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Beersheba chess club turns 40
Saturday, May 25, 2013 10:11
Beersheba, or the “Capital of the Negev desert” of southern Israel as it often referred to, is the seventh-largest city in Israel with a population of approximately 200,000. The municipal chess club of the city, the country’s largest one, is celebrating four decades of highly successful local and International activity. By Yochanan Afek The...
Sergey Karjakin
Saturday, January 12, 2013 20:31
Sergey Karjakin celebrated his 23rd birthday with a victory against Hou Yifan in the first round of the Tata Steel tournament's Grandmaster group A. Pentala Harikrishna won an ending against Anish Giri that was probably drawn at some point, according to the debutant of India. The other games ended in draws. In the B group Dutchmen Jan Timman and...
ChessVibes Training celebrates 1-year anniversary with free back issues!
Friday, May 04, 2012 11:31
Time flies: last Saturday issue #52 of ChessVibes Training was sent to our subscribers, and tomorrow we'll distribute #53 already. We celebrate this with the following offer: if you subscribe before May 10th*, you'll receive the last five back issues for free! (Issues 48-52). *This offer applies for 1-year or 2-year subscriptions only.   Want to...
Bobby Fischer, Garry Kasparov and Magnus Carlsen
Friday, April 13, 2012 10:05
In a telephone interview Garry Kasparov expressed the opinion that Bobby Fischer’s 1972 rating was 'much more significant' than Carlsen’s current rating. The 13th World Champion said this yesterday to Viktoria Korpan for Estonian newspaper Postimees. Kasparov, who turns 49 today, is going to appear with the Estonian President at the Pärnu Finance ...
Ilyumzhinov turns 50, signs agreement with Azerbaijan
Thursday, April 05, 2012 21:44
Kirsan Ilyumzhinov celebrated his 50th birthday today, a reminder of how young he was when he emerged from nowhere to become FIDE President 17 years ago. In recent days he was in Baku to sign an agreement which saw Azerbaijan officially confirmed as the sponsors of the upcoming Candidates Tournament in London. In many ways it was symptomatic –...
Lajos Portisch turns 75
Wednesday, April 04, 2012 18:14
Lajos Portisch celebrates his 75th birthday today. The legendary Hungarian grandmaster, currently rated 2523, was born on April 4th, 1937 in Zalaegerszeg, Hungary. Portisch was one of the strongest non-Soviet players from the early 1960s into the late 1980s. His positional style earned him the nickname "Hungarian Botvinnik". He participated in...
Wednesday, February 08, 2012 13:37
Only a week after Boris Spassky, the oldest living former World Champion, turned 75, we have another legend celebrating a special birthday. Yuri Averbakh, the oldest living grandmaster in the world, turned 90 today. Yuri Averbakh at his 80th birthday | Photo Jurgen Stigter, Wikipedia Yuri Lvovich Averbakh is one of the last true legends of the...
Boris Spassky turns 75
Monday, January 30, 2012 13:14
Today is the 75th birthday of 10th World Champion Boris Vasilievich Spassky. Taking over the title from Tigran Petrosian in 1969, Spassky lost his title in the famous "Match of the Century" against Bobby Fischer in 1972. Spassky is the oldest living former World Champion. Spassky at the 1984 Thessaloniki Olympiad | Photo Gerhard Hund Spassky was...
Go SuperMariov
Monday, January 23, 2012 12:59
Today it's the 10th anniversary of Ruslan Ponomariov's victory at the 2001-2002 FIDE World Championship in Moscow, Russia. On January 23rd, 2002 the then 18-year-old Ukrainian defeated his compatriot Vassily Ivanchuk 4.5-2.5 in the final. Ponomariov was the first teenager and youngest person to ever become (FIDE) World Champion. To celebrate this...
Jan Timman turns 60, and gets a biography
Thursday, December 15, 2011 10:22
Yesterday Jan Timman turned 60 years old. Two decades among the very best, many times World Championship contender and once second in the world rankings, he is still the most successful Dutch professional chess player ever. Recently a biography on Timman was published in the Dutch language. Jan Timman in 2007 | Photo by Winicjusz Drozdowski Jan...