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Tuesday, April 22, 2014 18:30
In the third round of the Shamkir Chess 2014 tournament's A group Hikaru Nakamura defeated...

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Tuesday, April 22, 2014 13:34
The result was never in doubt: Hou Yifan won the Women's Grand Prix in Khanty-Mansiysk. The reigning World Champion finished on 8.5/11 and 1.5 points...
Monday, April 21, 2014 18:36
Magnus Carlsen also won his second game in Shamkir, Azerbaijan. On Monday the Norwegian defeated Hikaru Nakamura and increased his lead in the ...
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Monday, April 21, 2014 15:31
He's not a professional chess player anymore, but he can still win tournaments: Francisco Vallejo Pons. The Spanish grandmaster edged out Pinoy GM...
Sunday, April 20, 2014 18:24
In Sunday's first round, Magnus Carlsen immediately took the lead in the A group of the Shamkir Chess 2014 tournament. The world champion won a...
Sunday, April 20, 2014 0:00
The Shamkir Chess 2014 tournament was officially opened on Saturday at the Heydar Aliyev Center in Shamkir, Azerbaijan. A touching opening ceremony...
Saturday, April 19, 2014 14:24
Representatives of ten Asian chess federation have signed an open letter in which they express their support for Ignatius Leong, the current General...
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Monday, September 23, 2013 14:07
  I’ve taken a month off from the blog and indeed anything requiring more than minimal mental effort in my post-thesis hangover. Here I’m referring...
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Thursday, August 08, 2013 16:55
  I’ve made it to the little German town of Ladenburg for my post-tournament recovery. And what a tournament it was, too – definitely one of the best...
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Thursday, August 15, 2013 15:18
In the first part I estimated chances of winning the World Cup 2013 by Levon Aronian (around 11%) using the most simple model. Some of the readers...
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Friday, August 02, 2013 11:43
There was a time when I was young and cute. No, really. I had hair and everything. Back then, thanks to an article by International Arbiter Charles...
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Wednesday, August 14, 2013 15:31
It has always struck me why the results of chess knock-out events are so much different from the results of knock-out events in other sports. For...
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Monday, July 29, 2013 16:35
  I’m writing this from Denmark. Yes, Denmark!! I finally made it to ‘real’ Scandinavia (sorry Finland, but any country where I have to use Euro...
Tuesday, December 24, 2013 9:54
Playing the French is the second opening repertoire book by the Quality Chess authors Jacob Aagaard and Nikolaos Ntirlis. I was very enthusiastic...
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Wednesday, September 25, 2013 12:32
The King’s Gambit by John Shaw, published by Quality Chess, sets out to be the definitive modern reference of the classic romantic opening – and it...
Wednesday, November 27, 2013 14:21
It’s not easy to find time to read chess books when there’s a World Championship match going on at the same time. Still, chess publishers around the...
Thursday, September 05, 2013 12:50
Some of you might remember my review of Viktor Moskalenko’s controversial book Revolutionize your chess!. Already back then, some readers pointed out...
Review: Magnus Force
Monday, October 21, 2013 14:15
Magnus Carlsen is a phenomenon. He could recently be seen on enormous billboards all over the world posing next to supermodel and Lord of the Rings...
Review: Garry Kasparov on Garry Kasparov part 2: 1985-1993
Friday, August 16, 2013 15:37
Every chess aficionado should own the complete series of recent Kasparov publications: Garry Kasparov on My Great Predecessors, Garry Kasparov on...
Monday, March 24, 2014 10:11
For the second time in two years I decided to visit the Reykjavik Open tournament in Iceland – not to play chess, but to watch it, and enjoy the...
Gladwell on chess and the ’10,000 hours rule’
Sunday, August 25, 2013 10:51
Malcolm Gladwell, the author of the best-selling book Outliers, has written a piece on the website of The New Yorker dealing with some of the...
Kasparov, Nakamura, and Mark Zuckerberg's hoodie
Tuesday, December 31, 2013 12:00
When, in 1995, Garry Kasparov employed the ancient Evans Gambit, I was thrilled - in part because I was a live witness to it, in his game against...
Tuesday, June 25, 2013 14:32
Two weeks ago I played my first chess tournament in years. It was a rapid tournament in the Dutch city of Apeldoorn and because every round was...
Monday, November 11, 2013 14:03
When it turned out that I would be in Chennai, India, in November during the World Championship match between Vishy Anand and Magnus Carlsen, I was,...
A Perfect Harmony
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Monday, May 13, 2013 13:46
Recently I saw the movie A Late Quartet, directed by Yaron Zilberman, about four professional musicians in a famous string quartet struggling with...
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Tuesday, April 22, 2014 11:57
New in our shop: The Most Flexible Sicilian. This book by Alexander Delchev and Semko Semkov offers a double Taimanov/Kan repertoire for Black based...
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Tuesday, April 08, 2014 11:19
New: Chess Informant 119 - Viking Edition. The latest volume of Chess Informant is largely dedicated to the newly crowned world champion Magnus...
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Tuesday, April 15, 2014 16:34
We just received from our printers: Chess Training for Post-Beginners. Ukrainian award-winning chess coach Yaroslav Srokovski has developed a...
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Friday, April 04, 2014 13:24
New in our shop: Korchnoi - Move by Move Cyrus Lakdawala presents 60 of his favourite Korchnoi games. In six chapters on Korchnoi's skills in the...
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Friday, April 11, 2014 13:59
New: Test, Evaluate and Improve your Chess, 3rd edition The 3rd edition of this modern classic on chess self-study not only rigorously checked all...
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Wednesday, April 02, 2014 9:40
We've just received from our printers: Sabotage the Grünfeld. GM and author of The Kaufman repertoire for Black and White, Larry Kaufman presents a...

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