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Thursday, January 30, 2014 21:43
The two 2800s started with wins in the first round of the Zurich Chess Challenge. Magnus Carlsen defeated Boris Gelfand in an incredibly tactical queenless middlegame, while Levon Aronian won against Vishy Anand after 73 moves in an ending with a knight against two pawns. Hikaru Nakamura and Fabiano Caruana drew a Grünfeld game after 67 moves....
Thursday, January 30, 2014 12:49
Chess.com has obtained a document that suggests that Agon, Andrew Paulson's company that holds the rights to organize chess events in the World Championship cycle, is secretly run by Kirsan Ilyumzhinov himself. According to the contract, which is signed by both the FIDE President and Mr Paulson, it is Mr Ilyumzhinov who owns 51% of the shares....
Thursday, January 30, 2014 0:24
Wednesday evening Levon Aronian and Magnus Carlsen tied for first place at the short, opening blitz event of the Zurich Chess Challenge. In his first tournament since winning the world title, Norway's Carlsen made a rusty impression but eventually scored 3.0 points out of 5 games, just like Tata Steel winner Levon Aronian of Armenia. It was the...
Monday, January 27, 2014 19:20
The Tata Steel tournament is over, and the Candidates are more than a month away. But the chess fans don't need to wait long for more exciting games: on Tuesday the Gibraltar Chess Festival starts, and on Wednesday the Zurich Chess Challenge! The following text is largely based on the press releases from the organizers. Gibraltar The 2014...
Sunday, January 26, 2014 18:10
Levon Aronian had already won the Masters Group on Saturday and finished his tournament with a good game, but a bad blunder. The Armenian grandmaster lost his only game to Dutch GM Loek van Wely, but still gained 13.7 rating points in Wijk aan Zee. Boris Gelfand and Arkadij Naiditsch both won again and can go home with at least a few wins. Levon...
Saturday, January 25, 2014 19:54
Levon Aronian clinched his fourth victory in Wijk aan Zee on Saturday, with a round to spare. The world's #2 grandmaster really dominated this year's Masters Group as he also won his black game against Leinier Dominguez today. In the Challengers Group, Ivan Saric won against Yu Yangiy and also secured victory. Levon Aronian joined the world's...
Leaked Contract Between Kasparov and Leong: Transparency vs. Ethics
Saturday, January 25, 2014 11:55
Earlier this week a draft of a contract between Garry Kasparov and Ignatius Leong was leaked to chess media which raises ethical questions but also calls for more transparency in chess politics. Kasparov and Leong made a deal in August 2013 for the Asian region: Leong would help getting Kasparov "10+1" votes in return for large sums of money....
Friday, January 24, 2014 22:41
Magnus Carlsen only needed 12 seconds on the clock to checkmate the second richest man in the world, Bill Gates. As we reported earlier, Carlsen was to meet the founder of Microsoft, billionaire and philantropist as guests in the talkshow Skavlan. The show was recorded on Thursday and part of it was a game of chess, which didn't last very long....
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Friday, January 24, 2014 21:31
After 11 rounds, Ivan Saric is the sole leader of the Tata Steel tournament's Challengers Group. On Friday the Croatian grandmaster won against Zhao Xue of China, while Baadur Jobava drew his game against Jan Timman, who had a winning ending but eventully failed to convert it.  While the players of the Masters Group were enjoying their fifth and...
Aronian Also Beats Karjakin, Close to 4th Tata Victory
Thursday, January 23, 2014 20:21
With two rounds to go Levon Aronian is very close to clinching his 4th victory in Wijk aan Zee. In the 9th round of the Tata Steel tournament's Masters Group the Armenian grandmaster beat Sergey Karjakin with the white pieces and increased his lead to 1.5 points. Aronian might also improve upon his all-time highest rating of 2825 this month - in...

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