King Salman World Blitz and Rapid Championships

For the 1st time in Saudi Arabia, the world chess championships (Rapids and Blitz)  will start on Tuesday DEC 26 .. Where ?  The  APEX Convention Center with the participation of  over 200 international players .. Visa’s were secured for the participants of Iran and Qatar.. “FIDE would like to… Continue reading

The 2016 Tradewise Chess Festival

The 2016 Tradewise Chess Festival Jan 25-Feb 4 2016 LIVE games start, Tuesday 26 January, 15.00 CET http://www.gibraltarchesscongress.com/live2016/masters.htm Pairings are up 1 1 GM Nakamura Hikaru 2787 0   0 IM Bellin Robert 2350 132 2 129 FM Shachar Ehud 2353 0   0 GM Vachier-Lagrave Maxime 2785 2 3… Continue reading

2014 U.S. Championship and U.S. Women’s Championship

For the sixth consecutive year, the best chess players in the U.S. will gather in Saint Louis to fight for the title of U.S. Champion and U.S. Women’s Champion. GM Gata Kamsky will defend his title at the 2014 U.S. Championship while recently anointed Grandmaster Irina Krush will look for… Continue reading

World Teams Championship

 World Teams  Championship takes place 26 November – 5 December in Antalya, Turkey. It’s a single round robin among ten teams…   The FIDE World Team Championship is held every two years.. Qualification criteria: the previous event’s World Chess Team Champion; the three highest-placed teams in the FIDE Olympiad prior… Continue reading

Sinquefield Cup 2013 / Round 6 / Final

Magnus Carlsen It was not easy.  Aronian (World #2) had what appeared to be an advantage during the early part of the game; Magnus was even a Pawn down.   Levon’s 50th move was a bit of self toe stepping (Diagram Below).  Carlsen spotted the lack of harmony and struck.  Soon… Continue reading

Sinquefield Cup 2013 / Round 4

Levon Aronian The World’s #2 rated player (Aronian) snapped Nakamura’s chain of success in the 4th round.  Hikaru once again attempted his King’s Indian Defense which transposed into a Benko Gambit style game.  Black attempted some activity on the 20th move (Diagram Below) which appeared to backfire.  After that the… Continue reading