The elegant sportsmanship of Peter Svidler

Peter Svidler was my favorite player in the 2014 FIDE Candidates and in most events that he participates in. His chess is inspiring, his personality is engaging and his attitude is something every chess player can learn from.

Wonkish Mentations

Candidates Tournament 2014 ended last week in Khanty-Mansisysk, Russia. Beating all odds and to the surprise of everyone, Anand won the tournament with a point ahead of the second placed Sergey Kerjakin. Everyone was expecting either Aronian or Kramnik to win. Another surprise was to see Topalov at the bottom who had ELO rating better than except Carlsen, Aronian and Kramnik at the start of the tournament. Anyway, in the end it was a great comeback from Anand whom everyone considered past his prime, some including Carlsen even suggested retirement for him. Nobody but Anand is responsible for waning confidence in him in the Chess circuit and fans alike. Anand has slipped down in rankings and figured among the bottom at the major tournaments except World Championship. And all he did in the past few years was to prepare against a particular opponent and retain the world champion title, and…

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Chris Torres is a nationally renowned scholastic chess coach working in both Bakersfield and the San Francisco Bay Area. His classes have attracted players of strengths ranging from rank beginners to world champions. A chess professional since 1998, Chris is widely recognized as one of the main driving forces behind the explosion in popularity and sudden rise in quality of scholastic chess in California. Currently, Chris Torres has the ranking of candidate master and serves as the President of the Torres Chess and Music Academy. Mr. Torres’ hobbies include playing classical guitar and getting his students to appear on the national top 100 chess rating lists.

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