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An American in Tromso

Sam Shankland is sensational in his Chess Olympiad debut.   After eight rounds against a difficult international field, Grandmaster Sam Shankland of the United States remains undefeated in Tromso, Norway. Those of us from the United States and especially California couldn’t be prouder of our representative at the 41st Chess Olympiad. Below is my personalContinue reading “An American in Tromso”

Tromso 2014: Hikaru Nakamura Raises a Stink About Toilettes

As if on cue, Hikaru Nakamura waited until after the Kramnik – Topalov match to publicly blast the organizers of the 41st Chess Olympiad in Tromso, Norway on the restroom conditions at the chess venue. One would think the American Grandmaster would be used to win – loos situations at chess tournaments. Then again, thisContinue reading “Tromso 2014: Hikaru Nakamura Raises a Stink About Toilettes”

Tromso Chess Olympiad Round 5: Kramnik vs Topalov

Thus far, the  41st Chess Olympiad in Tromso, Norway has lived up to all the hype surrounding the event. Almost all of the top chess players in the world are competing for personal glory and, more importantly, national pride. Even with hundreds of exciting games played in each round, all eyes were focused squarely ontoContinue reading “Tromso Chess Olympiad Round 5: Kramnik vs Topalov”