Daily Chess News Links April 18, 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. New items added!!

Compulsory chess lessons for seven-year-olds?
Parentdish
Pupils should be made to play chess to boost their concentration and make them more patient, says a teachers’ leader. Hank Roberts, former president …

The sensational Olga Girya!
Women’s FIDE Grand Prix
Hou Yifan enteres the rest day on the right foot, remaining a point ahead of the second place after drawing Zhao Xue. But in the 9th round she will still have …

Women’s FIDE Grand Prix in Khanty-Mansiysk: Round 8
World Chess Federation
Hou Yifan enteres the rest day on the right foot, remaining a point ahead of the second place after drawing Zhao Xue. But in the 9th round …

Khanty 08: Girya in hot pursuit
ChessBase News
The big news of the day from Khanty-Mansiysk is Girya’s victory against Muzychuk. This allows her to leapfrog over the Slovenian and she is now at …

Chess Social Initiative of the Year in Ukraine
ChessBase News
“When I look back at my childhood I realize how bright it was – because of chess.” Ukrainian WIM Olena Boytsun decided it was her mission …

Khanty GP, Rd 8: Girya defeats Muzychuk
Chess24 News
Olga Girya confirmed her climb into the women’s world elite with a fine victory against Anna Muzychuk. That game saw her leapfrog her opponent …

Khanty GP, Rd 7: A great day’s play
Chess24 News
Round 7 of the Women’s Grand Prix in Khanty-Mansiysk featured four decisive games and perhaps the best chess of the event so far. Hou Yifan continues …

Stockfish wins once again and leads TCEC Season 6 – Stage 3
Chessdom
Stockfish 080414 (3135) continues its victorious series and remains leader of the most prestigious computer competition TCEC Season 6 …

Danish Championship – Round 6
Quality Chess Blog
Today’s game was up and down. I was better, but overplayed my position and at the end I was even a bit worse. But with neither player having more than …

Exciting game with sudden end
Chess at the Bag of Cats
This trend of posting stuff from last season will soon end as the Easter Tournament will start in a few hours and I will have new games to analyze. …

GM Vallejo Pons and GM Barbosa lead 14th BCC Open 2014, clash in final round
Bangkok Chess Club
Rounds 7 and 8 of the 14th Bangkok Chess Club Open 2014 saw again exciting and some very long-fought games at the top boards. In the much …

How to use ChessBase on a Mac
davidsmerdon.com
This is a short story/guide on the best way to install ChessBase on a Mac, including Macs without a DVD drive …

Using Computer Software For Analysis In Correspondence Chess
The Chess Improver
I know that some players have recently been dismayed to learn that their opponents had been using computer analysis in their correspondence chess …

YCA League 2013/14 Round 10
Yorkshire Chess
Woodhouse Cup Bradford A proved that their defeat of York RI A was no fluke by defeating Sheffield A 5½-2½. This means that Bradford A move to the …

Travail Pursuit #3: Threatening behaviour
Yorkshire Chess
One aspect of my game which I consider to be a strength is that I think I have a good feel for the initiative and when I have momentum in an attack …

Doeberl Cup – Day 1
Melbourne Games Coach
Although I have a post on the recently completed FIDE Trainers Seminar in the works, I’ll skip to more immediate matters & the Doeberl Cup, which I am …

Preparing for the Doeberl Cup
CoffeeHouse Chess
My routine coming into a big tournament runs something like this. First, try to get a load of chess work done up to a week before the tournament is due to start. …

10 Most Deadly Chess Opening Traps You Must Know
TheChessWorld
I have discussed few famous chess traps previously. Today we will continue this topic with less known, but not-less-powerful traps that you can learn from …

Baden gambit tournament, Round 8
Old in Chess
Rudolf Spielmann defeated Karel Hromadka to claim the sole lead after eight rounds of the international Masters’ gambit tournament at the …

US #1 Nakamura Signs with Red Bull
United States Chess Federation
The #1 US player Hikaru Nakamura has a new sponsor: Redbull. I think working with Red Bull might give chess more exposure; it’s a first step in changing …

Lecture with GM Ben Finegold
CCSCSL
Grandmaster Ben Finegold presents a lecture on the Candidates Tournament …

Pandolfini’s Puzzler #38 – Nine Lives
Chess.com
Professor: Good afternoon, class. I hope this past week has been spectacular. Zephyr: It was for me. I got to go to a concert. I heard Beethoven’s …

The Diverging Roads
Chess.com
In a recent tournament, one game reached a certain ending which I had previously played a full eight years ago. That was a decent memory of a very different …

Chess Puzzles
ArcaMax Publishing
This won first prize in a competition in 1959/60. For a composition to win first prize it has to be really scrutinized. Here’s the solution leading to …

Changing the Face of Chess – Who Does It?
Millionaire Chess
I am in Ventana, Baja California, Mexico lying down in a tranquil environment enjoying the sound of the waves coming from the Sea of Cortes …

The Albany Tourney Nears the Finish and an Endgame
ENYCA
The last local Club Championship is getting closer to a finish. If all goes as planned the very last game will be played May 7th for the Albany Chempionship …

Ugandan chess champion Phiona Mutesi coming to West Seattle Elementary
Westseattleherald.com
A Ugandan chess champion is coming to West Seattle Elementary on April 23. The Gates Foundation is sponsoring Phiona Mutesi, a chess prodigy …

Fifth-graders bring chess championship back to Portsmouth
Seacoastonline.com
Speaking with the chess champions at Little Harbour School, you would think they are seasoned professionals. But, the 10- and 11-year-olds …

Vianney Chess Team Takes 3rd At Nationals
South County Times
The St. John Vianney High School chess team, coached by Ed Baur, took third place at the National Chess Championship in the K-12 …

Successful chess tournament for Country Day School team
Nashoba Publishing
The Groton Country Day School Chess Team traveled to Sacred Heart School in Gardner on Thursday, March 20, to compete in its second …

Sportstar Sportstar Getting his act together
Sportstar
Viswanathan Anand speaks at length about how he dealt with the distressing phase that followed the loss of the World title, his play, ploy and performances …

‘Winning Candidates was like oxygen’
The Week
Five-time winner Viswanathan Anand feels he had become too “reliant” on computers last year and losing the World Championship was an extremely …

Chess Champion Ivy Amoko Disapproves Stereotype That Men Are Better Players
UGO News
Uganda’s Woman Candidate chess Master (WCM) and National Ladies Champion Ivy Amoko will be representing Uganda at the World Chess Olympiad in …

Growing chess in Guam: Federation chief wants sport in schools
Pacific Daily News
Geoffrey Borg, chief executive officer of FIDE, more commonly known as the World Chess Federation, is in Guam this week in an effort to grow the sport …

Daily Chess News Links April 17, 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. …

Chess ‘should be compulsory in primary schools’
Daily Telegraph
Former president of Association of Teachers and Lecturers calls for chess to be introduced in all state primaries to boost concentration …

Yifan Hou – the glamorous Women’s World Chess Champion
Daily Mail
Yifan Hou, from Beijing, China, has been honing her skills since she was five years old and is the youngest person ever to win the female …

Born In 94: Chess Champion Hou Yifan Shot
Oyster #104
20-year-old Hou Yifan is the reigning Women’s World Chess Champion. She was also born in 94 — like us! We spoke to her about fashion and (of course) chess …

The Hou Yifan express
Women’s FIDE Grand Prix
Hou Yifan express keeps a steady pace forward after today’s win against Anna Ushenina, to the despair of second place, requested by Anna Muzychuk, who also …

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

Women’s FIDE Grand Prix in Khanty-Mansiysk: Round 7
World Chess Federation
Hou Yifan express keeps a steady pace forward after today’s win against Anna Ushenina, to the despair of second place, requested by Anna Muzychuk …

Magnus Carlsen vs. Laurent Fressinet in a Blitz Game in Oman
Magnus Carlsen
Another training video from my training session in Oman. Here is a blitz game between myself & Fressinet. Thanks for the chess board graphics from …

Khanty 07: Leaders advance
ChessBase News
The top three players in the Khanty-Mansiysk Grand Prix have distanced themselves from the pack even further. Hou Yifan, Muzychuk and Girya, currently …

Müller: Endgames from ChessBase Magazine
ChessBase News
The best way to improve your endgame skills and improving your ratings is by going through practical endings from top level games – and by in addition …

Romain Edouard First in Dubai With 8.0/9
ChessVibes
Romain Edouard of France won the 16th Dubai Open with a tremendous score: 8.0/9, good for a 2856 performance rating …

Norwegian national media vying for chess broadcast rights
Chess24 News
Norwegian chess fans have a lot to look forward to in the year of 2014. Three major chess tournaments and a rapid match will be covered on …

Khanty GP, Rd 6: Surprising errors
Chess24 News
With no great changes taking place at the top of the standings, Round 6 instead stood out for some surprising mistakes made by the players …

Interview with Antoaneta Stefanova
Chessdom
The Bulgarian star received her first chess guidance from her father at the age of 4, and just three years later she already made her name by winning …

Stockfish strikes back and takes the lead in TCEC Season 6 – Stage 3
Chessdom
The Stockfish chess engine is deserved leader The winner of TCEC Season 6 – Stage 2 Stockfish 4, modification 080414, leads TCEC Season 6 …

Q&A with Hip Hop Chess Federation founder on partnership with East Bay schools
The Hip-Hop Chess Federation Blog
What do hip-hop music and chess have in common? The answer is simple according to Adisa Banjoko, the founder of the Hip Hop Chess Federation …

Rapper Kalhi from Street Games Vol 1 Drops New Round 1 Mixtape !!!
The Hip-Hop Chess Federation Blog
When the HHCF dropped the Street Games Vol. 1 Mixtape with DJ Rob Flow, there was a huge positive response around the world. Nobody expected …

GM Vallejo Pons beats GM Atalik in round 6
Bangkok Chess Club
GM Vallejo Pons beats GM Atalik in round 6 and takes lead at 14th Bangkok Chess Club Open 2014 Report by Alexander J. Klemm Round six saw …

Danish Championship – Round 5
Quality Chess Blog
A silly move suggested by Nikos as a surprise weapon. …

The great escape
Chess at the Bag of Cats
I love to be in Stockholm during the winter and when the snow falls I love it even more. The Rilton Cup is a very nice tournament that is played annually …

Ten Reasons My Winning Game Turned into a Loss
The Chess Improver
Recently I had one of the most embarrassing losses in my chess life. Granted, I’ve had many losses, and many of them have been quite painful, but this one …

Travail Pursuit #2: An open Closed Sicilian
Yorkshire Chess
Today’s game was played on this day in 2000. I was living down in London at the time and this game was played in the London League. It’s not a …

Baden gambit tournament, Round 7
Old in Chess
Carl Schlechter scored a quick victory over Gustaf Nyholm to move into a tie for the lead with Rudolf Spielmann and Richard Reti after 7 rounds of the …

California vs. Jerusalem
United States Chess Federation
On Sunday, March 30 the Inland Empire Chess Team in California played an exciting online cross-cultural team match against a very strong team …

Stalemate
Chess.com
Back in 1893 the wonderfully innovative English player and deviser of numerous devious game-saving stalemates, Wordsworth Donsthorpe …

Counting down to the chess tournament of the year
Africa Chess Net
A few months ago we interviewed Amy Lee about Millionaire Chess. What has been happening since then. We caught up with Amy to find out how …

LCCC Monday 041414 – Open Chess – and a Lesson Part 2
Livingston County Chess Blog
Fourteen players were here on a chilly Monday night. Casual chess was played, along with a group lesson put on by the Club President. The lesson …

A Simple Pin
Chess Skills
As the 2014 Washington State Elementary Chess Championships have concluded, most school clubs have come to an end for the school year. …

Bits & Pieces: Chess dignitary
Portland Tribune
The Ugandan junior chess champion — yes, you read it right — will visit Portland and talk about her inspiring story of chess, education and faith. …

Chess player’s unselfish act opens up opportunities to others
The Star
Tori Whatley wanted to do something to make her last year of eligibility for the South Carolina State Scholastic Chess Championship special. …

Alabama scholastic chess players making the right moves
The Birmingham News
Concentration and focus. Strategy and tactics. Making all the right moves at the Freedom Chess Academy’s Tuscaloosa Scholastic Chess …

Clio High Chess club players checkmate opposition at statewide event
The Flint Journal
Knight, queen, bishop, king — they are the royalty of the chess board and the objects that have built a dynasty of topnotch, young players in …

Children compete in Estero chess tournament
The News-Press
They munched Doritos and talked excitedly during a break in the tournament while parents and teachers arranged chess pieces on dozens of boards …

Viswanathan Anand looks forward to re-match against Magnus Carlsen
NDTV
Viswanathan Anand said delay in addressing his errors cost him the World title to Magnus Carlsen, and it was his decision to stay away from chess …

If I Face the Same Mistakes, I’ll Act Differently Now: Anand
The New Indian Express
The World Championship loss in Chennai had “knocked the stuffing out” of Viswanathan Anand but the five-time winner Wednesday said that …

Anand looks forward to World Championship re-match against Carlsen
Firstpost
The World Championship loss in Chennai had “knocked the stuffing out” of Viswanathan Anand but the five-time winner on Wednesday said that …

Viswanathan Anand ready for revenge rematch
DNA India
Vengeance is not an emotion you normally associate with Viswanathan Anand. But thanks to Magnus Carlsen and his refreshing brand of chess …

Viswanathan Anand looks forward to re-match against Magnus Carlsen
IBN live
Anand said clinching the Candidates title has boosted his confidence and he would try to avenge his loss to Carlsen later this year. …

Anand ready for Carlsen
Deccan Herald
After his confidence shattering loss to Magnus Carlsen in the World Championships at home, Viswanathan Anand sloughed off the painful memory …

Break helped Anand for Candidates Tournament
Maktoob News
Indian chess great Viswanathan Anand Wednesday said the break following his World Championship loss helped him win the Candidates Tournament …

‘Not easy for Indians to reach Worlds cycle’
The Hindu
P. Harikrishna achieved the rare feat of being the highest-rated player from India (Elo 2,726) after five-time world champion Viswanathan Anand …

World Chess Federation officials on Guam
KUAM.com
World Chess Federation officials are on island this week hoping to promote and support the sport of chess. A presentation was held this …

Chess Helps Puts Khanty-Mansiysk On the Map
DigitalJournal.com
Khanty-Mansiysk, a city in northern central Russia has been successfully leveraging chess to raise the city’s and the surrounding region’s profile …

Man against machine
New Straits Times
Director Andrew Bujalski tells Bibi Nurshuhada Ramli about his unconventional method of filming Computer Chess …

Chess robots to cause Judgement Day?
Zee News
But imagine this outcome from the chess robot’s point of view. A future in which it is unplugged is a future in which it cannot play or win any games of …

SphereChess Turns Chess Into A Borderless Battlefield
The Escapist
SphereChess has subverted traditional chess strategies in a way yet to be mastered by human or AI. Chess is practically the most successful board …

Daily Chess News Links April 16, 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. …

High-powered Webster claims second straight college chess crown
Washington Times
In college football, the big names include Alabama, Ohio State and Notre Dame. In college chess, the big names on campus are the likes of Webster …

Are Girls Bad at Chess?
Scientific American
For many people, the idea of a famous chess player evokes the image of someone smart yet nerdy—and male. Do societal ideas about who makes for …

Express train
The Spectator
The erratic Ukrainian grandmaster Vassily Ivanchuk has scored an overwhelming victory in a rapidplay tournament sponsored by the Latvian railway. …

Round six drama
Women’s FIDE Grand Prix
We enter the second half of the FIDE Women GP with the same leader: Hou Yifan, who keeps the one point distance from the second place, after drawing …

Antoaneta Stefanova: “It’s my fifth book since I have arrived here and I only brought six with me”
Women’s FIDE Grand Prix
The Bulgarian star received her first chess guidance from her father at the age of 4, and just three years later she already made her name …

Round 7 (photo)
Women’s FIDE Grand Prix
A photo essay from round seven of the Women’s FIDE Grand Prix …

Women’s FIDE Grand Prix in Khanty-Mansiysk: Round 6
World Chess Federation
We enter the second half of the FIDE Women GP with the same leader: Hou Yifan, who keeps the one point distance from the second place, after …

Magnus Carlsen Training for Chess Tournament in Oman
Magnus Carlsen
Hi! I always get a lot of questions about how I train for chess tournaments. Here I am in Oman training for the Vugar Gashimov Memorial Tournament …

Khanty 06: Few changes at the top
ChessBase News
Both Hou Yifan and Muzychuk drew their games which means that the only change on the leader-board was on who was tied for third place. Zhao Xue lost quite …

Edouard wins Dubai 2014 in exciting finish
ChessBase News
He was leading during most of the tournament, clinched it with a victory in the final round: French GM Romain Edouard scored an undefeated 8.0/9 points …

Interview with GM Kiril Georgiev
Chessdom
Bulgarian Grandmaster Kiril Georgiev recently won the incredibly strong Karpos Open Tournament in Skopje. WGM Iva Videnova interviewed the …

Mutesi, ‘Queen of Katwe’ on 33-day tour!
The Chess Drum
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. to share her inspiring story …

Danish Championship – Round 4
Quality Chess Blog
Most of the other guys are still fighting. It seems the three oldest players are in charge. Sune will probably win, Schandorff also. I drew. A natural standing …

Poor development
Kingpin Chess Magazine
Many games are lost, by amateurs and masters alike, on account of poor development. The main cause is loss of time from either launching a premature attack …

Chess And War
The Chess Improver
For the last few days I have been reading about classical war strategies after reading the sections ‘Practical Chess Strategy’ and ‘The Art of War’ from …

Travail Pursuit #1: Lenin vs. Hitler
Yorkshire Chess
After far too long languishing in the archives of our website I’m dusting down and re-shaping “Travail Pursuit” which was always intended to be something …

Tactics: Lonely King
Canadian Chess Newsfeed
This week’s Tactic comes from Van Rooy – Milinkovic Guelph Pro-Am U2000 2014.01.25 …

Turkish GM Suat Atalik takes sole lead
Bangkok Chess Club
After 5 rounds of play the Thailand Open Chess Championships 2014 / 14th Bangkok Chess Club Open, taking place in Bangkok 12-19 April 2014, is well under way. …

‘Intagrand’ wins the Freestyle Battle 2014
Infinity Chess
It was almost a wire-to-wire win, but Anson Williams from England and his team of helpers behind the nickname ‘Intagrand’ had to work hard at the …

Baden gambit tournament, Round 6
Old in Chess
The Black pieces carried the day by a 4-1 margin in the sixth round of the international Masters’ gambit tournament at Baden, with the games …

Four GMs Top Bill Wright Saint Louis Open
United States Chess Federation
GMs Georg Meier, Manuel Leon Hoyos, Alejandro Ramirez and Wesley So tied for first at the strong Bill Wright Saint Louis Open last weekend …

Ellen Xiang Wins Top Section at Record Breaking All-Girls
United States Chess Federation
Our report on the record-setting 11th Girls Nationals includes a game by Under 18 champ Ellen Xiang. Other winners include Akshiti Eswaran Audrey …

Readers’ Games, Questions and Comments, Part 3
Chess.com
Today we’ll look at three games and one comment. Each entry has important instructive points that are well worth pondering. We’ll start with the comment …

Chess Puzzles
ArcaMax Publishing
Here’s another miniature study with the same difficulty: how do you get that pawn to the promotion square. It may look easy, but composer F. Prokop …

Aaron Grabinsky is National Chess Master
Coos Bay World
Five members of the Coquille chess team headed to San Diego, Calif., to attend the United States Chess Federation K-12 national chess …

Chess encourages successful moves
U-T San Diego
First, second and third graders are typically not the poster children for concentration, patience and focus.But there was Highlands Elementary …

UC Merced Chess Club opponents seek the winning strategy Merced Sun-Star
After a long day of hitting the books, members of the UC Merced Chess Club decided to take a break with a battle on the chess boards. Whether …

Chess highlights program offerings for April
Echoes-Sentinel
The Warren Township Library, 42 Mountain Blvd., is offering a variety of programs for the month of April that will help people with everything from learning chess …

Chess Team State Competition Results
De La Salle High School
Earlier in the week the De La Salle chess team had traveled to Baton Rouge and played a tight match against the L.S.U. chess team, losing 3-2. …

Vishy Anand: ‘I have to think differently against Carlsen’
rediff.com
‘All the tournaments I played in recent times had a lot of bad moments, but the Candidates was a perfect tournament… Everything about the …

World champion Carlsen trains in Muscat again
Muscat Daily
Oman seems to have become a favourite destination for world chess champion Magnus Carlsen when it comes to training for major …

World Chess Champion Magnus Carlsen to visit Baku
AzerNews
World Chess Champion, Norwegian chess grandmaster Magnus Carlsen will arrive in Baku on April 17. Carlsen will visit the country to compete …

FIDE chief says chess body healthy, united
ABS CBN News
Former world champion Gary Kasparov’s bid in running for the presidency of the World Chess Federation (FIDE) is a tacit admission …

Kenyatta University set to host East Africa Open festival during Easter
In Black & White
All roads lead to Kenyatta University, where the East Africa Open chess festival will run from April 18-21. Organised by Chess Kenya (CK) …

Duo Set for East African Chess Open
AllAfrica.com
National chess team players Maxence Murara and Alain Niyibizi will represent Rwanda at the East Africa Chess Championship scheduled for this …

Chepstow pupils challenge chess Grand Master
Free Press Series
Pupils at St Mary’s R.C Primary in Chepstow spent yesterday battling a grand chess master in aid of the Imogen appeal. Twenty four pupils from …

Miss Sophie: Jepson Cafe chef has all the right moves
Bluffton Today
What do chess and good food have in common? Probably more than you think — but Dave Hamer brings the two together in an artful way. …

The Case of the Vanishing Chess Games

ChessCafe Book Review

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Daily Chess News Links April 15, 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. …

Magnus Carlsen, A Chess Child Prodigy Grows Up
Worldcrunch
Long hailed as the future of chess, the Norwegian-born grand master is now, at the ripe age of 23, the reigning world champion. The next question …

An apparently pacific 5th round
Women’s FIDE Grand Prix
After the rest day, the podium remains unaltered: Hou Yifan cruises to another win against Nafisa Muminova, running with a full point away from …

Round 6 (photo)
Women’s FIDE Grand Prix
A photo essay from round six of the Women’s FIDE Grand Prix …

Round 5 (video)
Women’s FIDE Grand Prix
A video from round five of the Women’s FIDE Grand Prix …

Women’s FIDE Grand Prix in Khanty-Mansiysk: Round 5
World Chess Federation
After the rest day, the podium remains unaltered: Hou Yifan cruises to another win against Nafisa Muminova, running with a full point away …

Announcement: 2018 Chess Olympiad
World Chess Federation
FIDE Secretariat has received two bids for the 2018 Chess Olympiad – one from Georgia and one from South Africa. Inspections will be arranged …

John Watson Book Review #110: Repertoires in the Age of Carlsen
The Week in Chess
John Watson reviews A Cunning Repertoire for White (Gambit) by Graham Burgess which was released first on Kindle and which I (MC) have been …

Khanty 05: Relative Peace
ChessBase News
Most of the games were drawn today, and Hou Yifan was the one that came on top of the round as she beat the lowest rated player in the event …

Malachite wins Russian Team Championship
ChessBase News
Four teams were way ahead of the other nine, with Malachite Sverdlovsk taking gold in the end. That was in no small part due to a 6.0/7 score …

Big finish expected for the 2014 Dubai Open
ChessBase News
After eight from nine rounds French GM Romain Edouard is leading, with 7.0/8 points. Half a point behind is his main contender, former …

Carlsen, From Moscow to Oman
ChessVibes
On Sunday World Champion Magnus Carlsen will start playing his first big event since he won the Zurich Chess Challenge in February …

Hikaru Nakamura: “I feel good. I’m optimistic.”
ChessVibes
Hikaru Nakamura is an outsider. While others were reading books, he played blitz online. Where others prefer to be quiet, he is fairly outspoken …

Kramnik: We won’t see a Chennai 2
Chess24
Ex-World Champion Vladimir Kramnik expects the Anand-Carlsen rematch to be a very different proposition to the walkover of the first match. …

Khanty GP, Rd 5: The new Hou Yifan?
Chess24
Women’s World Champion Hou Yifan is showing signs of being ready to take the next step in her chess career after years of apparent stagnation …

How can I remember all that theory? by Nikos Ntirlis
Quality Chess Blog
After the publication of the second opening book I co-authored with Jacob, there is one question that I hear more often again and again …

Danish Championship – Round 3
Quality Chess Blog
One of the great things with having Nikos helping is that people know it. So they try to surprise me in the opening!? As Black I am of course happy to …

Teignmouth RapidPlay Results
Keverel Chess
The Teignmouth RapidPlay tournament on Sunday was won outright by Steve Homer (182 – Newton Abbot) with 5/6 points. 2nd= were Graham …

O’Kelly Crusher
The Chess Improver
This week I’m sharing a smashing game by a teammate of mine, Chris Briscoe, played in the UK’s Four Nations Chess League (4NCL) in March. …

GM-elect Kayden Troff: A Case Study by Kenneth Kiewra
United States Chess Federation
Kenneth A. Kiewra, psychology professor and father of IM Kiewra recently contributed to a book on nurturing talent. Find an excerpt on the …

Field, Commentators Set for 2014 U.S. Championships
Championship Chess in America
The fields are set for both the 2014 U.S. Championship and 2014 U.S. Women’s Championship, scheduled to be held simultaneously …

Lecture with WGM Jennifer Shahade
CCSCSL
Chess WGM Jennifer Shahade presents a lecture at the Chess Club and Scholastic Center of Saint Louis in which she analyzes games submitted by club members. …

Hurvitz Cup prize winners
Massachusetts Chess Association
The following teams and players won prizes at the Hurvitz Cup, held April 13th in Boxborough, Mass. The Hurvitz Cup is the Massachusetts scholastic team …

Chess not all the moves youth learn at Weber Library tourney
Standard-Examiner
Garry Kasparov, a Russian chess Grandmaster, once described the benefits of playing chess as such: “Chess helps you concentrate …

GCAA Chess Team Brings Home More Hardware
Grand Center Arts Academy
Over the weekend, four members of the GCAA Chess Team played in the Girls’ National Chess Championships in Northbrook, Illinois. Competing in …

Detroit City Chess Club and UAW Give Players Rare Opportunity
Michronicleonline
The Detroit City Chess Club and UAW-Ford held an all-day chess tournament at UAW-Ford’s National Programs Center in downtown Detroit. …

Vishy will have a psychological initiative against Carlsen: Kramnik
Firstpost
Viswanathan Anand is in a good place these days. The triumph at the Candidates 2014 not only gave his sagging confidence a huge boost but it also …

Grandmaster opens chess centre
Auckland stuff.co.nz
Murray Chandler has just opened the National Chess Centre in Devonport on the city’s North Shore and is about to teach youngsters all the tricks …

Chepstow pupils challenge chess Grand Master
South Wales Argus
Pupils at St Mary’s R.C Primary in Chepstow spent yesterday battling a grand chess master in aid of the Imogen appeal. Twenty four pupils from …

St. Mary’s students excel at Waterloo Regional Chess Challenge
pressdisplay.com
At the Waterloo Regional Chess Challenge on March 27, 11 St. Mary’s students placed high enough in their respective grade sections to win …

Phiona and Robert to embark on USA Tour
Queen of Katwe
In April Phiona and her coach, Robert Katende, will be sharing their stories, and the many other successes of chess as an education tool in …

Has Chess Evolved to a Frightening New Battle on a Sphere?
PR Newswire
On the 9th of January 2014 Max and Leila Tite from Minneapolis made history by playing the world’s first officially recorded SphereChess game. …

Daily Chess News Links April 14, 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. …

Round 5 (photo)
Women’s FIDE Grand Prix
A photo essay from round five of the Women’s FIDE Grand Prix …

Round 4 (video)
Women’s FIDE Grand Prix
A video from round four of the Women’s FIDE Grand Prix …

Participants of the tournament visited the sights of Khanty-Mansiysk
Women’s FIDE Grand Prix
On Sunday, the free day at the tournament, the organizers prepared a mini-tour around the main cultural, sportive and historical sights …

Edouard leads alone in the 16th Dubai Open
ChessBase News
This very strong tournament has attracted 148 players from 39 countries, including 38 GMs, in a field that averages 2214 rating points. …

Malachite & Ugra Winners Russian Team Championship
ChessVibes
Malachite won the 21st Russian Team Championship and Ugra the 15th Russian Team Championship for Women on Sunday in Loo, Sochi …

Komodo leads Stage 3 of TCEC – Season 6, Stockfish still undefeated
Chessdom
The third Stage of TCEC – Season 6 is in progress. The format is a quad round robin each engine will play both sides of the same opening …

How to play against a stronger opponent
YMChessMaster
An important topic. Naiditsch-Jorczik Bundesliga 2014 is our featured game …

Danish Championship Round 2
Quality Chess Blog
In round 2 Jakob and I both surprised each other in the opening. Blind man’s bluff, sort of thing. At move 10 I played too quickly. Instead I should …

It’s All About Seeing Things
The Chess Improver
Many amateurs agonise over why their chess isn’t better, with most blaming their alleged lack of opening knowledge. In reality, though, chess is really …

Blue or Red Pill? XXIX
The Streatham & Brixton Chess Blog
Well that’s 13 posts in already. 25% of the way through the project is perhaps not a bad time to review progress made so far. In truth, I’m having a bit …

Baden gambit tournament, Round 5
Old in Chess
Richard Reti successfully warded off the attacking efforts of Karel Opocensky to record a victory in the fifth round of the international Masters’ gambit …

The Art of Doing Nothing, Part Four
Chess.com
In parts one, two, and three of this article, I described the unusual concept of “doing nothing.” In this article we’ll discuss when it is approprite …

Chess Puzzles
ArcaMax Publishing
This is composed study week with the theme being a small number of pieces and pawns on the board. Today’s composition by L. Prokes …

Calculation and Conceptualization
dana blogs chess
This week I recorded a ChessLecture that should come out in a month or so, called “How to Tell When the Moment is Right.” The question I was …

The Albany Championship Rolls On
ENYCA
Wednesday April 9th should have seen four games in the Albany Championship played. Three actually were played, and one was a forfeit …

The Kavalek System vs the King’s Indian Fianchetto Variation
The Kenilworthian
Kavalek System against the King’s Indian Fianchetto Variation (E62) begins 1.d4 Nf6 2.c4 g6 3.Nc3 Bg7 4.Nf3 d6 5.g3 O-O 6.Bg2 c6 7.O-O Qa5 …

Augusta man wins sixth title as state chess champion
Kennebec Journal
Jarod Bryan took out the top honor as the Maine Closed Chess Championships concluded in Waterville on Sunday …

After 3½ hours, a chess champion reigns in Maine
Press Herald
The 20 remaining players in Sunday’s Maine Closed Chess Championship settled into their chairs at the Best Western Plus Waterville …

Taunton Boys & Girls Club chess team takes first in tournament
Taunton Daily Gazette
The boys and girl of a Taunton-based chess club are finding themselves one move ahead of the competition.The Taunton Boys and Girls Club Chess …

Detroit City Chess Club and UAW Give Players a Rare Opportunity
The Michigan Chronicle
The Detroit City Chess Club and UAW-Ford held an all-day chess tournament at UAW-Ford’s National Programs Center in downtown Detroit. …

Jesse Wilkerson: Perseverance prevails
The Herald Bulletin
I was playing someone in chess. It’s a game I picked up in middle school. The game opened with my pawn to e4. My opponent opened with their …

Daily Chess News Links April 13, 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. …

Webster University Clings to Its Title at Final Four
New York Times
Chess had its own version of the Final Four last week, with Webster University of St. Louis taking the title, known as the President’s Cup, for the second …

R4: small changes at the top
Women’s FIDE Grand Prix
The first player in this tournament to have thrown sand into Hou Yifan’s wheels was the Ukrainian GM, Lagno, who successfully hold the Chinese to …

Black on white
Women’s FIDE Grand Prix
A game of chess creates as much emotions, contradictions and admiration for its author as an intriguing writing. If you take a closer look, the course …

Andrei Selivanov: “Women chess is much more unpredictable than men’s”
Women’s FIDE Grand Prix
Vice-President of Russian Chess Federation Andrei Selivanov who visited Khanty-Mansiysk, answered the questions of journalists in the press-center. …

Interview with Nana Dzagnidze: “I like sonnets and Shakespeare very much”
Women’s FIDE Grand Prix
Nana Dzagnidze showed her strength over the chess board from a young age when she won the under 12 World Junior Championship 1992. …

Between agony and ecstasy
Women’s FIDE Grand Prix
If you have thought that chess had little or no connection with physical sports, the fourth round of the Khanty Mansiysk 2014 FIDE Women GP …

Women’s FIDE Grand Prix in Khanty-Mansiysk: Round 4
World Chess Federation
The first player in this tournament to have thrown sand into Hou Yifan’s wheels was the Ukrainian GM, Lagno, who successfully hold the Chinese to a draw. …

ACP wildcard Biel SuperTournament
ACP
Another ACP wild-card in super tournament! The organizers of the famous Biel SuperTournament have accepted the proposal of ACP to provide a …

Amazing Reception in Mexico for Kasparov & KCF!
Kasparov2014.com
There is so much to report from Mexico that we’re breaking it up into three separate reports, one for each day of Kasparov’s visit! We knew Mexico was …

Khanty 04: Muzychuk catching up
ChessBase News
Many missed opportunities today in Khanty-Mansiysk as the players head to their first rest day. Muzychuk took advantage of Muminova’s lack of endgame knowledge …

The little talent from India on the rise
ChessBase News
A few months ago we reported on a remarkable Indian chess talent: 14-year-old Aravindh Chithambaram won the Chennai GM Open and achieved a first …

South Africa’s “Moves for Life” moves on!
The Chess Drum
South Africa continues to forge ahead with “Moves for Life” initiative launched in 2010. President Jacob Zuma gave the program his full backing …

Kasparov… Jamaican Chess is “vibrant”
The Chess Drum
Russian chess Grandmaster Garry Kasparov graced the Jamaica Chess Federation with his presence at an Amateur Chess tournament held at …

Danish Championship Round 1
Quality Chess Blog
So round 1 of the Danish Championship is over. I had the longest game of the day and followed a super-recommendation from Nikos, my long running …

Barnstaple Win Mamhead Cup Div. 2
Keverel Chess
Barnstaple made the long trip to Exmouth knowing that a drawn match would secure them the Div. 2 championship. With International Master Jack Rudd …

Queen Against Pawn
The Chess Improver
Last time we looked at a pawn ending played between two young players (about 1500-1600 strength) at Richmond Junior Chess Club. After various …

Yesterday’s Tactics
CoffeeHouse Chess
After looking at some games of Kasparov’s (and pretty much any Grand Master) it makes me realise just how tactically aware a chess player has to be. …

Birthday Greetings Garry Kasparov
CoffeeHouse Chess
There was quite some excitement in Australian chess circles earlier this year, when it was announced that the 13th World Chess Champion, Garry Kasparov …

New Zealand Championship
Old in Chess
We present a final selection of games from the New Zealand Championship. This year’s tourney did not produce quite so many rollicking struggles as …

Baden gambit tournament, Round 4
Old in Chess
Paul Johner defeated Karel Opocensky in 25 moves to take the sole lead after four rounds of the international Masters’ gambit tournament at Baden …

“Final Answer”: Determining When To Make Your Move
Chess.com
On the TV show “Who Wants to Be a Millionaire” the contestant lets it be known that he wants to stick with his answer by stating “Final answer!” Similarly, an …

Chess by Stephen Dann
Worcester Telegram
A million dollar open chess event in Oct. 9-13 in Las Vegas? It may have sounded like an April Fool’s joke to some, but last week it was announced at …

Shelby Lyman on Chess: How Computers Influence Play
Valley News
Sports and games, including chess, reflect life. In particular, they reflect combat and struggle. Contemporary sports seem to have turned up …

Seaside Civic and Convention Center draws Oregon’s best young chess players to state championship
The Oregonian
Step inside the convention center’s main hall and it’s a bewildering array of chess-centered activity,with games being played on big boards …

Mount Stuart chess program has a following
Daily Record-News
“One reason I like chess club is because if you’re not as good as other people, you can play on your level, and others can teach you and you can …

Burnsville chess program has all the right moves
Minneapolis-St. Paul Star Tribune
Coach Brian Ribnick has spent 30 years build­ing Minnesota’s most suc­cess­ful juni­or high chess team. …

French Grandmaster wins Dubai Open Chess
gulfnews.com
French Grandmaster Romain Edouard won in the 5th and 6th rounds on Saturday to grab solo lead with 5-1/2 points at the homestretch of the …

My Kingston – Garry Kasparov
Jamaica Observer
I haven’t had much of an experience here, but we stopped at a statue of Bob Marley and took a picture. I am quite pleased, I just had a meeting with …