“[Chess] makes man wiser and far-sighted.” – Vladimir Putin, during the 2001 World Championship knockout in Moscow, as quoted in Chess Base.
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.
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.
Countries and governments vary vastly in size and ‘weight’… That does not mean that the biggest, meanest countries always get their way: their huge resources may not be easy to apply on the scale that counts.
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.
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.
2017 was a great year for world chess. The column highlighted whatever was of importance in chess locally and internationally.
Chess grandmasters Viswanathan Anand and Ju Wenjun, and Magnus Carlsen and Nana Dzagnidze completed 2017 in fine style as they won the World Rapid Championships and the World Blitz Championships.
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.
“Dear God,” she prayed, “let me be something every minute of every hour of my life.” – Betty Smith, A Tree Grows in Brooklyn Dennis Ivor Patterson, 73, died on Tuesday, December 12, 2017.
Garry Kasparov, a previous world chess champion, has documented his insights into his 1997 match with the IBM computer Deep Blue.
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.
The eight participants for the 2018 Candidates Chess Tournament have been decided. Six were chosen previously based on a number of transparent criteria, and last week the final two were selected from the Grand Prix at Palma de Mallorca, Spain.
Chess is associated with reason and intelligence. It is bonded to logic and order.
I share the belief that chess is becoming essentially popular among youths in developing nations.
“Never be afraid to try something new. Remember, amateurs built the Ark; professionals built the Titanic.” – Anonymous Each child who learns chess, learns something new.
Ever since the 1960s, the Candidates chess matches and subsequently the chess tournaments, have been recognized as definitive and contentious battles.
The recent Berbice Inter-Schools Chess Championship coincided with the first Jamaican International Chess Festival.
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.
“I tried to be reasonable; I didn’t like it.” – Clint Eastwood In the game of chess, you cannot be reasonable.
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.
Following a full two weeks of elite international chess, Armenian grandmaster Levon Aronian toppled each of his opponents to emerge victorious in the 2017 World Cup.
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.
One of the selected aspirations of a chess grandmaster is to become a world chess champion.
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.
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.
In 2005 when he retired from active competition, Russian Grandmaster and World Chess Champion Garry Kasparov was the highest-ranked player in the world.
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.
When the finest chess players on the planet clash in the same competition, no one, not even the world champion, is safe.
Chinese woman chess grandmaster Hou Yifan, 23, a former chess prodigy and three-time Women’s World Champion, emerged victorious in the 50th Biel Chess Festival in Switzerland last week.
Following a six-month period of non-activity in tangible chess playing, the Guyana Chess Federation (GCF) is back on stage in the local limelight.
Teimour Radjabov, a chess grandmaster from Azerbaijan who is ranked Number 32 in the world, placed first in the recent FIDE Grand Prix in Geneva.
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.
Berbice is traditionally known for its rich political and academic history, and its fabulously outstanding cricketing showmanship.
It is a significant truth that World Chess Champion Norway’s Magnus Carlsen, 26, the person who holds the highest chess rating in the world at 2832, cannot be sidelined for long.
The world recently witnessed an intense nine-round chess tournament in Stavanger, Norway, featuring ten of the world’s highest-ranked chess players.
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.
The Norwegian Chess Federation celebrated the 5th anniversary of its Altibox Norway Chess Tournament by inviting the world’s strongest chess players to participate.
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.
Perhaps the most accurate player who ever lived, Paul Morphy would beat anybody today in a set match.
‘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.
The second leg of the 2017 World Chess Grand Prix competition to determine the challengers for the 2018 Candidates’ tournament began last Friday in Russia.
On Wednesday, the Guyana Chess Federation (GCF) met with Minister of Education Dr Rupert Roopnaraine in his Brickdam office to press for the introduction of chess into the school system.
Ever since James Bond became the standard bearer for local chess, the concept for the administration of the game is shifting.
It is quiet on the chess home front, except in a few selected corners of Georgetown.
Elite chess grandmaster Wesley So won the exacting 2017 US Championship recently and in so doing, extended his victories and draws to 67 tournament games.
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.
Attorney-at-law James Anthony Bond was elected president of the Guyana Chess Federation (GCF) last Sunday at Olympic House.
Today we celebrate a most illustrious event! A toast would be in order for local chess players.
Election of the executive officers of the Guyana Chess Federation (GCF) will take place on Sunday, March 26 at its Annual General Meeting.