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Thursday, July 08, 2010 22:32
When I received an email some days ago about the passing away of Danish IM Ole Jacobsen, it didn't ring a bell immediately. But a few days later I realized I had met this tall and friendly Dane at a tournament in Salou in 2007. On July 2nd I received an email by Peter Dürrfeld, who informed us that Danish IM Ole Jakobsen had passed away. When I...
Sunday, June 20, 2010 23:18
By drawing his last round game in four moves (or rather three and a half) Jan Smeets won the 2010 Dutch Championship. Zhaoqin Peng secured her 12th (!) Dutch title already one round before the end. This year's event will mainly be remembered for its many peculiarities. The Dutch Championship took place June 11-20 in Eindhoven, The Netherlands....
Wednesday, June 02, 2010 20:00
The Bulgarian organizers of the Anand-Topalov World Championship match take Chessbase to court for "violating copyright rules". Chessbase transmitted the moves of the match live on their Playchess server, against the will of the Bulgarians. During the Anand-Topalov World Championship match it already became clear that the organizer were planning...
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Tuesday, June 01, 2010 19:49
Last week Dmitry Jakovenko defeated Ernesto Inarkiev at the ACP World Rapid Cup, using the devastating 12.Ncb5!! - a theoretical novelty that won on the spot. Inarkiev could have prevented this disaster as the move was mentioned the day before the game in ChessVibes Openings #73! Last Saturday GM Jan Timman visited my local chess club, Caissa...
Thursday, May 06, 2010 17:32
We received a few complaints at ChessVibes headquarters for reporting in a biased way about the upcoming FIDE presidential elections. We were accused of favouring Anatoly Karpov and ridiculing Kirsan Ilyumzhinov. A news item that appeared yesterday on the BCC website shows we should have taken our current president more seriously indeed. Okay, we...
Thursday, April 08, 2010 21:22
Australia has a surface of 7,617,930 km², (2,941,299 square miles), making it the 6th biggest country in the world. However, currently there are only three Australian grandmasters on the FIDE rating list (the 4th retired not long ago). How is this possible? I think I have found the solution to one of the greates enigmas in the world of chess: why...
Monday, April 05, 2010 16:45
Last week, in an important team match, my opponent played an innocent sideline against my pet-opening. I had prepared quite well for this encounter, but had not looked at this particular variation since it is so rarely played. Over the board, I knew I had once looked at this line in detail, and had also found a nice way of dealing with it - but to...
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Tuesday, March 30, 2010 15:50
Have you ever had the situation where your opponent broke the rules, you considered calling an arbiter, but you thought it might not be worth it because of the bother and distraction it causes? At the European Championship in Rijeka I had two such cases, which I like to share with you. Photo & text GM Dimitri Reinderman If your opponent...
Wednesday, March 17, 2010 14:15
Perhaps it was because I'm currently reading The Age of Empathy - Nature's Lessons for a Kinder Society, Frans de Waal's latest book on how and why humans (and other primates) are capable of showing empathy and solving moral problems - that I found myself shocked by the recent Europe Echecs interview with Topalov's manager Silvio Danailov. Topalov...
Friday, March 05, 2010 17:13
Chess players love wooden chess sets for their massive, easy-playing pieces, their obvious superiority over cheap plastic stuff and their distinguished classical look. But what about their sustainability? I got interested in this question after seeing an advertisement for a truly magnificent chess set called the 'Endangered Parrots of the World...

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