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Friday, January 10, 2014 22:22
The 76th edition of the Tata Steel Chess Tournament was officially opened on Friday afternoon at the Tata Steel headquarters in IJmuiden, the Netherlands. A spectacular ceremony included a stage performance of actors who recreated the scene of the world famous painting The Night Watch, as a reference to the 4th round that will be held in the...
Thursday, January 09, 2014 9:18
On Friday the tournament will be officially opened at the Tata Steel headquarters in IJmuiden, and on Saturday will be the first round of the 76th Tata Steel Chess Tournament. Levon Aronian of Armenia is top seed in the Masters Group and Polish GM Radek Wojtaszek, in great shape at the moment, tops the Challengers.  This year Tata Steel was forced...
7-Way Tie at 89th Hastings Chess Congress
Wednesday, January 08, 2014 12:26
On Sunday the Hastings Chess Congress, the longest running chess tournament in the world, ended in a 7-way tie for first place. GM Mikheil Mchedlishvili of Georgia, GM Igor Khenkin of Germany, GM Ma Qun of China, GM Mark Hebden of England, IM Jahongir Vakhidov of Uzbekistan, IM Justin Sarkar of USA and FM Jovica Radovanovic of Serbia all scored 6....
Tuesday, January 07, 2014 16:21
Last night, on Monday, January 6th, 2014 the online chess service The Week in Chess (TWIC) reached an amazing milestone: originator, founder, editor and publisher Mark Crowther posted the 1000th issue. “Over 1.5 million games, doubles excluded,” he told us. With a year consisting of 52 weeks, it's not difficult to realize, but easy to forget, that...
Tuesday, January 07, 2014 10:26
He was victorious at the Zurich Christmas Open, and he also won the very next open tournament in Basel, Switzerland: Radek Wojtaszek. The Polish grandmaster scored an even more impressive 6.5/7 and moved up 15 places in the live ratings list. It was  a conventient duo of tournaments for many players: a Christmas open just before the end of the...
Rilton Cup
Sunday, January 05, 2014 18:44
Team Norway continues its rise among the top nations for chess, as today reigning Norwegian Champion GM Jon Ludvig Hammer went wire-to-wire in winning the 43rd Rilton Cup in Stockholm, Sweden. The tournament took place from December 27, 2013 - January 5, 2014. After leading by a full point going into today's ninth and final round, Hammer played a...
Friday, January 03, 2014 17:52
America's number one grandmaster Hikaru Nakamura moved to #3 in the world rankings by January 1st, 2014, when the new FIDE rating list was published. Nakamura reached his highest position ever with a 2789 rating, two points more than Vladimir Kramnik of Russia. World Champion Magnus Carlsen tops the list with 2872 (tied for his all-time high);...
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Thursday, January 02, 2014 23:24
All Chess.com members were invited to the Third Death Match Qualifier, the first of many in 2014. February's Death Match 21 qualification period is now over, and the list of invitations goes out today. Below you'll see who finished on top in the ratings list (of those who played the minimum 100 games in bullet or blitz). The match is tentatively...
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Wednesday, January 01, 2014 18:21
Radek Wojtaszek won the 37th Zurich Christmas Open on Monday. The Polish number one scored 6 points out of 7 games, and finished half a point ahead of Igor Kovalenko (Latvia), Csaba Balogh (Hungary), Kiril Georgiev (Bulgaria), Sebastian Bogner (Switzerland) and Joe Gallagher (Switzerland). The 37th edition of the Zurich Christma Open took place...
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Monday, December 30, 2013 23:55
Anatoly Karpov defeated Jan Timman 2.5-1.5 in their short & friendly match in Groningen. During the last game, Timman played with a broken hand without his knowledge! The Open tournament ended in a four-way tie between Zaven Andriasian of Armenia and local heros GM Erwin l'Ami, GM Sipke Ernst & IM Benjamin Bok. The latter scored his third...

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