Vishy Anand Retains World Title!

Vishy Anand Retains World Title!

SonofPearl
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May 11, 2010

Viswanathan Anand has retained his world chess championship title in a nail-biting final game victory against the challenger, Veselin Topalov! The Indian champion seemed to have lost the initiative in the match and was expected to have to fight h...

Anand v Topalov Game 12

Anand v Topalov Game 12

SonofPearl
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May 11, 2010

So the 2010 World Chess Championship has gone the distance, with the players still locked together after 11 hard-fought games. The match has been full of excitement and if neither player can win the final game, there will be rapid tie-breaks on T...

Tatiana Kosintseva Wins 3rd Women's Grand Prix

Tatiana Kosintseva Wins 3rd Women's Grand Prix

SonofPearl
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May 10, 2010

The Third Women's Grand Prix in Nalchik has been won by the Russian Grandmaster Tatiana Kosintseva (pictured). Tatiana dominated the field in the 12-player single round robin event, winning by a clear point and a half from her nearest rival.  Her...

Anand v Topalov Game 11

Anand v Topalov Game 11

SonofPearl
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May 9, 2010

With the players tied at 5-5 we will definitely need all 12 scheduled games to separate the players in the 2010 World Chess Championship. Perhaps even the lottery of rapid tie-breaks! The champion Anand has the white pieces first, in game 11, and...

Final FIDE Grand Prix in Astrakhan

Final FIDE Grand Prix in Astrakhan

SonofPearl
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May 8, 2010

Against the odds, FIDE's Grand Prix series has survived and reaches it's final tournament starting tomorrow in Astrakhan, Russia. The series had a troubled existence almost from the start, with the global credit crunch causing venue changes as s...

Andor Lilienthal Dies aged 99

Andor Lilienthal Dies aged 99

SonofPearl
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May 8, 2010

The world's oldest grandmaster, the legendary Hungarian GM Andor Lilienthal has died aged 99. Lilienthal had a long and illustrious career, beating many world champions. Lasker, Capablanca, Alekhine, Euwe, Botvinnik and Smyslov all fell victim to...

US Chess Championships 2010

US Chess Championships 2010

SonofPearl
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May 11, 2010

The 2010 US Chess Championship will take place from 13-25 May at the St. Louis Chess Club and Scholastic Center. The championship has a new format this year; 24 players will take part in a 7-round swiss competition, and the top four players will ...

Anand v Topalov Game 10

Anand v Topalov Game 10

SonofPearl
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May 7, 2010

I don't know about the players, but I'm exhausted and my nerves are shredded just watching them slugging it out! An amazing game 9 saw Anand outplay Topalov only to fail to land the crucial decisive blow. In an agonisingly complicated and tense g...

Anand v Topalov Game 9

Anand v Topalov Game 9

SonofPearl
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May 6, 2010

After recovering from his loss in the first game of the 2010 World Championship match, Anand seemed to have everything under control. But Topalov re-asserted his challenge for the title in game 8 with a patient win in a difficult ending.  The mom...

Meet Karpov, Kasparov and Carlsen

Meet Karpov, Kasparov and Carlsen

SonofPearl
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May 5, 2010

How would you like the chance to meet Anatoly Karpov, Garry Kasparov and Magnus Carlsen? If you can be in New York on 17 May and have a few hundred dollars to spare then you could attend the Karpov 2010 Election fundraiser in the TrumpSoho in d...

Anand v Topalov Game 8

Anand v Topalov Game 8

SonofPearl
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May 4, 2010

The second official world chess champion Emanuel Lasker had a very definite view of the nature of our royal game.  "Chess", he said, "is above all, a fight".  He would certainly have approved of game 7 of the current championship! For the first t...

Florencio Campomanes Dies Aged 83

Florencio Campomanes Dies Aged 83

SonofPearl
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May 3, 2010

The former FIDE President Florencio Campomanes has died aged 83.  Campomanes achieved National Master status as a player, and represented the Philippines at five Olympiads in the 1950's and 60's (wikipedia entry here).  But it for his dedicated w...

Anand v Topalov Game 7

Anand v Topalov Game 7

SonofPearl
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May 3, 2010

The second half of the world chess championship match gets underway in Sofia today (3 May) with reigning champion Vishy Anand (pictured) leading 3.5-2.5. The order of colours changes at this point, so Anand has the white pieces for the second con...

Kramnik Wins President's Cup

Kramnik Wins President's Cup

SonofPearl
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May 2, 2010

A very strong rapid tournament in Baku, Azerbaijan, has been won by former world champion Vladimir Kramnik. The 'President's Cup' competition featured four Azerbaijani players and four overseas players in a round-robin event. Besides Kramnik, the...

Anand v Topalov Reaches Halfway Point

Anand v Topalov Reaches Halfway Point

SonofPearl
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May 2, 2010

With 6 of the 12 scheduled games played at the 2010 World Chess Championship Vishy Anand leads by 3.5-2.5 points. Game 6 was a fascinating psychological battle.  In another Catalan, Anand was the first to vary once again, but this time he failed ...

Anand v Topalov Game 6

Anand v Topalov Game 6

SonofPearl
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May 1, 2010

The world championship match between Vishy Anand and Veselin Topalov is shaping up to be a classic encounter with volcanoes, off-board controversy and great games.  Game 5 added another element to the mix - a power cut! The players, officials,...

May 2010 FIDE Rating List

May 2010 FIDE Rating List

SonofPearl
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May 1, 2010

Now that the official FIDE rating lists are updated more frequently - every 2 months rather than every quarter, there tends to be less movement from one list to the next. The top 7 are unchanged this time, with Magnus Carlsen sill holding onto hi...

Anand v Topalov Game 5

Anand v Topalov Game 5

SonofPearl
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Apr 30, 2010

Before the 2010 World Chess Championship match between Vishy Anand and Veselin Topalov started, few pundits would have predicted three out of the first four games would end decisively! So it would a brave man indeed to predict the outcome of the ...

Nakamura To Relocate to Saint Louis

Nakamura To Relocate to Saint Louis

SonofPearl
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Apr 29, 2010

PRESS RELEASE: SAINT LOUIS, April 27, 2010--Grandmaster Hikaru Nakamura, the reigning U.S. Champion and the highest-rated American player, announced today he will be moving to Saint Louis following the U.S. Championship, which is scheduled f...

Anand v Topalov Coverage Update

Anand v Topalov Coverage Update

SonofPearl
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Apr 28, 2010

The opening games of the 2010 World Chess Championship between Vishy Anand and Veselin Topalov have been so full of excitement, it makes me feel sorry for people who don't play chess!  What a world of thrills they are missing! After a disastrous ...

Anand v Topalov Game 4

Anand v Topalov Game 4

SonofPearl
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Apr 28, 2010

Anand found his feet with the black pieces in game 3, defending accurately against Topalov (pictured) for a draw. Now Anand gets his turn with the white pieces again and a chance to gain the initative in the match. Game 4 starts at 12:00 GMT on ...

Anand v Topalov Game 3

Anand v Topalov Game 3

SonofPearl
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Apr 27, 2010

After two exciting games in the 2010 World Chess Championship, Vishy Anand and Veselin Topalov (pictured) are all-square at one win each. Game three starts at 12:00 GMT on Tuesday 27 April.  Chess.com will once again be providing free live covera...

FIDE Women's Grand Prix

FIDE Women's Grand Prix

SonofPearl
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Apr 26, 2010

The FIDE Grand Prix events have been beset with venue and rule changes, but have nonetheless managed to provide lots of top-quality chess. There is also a Women's Grand Prix which has received rather less attention, but which is also worth follow...

Anand Hits Back In Game 2

Anand Hits Back In Game 2

SonofPearl
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Apr 25, 2010

After taking a drubbing in the opening game of the world championship, the reigning champion Anand (pictured) showed his mettle to win the second game against Topalov to level the scores at 1-1. Anand tried the Catalan, sacrificing a pawn for lon...