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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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Monday, January 05, 2009 6:18
After six rounds Carlsen, Nakamura and Svidler had all collected four points (Lie lost all six games) and so a playoff was needed to determine the finalists of the Aker Chess Challenge. Not in top form in the blitz session, Nakamura lost both to Carlsen and Svidler, who thus qualified for tomorrow's final. The Aker Chess Challenge runs 2nd-5th...
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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...
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Sunday, January 04, 2009 2:18
Russian GM Peter Svidler started the Aker Chess Challenge, a rapid event that's part of the International Chess Festival in Gjovik (Norway), with two wins and two draws. Carlsen and Nakamura follow on 2.5/4 while Lie lost his first four games. The Aker Chess Challenge runs this weekend; it's a rapid event with a similar set-up as the annual Mainz...
Sunday, November 02, 2008 22:00
OK, American grandmaster Hikaru Nakamura is a strong blitz player, we knew that. But what about rapid chess? And what about opponents like Karpov and Ivanchuk? Well, he just beat them both, the former world champion in the semi-final and the Ukrainian in the final, and so Nakamura became the convincing winner of the 2008 Troph?ɬ©e CCAS in Cap d'...
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Sunday, October 26, 2008 0:19
Winning six of their seven matches, URAL Sverdlovskaya finished first in the open section of the European Club Cup. Like last year, Cercle d'Echecs de Monte-Carlo won the women's section, this time with five wins and two ties. Both URAL's Vladimir Malakhov and Bank King's Artashes Minasian won all their games, scoring a 3000+ rating performance....
Tuesday, October 21, 2008 20:12
Right now he's playing the European Club Cup, but last week Vassily Ivanchuk was the superstar at the 11th edition of the traditional rapid chess tournament in Rocca di Papa, a beautiful village some 20 kms south of Rome. A report on a great player visiting a small Italian town full of chess aficionados. Rocca di Papa lies in a mounty and volcanic...
Monday, October 20, 2008 21:53
Update: Video added. Viswanathan Anand increased his lead today in the World Championship match after Vladimir Kramnik blundered on move 29. The score is now 3.5-1.5 for Anand. Who would have thought that Vladimir Kramnik would lose not just one, but two games with the white pieces in this match? It's a rare thing for someone who's considered one...
Saturday, October 18, 2008 2:37
Update: video added. Viswanathan Anand has taken the lead in the 2008 World Championship Match. He defeated Vladimir Kramnik in a great, but very complicated struggle that lasted 41 moves. The third day in Bonn was a great day in Bonn. Actually it was a great day for any chess fan around the world, and just a tiny bit more for Anand fans. With...
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Saturday, October 11, 2008 18:29
The gold medal for reigning world champion Alexandra Kosteniuk, which she won in the blitz event at the World Mind Sports Games in Beijing, was not a big surprise. But what about Ukrainian GM Martyn Kravtsiv winning the men's blitz, or Ecuador winning the blitz for pairs? Photo: Dimitri Reinderman The first World Mind Sports Games is held in...

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