Game Annotations by GM Sam Shankland
The 2013 Candidates Tournament got underway in London today, not exactly with a bang, but at least a certain spark - although that might have been the server for the official website going up in smoke! Suc... | Read More
The 2013 Candidates Tournament starts today In London, with the winner earning the right to challenge current world champion Vishy Anand for the title.
The tournament is an 8-player double round-robin event, with 22-year old world #1 Magnus Carls... | Read More
PRESS RELEASE: Chess in Schools and the Communities (CSC), a UK registered charity and Newham Borough Council are working together with East Village in an innovative project to deliver chess to all 64 primary schools in Newham and teach 20,000... | Read More
PRESS RELEASE: Chess is Officially in the Hungarian National Curriculum!
The Hungarian Institute for Educational Research and Development has released a supplement to the National Curriculum, and made Judit Polgar’s "Skill-building Chess” sub... | Read More
The 2013 Candidates Tournament takes place in London from 14 March - 2 April, with the winner earning the right to challenge current world champion Vishy Anand for the title.
The tournament is an 8-player double round-robin event, with 22-year... | Read More
The Ukrainian team of Anna Ushenina, Kateryna Lagno, Mariya Muzychuk, Inna Gaponenko and Natalia Zhukova won gold at the 2013 Women's World Team Championships in Kazakhstan after drawing their final match with Russia.
It was a fine victory for U... | Read More
Ukraine narrowly defeated the US team 2½-1½ in the penultimate round of the Women's World Team Championships to take them within touching distance of the gold medal.
Irina Krush of the US beat the women's world champion Anna Ushenina, but wins... | Read More
The US team scored the upset of the day in round 7 of the Women's World Team Championships, beating Russia by a score of 2½-1½.
That unexpected result drops Russia to third in the standings, allowing China to move up to second place thanks to ... | Read More
Top seeds Ukraine increased their lead at the Women's World Team Championships in Kazakhstan by thrashing France 4-0 in round six.
Second placed Russia were held to a draw by Georgia in a match where all the games were decisive, while defending ... | Read More
The Russian Chess Federation has announced the establishment of a new tournament in honour of the fourth world chess champion Alexander Alekhine.
The Alekhine Memorial will be a 10-player single round robin tournament held jointly in the Louvre i... | Read More
After five completed rounds of the 2013 Women's World Team Championship in Kazakhstan, Russia are leading the competition, just ahead of Ukraine in second, and China in third place.
Standings After 5 Rounds
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The 20th Bunratty Chess Festival took place from 1 - 3 March in Ireland, featuring 39 players in a 6-round Swiss "Masters", and a 10-player single round-robin "Classic" competition.
The Masters event starred perennial rival English grandmaster... | Read More
With a little over a week to go before the start of the 2013 Candidates Tournament in London to determine the next challenger for Vishy Anand's title, the pairings and tickets for the event have been released.
As previously announced on the offic... | Read More
One of the competitors at the Women's World Team Championships in Kazakhstan is Melia Salome (pictured), representing second seeds Georgia.
Melia played her first game of the tournament in the second round, where she defeated Natacha Benmesbah to... | Read More
The Women's World Chess Team Championship 2013 is underway in Astana, Kazakhstan. The competition features 10 national teams, with 4 players plus a reserve for each team.
The format is a 9-round single round-robin event from 2-12 March at a ti... | Read More
It's here! The 2nd Annual Death Match Qualifier will take place from April 1st-May 1st, and will determine the participants for the 15th Chess.com Death Match - to be held on Sunday, June 9th!
As of May 1st, the highest-rated active blitz player... | Read More
The Cappelle-la-Grande 2013 tournament took place from 23 February - 2 March in France. The tournament was a strong and huge 9-round Swiss Open with over 550 players taking part!
The competition finished with Sanan Sjugirov of Russia as a na... | Read More
Milan Velimirović (1952-2013), GM of Chess Composition, GM Solver and International Judge of chess composition and authentic chess problems community guru, has suddenly passed away after short illness. Velimirovic was main author of monumental En... | Read More
It was a thrilling final round at the Zurich Chess Challenge, with both games ending in victories for the white pieces.
Vladimir Kramnik reverted to a more traditional opening choice, playing the Berlin with black against Vishy Anand. In respon... | Read More
Right on time as usual, FIDE have published the official chess rating list for March 2013.
There are not many changes the top since the February list after a relatively quiet month. Vishy Anand's return to form at the Grenke Chess Classic gaine... | Read More
The 2013 Reykjavik Open finished with a 3-way tie for first place on 8/10 points between Pavel Eljanov, Wesley So and the Egyptian GM Amin Bassem.
The tournament will be remembered as the event where 13 year-old Wei Yi gained his 3rd GM norm to b... | Read More
Both games were drawn in the fifth round of the Zurich Chess Challenge, leaving Fabiano Caruana as the sole leader on 3/5 points going into the final round.
Seldom can a tournament have been so hard-fought, yet had so few decisive games!
In roun... | Read More
Fabiano Caruana finally broke the deadlock at the Zurich Chess Challenge in the fourth round, beating world champion Vishy Anand to take the overall lead!
The game was a complicated struggle arising out of the Ruy Lopez, with Anand sacrificing on... | Read More
A 13-year old Chinese player Wei Yi (pictured) has qualified to become the youngest Grandmaster in the world!
Wei Yi is currently sharing the lead at the Reykjavik Open with a score of 6½/8, which is already a strong enough performance to earn h... | Read More
Vladimir Kramnik continued his strategy of avoiding his normal opening repertoire in dramatic fashion in round 3 of the Zurich Chess Challenge.
Kramnik surprised the audience, commentators and his opponent Fabiano Caruana by playing the dynamic B... | Read More