Our destiny offers, not the cup of despair, but the chalice of opportunity.
Four nations, China, India, Russia and Ukraine, chess behemoths of the 21st century that impacted the world in their distinctive ways, have qualified to contest the semi-final of the elite Women’s World Championship in Tehran, Iran.
Someone once declared, a picture is worth a thousand words. For decades, those words have echoed resonantly in my mind.
“Chess is like business. I mean it is very important, because it is strategic thinking.
We must work to provide the knowledge and the surroundings which can enlarge the possibilities of every citizen.
The failure of the Guyana Chess Federation (GCF) to engineer a national chess championship during 2016 was excruciating to those persons who qualified for the tournament, and markedly embarrassing for those who are in tune with the game.
As we acknowledge the new year, it is neither the time nor the place for superfluous words.
I shall pass through this world but once. Any good therefore that I can do, or any kindness that I can show to any human being, let me do it now.
At the conclusion of the sixth round of the elite London Chess Classic tournament (on Thursday), which opened on December 9 and ends today, US grandmaster Wesley So maintained the lead in a field which boasts eight of the world’s top ten chess players.
Last week’s column mentioned that this year’s World Championship 12th game of classical chess between Magnus Carlsen and Sergey Karjakin under standard time controls did not compare favourably to the 1985 World Championship 24th and final game of the Anatoly Karpov and Garry Kasparov match.
Norway’s chess grandmaster Magnus Carlsen turned 26 on Wednesday, and captured chess’ biggest prize, the world championship title on his birthday.
I returned, and saw under the sun, that the race is not to the swift, nor the battle to the strong, neither yet bread to the wise, nor yet riches to men of understanding, nor yet favour to men of skill, but time and chance happeneth to them all.
Magnus Carlsen is a big favourite to retain the World Chess Champion title.
The South American grandmaster from Paraguay, Axel Bachmann (2645), was confident as he faced the lad from India during the final round of the competitive Isle of Man International Chess Tournament last Sunday.
For the next two months, the eyes and minds of the chess world would be focused on the world chess championship title match.