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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 –...
Caruana and Nakamura, board 1 and 2 for Obiettivo Risarcimento
Monday, April 30, 2012 12:51
Last weekend Hikaru Nakamura and Fabiano Caruana played in the Italian Team Championship. The world's #6 and #7 were in fact sitting side by side, playing for the same team "Obiettivo Risarcimento" from Padova. While Nakamura played only three games, Caruana is still active for his team. Caruana and Nakamura, board 2 and 1 for "Obiettivo...
Socko clings Austrian title for Baden – again
Monday, April 23, 2012 12:36
Jenbach had been winning all their matches since November 2009. This season the team from the small Tyrolean town had to concede a 3:3 in round four to Baden, the only other team capable of lining up a team with an average rating above 2600. Until the very last round Jenbach was still leading by a match point and was heading to its third...
Karjakin interviewed after leading Tomsk-400 to victory
Tuesday, April 17, 2012 9:07
Tomsk-400 have won the Russian Team Championship for a fifth time, with Sergey Karjakin posting the tournament’s best performance. Their rivals could only draw against each other in the final round, giving St. Petersburg silver and ShSM-64 bronze. Karjakin comments on his team’s victory, and don’t miss a longer interview with Peter Svidler at the...
Svidler vs Morozevich in round 5
Sunday, April 15, 2012 14:15
What a difference two days make! Economist’s 100% record now lies in tatters after they lost to their closest rivals in rounds 5 and 6, leaving them out of the hunt for gold medals. Instead Peter Svidler’s St. Petersburg lead by a point, with only ShSM-64 and Tomsk-400 still capable of denying them the title. In the women’s event favourites Ladya...
The venue in Sochi
Friday, April 13, 2012 13:45
After four rounds of the Russian Team Championship only Economist-SGSEU can still boast a 100% record, having beaten Navigator in Round 3 and last year’s winners and top seeds ShSM-64 in Round 4. That was despite Evgeny Tomashevsky “doing a Navara” by offering a draw after his opponent’s flag fell. Elsewhere the struggle was fierce, with...
Jakovenko Morozevich
Wednesday, April 11, 2012 12:01
The biggest upset of Round 1 of the Russian Team Championship was Alexander Morozevich losing to Ivan Popov (2605) after a blunder just before the time control. A day later, however, he returned to inflict a crushing defeat on European Champion Dmitry Jakovenko. The favourites came through the first two rounds largely unscathed, with no shortage...
Russian Team Championship logo
Monday, April 09, 2012 12:30
Top-level chess returns with a vengeance this week as the Russian Team Championship sees Morozevich, Karjakin, Svidler, Caruana and Shirov among over twenty 2700+ GMs in action. The controversial new format – a 7-round Swiss – should guarantee excitement and unpredictability. In the run-up to the tournament representatives of the leading teams...
This weekend: rounds 10 & 11 Bundesliga
Friday, February 24, 2012 17:55
In the weekend of 25th and 26th February 2012 the 10th and 11th round of the Schachbundesliga will be held. As things are heating up in Germany, we'll give the pairings at the venues Wattenscheid, Hockenheim, Trier and Remagen. In Wattenscheid the host awaits Dortmund, Mülheim and Katernberg for the four matches of the weekend. All teams are...
Thursday, January 19, 2012 10:43
The Austrian Bundesliga may not be one the very top chess leagues but still is a significant competition. The line-up of top teams SK Sparkasse Jenbach, Champion of 2010 and 2011, and SK Advisory Invest Baden, Champion of 2008, reaches an average rating above 2600. By Stefan Löffler About half of the players in the league are Grandmasters. There...