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Ghaem Maghami, Bryant and Matikozyan share first in Agoura Hills

Ghaem Maghami, Bryant and Matikozyan share first in Agoura Hills

The 22nd Annual Western Class Championships were held from March 20-22, 2015, at the Sheraton Agoura Hills Hotel, 30100 Agoura Road, Agoura Hills, California. The event was 5-round Swiss with seven sections: Master, Expert, Class A, Class B, Class C, Class D and Class E. The main Master section had 29 participants. GM Ehsan Ghaem [...]

Magnus Carlsen and Garry Kasparov promote chess in Norwegian parliament

Magnus Carlsen and Garry Kasparov promote chess in Norwegian parliament

The Chess Federation of Norway organized chess promoting initiative on 23rd March, 2015. The reigning World chess champion Magnus Carlsen and former World champion Garry Kasparov increased chess popularity in Norway with simultaneous exhibitions and other chess activities inside the Norwegian parliament.   Photo credit: Stormester & Stormester

FIDE Women’s World Championship – Round 3.2

FIDE Women’s World Championship – Round 3.2

The return games of the third round matches of the FIDE Women’s World Chess Championship were played in SCC Galactica (Sochi, Krasnaya Polyana). Anna Muzychuk (Ukraine) became the first Quarterfinalist by beating Lela Javakhishvili (Georgia) as Black. Today the Georgian misplayed early in the middlegame, initiating an exchange of queens in highly unfavorable circumstances. She [...]

GM Surya Sekhar Ganguly wins Kolkata International 2015 (Video)

GM Surya Sekhar Ganguly wins Kolkata International 2015 (Video)

The 2nd Kolkata International Grandmasters Chess Tournament took place from 15-24th March at the Indian Council For Cultural Relations, 9A Ho Chi Minh Sarani, Kolkata-71, India. GM Surya Sekhar Ganguly outwitted Cuban GM Isan Reynaldo Ortiz Suarez in a battle of nerves to win the second International Grandmasters Chess Tournament on Tuesday. Surya, who was [...]

IM Oladapo Adu from Nigeria qualifies for FIDE World Cup in Baku

IM Oladapo Adu from Nigeria qualifies for FIDE World Cup in Baku

The FIDE Zone 4.4 Individual Championships 2015 were organized by the Togo Chess Federation under the auspices of the African Chess Confederation (ACC) from 13-22nd March in Lome, Togo. The Championships gathered 36 players from 7 federations: Central African Republic, Côte d’Ivoire, Cameroon, Ghana, Nigeria, Sierra Leone and Togo, in Open and Women’s sections. International [...]

Another 64 seconds with Amy Lee – Founder of Millionaire Chess

Another 64 seconds with Amy Lee – Founder of Millionaire Chess

Susan Polgar, Chairperson of FIDE Commission for Women’s Chess (WOM), conducted a follow up interview with Amy Lee, the woman behind Millionaire Chess. Read also the first “64 seconds with Amy Lee” interview Susan Polgar: With 7 days left before the March 31 deadline for lower entry fees, about 25 GMs with ratings over 2600 [...]

FIDE Women’s World Championship – Round 3.1

FIDE Women’s World Championship – Round 3.1

The 3rd round of the FIDE Women’s World Chess Championship was played in the SCC Galactica on March 23. Only 16 out of 64 participants are remaining in contention for the title. This was a disastrous day for the four Russian players still competing in Sochi. Alisa Galliamova played Black against the top seed player [...]

Kolkata Grandmasters Chess Tournament – Round 8 Video

Kolkata Grandmasters Chess Tournament – Round 8 Video

The 2nd Kolkata International Grandmasters Chess Tournament is taking place from 15-24th March at the Indian Council For Cultural Relations, 9A Ho Chi Minh Sarani, Kolkata-71, India. Top seed Grandmaster Nigel Short, India’s Surya Shekhar Ganguly and Lu Shenglei of China drew their 8th round games and now with 6.5 points each are jointly leading [...]

Beautiful forced mate at the EICC (video)

Beautiful forced mate at the EICC (video)

Fantastic game for the history of chess. Video analysis

1st Thessaloniki International Blitz Chess Festival

1st Thessaloniki International Blitz Chess Festival

The 1st Thessaloniki International Blitz Chess Festival is scheduled to take place on 1st May, 2015, at Hotel Philippion**** in Thessaloniki, the second largest city in Greece and a popular tourist destination. Pefka Chess Club and Thessaloniki & Halkidiki Chess Union organize the event in 15 rounds. The tournament is a Swiss FIDE blitz rated event, open to all players, regardless of [...]

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