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Dragoljub Velimirović
Saturday, May 24, 2014 18:04
Serbian Grandmaster Dragoljub Velimirović died recently at the age of 72, as reported on Twitter by the Serbian publishing company Chess Informant. Born in Valjevo, Yugoslavia (now Serbia), Velimirović represented his home country in six different Chess Olympiads from 1974-1990. In his first outing, he won silver for both his team and himself....
Thursday, May 22, 2014 10:52
In the third week of June the strongest FIDE World Rapid and Blitz Championship in history will be held in Dubai, UAE. Eight players from the current live ratings top 10 will participate, including the world's top 3, Magnus Carlsen (Norway), Levon Aronian (Armenia) and Alexander Grischuk (Russia), and ex-World Champion Vishy Anand. Hikaru Nakamura...
Wednesday, May 21, 2014 14:11
Laurent Fressinet of France won the 22nd edition of the Sigeman & Co Chess Tournament in Malmö, Sweden. In an event that only lasted five rounds, three and a half point was enough for the 32-year-old French grandmaster to finish clear first and half a point ahead of IM Axel Smith. All photos © Calle Erlandsson From 15 till 19 May, 2014 the...
U.S. championships
Wednesday, May 21, 2014 0:59
The day began at the U.S. Championship and U.S Women's Championship with no fewer than six players still alive in the race for a national title. After several more hours of play, the two defending champions slithered through the field. GM Gata Kamsky and GM Irina Krush both used their free pass to the finals to add more U.S. Championships to their...
Tuesday, May 20, 2014 11:03
Wesley So won the 2014 Capablanca Memorial in Havana, Cuba with a score of 6.5/10. In the final three rounds the 20-year-old Pinoy grandmaster won a game and drew two to finish a point clear of Lazaro Bruzon. Especially in the second half a number of uninspiring draws were seen in Havana. In our second report the drawing percentage (then 71.4%)...
2014 U.S. Championships
Tuesday, May 20, 2014 3:54
None of the four leaders in the 2014 U.S. Championship or 2014 U.S. Women's Championship was able to win today, and both of the players trailing by a half point won to force two three-way playoffs. GMs Alex Lenderman and Varuzhan Akobian drew, allowing GM Gata Kamsky to catch them by defeating GM Josh Friedel. All three end on 7/11. On the women's...
Poikovsky
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Sunday, May 18, 2014 17:56
Rising star GM Ivan Saric of Croatia had been matching GM Alexander Morozevich blow for blow at the 15th Karpov Tournament in Poikovsky, Russia. Stumbles in rounds 6 and 7 for Saric allowed Jakovenko to take his place as co-leader, while Morozevich has been able to retain his lead. The tournament is a 10-player round robin and has two rounds...
US Championships
Saturday, May 17, 2014 16:09
GM Varuzhan Akobian and IM Anna Zatonskih entered today's play at the U.S. Championship and U.S. Women's Championship with the narrowest of leads. They both won, and watched their main competition draw as Black, stretching the lead to one full point in each event. Zatonskih (6/7) won an opposite-colored bishop ending, something GM Irina Krush (5/7...
Friday, May 16, 2014 10:50
Wesley So leads the Elite Group of the Capablanca Memorial in Havana, Cuba after seven rounds. With an undefeated plus two score the 20-year-old Pinoy grandmaster is half a point ahead of top seed Leinier Dominguez of Cuba. The other Cuban participant, Lazaro Bruzon, has drawn all his games so far. Bruzon vs. So in round 7 | Photo María del Carmen...
Thursday, May 15, 2014 11:16
After round 5 of the 2014 U.S. Championship in St. Louis, GM Gata Kamsky predicted someone else would be champion this year. In his quest to be wrong, there's now a new man to chase. GM Varuzhan Akobian (5/7) vaulted into the lead with wins in rounds 6 and 7, taking advantage of two straight losses by the earlier surprise leader, GM Alex Lenderman...

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