4/11/2004 – At the European Women's Championship in Dresden we met a charming young lady, just 14 and close to 2400 Elo points in weight. Anna Muzychuk is one of the super chess talents that are appearing in Ukraine on a yearly basis. Now we discover that Anna has an equally talented younger sister. Here's the story...
4/10/2004 – Garry Kasparov is not holding back. In a recent 11-minute interview with CBC television he talked very forcefully about the current political situation in Russia. "Within a few years Russia will be fully authoritarian state with elections just being called for the sake of the rest of the world," he says. Here's a transcript of the interview.
4/9/2004 – Like to watch a to GM blitz tournament live? With 78 participants, 54 of whom are GMs, 22 rated over Elo 2600? See every move they make as it is played? Cheer on Svidler, Grischuk, Bareev and Dreev? Watch Almira Skripchenko and Natalia Zhukova take on their male counterparts? All from the comfort of your home? Then you will definitely not want to miss the ACP Inaugural on the Playchess server.
4/8/2004 – On Monday we showed you a chess film that explored the dating habits of a young woman. Now we find another longer and racier one that goes a step further. Luis Camara Silva uses chess to illustrate the mating habits of humans. Watch his film and quit chess forever. Here's the disturbing movie...
4/7/2004 – The European Championship is to be held in Antalya, Turkey; while the Asean Masters will be staged three times a month in Bangkok. We predict there may be some glitches, described in our tournament calendar.
4/7/2004 – "I am not trying to hold on to my title whatever it takes," writes the still-reigning FIDE champion, "but I can’t put up with the absolute dictatorship of FIDE. I am ready to defend my title on the conditions that were clearly set at the time I won it." He also attacks Garry Kasparov for the "exclusive privileges" he has received. Here's the letter and relevant links...
4/6/2004 – Sunday Telegraph columnist Nigel Short was enchanted. "For the first time people could watch the European Women's Championship on TV, with the charming participants themselves presenting their strategic masterpieces – often in delightfully Russian-accented English." Nigel calls this development 'a new era in chess.'
4/5/2004 – It's been a while, but Indian superstar Vishy Anand has regained place two in the world rankings. Anand gained eight points and Kramnik lost 13 to switch places. Perennial Garry Kasparov lost 14 points but still remains at the top, 43 points ahead of Anand. Here's a list of the top 100.
4/5/2004 – The subject of the little (6 min 33 sec) movie is tantalising: a woman tests her dates over games of chess, with each contest taking on the mood of the relationship. She's in full control, knowing exactly what she wants in a man – until she finds it. More...
4/4/2004 – She narrowly missed the Women's World Championship in December 2001. Then she embarked on a career in beauty, glamour and movie making, appearing in countless magazines and TV shows as an "ambassadrice" for chess. Just when people were counting her out Alexandra Kosteniuk returns with a thumping victory in Dresden. We bring you games, results and pictures.
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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On this DVD Dorian Rogozenco, Mihail Marin, Oliver Reeh and Karsten Müller present the 8. World Chess Champion in video lessons: his openings, his understanding of chess strategy, his artful endgame play, and finally his immortal combinations.
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