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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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Tuesday, February 25, 2014 10:26
It will be hard to top the excitement of Death Match 21, but two Dutch players are going to try. GM Jan Smeets and GM Erwin L'Ami were picked to participate in Death Match 22. The three-hour non-stop blitz and bullet match will take place Saturday, March 22nd at 18:00 CET, noon Eastern (New York time) or 9 a.m. Pacific. This "seeded match" follows...
Monday, February 24, 2014 12:03
With five rounds to go the Schachbundesliga, the German Team Championship, has basically been decided. Every year the scenario repeats itself: Baden-Baden, far too strong for any opponent, simply wins all or almost all of its matches, and so the question is who will finish second, and which teams will relegate. This weekend one of the stories was...
Sunday, February 23, 2014 13:13
A Chess960 (Fischerrandom) rapid tournament was held on Friday and Saturday at the Moscow Center for the Education of Chess. Ten participants fought in a two-day round robin, and in the end Sergey Grigoriants and Boris Grachev tied for first place. Grigoriants had the best tiebreak and was declared winner. As always with Fischerrandom, many fun...
Saturday, February 22, 2014 12:49
The Presidents of the National Chess Federations of Cote d’Ivoire, Ghana and Nigeria have signed a joint declaration which expresses their “concern with the campaign strategy and tactics currently being employed by certain members of the Executive Board of FIDE in the context of the forthcoming elections for the role of President of FIDE.” One of...
Friday, February 21, 2014 18:38
Earlier today Hrant Melkumyan won the first edition of a new open tournament in Austria: the Casino Graz open. The Armenian grandmaster finished on 7.5 points, a full point ahead of GMs Markus Ragger of Austria, Li Chao of China, Andrei Istratescu of France, Kivanc Haznedaroglu of Turkey, Zdenko Kozul of Croatia and IM Ankit Rajpara of India. All...
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Thursday, February 20, 2014 13:53
This week the February issue of The Master's Bulletin, Chess.com's PDF& PGN magazine, came out. It is the third issue that has appeared since the end of ChessVibes' own magazines, CVO and CVT, in November 2013. The Master's Bulletin has articles on the opening, middlegame and endgame as well as human interest and background stories. Why not...
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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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