Nakamura wins St Louis chess tour

American chess grandmaster Hikaru Nakamura emerged triumphant at the elite Saint Louis Rapid and Blitz leg of the Grand Chess Tour, which has become one of the world’s foremost chess events.

Guyana to vote for FIDE president in Georgia

Last evening, the Guyana Chess Federation (GCF) organized a paid dinner at the Promenade Gardens to assist with the travelling expenses of a team journeying to the 2018 Chess Olympiad.

GCF’s first Olympiad fundraiser set for next Saturday

The Guyana Chess Federation (GCF) will host a dinner at the Promenade Gardens, Middle St, on Saturday, July 28, from 7 pm, the first of a series of fundraisers to facilitate a team travelling to the 2018 Chess Olympiad in Batumi, Georgia, in September.

FIDE to elect new president

National chess players Anthony Drayton and Loris Nathoo each won games against higher-ranked FIDE chess players at the strong Jamaican Open Tournament in Kingston, Jamaica, recently.

GCF taking chess to the people

Forbes Burnham (a former president of Guyana) used to say local chess was not meant for the upper echelons of society, although it was originally proclaimed as the game of kings.

Chess federation honours national championship winners

Two Fridays ago, on May 25, the Guyana Chess Federation (GCF) held a prize-giving cocktail reception at the National Racquet Centre to honour the winners of the national men, women and junior championships in addition to the attractive Clash of Champions chess tournament.

Olympiad teams named

The Guyana Chess Federation (GCF) has named the men and women’s teams who will represent Guyana at the 43rd Chess Olympiad in September in Batumi, Georgia.

The Guyana Chess Federation needs all the goodwill it can get

John London, a Berbician father of two teenage sons, Marley, 17, and Darwin, 16, in a letter published on April 11 in the Stabroek News, expressed some dissatisfaction with the manner in which the Junior Team was chosen to represent Guyana at the 7th Carifta Chess Tournament in Suriname.

Can Caruana do what Bobby Fischer did?

When your past calls, don’t answer. It has nothing new to say. – Anonymous  American grandmaster Fabiano Caruana won the elite World Championship Candidates Chess Tournament in Berlin on Tuesday by an impressive full point.

There should be more chess tournaments

There is some sort of expectation that the top finishers of the National Chess Championship would be guaranteed a place on the Guyana team for the spectacular biennial 2018 Chess Olympiad in September.

Chess champion qualifier was eye-opener

The policy implemented by the Guyana Chess Federation (GCF) of hosting a preliminary qualifying tournament to determine the participants for the 2018 National Chess Championship is admirable.

Joshua Gopaul is one to watch in local chess

One of the things that first attracted me to chess is that it brings you into contact with intelligent, civilized people – men of the stature of Garry Kasparov, the former world champion, who was my part-time coach.

Anand takes lead in Tata Steel Masters

India’s chess superstar Viswanathan Anand, Holland’s Anish Giri, Azerbaijan’s Shakhriyar Mamedyarov and the US’s Wesley So are co-leaders in the exclusive Masters category of the Tata Steel Chess Tournament ongoing in Wijk aan Zee, Netherlands, after five rounds of the 13-game competition.

The year in chess

Guyana’s chess for 2017 has both been invigorating and disappointing. On the positive side, the Berbice Chess Association was established, an overture was made to the Georgetown Prison, Guyana was represented at an important World Chess Federation (FIDE) overseas meeting, the Berbice Inter-Schools Chess Championship was held and Guyana won the inaugural Caribbean Chess Cup.

Around the world in chess

Garry Kasparov, a previous world chess champion, has documented his insights into his 1997 match with the IBM computer Deep Blue.

Caruana scores big at London Chess Classic

The world’s number three chess player, American grandmaster Fabiano Caruana, unfastened the deadlock of draws which had been plaguing the London Chess Classic for an interminable three rounds.

Learning chess opens a world of opportunities

Chess is a catalyst for social development in communities that are underserved. We need to give these alternative pathways to the youngsters in our communities so that they know there are other ways to success.” – Prime Minister of Jamaica Andrew Holness, at the launch of the inaugural Jamaican International Chess Festival earlier this month.

Carlsen wins Isle of Man Open

Magnus Carlsen, 26, the charismatic Norwegian who is the World Chess Champion, blew away some eminent grandmasters to capture the 2017 Isle of Man Open Chess Tournament last Sunday.

Aronian and Liren through to Candidates Tournament

The most accurate chess thinkers worldwide, the most prolific grandmasters in the world, 128 of them, began the 2017 FIDE World Cup with solid hopes of taking one of the two qualifying spots for next year’s Candidates Tournament.

A look back at the Fischer, Spassky championship match

You explain deep mysteries, because even the dark is light to you. – Daniel: 2:22 It was 45 years ago, that American Bobby Fischer, challenged Boris Spassky of the then Soviet Union, for the world chess championship title; today that story is still being repeated, analyzed and debated.

Who will be India’s 50th grandmaster?

In his largely entertaining and insightful book,  Grandmasters of Chess Pulitzer prize winner and music critic/chess correspondent for the New York Times, Harold C Schonberg, tells us about the origin of the word grandmaster.