Daily Chess News Links April 23, 2014

Specials of the Week
ChessCafe.com
Many in-stock items are heavily discounted throughout the online catalog, but here are some special items of note priced as low as .99 cents!! Sale ends April 30, 2014. …

Fields set for next month’s U.S. championship tourneys
Washington Times
U.S. No. 1 Hikaru Nakamura won’t be there this year, but it will still be a strong field for next month’s U.S. Chess Championship, to be held at its familiar …

Elisabeth Paetz: Khanty-Mansiysk becomes a real chess capital of women’s chess
Women’s Rapid and Blitz Championships 2014
Elisabeth Paehtz is Germany’s strongest female player. She was born on 8 January 1985 and learnt chess from her father Thomas, himself a Grandmaster …

Great mood is a key to success
Women’s Rapid and Blitz Championships 2014
One big tournament follows another in Khanty-Mansiysk. Just yesterday ladies celebrated at the closing ceremony of the FIDE Grand Prix, and today …

Rap attack
Women’s Rapid and Blitz Championships 2014
Rapid chess is so unpredictable! We are trying to catch some interesting moments for you and will upload the diagrams during whole day …

Day 1. Rapid
Women’s Rapid and Blitz Championships 2014
A photo essay from day one of the Women’s Rapid and Blitz Championships 2014 …

Women’s World Rapid and Blitz Championships started
World Chess Federation
Once again Khanty-Mansiysk is at the center of attention for the chess world: following the Candidates tournament and Women’s Grand Prix, this city hosts …

Shamkir 2014 Round 2 and 3
Magnus Carlsen Blog
I did not manage to play as accurately as in round 1, but still I’m fairly happy with my level of play both yesterday and today. Against Nakamura yesterday …

Nakamura wins Karjakin escapes in Gashimov Memorial Round 3
The Week in Chess
Magnus Carlsen still leads the Gashimov Memorial by a point over the rest of the field but it could have been even better as he quickly gained the advantage …

Gashimov R3: Nakamura Retaliates
ChessBase News
The American took out his loss yesterday against Carlsen on Mamedyarov, who he proceeded to crush swiftly. A pawn hunting expedition turned sour for …

13th Asian Continental heats up with exciting battles
ChessBase News
At the midway point, some of the players have already begun to stake their claim to fame, and a qualifying spot into grander events yet. Though the road is long …

Shamkir, Rd 3: Nakamura bounces back
Chess24 News
Hikaru Nakamura returned to 50% by beating Shakhriyar Mamedyarov in the only decisive game of Round 3 of the Gashimov Memorial in Shamkir …

Fighting Away Depression
Chess-News.ru
Carlsen lost his first half point at Gashimov Memorial taking place at Shamkir. In the third round world champion’s rival was Sergey Karjakin. The latter commented …

Gashimov Memorial 2014 Round 3
PowerPlayChess
Daniel King shows the games Nakamura vs Mamedyarov and Karjakin vs Carlsen from Round 3! …

BCM Game of the Month May 2014
YMChessMaster
Carlsen-Nakamura Gashimov Memorial 2014 Remorseless play by the World Champion …

Francisco Vallejo Pons, 2014 Thailand Champion
Bangkok Chess Club
An interview with GM Francisco “Paco” Vallejo Pons, winner of the 14th BCC Open 2014 Interview by Alexander J. Klemm Right after the final ceremony …

The Joy of Solid Openings
The Chess Improver
Players often start out their careers by playing really sharp openings but switch to more solid lines over time. There are good reasons for this …

Psychological Caution
The Streatham & Brixton Chess Blog
Exchange sac-wise, I’ve been in a bit of a slough of despond recently. A couple of days after last week’s post BORP? XXIX – I stumbled across a quote …

St. Petersburg tournament, Round 1
Old in Chess
The opening round of the St. Petersburg international Masters’ tournament featured four decisive games, with World Champion Dr. Emanuel Lasker …

Bill Mason (1964-2014)
United States Chess Federation
Bill Mason of Bethesda, Maryland died in hospice on March 16, 2014. Steve Mayer remembers the influential DC area player …

181 Players Qualify for 2014 World Youth
United States Chess Federation
The USCF is pleased to announce that 181 players have qualified to participate in the 2014 World Youth Chess Championships to be held in Durban …

Kolisch: Unknown Tactical Monster
Chess.com
Baron Ignatz von Kolisch (1837 – 1889) was born in Pressburg (Austrian Empire), which today is Bratislava, Slovakia. While a young man, he was the …

Chess Puzzles
ArcaMax Publishing
We’re looking at decision making when confronted with a position. Interestingly enough, most chess decisions are not “to win” or “to mate” or even …

LCCC Summer League Fills Up! – and Lesson Conclusion
Livingston County Chess Blog
The LCCC Summer League got 26 players! We even added to our membership as James K. joined our league. Welcome James! …

Playing chess can help kids’ thinking process
Newsday
People of all ages enjoy playing chess, but does it make you smarter? Some may … We think kids do think more strategically after a chess game.

Chess champ tells Tacoma kids: ‘You need to have patience’
TheNewsTribune.com
Eighteen-year-old Ugandan chess master Phiona Mutesi shakes hands after winning one of three simultaneous games she played against third grade …

Chess Prodigy Phiona Mutesi Sets Off on US Tour
Atlanta Black Star
Uganda’s Junior chess champion Phiona Mutesi and her coach, Robert Katende will meet this week with the Bill & Melinda Gates …

Chess is a game for life to Silver Spring students
Gazette.Net
Even with the shortened spring break because of winter snows, some students at Broad Acres Elementary School in Silver Spring spent three of their …

All-India Chess Championship gets under way in Mysore
The Hindu
The All-India Chess Championship (below 1800 FIDE rating), conducted by the Mysore Professional Chess Academy and other organisations, got …

Uganda’s Olympian Ssegwanyi snatches top prize in East Africa Open
In Black & White
Uganda’s Olympian Arthur Ssegwanyi is the East Africa Open chess champion after topping a field of 42 players with 6.5 points out of a possible …

Chess to hold seminar
Fiji Times
The Fiji Chess Federation will be holding a World Chess Federation (FIDE) Trainers’ Seminar on May 6 and 7 in Suva to educate and certify trainers …

Chess Anyone?
Random Walk Down Mommy Street
Earlier this month I experienced a chess tournament which involved leaving the house at 8:40 am and returning at 6:30 pm. If it were an event for …

The 99%

Book Review

Chess Tactics in Slav Defense, by ChessOK, Figurine Algebraic Notation, Download, $19.95 (ChessCafe Price $17.97)

“Chess is 99% tactics” proclaimed Richard Teichmann. While this is a slight exaggeration, tactics are surely one of the most important areas of the game. ChessOK has released a series of ten Chess Tactics courses, each of which features a different opening. In this review we will examine Chess Tactics in Slav Defense. This course is aimed at club and intermediate players and features many exercises to solve, along with theoretical overviews of the major lines after the moves 1.d4 d5 2.c4 c6.

Step by Step: Mate #53

Step by Step

Step by Step: Mate is designed to improve your visualization skills. The premise is simple, try solving for mate from the first diagram. For best results, set the position up on the board and think for as long as you need without moving the pieces. If you are unable to solve for mate, refer to the diagrams below in which you can solve Step by Step for mate in one, mate in two, etc.

Daily Chess News Links April 22, 2014

Specials of the Week
ChessCafe.com
Many in-stock items are heavily discounted throughout the online catalog, but here are some special items of note priced as low as .99 cents!! Sale ends April 30, 2014. …

Ugra stage of FIDE Grand Prix is officially closed
Women’s FIDE Grand Prix
After the end of the final round of women chess Grand Prix in Khanty-Mansiysk closing ceremony followed. Naturally chess players were the main …

Closing ceremony
Women’s FIDE Grand Prix
A photo essay from the Women’s FIDE Grand Prix closing ceremony …

Women’s FIDE Grand Prix in Khanty-Mansiysk: Round 11
World Chess Federation
The FIDE Women GP from Khanty Mansiysk came to an end, delivering two big announcements: it is official – the Chinese chess wall remained intact …

Women’s FIDE Grand Prix in Khanty-Mansiysk is officially closed
World Chess Federation
After the end of the final round of women chess Grand Prix in Khanty-Mansiysk closing ceremony followed. Naturally chess players …

Gashimov R1: Carlsen with a flying start
shamkirchess.az
The Gashimov Memorial has started in Shamkir, Azerbaijan, with six very strong players, all under 30 years of age. The average Elo is 2780 …

Gashimov Memorial, Round 2: Magnus Carlsen Wins Again
The Chess Mind Blog
And again, he is the only winner. His victim in round 2 of the Vugar Gashimov Memorial was Hikaru Nakamura, who has tried in various ways over the …

An All-GM Miniature
The Chess Mind Blog
Evgeni Vasiukov (the victim of the famous “hippopotamus in the marsh” game) may not be the player he once was, but he’s still pretty darned good. …

Carlsen beats Nakamura for perfect 2/2 start
The Week in Chess
Magnus Carlsen turned the two white’s he started with into two points at the start of the Gashimov Memorial following a win against Hikaru Nakamura …

Gashimov R2: Clear leader already
ChessBase News
Only two rounds have been played in the Gashimov Memorial, but already Carlsen has taken a full point lead. He played like a machine against Nakamura …

Khanty Final: Leaders intact
ChessBase News
Much fighting spirit was seen in the last round of Khanty-Mansiysk, but no changes were seen in the top spots. Hou Yifan had already clinched her …

Looking back at Dubai 2014: winner’s comments
ChessBase News
The 2014 Dubai Open turned oout to be a battle between former Junior World Champion Abhijeet Gupta and the very talented French GM Romain Edouard …

Hou Yifan Wins Khanty-Mansiysk Grand Prix, Girya Second
ChessVibes
The result was never in doubt: Hou Yifan won the Women’s Grand Prix in Khanty-Mansiysk. The reigning World Champion finished on 8.5/11 …

Carlsen Also Beats Nakamura in Shamkir
ChessVibes
Magnus Carlsen also won his second game in Shamkir, Azerbaijan. On Monday the Norwegian defeated Hikaru Nakamura and …

Shamkir: Nakamura Beats Mamedyarov, Carlsen Maintains Lead
ChessVibes
In the third round of the Shamkir Chess 2014 tournament’s A group Hikaru Nakamura defeated Shakhriyar Mamedyarov. In a Caro-Kann Advance …

Shamkir, Rd 2: Carlsen does it again
Chess24 News
World Champion Magnus Carlsen scored yet another victory over Hikaru Nakamura to push his lifetime record to an incredible 9 wins and no …

Shamkir B, Rd 1: Home players off to good start
Chess24 News
It’s difficult for any event to avoid being overshadowed by Carlsen and co., but the organisers in Shamkir had the good taste to accompany their …

Gashimov Memorial 2014 Round 2 – Carlsen vs Nakamura
PowerPlayChess
Daniel King shows the game Carlsen vs Nakamura from Round 2! …

Komodo – Stockfish (TCEC Season 6, Stage 3) annotated by GM Davorin Kuljasevic
Chessdom
One of the most interesting encounters of the third Stage was the battle between Komodo and Stockfish in the first round of TCEC Season 6 – Stage 3. …

Rajai N Alsusi, General Manager of Sharjah Cultural and Chess Club
Asian Continental Open
Mr. Rajai, first of all, thank you so much for organizing such a nice event in such a pleasant place. Can you tell us more about the establishment of the …

Doeberl Cup Day 5
Melbourne Games Coach
The final day of the Doeberl Cup saw me playing white against Tristan Stevens, who now calls Queensland home. I decided that I was willing to …

Doeberl Cup – Days 3 & 4
Melbourne Games Coach
The middle days of the Doeberl Cup are when the tournament really sorts itself out … and when it can become a bit of a grind also. Of the four games …

England’s Retired GMs
The Chess Improver
After a recent burst of tournament activity it looks like I’m going to be back on the bench again, at least until my son gets used to long play tournaments …

How to run a school chess club
Kingpin Chess Magazine
As every great chess player who runs a Chess School will tell you, enrolling your child in (preferably their) Academy will do wonders for their self-esteem …

How to annotate a chess game, you morons
The Streatham & Brixton Chess Blog
I could try and explain the subtleties of this move-order to you, but why don’t you stop wasting my time and look it up instead? …

Travail Pursuit #5: Finding the flaw
Yorkshire Chess
Here’s a position from a game played on this date five years ago in the Leeds League. White (me) has just ‘boldly’ (read ‘stupidly’!) sacrificed …

Tactics: Too Close for Comfort
Canadian Chess Newsfeed
This week’s Canadian Tactic comes from Esserman – Piasetski, San Francisco, 2014. White has just played 28.Re7 and has pieces swarming the …

Historical Notes
kwabc.org
John Townsend presents his new book on British chess personalities of the 19th century. Read more in our column New Chess Literature …

Baden gambit tournament, Round 11
Old in Chess
Paul Johner defeated Richard Reti to move into a tie for first place with Rudolf Spielmann after 11 rounds of the international Masters’ gambit tournament …

St. Petersburg tournament begins today
Old in Chess
The long-awaited international Masters’ tournament at St. Petersburg begins today, with eleven competitors set to take part, the list of entrants being …

Goodbye Portland
Queen of Katwe
Today was the last day in Portland and we could not have asked for it to end on a better note! We got picked up by a limo right at 9:00 that was provided …

Beginner Breakdown with Mike Kummer
CCSCSL
Mike Kummer presents a lecture for beginners at the Chess Club and Scholastic Center of Saint Louis on the value of fighting until the end …

When Castles Attack
Chess.com
There are certain rare actions in chess that elicit an almost emotional response – windmills, smothered mates, advantageous underpromotions and …

To the MC skeptics – As Mentioned by Ashik Uzzaman
Millionaire Chess
On April 12/14, while I was going through some MC-related posts, I came across a blog post written by Ashik Uzzaman. To be frank, I was really moved …

MC Decides To Move Ahead!
Millionaire Chess
We are going to take a leap of faith and go ahead with the tournament regardless… This means that the million dollar prize is now guaranteed. …

Chess players bring home loads of trophies
Coos Bay World
More than 350 chess players flooded the Seaside Convention Center on April 11 to play in the Oregon Scholastic Chess Federation state tournament. …

Youth chess players match wits at Milton tournament
Cape Gazette
Competitive youth chess is making its mark in southern Delaware. A large group of students, parents, friends and coaches gathered March 22 for a few hours …

Chess Tournament Slated
Gant Daily
The DuBois and Brockway Councils of the Knights of Columbus, in cooperation with the Tri-County Chess League, will hold its ninth …

Analytics skills no longer an extension of IT pros: Vishwanathan Anand
Economic Times
“Sometimes bravery is more important than playing with great understanding,” say five-time World Chess champion Viswanathan Anand in an …

Trio lead Asian Continental Chess Championships
gulfnews.com
Grandmasters B. Adhiban of India, Ehsan Ghaem Maghami of Iran and Yu Yangi of China remained tied for the lead in the open competiton …

Sharang, Shweta emerge District Chess champions
Times of India
Sharang Kapoor in the boys and Shweta Gole in the girls emerged champions in the Nagpur District Under-19 Chess Selection tournament …

Chess body to hold internationally-rated championship
The News International
The Pakistan Chess Players Association (PCPA), in collaboration with the Mind Sports Association of Pakistan (MSAP) and under the …

Larnaca hosts Chess Championship
InCyprus
Larnaca will host the 1st European Small Nations Individual Chess Championship for FIDE Zone 1.10, from Tuesday (April 22), until Wednesday …

Grandmaster Kasparov still has everything to play for
The Canberra Times
Grandmaster and former World Chess Champion, Garry Kasparov, speaks at the Doeberl Cup tournament held at the Woden Tradies Club. …

World Chess Hall of Fame Concert Series Continues
Alive Magazine Blog
Just last February, World Chess Hall of Fame held the first of the monthly and eclectic WCHOF Concert Series with the 442s, a new instrumental …

Readymake: Duchamp Chess Set
Scott Kildall
I’ve been collaborating with Bryan Cera on a new project called: “Readymake: Duchamp Chess Set,” which is close to completion — this is a preview …

Daily Chess News Links April 21, 2014

Specials of the Week
ChessCafe.com
Many in-stock items are heavily discounted throughout the online catalog, but here are some special items of note priced as low as .99 cents!! Sale ends April 30, 2014. …

R11: No big shifts in the standings
Women’s FIDE Grand Prix
The FIDE Women GP from Khanty Mansiysk came to an end, delivering two big announcements: it is official – the Chinese chess wall remained intact …

Hou Yifan seals the deal!
Women’s FIDE Grand Prix
Today, 20th April 2014, was marked by three important moments in the FIDE Women GP from Khanty Mansiysk: the Chinese power-lady proved indeed to be unstoppable …

Anna Ushenina
Women’s FIDE Grand Prix
Ukrainian Anna Ushenina firmly stood up from the crowd, by becoming the clear Ukrainian Women Champion for several years. Soon after …

Round 11 (photo)
Women’s FIDE Grand Prix
A photo essay from round eleven of the Women’s FIDE Grand Prix …

Round 10 (video)
Women’s FIDE Grand Prix
A video from round ten of the Women’s FIDE Grand Prix …

Women’s FIDE Grand Prix in Khanty-Mansiysk: Round 10
World Chess Federation
Today, 20th April 2014, was marked by three important moments in the FIDE Women GP from Khanty Mansiysk: the Chinese power-lady …

Shamkir 2014 starting well!
Magnus Carlsen Blog
During the press conference after round 1 I was asked about a perceived tendency to start slow and spend some rounds to get going. There might …

Gashimov Memorial, Round 1: Carlsen Takes the Lead
The Chess Mind Blog
Not wasting any time, world champion Magnus Carlsen was the first player to finish in round 1 (along with his opponent, of course), and the only one to come …

Carlsen starts Gashimov Memorial with a routine win against Mamedyarov
The Week in Chess
Magnus Carlsen started the Gashimov Memorial with a win against Shakhriyar Mamedyarov. Carlsen has the white pieces in the first two rounds …

Gashimov R1: Carlsen with a flying start
ChessBase News
The Gashimov Memorial has started in Shamkir, Azerbaijan, with six very strong players, all under 30 years of age. The average Elo is 2780, making it a …

Gashimov R01: Opening ceremony, B-Group
ChessBase News
The Gashimov Memorial tournament began with a visit to the beautiful marbel grave of the great Vugar Gashimov. At the opening ceremony many …

Khanty 10: Hou Yifan clinches
ChessBase News
With an easy draw against Anna Muzychuk, Hou Yifan was able to secure her win at the Grand Prix in Khanty-Mansiysk. Girya retains her second place …

Carlsen Grabs Early Lead in Shamkir
ChessVibes
In Sunday’s first round, Magnus Carlsen immediately took the lead in the A group of the Shamkir Chess 2014 tournament. The world champion …

Vallejo First on Tiebreak at Bangkok Open
ChessVibes
He’s not a professional chess player anymore, but he can still win tournaments: Francisco Vallejo Pons. The Spanish grandmaster edged out …

Shamkir, Rd 1: Magnus masterclass
Chess24 News
A magnificent positional game enabled World Champion Magnus Carlsen to beat Shakhriyar Mamedyarov and take an early lead at the Shamkir …

Thai Break
Chess24 News
The Gashimov Memorial is upon us and the chess world is eagerly anticipating seeing Carlsen back at the board. I’m feeling rather sad, though, as my favourite …

Shyngys Kyzy Aijarkyn
Asian Continental Open
Aijarkyn, I am very pleased to meet you. Please tell our readers about yourself. – My name is Shyngys Kyzy Aijarkyn, I am from Kyrgyzstan. …

Firusa Kasimdzhanov
Asian Continental Open
The 13th Asian Continental Chess Championship in Sharjah may be proud of many strong Grandmasters participating in it. One of the favorites of the tournament …

Theophilus Thompson’s book recreated!
The Chess Drum
Theophilus Thompson has appeared on this website many, many times. He is a legend in the annals of chess history, not only as a pioneer in the worldwide …

Chess, Waterfalls and Hope
Queen of Katwe
After an early wakeup call, everyone headed to the Portland citywide Chess Tournament headed by Chess For Success at Floyd Light Middle School. …

Gashimov Memorial 2014 Round 1 – Carlsen vs Mamedyarov
PowerPlayChess
Daniel King shows the game Carlsen vs Mamedyarov …

Danish Championship – Round 9
Quality Chess Blog
There was little to play for in the last round of the Danish Championship. GM Allan Stig Rasmussen looked set to win the tournament after winning against …

Knowing Classic Endgames
The Chess Improver
The last Bundesliga weekend saw Mickey Adams win a superb bishop ending against Rainer Buhmann (below). To the inexpert eye, the bishop ending …

Doeberl Cup 2014 – Kasparov is in Town
CoffeeHouse Chess
I had intended to write plenty about this tournament, but I had a cold that turned into a bronchial infection that has really knocked me out. …

Chess for Beginners with WGM Jennifer Shahade
CCSCSL
Chess WGM Jennifer Shahade presents a lecture at the Chess Club and Scholastic Center of Saint Louis for beginners around the idea of tactics and …

Fischer, Tal, and the most frequently forgotten chess rule
Chess.com
Let me start from the very end of this story. Sousse Interzonal 1967 will always be remembered for Fischer’s withdrawal after ten rounds. At that point he had …

Chess Puzzles
ArcaMax Publishing
A reader sent me an email asking for suggestions on how you should think to solve these puzzles. Was there some sort of system …

Adventures in Reno
dana blogs chess
So far, after five rounds in Reno, I have an even score of 2½-2½. So far, all of my five games have been quite interesting and tactical. Michael Aigner remarked …

Charmed (Far West Open Results, 2014)
dana blogs chess
Did you ever have a charmed day? A day when everything works out right? Well, that was Easter Sunday for me. First, when Kay and I went out for lunch …

Review of Dejan Bojkov’s “Modernized: The King’s Indian Defense”
The Kenilworthian
One of the most original King’s Indian repertoire books to ever appear in print is GM Dejan Bojkov’s Modernized: The King’s Indian Defense …

Chess returns to YMCA after 117 year absence
Marion Star
A total of 20 chess players from around Marion and Ohio competed in a United States Chess Federation chess tournament hosted by the Marion …

Asian Continental Blitz Championship 2014: Harikrishna and Harika finish second, claim silver
Sportskeeda
Chess in India seems to be on a roll. Close on the heels of Viswanathan Anand’s success at the Candidates tournament, Pendyala Harikrishna and …

Silver lining for Hyderabad Grandmasters
The Hindu
Harikrishna and Harika bag a silver each in the 13 Asian Continental Blitz chess championship …

Three share Asian Chess lead
Khaleej Times
GM Ehsan Ghaem Maghami, GM Pentala Harikrishna, Yu Yangyi, Tan Zhongyi, Harika Dronavali and Zhansaya Abdumalik seen with Elias Khairallah …

Trio lead the way in Asian Chess Championship
gulfnews.com
Sixty-four players from 21 countries are competing in the Open division, including 32 grand masters, 11 international masters and six World Chess …

Adhiban in joint lead; Sasikiran loses to Maghami
Zee News
The Asian Continental open and Women are part of the next world chess championship cycle. There are five qualifying slots for men and one for …

Pestaño: Chess problems—an inherent part of Chessmoso
Sun Star
For more than 10 years now my column always has a side feature featuring chess problems. There is a prize to be won, in this case, any flavor pizza from …

Sevillano starts campaign
Sun Star
Rhenzi Kyle Sevillano and seven other Cebuano chess players will start their campaigns in the National Chess Federation of the Philippines …

Malcolm Broun: Respected lawyer, historian, poet and playwright
The Age
He was educated at Newington College and Sydney Grammar School, where he discovered his first great passion in life, chess. At the age of 18 he …

Q is for the Queen in Chess
theocdsquirrel
For some reason, there’s always been this kind of stigma about the game of Chess. And I’ve never understood why. I grew up not only playing the …

Daily Chess News Links April 20, 2014

Specials of the Week
ChessCafe.com
Many in-stock items are heavily discounted throughout the online catalog, but here are some special items of note priced as low as .99 cents!! Sale ends April 30, 2014. …

Dubai Winner Makes the Most of Opponents’ Mistakes
NYT Chess
Romain Edouard won the Dubai Open Chess Championship by taking advantage of other competitors’ many miscalculations …

Two points ahead with only two rounds to go
Women’s FIDE Grand Prix
The Hou Yifan Express turned into a jet-propelled aircraft after today’s win over her main contender for the 1st place, the Russian Olga Girya. In a very entertaining …

Women’s FIDE Grand Prix in Khanty-Mansiysk: Round 9
World Chess Federation
The Hou Yifan Express turned into a jet-propelled aircraft after today’s win over her main contender for the 1st place, the Russian Olga Girya. In a very entertaining …

Aleksandra Dimitrijevic joins ACP Board
ACP
Aleksandra Dimitrijevic (Bosnia and Herzegovina) is a new ACP Board Member! Aleksandra is an experienced chess player, organizer …

Press Release – 20 April 2014
Asian Continental Open
Grandmasters B. Adhiban of India, Ehsan Ghaem Maghami of Iran and Yu Yangyi of China beat their respective 3rd round opponents to share the lead …

Sukendar Irine Kharisma
Asian Continental Open
Irine, please tell us about yourself a little – My name is Irine, I come from Indonesia, first WGM in my country. This year another WGM has joined me. …

Salim Ali Ahmed
Asian Continental Open
First of all, welcome to the world of chess. We know that this year Oman chess federation has joined FIDE. Let us congratulate you with this occasion …

Khanty 09: Hou Yifan leads by two points
ChessBase News
“Gira in hot pursuit” was the title of our previous report. The Russian WGM had beaten the second seed and was aiming at the leader, Women’s World Champion …

Spring starts with chess in Budapest
ChessBase News
During the 80s and 90s, the Budapest Spring Chess Festival was one of the largest chess events in the world with over 450 participants among whom …

13th Asian Continental – a two-nation battle
ChessBase News
The Open Section has 64 players, including 32 GMs and 11 IMs, and a 2398 average rating. There are 32 prizes, with the winner receiving US $6000. …

Khanty GP, Rd 9: Hou Yifan in a class of her own
Chess24 News
World Champion Hou Yifan will at least share first place at the Khanty-Mansiysk Grand Prix after playing a brilliant game in Round 9. She defeated …

Honoring Vugar Gashimov
Chess24 News
What better way to pay tribute to a great grandmaster, than gather many of the best players in the world to do what he did best: Play chess. Photos from …

Shamkir Chess 2014 – in memory of Vugar Gashimov
Magnus Carlsen Blog
The biggest chess news coming into April was clearly the convincing Candidates tournament victory by V. Anand, qualifying for the next World Championship …

Shamkir Chess Officially Opened at Touching Ceremony
ChessVibes
The Shamkir Chess 2014 tournament was officially opened on Saturday at the Heydar Aliyev Center in Shamkir, Azerbaijan. A touching opening ceremony …

Danish Championship – Round 8
Quality Chess Blog
Today was probably the hardest fought game I played in the tournament. I was early in trouble and tried to find ways to play my position, but instead …

WECU Championship & Congress – Easter 2014 – Day 2
Keverel Chess
Saturday dawned with the brightest of sunshine and a renewed spirit of optimism in the minds of yesterday’s losers. One of those was certainly not David Toms …

Games People Play
The Chess Improver
Growing up, as I did, in the 1950s and 1960s, playing board games and card games was something most families enjoyed. There were only two television …

Travail Pursuit #4: Thoughts on castling
Yorkshire Chess
We’re back in puzzle mode for today’s archive excerpt. Take a look at the position below and have a think about this question. It’s White to move. …

Game of the Week : Nikulich vs Ming
Canadian Chess Newsfeed
I replace FM Louie Jiang this week by analyzing a nice game between Oleksandr Nikulich and Wenyang Ming at the Père-Noël (Santa Claus) tournament …

Great Britain defeats Holland 12-4 in match play
Old in Chess
A double-round match between teams representing Great Britain and Holland, held at the Hague on the 11th and 13th inst., was won by the visiting side …

Baden gambit tournament, Round 10
Old in Chess
The second half of the international Masters’ gambit tournament at Baden began in combative style, as for the first time all five games finished …

Quest to the First GM Norm
United States Chess Federation
14-year-old Akshat Chandra of the Quest to GM blog writes about earning his first norm at the GM Norm Invitational at the Marshall Chess Club …

Webster Wins the Final Four of College Chess – Again
U.S. Chess Trust
For the first time, the Final Four of College chess was held in New York City. The New York Athletic Club was the venue for this prestigious event and …

Chess Horizons Issue: Spring 2014
MACA
It is no great secret that the recent history of Chess Horizons has been a tumultuous one. Work and other time commitments have made it impossible …

Fireworks by the River
dana blogs chess
After I finished my evening game in the second round of the Larry Evans Memorial, I went outside and was surprised to see some fireworks going off …

Remove the Defender
Chess Skills
This position arises in the second game of the first issue of Chess Informant in 1966. It is a wild game …

Unusual checkmate
Frisco Del Rosario
Black has a few disadvantages: three pawn islands are harder to maintain than two, while he’s behind in development and threatened with mate in one. …

Chess By Stephen Dann
Worcester Telegram
Many top players shun being sports icons, but Hikaru Nakamura, 26, of New York, ranked 8th in the world, now has a major commercial sponsor …

Chess By Shelby Lyman
Buffalo News
For children, chess is as easy as eating apple pie. Children love competitive games and sports. The royal game seems to offer a special attraction in a world …

Pawn stars: RRHS state championships extend to chess
Albuquerque Journal
Says his coach, long-time chess devote Mitchell Robison — who admits he can’t beat Gustafson — “Corbin Gustafson is a remarkable chess player …

Hilltop Elementary to hold chess tournament
Denton Record Chronicle
The 2014 Hilltop Elementary Chess Tournament will be held April 28 and 29 in the school cafeteria. All of the students participating will receive a …

Abhijeet Gupta loses to Ziaur Rahman
Times of India
Grandmaster Abhijeet Gupta suffered a shock defeat at the hands of Ziaur Rahman of Bangladesh in the second round of 13th Asian Continental …

Small nations chess championship to take place in Cyprus
Famagusta Gazette
Cyprus will host for the first time the chess championship of small states of Europe. The championship will take place April 22-30 in the coastal town of Larnaka. …

Daily Chess News Links April 19, 2014

Specials of the Week
ChessCafe.com
Many in-stock items are heavily discounted throughout the online catalog, but here are some special items of note priced as low as .99 cents!! Sale ends April 30, 2014. …

Leonard Barden on Chess
guardian.co.uk
Which is the strongest chess club in Europe? Following Baden-Baden’s ninth consecutive German Bundesliga title, top seeded Malachite Sverdlovsk …

Kateryna Lagno: I see some developments for women’s chess
Women’s FIDE Grand Prix
It was not hard to predict the readiness of the chess world to roll out the red carpet for the new rising star: the Ukrainian prodigy, Kateryna Lagno …

Round 9 (photo)
Women’s FIDE Grand Prix
A photo essay from round nine of the Women’s FIDE Grand Prix …

Round 8 (video)
Women’s FIDE Grand Prix
A video from round eight of the Women’s FIDE Grand Prix …

Magnus Carlsen explains his approach to chess
ChessBase News
In an interview he gave to Le Monde, Magnus Carlsen looks back on winning the supreme title against Viswanathan Anand and talks about his vision …

Khanty-Mansiysk: Hou Yifan Still on Top, Girya Second
ChessVibes
Hou Yifan still tops the standings after eight rounds at the Women’s Grand Prix in Khanty-Mansiysk. The reigning World Champion scored …

Asian Federations Sign Open Letter in Support of Leong
ChessVibes
Representatives of Asian chess federation have signed an open letter in which they express their support for Ignatius Leong, the current General …

Two decisive games in the eleventh round of TCEC Season 6 – Stage 3
Chessdom
Stockfish 4 (3135), modification 080414 maintains the lead in TCEC Season 6 – Stage 3 with 8/11, defeating Shredder 12 (2921) with Black pieces in …

Materialistic Instincts
Chess: A Singapore Column
Materialistic instincts in chess are prevalent especially in rapid and blitz when instinctual reactions often escape a more rational check. Here’s an example …

Asian Continental Chess Championship Round 2
Asian Continental Open
GM Salem A. R. Saleh of the UAE and six others remained tied for the lead with two points each after as many rounds of the Asian Continental …

Vishnu Prasanna V: I didn’t lose my advantage in the second round
Asian Continental Open
Vishnu, nice to meet you. Please tell us about yourself a bit. – I am 24 years old, I started to play chess when I was twelve. Chess in India was becoming …

Ghaem Maghami: everyone is in good shape, it is a very tough tournament
Asian Continental Open
Ghaem, nice to see you again, tell me how do you find the Asian Continental Chess championship of this year? How were you qualified here? …

GM Vallejo Pons is the new Thailand Champion
Bangkok Chess Club
GM Vallejo Pons wins 14th BCC Open 2014, GM Barbosa is runner-up on tiebreak …

Danish Championship – Round 7
Quality Chess Blog
Today I lost. Allan is a very strong and he simply found too many resources for me to deal with all of them. After 34.Nc6! there are plenty of decent …

WECU Championship & Congress – Easter – 2014
Keverel Chess
This year the venue had to be moved from the Royal Beacon Hotel, where the event had been held for the previous15 years, on account of a wedding …

Yorkshire League Extra – Silver Rook
Yorkshire Chess
While the top two divisions began the waiting game for the last round the Silver Rook teams met in a round that decided the division for 2013-14. …

Doeberl Cup – Day 2
Melbourne Games Coach
The second day of the Doeberl Cup was somewhat more successful for me, with two wins from the two games today, leaving me with …

Our first Streatham Library Rapidplay
The Streatham & Brixton Chess Blog
Last Sunday was the day of the Streatham Library Rapidplay, the first such event that Streatham & Brixton Chess Club has held for 28 years …

The Art of Chess
The Chess Improver
Beginners learn how to apply certain principles, such as the opening principles, to guide the movement of pawns and pieces during the early phase of the game …

Rubinstein’s DOB
kwabc.org
Our Polish friends Ela and Jan Kusina were successful in their research on Akiwa Rubinstein’s date of birth, they have now confirmed by …

Baden gambit tournament, Round 9
Old in Chess
Rudolf Spielmann increased his lead to a full point with a win over Karel Opocensky in the ninth round of the international Masters’ gambit …

Texas Beats Poland in Friendly Match
United States Chess Federation
On Saturday, April 12th, 2014, The University of Texas at Brownsville (USA) defeated The University of Warsaw (Poland) in a friendly online match …

Q&A with Coach Heisman Apr 18, 2014
Chess.com
In life, improvement is usually achieved by proceeding along the triangle “->Learn->Practice->Test->”. In chess, this is “->Study->Play->Get Feedback->”. …

Positional Combinations
Chess.com
I will begin by affirming that the title of this article is deliberately oxymoronic. According to David Hooper and Kenneth Whyld’s The Oxford Companion to Chess …

Chess By Shelby Lyman
Buffalo News
Not surprisingly, there is a dissonance between the sense of empowerment children gain from chess and the test-oriented education and workforce of …

Bethesda’s Chess Team battles at nationals
Savannah Morning News
The Chess Team at Bethesda Academy, a boarding and day school for boys in grades 6 through 12, recently competed in an intense three-day …

Alex Diefenbach Named Youth Chess Champion
Patch.com
“He played at such an advanced level in 1st grade such that, out of 1,200 children to have taken my chess program, I have never seen such advanced …

Uganda’s Junior Chess Champion Begins US Tour
Dallas Weekly
On Saturday, April 19, Uganda’s Junior chess champion Phiona Mutesi and her coach, Robert Katende will begin a 33 day tour of the U.S. …

They are in the US
Queen of Katwe
Robert and Phiona have landed safely in the United States! They have been resting to prepare for everything to officially start tomorrow at the …

Young Chess Players Set to Compete in Honor of Defeating Breast Cancer
DigitalJournal.com
The Torres Chess and Music Academy is a nonprofit organization whose chess programs regularly produce top best scholastic chess players in the …

Chess (#1093)
Business Standard India
Russians have been known to joke that their billionaire oligarchs buy European football teams, while the millionaire oligarchs “shop” locally. …

Small nations chess championship to take place in Cyprus
Famagusta Gazette
Cyprus will host for the first time the chess championship of small states of Europe. The championship will take place April 22-30 in the coastal town of …

Top chess players for Easter Open
DailyNews Live
Some of the leading top chess players from across the world are set to grace the Zimbabwe Chess Open tournament set to start on Easter …

Chess call for primary school kids
First News
“As children play chess, they begin to see the importance of thinking ahead,” Mr Roberts told The Times. A Chess in Schools and Communities …

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