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Checkmate for Gambit

Tue, 01 Feb 2011 18:13:35 +0000

The New York Times chess blog has ended.

Familiar Names and One Unknown Among Leaders at Gibraltar Chess Tournament

Tue, 01 Feb 2011 06:39:20 +0000

Vassily Ivanchuk, the top seed, continues to lead the tournament, followed by a host of grandmasters. But there is one player among the leaders who is unranked and unknown.

Ivanchuk Leads Gibraltar Chess Festival and Korchnoi Is Unbeaten

Mon, 31 Jan 2011 03:21:22 +0000

The tournament’s top seed has taken the lead, while its oldest competitor has stayed unbeaten despite playing several of the world’s best players.

Nakamura Wins Tata Steel Chess Tournament

Mon, 31 Jan 2011 01:57:12 +0000

In one of the finest performances ever by an American, Hikaru Nakamura finished ahead of the world’s top four players, including Viswanathan Anand, the world champion.

With One Round to Go, Nakamura Holds Lead at Tata Steel

Sat, 29 Jan 2011 22:54:17 +0000

With an easy draw in the penultimate round, Hikaru Nakamura preserved his lead, while Viswanathan Anand, the world champion, was lucky to escape with a draw against a 16-year-old grandmaster.

Nakamura Wins Again and Seizes Lead of Tata Steel Chess Tournament

Fri, 28 Jan 2011 22:16:20 +0000

In Round 11 on Friday, Hikarua Nakamura won, while his primary rival, Viswanathan Anand, only drew. Nakamura leads by half a point with two rounds to play.

Gibraltar Chess Tournament Has Become a Major Draw

Fri, 28 Jan 2011 15:36:39 +0000

An annual tournament in Gibraltar has attracted some of the world’s best players, but a number of upsets in the early rounds of vaulted some unexpected players into the lead.

World Chess Federation Issues Letter Supporting the Turkish Federation

Fri, 28 Jan 2011 04:08:16 +0000

In response to complaints by some of the women who played in last month’s Women’s World Champion tournament in Turkey, the World Chess Federation says that the event was well run and organized.

Betting on Chess

Thu, 27 Jan 2011 17:50:46 +0000

A London bookmaker has Viswanathan Anand of India as the favorite to win the Tata Steel chess tournament when it concludes on Sunday.

Nakamura and Anand Again Separate Themselves From the Pack at Tata Steel

Thu, 27 Jan 2011 01:39:25 +0000

Hikaru Nakamura and Viswanathan Anand won their games in Round 10 on Thursday and are tied for the lead for the fourth time.

Winter Sport

Wed, 26 Jan 2011 18:15:35 +0000

A photograph from Kiev shows that even in the dead of winter, some people still like to play chess outside.

Anti-Semitic Comments Found Under a Chess Organizer’s Name

Wed, 26 Jan 2011 17:28:35 +0000

In the late 1990’s, hundreds of anti-Semitic comments appeared on the Web under the name of Mansour Baghamian, a chess organizer than living in Houston. Mr. Baghamian said he did not write them. Who did?

Computer (Chess) Pioneer Wins Prestigious Japan Prize

Wed, 26 Jan 2011 03:40:34 +0000

Ken Thompson and Dennis Ritchie, the inventors of the Unix operating system and the C programming language, have been awarded the Japan Prize. Thompson also created the first master-level chess computer.

Four Tied for the Lead of Tata Steel Chess Tournament

Tue, 25 Jan 2011 21:47:56 +0000

While Viswanathan Anand and Hikaru Nakamura, the co-leaders after Round 8, drew in Round 9, Vladimir Kramnik and Levon Aronian won. All four are tied are for the lead with four rounds to play.

It’s Turkey’s Move

Tue, 25 Jan 2011 11:43:25 +0000

In a letter, the European Chess Union has said that the Turkish Chess Federation can bid on hosting the European Women’s Championship, but it will not automatically restore its right to host the event after the Turkish Federation dropped it a month ago.