20 Jan

And So It Goes

It’s beginning to look as if Wesley So intends to start 2017 in much the same way as he ended the old year of 2016, as the American No.2 easily overpowered the Indian No.2, Pentala Harikrishna, to take the sole lead as the 79th Tata Steel Masters moves – temprarily! – from Wijk to the […]

18 Jan


The Tata Steel Masters in Wijk aan Zee is the first major of the year, and two of the top achievers of 2016, World Champion Magnus Carlsen and America’s Wesley So, the recent Grand Chess Tour victor, continue their winning ways into the new year with impressive +2 starts – but amazingly, their outstanding performances […]

16 Jan

The Wijk Way

The historic annual tournament in Wijk aan Zee on the windswept Dutch coast is always the first ‘chess major’ of the year.  Its origins, though, run back to 1938 and born from a simple works’ social club tournament for the local steel and aluminum producer, Koninklijke Hoogovens, and was held in nearby Beverwijk, about three miles inland; […]

13 Jan

I Am Rapport

There’s a lot to be said about the telling of a joke: the timing has to be just right otherwise the joke doesn’t work.  The “I’m not Rappaport” vaudeville routine was a joke you have to think about.  Still, no matter how many times I’ve seen the multi-award winning Broadway hit or movie (with the […]

11 Jan

The Swedish Smorgasbord

The annual Rilton Cup in Stockholm is just one of a smorgasbord – when in Rome, or in this case, Sweden, so to speak! – of traditional Opens held throughout Europe over the Christmas and the New Year holiday period and is regarded by many as one of the very best of its category – […]

09 Jan

The Fabled Chess Towns

The first major chess tournament of the new year kicks off this coming Saturday with the 79th Tata Steel Tournament in the fabled Dutch chess town of Wijk aan Zee, with an all-star field in the top-rated ‘Masters’ event capped by world No.1 Magnus Carlsen of Norway, American Grand Chess Tour winner Wesley So, defeated […]

08 Jan

MLK Tournament

The 2017 First Move Martin Luther King Day’s tournament Online Tournament will be held on Wednesday, January 18th from 7 am to 9 pm in your time zone.   ***Important: Please make sure to have your class registered for online play PRIOR to the tournament day.*** How Winners are Determined Games played are calculated for both the Pawn Game and the […]

30 Dec

Fast & Furious

The year ended in mixed emotions for Magnus Carlsen. The Norwegian world No.1 had at least retained his all-important classical world title following a tough match against Sergey Karjakin in Manhattan in late November – but in the dying embers of 2016, he lost two titles on tiebreak in the fast and furious form of […]

28 Dec

Lucky Chucky

There was high drama at the end of the World Rapid Championship in Doha, Qatar, as Ukraine’s Vassily Ivanchuk, one of the game’s living legends and legendary under-achievers, finally found his mettle and his genius mode to snatch the title on tiebreak ahead of reigning champion Magnus Carlsen and Russia’s Alexander Grishuk, after the top […]

26 Dec

The Triple Crown

In 2014, Magnus Carlsen set a new chess record in the annals by becoming the first player ever to hold the three main world titles in chess, namely classical, rapid and blitz.  And after successfully defending his classical world title recently, Carlsen is back in action again, this time looking to become the first player […]