Dortmund Chess Update R9: Kramnik already winner, one round to go
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Hello everyone,


Technically of course former world chess champion Vladimir Kramnik has won the title at the Dortmund Sparkassen Chess Meet 2011 but the tournament’s 10 rounds have to be played.


So, here is the latest chess news after the ninth round which saw Kramnik settling for a draw with Anish Giri, Hikaru Nakamura beating Georg Meier and Le Quang Liem also drawing with Ruslan Ponomariov.


Standings after Round 9 have Kramnik with 7 points, Liem with 5 points, Ponomariov and Giri with 4.5 points, Nakamura with 3.5 points and Meier with 2.5 points. 


You can access the official website at this link. Meanwhile, here are the nice games of Round 9. 







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World Chess Hall of Fame to open in September

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Hello everyone,


There is a nice article at www.chessdom.com about the World Chess Hall of Fame that is going to open officially in September this year.


The story of the Hall began in 1986 and is a nonprofit organization committed to building awareness for the cultural and artistic significance of chess. The arts-based institution will present exhibitions of artistic and historical significance from collectors and nationally and internationally recognized artists. It will also offer interpretive programs, such as dance, music and art performances, that lend context and meaning to chess.


In addition, the Hall of Fame will commemorate the careers of its members. By enhancing public understanding and appreciation for chess, the Hall of Fame will serve as a catalyst for the advancement, development and understanding of the game.
The Hall of Fame is a separate entity from the Chess Club and Scholastic Center of Saint Louis. The organisations differ in that the Club focuses on encouraging the play of the game, while the Hall of Fame will focus on the historical and socio-cultural significance of the game, as well as how that significance has been interpreted by cultures worldwide.
WHOF Exterior Facade
Exterior Facade
WHOF German Castle
Neresheimer French vs. Germans Set and Castle Board. 1905 – 10. Hanau, Germany. Silver and gilded silver, ivory, diamonds, sapphires, pearls, amethysts, rubies and marble.
WHOF Chess Piano
Chess Piano
The Hall of Fame has moved to Saint Louis, from its former home in Miami. Situated in the heart of Saint Louis’ Central West End, the Hall of Fame is located at 4652 Maryland Avenue.
The Hall of Fame is directly across the street from the Chess Club and Scholastic Center of Saint Louis. It opens to the public on September 9, 2011.
The first and second floor galleries will feature temporary exhibitions, which will change twice a year. The third floor gallery will display rotating objects from the permanent collection and feature the hall of fame.
WHOF Small Room
Small Room
WHOF Gallery 2
Gallery
The Hall of Fame’s permanent collection includes:
- A 5,000-year-old piece from an Egyptian game called senet, the earliest known board game
- A custom-made set of chess furniture that belonged to American Grandmaster and World Champion Bobby Fischer
- The first commercial chess computer
- A silver service awarded to Paul Morphy, American chess player and World Champion
For more information visit www.worldchesshof.orgFacebook or Twitter (@WorldChessHOF). Thanks to Laura High and Joseph Boyd.
WHOF 1915 Fabergé
1915 Fabergé Egyptians vs. Assyrians Set with Presentation Case. 1915. Russia. Faberge. Cast silver and gilt. Faberge Karl Gustav Hjalmar Armfeldt.
WHOF Danko Propaganda
Soviet Propaganda Set. 1923. Russia. Polychrome Porcelain. Natalia and Yelena Danko.
WHOF chesspiano
Piano: 31.5 x 27.2 x 27.2 inches, The chess piano: walnut, ebony, fihte, maple wood, piano mechanism, chess pieces, two wooden stools. Courtesy of the Artist, Galerie Juliette Jongma, Amsterdam and Marc Foxx, Los Angeles.

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Chocolate chess makes it to amazing objects’ list
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Hello everyone,

These are those things we love to talk about – chocolate and chess plus a chocolate chess!

CNBC has compiled a list of the most amazing objects ever assembled from chocolate, and Houston’s Kegg’s Candies landed a spot.

Amongst a Godiva mailbox, a BMW, a miniature castle and even a couple of chocolate rooms (one by Karl Lagerfeld), CNBC lists a chess board of chocolate complete with gourmet milk and dark chocolate chess pieces by Kegg’s, which has been making chocolate and other treats in Houston since 1946.

The board is 8.5 square inches and is made of alternating dark and milk chocolate squares
. The individually moulded pieces range from pawns that are two inches tall to the 3.5-inch king. The sets are sold at Kegg’s for $39.95.



Happy chessy drooling Sunday everyone.
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Saturday chess puzzle to sweeten your coffee

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Hello everyone,

Here is a nice chess puzzle to sweeten your evening coffee. So, forget the sugar, try the chess puzzle instead. :)

This is Paul Morphy’s only known Chess Problem, originally published in the New York Clipper on June 28, 1856.


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The Chess Oscar 2010 goes to Magnus Carlsen
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Hi everyone,

World Chess No. 1 Magnus Carlsen gets the Chess Oscar for the second time in succession. The award was set up by the Russian Chess Magazine 64, sixteen years ago. The voting for the award is by chess journalists, writers, public figures etc.

In second place is the current world chess champion, Viswanathan Anand. According to the voting, Levon Aronian was third and Vladimir Kramnik was fourth. 

You can read further at www.chess-news.ru.
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Dortmund Chess Update R8: Kramnik leads comfortably, Liem 2 points away
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Like Carlsen held forth in Biel, Kramnik is doing thus in Dortmund. After Round 8, the former world chess champion leads with a comfortable 6.5 points. Two points away is Liem Quang Le at 4.5 points. Both Ruslan Ponomariov and Anish Giri are at 4 points each while Hikaru Nakamura and Georg Meier are at 2.5 points each. 


Liem-Kramnik: Another hard day’s draw


In the eighth round, the only decisive game was Ponomariov beating Nakamura. Liem nearly beat Kramnik but the latter was just too precise and the game ended in a draw. The Meier and Giri game too was a draw.


You can access the official website at this link. Meanwhile, here are the great games of the eight round. You can run them in our special gameplayer that has no problem on any platform – whether the iPad or your regular netbook. Enjoy.







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Biel chess final update: Carlsen wins, Morozevich second, Vachier-Lagrave third
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Hi everyone,


Congratulations to Magnus Carlsen for winning the Accentus Biel Chess Grandmasters event 2011. Congratulations to Alexander Morozevich for the second place, to Maxime Vachier-Lagrave for the third place and everyone who played for giving us such beautiful chess over the last several days.


The 44th Biel Chess Festival took place July 16-29 in Biel, Switzerland. The ‘Grandmaster Tournament’ was a six-player, double round robin with Caruana, Pelletier, Shirov, Carlsen, Morozevich and Vachier-Lagrave.The rate of play was 2 hours for 40 moves, then 1 hour for 20 moves and then 15 minutes to finish the game, with 30 seconds increment from move 61. The ‘football’ scoring system was in effect: three points for a win, one for a draw and zero for a loss. Besides, no draw offers were permitted before move 30. 


 And the winner gets a T-shirt for the week’s hardwork!


In the last round, Alexander Morozevich defeated Yannick Pelletier. Carlsen drew with Fabiano Caruana and Shirov drew with Vachier-Lagrave. Here is a nice video by www.chessvibes.com





Open tournament winner Ni Hua (left) with Bu Xiangzhi.


You can access the official website at this link. Meanwhile, here are the nice Round 10 games. Enjoy.






ACCENTUS- Grandmaster Tournament
Final Standings (after 10 Rounds)
Name ELO Points

1. Magnus Carlsen NOR 2821 19
2. Alexander Morozevich RUS 2694 17
3. Maxime Vachier-Lagrave FRA 2722 12
4. Alexei Shirov ESP 2714 12
5. Fabiano Caruana ITA 2711 10
6. Yannick Pelletier SUI 2590 5

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12th Century chess piece found in iceland
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Hi everyone,


A chess piece cut out of herringbone was among the objects found in an archeology expedition at Siglunes by Siglufjordur. According Fréttabladid team leader Birna Lárusdóttir thinks that most likely the piece was cut out in Iceland in the 12th or 13th century. The group found remains of camps for fishermen in the area, which is now in danger because of waves breaking down the coast.

Siglunes is the farm of Thormódur rammi, the first settler in Siglufjördur according to Landnáma, the Book of Settlements in Iceland. The chess piece was wearing a helmet and weapons. Read more about the excavations at this link.
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World Junior Open Chess Championship begins on August 1
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Hi everyone,

The World Junior Open Chess Championship 2011 is set to begin on August 1 in the Indian city of Chennai. A total of 127 players, including 19 Grand Masters from 44 countries in the boys’ section and 69 from 33 nations in girls’ category will participate in the event. The event will be inaugurated by world champion Viswanathan Anand. You can access the official website at this link.

The golden jubilee edition will have Maxim Matlakov of Russia as the top seed while Nazi Palkidze of Georgia will be top seed in the girls’ section. The championship would be of 13 rounds under Swiss format with a time control of 40 moves in 90 minutes and remaining game in 30 minutes with an increment of 30 seconds from the first move.
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Antique chess set from china video
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Hello everyone,


We chanced upon this nice video of an antique hand-carved chess set from China. Looks pretty and beautiful. Must have involved painstaking hard word. Have a wow weekend dreaming of beautiful chess sets.


It was sent to us via @swakilki at @chessqueen and @kosteniuk twitter accounts. Don’t forget to send us your favourite videos too.







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Biel Chess Update R9: Carlsen leads, set to win title
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Hi everyone,


The latest chess news from the Accentus Biel Chess Masters is the same – Magnus Carlsen is set to win the title. Rather, has won the title though another round is to be played!


In the ninth round, he drew an exciting game with Maxime Vachier-Lagrave while Fabiano Caruana beat Morozevich and Alexei Shirov and Yannick Pelletier drew their game.








Here are the games which you would just not like to miss. You can also access the official website at this link. The standings after Round 9 are as follows: Carlsen has 18 points, Morozevich 14, both Vachier-Lagrave and Shirov have 11 points, Caruana has 9 points and Pelletier has 5 points. 







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Dortmund chess update R7: Kramni all set to win title
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Hi everyone,


Former world chess champion, Grandmaster Vladimir Kramnik is all set to win his tenth title at the Dortmund Sparkassen Chess Meeting. In the seventh round, he beat Georg Meier to extend his lead to a full two points. Meanwhile, Le Quang Liem drew with Hikaru Nakamura and Anish Giri beat Ruslan Ponomariov. 
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Kramnik close to 10th Dortmund titleAs you know, the 39th Sparkassen Chess Meeting is taking place from  July 21-31, 2011 in the City Theater of Dortmund, Germany. Like Biel, it’s a 6-player double round robin event. This year Vladimir Kramnik, Hikaru Nakamura, Ruslan Ponomariov, Anish Giri, Le Quang Liem and Georg Meier play. For the second time Dortmund uses an anti-draw rule: the players are not allowed to offer a draw during the game. The game will be declared a draw when a win for either side is not possible any more, or in case of a three-fold repetition.
According to the standings after Round 7, we have Kramnik at 6 points, Liem at 4, Giri at 3.5, Ponomariov at 3, Nakamura at 2.5 and Meier at 2.



Here are the nice games of Round 7 and you can access the official website at this link.







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Funky chess commercial from India
Chess blog for latest chess news and chess trivia (c) Alexandra Kosteniuk, 2011


Hello everyone,


Chess is a dream – watch this funky/lovely commercial with a chess motif sent to us by www.blackandwhiteindia.com. If you’ve got a favourite chess video – don’t forget to share it with us.







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Simple chess puzzle to check if you’re paying attention!
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Hi everyone,


Here is a nice chess puzzle for a swell Thursday. It’s very simple actually. But just to check if you’re alert! Enjoy.


Vladislav Vorotnikov-Igor Ivanov, Vilnius, 1977
In the given position White played Bxh7 picking up a free pawn!
But Black had other things in mind. What did Black play and win after Bh7?







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Maddening chess set in art donation!
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“A Maddening Chess Set, Wonderland Vs. Looking Glass” (1977) by Catherine A. Ryan of Takoma Park, MD., part of R.J. Reynolds’ art collection being provided to Arts Council. 

We found this interesting photo in a news story from WINSTON-SALEM, N.C. (WGHP)

R.J. Reynolds Tobacco is giving an estimated 3,000 pieces of artwork from its corporate collection to the Arts Council of Winston-Salem and Forsyth County. The combined value of the artwork is about $700,000.

The artwork includes this fascinating chess set!
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Biel Chess update R8: Carlsen-Morozevich draw, Vachier, Shirov win
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Hi everyone,


The latest chess news from the Biel Chess Fest is that Carlsen continues to lead despite a draw with Alexander Morozevich in the eighth round. On the other hand, Maxime Vachier-Lagrave beat Yannick Pelletier with a rook sacrifice and Alexei Shirov beat Fabiano Caruana. You can access the official website at this link




Meanwhile, here are the very nice games. You can run them in our gameplayer below.


Standings after Round 8
Name ELO Points

1. Magnus Carlsen  17
2. Alexander Morozevich  14
3. Maxime Vachier-Lagrave 10
4. Alexei Shirov 10
5. Fabiano Caruana 6
6. Yannick Pelletier 4







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Dortmund Chess R6: Three exciting draws but Kramnik leads
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Hi everyone,

The latest chess news from Dortmund is – for a change all games were drawn in the sixth round – after the Sparkassen Chess Meeting resumed on Wednesday. Vladimir Kramnik is still 1.5 points ahead of Le Quang Liem with four rounds to go.


As you know, the 39th Sparkassen Chess Meeting takes place July 21-31, 2011 in the City Theater of Dortmund, Germany. Like Biel, it’s a 6-player double round robin event. This year Vladimir Kramnik, Hikaru Nakamura, Ruslan Ponomariov, Anish Giri, Le Quang Liem and Georg Meier play. For the second time Dortmund uses an anti-draw rule: the players are not allowed to offer a draw during the game. The game will be declared a draw when a win for either side is not possible any more, or in case of a three-fold repetition.

Here are the fighting games of Round 6 for you to enjoy and learn, Just use our pop-down menu to see the games and – don’t worry – the gameplayer works on the iPad too. You can access the official website at this link.


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Super chess videos with kids – real fun and learning
Chess blog for latest chess news and chess trivia (c) Alexandra Kosteniuk, 2011


Hi everyone,


Who says video games and hand-held electronics are what kids want? THEY WANT CHESS. YAYA. Watch this lovely video and you can find two more in the series at the same link. For long, educationists and child psychologists have spoken about the positives of playing chess. It’s heartening and such fun to watch kids play chess. And, as they learn chess, one thing you know for sure – whether they eventually play professionally or not – they’re on track for life. Enjoy.







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Biel Chess R7: Carlsen beats Shirov, extends lead
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Hi everyone,


The Carlsen roller coaster rushes on at the 2011 Accentus Biel Masters with Alexei Shirov losing to the World No. 1 in the seventh round. Also, Alexander Morozevich beat Maxime Vachier-Lagrave and Yannick Pelletier lost to Fabiano Caruana. 


For those who came in late, the 2011 Biel Chess Festival is taking place from July 16 to 29, in a number of groups: the Master Tournament (eleven rounds Swiss); the Main Tournament (nine rounds Swiss); a Rapid and a Blitz tournament; Chess960; Youth etc. The main event is the Accentus Grandmaster Tournament with six very strong grandmasters playing a double round robin: Magnus Carlsen, Maximee Vachier-Lagrave, Alexei Shirov, Fabiano Caruana, Alexander Morozevich and Yannick Pelletier.


You can access the official website at this link. Here are the nice games of Round 7.







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Sean Reader Memorial Chess Fund for a special cause

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Hi everyone,

This is about the Sean Reader Memorial Chess Fund hopes to keep enriching the lives of underprivileged children and children battling cancer through the game of chess.

Sean spent the final four months of his life at Children’s Hospital Los Angeles. His family says the doctors and nurses at the hospital admired his will to fight and dubbed him a “champion and warrior.”

In Sean’s memory his parents established a scholarship fund in his name. The fund has gone on to help a lot of young players, young students in the elementary schools out here in Santa Clarita to participate in chess programs, chess camp, chess tournaments and different activities like that. In addition the fund has brought chess kits to young patients at Children’s Hospital and now at the City of Hope hospital as well. You can find more details at this link and an article at this link.
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