A good year for chess

‘Tomorrow is always fresh, with no mistakes in it yet’ -LM Montgomery, Anne of Green Gables   The year 2014 is closing.

The Umada Cup

Guyanese chess players are being given an opportunity to oppose some leading chess nations of the Caribbean owing to the hosting of the Umada Cup chess tournament locally.

Wesley So wins Millionaire Chess tourney

Wesley So, 21, Filipino chess grandmaster currently playing for the US, won the Millionaire Chess Tourn-ament in Las Vegas recently and walked away with a tantalizing first prize of US$100,000.

A new chess app from Magnus Carlsen

Magnus Carlsen, the 23-year-old Norwegian grandmaster and World Chess Champion who has demonstrated an extraordinary power over the finest chess players on the planet, has launched a chess playing app that allows players all around the world to challenge him.

The future of chess

Someone once said that a picture is worth a thousand words. The photographs in this column are compelling, and focuses on the human dimension in chess.

Computers are improving human chess skills

Whilst the charismatic 23-year-old Norwegian chess grandmaster and world champion Magnus Carlsen was competing in the USA’s Sinquefield Cup two weeks ago, India’s Vishy Anand was winning the Bilbao Masters Final simultaneously on the other side of the world, in Spain.

The Chess Olympiad

Guyana’s final round eleven game at Tromso in the 41st World Chess Olympiad pitted her against Palau, an island country in the Pacific Ocean.

Guyana demolishes Burundi

Guyana demolished a determined Burundi Olympic chess team on Tuesday 4-0 during the country’s current chess campaign in Norway.

Guyana ranks 150 out of 179 countries in the Olympiad

On the chess board , lies and hypocrisy do not last long    -Emmanuel Lasker   Guyana has been ranked 150th out of the 179 countries which are earmarked to participate in the 2014 Norway chess Olympiad, according to FIDE, the World Chess Federation.

A nine-year-old beats a grandmaster

Uzbekistan was catapulted into the chess world when one of its nationals, nine-year-old Nodirbek Abdusattorov, beat a FIDE rated 2600 chess grandmaster, Andrei Zhigalko, in the first round of a local tournament.

Carlsen now a triple champion

World champion Magnus Carlsen has won three coveted chess titles, making him the World Champion in the classical or conventional format, as well as in the rapid and blitz formats.

Carlsen wins the Rapid

A fair number of elite grandmasters, including world champion Magnus Carlsen, Anand, Caruana, Karjakin and Judit Polgar have been doing chess battle at the World Rapid and Blitz championships in Dubai, UAE.

Caruana defeats Grischuk and Svidler

By scoring two wins in his first two games, Italian grandmaster Fabiano Caruana is calmly demonstrating he might even take the prestigious Norway Super-Tournament, which boasts in its line-up the four highest ranked players on the planet.

FIDE stagnating, Kasparov says

During chess legend Garry Kasparov’s visit to Jamaica in April, he was asked to give compelling reasons why he should succeed the incumbent Kirsan Ilyumzhinov as president?

Carlsen on chess, computers and life

Norwegian chess superstar, world chess champion and ambassador extraordinaire for chess, 23-year-old Magnus Carlsen, visited Moscow’s Institute of Physics and Technology, the equivalent of MIT, where he conducted two simultaneous exhibitions recently.

A video to popularize chess among girls

India’s eighth woman grandmaster and International Master of chess, Tania Sachdev, 27, has produced a chess video primarily to popularize the noted board game among young girls in India.

Anand wins Candidates

Dethroned world chess champion Viswanathan Anand last Sunday earned the right to challenge Magnus Carlsen for the world championship title by winning the rigorous Candidates chess tournament.

Anand surprises at the Candidates

An interesting development for chess presented itself momentarily when news of Anand’s methodical demolition of Aronian percolated out of the ongoing FIDE 2014 Candidates elimination tournament in Khanty-Mansiysk, Russia.

Can we prevent blunders?

Competitive chess players are becoming increasingly aware of the calamitous nature of blunders, those irrefutable errors which occur when one least expects them.

Chess blunders

A blunder in chess is a disastrous move, a move which confers misery on its perpetrator, and which causes in most instances the immediate termination of a game.

A miniature version of life

‘Chess is a miniature version of life. To be successful, you need to be disciplined, assess resources, consider responsible choices and adjust when circumstances change.’  – Susan Polgar, Hugarian-American grandmaster.  

How Carlsen wins

Justice Desiree Bernard, who is set to retire as a judge in the Caribbean Court of Justice (CCJ) in the near future, has left a legacy locally, regionally and internationally not just as a woman in the judiciary but also as a tireless worker on women and gender equality issues.

Carlsen wins Zurich Chess Challenge

World chess champion Magnus Carlsen played and won his first tournament, the Zurich Chess Challenge 2014, last week, following his famous victory over beaten Indian grandmaster and previous champ, Viswanathan Anand.

Can Guyana go to the Chess Olympiad?

Chess players from at least 150 nations are assiduously refining their techniques in preparation for the world’s most pre-eminent team tournament, the spectacular Chess Olympiad.

Inventive chess games

  The following games have been especially selected for their distinct craft, their inventiveness, their unique combinations, and their brilliant finishes.

Nakamura wins the London rapid tournament

United States grandmaster and its number one chess player Hikaru Nakamura emerged victorious at the recent London Super Sixteen rapid tournament at which some of the finest players in the world were represented.