‘Tomorrow is always fresh, with no mistakes in it yet’ -LM Montgomery, Anne of Green Gables The year 2014 is closing.
Rose Hall town’s Kriskal Persaud, a former national junior and senior chess champion, looks tentatively at the chess board in his first game of 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.
A sizeable number of chess aficionados, including a sprinkling of Guyanese, are viewing the live coverage of the World Championship Chess match via the internet.
The most important activity on the World Chess Federation’s calendar, the World Chess Championship title match, began on Friday and runs until November 28.
The strongest woman chess player of all time, Hungary’s Judit Polgar, 38, has retired from competition.
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.
At the World Youth Chess Championships held in Durban, South Africa, the strength of India’s player-development programme was thrust into the forefront as the once obscure chess nation won two gold, two silver and two bronze medals.
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.
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.
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 big news circulating in the international chess world is Fabiano Caruana’s riveting performances in the Sinquefield Cup, St Louis, USA.
Why is chess important? This question has been de-bated over time. The answers are varied.
We are approaching the final quarter of year 2014, and traditionally, there are three chess tournaments to be completed before the end of December.
FIDE has announced details of the 2014-15 Grand Prix series which will qualify two participants for the world championship Candidates chess tournament.
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 demolished a determined Burundi Olympic chess team on Tuesday 4-0 during the country’s current chess campaign in Norway.
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.
Guyana’s participation at the important 2014 Norway Chess Olympiad, scheduled for the beginning of August, represents a milestone for the sprinkling of local practitioners of the ancient game.
The 2014 edition of the International Star Mixed Pair Tournament was won by the combination of Yasseer Seirawan and Zhu Chen, beating the pre-tournament favourites of Nigel Short and Hou Yifan.
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.
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.
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.
It is heartening to note that with last Sunday’s one-day rapid chess tournament, Engineering and Construction Incorporated (ECI) has successfully sponsored two tournaments this year.
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.
China has won the women’s event in the Asian Nations Cup championship tournament that is currently being held in Tabriz, Iran.
FIDE, the world chess federation, has published its first-ever Rapid and Blitz rating list allowing chess players to achieve proper and measurable ranks.
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?
The following game was the most anticipated one of the Gashimov Memorial tournament.
The Gashimov Memorial tournament which is being held in Shakmir, Azerbaijan, from April 20 to 30, has attracted some elite players, including world champion Magnus Carlsen.
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.
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.
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’s hometown of Chennai, India, was in a celebratory mood. The people of Chennai were observing the festivities of Holi with passion.
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.
Competitive chess players are becoming increasingly aware of the calamitous nature of blunders, those irrefutable errors which occur when one least expects them.
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.
‘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.
A 13-year-old boy of modest upbringing decides that he will become the world chess champion.
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.
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.
Chess, like music and mathematics, has its prodigies. Extraordinary chess talent, similar to mathematical and musical abilities, is demonstrated early in life, and once identified, has to be carefully cultivated.
The big news circulating within the chess world is that Anand wants his world championship title back.
The modest participation by Guyana at the chess Olympiads in 1978 and 1980 reverberated well among other Caribbean nations owing to its stellar performances.
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.
In tandem with the World Youth Championships in the United Arab Emirates, two Swiss tournaments were held: one for players FIDE rated 2000 and less, and one open to all.
The following games have been especially selected for their distinct craft, their inventiveness, their unique combinations, and their brilliant finishes.
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.
Solution The solution to last week’s puzzle is as follows: ….exf3. If gxf3, Qg4.
The National Chess Championship concludes this evening at the Ocean SprayHotel with Wendell Meusa still maintaining the lead after four rounds, although he was defeated by Anthony Drayton on Wednesday night.