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  • US Championship – Favorites lead, with wins all around
    It is perhaps symptomatic of chess players more reared on swiss opens than round robins, but whatever the reason, even the presence of world top players such as Nakamura and Kamsky have not changed the fact that nearly all players have at least one win. Nothing is decided yet in this event with live video GM commentary, and beautiful online coverage.
    Posted: Saturday 12 May 2012
  • World Championship G2 – Anand shows his hand as Semi-Slav is played
    Although the second game failed to develop the tension that might have led to a decisive victory, it did answer an important question: what did Anand have planned as his main black weapon? Against Topalov it had been the Grünfeld, then the stultified Catalan. This time the Semi-Slav was chosen, though it developed into a calm position that ended in a draw.
    Posted: Saturday 12 May 2012
  • Top seed Khotenashvili wins Georgian Women Championship
    After eight rounds WIM Meri Arabidze, rated 2337, was in the lead, a full point ahead of top seed Bela Khotenashvili, 2490. In round nine the two clashed and Bela beat Meri, who went on to draw and then lose a game. Bela on the other hand won and drew, so that on the final scoreboard she was the sole winner and 2012 Georgian Women's Champion.
    Posted: Saturday 12 May 2012
  • World Championship G1 – a fighting draw sets the tone
    In the most anticipated match of the year, the World Championship got under way with Vishy Anand against challenger Boris Gelfand. It was neither the cataclysmic opener of his match against Topalov in 2010 nor a dull draw, though draw it was. The game was a fascinating Grünfeld, which has been summarised for us by IM Malcolm Pein.
    Posted: Friday 11 May 2012
  • Fit for the WCh?
    Today is the first game of the title match between Anand and Gelfand (13.00 live on Playchess.com), so the sophisticated kibitzer should exercise calculating long variations. In this position the liquidation sequence 14...Nxe5 15.dxe5 Bxe5 16.Nxd5 Bxa1 17.Qxa1 Nxd5 18.Bxd5 Qxd5 19.Qxg7 leads to ...
    A)... advantage for White since the rook h8 drops;
    B)... advantage for Black after 19...Bh3;
    C)... an unclear position.
    Posted: Friday 11 May 2012
  • World Championship – Opening ceremony, Anand has white
    The World Chess Championship was opened in the Tretyakov Gallery on Thursday in spectacular style and with plenty of prominence. There was the playing of anthems, speeches by dignitaries, and the drawing of colours – Anand will play white in the first game. But the highlight is the musical part of the evening, which includes a pre-teen pianist whom we shall call the Magnus Carlsen of Music.
    Posted: Friday 11 May 2012
  • Kavalek in Huffington: Women in chess – a few tales (Part 1)
    Lurking in the background, hiding their identity, they seem mysterious, magical, beautiful. At first they observed the game from a distance, but as centuries went by, women were drawn closer to the chessboard. Still, for ages they could not play chess in public and it took courage and determination to break into the male dominated game. GM Lubomir Kavalek takes a look at some who paved the way.
    Posted: Monday 7 May 2012
  • Chess and Shogi – Chernin in Japan (Part 2)
    When Jacques-Marie Pineau, chess enthusiast and trainer in the emerging western-chess nation of Japan, invited grandmaster Alexander Chernin to take part in a good-will tour, which involved lectures and simultaneous exhibitions in a country mainly fascinated with Shogi. Jacques-Marie starts his final report with a description of how a young Shogi talent can take to chess
    Posted: Monday 7 May 2012
  • Norwegian Chess Festival – great fun in beautiful Fagernes
    The second "Norsk Sjakkfestival" took place from 28th of April to 5th of May at Norway’s new “Chess Hotel” Quality Hotel & Resort Fagernes, with a central placement in Southern Norway, 2½ hours from Oslo airport. There were several events for players of different categories, from beginner to grandmaster. We received an informative report and some wonderful pictures by WFM Maria Bolshakova.
    Posted: Sunday 6 May 2012
  • CBM training: Caruana's King – Endgames from Italy
    Distant opposition; via the queenside to the kingside; the blockade; Caruana's king – these are the themes that crop up in the positions that our endgame specialist Dr Karsten Müller – of ChessBase Magazin fame – has extracted from the recent Italian Team Championships. His analysis and annotations will give your practical tournament rating a boost. Don't miss it.
    Posted: Sunday 6 May 2012
  • Georgian Women Championship 2012
    This strong event is being staged in the beautiful Black Sea costal town of Anaklia – a name that translates to "Ana is crying" (explained in our report). The press officer of the championship, WIM Sopho Nikoladze, has sent us some lovely pictures and, thankfully, full captions that acquaint us to the players. We can only share half of them in our current report – the rest will follow soon.
    Posted: Saturday 5 May 2012
  • Chess and Shogi – GM Alexander Chernin in Japan
    It is astonishing that Japan, the third largest economy on the planet, with a population of 127 million, ranks at a paltry 92th on FIDE's chess world rankings, just behind Monaco. On the other hand the national version of chess, Shogi, is played by millions. Jacques-Marie Pineau has tried to rectify the situation by inviting a strong GM and trainer to motivated students – with resounding success.
    Posted: Friday 4 May 2012
  • 47th Capablanca Memorial starts
    The 47th Capablanca Memorial started and as is customary includes both top Cuban players with elite foreign GMs. There are two tournaments, the Elite group as well as the Premier. The Elite brings top Latin American player Leinier Domínguez, his compatriot Quesada, followed by Ivanchuk, Nepomniachtchi, Laznicka, and Potkin. In the first round, Domínguez drew first blood.
    Posted: Friday 4 May 2012
  • The 2012 Russian Youth Championships
    The Russian Youth Championships (under 10/12/14/16/18) were recently held in classical, rapid and blitz time controls. Aside from the obvious honor of being crowned national champion, at stake was also the right to represent Russian in the next World and European Youth Championships. Vladimir Barsky was on scene and took a number of lovely photographs.
    Posted: Thursday 3 May 2012
  • Bologan takes Taça Cuca by storm
    One of Africa’s major oil producers, Angola, is also becoming one of the world’s most interesting places to…play chess. There are enough beautiful and exotic locations to make it deserving of a detour to enjoy a once in a lifetime chess experience. With an absolutely 'insane' 8.0/9, Victor Bologan convincingly won the men's section. Illustrated report by WGM Alina L'Ami.
    Posted: Thursday 3 May 2012
  • ChessBase 25 Composing Tourney Awards – Part two
    This tourney attracted wide participation – 73 entries, from which the tourney judge GM John Nunn selected 22 prize winners and commendations. In a second instalment of new studies, selected by the tourney judge, Dr Nunn, in his wonderful explanatory style, presents some dramatic themes, and also looks at two predecessors to one of the prize winning entries.
    Posted: Thursday 3 May 2012
  • GM Czebe Attila wins First International Open in Melaka
    Prizes galore were given away at the multi-event chess festival in the quaint Malaysian city, a product of Islamic, Dutch, Portuguese and British influences through the ages. A look at the first emergence of international chess in a place that’s keen to put itself on the global chess map. Where it would be a colorful jewel of tropical beauty, as you can see in WGM Kruttika Nadig's big illustrated report.
    Posted: Wednesday 2 May 2012
  • Vaibhav Suri, grandmaster at fifteen
    The student of Modern School in New Delhi won the 3rd Luc Open at salle Debeyre in Lille, France, on Sunday, defeating four GMs and drawing four. That brought Vaibhav Suri his third and final norm, making him India's 27th grandmaster, and at 15 years, 2 months and 21 days the 27th youngest in history. Vaibhav is being trained by Ukrainian GM Alexander Goloschapov.
    Posted: Wednesday 2 May 2012
  • ChessBase 25 Composing Tourney Awards – Part one
    Special occasions in the chess world are often celebrated by chess problemists with a composition tourney. To celebrate the 25th anniversary of ChessBase we staged a commemorative tourney. A total of 73 eligible entries were received for this tourney, an excellent response. The tourney judge Dr John Nunn selected 22 prize winners and commendations. Today we bring you the top four.
    Posted: Monday 30 April 2012
  • Zurich Challenge G6: Exciting draw after 43 moves
    Levon Aronian again opened with the unusual (for him) 1.e4 and Vladimir Kramnik played his pet Berlin Defence. The game remained fairly balanced, with Kramnik waiting for a chance to strike. And strike he did, with an exchange sacrifice on move 31 which almost won him the match. It was only time trouble that saved his Armenian opponent.
    Posted: Saturday 28 April 2012
  • Central knight duo
    The sortie 17.Ne5 (diagram) attacks the black queen which is tied to the defence of the Ne4, but also opens the diagonal to g2. What is the bottom line? White ...
    A) ... wins material
    B) ... loses material
    C) ... gets checkmated
    Posted: Friday 27 April 2012

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