2/4/2004 – GM Maurice Ashley will appear in a TV documentary entitled America: Beyond
the Color Line, which will be broadcast in two parts on Public Television
in the US beginning at 9 pm New York time, Tuesday, February 3. GM Ashley appears
in the second installment which will be broadcast at the same hour on Wednesday,
February 4. Here's the full story...
2/3/2004 – The one phrase you must know if you go to Brazil is "Tudo bem!" Often accompanied by a thumbs-up this is the universal expression for "okay", "cool", and "a Brazilian just won a category 16 tournament!" In dramatic fashion Giovanni Vescovi defeated Boris Gelfand in the final round to pass the Israeli and hoist the winner's trophy for the second year in a row. Full report and games.
2/2/2004 – It sounds quite terrifying: a Danish grandmaster faces over two thousand computers, all working together in a gigantic network of distributed machines. The event duly broke the Guinness World Record attempt, but the GM (Peter Heine Nielsen) did not have as much trouble as we would have expected. Here's a report and the game...
2/1/2004 – On Sunday Feb. 1st there will be a live TV match in Sofia, Bulgaria, between the top national player Veselin Topalov and world's number three Vishy Anand. It consists of two 10-minute blitz games with a possible 5/4 tie breaker. The two have a 50% score in classical chess, but Anand is clearly ahead in fast games. Details...
2/1/2004 – After a week of absence (GMs occasionally do play in tournaments) Saidali Yuldashev has returned to Tashkent to take up the game against Uzbek TV audience and the ChessBase public. Unfortunately our king is in a cage, so that most people think we are fighting for a draw, while some are more optimistic. There's a lot of excellent analysis in Jamshid Begmatov's weekly report.
1/31/2004 – On Thursday Vladimir Kramnik played a clock simul against the German national team at the Centro Dannemann in Brissago (Switzerland). His opponents were Christopher Lutz, Rustem Dautov, Robert Hübner and Klaus Bischoff. Kramnik defeated Dr. Hübner and drew the other three games. We bring you a picture and the games.
1/31/2004 – He asked for it, now he's getting it – in full force. After the appearance
of Garry Kasparov's book, My Great Predecessors, the author invited
readers all over the world, even if they are amateurs, to send in analysis
and corrections. Nobody has taken him up with such vigour as Sergey Sorokhtin,
a construction manager from St. Petersburg. Read about it all in our Analysis Focus #5
1/30/2004 – The quest to create the strongest computer chessplayer continues, but creating a weak opponent may be more important. All the top programs can crush you, but can they give you a fair and fun fight? Mig's latest ChessBase Cafe column looks at the sophisticated handicap features in Fritz and friends. Send in your own questions for next month's column. See the index.
1/28/2004 – America's Foundation for Chess (AF4C) is committed to making chess a larger part of America's cultural fabric. By making chess accessible in schools and in popular culture AF4C hopes to elevate the profile of chess in America so that it will soon become a regular part of every child's classroom experience. The full story is told in this lovely video clip.
1/28/2004 – The Swiss tobacco company Dannemann has just announced that the Classical Chess World Championship between Vladimir Kramnik and Peter Leko will be staged from September 25 to October 18, at a still to be disclosed location. Here are first details...
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