Wednesday, April 26, 2006

World's Chess Head Arrives for Bulgarian Challenge

The President of the world chess federation (FIDE) will be a guest to Bulgaria's top tournament next month.
Kirsan Ilyumzhinov arrives for the Mtel Masters, which starts on May 10, media revealed Tuesday.Bulgaria's President Georgi Parvanov, who is the patron of the match series, will officially open the contest, participated by the country's world champion - Vesselin Topalov.
The young grandmaster will have strong rivals including Vishwanathan Anand, Peter Svidler, and Etienne Bacrot, but is considered to have a fair chance of defending his world title.
Mtel Masters will continue until May 21.

Sunday, April 16, 2006

Iraqi men play chess in a Baghdad cafe February 1, 2006. Since the February 22 bombing of an important shrine in Samarra that unleashed a wave of sectarian killings, Iraqi authorities have extended a curfew from 11:00 pm to 6:00 am. (Ceerwan Aziz/Reuters)

Cuban Dominguez Chess Champion

Santa Clara, Cuba, Apr 14 (Prensa Latina) Cuban Grand Master Lenier Dominguez recovered the national chess title defeating counterpart Lazaro Bruzon.
Dominguez displaced Bruzon Friday with a tie in two matches planned for 25 minutes that ended with a tie after 27 moves of a Ruy Lopez started by Dominguez.
The tie came with 26 moves in a Dame's Gambit by Bruzon with the whites so the match for the title ended with a three-point tie followed by several other short matches.

Saturday, April 15, 2006

World Chess King Topalov Faces Rival Kramnik in Sept

The much-awaited match between FIDE World champion Bulgarian Vaselin Topalov and former champion Vladimir Kramnik will take place in September.
FIDE President Kirsan Ilyumzhinov, Elista, the capital of Kalmykia will host the 12-game match which is considered a unification match. The prize money guaranteed for the match is USD 1 M.
According to the latest Fide ratings, the 36-year-old Topalov is the highest rated player at 2804 with Kramnik, also 36, is at rated ninth with at 2729.
Topalov became the world champion by winning the FIDE title last October in Argentina where Kramnik did not participate.

Wednesday, April 05, 2006


World chess champion Vesselin Topalov will face the European title holder, Romanian Liviu Dieter Nisipeanu, in a demonstration game in Bucharest.
According to the rules to be used in the tournament, the game can end in a draw only with a decision of the arbitrator. The aim of such tournaments is for the game to be attractive for the audience.
The tournament in Romania is considered one of the most important chess events in Bulgarias neighbouring country, Focus sport agency reported. Topalov and Nisipeanu will face each other to commemorate the two countries upcoming EU accession.

Monday, April 03, 2006

Chess King Topalov Tops FIDE Ranking

World Champion Vesselin Topalov of Bulgaria leads Top Players in the April FIDE Rating List effective from April 1 to June 30.
Under the FIDE regulations, Garry Kasparov, who has been inactive in the last 12 months, has dropped from the Top Player List.
Vesselin Topalov, who holds the magical 2801 ELO mark, occupies FIDE leadership with 2804 points, one more than runner-up Viswanathan Anand of India.

Anand in 2800 club

New Delhi: Grandmaster Viswanathan Anand joined the ELO 2800 club in the latest FIDE ratings.
Anand, who was knocking on the 2800 door for quite sometime, finally saw it happen at the Corus super Grandmasters tournament, which he won for a record fifth time in January.
The Indian ace began the event with 2792 points and gained 11 points to breach the landmark, but missed the top rank by just one point.
The top spot was vacant after the removal of world's top rated and now-retired Garry Kasparov's name from the active players' list.

Saturday, April 01, 2006

World chess queen meets the press

China's Xu Yuhua smiles during a press conference in Beijing, capital of China, March 30, 2006. Xu Yuhua arrived in Beijing on Wednesday after winning the title of 2006 World Women Championships of Chess in Russia.