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.

Kasparov rises and falls

  At the St Louis Rapid and Blitz Tournament the chess world eagerly awaited the re-emergence of the former 13th world champion from Russia, Garry Kasparov.

The return of Kasparov

The game (chess) has always been thought of as a relatively pure measure of intellect, and the presence of a Soviet atop the world rankings signalled to the empire’s subjects, no matter how poor and starving they may have been, that they possessed some sort of superiority – Jack Dickey, in an article titled “Can Garry Kasparov stay a move ahead of Vladimir Putin?” Sports Illustrated, July 2017. 

Aronian set to rejoin chess’s crème de la crème

At the conclusion of the 8th round of the brutal Altibox Norway Chess Tournament, categorized as the strongest-ever in the world based on the elite rank of its participants, world chess champion Magnus Carlsen sits in the penultimate position following his lone victory over his former challenger for the title, Sergey Karjakin.

Paul Morphy: The chess prodigy

Never interrupt your enemy when he is making a mistake. – Napoleon Bonaparte American chess master Paul Charles Morphy (1837-84) adhered to this motto when he engaged others in the royal game.

Chess in schools

‘There is a local feeling connected with this occasion, too strong to be resisted… ‘ – Daniel Webster (1782-1852), American lawyer and orator during an address commemorating the 200th anniversary of the landing of the Pilgrims.

Chess federation to look into forming club at prison

With the sounds of everyday reality ringing familiarly in his ears outside its walls, President of the Guyana Chess Federation (GCF) James Bond paid a visit to the Camp Street Prison on Wednesday, supporting the idea of concretizing a chess club for inmates.