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  • Garry Kasparov: It’s a War, Stupid!

    08/30/2014 8:50:50 PM PDT · by Semper911 · 69 replies
    Time ^ | 8-30-2014 | Garry Kasparov
    As Russian troops and armored columns advance in Eastern Ukraine, the Ukrainian government begs for aid from the free world it hoped would receive it and protect it as one of its own. The leaders of the free world, meanwhile, are struggling to find the right terminology to free themselves from the moral responsibility to provide that protection. Putin’s bloody invasion of a sovereign European nation is an incursion, much like Crimea — remember Crimea? — was an “uncontested arrival” instead of Anschluss. A civilian airliner was blown out of the sky just six weeks ago –—remember MH17? — and...
  • Checkmating History

    07/17/2014 7:43:14 AM PDT · by Academiadotorg · 6 replies
    Accuracy in Academia ^ | July 16, 2014 | Malcolm A. Kline
    Perhaps chess champions who escaped from the old Soviet Union can give us better history lessons than academic historians. “Sometimes I joke that if guys like Barack Obama and David Cameron had been in power in the 1980s, I would still be playing chess for the Soviet Union,” Garry Kasparov said at a Cato Institute dinner in May. garry kasparov By way of contrast, Kasparov observed that “Ronald Reagan had two things more recent free world leaders lack: principles and the credibility only principles can provide.” At the Cato Institute dinner, he took note of some recent trends in this...
  • What does Vladimir Putin want next?

    03/22/2014 10:48:07 AM PDT · by Jim Robinson · 115 replies
    This is CNN ^ | March 21, 2014 | By Tim Lister
    Simferopol, Crimea (CNN) -- Is Russian President Vladimir Putin an opportunist, grabbing at chances to poke the West in the eye, or a clever strategist with the longer-term goal of restoring a greater Russia? Is he simply riding a tide of Russian patriotic fervor over Crimea? Is he a rational actor aware of the delicate balances within the international system, or as one observer put it, "drunk on power" and oblivious to sanctions? These are the questions preoccupying western governments and Russia's neighbors, after the swift annexation of Crimea and Russian military maneuvers close to the Ukrainian border. There were...
  • Rogers: Putin 'running circles' around US [on FoxNews Sunday]

    03/02/2014 10:43:17 AM PST · by Servant of the Cross · 12 replies
    The Hill ^ | 3/2/2014 | Russel Berman
    Russian President Vladimir Putin “is running circles around” the U.S. in his maneuvering on the global stage, a senior House Republican said Sunday following Putin’s military intervention in Ukraine. “I think Putin is playing chess, and I think we’re playing marbles. It’s not even close,” the chairman of the House Intelligence Committee, Rep. Mike Rogers (R-Mich.), said on “Fox News Sunday.” Rogers said Putin’s move to send Russian troops into Crimea following the ouster of Ukraine’s president “is not an isolated incident.” “They are expanding their border,” he said. Crimea was part of Russia through 1954, and Rogers noted a...
  • Chess and True Freedom

    02/18/2014 9:33:39 AM PST · by Fester Chugabrew · 23 replies
    drbrianmattson.com ^ | November 21, 2013 | Dr. Brian Mattson
    The game of chess is never going to rival soccer or the NFL for popularity. Five hours of watching two players sitting in chairs thinking deep thoughts doesn’t seem like much widespread viewing potential. It is remarkable, then, that this month chess is enjoying global enthusiasm and popularity like it hasn’t since Garry Kasparov played IBM’s computer “Deep Blue” in the 1990s or, even further back, the electrifying performance of Bobby Fischer against Boris Spassky in Reykjavik, 1972. If you’re an average American, you probably don’t know anything about any of it, so I want to take the opportunity to...
  • Italian charged with killing Irishman in chess row

    01/13/2014 2:58:41 PM PST · by Libloather · 12 replies
    MSN ^ | 1/13/14 | Shawn Pogatchnik
    DUBLIN — An Italian man allegedly cut open his Dublin landlord's chest and tried to eat his heart following a fight over a chess match. Saverio Bellante, 34, was charged Monday with murder. Police say he admitted his guilt after being arrested Sunday at the home he shared with Tom O'Gorman, a policy researcher for a conservative Catholic think tank in Ireland. Pathologists said the 39-year-old victim suffered dozens of severe knife wounds to his head and chest, which had been cut fully open. Ireland's senior pathologist determined that the heart remained, but a lung was missing.
  • Muslim Country Hosts Chess Tournament, Islamizes the Chess Pieces

    12/27/2013 6:41:45 AM PST · by SeekAndFind · 15 replies
    Frontpage Mag ^ | 12/27/2013 | Daniel Greenfield
    The left politicizes everything. Islam Islamizes everything. Traditional chess kings have a cross on the top (a design that has been in use for centuries). But this year in the UAE, they’ve removed the cross and replaced it with an Islamic crescent. A veteran chess player tells me: “In my entire life playing chess I have never seen such a thing.” There’s a basic undercurrent of intolerance to the obsessive need to remake everything in your own image and destroy what is not yours in a fit of xenophobia.The same impulse that led the Taliban to blow up the statues...
  • Chennai G10: Magnus Carlsen is the new World Champion!

    11/22/2013 9:17:06 AM PST · by fhayek · 2 replies
    ChessBase ^ | 11/22/2013
    There seemed little doubt a real game would be played today, with Magnus the consummate player, and Anand unwilling to disappoint his fans for not trying. Anand played a hedgehog, and the game nearly went sour, but after Magnus returned the favor, a long battle ensued in a fascinating knight endgame Magnus might have won. They drew in the end and a new king was crowned.
  • Chennai 05: First blood, what next? (Carlsen vs Anand World Chess Championship)

    11/15/2013 6:08:09 PM PST · by fhayek · 17 replies
    ChessBase ^ | 11/15/13
    Carlsen won, he has proven that he can obtain the kind of positions that he is strong in, and that even Anand cannot always hold positions which can technically be held b ut are very uncomfortable. The World Champion has been in this situation before but he will need to conjure up all his tricks tomorrow to be able to put on the pressure on the Challenger
  • World Championship: Anand holds Carlsen to draw in 16 moves

    11/09/2013 5:34:52 AM PST · by fhayek · 9 replies
    ChessBase.com ^ | 11/9/2013
    11/9/2013 – It was an almost anti-climactic start for the world championship. Magnus Carlsen was white in game one and chose an offbeat double fianchetto to face Vishy Anand’s Gruenfeld. No doubt he was hoping for a war of attrition to outplay the champion, but instead found himself force to accept a draw by repetition in 16 moves. A moral victory for the champ as he easily holds the challenger to a draw with black.
  • Magnus Carlsen at 12: 'Why was I born without any chess talent?

    It is the most anticipated world championship match since the Fischer-Spassky title clash in 1972. A new era has possibly dawned, where one of the greatest players in the history of chess, Viswanathan Anand, plays Magnus Carlsen. In Norway, like in India, chess is in the shadow of more popular TV sports such as skiing and football. Despite his being recognised in the streets regularly, Carlsen's fame hasn't led to an increase in the number of chess players. When I first saw Carlsen as a nine-year-old in April 2000, I knew he was something special. It may sound like a...
  • Good News! Harry Reid Passed the ‘National Chess Week’ Resolution!

    10/06/2013 3:03:51 PM PDT · by Libloather · 29 replies
    National Review ^ | 10/06/13 | Jim Geraghty
    This weekend, you’ll hear a lot of senators, particularly Democratic senators allied with Harry Reid, insist they’re doing everything possible to end the government shutdown. **SNIP** On Friday, the Senate found time to pass a resolution “Designating the week of October 7 through 13, 2013, as “National Chess Week” to enhance awareness and encourage students and adults to engage in a game known to enhance critical thinking and problem-solving skills.”
  • Girl is youngest to chess milestone (9-year-old can beat you with her eyes closed)

    07/28/2013 6:10:07 PM PDT · by Libloather · 17 replies
    Fox Sports ^ | 7/28/13
    <p>CHELMSFORD, Mass. - Only three years or so since first picking up the game of chess, 9-year-old Carissa Yip can already look down at 93 percent of the more than 51,000 players registered with the U.S. Chess Federation.</p> <p>She has risen so far up the rankings that she has reached the expert level at a younger age than anyone since the chess federation began electronic record-keeping in 1991, a new level she reached in recent weeks.</p>
  • Robert Byrne, Chess Grandmaster, Dies at 84

    04/14/2013 10:07:55 AM PDT · by EveningStar · 12 replies
    The New York Times ^ | April 13, 2013 | Bruce Weber
    Robert Byrne, an international grandmaster and United States chess champion who, as the chess columnist for The New York Times, analyzed top-flight matches from 1972 through 2006, the eras of Bobby Fischer and Garry Kasparov, died on Friday at his home in Ossining, N.Y. He was 84.
  • Same Sex Marriage: We're Playing Chess, Not Checkers

    03/28/2013 8:53:28 AM PDT · by CharlesMartelsGhost · 12 replies
    The Public Disclosure via The Blaze ^ | March 20, 2013 | Doug Mainwaring
    In our sometimes misguided efforts to expand our freedom, selfish adults have systematically dismantled that which is most precious to children as they grow and develop. That’s why I am now speaking out against same-sex marriage.... This isn’t the first time our society has undefined marriage. No-fault divorce, instituted all across our country, sounded like a good idea at the time. Its unintended consequence was that it changed forever the definition of marriage from a permanent relationship between spouses to a temporary one. Sadly, children became collateral damage in the selfish pursuits of adults. Same-sex marriage will do the same,...
  • Svetozar Gligoric, Who Pioneered Chess Moves, Dies at 89

    08/18/2012 8:14:38 PM PDT · by EveningStar · 12 replies
    The New York Times ^ | August 18, 2012 | Dylan Loeb McClain
    Svetozar Gligoric, a chess grandmaster who was considered one of the greatest players of the 20th century but who never won the world championship — in one instance losing a chance to play for the title by executing a fatally impulsive move in response to critics who found his match boring — died on Tuesday in Belgrade, Serbia. He was 89.
  • Israelis flock to Moscow to show support for Gelfand

    05/17/2012 8:37:50 AM PDT · by James C. Bennett · 2 replies
    Zee News ^ | 17 May, 2012 | Zee News
    JERUSALEM: Chess may not be among the most popular sports in Israel, but a lot of Israelis are flocking to Moscow to cheer countryman Boris Gelfand who is in pursuit to dislodge Indian Grandmaster Viswanathan Anand as the world`s leading chess player at the FIDE world championship. "Israelis are indeed showing their pride and support for Gelfand. Many hardcore chess fans have come to Moscow to see the match in person, as opposed to following it online like tens of thousands of others are doing," reported daily Ha`aretz, as the championship is generating more and more interest in the Israeli...
  • College chess champs uproot, move to Missouri (Entire Texas Tech team goes to Webster)

    04/07/2012 9:50:49 AM PDT · by Libloather · 16 replies
    Yahoo ^ | 4/06/12
    College chess champs uproot, move to MissouriAssociated Press – Fri, Apr 6, 2012 COLUMBIA, Mo. (AP) — It was one of the most brazen moves in the chess world since the Najdorf Sicilian Defense, perhaps even the Blackmar-Diemer Gambit. Fresh off her second straight national championship, the legendary chess coach at Texas Tech is jumping to another school and taking all the top members of the team with her. No one has ever seen anything like it in intercollegiate competition, not even among powerhouse basketball and football teams that are worth many millions of dollars. Similar deals are not uncommon...
  • WOLF: Mitt beat Rick, but Newt beat Barack

    03/08/2012 6:51:11 PM PST · by jazusamo · 34 replies
    The Washington Times ^ | March 8, 2012 | Dr. Milton R. Wolf
    Only one Republican has made Obama squirmThis wouldn't be the first time the media missed the real story. In the wake of a split Super Tuesday, Mitt Romney and Rick Santorum scored wins against each other, but it was former Speaker Newt Gingrich who single-handedly drove President Obama into panic mode. ~snip~ And then there was Newt Gingrich, the Lazarus of the presidential campaign, as the Drudge Report recently called him, ready to rise once again. While the mainstream media stayed focused on the game of checkers between Mr. Romney and Mr. Santorum, Mr. Gingrich forced President Obama into an...
  • Sarah Palin (She plays chess while everyone else plays checkers)

    08/28/2011 8:17:34 AM PDT · by techno · 97 replies
    August 28, 2011 | techno
    There is a familiar aphorism among Palinistas and right-wing blogs that Sarah Palin plays chess while everyone else plays checkers. I agree. What I would like to do is illustrate how Sarah Palin is playing chess so deftly, what moves she plans to make once she enters the presidential race (the political lay of the land) and at the same time explain the deficiencies in the chess game prowess and execution of Mitt Romney and how these deficiencies may lead to his eventual downfall in the GOP primaries. In interest of full disclosure I am one of the worst chess...
  • (Vanity) God, Free Will, and Chess

    05/20/2011 9:06:00 PM PDT · by grey_whiskers · 30 replies
    grey_whiskers ^ | 5-20-2011 | grey_whiskers
    One topic which has been the center of a great deal of controversy in Christian doctrine is that of free will. It has been discussed in various forms in St. Paul’ s epistle to the Romans, Chapter 9:Yet, before the twins were born or had done anything good or bad--in order that God's purpose in election might stand not by works but by him who calls--she was told, ‘The older will serve the younger.’ Just as it is written: ‘Jacob I loved, but Esau I hated.’ What then shall we say? Is God unjust? Not at all! For he says...
  • 'Obama blinked. Now game begins'

    04/27/2011 11:59:16 AM PDT · by RobinMasters · 66 replies
    WND ^ | April 26, 2011 | WND
    Author suggests disputed presidency won't survive publication of book's informationAfter this morning's surprise release by the White House of what it claims is Barack Obama's long-form birth certificate, an author challenging Obama's legal eligibility to be president – whose upcoming book has become a No. 1 bestseller a month before its release – summarizes his response to the day's events in two words: "Obama blinked." Jerome Corsi, Ph.D., whose two previous No. 1 New York Times bestsellers – "Unfit for Command" and "The Obama Nation" both have dramatically affected the presidency – is the author of the forthcoming WND Books...
  • Chess world rocked by French cheating scandal

    03/25/2011 1:02:24 PM PDT · by bruinbirdman · 41 replies
    The Telegraph ^ | 3/25/2011 | Henry Samuel, Paris
    Three top French chess players have been found guilty of cheating in last year's world championship, using an ingenious messaging system. The French chess federation has suspended Sébastien Feller, a 20-year-old grandmaster, his team-mate Cyril Marzolo, 32, and Arnaud Hauchard, 39, the French team captain. It said they used mobile text messages, a remote chess computer and coded signals to beat the opposition. Sebastien Feller, a 20-year old grandmaster, is one of the players suspended The fraud, which took place during last September's Chess Olympiad in Khanty-Mansiysk, Russia, has rocked the chess world, which prides itself on its code of...
  • Chinese Chess

    12/20/2010 7:14:55 AM PST · by george76 · 45 replies · 3+ views
    Weekly Standard ^ | Dec 18, 2010 | IRWIN M. STELZER
    The Chinese are playing grandmaster chess against an amateur America that can’t see beyond the second move... China is doing a very different thing. The Communist regime sees trade policy as merely one weapon in a war aimed at overtaking the United States as the world’s preeminent economic and, by extension, military power. The undervaluation of the renminbi is a necessary means of keeping China’s export machine running at full tilt so as to create jobs for the millions who are moving from the country to the nation’s cities. Lacking democratic legitimacy, the regime’s principal claim to the loyalty, or...
  • Men ticketed for playing chess in park

    11/19/2010 10:19:44 AM PST · by JoeProBono · 35 replies
    upi ^ | Nov. 18, 2010
    NEW YORK - Seven New York men said they were issued desk-appearance tickets for playing chess in an area of a park designated for kids. The men said they were playing at the chess tables in a Manhattan park Oct. 20 when police officers arrived and issued them tickets for "failure to comply with signs," the New York Post reported Thursday. The chess tables at the park are in a fenced-in area bearing a sign reading: "Adults allowed in playground areas only when accompanied by a child under the age of 12." One of the men, Yacahuda Harrison, 49, said...
  • Chess Players Ticketed by NYPD for Using Inwood Hill Park Chess Tables

    11/17/2010 5:45:14 PM PST · by devere · 22 replies · 1+ views
    DNAinfo,.com ^ | November 17, 2010 | Carla Zanoni
    A group of seven mild-mannered chess players are due in criminal court next month after police officers from the 34th Precinct issued them summonses for playing their favorite board game in Inwood Hill Park. The men were ticketed on Oct. 20 for being inside of Emerson Playground, a children's play area off limits to adults unaccompanied by minors. But the men were in an area furnished with stone chess and backgammon tables — separated from the play area by a fence. "There is a problem in this area with drug dealing, but the police have time to write tickets to...
  • Cops bust seven men playing chess in upper Manhattan park

    11/18/2010 5:48:50 AM PST · by rightwingintelligentsia · 62 replies
    NY Post ^ | November 18, 2010 | PERRY CHIARAMONTE, JAMIE SCHRAM and DAN MANGAN
    Drop that bishop and come out with your hands up! A squad of cops in bulletproof vests swooped into an upper Manhattan park and charged seven men with the "crime" of playing chess in an area off-limits to adults unaccompanied by kids -- even though no youngsters were there. "Is chess really something that should be considered a threat to the neighborhood?" Inwood resident and mom Joanne Johnson wrote Mayor Bloomberg, the City Council and Police Commissioner Ray Kelly after the raid. "This incident is an embarrassment to the officers from the 34th Precinct who felt that it was necessary...
  • Chess master Fischer’s body exhumed

    07/06/2010 10:59:36 AM PDT · by Willie Green · 16 replies
    The Spokesman-Review ^ | Tuesday, July 06, 2010 | Gudjon Helgason
    REYKJAVIK, Iceland – Authorities in Iceland have exhumed the body of American chess champion Bobby Fischer to determine whether he is the father of a 9-year-old girl from the Philippines. Police district commissioner Olafur Helgi Kjartansson said Fischer’s corpse was dug up from a cemetery near Selfoss in southern Iceland early Monday in the presence of a doctor, a priest and other officials. Kjartansson said Fischer was reburied after DNA samples were taken. Fischer died in Iceland in January 2008 aged 64. He left no will, and legal wrangling continues over his estate. Last month Iceland’s supreme court ruled Fischer...
  • India's Anand Crowned World Chess Champion in Bulgaria

    05/14/2010 6:48:09 PM PDT · by libh8er · 3 replies · 271+ views
    Sofinite ^ | 5.13.10 | Sofia news agency
    India’s Viswanathan Anand was crowned chamion in Sofia Thursday night after he beat the Bulgarian challenger Veselin Topalov in the World Chess Title Match. Anand and Topalov received their awards at a spectacular ceremony in the Central Military Club in Sofia, the venue where they played 12 games in April and May, 2010. After two wins apiece and seven draws, Topalov gambled and lost to Anand in the very last 12th game, allowing the world chamion from India to retain his title. The award ceremony was attended by Bulgarian Prime Minister Boyko Borisov and the President of the international chess...
  • Anand outplays Topalov, moves into lead in World Chess

    04/29/2010 7:10:57 PM PDT · by libh8er · 3 replies · 410+ views
    NDTV (India) ^ | 4.28.10
    Defending world champion Viswanathan Anand dealt Veselin Topalov a huge blow with a novelty and a win in the fourth game to go 2.5-1.5 up in the 12-game World Chess Championship match. 216topalovanand.jpgIn a game that showed Anand's ability to take mind games to his opponent's camp, Anand used an opening that Vladimir Kramnik had used to torment Topalov. The duo will meet again in fifth game on Friday. Anand, playing with white pieces, played the Catalan once again and came with a novelty as early as the tenth move (10. Na3) and pegged Topalov's moves to the queenside and...
  • Malignant Turks refuse to play Israeli national anthem for Israeli chess tournament winner...

    11/26/2009 12:42:48 AM PST · by myknowledge · 41 replies · 2,332+ views
    Jihad Watch ^ | November 24, 2009
    Marcel Efroimski, a 13-year-old Israeli chess prodigy, yesterday became the Girls' Under-14 World Chess Champion when she won the Gold Medal for her age group at the World Youth Chess Championships held in Turkey. This in itself is not of any interest to Jihad Watch -- except that during the awards ceremony, the malignant (if not turban'd) and increasingly Islamic supremacist Turkish authorities refused to play the Israeli National Anthem, as is required at such ceremonies. However, young Marcel would not play the dhimmi. She stood on the podium and raised her trophy with an expression of defiance -- as...
  • No Anthem for Israeli Girl

    11/24/2009 7:40:01 AM PST · by Marc Tumin · 5 replies · 577+ views
    Chessbase.com ^ | Nov. 24, 2009 | Chess Base News
    WORLD YOUTH CHAMPIONSHIP IN ANTALYA 24.11.2009 – A total of 1324 participants from 90 countries took part in six age groups, for boys and girls, at this World Youth Championship in Turkey. A great success for the host nation was the bronze medal for local talent Kübra Öztürk in the Girls U18 section. A protest has been submitted by the Israeli Chess Federation because no anthem was played for the winner of the Girls U14 section. … Of especial interest is the Girls Under 14 group. On the one hand it was won by an old friend, WFM Marsel Efroimski,...
  • A left hook and checkmate — chessboxing hits London

    10/11/2009 4:53:40 PM PDT · by Saije · 1 replies · 368+ views
    London Times ^ | 10/11/2009 | Catherine Nixey
    “Bishop to d3. . . . Black bishop takes White knight . . . Ooh . . .” The commentator draws in his breath: “Black’s probably going to regret that move.” Black probably does for, moments later, White’s fist swings into his nose, covering Black in blood. Black, keen to avenge both knight and nose, starts pummelling White about the ears. A klaxon blares. The crowd roars: “Do it for the bishop!” Chess matches are not usually so lively. Or bloody. Yet this was the scene on Saturday at the Boston Dome, in Tufnell Park, northwest London, where players contested...
  • Chess grandmasters Gary Kasparov and Anatoly Karpov to meet again

    09/21/2009 4:23:24 PM PDT · by bruinbirdman · 20 replies · 835+ views
    The Telegraph ^ | 9/21/2009 | Andrew Osborn in Moscow
    The most bitter rivalry in world chess will resume in Spain on Tuesday when Garry Kasparov plays Anatoly Karpov in a match imbued with nostalgia. Setting aside formerly icy personality differences, the two Russian grandmasters will play 12 rapid and semi-rapid games over four days in Valencia. The match will be shown live on the internet and comes 25 years after the duo first competed against one another for the world title. That contest, in Moscow, lasted five months before it was halted, ostensibly to protect the players' health. Mr Karpov was in the lead when it was cut short...
  • Maverick chess master Vladislav Tkachiev falls asleep at the board

    09/05/2009 3:04:51 AM PDT · by TigerLikesRooster · 13 replies · 2,344+ views
    The Times(UK) ^ | 09/04/09 | Philippe Naughton
    Maverick chess master Vladislav Tkachiev falls asleep at the board Philippe Naughton A Russian-born chess maverick has caused a stir by falling asleep at the board after reportedly turning up drunk at a grandmasters' tournament in India. Vladislav Tkachiev, 35, who was was born in Moscow, raised in Kazakhstan and now plays as a Frenchman, had to concede a game at the Calcutta Open and could face further sanctions from the game's governing body. Tkachiev completed only 15 moves in an hour in a third-round match against India's Praveen Kumar after repeatedly dozing off. “Each time he fell asleep, players...
  • Pictured: Hitler playing chess with Lenin

    09/03/2009 2:32:09 PM PDT · by Free ThinkerNY · 36 replies · 2,458+ views
    telegraph.co.uk ^ | Sept. 3, 2009
    A picture of a young Adolf Hitler apparently playing chess against Vladimir Lenin 100 years ago has come to light. The image is said to have been created in Vienna by Hitler's art teacher, Emma Lowenstramm, and is signed on the reverse by the two dictators. Hitler was a jobbing artist in the city in 1909 and Lenin was in exile and the house where they allegedly played the game belonged to a prominent Jewish family. In the run-up to the Second World War the Jewish family fled and gave many of their possessions, including the etching and chess set,...
  • Hugh Myers (1930-2008) [Chessplayer]

    03/08/2009 4:23:07 PM PDT · by ml/nj · 1 replies · 281+ views
    Hugh Myers (1930-2008), opening theoretician 25.12.2008 – The chess world has lost a particularly creative player and prominent exponent of unorthodox openings. Hugh Myers was a true chess lover: an author, theoretician and magazine editor who wrote a gripping autobiography and made a memorable contribution to chess politics. Four of his entertaining games are presented here. In memoriam. Hugh Myers (1930-2008) With the death of Hugh Edward Myers (Davenport, IA, USA) the chess world has lost a writer and theoretician most noted for specializing in ‘unusual’ openings. From November 1979 to December 1996 he intermittently edited and published The Myers...
  • Chess queen plots her next move (Yes, there are pics!)

    02/04/2009 10:06:21 AM PST · by raybbr · 46 replies · 3,623+ views
    The Republican-American ^ | 2/3/2009 | Evan S. Benn
    The best women's chess player in the world flipped a dirty diaper into the trash as she pondered her next move after a dominating year. "I want to open a chess academy online, keep training, doing the podcast," South Floridian Alexandra Kosteniuk said during a recent stroll with her baby, Francesca. "But right now, my priority is being a mommy." Kosteniuk, 24, won the Women's World Championship in her homeland of Russia in September. After several months of traveling the globe, Kosteniuk, her husband, Diego Garces, and their 20-month-old daughter are settled back at their home in Key Biscayne, Fla....
  • Princeton students, state prison inmates face off in chess challenge

    11/23/2008 4:32:30 PM PST · by Coleus · 11 replies · 863+ views
    star ledger ^ | 11.20.08 | Brian T. Murray
    "I lost a bishop quickly, and I couldn't get back. He's very good," Petkov explained. To an "expert"-ranked chess player, the fight was fair enough. Petkov tried to take on six New Jersey State Prison inmates at once, standing over a long table and moving from board to board in what has become known as the "Inmates and Ivy" tournament - an unusual and occasional competition celebrating its seventh season. Before they were led into the stark gymnasium of the aging maximum-security prison, a group of six polite and humble Princeton students stepped out of the cold Trenton air today,...
  • Los Gatos Go Player Heads to Beijing (Louis Abronson plays for U. S. Go Team)

    10/07/2008 1:39:33 PM PDT · by nickcarraway · 7 replies · 358+ views
    Los Gatos Observer ^ | 10/06/08 | Alastair Dallas
    The ancient game of "Go" is well known as easy to learn and difficult to master. Louis Abronson of Los Gatos is one of 22 players traveling to Beijing, China to represent the American Go Association in the first World Mind Sports Games, October 3rd through 18th. Go is one of several Mind Sports, which include chess, bridge, checkers, and xiangqi (Chinese chess). Abronson, like the other players, earned the right to compete in Beijing by winning a series of qualifying tournaments. "International Go is dominated by the Asian giants--China, Japan and Korea--and they will each be sending their best,"...
  • A Strategic Advance on Europe [ from 2002, chess in 5th century Europe ]

    09/14/2008 9:37:31 PM PDT · by SunkenCiv · 10 replies · 190+ views
    Discover Vol. 23 No. 11 ^ | November 2002 | Jocelyn Selim
    A two-inch-tall ivory chess piece, part of an ancient set, suggests that traders brought the game to Europe at least five centuries earlier than previously thought. Archaeologists led by Richard Hodges of Britain's East Anglia University excavated the game piece (right) from the remains of a fifth-century port city on the Albanian coast. Chess had probably originated as a war-strategy training game in India by the third century A.D., but it took ages to reach Europe, historians traditionally believed. "A number of chess pieces, found from Scotland down to southern Italy, date to around the 12th century, so it...
  • The Savage Nation! Tuesday, September 9, 2008

    09/09/2008 3:27:23 PM PDT · by Tarkus2040 · 36 replies · 118+ views
    BE HERE, OR BE NOWHERE!
  • Chess boxers slug it out

    07/07/2008 2:25:51 AM PDT · by Schnucki · 8 replies · 179+ views
    News.com.au ^ | July 7, 2008 | Arnaud Bouvier
    A RUSSIAN man has been crowned world champion in the novelty sport of chess boxing, a game that requires equal skill at moving pawns and throwing punches. Mathematics student Nikolai Sazhin, 19, competing under the name "The President'' knocked out a 37-year-old German policeman Frank Stoldt, who served as a peacekeeper in Kosovo until recently. The loser said he was simply too punch-drunk to fend off checkmate. "I took a lot of body-blows in the fourth round and that affected my concentration. That's why I made a big mistake in the fifth round: I did not see him coming for...
  • Dems Challenge Bush on Executive Ban on Offshore Drilling

    06/20/2008 8:37:29 AM PDT · by Mr. Mojo · 61 replies · 209+ views
    CNSNews ^ | June 20, 2008 | Josiah Ryan
    (CNSNews.com) - President's Bush's call on Wednesday for Congress to lift its 27-year moratorium on offshore drilling is an "example of typical Bush White House politics," Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-Nev) told Cybercast News Service Thursday. Other leading Democrats on Capitol Hill also said they were surprised that Bush has not yet rescinded the executive office ban on drilling, which was established by his father, President George H.W. Bush, in 1990. "What the president is doing is unfair to the American people to indicate, 'We will let Congress do something about it,' " Reid said. "He has the authority...
  • The Guinness World Records Slump

    02/16/2008 6:58:43 PM PST · by Marc Tumin · 9 replies · 779+ views
    CHESSBASE.COM ^ | Feb. 16, 2008 | Edward Winter
    In 1982 C.N. [Chess Notes] 164 reported that we had been in correspondence with the publishers of The Guinness Book of Records. The result was that a number of the book’s inaccuracies were corrected and, in particular, subsequent editions added an entry on Capablanca’s small number of losses in his adult career and his unbeaten record between 10 February 1916 and 21 March 1924. How long Capablanca’s feat remained in the Guinness book we do not know, but certainly it was still there many years later. Before us lies the US paperback 1988 Guinness Book of World Records, which had...
  • Chess champion Bobby Fisher requested Catholic burial in Iceland

    01/24/2008 5:53:32 AM PST · by NYer · 48 replies · 139+ views
    CNA ^ | January 23, 2008
    Chess Champion Bobby Fischer Washington DC, Jan 23, 2008 / 04:39 pm (CNA).- Legendary chess player Bobby Fischer, who made history by dethroning the Soviet chess king Boris Spassky in 1972, asked to be buried as a Catholic, according to officials of the Catholic Church in Iceland, where he had been living since 1992.The famous and eccentric chess player, who died last Thursday at the age of 64, was buried Tuesday in Iceland during a private Catholic ceremony.The French news agency AFP reported that Fischer, who was born into a Jewish family in New York, expressly asked to be...
  • Bobby Fischer dies in Iceland

    01/18/2008 7:57:08 PM PST · by em2vn · 32 replies · 141+ views
    Chessbase News ^ | 01-18-08 | staff
    One of the world's greatest chess geniuses, Bobby Fischer, has died at the age of 64. A spokesman for Fischer said the former world chess champion passed away in a Reykjavik hospital yesterday. The US-born former world chess champion, who became famous around the world for beating the Soviet Union's Boris Spassky in 1972, had been seriously ill for some time. Rest in Peace, Bobby
  • Chess legend Fischer dies at 64

    01/18/2008 3:39:45 AM PST · by lunarbicep · 26 replies · 123+ views
    bbc ^ | Friday, 18 January 2008
    Controversial former world chess champion Bobby Fischer has died aged 64, Iceland's media says. The US-born player, who became famous around the world for beating the Soviet Union's Boris Spassky in 1972, had been seriously ill for some time. Mr Fischer was granted Icelandic citizenship in 2005 as a way to avoid being deported the US. Mr Fischer was wanted for breaking international sanctions by playing a match in the former Yugoslavia in 1992. He also had alienated many in his homeland by broadcasting anti-Semitic diatribes and expressing support for the 11 September 2001 attacks in New York. The reclusive...
  • World Chess Champion Bobby Fischer Dies at 64

    01/18/2008 3:41:43 AM PST · by Brytani · 211 replies · 4,183+ views
    Fox News Online ^ | 01/18/2008 | AP
    REYKJAVIK, Iceland ( — Bobby Fischer, the brilliant, troubled former chess champion, has died, a spokesman said Friday. He was 64. Fischer spokesman Gardar Sverrisson said Fischer died in a Reykjavik hospital on Thursday. There was no immediate word on cause of death. U.S.-born Fischer, a fierce critic of his homeland who renounced his U.S. citizenship, moved to Iceland in 2005. He was world famous for defeating the Soviet Union's Boris Spassky in 1972. The Chicago-born, Brooklyn, N.Y.-reared Fischer was wanted in the United States for playing a 1992 rematch against Cold War rival Spassky in Yugoslavia in defiance of...
  • Grandmaster Judit Polgar: 'I Can Work Myself Into the Top 10 Again'

    11/11/2007 1:38:16 PM PST · by Marc Tumin · 16 replies · 583+ views
    ChessBase News ^ | Nov. 11, 2007 | Jose Emilio Gomez of "El Correo"
    She is far and away the strongest female chess player that ever lived. [Note: She has always declined to play in competitions limited to females, which is why she never won the Women's World Championship.] At times she was in the top ten of the overall world rankings, but in the last three years, due to the birth of two children, has dropped back a little in her preparation and results. But as everyone can see from her recent tournaments this remarkable lady is on the rebound. Interviewing Judith Polgar [born July 23, 1976, in Budapest, Hungary] implies some kind...