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22 Mar

Not GMs, But Not Forgotten I

The US Chess scene has been saddened by the recent losses of two respected veterans in IMs Walter Shipman and Nikolay Minev, who both never quite made it to the hallowed status of ‘Grandmaster’, but shouldn’t be forgotten just because they opted for personal careers rather than the vagaries of being a chess professional.  And […]

20 Mar

Winter Wonderland of Chess

We’re only just over a week away from what arguably could be one of the most eagerly-anticipated U.S. Championships ever, as the midwest American wonderland of chess, St. Louis, gears up to host yet another super-strong national field inside the battle arena of Rex Sinquefield’s Chess Club and Scholastic Center of Saint Louis for the […]

17 Mar

Wildcards & Wild Games

The Grand Chess Tour recently announced their list of eight wildcards for the upcoming rapid and blitz tour speed events in Paris and Leuven – and what a list it is! The wildcard list in itself would make for an impressive tournament, and it includes: Anish Giri (Netherlands), Vladimir Kramnik (Russia), Vassily Ivanchuk (Ukraine), Shakhriyar […]

15 Mar

The Ides of March

Julius Caesar’s bloody assassination by a group of conspirators led by Brutus on March 15, 44 B.C., forever marks today as a day of infamy, or the Ides of March.  It’s fitting then that today, on this fateful of fateful days, we see the brutal and quick downfall of someone we built up in the […]

13 Mar

Summit Surge

In the 16th century, it was Spain vs. Italy. By the mid-19th century, it was France vs. England. After World War II is was the Soviets vs. USA, first by radio then face-to-face. Then in the middle of the 20th century, it was the mighty Soviets vs. the rest of the world in two epic showdowns. […]

10 Mar

March Madness

The NCAA men’s basketball phenomena of ‘March Madness’ all revolves around what’s become known as ‘The Science of Bracketology’ of predicting the winners, as 64 teams become 32, then the ‘Sweet Sixteen’, ‘Elite 8’, and the ‘Final Four’ deciding the eventual winner.  And it could now become part of the chess lexicon, as March sees […]

08 Mar

The Lesser Lasker

Almost all sports have a hall of fame – the idea being that top athletes should be recognized and remembered long after their careers have ended.  And chess is no different, with the U.S. and World Chess Halls of Fame recently announcing four new inductees in a ceremony that will kick off the 2017 U.S. […]

06 Mar

Coffeehouse Chess

Chess, coffee and the cafe culture – what could be better, you might ask yourself? And apart from this being an enjoyable and thoroughly relaxing experience, we have to remember the historic significance of cafes and chess because, before we had chess clubs and tournaments, the path to mastery for many a talented young player […]

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27
Mar

Arch-Bishops Crowned Champions

Chess Grandmasters often earn a crust by playing for clubs in the many leagues across Europe.  Clubs hire these ‘titled-mercenaries’ to play for their teams in the fight for numerous National Club Championships.  As with soccer, members take great pride in their clubs and seek to hire the strongest players – so it is not […]

24
Mar

Not GMs, But Not Forgotten II

We continue our tributes this week to two veterans that managed to enrich our game despite the fact that they were ‘only’ International Masters, who both never achieved the glittering prize of the title of Grandmaster.  And after Walter Shipman in our previous column, today we focus on Nikolay Minev, who died on March 10, […]

22
Mar

Not GMs, But Not Forgotten I

The US Chess scene has been saddened by the recent losses of two respected veterans in IMs Walter Shipman and Nikolay Minev, who both never quite made it to the hallowed status of ‘Grandmaster’, but shouldn’t be forgotten just because they opted for personal careers rather than the vagaries of being a chess professional.  And […]

20
Mar

Winter Wonderland of Chess

We’re only just over a week away from what arguably could be one of the most eagerly-anticipated U.S. Championships ever, as the midwest American wonderland of chess, St. Louis, gears up to host yet another super-strong national field inside the battle arena of Rex Sinquefield’s Chess Club and Scholastic Center of Saint Louis for the […]

17
Mar

Wildcards & Wild Games

The Grand Chess Tour recently announced their list of eight wildcards for the upcoming rapid and blitz tour speed events in Paris and Leuven – and what a list it is! The wildcard list in itself would make for an impressive tournament, and it includes: Anish Giri (Netherlands), Vladimir Kramnik (Russia), Vassily Ivanchuk (Ukraine), Shakhriyar […]

15
Mar

The Ides of March

Julius Caesar’s bloody assassination by a group of conspirators led by Brutus on March 15, 44 B.C., forever marks today as a day of infamy, or the Ides of March.  It’s fitting then that today, on this fateful of fateful days, we see the brutal and quick downfall of someone we built up in the […]

13
Mar

Summit Surge

In the 16th century, it was Spain vs. Italy. By the mid-19th century, it was France vs. England. After World War II is was the Soviets vs. USA, first by radio then face-to-face. Then in the middle of the 20th century, it was the mighty Soviets vs. the rest of the world in two epic showdowns. […]

10
Mar

March Madness

The NCAA men’s basketball phenomena of ‘March Madness’ all revolves around what’s become known as ‘The Science of Bracketology’ of predicting the winners, as 64 teams become 32, then the ‘Sweet Sixteen’, ‘Elite 8’, and the ‘Final Four’ deciding the eventual winner.  And it could now become part of the chess lexicon, as March sees […]

08
Mar

The Lesser Lasker

Almost all sports have a hall of fame – the idea being that top athletes should be recognized and remembered long after their careers have ended.  And chess is no different, with the U.S. and World Chess Halls of Fame recently announcing four new inductees in a ceremony that will kick off the 2017 U.S. […]

06
Mar

Coffeehouse Chess

Chess, coffee and the cafe culture – what could be better, you might ask yourself? And apart from this being an enjoyable and thoroughly relaxing experience, we have to remember the historic significance of cafes and chess because, before we had chess clubs and tournaments, the path to mastery for many a talented young player […]