1/29/2014 – The Masters section has been inaugurated in Gibraltar and in spectacular fashion. A lovely gala was held in the famous Saint Michael's cave. Round one went with almost no upsets, but things started to change in round two. A few of the grand masters were held to draws, though most won their games. Eljanov had a close call, however almost losing to Elizabeth Paehtz.
1/29/2014 – The strongest tournament in chess history - at a massive 2801 rating average - will begin in just a few hours. The festival will include a blitz, classical and rapid tournament. The first will be used to determine the colors and pairings, the two others to determine the winner of the event. Can this edition of Zurich top what some consider the best tournament ever held, the legendary Zurich 1953?
1/28/2014 – On the seashore of Rostov Oblast in Russia, the industrial port-city of Taganrog located on the Sea of Azov held the “Vladimir Dvorkovich Memorial”, the first strong event of the year in Russia. This second edition included a rapid tournament alongside the nine-round swiss and attracted top GMs such as Morozevich and Korobov. Khismatullin won and is up 43 Elo. Illustrated report.
1/28/2014 – Azeri GM Vugar Gashimov was one of the leading chess players of his country, having played in four Chess Olympiads, winning gold for Azerbaijani European Team Chess Championship in 2009. On the night of January 10-11, at the age of just 27, he died of a recurrent, malignant brain tumor. His girlfriend, Elisabeth W, was with him to the end. She tells us what Vugar was like.
1/28/2014 – Deep Fritz 14 has improved on its great predecessor by adding 100 Elo points to its playing strength. It also comes as a powerful multi-processor version. right from the word go. "It’s very easy to get up and running; it took ten minutes on my laptop and most of the features are easy to get to grips with," writes Sean Marsh in CHESS Magazine. Review.
1/28/2014 – The Association of Chess Professionals voted the 2013 Gibraltar Chess Congress as the best Open tournament of the year. The time has come for the 2014 edition to dazzle us! The festivities have begun with simultaneous exhibitions by Sachdev and Agdestein as well as the start of the Amateur section. However the Masters start tomorrow. Preview of a fantastic event.
1/27/2014 – Chess is commonly used in print advertising, most often linking its image of intelligence and class with the advertiser's product or service. However, it also has been used many times in TV commercials either directly or indirectly to promote anything from luxury cars, to cell phones, the military, soft drinks, or sports. Here is a list of TV commercials with chess.
1/26/2014 – With the first place decided, the real question was who would take silver and bronze. It was a tense final round, and it showed. In the Masters group, Giri drew taking silver, while Karjakin survived a lost position against Dominguez for bronze. Aronian lost a won game against Van Wely in time trouble. In the Challengers, veteran Timman took silver ahead of Jobava. Final report.
1/25/2014 – Demonstrating a fantastic return to form, Aronian gave Dominguez no chance as he beat him in an impressive game to win the Masters a round in advance. With 8.0/10, and a two point lead, he is untouchable, but he can still make history if he wins tomorrow. Second place is all but decided. Saric also won the Challengers a round in advance by beating Yu Yangyi. Report with GM commentary.
1/25/2014 – The story began last weekend, when a draft contract between Garry Kasparov, who is running for FIDE President, and his running mate Ignatius Leong were leaked. It was suggested that large sums of money were passing to Leong in return for votes in the presidential election. Now Kasparov has replied to the accusations in an unprecedented way: by publishing the full text of the final contract.
3/7/2014 – With his Power play show GM Daniel King tries to explain difficult themes in
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