Archive for Chess960

Anish Giri with his girlfriend Sopiko Guramishvili
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Monday, January 14, 2013 13:52
While he is playing in Wijk aan Zee as we speak, at the start of the new year Anish Giri visited Vienna, where he played a clock simul against talented Austrian players. Here's a small report with games and photos. Report by Stefan Löffler, photos by Regine Hendrich for Spielend Schlauer When Sopiko Guramishvili returned from a recent trip to...
Vishy Anand: "Both of us had the right to win this match" | Interview, part 2 of
Monday, June 18, 2012 12:38
After our lengthy interview with challenger Boris Gelfand, obviously we also took the time to speak to Vishy Anand, who was, and still is, the World Champion. In this second part, he speaks about the second half of the match, the tie-break, the opening choices, his controversial draw offer in the last game, the criticism that he and Gelfand played...
A lengthy interview with David Navara (part 2 of 2)
Sunday, May 27, 2012 18:05
David Navara finished 3rd at the Reykjavik Open two months ago in Iceland, during which he gave a long interview to Grandmaster Vasily Papin. The interview – where the Czech grandmaster talks, for instance, about his doubts about the life of a chess professional, Bobby Fischer and how he fell victim to Viktor Korchnoi’s legendary sharp tongue –...
A lengthy interview with David Navara (part 1 of 2)
Tuesday, May 22, 2012 22:06
David Navara finished 3rd at the Reykjavik Open two months ago in Iceland, during which he gave a long interview to Grandmaster Vasily Papin. The interview – where the Czech grandmaster talks, for instance, about his doubts about the life of a chess professional, Bobby Fischer and how he fell victim to Viktor Korchnoi’s legendary sharp tongue –...
Why chess will never be popular
Saturday, May 19, 2012 22:02
One of the good things about the Anand-Gelfand World Championship match is that it generates a lot of debate on some essential points: what’s the proper format to determine the best player in the world; should chess always be spectacular; does computer-dominated professional chess have a future; and what’s the market value of chess anyway?...
Veselin Topalov, Tata GM group A: "I don't really know about my state"
Friday, January 13, 2012 12:13
Today we finish our series of three interviews, with players from the Tata Steel A, B and C groups, who all make some sort of comeback. In the third interview we have Veselin Topalov, winner of the San Luis FIDE World Championship in 2005 and challenger of Vishy Anand in the 2010 World Championship. The Bulgarian grandmaster won the 2005 Chess...
Non-random Fischer Random
Saturday, October 15, 2011 21:44
Watching the 7th game of the Kasparov-Short blitz match last week made me realize once again how radical Fischer’s proposal to shuffle all the pieces on the first rank was and still is. If you want to avoid boring theoretical chess duels, all you have to do is force the players to play an unexplored variation or opening – problem solved. The 2009...
The FEB #13 - World Cup Kings and Queens
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Wednesday, September 28, 2011 20:50
The Full English Breakfast #13 is out! Svidler and the World Cup, "noble" Navara, Chess Queen Kosteniuk, and Marc Arnold for the Kings. About the Full English Breakfast Mission: Bring the serious chess news analysis. VERY serious, and not at all witty. Definitely not tongue in cheek. ;) Origins: The Full English Breakfast started life as a late...
Kings clinch gender match with a day to spare
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Thursday, September 15, 2011 18:31
ROUNDS 3-4 Kings steamroll Queens to widen gap What a difference a day makes! Only one day after their strong showing, the Queens had a ‘very bad day at the office.’ A near perfect 4.5 – 0.5 result in the chess960 round, combined with a 3.5 -1.5 score in the rapids added 6 full points to Kings’ lead, for a total of a mountainous 10-point advantage...
Queens hold their ground on day 2
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Tuesday, September 13, 2011 12:10
After yesterday’s domination by the Kings, the ladies came to today’s matches ready for revenge. If the men thought that every day would be a rout, then after the chess960 round there was a definite ‘uh oh’ feeling setting on them. Initially, it looked as if the confidence at the Kings’ camp was justified, when both Nakamura and Finegold won...

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