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2014-07-28
Krasnodar Krai Governor Under EU Sanctions
General News  -  Author:  Chess-news.ru
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The upcoming World Title match between Magnus Carlsen and Vishy anand is scheduled to take place from November 7-28 in Sochi, Russia. This weekend we got to know the Governor of Krasnodar Krai Alexander Tkachyov is among persons enlisted to the EU sanctions, because: "He was awarded the medal ‘for the liberation of Crimea’ by the Acting head of the Auton­omous Republic of Crimea for the support he provided to the unlawful annexation of Crimea. At that occasion, the Acting Head of the Autonomous Republic of Crimea said that Tkachyov was one of the first to express his support to the new ‘leadership’ of Crimea," is said in the document (available as pdf file).

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2014-07-28
Vladimir Kramnik to Play In an Open
General News  -  Author:  Chess-news.ru
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Sensational news came from Qatar: Vladimir Kramnik will play in Qatar Masters Open which is scheduled to take place from November 25 to December 5 this year. This has been announced on the Facebook page of the competition, in addition the grandmaster confirmed the information to us.

The world's leading GMs rarely play in Opens. Ivanchuk and Svidler are just a few from those regularly visiting Gibraltar Open. Other famous GMs also participating in Open tournaments are Kamsky, Adams and Mamedyarov. By the way, now Azerbaijani is second in the participants' list at Qatar Masters. Some time ago after an unsuccessful performance at Baku Open Mamedyarov shared his impressions on playing in opens in the interview to chess-News: "Now everyone knows ho to play chess. That's because today's chess is available in computers, so everyone watches and as a result starts playing well. One has to do something to win a game, simply winning is not possible... Perhaps, I start to understand those with 2700, 2750 rating who avoid playing in Opens..."

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2014-07-28
Images of Prison Chess… by Oliver Fluck
General News  -  Author:  The Chess Drum
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In our world of chess we play in a variety of environments… hotels, schools, barber shops, busy streets, parks, museums, office board rooms, malls, front porches and even balconies. Regardless of where chess is played the surroundings is often replaced with the world on the 64 square chess board.

Chess is also played (ironically) in a place where the chess represents a metaphor of its own environment… prison. Many prison inmates have take up chess to insulate themselves from the harsh realities of their environment. Chess is said to be a refuge for prisoners and a way of solving life problems over the board.

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2014-07-28
Sergey Tiviakov wins Canadian Open on tie-break
General News  -  Author:  Chessdom
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The 2014 Canadian Open (Championnat ouvert du Canada) was held on 19-26th July in the “Grand Salon” of the Fairmont Queen Elizabeth, in Montreal. Dutch Grandmasters Sergey Tiviakov, Robin Van Kampen, and GM Ehsan Ghaem Maghami of Iran have shared the first place with 6,5/9 points each. Tiviakov took the winner’s trophy and top prize of $4000 on best tie-break score.
2014-07-28
GM Julio Granda Zuniga claims Andorra Open 2014
General News  -  Author:  Chessdom
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Peruvian Grandmaster Julio Granda Zuniga took a clear first place in the 32nd Andorra International Chess Open that was held on 19-27th July at the Sant Gothard Hotel in Erts (La Massana). Granda Zuniga completed the tournament with 7,5/9 points, half a point ahead of the chasing pack.
2014-07-28
GM Adhiban tops 47th Biel Master Tournament
General News  -  Author:  Chessdom
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The 47th Biel Chess Festival 2014 included a 11-round Swiss Master Tournament that was taking part on 14-25th July 2014. Indian GM Adhiban emerged a clear winner with 8,5/11 points, defeating Turkish GM Dragan Solak with black pieces in the last round and deservedly grabbed the first prize of 7.000 CHF.
2014-07-28
The largest chess club in the world
General News  -  Author:  Chessbase
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The United Arab Emirates has many landmarks that are famous around the world, including the tallest man-made structure, the Burj Khalifa, the world's biggest mall, the Dubai Mall, and the JW Marriott Marquis, the world's tallest hotel. Therefore it should come as a no big surprise that it is now home to the the largest chess club in the world. Big illustrated report.
2014-07-28
Tromso 2014: Preview and preparations
General News  -  Author:  Chessbase
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The much awaited Chess Olympiad in Tromso, Norway is just around the corner, with the gong for round one sounding on August 2. After much controversy and nailbiting, the greatest hurdles seem to have been passed, and we can get ready for two weeks of fantastic chess. The teams have been officially published, and the organizers have shared pictures of the preparations and a music video.
2014-07-28
Top 10 Amazing and Unusual Chess Sets
Video (YouTube)  -  Author:  You Tube
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2014-07-27
Chess Archeology in Montenegro
General News  -  Author:  Kasparov.com
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Game 10 of the 1995 World Championship match between Garry Kasparov and Viswanathan Anand in New York City, atop the World Trade Center, was a sensation. Kasparov bounced back in spectacular fashion from a loss in the previous game that had put him behind in the match. In the game, White (Kasparov) improved on the same line of the Open Ruy Lopez Anand had successfully employed in game 6. And what an improvement!
2014-07-27
Chess Olympiad 2014 - Opening Ceremony video
Video (YouTube)  -  Author:  You Tube
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This video will feature in the opening ceremony. It gives a good idea of what we want the 2014 Chess Olympiad to be all about - celebrating the game of chess, the players from 180 participating nations and what Tromsø 2014 stands for.
2014-07-27
Russia: Nepomniachtchi Replaces Jakovenko in the Olympic Team
General News  -  Author:  Chess-news.ru
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Chess-Results updated the lists of the participants in national teams. There's a replaement in Russian men's team - Ian Nepomniachtchi will play instead of Dmitry Jakovenko.

President of the Republic of Armenia and the President of the Armenian Chess Federation, Serzh Sargsyan held a meeting in Aghveran with the Armenian national chess teams of men and women, which is holding its final teaching and training gathering before the start of the 41th World Chess Olympiad.
2014-07-27
British Championship: Hawkins leads, rivals closer
Video (YouTube)  -  Author:  Chessbase
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After taking a humongous 1.5-point lead in round six, round seven saw some of the other contenders do a bit of catch-up by closing the gap to 'only' a full point. IM Jonathan Hawkins is still the tournament favorite after seven rounds, but he can not cruise to first with rivals closing fast. One key game was between GM Pert and GM Williams that is annotated by IM Andrew Martin.
2014-07-27
Hip-Hop Educational Pedagogy?
General News  -  Author:  The Chess Drum
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Adisa Banjoko of the Hip Hop Chess Federation penned an interesting essay titled, “Illusory Protection: Education & The Prison Industrial Complex”. This piece deals with his own experience as a security guard at John McConnell Elementary School and some of the disturbing trends he saw amongst Black and Latino students.
2014-07-26
Middle Schooler Shows No Mercy at the Chessboard
Interviews  -  Author:  OZY
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This spring, Ashritha Eswaran announced her presence at the U.S. Women’s Chess Championship with authority. The lowest-rated and least-experienced entrant in the 10-player round-robin tournament upset a women’s international master and a women’s grandmaster in her first three games, impressing many commentators with her aggressive, resilient play.

Pune is gearing up for yet another big show down when the Junior World Chess Championship unfolds here from October 5. Aniruddha Deshpande, has been appointed as the organising secretary of this 15-day international contest, which comes to city after a decade. Deshpande speaks to Joe Williams about the task cut out of the contest which would be the fourth time, India is hosting the event.
2014-07-26
Chess body lacks funds to send junior side to SA
General News  -  Author:  IPP Media
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Tanzania Chess Association has appealed for support from well-wishers to send its junior players to compete at the World Youth Championship to be held in South Africa.
2014-07-26
Blue chess knight in Katowice!
Video (YouTube)  -  Author:  You Tube
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Special Katowice sightseeing for you! World University Chess Championship, Katowice 18th-24th August 2014!
2014-07-26
Olympiad: Terror warning in Noway
General News  -  Author:  Chessbase
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We don't want to scare anyone, and things around the Olympiad seem fine. But the country is bracing for an attack by ISIS jihadies that "could happen in three, five or seven days – or not at all." Meanwhile heavily armed police are patrolling streets airports, ports, train stations and other transport hubs, and there are extended immigration and border controls. Norwegian press reports.
2014-07-26
Grigoriyan wins Sant Marti Open
General News  -  Author:  Chessbase
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The Sant Marti Open was the third tournament in the Catalonian circuit for our reporter – who fulfilled the final requirements for his IM titel in this event. It was won by a lively young GM from Armenia, 19-year-old Karen Grigoriyan (2592). The atmosphere is as pleasant as could be, with the Spaniards showing everyone how to properly stage a chess open.
2014-07-26
Millionaire Chess Links With Chess.com
General News  -  Author:  Chess.com
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The world's first million dollar open chess tournament will take place October 9-13, 2014 in Las Vegas, USA, and Chess.com will be a part of it. In a recent agreement between the two organizations, Millionaire Chess is now working with Chess.com, LLC. The web site will be offering a registration promotion and will be giving out prizes at the event itself. If you sign up using the "Chesscom" team code, you'll be given a 6-month subscription to the Master's Bulletin completely free.
2014-07-26
Chess Player Shamed After Caught Relieving Herself In Lift
General News  -  Author:  Croatian Times
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A Chinese female chess player who decided to relieve herself by peeing in an elevator is demanding a security guard be sacked after he posted the images of her online.
2014-07-25
MVL clinches; Wojtaszek second
Video (YouTube)  -  Author:  Chessbase
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It's all said and done. Despite a before-last round scare against Giri, MVL was able to play solid chess against Wojtaszek, who finished second, and hoping Hou Yifan didn't win so as to not split first. Hou Yifan indeed did not win and actually lost to Harikrishna. Meanwhile Giri and Motylev made a quick draw as they had little to play for. Last round report.
2014-07-25
Gideon Japhet: Svidler wins match 5-3
Video (YouTube)  -  Author:  Chessbase
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The Second Gideon Japhet Memorial was an unmitigated success with three chess opens and a four-day match between world class players Peter Svidler and Boris Gelfand. Four out of eight games had decisive results, and each day was followed by video recorded player commentary and analysis, but kudos to Gilad Japhet for conducting the very entertaining interviews.
2014-07-25
British Championship: Game of the day round 5 and 6
Video (YouTube)  -  Author:  The English Chess Federation
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2014-07-25
Anatoly Karpov on Kateryna Lagno's Decision to Switch Federations
General News  -  Author:  Chess-news.ru
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Anatoly Karpov commented on Kateryna Lagno's decision to switch federations in the live-broadcast at Vechernyaya Moskva (Evening Moscow) web-portal.
2014-07-25
Chess in cyberspace: a smart move?
General News  -  Author:  Financial Times
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Parents are tapping the most brilliant chess brains in India, Bulgaria and Moscow to deliver online tutorials for their offspring via Skype.
2014-07-25
Inner City Kids At Brooklyn School Dominate in Chess
Video (YouTube)  -  Author:  Voice of America
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A school in Brooklyn, New York, keeps churning out chess champions. Intermediate School 318 has won 32 chess titles, and even defeated high schools to win national championships. VOA’s Bernard Shusman visited the school to see the young champions at play.
2014-07-25
Aleksej Aleksandrov clear first in Minsk Open
General News  -  Author:  Chessdom
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The International Chess Tournament Minsk Open 2014 took place on 15-24th July 2014 in Minsk, the capital of Belarus. The event was a 9-round Swiss Open with 117 participants, including 10 Grandmasters and 8 International Masters. The total prize fund was around 7150 EUR in local currency. GM Aleksej Aleksandrov emerged sole winner after concluding the race with 7,5/9 points.

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