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Friday, April 18, 2014 20:04
Hou Yifan still tops the standings after eight rounds at the Women's Grand Prix in Khanty-Mansiysk. The reigning World Champion scored 6.5/8 and is a full point ahead of Olga Girya, who is currently performing 200 Elo points above her rating. Anna Muzychuk is in third place with 5 points. There are three rounds to go which will be played on...
Thursday, April 17, 2014 6:45
Romain Edouard of France won the 16th Dubai Open with a tremendous score: 8.0/9, good for a 2856 performance rating. He won 22 rating points (getting pretty close to 2700) and a cheque of $10,000, while Yuriy Kuzubov (Ukraine) and Eduardo Iturrizaga (Venezuela) shared the second and third prizes. All photos courtesy of the Dubai Open After three...
Tuesday, April 15, 2014 15:53
On Saturday it will be officially opened and on Sunday the first round of the Gashimov Memorial will be played. Earlier this week the official website of the tournament was put up, as well as the Facebook page and Twitter and Instagram accounts. The tournament, which has Magnus Carlsen, Fabiano Caruana, Hikaru Nakamura, Sergey Karjakin, Shakhriyar...
Tuesday, April 15, 2014 13:27
On Sunday World Champion Magnus Carlsen will start playing his first big event since he won the Zurich Chess Challenge in February. Right now he's preparing in Oman, a place where he also spent time just before his world title match last year. Last week the 23-year-old Norwegian was in Moscow where he gave simuls and talked in front of an audience...
Monday, April 14, 2014 18:14
Hikaru Nakamura is an outsider. While others were reading books, he played blitz online. Where others prefer to be quiet, he is fairly outspoken. Where others keep a poker face during games, he often shows his emotions. Less than a week before his next tournament, the Vugar Gashimov Memorial in Shamkir, Azerbaijan the U.S. #1 and #9 in the world...
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Monday, April 14, 2014 10:50
Malachite won the 21st Russian Team Championship and Ugra the 15th Russian Team Championship for Women on Sunday in Loo, Sochi. Alexander Grischuk, who played second board for Malachite behind Sergey Karjakin, drew two games and won five. The Russian GM won 15 rating points and climbed to #3 in the world rankings.  Photos © Vladimir Barsky...
Friday, April 11, 2014 18:36
Hou Yifan had a most convincing start at the Women's Grand Prix in Khanty-Mansiysk. The reigning World Champion won her first three games, against Tatiana Kosintseva, Tuvshintugs Batchimeg and Nana Dzagnidze, in impressive style. After three rounds Zhao Xue and Anna Muzychuk are in shared second place with 2.0/3. Photos © Kirill Merkuriev courtesy...
Friday, April 11, 2014 14:24
Ukraine has been the epicenter of international news since its President was replaced and Crimea taken over by Russia. The first signs of the turmoil affecting the chess scene are there: the strong Sberbank rapid tournament, scheduled for May, has been cancelled while the Lviv Regional Chess Federation has proposed to declare Anatoly Karpov,...
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Friday, April 11, 2014 13:45
Death Matches have officially reached new heights. For Death Match 24, Chess.com has secured a reigning World Champion against a World Champion Candidate! Current World Blitz Champion GM Le Quang Liem will test his title against recent World Champion Candidate GM Dmitry Andreikin in the highest-rated Death Match ever! The three-hour event will...
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Thursday, April 10, 2014 16:08
Besides the Russian Team Championship, another strong event is under way: the 16th Dubai Open. After three rounds five GMs and one FM are tied for first place, with 3.0/: GM Romain Edouard of France, GM Axel Bachmann of Paraguay, GM Abhijeet Gupta of India, GM Eduardo Iturrizaga of Venezuela and GM Anuar Ismagambetov of Kazakhstan as well as FM...

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