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Saturday, June 29, 2013 16:28
On Saturday Magnus Carlsen won his four-game rapid match in Lillehammer against Borki Predojevic with 2.5-1.5. The world's number one only managed to beat his opponent from Bosnia & Hercegovina once, while the other three games ended in draws. The friendly match was organized by the Nansen Center for Peace and Dialogue in Lillehammer and...
Thursday, June 27, 2013 14:35
On Friday and Saturday Magnus Carlsen will play a four-game rapid match with Borki Predojevic of Bosnia & Herzegovina. The friendly match is organized by the Nansen Center for Peace and Dialogue in Lillehammer and will inaugurate the Norwegian Championship which starts on Saturday.  Carlsen and Predojevic playing in Sarajevo in 2006 | Photo...
Monday, June 24, 2013 14:39
The good news is that there will be a 5th edition in December, the bad news is that it won't be a regular chess tournament. Today it was announced that the 5th London Chess Classic won't see any classical chess. Instead, a very strong rapid tournament wll be held as well as "celebrity contests". The tournament runs December 7th-15th, 2013 in...
Giri beats Ivanchuk in León's roller coaster ride
Monday, June 10, 2013 7:58
Anish Giri won his match against Vassily Ivanchuk, the 26th Ciudad de León, in a weekend that must have felt like a roller coaster ride, especially for Ivanchuk. After losing the classical games 0.5-1.5 and the rapid games 0.5-3.5, the Ukrainian even hinted at quitting chess at Saturday's press conference. Luckily for him and his fans, he managed...
Shakhriyar Mamedyarov wins the rapid title in Khanty-Mansiysk
Saturday, June 08, 2013 19:43
Shakhriyar Mamedyarov won the FIDE World Rapid Championship on Saturday in Khanty-Mansiysk. The grandmaster from Azerbaijan scored 11.5/15, after winning all five games on the final day. He finished half a point ahead of Ian Nepomniachtchi, the Russian grandmaster who was enjoying a two-point leader after ten rounds but only scored 2/5 on Saturday...
Karjakin wins Sberbank rapid
Saturday, June 08, 2013 1:58
Sergey Karjakin won the Sberbank rapid tournament in Kiev, Ukraine on Friday. The Russian grandmaster finished strongly with 2.5/3 and surpassed Veselin Topalov, who lost to Pavel Eljanov in the eighth round. Anatoly Karpov finished in 9th place with 3/9. Photo Yury Kolomytseva, more here The Sberbank International Chess Festival finished on...
Sberbank rapid day 2: Topalov still in the lead
Friday, June 07, 2013 10:27
At the Sberbank rapid tournament in Kiev, Veselin Topalov started with 3/3 and still leads after the second day of play. The Bulgarian grandmaster is the only player on 4.5/6, and is followed by Peter Leko, Sergey Zhigalko and Sergey Karjakin. Photo Yury Kolomytseva, more here On the second day of the Sberbank International Chess Festival in Kiev...
World Rapid Ch: Nepomniachtchi & Dreev lead after day 1
Friday, June 07, 2013 9:45
Ian Nepomniachtchi and Alexey Dreev are tied for first place after five rounds at the World Rapid Championship in Khanty-Mansiysk, Russia. The two Russian grandmasters scored 4.5/5. Shakhriyar Mamedyarov and Ildar Khairullin are half a point behind them. The tournament finishes on Saturday. Report by Anastasiya Karlovich The first day of the FIDE...
26th Ciudad de León: Giri-Ivanchuk in triple format
Thursday, June 06, 2013 16:36
Creativity and good management against the financial crisis. That is the motto for the Ciudad de Leon organizers. Its 26th edition will be a clash of generations, a very attractive match: Vassily Ivanchuk (44 years old) and Anish Giri (18). The format is a new one: “Total Chess”, with two classical games (although somewhat accelerated) on Friday (...
World Rapid & Blitz Championships opened in Khanty-Mansiysk
Thursday, June 06, 2013 10:03
Yesterday the FIDE World Rapid and Blitz Championships were officially opened by FIDE President Kirsan Ilyumzhinov in Khanty-Mansiysk, Russia. It's not as strong as last year; among the 62 participants we find Alexander Grischuk, Gata Kamsky, Shakhriyar Mamedyarov, Ruslan Ponomariov, Dmitry Jakovenko and Dmitry Andreikin as the top seeds. The...