – Day 17
Melbourne Games Coach
So today was the final rest day … and given the schedule for the time I have remaining in Tromso, may be the very last time I get any decent rest – tomorrow the round …

Plan B – Olympiad Reports
Irish Chess Cogitations
Well so much for the best of intentions, and plans to do regular reports with video, photos, and game notation during the event. The simple truth is that the demands …

5 Biggest Upsets of Chess Olympiad: Tromso 2014
TheChessWorld
Today’s topic is the 2014 Chess Olympiad at Tromsø. There were a lot of great games to choose from for our “tradicomedy” article – the biggest upsets. …

Beware of Trying to Win Poisoned Pawns
The Chess Improver
An important and advanced theme in chess openings is that of the “poisoned” Pawn belonging to one’s opponent, a Pawn that is unprotected and may be attacked …

Brown & Guadalupe Report from FIDE Congress
United States Chess Federation
FIDE Zonal President Franc Guadalupe and the Councilor for FIDE Qualification Commission, Walter Brown report on the FIDE Congress held in conjunction …

Chess Puzzles
ArcaMax Publishing
I ran across this game and couldn’t help but be intrigued by White’s exploitation of the pin of the knight on f6. Haven’t see anything like it. ….

One Round to Go
dana blogs chess
With one round to go in the chess Olympiad, the U.S. is still in contention for… something, and the gold-medal team is in my opinion all but decided. …

Keep Your King Protected
Improving Player
I played the Albin Counter-Gambit against a player of equal strength. I felt quite a lot of pressure in the early moves of the game. My opponent had obvious …

Bad Choice of Opening
Improving Player
I’ve mentioned before that gambits and risky lines are dangerous against an unknown opponent. I chose the Schliemann/Jaenisch Defence to the Ruy Lopez …

Caro-Kann Advance Variation – Part 2
Dayton Chess Club
Part 2 of the Caro-Kann Advance Variation by David Rittenhouse…..Part 2 of a six part series! …

Cavicchi Wins vs GM Dreev in Budapest Gambit
BDG Blog
Grandmaster Alexei Dreev agrees to play at odds on the clock and drops a game to our Italian friend Francesco Cavicchi. This begins as an Englund Gambit …

Tom Purser Tests Trompowsky vs Tim Sawyer
BDG Blog
In his postal chess prime, Tom Purser would sometimes take a break from his beloved Blackmar-Diemer Gambit to experiment with the Trompowsky Attack. …

Chess player takes game to Canadian championships
Williams Lake Tribune
Lakecity chess prodigy Kai Richardson recently took his game to the Canadian Youth Chess Championships and the Canadian Open in Montreal. …

NRK breaks new ground to show chess on television
NRKbeta
When The Norwegian Broadcasting (NRK) planned the television broadcast of the now ongoing Chess Olympiad 2014 in Tromsø, Norway, we …

Iran defeats Chile in 2014 Chess Olympiad
Press TV
Iran national women`s chess team has earned a resounding victory in the tenth round of the 41st edition of Chess Olympiad, which is organized by the …

DV Sundar Re-Elected as Vice-President of World Chess Governing Body
NDTVSports.com
Indian chess administrator DV Sundar was on Wednesday re-elected vice-president of world governing body of the game FIDE for another …

Chess Master Chumfwa Misses Out On IM Crown
AllAfrica.com
Chess Master (CM), Kelvin Chumfwa missed on being crowned International Master (IM) after losing his match against Ward Al Tarbosh at the …

8-year-old PH chess prodigy gets world-class training in US
Philippine Daily Inquirer
An 8-year-old Filipino chess prodigy is seeking specialized chess training and instructions in the United States in a bid to contend in the …

Vishnu Singh, Caribbean Junior Chess Champion
Repeating Islands
ishnu Singh, a student of Presentation College, Chaguanas, and Trinidad and Tobago’s junior champion, finished unbeaten en route to winning the …

Benjamin Franklin and the Morality of Chess in the New Republic
Les Harrison
It is common for most historians of chess in the United States of America to start with Ben Franklin. Franklin was, after all, a noted devote of the game. In addition …

Daily Chess News Links August 13, 2014

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Specials of the Week
ChessCafe.com
This month purchase all four Winning Chess books by Jeff Coakley and receive one free!! Supply is limited. Sale ends August 31, 2014. …

The Instructor by Mark Dvoretsky
ChessCafe.com
Several difficult and beautiful exercises for independent solving. …

The Kibitzer by Tim Harding
ChessCafe.com
The 2014 Irish Chess Championship and GM Baburin’s blindfold performance. …

Everyman Ebook Cafe
ChessCafe.com
One of the most important and influential players in chess history. …

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

Book Review
ChessCafe.com
A terrific book that absolutely anyone can benefit from and enjoy. …

Video Spotlight
ChessCafe.com
The only way is down when you are No 1. …

Alexander Shabalov again savors Open chess tourney success
The Washington Times
Twenty-one years after his first Open title, GM Alexander Shabalov was back in the winner’s circle earlier this month, sharing the honors …

Did Kasparov’s Outspoken Nature Cost Him the Election?
The New York Times
After a spirited campaign that had him traveling round the world, Garry Kasparov lost his bid to become the president of the international chess …

Kirsan Iljumzjinov on questions about corruption
VGTV.no
The heart-pounding election has been about accusations of cheating and corruption. And it continued with full strength in an auditorium at the University of Tromsø …

The 41st Chess Olympiad: Round 10
World Chess Federation
China’s Open team will have the final rest day to mull over how best to bring home gold after Yu Yangyi’s win over Laurent Fressinet gave them a vital …

57th WCCC: Schedule
WFCC
The detailed schedule of the 57th WCCC is published on the Official website of the congress. Also, some more composing tournaments, the venue of the …

Official Press conference after round 10 (Video)
Tromso 2014
The official press conference hosted by Susan Polgar after Round 10 of the 2014 Chess Olympiad. Guests are: GM Wesley So GM Csaba Balogh Jarlie Heitmann. …

Official Chess Olympiad Show, Interview with Ivan Saric (Video)
Tromso 2014
Susan interviews player who just defeated Magnus Carlsen in round 10. …

Official Chess Olympiad Show, Interview with Richard Rapport (Video)
Tromso 2014
Susan interviews a Hungarian player Richard Rapport …

Official Chess Olympiad, Prime Minister visiting the Olympiad (Video)
Tromso 2014
Prime Minister of Norway Erna Solberg making Magnus Carlsens first move. Before that Susan takes you around town square of Tromso …

Official Chess Olympiad Show, DGT, interview with Albert Vasse (Video)
Tromso 2014
Susan Interviews the man who introduced DGT to the chess world, Albert Vasse. …

Tromso 10: Hard to predict!
ChessBase News
Today was certainly a difficult day to predict, especially in the Women’s section. Russia lost to Ukraine, a grudge match that was clinched by Zhukova. …

Tromso Penultimate Preview
ChessBase News
The medal contention is nearing the final battles. In the open section China and France are duking it out for the lead, but they are followed by a contingency of …

FIDE (and ECU) elections in the international press
ChessBase News
As you know the election for the FIDE presidency was won on Monday by incumbent Kirsan Ilyumzhinov against challenger Garry Kasparov. Today the …

Judit Polgar to retire from competitive chess
ChessBase News
It came pretty much out of the blue: the most successful, easily the strongest female chess player in the history of the game today announced her retirement in …

Sam Collins helps out on the Olympiad webcast – Round 9 (Video)
Chess24
Daily Live Commentary webcast direct from Tromsø, Norway! …

David Smerdon visits the Olympiad webcast – Round 10 (Video)
Chess24
Daily Live Commentary webcast direct from Tromsø, Norway! …

Ruben Felgaer featured on the Olympiad webcast – Round 10 (Video)
Chess24
Daily Live Commentary webcast direct from Tromsø, Norway! …

Ahmed Adly joins Olympiad webcast – Round 10 (Video)
Chess24
Daily Live Commentary webcast direct from Tromsø, Norway! …

A China double is still possible, but the women could not quite beat the Spanish
Crouch Notes
Nerves are starting to hit in. It cannot be otherwise, when teams are playing to hit the medals. The big news today is that China beat France, and are clear leaders …

Tromso Olympics, Round 9
The Chess Mind Blog
Yesterday wasn’t just about the FIDE election; there was a round played, too. In the open section most of the top matches were drawn (e.g. China-Ukraine …

Tromso Olympics, Round 10
The Chess Mind Blog
One round remains in the Tromso Olympics, and it will be played on Thursday, after the second (and final) rest day. At this point, each section has a clear leader …

Olympiad Tromsø 2014 – A quick chat with Sam Collins (Video)
PowerPlayChess
Each day in Tromso we will feature a series of rapid-fire interviews. Today, Ireland’s Board 2 Sam Collins. …

Olympiad Tromsø 2014 – A quick chat with Le Quang Liem (Video)
PowerPlayChess
Each day in Tromso we will feature a series of rapid-fire interviews. Today, Vietnam’s Board 1 Le Quang Liem. …

Olympiad Tromsø 2014 – A quick chat with Anton Smirnov and David Smerdon (Video)
PowerPlayChess
Each day in Tromso we will feature a series of rapid-fire interviews. Today, Australia’s Board 1 and 5 David Smerdon and Anton Smirnov. …

Olympiad Tromsø 2014 – A quick chat with Sarasadat Khademalsharieh (Video)
PowerPlayChess
Each day in Tromso we will feature a series of rapid-fire interviews. Today, Iranian Board 2 Sarasadat Khademalsharieh. …

Olympiad Tromsø 2014 – A quick chat with Faisal Khairallah (Video)
PowerPlayChess
Each day in Tromso we will feature a series of rapid-fire interviews. Today, Lebanon’s Board 1 Faisal Khairallah. …

Olympiad Tromsø 2014 – A quick chat with Adam Ferrell (Video)
PowerPlayChess
Each day in Tromso we will feature a series of rapid-fire interviews. Today, one of the many volunteers of the olympiad Adam Ferrell. …

The Olympiad Trip – Day 16
Melbourne Games Coach
Back at board 18 again, this time for a clash between Lithuania & Qatar, which on paper seemed reasonably close. As it turned out, it couldn’t have been much closer …

US Teams Win Vs. Argentina & Vietnam
United States Chess Federation
In the penultimate round of the Olympiad in Tromso, Norway, both American teams won 2.5-1.5. The women won against Vietnam while the men defeated …

Readers’ Games, Questions and Comments, Part 7
Chess.com
Mordecai10 asked: I have just completed part 1 of your Test Your Chess Understanding articles, and I wasn’t completely satisfied by one aspect of …

Daytona Chess Club’s Tomaino proves he’s ‘still got it’ at US Open
Daytona Beach News-Journal
Paul Tomaino has been playing chess since 1949, but apparently, the game still has some surprises in store for the 83-year-old manager of the …

Checkmate! KU senior hosts chess camp
Herald and News
Ciara Dykstra plays chess with her mentor, Audrey Poudrier. Next week, Ciara will run the Checkmate! Chess Camp for children and teens in grades …

Tromso Chess Olympiad 2014: Carlsen the biggest disappointment for host country
nation.lk
World Champion Magnus Carlsen of Norway has been a big disappointment putting up pedestrian numbers of just 6 points in 9 games. While draws …

Kasparov fails to end Ilyumzhinov’s 19-year reign
In Black & White
Former world champion, the legendary Garry Kasparov, failed in his bid to end Kirsan Ilyumzhinov’s 19-year reign at the helm of the World Chess Federation …

Tolentino elected Fide sec-general
Philippine Daily Inquirer
Cavite Rep. Abraham “Bambol” Tolentino made his foray into the international sports arena when he was elected secretary-general of the World …

Cavite solon elected as new FIDE secgen
ABS-CBNNEWS.com
Cavite 7th district Rep. Abraham “Bambol” Tolentino was voted secretary general of the World Chess Federation (FIDE) during its …

VI chess players compete in Norway
BVI Beacon
After a four-year absence from the biennial Chess Olympiad, the BVI Chess Federation is currently competing in the 41st international tournament in …

Sub-junior chess: Aravind and Vaishali triumph
The Hindu
It proved a memorable day for Grandmaster R.B. Ramesh and Velammal School, Chennai, at the National sub-junior chess championship here on …

What Are the Benefits of Playing Chess?
Stansberryradio.com
There are many critical thinking games that both children and adults can benefit from. Today’s question comes from a listener who wants to know what the benefits …

Chess Instructor
idealist.org
Job Summary: In collaboration with the program director, school principal and other key stakeholders, the Chess Instructor will lead the planning …

Daily Chess News Links August 12, 2014

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Specials of the Week
ChessCafe.com
This month purchase all four Winning Chess books by Jeff Coakley and receive one free!! Supply is limited. Sale ends August 31, 2014. …

Kasparov Is Soundly Defeated in Bid to Lead Chess Federation
NYT Chess
The former world chess champion lost an election in Norway in his effort to unseat the incumbent, Kirsan N. Ilyumzhinov. …

Kasparov rejoins rank and file after failed bid to head chess federation
guardian.co.uk
Garry Kasparov may now lead a breakaway from Fide. …

Garry Kasparov loses battle for control of world chess to ‘alien abductee’
The Telegraph
Kirsan Ilyumzhinov – the incumbent, who claims to have been abducted by aliens – re-elected in battle for control of world chess seen as latest frontier in clash …

Garry Kasparov loses bid to be chess kingpin
BBC News
Former chess champion Garry Kasparov has failed to take the game’s top job from a multi-millionaire who says he was once abducted by aliens. …

The 41st Chess Olympiad: Round 9
World Chess Federation
Signs of accumulating fatigue or shaky nerves could be seen as Round 9 of the 2014 Chess Olympiad headed towards the first time control. New hope for the Chinese …

Shocking Africa Remarks, Israel Gelfer Unfit for FIDE VP
Kasparov2014.com
In front of a crowd of African delegates and many other witnesses, FIDE Vice-President Israel Gelfer announced they were “too lazy to hold their own meeting.” …

Tromsoe Chess Olympiad update
Magnus Carlsen Blog
I started with a decent win against Caruana after the rest day. Since then my play has been unusually erratic. Spoiling a much better position against Najditsch …

Official Press conference after round 8 (Video)
Tromso 2014
The official press conference hosted by Susan Polgar after Round 8 of the 2014 Chess Olympiad …

Official Press conference after round 9 (Video)
Tromso 2014
The official press conference hosted by Susan Polgar after Round 9 of the 2014 Chess Olympiad …

Official Chess Olympiad Show, Interview with Levon Aronian (Video)
Tromso 2014
Susan interviews the worlds number 2 chess player Levon Aronian …

Official Chess Olympiad Show, Interview with Elina Danielian (Video)
Tromso 2014
Susan interviews Elina Danielian after she finishes her game …

Official Chess Olympiad Show, Interview with Meier Georg (Video)
Tromso 2014
Susan Interviews Meier Georg just after his victory. …

Marin on Tromso R9 – The little guys
ChessBase News
“Pawns are the soul of chess”, said Phillidor. There are many other ways in which the little guys can become the true heroes of the game, restricting the enemy’s activity …

Winning against Magnus
ChessBase News
Beating Magnus Carlsen is difficult. Especially in the endgame. However, Arkadij Naiditsch managed to do just that, even if he needed a bit of luck to reach a good …

Chess Olympiad – Round 8 – Complete chess24 webcast (Video)
Chess24
Daily Live Commentary webcast direct from Tromsø, Norway! …

Paco Vallejo pops by the Olympiad webcast – Round 8 (Video)
Chess24
Daily Live Commentary webcast direct from Tromsø, Norway! …

Wesley So lends his expertise to the Olympiad webcast – Round 9 (Video)
Chess24
Daily Live Commentary webcast direct from Tromsø, Norway! …

Aryan Tari and Alexander Baburin on the Olympiad webcast – Round 9 (Video)
Chess24
Daily Live Commentary webcast direct from Tromsø, Norway! …

Elshan Moradiabadi drops by the Olympiad webcast – Round 9 (Video)
Chess24
Daily Live Commentary webcast direct from Tromsø, Norway! …

Diary from the Tromso Olympiad – Day 9
Quality Chess Blog
What a horrible day. Jakob has just resigned in what looks like a drawn ending. How easy it is to hold, I don’t know, but this is not what we deserved …

France and China to battle it out
Crouch Notes
In the open section, play was as close as you can get, with China and France in the tie on top, with game points as well as match points. China had four straight draws …

Ilyumzhinov Re-elected FIDE President, Wins 110-61
The Chess Mind
Defeating incumbents is never easy. This is true when the incumbent is competent and honorable, but it seems almost equally true even when the …

Olympiad Tromsø 2014 – Round 9 Report (Video)
PowerPlayChess
A brief on-the-spot report of round 9 of the Tromsø Olympiad 2014. …

Olympiad Tromsø 2014 – A quick chat with Hikaru Nakamura (Video)
PowerPlayChess
Each day in Tromso we will feature a series of rapid-fire interviews. Today, USA’s Board 1 Hikaru Nakamura. …

Olympiad Tromsø 2014 – A quick chat with Sam Shankland (Video)
PowerPlayChess
Each day in Tromso we will feature a series of rapid-fire interviews. Today, USA’s Board 5 Sam Shankland. …

Olympiad Tromsø 2014 – A quick chat with Axel Bachmann (Video)
PowerPlayChess
Each day in Tromso we will feature a series of rapid-fire interviews. Today, Paraguay’s Board 1 Axel Bachmann. …

Olympiad Tromsø 2014 – A quick chat with Markus Ragger (Video)
PowerPlayChess
Each day in Tromso we will feature a series of rapid-fire interviews. Today, Austria’s Board 1 Markus Ragger …

Olympiad Tromsø 2014 – A quick chat with Ana Matnadze (Video)
PowerPlayChess
Each day in Tromso we will feature a series of rapid-fire interviews. Today, Spain’s Board 3 Ana Matnadze …

Olympiad Tromsø 2014 – A quick chat with Carolina Lujan (Video)
PowerPlayChess
Each day in Tromso we will feature a series of rapid-fire interviews. Today, Argentina’s Board 1 Carolina Lujan. …

Olympiad Tromsø 2014 – A quick chat with Kirsan Ilyumzhinov (Video)
PowerPlayChess
Each day in Tromso we will feature a series of rapid-fire interviews. Today, FIDE president 1 Kirsan Ilyumzhinov. …

Carlsen in action at the Tromso Olympiad (Video)
YMChessMaster
The only way is down when you are No 1, but Magnus Carlsen seems to be comfortably coping with the pressure. Predojevic-Carlsen from Rd 8. …

Spot the blunder (Video)
YMChessMaster
1 b3 in action at the Tromso Olympiad GM Rapport v GM Onischuk from Rd 8 …

The Olympiad Trip – Day 15
Melbourne Games Coach
Today was the big day as far as the non-chess portion of this Olympiad was concerned … the election of the FIDE President was decided today while round 9 …

Norway Chess Olympiad, Tromso, 2014 – Interesting games, Part 2 (Video)
kingscrusher
Norway Chess Olympiad, Tromso, 2014 – Interesting games, Part 2 …

Game of the Week : Kristen Li vs Indy Ma
Canadian Chess Newsfeed
Here’s one of the most interesting games from this year’s CYCC. Both players seemed to be constantly looking for the most complicated variations, but the …

Is It the Chess?
The Chess Improver
It was great to see a chess player, Sharon Daniel, win Child Genius 2014 on Sunday evening. Sharon actually mentioned that one of the reasons she liked chess …

US Splits Both Matches
United States Chess Federation
Today the big news at the Olympiad was Kirsan Illijuminov’s decisive victory in the FIDE presidential election over Former World Champion Garry Kasparov. …

Sevian Leads Washington International
United States Chess Federation
The 3rd Washington International is well underway with a record number of attendees. IM Samuel Sevian leads with 3.5/4 and a 2718 performance rating. …

Chess Puzzles
ArcaMax Publishing
There’s an old chess saying that “He who takes the queen knight’s pawn sleeps in the streets.” Black has done that on b2. How do you get him to sleep in the streets? …

Mating Attack
Chess Skills
In the seventeenth game of their first match, Alexander McDonnell overlooked the strength of his opponent’s sacrificial attack. McDonnell (1798-1835) was born …

Quick Olympiad Update
dana blogs chess
Bobby Fischer can breathe a sigh of relief. If only he were still breathing, that is. Sam Shankland isn’t going to beat his record of 19 consecutive wins, because …

What Happened to Gata?
ENYCA
If you have not done so yet, I highly recommend reading the post preceding this one. W. Michael Mockler has crafted a most enlightening review of a couple …

Sochi may host Anand-Carlsen championship contest
Russia and India Report
The epic rematch between Indian chess grandmaster Vishwanathan Anand and Norway’s Magnus Carlsen is likely to be held in the Russian city of …

Guyanese chess players canter along despite fluctuating fortunes
Kaieteur News
Guyanese chess players continue to experience fluctuating fortunes but nevertheless are putting up strong challenges as action in the 41st Chess …

Elite Performance in Chess and Trading
TraderFeed
I would argue that chess is a far better breeding ground for trading talent than sports. If you take a look at the characteristics that distinguish successful …