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Sunday, April 27, 2014 18:02
Magnus Carsen is the sole leader again at the Shamkir Chess tournament in Azerbaijan. The World Champion was worse against Hikaru Nakamura but won anyway to set his personal score with the American to 10 wins and 0 losses in classical games. The games Radjabov-Mamedyaro and Karjakin-Caruana ended in draws. In the B group Pavel Eljanov caught...
Saturday, April 26, 2014 16:44
After two consecutive losses Magnus Carsen is back in the saddle in Shamkir. In round 6 of the Shamkir Chess tournament the World Champion defeated Shakhriyar Mamedyarov, who blundered an important pawn in an already slightly worse position. The games Caruana-Nakamura and Radjabov-Karjakin ended in draws. In the B group Etienne Bacrot increased...
Friday, April 25, 2014 17:21
Haven't heard of Phiona Mutesi? You will soon. The most famous player in the history of Ugandan chess is coming to America, and perhaps to the silver screen.  A member of Ugandan Women's Olympiad team, Mutesi was featured in an article in "ESPN the Magazine" and then in a full-length book by Tim Crothers. "The Queen of Katwe" chronicled her rise...
Thursday, April 24, 2014 20:35
After an excellent day for the local fans Teimour Radjabov is suddenly topping the standings of the Shamkir Chess 2014 tournament's A group. The 27-year-old grandmaster from Baku inflicted the second consecutive loss upon Magnus Carlsen, while co-leader Fabiano Caruana lost to Shakhriyar Mamedyarov. Etienne Bacrot maintained his lead in group B...
Wednesday, April 23, 2014 18:06
The Shamkir Chess 2014 tournament is all open again as Fabiano Caruana defeated tournament leader Magnus Carlsen from the white side of a Berlin Ending. The Italian grandmaster was pressing from the start and was then helped by his opponent, who blundered a pawn. The position remained complicated but Caruana managed to win with his passed pawns...
Tuesday, April 22, 2014 18:30
In the third round of the Shamkir Chess 2014 tournament's A group Hikaru Nakamura defeated Shakhriyar Mamedyarov. In a Caro-Kann Advance variation, the U.S. grandmaster profited from a risky pawn move on the kingside by his opponent, and won with an attack on the king. Magnus Carlsen came close to winning his third consecutive game, but he dropped...
Tuesday, April 22, 2014 13:34
The result was never in doubt: Hou Yifan won the Women's Grand Prix in Khanty-Mansiysk. The reigning World Champion finished on 8.5/11 and 1.5 points ahead of Olga Girya, whose 7/11 was good for a GM norm.  Photos © Kirill Merkuriev courtesy of FIDE After eight rounds Hou Yifan topped the standings with a score of 6.5/8 and she was a full point...
Monday, April 21, 2014 18:36
Magnus Carlsen also won his second game in Shamkir, Azerbaijan. On Monday the Norwegian defeated Hikaru Nakamura and increased his lead in the Shamkir Chess 2014 tournament's A group to a full point. Sergey Karjakin quickly equalized against Fabiano Caruana in a Berlin Ending while Shakhriyar Mamedyarov and Teimour Radjabov split the point in a...
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Monday, April 21, 2014 15:31
He's not a professional chess player anymore, but he can still win tournaments: Francisco Vallejo Pons. The Spanish grandmaster edged out Pinoy GM Oliver Barbosa on tiebreak at the Bangkok Open after both had finished on 7.5/9. GMs Jan Gustafsson of Germany & Bartosz Socko of Poland and IM Lui Qingnan of China tied for third place with 7...
Sunday, April 20, 2014 18:24
In Sunday's first round, Magnus Carlsen immediately took the lead in the A group of the Shamkir Chess 2014 tournament. The world champion won a smooth game against Shakhriyar Mamedyarov in a Cambridge-Springs where two inaccurate moves by Black were nicely punished. Teimour Radjabov returned to his old weapon, the French, and drew with Sergey...

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