Daily Chess News Links February 20, 2013

Specials of the Week
ChessCafe.com
Enjoy terrific savings in our Olympian Titan Sale – while supplies last! …

Chess Curriculum Fundraiser
GoFundMe
Help us create a freely accessible online chess curriculum that focuses on using chess as a tool for teaching problem solving and critical thinking skills. …

Round 1: Inspiration, enthusiasm, passion
Reykjavik Open 2013
The earliest settlers in Iceland probably weren’t planning to visit the country at all. In fact they had never heard of it, it wasn’t a country …

First game of the day!
Reykjavik Open 2013
This time around in the Reykjavik Open we will be giving out prizes for the game of the day. Our friends in the “12 Tónar” music store …

A grueling double round day
Reykjavik Open 2013
Three Icelanders have joined the foreign guns at the top of the table with 2 out of 2 after the first round of the day, they are Throstur Thorhallsson …

4th Tata Steel Studies Solving Competition – solutions
ChessBase News
In this recent competition it was one of the older competitors, John Nunn, who won first prize, by the highest score achieved in recent years. John wrote us …

Kasparov and Chess in Schools in Georgia
ChessBase News
These days the chess legend Garry Kasparov seems to have one thing predominantly on his mind: introducing chess in schools all over the world. Last year …

FIDE on players licences: “A major misunderstanding”
ChessVibes
Last Saturday we posted news about FIDE trying to introduce players licenses. It seemed that with such a license, it would be necessary for every player who wishes to participate …

Reykjavik Open: inspiration, enthusiasm, passion
ChessVibes
The Reykjavik Open started on Tuesday with a brief but special opening ceremony, because for the first time the Prime Minister spoke to the participants. In …

Reykjavik’s second round brings a few upsets
Chessdom
The Reykjavik Open has added one more round to its usual nine this year, and two will be played today. The players had to wake up early for a 9:30 session and …

Ask the Arbiter
British Chess Magazine
The International body has decided that all events submitted to it for rating must only have arbiters with a FIDE Licence officiating. This regulation applies to all events which began on or after …

A duffers move still?
YMChessMaster
What is Black’s best line after: 1 e4 e5 2 Nf3 Nc6 3 Bc4 Nf6 4 Ng5!? d5 5 exd5 Na5 6 Bb5+ c6 7 dxc6 bxc6 8 Be2 h6 9 Nf3 e4 10 Ne5 …

Kingside crunch
YMChessMaster
Vallejo Pons-Topalov Leon Masters (rapid) 2012 A game which demonstrates why 6 h3 has become relatively popular against the Najdorf …

Reykjavik Open
Gawain Jones
The Reykjavik Open started yesterday and there were quite a few upsets! The young Norweigen Sebastian Mihajlov 2059 held GM Ling Diren 2709 to a draw …

2012 In Review – Part 1
GM Eric Hansen
As my opening blog post on my new website I felt a review of last year would be appropriate! At the beginning of 2012 I was 2446 FIDE and pretty frustrated with my chess. …

Wednesday 5-second tactics!
Spraggett on Chess
From the open tournament in Baden-Baden last week. Position after 32 moves. White has an obvious positional advantage (more active pieces, better pawn structure, the initiative …

Genna Sosonko: “Do You Know Who Was the Most Famous Swiss Chess Sponsor?”
Chess-News.ru
“As Tolush used to say in order to play good chess you should be poor, hungry and angry …”

CCA looks for gems in Fun Chess
Sun.Star
The Cebu Chess Association (CCA) is hoping to find gems among the public school kids who are playing in the ongoing grassroots chess training tournament, Chess for Fun …

Anand ends five-year title drought
The Hindu
These words, coming from five-time World chess champion Viswanathan Anand, reflect his rediscovered hunger for success. On Sunday, the 43-year-old squeezed out …

FIDE favours chess in school curriculum
The Hindu
He was on a promotional visit to Suchitra Academy to popularise chess as part of his two-day trip to Hyderabad. But, on Tuesday, Ali Nihat Yazici ,vice-president …

Chess Boss Luggya Lauds New Honours
AllAfrica.com
Luggya believes their new status is a positive step in the development of chess in the country. “On behalf of Uganda Chess Federation, I’m pleased we now have more FIDE arbiters …

Princeton Takes World Amateur Team
United States Chess Federation
Princeton University A took clear first at the World Amateur Team. Al Lawrence previews his magazine article and shows a key game by Andrew Ng of Princeton …

An Infestation of Forks
Chess.com
We’ll finish up our study of forks by looking at Bishop, Queen, Rook, and even King forks. Instead of waxing poetic, I’ll just jump right to the puzzles since …

Young chess mates in W. Phila. compete with the best
Philadelphia Inquirer
Nifese Hopkins has checkmate on his mind as a member of the Mitchell Elementary chess team. A group of local student players are looking to compete in a national tournament in April. …

Serrano Elementary holds chess tournament
Press-Enterprise
Serrano Elementary School in Moreno Valley recently held a scholastic chess tournament sponsored by Riverside Youth Chess Association. More than …

Top Ten Chess Lyrics in Hip-Hop
RapGenius
Hip-hop and chess have been connected for a long time. In fact, of all the music on Earth, no other form of genre has celebrated chess as much as rap. This seems ironic, considering the …

Phiona Mutesi: Teen Ugandan Chess Prodigy
CBC.ca
And so a girl from one of the most destitute places on the planet became a chess champion and found something few kids in the Ugandan slum of Katwe can even recognize …