4/10/2014 – "The latest issue of ChessBase Magazine offers the usual blend of top tournament coverage, instructional material and opening surveys. Danny King presents excellent video coverage from Zurich and Wijk aan Zee, and his analysis of the key games is typically insightful." You can download the free article by Michal Krasenkow on the Modern Benoni with 7.Bd3 Bg7 8.h3. Review at Marsh Towers.
4/9/2014 – It was not a bad day to be white! With five of the six games resulting in white victories it was only Kosteniuk that, miraculously, with black was able to hold a draw against Stefanova. The World Champion started with a win against Kosintseva, and the only upset of the round was Girya's win against Dzanigdze. Round one report.
4/9/2014 – Anderssen-Kieseretzky, London 1851, was the original immortal game. Another 19th century encounter, Blake vs. Hooke, was also an immortal culminating in a queen sacrifice. Last Sunday Croatian GM Mišo Cebalo, 69, wrote his name into the history of immortal chess games, as his colleague GM Lubomir Kavalek narrates in this latest Huffington Post column.
4/9/2014 – GM Maurice Ashley and his partner Amy Lee have given confirmation that the Millionaire Chess Open, with a prize fund of one million dollars, will take place in Las Vegas in October later this year. The tournament hopes to attract amateurs from around the world, as well as top grandmasters, as they battle for huge category prizes. Will you be the next big winner from chess?
4/8/2014 – Only a week after the Candidates tournament has finished in Khanty-Mansiysk, the new "Chess Mecca" is host to the fourth Women's Grand Prix of the cycle. The tournament is full of stars including Hou Yifan, Stefanova, T. Kosintseva, Muzychuk, Zhao Xue etc. Alina l'Ami has traveled all the way to the playing site and brings us an impressive and beautiful pictoral report.
4/8/2014 – Mining the ratings section of the FIDE web site, and combining it with United Nations population statistics, reveals a lot about chess and its popularity in different parts of the world. However rows and columns of numbers are difficult to comprehend. Michal Paterek, a software engineer from Poland, presents the data with some really cool interactive maps. Prepare to be stunned!
4/7/2014 – If you google her images you might mistake her for a Hollywood actress or a fashion model. And IM Tania Sachdev has taken part in some fairly extravagent shows. But her greatest talent is chess, and specifically chess teaching. Which makes her latest ChessBase DVD we predict a surefire bestseller. Is there a more pleasant way to study chess? Review by Sagar Shah.
4/7/2014 – The Spring Festival is a yearly event in Budapest, Hungary, with representations of all arts, whether they be performing arts, visual arts, or... chess! In this festival, there are many events for children and adults, all overseen by its Ambassador of Talent, Judit Polgar. It is not a figure of speech, as she is given this role for a five-year tenure. Here is an illustrated report.
4/6/2014 – The players of Asian board games like Shogi and Go honor their champions at least as far back as the 1600s. Chess, on the other hand, crowned its first official World Champion in 1886, although the game has been around since the 6th century. The chess community recognizes sixteen title holders – too few for historian Paul Lillebo, who proposes we include five earlier champions.
4/5/2014 – The German Bundesliga (team championships) is one of the strongest in the world, as is the women's section. In the 2013-2014 season two teams won all their matches – until they played against each other in round ten. SC 1957 Bad Königshofen beat OSG Baden Baden to take the title. One of their stars, Indian IM Tania Sachdev, sent us wonderfully insightful annotations of a key game.
4/24/2014 – The Shamkir Chess tournament is held in memory to the great Vugar Gashimov. From April 20th to 30th some of the world's strongest players (Carlsen, Caruana, Karjakin, Nakamura, Mamedyarov and Radjabov) compete for the victory. Daniel King is analysing live at 12.30 pm. Entry fee: 50 Ducats, Premium free!
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