Daily Chess News Links January 3, 2013

Round 6 Report
The Hastings International Chess Congress
Daniele Vocaturo was very much under the weather in rounds 4 and 5, but nevertheless succeeded in becoming the lone leader with 4½/5. …

2013 – Year of Elizaveta Bykova
World Chess Federation
Soviet Women Grandmaster (1976), International Master (1953) and the third Women World Champion. Honored Sport Master, economist and journalist. …

Chess Festival in Basel – three GMs lead with perfect scores
ChessBase News
The seven-round Swiss Master tournament has a lot of high-rated grandmasters in a field of 89 players, with second seed Boris Grachev leading together …

Carlsen’s highest ever rating now official
ChessVibes
Since January 1st Magnus Carlsen is officially the highest rated player in the history of chess. As we know, already on Saturday, December 8th the Norwegian broke …

Simple Meditation That Works
The Chess Improver
Whilst on vacation last week I was reading an old paperback that had been in my library for ages. I don’t remember clearly when I bought it, but inside it says it was …

Mulcahy Cup
CorkChess
The Mulcahy memorial chess tournament, first held in Cork in December 1969, returned to its traditional Christmas holiday period setting which allowed …

Asuela, Lavega bag top prize in Negros Closed Chess tourney
Sun.Star
After nine rounds of Swiss System in the Negros Closed Championship 2nd edition, Carlito Lavega and Ellan Asuela posted 6.5 points each …

Chess in Schools in Kenyan Constitution
The Standard Digital News
Another major feature of the constitution is the recognition of chess in schools with a special committee proposed to handle this. Chess in schools has become very popular …

GM Stripunsky (NJ) vs SM Sammour-Hasbun (BOS) 0-1 is the final Wildcard Game!
US Chess League
Rarely has there been a GOTY without at least one entry from SM Sammour-Hasbun, and this year is no exception with his strong attacking effort against …

‘World Series’ of college chess brings top players to Princeton
News at Princeton
The 2012 Pan American Intercollegiate Chess Championship brought nearly 175 top college chess players to Princeton University’s Frick Chemistry Laboratory …

Chess tournament linked to showing of acclaimed documentary film
Bellingham Herald
A chess tournament for children and an acclaimed 2012 documentary film offer a boost to fans of the strategic game this weekend. “Brooklyn Castle,” which chronicles …

Christian County Hosts First Chess Tournament
SurfKY News
Christian County will host the first open chess amateur unrated tournament on Saturday, January 5 at 1:00 p.m. The tournament will be held at North Drive Middle School. …

Library holding Chess Time for local youth
Huntington Country TAB
Teens can play practice games to build their strategy skills and then, if they wish, enter a chess tournament. The tournament will be supervised by Jack Oberholtzer. …

My Worst Blunder of 2012
Science on the Squares
In 2012, I played quite a few chess games. I was active on Chess.com, playing 41 turn-based correspondence style games (with a 28-8-5 Win-Loss-Draw record) …