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Tuesday, February 10, 2009 18:35
In one week from now the first game of the Challenger's Match between Gata Kamsky (USA) and Veselin Topalov (BUL) is scheduled. The match, officially called "World Chess Challenge Sofia 2009", has a prize find of US $250,000 which will be shared equally by the players. In only eight games it will be decided who will challenge world champion...
Thursday, January 22, 2009 17:27
Vassily Ivanchuk will not be penalized for his missed drug test at the Dresden Olympiad. The reason is a procedural error: an official Doping Control Officer was not present when Ivanchuk was asked to be tested. The decision was made by the FIDE Hearing Panel, yesterday in Wijk aan Zee. In the final round of the Dresden Olympiad, the Ukraine men‚...
Tuesday, January 20, 2009 1:11
After all the turmoil in November and December, it's been a bit quiet around the Grand Prix Series, but today there's more bad news for FIDE: in an official statement, Bessel Kok and Pavel Matocha are announcing the withdrawal of Karlovy Vary, where the 6th and last GP was to take place in December this year. Statement Bessel Kok & Pavel...
Saturday, January 10, 2009 22:21
As far as can be judged from the comments, most of our readers agreed with my critical "review" of Chessbase's interview with Vladimir Kramnik. However, as Alexei Shirov yesterday pointed out in a comment, we've been missing a few details, which he later explained a bit more in an email. In my column of last Wednesday I commented on both Henrik/...
Wednesday, January 07, 2009 22:22
In the first week of 2009, both Henrik Carlsen (representing his son Magnus) and Vladimir Kramnik (since December 28 the proud father of a baby girl) have expressed their thoughts on the current world championship cycle as well as their ideas for a future set-up. It's interesting to see that Kramnik's opinion is diametrically opposed to Carlsen's...
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Wednesday, December 31, 2008 6:12
He won 5 points in Dresden and although he's still waiting for his 13 points gained at the Pearl Spring tournament in Nanjing, Veselin Topalov tops the January 2009 FIDE rating list at 2796. In October in Bonn, World Champion Anand won 8 rating points to climb back to 2nd, while Kramnik dropped to 8th place. Behind Ivanchuk (3rd) and Carlsen (4th...
Monday, December 29, 2008 1:15
All would be decided in the final round, but in the top of the standings nothing changed: Jakovenko (who drew with Alekseev) and Grischuk & Radjabov (who drew with each other) finished shared first at the 3rd Grand Prix in Elista. In the last round Eljanov scored the only win, against Inarkiev. The 3rd Grand Prix took place December 13-28 in...
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Sunday, December 28, 2008 2:05
Even quicker than yesterday the score in Elista saw six draws, and again Kasimdzhanov was the only winner, this time against Cheparinov. Jakovenko, Grischuk and Radjabov still lead going into the final, decisive round. The 3rd Grand Prix takes place December 13-29 in Elista, Kalmykia. Radjabov, Leko, Jakovenko, Wang Yue, Mamedyarov, Eljanov,...
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Saturday, December 27, 2008 8:31
After so much excitement on Thursday, the 11th round of the Elista Grand Prix could be described as the round of missed chances. Many favourable endings were not won and in the end it was only Kasimdzhanov who scored a win, with Black against Inarkiev. Jakovenko, Grischuk and Radjabov still lead with just two rounds to go. The 3rd Grand Prix...
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Friday, December 26, 2008 7:42
On a rare occasion of top level chess on Christmas day there was more fighting spirit than ever which resulted in the best round so far in Elista. Radjabov defeated Alekseev to join Grischuk in the lead. So did Jakovenko, who won against Inarkiev. Gashimov dropped to 4th place after losing to Leko, Cheparinov beat Akopian and Mamedyarov defeated...

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