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Saturday, February 21, 2009 3:42
The third game in the Challenger's Match between Veselin Topalov and Gata Kamsky has ended in a draw. Against Kamsky's Gr?ºnfeld, Topalov went for the Russian Variation (4.Qb3) this time, but again the American grandmaster had no trouble reaching a comfortable position out of the opening. The Kamsky-Topalov World Championship Semi-Final Match...
Thursday, February 19, 2009 4:47
Veselin Topalov won the second game today in his Challenger's Match with Gata Kamsky. With Black he answered 1.e4 with 1...e5 and came under pressure after grabbing a dangerous pawn, but Kamsky used too much time in the opening phase and couldn't make use of his activity. The Kamsky-Topalov World Championship Semi-Final Match takes place February...
Wednesday, February 18, 2009 1:36
In a great fighting game, Veselin Topalov and Gata Kamsky have started their Challenger's Match with a draw. In a Grünfeld-Indian, Topalov sacrificed a pawn for some attacking chances but Kamsky comfortably held his own and even took over the initiative for a moment. The Kamsky-Topalov World Championship Semi-Final Match takes place February 16th...
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...
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/...
Friday, January 09, 2009 16:45
Contrary to what many people will tell you, the "chess match of the 20th century" was not Fischer-Spassky, Reykjavik 1972. It was Karpov-Kasparov, Moscow 1984. No wait, make that Karpov-Kasparov, Moscow 1984 and 1985. Of course, Fischer's brilliancy and eccentricity, as well as the political situation between America and the Soviet Union made the...
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Monday, January 05, 2009 18:09
After two more fighting draws the score is still level in the 6-game rapid match between Ivanchuk and Leko in Mukachevo, Ukraine. Again, in one of the games Ivanchuk probably missed a win. 4th-6th January Ivanchuk and Leko play two games a day with a time control of 25 minutes + 10 seconds per move. Today at 15:30 CET is game 5 and 17:00 CET is...
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Sunday, January 04, 2009 20:10
From 3rd to 5th January, Vassily Ivanchuk and Peter Leko are playing a 6-game rapid match in Mukachevo, Ukraine. It's a return match of a previous encounter between the two, in October 2007, that ended in 6-6 after which Ivanchuk won the blitz tiebreak. Yesterday the first two games ended in a draw. In the first Ivanchuk missed a clear win in the...
Friday, November 07, 2008 0:47
2nd UPDATE: open letter by Rustam KamskyUpdate: No Chernenko money, Iluymzhinov gives Bulgarian Chess Federation another chance. By now nobody believes the Kamsky-Topalov match will still take place before the end of the year, if at all, but after receiving another letter by Kamsky's manager Chernenko, FIDE President Ilyumzhinov decided to...
Wednesday, October 29, 2008 19:01
Update: video added. Viswanathan Anand has retained his world title by drawing Vladimir Kramnik in the 11th game of the World Championship match in Bonn, Germany. The final match score is 6?Ǭ?-4?Ǭ? for Anand. It was a task he had never managed to do before: beating Viswanathan Anand with the black pieces. And after his opponent switched to his...

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