Archive for Draw

Eljanov-So shake hands after three moves at the Reykjavik Open
Tuesday, March 05, 2013 10:42
The three-move draw (1.d4 Nf6 2.c4 g6 3.Nc3 d5 ½-½) between Pavel Eljanov and Wesley So at the Reykjavik Open has re-opened the never-ending debate on (short) draws in chess. Was it acceptable? Does it matter if such a last-round draw lasts 10 moves, or 15? Let's look at a few different arguments which have been expressed in recent years. Eljanov-...
2016 Olympiad to Baku (and other results of the FIDE General Assembly)
Friday, September 14, 2012 18:43
The 2016 World Chess Olympiad will be held in Baku, Azerbaijan. This was the result of a vote at the FIDE General Assembly last Saturday. The FIDE Executive Board at the General Assembly | All photos courtesy of the FIDE & the Istanbul Olympiad Again, we look back and summarize the most important events of the 83rd FIDE Congress and General...
Boris Gelfand and Vishy Anand shaking hands at the opening ceremony of their 201
Sunday, May 13, 2012 20:00
What’s the best and most unique thing about chess? Of course it’s the fact that we have long lasting world championship matches. The immense tension is not restricted to one or two hours (football, tennis), or a few days at most (cricket, snooker), but lasts several weeks or even months. This is something we should praise, not condemn. Boris...
Thursday, July 28, 2011 1:16
The chess world is in a crisis. In tournaments like Biel and Dortmund, all the public gets is games full of mistakes. Something must be done to end this situation which is scaring away sponsors, organizers and potential young talents from becoming professional chess players. I am proposing a startling solution. Ronald Reagan: "Mistakes were made...
Friday, July 22, 2011 1:37
Former FIDE World Champion Rustam Kasimdzanov from Uzbekistan has sent an open letter to the World Chess Federation with quite a revolutionary idea: to abolish the draw in chess altogether. "This way the expectations of the crowd will never be deceived. There will always be a winner, there will always be blood. (...) It will be good for our sport...
Saturday, May 28, 2011 21:19
The Candidates Maches in Kazan, Russia led to lots of controversy: many chess fans and media criticised both the participants and FIDE for the high number of draws. The subject has led to a verbal dog fight between ECU President Silvio Danailov and FIDE Deputy President Georgios Makropoulos, while GM Emil Sutovsky, on behalf of the World...