Friday, February 24, 2006

Chess booms on Web, but who's the king?

By Brad Spurgeon International Herald Tribune

PARIS When the world No. 1, Garry Kasparov, announced last spring that he was retiring from professional chess at age 41, it marked a turning point from which the game has yet to recover.
The chess world is grappling with a paradox. Never has chess been so popular a pastime, and yet its supreme champions are almost unknown. There is sharp disagreement about who, exactly, is world champion, and the World Chess Federation, known by its French acronym, FIDE, cannot decide how best to run the sport or raise money for it.
Anatoly Karpov, a former world champion and Kasparov's long-time nemesis, was blunt last month, telling the Russian chess magazine 64: "Everybody connected with chess understands that if we allow chess to continue for another four years in its present terrible state, it will simply disappear from the face of the earth."years in its present terrible state, it will simply disappear from the face of the earth."

Friday, February 17, 2006

Chess City moves from Dubai

The proposed International Chess City project has been taken from Dubai to another emirate, as yet unnamed, because of the crush of other projects going on in Dubai, developers told 7Days. Originally to cost $2.6bn and consisting of 32 towers each representing a chess piece, the project will now be bigger in size and budget, said Dr Sulaiman Al Fahim, principle of Sulaiman Al Fahim Group.

Friday, February 10, 2006

Negi begins with win on his birthday eve at Aeroflot chess

Double Grandmaster norm holder Parimarjan Negi gave himself the best birthday present by scoring a fluent win over former Women's World Champion Zhu Chen of China in the first round of Group 'A2' in the Aeroflot International Open Chess tournament at Hotel Delta-Gamma.

Chess musical recreates Cold War

On the heels of the Brickenden nominated Into the Woods, the Faculty of Education is bringing Tim Rice's musical, CHESS, to the stage from February 21 to 25.
Rice's lyrics and the music of Benny Anderson and Bjorn Ulvaeus (of ABBA fame) create an unforgettable match that is played on the board and in life.
CHESS takes place at the World Chess Championship during the Cold War, and centres around an American chess master, Freddie, and a Russian chess master, Anatoly. Tensions rise when Freddie's coach and lover, Florence, falls in love with Anatoly, who eventually defects to America.

Friday, February 03, 2006

Russia's chess legend Boris Spassky blows out candles on a cake during celebrations of his 69th birthday in the Carlsbad Plaza Hotel, Karlovy Vary, the Czech Republic, on Monday, Jan. 30, 2006. (AP Photo/CTK, Ivan Babej)