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3rd Balkan Rapid Chess Festival 2014

3rd Balkan Rapid Chess Festival 2014

The 3rd Balkan Rapid Chess Festival will take place on 12-13th April in Hotel Geranion, near Nikiti-Halkidiki, Greece. The 10-round Swiss-system FIDE rated event with the time control 15 min + 3 sec is organized by the Municipality of Sithonia in cooperation with Thessaloniki & Halkidiki Chess Union. The scoring system is 3 points for [...]

Day of draws in Candidates Tournament, Anand still in full point lead

Day of draws in Candidates Tournament, Anand still in full point lead

All four games of the 11th round of the FIDE World Candidates Tournament ended in draws. The first to split the point were former World Champions Vladimir Kramnik and Viswanathan Anand. Peter Svidler and Levon Aronian, Dmitry Andreikin and Shakhriyar Mamedyarov, followed the suit around the first time control. Sergey Karjakin was pressing for a [...]

Serbian Women’s Chess Championship 2014

Serbian Women’s Chess Championship 2014

The 8th Serbian Chess Championship for women is taking place from 27th March to 6th April in Banja Junaković, Apatin. Twelve players will compete in the round robin tournament. The defending champion is WGM Marija Manakova. Participants: WGM Vojinovic Jovana 2323 WIM Rakic Marija 2304 WGM Stojanovic Andjelija 2295 WGM Manakova Marija 2289 WGM Maksimovic [...]

GM Saša Martinović wins Zagreb Open on tie-break

GM Saša Martinović wins Zagreb Open on tie-break

The 2014 Zagreb Chess Open was held on 17-24th March at the Panorama Zagreb Hotel, Krešimir Ćosić Square in Zagreb, Croatia. The nine round Swiss tournament was organized by the Zagreb Chess Union and the Zagreb Sports Union. 197 players from ten countries competed. There were 16 Grandmasters and 15 International Masters in the field. [...]

Team Guam heads to Tromso Chess Olympiad

Team Guam heads to Tromso Chess Olympiad

Guam Echecs, established in 2010, will send a team to the 41st Chess Olympiad in Tromso, Norway. This will be the first participation of Guam in the most important chess event. The team includes, from left: (front row) Jun Moguel (secretary general), Leon Ryan (president and delegate), and Noly Caluag (vice president and team captain); [...]

Anand, Mamedyarov draw in Candidates Tournament R10

Anand, Mamedyarov draw in Candidates Tournament R10

The 6.h3 Naidorf Sicilian is all rage now in the FIDE World Candidates Tournament. In round 10 Viswanathan Anand again used the system, this time against Shakhriyar Mamedyarov. The game was similar to Anand’s match against Topalov, but this time black was more vigorous to trade the pieces, counter in the center and achieve good [...]

GM Anton Demchenko is champion of the Russian Southern Federal District

GM Anton Demchenko is champion of the Russian Southern Federal District

The Championship of Russian Southern Federal District for men concluded this weekend in Astrakhan. The playing field consisted of 42 participants, including two Grandmasters and five International Masters. Grandmaster Anton Demchenko from Novorossiysk emerged convincing winner of the tournament with 8,0/9 points, leaving the second placed GM Alexander Evdokimov (Astrakhan) a full point behind. IM [...]

Southern Class Championships 2014

Southern Class Championships 2014

The 12th Annual Southern Class Championships will be held from March 28-30, 2014, at the Wyndham Orlando Resort (renovated), 8001 International Drive, Orlando, Florida. The event has 7 sections: Master, Expert, Class A, Class B, Class C, Class D and Class E. All sections have either 3-day (March 28-30) or 2-day (March 29-30) schedules to [...]

Candidates Tournament: Co-leaders Anand and Aronian draw in R8

Candidates Tournament: Co-leaders Anand and Aronian draw in R8

In round 8 of the FIDE Candidates Tournament Levon Aronian stunned the co-leader Viswanathan Anand with an enterprising novelty as early as move 3. Anand appreciated the strength of Qb3 in various transpositions as it was not easy for him to reach a convenient Catalan or Gruenfeld structure. He finally went for the reversed Benoni [...]

“13-year old Magnus bought every word Kramnik said”

“13-year old Magnus bought every word Kramnik said”

An interesting interview with World Champion Magnus Carlsen was posted today on NRK website. The interview was performed at the launch of the Play Carlsen app in Oslo a couple of weeks ago. Author Mads Nyborg Støstad kindly translated the quotes to English for Chessdom. – Kramnik tror at han vet alt, sier Magnus Carlsen. [...]

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