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  • Scholastic Chess in Hawaii is Booming!
    Hawaii is generally off of the chess radar. It’s not home to any GMs or IMs, although there is one FIDE Master and a few National Masters. Rated events are few and far between. In truth, many of Hawaii's players get in more rated chess on the U.S. Mainland (mostly at the big opens in Las Vegas or national scholastic events) than at home in Hawaii. Pictorial report by Beau Mueller.
    Posted: Wednesday 4 April 2012
  • Master Moves #25
    All the deepest plans or endgame technique are useless if you fall victim to a shot that leaves you in a lost position. Likewise, sometimes that superior play will only offer a single window of opportunity to deliver that final blow, so it is vital to be ready for it when it does. All the shots below are from recent events. Show you can find these shots that shocked.
    Posted: Tuesday 3 April 2012
  • Mate threats
    White has just thrown his strongest piece into the attack with 18.Qh5 (diagram), whereupon 18...hxg5? now would obviously be suicidal. Instead, what is the best defence for Black?
    A) 18...Bf6
    B) 18...dxe3
    C) 18...Bxg5 19.hxg5 dxe3
    Posted: Friday 30 March 2012
  • European Championship: Mamedyarov defaulted again, quits tournament
    The second seed Shakhriyar Mamedyarov, who lost a game owing to the "zero tolerance" rule yesterday, today defaulted by breaking the "Sofia Rule", which does not allow draw offers to be made before move 40, and always through the arbiter. A second game, Baron-Safarli, was similarly defaulted. Mamedyarov quit the tournament and will not be playing in the remaining rounds. What a mess.
    Posted: Friday 30 March 2012
  • Alina's Tunisian Chess Adventure
    Chess tournaments are not just about moves and norms, trophies and prize sums. When a very dedicated sponsor and organiser like Kamel Meddeb takes it into his mind to stage a big event in Tunisia, and concentrates on making all participants feel good about it, you get something culturally enjoyable as well, as our roving reporter Alina L'Ami shows us in this big pictorial report.
    Posted: Thursday 29 March 2012
  • Breaking news: FIDE announced new dates for Candidates
    After numerous protests about the scheduling of the next Candidates Tournament – in October, in the middle of the high season of chess – FIDE and its new organiser Andrew Paulson have relented and moved the Candidates to March 2013, where it will clash with nothing. For a second time Magnus Carlsen, who is intimately affected by the decision, was surprised – this time pleasantly so.
    Posted: Wednesday 28 March 2012
  • The Lewis Chessmen: Lillören's final remark
    The Icelandic-Norwegian battle over the origin of the famous (infamous?) Lewis Chessmen – a collection of chess pieces, handcrafted in the 12th century – has been waging for almost two years now. The Norwegian critic of the Icelandic theory, Morten Lillören, has sent us final remarks. With it we close our discussion of the subject, which may be continued in archeological and historical journals.
    Posted: Tuesday 27 March 2012
  • Official web site of the World Championship match
    In one month and 13 days the opening ceremony of the World Chess Championship match between Viswanathan Anand and his challenger Boris Gelfand will be opened, in the world famous Tretyakov Gallery in Moscow. The event now has its official web site, where you can find out all about the players, the venue, sponsors, rules and the schedule. Take a look.
    Posted: Tuesday 27 March 2012
  • Chess in the birthplace of Modern Persian
    Mashhad is known as the city of Ferdowsi (940–1020), the Iranian poet and author of Shahnameh (“Book of Kings”), which is considered to be the most important work in Persian literature. Ferdowsi also loved chess, and wrote poetry about its emergence. In his honor, the 2nd Ferdowsi International Chess Open was recently held. 16-year-old FM Nima Javanbakht has the report.
    Posted: Tuesday 27 March 2012
  • Yuri Sergeyevich Razuvaev, 1945–2012
    Born on October 10th 1945 Yuri Razuayev was one of the internationally renown players of the 1970s and 80s, a force to be reckoned with at any tournament – but also an enormously respected figure as a coach and an author. After a protracted illness Razuvaev died yesterday at 18:00h Moscow time. We bring you a short review of his career and a eulogy by Boris Gulko.
    Posted: Thursday 22 March 2012
  • 13th European Championship has started in Plovdiv
    This event, with 300 players, 15 of whom are rated above 2700, is taking place in Plovdiv, Bulgaria, from March 20th to 31st, 2012. The zero tolerance rule is in force and draw offers are forbidden before move 40. In round one our attention was focussed on two young stars, top seed Fabiano Caruana, 19, and fourth seed Anish Giri, two years his junior. Annotations by GM Alejandro Ramirez.
    Posted: Wednesday 21 March 2012
  • Alina L'Ami hears the Call of the North
    The Reykjavik Open 2012 took place from March 6–13, and our playing correspondent WGM Alina L'Ami sent us a number of beautiful reports from the Icelandic capital. She was obvious so enthralled by the Nordic country, its people and landscape, that she has written one more massively illustrated report. It is filled with a yearning to go back to Reykjavik next year.
    Posted: Tuesday 20 March 2012
  • University of Texas at Dallas' GM Invitational
    The University of Texas at Dallas is known for many reasons. It has a fabulous engineering department, backed by Texas Instruments, and its Arts & Technology department works with companies that range from Blizzard to Zynga and Dreamworks, but its pride and joy is its chess team. Their GM Invitational made Conrad Holt America's newest GM. Report by GM Alejandro Ramirez.
    Posted: Tuesday 20 March 2012
  • Endgame study solving is fun for everybody
    A fortnight ago we brought you a report on Harold van der Heijden, who had collected 76,132 studies in an electronic database. At the end of the story there was a study by the Dutch endgame expert himself – for you to solve. Simple and elegant it is not quite easy to calculate. Harold explains the solution and tells us about a GM who took just seconds to give the main line.
    Posted: Monday 19 March 2012
  • Gaziantep: Gunina overtakes Pähtz, wins European Women's Blitz
    She already won the title in the classical time controls, now Russian IM Valentina Gunina added the Blitz title to it. In the final round she was able to defeat former women's world champion Antoaneta Stefanov 2-0 and overtake the leading Elisabeth Pähtz. The German IM will remain in Turkey, since she has signed a contract to train young talents. Big pictorial report.
    Posted: Monday 19 March 2012
  • A journey to the world of chess in Rishon Lezion
    The Israeli grandmaster Boris Gelfand is almost totally occupied these days with his preparations for the match of his life against World Champion Vishy Anand in May. Nevertheless even in such a busy and tense period he still finds some time to support the intensive chess life of his hometown of Rishon-Lezion. Report by IM Yochanan Afek with a inspiring video chess in the kindergarten.
    Posted: Sunday 18 March 2012
  • Xtreme Chess Championships – semifinals
    In the semifinals of the The Extreme Chess Championships, a made for TV competition, Justus Williams broke Kassa’s own record for the youngest African-American master in history faces Duke University student Kassa Korley in the semi-finals. The second semifinals match featured poker player Alex Barnett and Stanford student, Elliott Liu, in a spectacular attack.
    Posted: Sunday 18 March 2012
  • Lady Levity
    In this position White played 35.Bh5, planning after 35...Rxh6 36.Bxf7 to activate her bishop and open lines against the enemy king. How should Black continue now?
    A) 36...Rxh1
    B) 36...g4
    C) 36...Rf6
    Two losers, one winning move!
    Posted: Friday 16 March 2012
  • Gaziantep: Tatiana Kosintseva wins European Rapid
    The two-day European Women's Rapid Chess Championship saw two Russians on the winners' rostrum: GM Tatiana Kosintseva won with 9.0/11 points, followed by GM Alexandra Kosteniuk and German IM Elisabeth Pähtz, both with 8.5/11 points, but Kosteniuk taking Silver on tiebreak points. We bring you pictures and highlights.
    Posted: Friday 16 March 2012
  • Master Moves #23 - Cappelle-La-Grande
    All the deepest plans or endgame technique are useless if you fall victim to a shot that leaves you in a lost position. Likewise, sometimes that superior play will only offer a single window of opportunity to deliver that final blow, so it is vital to be ready for it when it does. All the shots are from Cappelle-La-Grande. Will you be crowned in this contest?
    Posted: Thursday 15 March 2012
  • Judith Polgar: Queen among the Kings
    Angie's Diary is an online writing magazine and resource to allow published authors and aspiring writers to be read, published and sell more books. The site is interesting because there are a number of original articles on chess. Yesterday there was one on Judit Polgar, written by the English Professor Andrew J. Sacks.
    Posted: Thursday 15 March 2012

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