Tuesday, November 29, 2005

New chess trend: Hot women who pose in bikinis, and less


Vaness Reid, 16, from Sydney, Australia, runs cross- country, plays touch football, enjoys in-line skating, swims and goes bodyboarding. She also plays competitive chess. She represented Australia at a tournament in Malaysia in 2002 and played in a New Zealand tournament this year.


Monday, November 28, 2005

From a pawn to a queen: chess gets some sex appeal

By Andrew Buncombe in Washington

Is she a pawn or a queen and is this really how chess players should be judged?
The World Chess Beauty Contest ranks a 16-year-old Australian as the world's most beautiful woman in the game. Vanessa Reid plays competitive chess and indeed once represented Australia at a tournament in Malaysia and played in New Zealand this year. But ranked only 47,694th among both men and women, she is no grandmaster.


Sunday, November 27, 2005

Iran GM Qaem-Maqami at world chess challenge

LONDON, November 27 (IranMania) - Iranian grandmaster Ehsan Qaem-Maqami left Tehran at the wee hours of Saturday morning for Moscow to compete in the World Chess Cup 2005, MNA said.
The Siberian city of Khanty-Mansiysk is playing host to 128 chess greats in one of the most prestigious FIDE events from Nov. 27 to Dec. 17.


Fight for the top spot at the World Chess Cup begins today

The FIDE World Chess Cup (WCC), which will determine the four participants of the 2007 World Cup, gets underway here today with as many as 132 participants in the fray.
The KO event, which will continue till December 18, has a prize fund of more than 1.5 million dollars with the winner getting 100,000 dollars.


Ganguly to challenge Nakamura in World Cup opener

KHANTY-Mansiysk (RUSSIA): National champion Surya Shekhar Ganguly will taken on one of a tough rival in Grandmaster Hikaru Nakamura of the USA as the Indian trio, including P Harikrishna and Krishnan Sasikiran, begin their challenge in Chess World Cup here. GM Harikrishna, the highest rated Indian in the fray in the expected absence of Viswanathan Anand, will face Chinese Yu Shaoteng in the opening round of the event to be played on a knock-out basis till the third round.


Saturday, November 26, 2005

Sex and Chess. Is She a Queen or a Pawn?


VANESS REID, a 16-year-old student from Sydney, Australia, runs cross-country, plays touch football, enjoys in-line skating, swims and goes bodyboarding. She also has a cerebral side: she plays competitive chess. She represented Australia at a tournament in Malaysia in 2002 and played in a tournament in New Zealand this year.


Friday, November 25, 2005

Machines claim title; final games end in draw

BILBAO (SPAIN): Even though the final scoreline read 8-4 in favour of the chess softwares, ex-FIDE champions Alexander Khalifman, Rustam Kasimdzhanov and Ruslan Ponomariov put up a good show to draw their final round games on the last day of the second Man vs Machine World Chess Championship here.
Playing with white, former World champion Khalifman had some advantage in the beginning, but his attempt to control the ‘D’ File was frustrated by the software giant Fritz. Khalifman, however, almost lost the game later on, but in the endgame, he sacrificed his last remaining piece and could obtain a draw.


Thursday, November 24, 2005

World Chess Queen Challenges All-Male Tournament

The World Chess Queen Antoaneta Stefanova has left for Russia to challenge an all-male tournament starting on Thursday.
It was in Russia last year that the 27-aged Bulgarian lady grabbed the world crown.
Stefanova is the only female among all 128 contestants at the championship, where elimination will be carried out under the knockdown rules.


Wednesday, November 23, 2005

Azeri Chess Player Becomes Champion in Turkey

On the last day of the Chess Championship held in Turkey among youth and girls aged under 20 Shahriyar Mammadyarov, an Azerbaijani gross master, has become an absolute champion making a draw, Trend reports.


Chess Master, Runner are Bulgaria's Action Heroes

Chess grand Veselin Topalov and sprinting diva Ivet Lalova were named "Action Hero" for 2005, during a special ceremony in Sofia.


Monday, November 21, 2005

Russian Defector and Chess Master Dies

SALT LAKE CITY (AP) -- Igor Ivanov, a Russian defector who became Utah's greatest chess player, has died in St. George of cancer. He was 58.
Despite his illness, Ivanov tied for first place in the Utah Open tournament just three weeks ago. He was Utah's only grandmaster, the highest rank in chess. In 1979, he defeated then-reigning world champion Anatoly Karpov.
First place outright was denied him at the Utah Open in Salt Lake City on October 29 when he became too ill to play one of his games. He was diagnosed with cancer in March.
At the time of his death, the U-S Chess Federation ranked Ivanov 50th in the country.


Friday, November 18, 2005

Teenage GM Tops Africa Chess Championship

Kenneth Boikhutswane

Teenage Egyptian Grand Master (GM), Ahmed Adly proved his mettle by beating a classy field to lift the African Chess Championship men's title in Lusaka, Zambia on Monday. The chess prodigy scooped seven out of a possible nine points to clinch the championship contested by 34 players. He secured the title with a last round win over Zambia's International Master (IM) Amon Simutowe. His major rival, GM Slim Belkhodja of Tunisia drew with IM Aimed Rizouk of Algeria in the last round to finish second. Adly and Belkhodja were joint first going into the last round.


Wednesday, November 16, 2005

Poor at maths, let him play chess

LUCKNOW: The red marks under your child's maths score are no longer here to stay. All you need to do is play chess with him. Mathematicians at Lucknow University's conference of mathematics - 2005 recommended that playing chess helps developing interest in Maths.
The conference which began on Sunday was jointly organised by departments of mathematics and astronomy. "Chess is a wonderful game and mental exercise. It grips the player and compels him to think over and over again. Slowly and steadily it enables the player to assess every small move.


Our own world chess champ

Srinath is not just another kid fixated with the 64 squares, he is mighty good at it. When boys his age are busy collecting stamps and coins, he is counting trophies from across the globe. In the under-12 category in the recently concluded World championship in France, he made the country proud by winning the title. Having taken up the game at the age of five, Srinath’s career graph has risen steadily since then. And if his win in France is any indication of things to come, the next Vishy might well be on the horizon.


Tuesday, November 15, 2005

Tension At Africa Chess Championships

Kenneth Boikhutswane

With four games to play, the tension level rose at the African Chess Championships in Lusaka with players getting agitated. Late Thursday evening, the chief arbiter, Webster Kafumbwe had to get off his bed to call an emergency technical meeting as some players protested the way the pairing was being done.


Monday, November 14, 2005

Negi two points shy of IM title

Parimarjan Negi drew his fifth round match with higher-rated International Master Andrey Zhigalko of Belarus to take another stride towards to his International Master title at the World Junior Chess Championships in Istanbul on Monday.
The 12-year-old Delhi boy, already having four IM norms under his belt, stands to gain about 22 Elo rating points from the tournament and is just two points shy of achieving the magical 2400 Elo points required for the title that has been eluding him for quite sometime now.
The lad was apparently displeased with his effort against Zhigalko, whom he let off the hook.


Sunday, November 13, 2005

Tania leads in World Junior Girls Chess Championship

Indian Grandmaster Tania Sachdeva moved into joint lead in the girls' section after registering her third successive win in the World Junior Chess Championship here.
Tania, who defeated Georgian Khotenashvili Bela, is sharing the lead with four other players with three points.


Saturday, November 12, 2005

World Chess Champ Topalov "Fraudster"

An unnamed participant in the World Chess Championship in San Luis, Argentina, has accused Chess King Bulgarian Vesselin Topalov of using unallowed measures to win the title, index.hu reported.
According to the article published on the site the allegations remained secret because of "games behind the curtain." Such allegations, however, are common for the chess world.
It is not clear who has raised the allegations against the Chess King, but this man claims that during several games aide Ivan Cheparinov and manager Silvio Danailov have helped Topalov.



After playing draw with the national team of Cuba (2-2), Armenia finished the run for world team championship in Israeli town of Beer Sheva third. In the sixth world team championship Armenian team fought against 8 national teams scoring 4 victories, 3 draws and only 1 defeat from Russians. 18.5 points brought the Armenian team bronze medals repeating the results of 1997 in Lucerne and in 2001 in Yerevan.


Friday, November 11, 2005

Russia Wins World Chess Team Championship

BEERSHEBA, Israel - Russia captured the world chess team championship Thursday with a last-minute, come-from-behind victory over the surprised Chinese team.
The two teams had been battling for the top spot since the tournament began Nov. 1, with the Russians edging ahead on the tournament's final day by winning its last three matches against the Chinese. Russia finished with 22 points, followed by China with 21.5 points.


Thursday, November 10, 2005

Bulgarian Stamp Honours World Chess Queen

A stamp was validated to commemorate the success of Bulgaria's world chess champion Antoaneta Stefanova. Entsislav Harmandzhiev, the recently appointed executive director of the Bulgarian Posts, hosted the ceremony. Antoaneta Stefanova, 26, became World Chess Champion in Russia. She is the first Bulgarian woman to win the finals.


World Juniors Chess: Negi steals day-one honours

Istanbul (Turkey): India’s Parimarjan Negi stole day-one honours in the World Juniors Chess championship after holding second seeded Grandmaster Evgeny Alekseev of Russia to a creditable draw in the first round in Istanbul.
Many of the Indians were off to a flier in both the open and girls’ section on the opening day which also saw top seed and former champion Shakhriyar Mamedyarov of Azerbaijan cruising past Marko Krivokapic of Serbia.


Chess ideal for digital age

By Karolos Grohmann

ATHENS (Reuters) - Chess has a bright future in the digital age, says former world championship finalist Nigel Short, but he believes its governing body is failing to capitalise on grassroots enthusiasm for the ancient game.
The British player, whose run to the 1993 world championship final and subsequent defeat by Garry Kasparov made him a household name, said chess and technology were a good match.
"Chess is the ultimate mind sport and the Internet was made for chess," said Short, sitting in an Athens cafe surrounded by Greeks playing backgammon. "I see a bright future for the sport and it could become a major sport."


Tuesday, November 08, 2005

Hou Yifat, 11, from China, prepares herself for a chess match with Igor Novikov from the United States during the sixth round of the World Chess Team Championship at the southern Israeli city of Beersheba Monday Nov. 7, 2005. Yifat is the youngest contestant in this World Chess Championship. (AP Photo/Emilio Morenatti)


Sunday, November 06, 2005

Anand loses in Corsica final

Vadim Milov scored a stunning victory over India's Viswanathan Anand in the final of the ninth Corsica Masters rapid knockout chess tournament in the French city of Bastia.
Swiss Grandmaster Milov, who is rated way below the Indian ace, won the mini-match 3-1 scoring the decisive points in the tie-breaker.


Saturday, November 05, 2005

British former World Chess Championhip finalist Nigel Short looks at a chess board in his home in Athens November 4, 2005. Short, currently ranked 30th in the world, accused the world chess governing body FIDE of mismanaging the game and failing to attract sponsors. REUTERS/Yannis Behrakis


BCM Chess Book Reviews : November 2005

  • Breaking Through: How the Polgar Sisters Changed the Game of Chess
    by Susan Polgar with Paul Truong, Everyman, 320 pages hardcover, £20.00.

  • Russians versus Fischer
    by Dmitry Plisetsky and Sergey Voronkov, Everyman, 462 pages hardcover, £25.00.

  • De la Bourdonnais versus McDonnell, 1834
    by Cary Utterberg, McFarland, 404 pages, hardcover, £39.95.

  • Knight on the Left: 1 Nc3
    by Harald Keilhack, Schachverlag Kania, 383 pages h/c, £17.99.

  • Tactics in the Chess Opening 3
    by Friso Nijboer and Geert Van der Stricht, New in Chess, 237 pages, £13.95.

  • Chess in the Movies
    by Bob Basalla, TPI Wonderworks, 422 pages, £22.95.

  • New In Chess Yearbook 76
    Ed. Genna Sosonko, New in Chess, £16.95.

  • Chess Informants 1-91 CD-ROM
    Sahovski Informator, £159.99.

  • You Move I Win!
    by Alex Angos, Thinkers Press, 188 pages, £13.50.

  • Starting Out: The Scotch Game
    by John Emms, Everyman, 224 pages, £13.99.



Armenia Third after Three Tours of World Chess Championship

/PanARMENIAN.Net/ The third tour of the World Chess Championship took place in Beer Sheva, Israel. The Armenian team met with the Ukrainian chess players and won 2.5:1.5. The victory was gained by Levon Aronyan, who played with Vasiliy Ivanchuk. The other three games were played in a draw.
To remind, in the first tour the Armenian team played in a draw with the Israeli team. In the second tour our chess players won an impressive victory over Georgia 3:1.
After three tours the tournament table is as follows: 1. Russia with 8 scores, 2. China (7.5), 3. Armenia (7.5.), 4. Israel (6), 5. Cuba (4.5). The 6th and 7th positions are taken by Ukraine and U.S. with 4 scores. Georgia has 4. In the fourth tour the Armenian chess players will met with the U.S. team.


Friday, November 04, 2005

Cuba's Ramirez Neuris Delgado (L) and China's Wang Yu play at the World Chess Team Championship 2005 in the southern Israeli city of Beer Sheva November 2, 2005. The World Chess Team Championship 2005 started on Tuesday and will end next week. REUTERS/Gil Cohen Magen


Cuba Faces China at World Chess

Tel Aviv, Nov 3 (Prensa Latina) The Cuban chess team is in pursuit Thursday of its second win in the World Chess Championship as it faces off with the Chinese men´s side in the third round.
Cuba, which finished eighth at Calvia 2004 Olympics, lost 3-1 to heavyweight Russia in her debut Monday and defeated China´s women with the same score the following day.
Buenos Aires 2005 Pan American champion Lazaro Bruzon and Gausdal 1986 world junior champion Walter Arencibia won their matches, while compatriots Leinier Dominguez and Neurys Delgado made draws versus the Chinese women.


Thursday, November 03, 2005

Chess Team Championship 2005 at the southern Israeli city of Beer Sheva November 2, 2005. The World Chess Team Championship 2005 started on Tuesday and will finish next week. REUTERS/Gil Cohen Magen


Wednesday, November 02, 2005

Georgian Baadur Jobava studies the board before the game against Alexander Onischuk of USA, not seen, during the first round of the World Chess Team Championship at the southern Israeli city of Beersheba Tuesday Nov. 1, 2005.


New chess champ has a novel way of winning

At 30, chess champ is a little older than the norm. Confidence and his unconventional middle-phase attack served him well.

Dylan Loeb McClain, New York Times

Vaselin Topalov, a Bulgarian chess grandmaster, is on top of the world.

In mid-October, Topalov, 30, won the championship organized by the World Chess Federation by a margin of a point and a half over most of the world's best players. His performance was so dominant (he won six of his first seven games) that by the midpoint of the tournament, the suspense was all but over.