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Wednesday, March 05, 2014 14:16
Yesterday FIDE President Kirsan Ilyumzhinov launched his campaign website for the 2014 FIDE presidential elections. According to the press release “the resource has been created expressly to provide quality, timely information about the progress of the FIDE President’s electoral campaign to the international chess community.” Garry Kasparov, who...
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Tuesday, March 04, 2014 12:15
Today the 29th Reykjavik Open will take off in Harpa, the concert hall and conference centre in Reykjavík, Iceland. More than 250 players from over 40 different federations will play, with Arkadij Naiditsch (Germany) and Li Chao (China) as the top favorites. Live commentary from the playing hall will be available every round at Chess.com/TV. The...
Monday, March 03, 2014 23:21
On Monday the European Individual Chess Championship 2014 started in Yerevan, Armenia with over 260 players from 27 countries. The ceremonial first move was made by Silvio Danailov, President of the European Chess Union. The top seeds are Etienne Bacrot (France), Pavel Eljanov (Ukraine) and Dmitry Jakovenko (Russia). Flags at the opening ceremony...
Monday, March 03, 2014 9:57
Until Saturday it was clear who was playing the best chess at the Batavia GM tournament in Amsterdam: David Smerdon. The 29-year-old grandmaster from Brisbane, Australia won the tournament outright, despite getting crushed in the last round by tail-ended IM Steven Geirnaert. 14-year-old FM Jorden van Foreest finished shared third and scored an IM-...
Saturday, March 01, 2014 9:47
This week Garry Kasparov was granted citizenship by the Republic of Croatia. The former world champion turned human rights activist is running for FIDE President, and wrote on his website that he did not want to “depend on Putin's Foreign Ministry” anymore while campaigning. The news was posted on the Russian version of Kasparov's personal website...
Friday, February 28, 2014 16:50
Magnus Carlsen improved his rating record of 2872 by nine points and reached 2881 on the new FIDE rating list, published today on the FIDE website. Maxime Vachier-Lagrave entered the world's top 10 for the first time in his career. Today the March FIDE rating list was published on the FIDE website. Compared to the February list, the top 9 didn't...
Friday, February 28, 2014 9:43
On Wednesday Hikaru Nakamura did an “AMA” (Ask Me Anything) on Reddit, a social news and entertainment website where registered users submit content in the form of links or text posts. The result was a very honest and interesting “interview” with one of the more colorful chess players of our generation! Below is a selection of questions and...
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Thursday, February 27, 2014 15:15
Recently the Dutch chess publishing house New in Chess launched an iPad app for its flagship product, New in Chess Magazine. Known as the world's leading chess magazine in the English language, “NIC” can now also be read on the iPad. The games can be played through with an internal game viewer.  The app that brings the complete New in Chess...
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Wednesday, February 26, 2014 11:46
GMs David Smerdon (a.k.a. Smurfo) and Simon Williams (a.k.a. Ginger GM) are tied for first place after five rounds at the Batavia GM tournament in Amsterdam, the Netherlands. The two grandmasters scored 3.5 points and are half a point ahead of IM Twan Burg and FM Jorden van Foreest.  The sixth edition of the Batavia Chess Tournament is again, of...
Wednesday, February 26, 2014 8:41
On Tuesday Chess World Champion Magnus Carlsen launched his very own chess app. At a press conference in Oslo, the 23-year-old Norwegian presented the app Play Magnus, with which chess fans can play against Carlsen at different levels since the age of five. Carlsen says he launched the app to make chess more popular. In the text alongside the...

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