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FIDE Statistics Suggest That Chess Is On The Rise
Wednesday, February 12, 2014 11:10
Recently published statistics suggest that chess is growing - FIDE regulated chess, that is. During the last five years the number of active players with a FIDE rating has been almost doubled. In the same period there was an increase of 37% of open tournaments organized world wide. In 2013 almost one million FIDE rated games were played worldwide...
Life of a King: Cuba Gooding Jr. Stars in Chess Movie
Tuesday, February 11, 2014 11:29
“Ex-felon, Eugene Brown, establishes a Chess Club for inner city teenagers in Washington, D.C.” This is the one-sentence description of IMDB's entry for Life of a King, a new film with chess playing an important role, starring Academy Award winner Cuba Gooding Jr. Directed by Jake Goldberger, the film was released in cinemas in the U.S. on January...
Matlakov & Moiseenko Very Equal First at Moscow Open
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Monday, February 10, 2014 11:09
Top seeds Maxim Matlakov of Russia and Alexander Moiseenko of Ukraine tied for first place at the Moscow Open on Sunday. The two GMs scored 7.0/9 and their tiebreaks turned out to be exactly the same. Polish grandmasters Mateusz Bartel and Mikhail Krasenkow came third and fourth respectively on Buchholz. All photos © Galina Popova courtesy of open...
Friday, February 07, 2014 14:36
On Thursday Ivan Cheparinov defeated Nikita "The Iceman" Vitiugov in the playoff final to clinch his first victory at the 12th Gibraltar Chess Festival. The two grandmasters had finished shared first with Vassily Ivanchuk, who lost to Vitiugov in the semi-final.  Ivan Cheparinov with James Humphreys of Tradewise | Photos © Sophie Triay & John...
Tuesday, February 04, 2014 19:51
As expected, world # 1 Magnus Carlsen won the Zurich Chess Challenge on Tuesday ahead of world #2 Levon Aronian. The rapid section didn't go so well for the World Champ, who scored only 2.0/5. Aronian finished on 3.0/5, but still a full point behind Carlsen in the overall standings. Fabiano Caruana played really well in the rapids today and won...
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Tuesday, February 04, 2014 14:34
Vassily Ivanchuk and Surya Ganguly will face each other in today's eighth round of the Gibraltar Chess Festival's  Masters tournament. The two grandmasters are the only playes on 6.0/7 and half a point ahead of a group of 12 GMs, including last year's winner Nikita Vitiugov, Maxime Vachier-Lagrave, Michael Adams, Gata Kamsky Wei Yi, and also IM...
Monday, February 03, 2014 21:36
Magnus Carlsen won his first tournament as World Champion on Monday. [Update: well, not yet, actually. But as tomorrow's rapid games will only count half as much as the classical games, he is very close.] The Norwegian played a relatively quick draw with Vishy Anand and finished sole first at the Zurich Chess Challenge as Levon Aronian suffered...
Monday, February 03, 2014 12:47
Businessman, art and chess lover Andrey Filatov has been elected President of the Russian Chess Federation. Filatov replaced Arkady Dvorkovich, who had been the head of the federation for the last four years. The election took place on Saturday at the federation's 22nd Congress. A press release from the Russian Chess Federation informs about the  ...
Sunday, February 02, 2014 20:56
Magnus Carlsen also defeated Fabiano Caruana on Sunday and so the World Champion reached the splendid score of 3.5/4, or rather 7.0/4 as in Zurich the players get two points for a win and one for a draw. Vishy Anand scored his first victory of the tournament against Boris Gelfand, while Hikaru Nakamura suffered his second loss in a row at the...
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Sunday, February 02, 2014 12:57
Besides the strongest tournament in history there is another very interesting event under way: the Gibraltar Chess Festival. The 12th edition has reached the fifth round, and eight players are sharing first place at the moment: Maxime Vachier-Lagrave, Pentala Harikrishna, Vassily Ivanchuk, Maxim Rodshtein, Nikita Vitiugov, Francisco Vallejo Pons, ...

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