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Thursday, February 20, 2014 11:22
Drawing his last two games, Baadur Jobava managed to maintain his lead and eventually won the Bronstein Memorial on tiebreak, ahead of Ukrainian grandmasters Sergey Fedorchuk and Mikhailo Oleksienko. The last round was played on Bronstein's 90th birthday.  Photo courtesy of the Russian Chess Federation With a half-point lead going into the...
Wednesday, February 19, 2014 17:47
In an extraordinary meeting of the Board of the English Chess Federation eleven days ago Andrew Paulson, the ECF President, lost a vote of confidence. The situation reached an impasse as Mr Paulson decided not to step down. New developments can be expected at the next meeting of the ECF Council. The Board of the English Chess Federation came...
Tuesday, February 18, 2014 14:10
Top seed Baadur Jobava is defending a half-point lead in round 8 of the Bronstein Memorial in Minsk. At the time of writing, the Georgian grandmaster plays Sergei Tiviakov as Black. The Dutch GM is tied for second place with GMs Dubov, Shimanov and Oleksienko. Photos courtesy of the Bronstein Memorial Let's pick up the tournament after the third...
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Tuesday, February 18, 2014 13:08
The heavily-favored GM Georg Meier needed an extra game to squeak past the dogged played of GM Imre Balog in Saturday's Death Match 21. If you missed it, the full show can be found at http://www.twitch.tv/chess/profile/pastBroadcasts until it is uploaded to our server here on Chess.com. Balog (FIDE 2554) won the 26th and final game of regulation,...
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Monday, February 17, 2014 17:06
Here's a brief update on Magnus Carlsen, the 23-year-old World Champion from Norway who is still quite busy taking chess “outside the box”. Recently he started his own YouTube Channel, and today the brand new, spectacular G-Star Raw video for the Spring/Summer 2014 Collection has come out. Below is Carlsen's first video, posted on 6 February on...
Monday, February 17, 2014 10:31
“In the end, it all starts with a certain love for wood.” That is how Hein Donner starts his monologue in the Dutch documentary Liefde Voor Hout (love of wood), The documentary was posted on YouTube in August 2012, and now a version with English subtitles has appeared as well. Chessbase posted a wonderful documentary this Monday morning and, with...
Saturday, February 15, 2014 19:15
A strong round robin tournament will be held in April in Azerbaijan. The tournament will be a memorial for Vugar Gashimov, who passed away on 10 January this year. Magnus Carlsen, Fabiano Caruana, Hikaru Nakamura, Sergey Karjakin, Shakhriyar Mamedyarov and Teimour Radjabov will play. The news was brought earlier today by Azeri sports website ...
Saturday, February 15, 2014 14:55
Chess.com's 21st Death Match will have GMs Georg Meier and Imre Balog at the card table on Saturday, February 15 at 1 p.m. Eastern, 10 a.m. Pacific. (GMT - 8) But who brings better cards to the casino? Meier, FIDE 2636, has a chip lead. Balog, FIDE 2554, arrives as the short stack. In fact, Balog was lucky to be invited at all (and not just...
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Friday, February 14, 2014 12:03
Eltaj Safarli and Vasif Durarbayli face each other on board one today in round 4 of the Bronstein Memorial in Minsk, Belarus. The two Azerbaijani grandmasters are the only players left with a 100% score. The tournament is held in honor of David Bronstein, who was born 90 years ago this week. Photo courtesy of the Bronstein Memorial The Bronstein...
Wednesday, February 12, 2014 18:39
Today FIDE published the full pairings for the Candidates’ Tournament, to be held next month in Khanty-Mansiysk, Russia. In the first round, on 13 March, the following games will be played: Andreikin-Kramnik, Karjakin-Svidler, Mamedyarov-Topalov and Anand-Aronian. The winner of the tournament will earn the right to challenge Magnus Carlsen in a...

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