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Monday, March 24, 2014 15:49
Yu Yangyi & Ju Wenjun are the new Chinese Chess Champions. Yu edged out Ding Liren (both scored 7.0/11) on the smallest possible tiebreak: 0.25 SB point. Ju finished half a point ahead of Shen Yang & Lei Tingjie. The tournament finished last Saturday in Xinghua in Taizhou, Jiangsu.  Photos © Qipai / Chinese Chess Association The 2014...
Sunday, March 23, 2014 15:21
Sunday was a pretty good day for Vishy Anand. In a shocking 9th round of the 2014 FIDE Candidates’ Tournament in Khanty-Mansiysk, the ex-World Champion defeated Veselin Topalov, while his closest rivals Levon Aronian and Vladimir Kramnik both lost, to Shakhriyar Mamedyarov and Sergey Karjakin respectively. With five rounds to go, Anand effectively...
Saturday, March 22, 2014 10:16
In the 8th round of the 2014 FIDE Candidates’ Tournament in Khanty-Mansiysk tournament leaders Levon Aronian and Vishy Anand drew quickly. In the only decisive game of the round, Sergey Karjakin won his first, against Peter Svidler. Photos © Vadim Lavrenko & Anastasiya Karlovich courtesy of the official website The second half of the 2014...
Friday, March 21, 2014 15:58
Levon Aronian moved to shared first place in a fascinating seventh round of the 2014 FIDE Candidates’ Tournament on Friday. The Armenian top grandmaster defeated Sergey Karjakin to reach a score of 4.5/7 - the same as Vishy Anand, who drew his black game with Peter Svidler. Against Shakhriyar Mamedyarov, Vladimir Kramnik was doing well, then got...
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Friday, March 21, 2014 9:57
You might think that two boys from the Netherlands, born on exactly the same day and both reaching the upper echelons of chess, would have met even earlier. It took them about a decade, and by the time they did, they weren't equals. "I think we met in the Dutch Championship, under 12," Death Match 22 competitor GM Erwin l'Ami recalled. "He was the...
Carlsen on Reddit: “I always kept a very positive mindset”
Thursday, March 20, 2014 12:42
Just like Hikaru Nakamura last month, on Wednesday Magnus Carlsen did an “AMA” (Ask Me Anything) on Reddit, the social news and entertainment website where registered users submit content in the form of links or text posts. Again the result was a interesting “interview” with the world number one and World Champion, who wasn't too shy to present...
Wednesday, March 19, 2014 16:02
Viswanathan Anand can enjoy another rest day as the tournament leader in Khanty-Mansiysk. In the sixth round of the 2014 FIDE Candidates’ Tournament he drew with Sergey Karjakin in a Berlin Ending, and saw his main rival Levon Aronian fail to convert a winning ending against Dmitry Andreikin. Veselin Topalov defeated Vladimir Kramnik in their...
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Wednesday, March 19, 2014 14:33
The complete field of the Vugar Gashimov Memorial has been announced. The players of the B group are Wang Hao, Pavel Eljanov, Etienne Bacrot, Radoslaw Wojtaszek, Alexander Motylev, Eltaj Safarli, Nijat Abbasov, Gadir Huseynov, Rauf Mammadov and Vasif Durabeyli. The A group had been announced earlier, and will see Magnus Carlsen, Fabiano Caruana,...
Tuesday, March 18, 2014 15:52
“You normally don't get as lucky as this. It's beyond belief what happened today,” said Peter Svidler after his win against Veselin Topalov in round 5 of the 2014 FIDE Candidates’ Tournament in Khanty-Mansiysk. The grandmaster from St Petersburg was under huge pressure out of the opening, but his opponent started playing badly and even lost. Vishy...
Monday, March 17, 2014 15:34
In round 4 of the 2014 FIDE Candidates’ Tournament in Khanty-Mansiysk Vishy Anand maintained his half-point lead. The Indian GM drew a wild but relatively short game with Vladimir Kramnik that started as a Vienna. Levon Aronian moved to shared second place by beating Peter Svidler in a Grünfeld. Shakhriyar Mamedyarov finally had Caissa on his side...

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