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09 Aug

On Tilt

“On tilt” – usually associated these days with poker, though it originated from pinball – is a term used to describe a negative emotional state that clouds a person’s judgement, leading them to continue to make mistakes, often growing in magnitude as frustration mounts. And this perfectly describes Wesley So’s mood right now in the […]

07 Aug

Rebounding

After dramatically losing a won game to Frenchman Maxime Vachier-Lagrave, all the pressure was back on Magnus Carlsen, as the world champion not only found himself knocked off the top spot in the 5th Sinquefield Cup at the Chess Club and Scholastic Centre of Saint Louis (CCSCSL) but also at stake was his standing as […]

04 Aug

He’s Back!

The talk of round two of the 5th Sinquefield Cup at the Chess Club and Scholastic Center of Saint Louis (CCSCSL) was the ease with which the world champion, Magnus Carlsen, systematically and expertly squeezed the very life out of his former title-challenger, Sergey Karjakin, to open his account with his first win of the tournament […]

03 Aug

The Spirit of St. Louis

Back in 2009, I first visited the ‘little’ chess club that the redoubtable Rex Sinquefield had just built in his home town of St. Louis in the American Midwest as part of the financial guru’s retirement plans. Rex’s aim in his support and backing for the Chess Club and Scholastic Centre of Saint Louis (CCSCSL) […]

31 Jul

World-class in St. Louis

The ‘Match of the Millennials’ – a new initiative between the Scholastic Center and Chess Club of Saint Louis (CCSCSL), in cooperation with the Kasparov Chess Foundation (KCF), U.S. Chess Federation, World Chess Federation (FIDE) and FIDE Trainers’ Commission – dramatically turned into Black Friday for the hopeful US team, as the Rest of the […]

28 Jul

Match of the Millennials

The stars of tomorrow were on show this week thanks to a new initiative, as the Scholastic Center and Chess Club of Saint Louis (CCSCSL), in cooperation with the Kasparov Chess Foundation (KCF), U.S. Chess Federation, World Chess Federation (FIDE) and FIDE Trainers’ Commission joined forces for the greater good of the game by bringing […]

26 Jul

Play Magnus

With a first-ever for the chess annals, world champion Magnus Carlsen announced earlier this week he’s set to play in September’s FIDE World Cup in Tbilisi, Georgia, the 128-player knockout that acts as a direct world championship qualifier, where players must win a series of two-game mini-matches (and speed playoffs) to advance to the final. […]

24 Jul

Poles Apart

In one of the biggest upset wins ever in a super-tournament, Radoslaw Wojtaszek seized the opportunity to emerge from the shadows of being former world champion Vishy Anand’s second to step for himself into the limelight, as the Polish No1 defied the odds with the first major win of his career as he snatched outright […]

21 Jul

Girls Talk

A nagging question over the years has been: Why aren’t there more good players who are women? Since the game’s governing body, Fide, began ranking players more than 40 years ago, only one, Hungary’s Judit Polgar, broke through the glass ceiling to make her way into the top 10 and also qualifying as a ‘candidate’ […]