At the lively awards ceremony to mark the 30th death anniversary of former president Forbes Burnham at the Carifesta Sports Club on the evening of Friday before last, there was a palpable sense of excitement among the karate kids who assembled to uplift their medals and trophies.
The World Chess Federa-tion’s Candidate Master Anthony Drayton emerged victorious in the fierce Forbes Burnham Memorial Chess Tournament last Sunday following a defeat of Plaisance’s Alexander Duncan in his final game.
The single round swiss-system 2015 Forbes Burnham Memorial Chess Tournament ends this afternoon.
Within recent years there has been a resuscitation of, and increased interest in chess, with many more annual tournaments sponsored and held than ever before in the history of the game in Guyana.
It is my fervent hope as President of the Guyana Chess Association and as the Head of a Government committed to national excellence in sports, that Ajedrez will make a contribution in further popularizing chess, to illuminate the darkness and dispel the mysteries which in some cases still surround and engulf this great game, and be a source of instruction to the inexperienced, and of pleasure to the initiate.
Attorney-at-Law James Bond learnt to play chess last December. He was wowed and inspired by the game.
The mysterious game of royalty, chess, was given a plaudit over the weekend as a seven-round, Swiss-system, two-day chess tournament was conducted from yesterday, Saturday, at Congress Place, and will conclude today, Sunday.
Chess is not a physical contact sport. In chess, contact is made with the mind, sometimes through speech, sometimes silently.
At times, the column focuses primarily on regurgitating chess stories from around the world in juxtaposition to highlighting what is happening locally.
Some time in the fourth century BC, Sun Tzu wrote the Chinese classic The Art of War which has survived.
The 6th Hainan Danzhou chess tournament concluded yesterday. The 16-year-old chess phenomenon Wei Yi played a game with Cuba’s number two player, Lazaro Batista Bruzon.
Garber to fellow policeman: “You won’t believe this.” Policeman: “You know me. I believe anything.” Garber: “They took Pelham 123 today.” Policeman: “I don’t believe it.” – From the film The Taking of Pelham 123 (1974) I didn’t believe it either when I learnt that mankind had developed a machine which played chess.
Becoming a world chess champion may be, decidedly, the most extraordinary feat one can perform as it is captured in a halo of glory; a colossal achievement.
In the long, fluctuating history of chess, since it was first discovered in India some time around 6 AD, the number of heads-of-state who are familiar with the game becomes noticeable.
“The ultimate strength of our country and our cause will be not in powerful weapons or infinite resources or boundless wealth, but will lie in the unity of our people.” – Excerpt from a speech delivered by US President Lyndon B Johnson on March 31, 1968, Washington, DC.
China’s rise in the world of chess has been meteoric ever since the nation came to prominence with its playing strengths at the turn of the millennium.
Two Americans, Hikaru Nakamura and Fabiano Caruana, blasted their way into the 2015 Candidates elimination chess tournament with an opportunity to oppose Magnus Carlsen for the world championship title.
India’s International Master Nisha Mohota concludes her remarks in relation to British grandmaster Nigel Short’s criticism that women are inferior chess players.
One month ago, British grandmaster Nigel Short provoked anger and derision when he claimed that men are “hard-wired differently” to be better chess players than women.
British chess grandmaster and one time world championship title challenger, Nigel Short, wrote an article for the Dutch magazine New in Chess recently, titled ‘Vive la Difference’ which claimed, provocatively, that there are genetic reasons why men are more successful in chess than women.
The Norwegian Parliament recently approved a trial to include a one-hour a week chess class in schools for third and fourth grade students.
The rapidity of strong chess tournaments have increased recently and it is becoming difficult to give coverage to all of them.
As I conclude the lengthy Karpov interview discussing only Fischer, I was surprised when Karpov, over dinner in Nassau, noted that Fischer had legions of chess fans in the Soviet Union during his match with Spassky.
Here is the penultimate instalment of the Anatoly Karpov interview discussing Fischer. IF: When you were preparing with Geller and your team, what would a typical day be like?
It is commonly felt that in chess as in life, when people cannot figure out what you are doing, they are kept in a state of confusion, uncertain and waiting.