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  • Zurich Challenge G5: Draw in 43 moves
    Coming into the penultimate game tied at 2.5-2.5 Vladimir Kramnik deviated from game one on move eight, but his opponent Levon Aronian was well prepared with a quiet line in the Moscow Variation. The Armenian was able to equalise and offered a draw. But his Russian opponent pressed on and introduced some lively complications. At move 43 they repeated moves for a draw.
    Posted: Friday 27 April 2012
  • Zurich Challenge G4: Draw, Aronian wins rapid game
    The fourth game of the Zurich Chess Challenge, another Berlin Defense, ended in a draw before the prescribed minimum of 30 moves or three hours. In such cases Swiss law – well, the match rules – prescribe that a rapid game be played, which is not rated or counted in the final score. This exciting game was won by Levon Aronian with the black pieces.
    Posted: Wednesday 25 April 2012
  • Magnus Carlsen defeats Stephen Colbert 2-0
    We know he is the strongest in the world, but did you know this was true about rock-paper-scissors? Magnus Carlsen was on the Colbert Report (pronounced Coll-bair Re-por) last night, and after obediently answering the chess questions was challenged by the host to a best-of-three in the well-known hand game. The chess prodigy won convincingly with a perfect 2-0 score.
    Posted: Wednesday 25 April 2012
  • Dubai Open: Five players share first with 7.0/9
    Specifically: GMs Ni Hua, Baadur Jobava, Mikheil Mchedlishvili, Normunds Miezis and Sandipan Chanda, from four different countries (China, Georgia, Latvia and India). Their performances ranged from 2770 to 2709, with all standing to gain rating points in the next list. Our final report from this interesting tournament in the UAE provides results, games, pictures and video.
    Posted: Tuesday 24 April 2012
  • Zurich Challenge G3: Kramnik strikes back, evens score
    On move eleven Levon Aronian sacrificed his queen – and it didn't seem to be preparation, as the opening choice by Vladimir Kramnik was very offbeat – a Scotch Four Knights, something he had never played before. He refuted the very dangerous looking attack of Aronian with precise calculation and went on to win an unusually exciting game – for which we bring you extensive commentary.
    Posted: Tuesday 24 April 2012
  • IV Taca Cuca Tournament in Angola
    For a European, few things could be more adventurous than a trip to Africa, yet nations such as Angola organize events including a women's tournament, with such generous conditions that any preconceived notions against it are soon forgotten. This is why it has grown to attract as many as nine grandmasters such as Viktor Bologan and Sergey Tiviakov. A pictorial report by WGM Alina L'Ami.
    Posted: Monday 23 April 2012
  • CHESS Magazine: Anand vs Gelfand – a preview
    The build-up to the Anand-Gelfand world championship is in full swing. There is now an official website, and a couple of press releases have been issued. The CHESS editor John Saunders takes stock of the two players, their careers, rating development, scores against each other, their repertoires, and their chances of winning. John even predicts the openings and the character of the winner.
    Posted: Monday 23 April 2012
  • Premature?
    White is clearly on the ropes, however, if Black tries to solve the position by tactical means, the queen on h6 could prove the saving factor. In concrete terms - the immediate strike 39...Rxf3+ after 40.Rxf3 Rxf3+ 41.Kg2 leads to what?
    A) victory for Black
    B) equality/perpetual check
    C) advantage for White
    Posted: Friday 20 April 2012
  • Baden Baden wins the Bundesliga; Tiviakov beats Anand
    The final rounds of the Bundesliga were no less dramatic than the Russian Team Championship whose final rounds played the same weekend. The leader was top-rated Baden Baden, but they suffered an unexpected setback when their top board, Viswanathan Anand, lost to an inspired Sergey Tiviakov. Nevertheless, the team held strong in the last round and took the title.
    Posted: Monday 16 April 2012
  • Tomsk-400 wins Russian Team Ch. with brilliant Karjakin
    The Russian Team Championship lived up to its promise of returning stars, top competition, and possibly some brilliancies. While the top teams brought in big guns to spearhead their ambitions, Tomsk-400 struck gold with a brilliant Sergey Karjakin on board one and 2896 performance. In second was St. Petersburg, with Sergei Movsesian constantly making the difference.
    Posted: Sunday 15 April 2012
  • Chess-playing Japanese Shogi champions
    The Japanese chess variant Shogi is the most popular board game in the country. In recent years some of its greatest contemporary champions have started taking up chess, and two intersting experiments were recently conducted: a top GM played a chess simul against two Shogi masters, and the top Shogi champion a three-board Shogi handicap against chess masters.
    Posted: Sunday 15 April 2012
  • Alina's Tunisian chess adventure – Part two
    With so much to see and do in her stay in Tunisia, Alina L'Ami found herself taking a philosophical look on issues such as time and learning to seek the brighter side of life. This was made easy by an extremely generous people and country that has so much to offer. In part two of her report, she shares the rewards of learning to adapt in her unusual trip.
    Posted: Saturday 14 April 2012
  • Kasparov in Estonia – interview with Postimees
    Garry Kasparov is on the roll. Apart from his political activities in Russia he is travelling around the world to actively promote chess in schools. He is also completing a book with a very startling thesis (in our times technical innovation has ground to a halt). And he has spoken about historical chess rating records in a lengthy telephone interview with an Estonian newspaper.
    Posted: Saturday 14 April 2012
  • En prise
    The white pawn e4 is hanging, yet its colleague on g6 radiates danger. Which continuation is recommendable for Black?

    A) 37...Bxe4 (38.Qc7)
    B) 37...Qxe4
    C) neither nor, the pawn is poisoned
    Posted: Friday 13 April 2012
  • VI Georgy Agzamov Memorial – Tashkent Open 2012
    The sixth edition of Agzamov Memorial, aka Tashkent Open, recently took place and attracted players from fourteen countries and sixteen grandmasters, including one over 2700. Dedicated to the first Uzbeki grandmaster, Georgy Agzamov, also known as the nightmare of top GMs who even beat Anand in an all-day blitz match, here is a large illustrated report by Jamshid Begmatov.
    Posted: Monday 9 April 2012
  • Gelfand: 'Nobody's invincible, nobody's immune to mistakes'
    The next World Championship match is just a month away, and the players, World Champion Vishy Anand and Challenger Boris Gelfand are winding down their preparations. The latter, who lives in Israel, took time to speak to the press and assess his chances in the match. Gelfand also gives players some general advice on the use of computers. Video interview.
    Posted: Monday 9 April 2012
  • Masters of our time: impatience and self-control in chess
    Like everyone else in the chess world you probably know the terrors of the clock. But why do people spend too much time searching for a specific move? Are they striving for perfection or is it just indecision? Swedish scientist Patrik Gränsmark, who recently studied the effect of facing an attractive opponent, turns his attention to time trouble. Help him with his research and win $500.
    Posted: Sunday 8 April 2012
  • Top GM spent 1:43 min on move four – in Armageddon blitz!
    It's a rapid chess knockout event with absolute world-class players. In a blitz Armageddon tiebreak game player A chooses the Petroff with the black pieces, and on move four he falls into a deep think – for almost two minutes! Can you guess who the player was – hint: one of the fastest in the world – and how the game ended? Watch this exciting Easter video with wonderful commentary.
    Posted: Sunday 8 April 2012
  • 2012 Chinese Championship – Ding Liren completes hat trick
    With three rounds to spare, Ding Liren was in the lead, and his only real rival was 17-year-old Yu Yangyi, whom he faced and held in round nine. 19-year-old Liren won with 8.0/11, making him the youngest player to achieve a hat trick. Yu Yangyi came in second and Ni Hua came third. In the Women's championship WGM Huang Qian won the title on tiebreak. Report with GM commentary.
    Posted: Saturday 7 April 2012
  • On the dark squares
    Following a double exchange sacrifice, White had just blocked her opponent's threats in the d-file with 22.Bb3-d5 (diagram) and now was ready to play 23.Qh6. What is the best defence for Black against this?
    A) 22...Kf8
    B) 22...Qd6
    C) 22...??
    Posted: Saturday 7 April 2012
  • Chinese Championship 2012 – Two teens lead
    It is a sign of the times that a national championship as strong as that of China has four teenagers out of eleven players, two of whom are in the clear lead. 19-year-old Ding Liren is close to winning his third title, followed closely by 17-year-old Yu Yangyi, whom he faces in the next round. During the rest day, Hou Yifan gave a simul, interview, and even had a statue inaugurated in her honor.
    Posted: Wednesday 4 April 2012

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