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22 Wins, 12 Draws, and 2 Losses

That’s Magnus Carlsen’s combined record at the 2014 World Rapid Chess Championship and World Blitz Chess Championship. Magnus is also the current number 1 rated chess player in the world and the current World Chess Champion. Magnus Carlsen is now a member of the most exclusive chess club of them all. That is to say thatContinue reading “22 Wins, 12 Draws, and 2 Losses”

World Chess Championship 2013: Preview 2 of the Anand-Carlsen Match

In our first preview game to the 2013 World Chess Championship, we studied a game where a young Magnus Carlsen demolishes his opponent. In preview two to the World Chess Championship Match between Anand and Carlsen, we will examine a game where our current World Chess Champion destroys Vassily Ivanchuk with style.   [Event “It”]Continue reading “World Chess Championship 2013: Preview 2 of the Anand-Carlsen Match”

Anna Ushenina is the New Women’s World Chess Champion

Congratulations to my friend Anna Ushenina on becoming the World Women’s Chess Champion. Anna, who lives in the Ukraine played  forceful yet beautiful chess throughout the long event. In the end it was her uncompromising attitude at the board that allowed her to defeat the other players and become the fourteenth Women’s World Chess Champion. Below is my favorite game that Anna UsheninaContinue reading “Anna Ushenina is the New Women’s World Chess Champion”

Anand-Gelfand 2012: Tie Break

In a few hours the world will know the winner of the 2012 FIDE World Chess Championship match between Viswanathan Anand and Boris Gelfand. Because the Anand-Gelfand match ended with both players achieving 6 points, a tie break match will now occur. The tie break rules for Anand-Gelfand 2012 are very simple. First Anand and Gelfand will play upContinue reading “Anand-Gelfand 2012: Tie Break”

Anand-Gelfand 2012: The World Awaits Game 12

All eyes are on Moscow as Viswanathan Anand and Boris Gelfand prepare to do battle one last time in this match at classical time controls. With the match tied at 5.5 a piece, Boris Gelfand has managed to silence his critics and stun the current World Champion Viswanathan Anand. For Anand, the comparisons between this match and his World Championship match againstContinue reading “Anand-Gelfand 2012: The World Awaits Game 12”

Anand-Gelfand 2012: Blogs for Game 12

As the world awaits game 12 of the 2012 World Chess Championship Match between Viswanathan Anand and Boris Gelfand, I thought I might mention the best chess blogs that are providing coverage of the event. Below is a list of 12 Blogs I have been visiting to read more about the Anand-Gelfand match: Alexandra Kosteniuk’s blog on Chess news.Continue reading “Anand-Gelfand 2012: Blogs for Game 12”

Corus Chess 2010

Top rated Magnus Carlsen proved that his favorite status was justified at the 2010 edition of the Wijk ann Zee Chess Tournament.  He simply outplayed everyone else. Viswanathan Anand was clearly reserving his best chess for the upcoming World Championship match with Vladimir Topalov and ended tied for fourth with Hikaru Nakamura.  In fact, WorldContinue reading “Corus Chess 2010”

Team Kramnik

For the 2008 World Chess Championship match in Bonn, Germany, Vladimir Kramnik has selected these players as his “Seconds.” I hope my readers will visit again tomorrow to view my coverage for game 1 of the 2008 World Chess Championship Match between Viswanathan Anand and Vladimir Kramnik.   Name: Peter Leko Date of birth: 09-08-1979 Country:Continue reading “Team Kramnik”

Team Anand

For the 2008 World Chess Championship match in Bonn, Germany, Viswanathan Anand has selected these players as his “Seconds.” I will review Vladimir Kramnik’s team in a later post. Name: Peter Heine Nielsen Date of birth: 05-24-1973 Country: Denmark Current Rating: 2652 Description: A grandmanster with a very aggressive style who has won the Denmark Chess  ChampionshipContinue reading “Team Anand”

My Friends are Better Than Yours… Anand and Kramnik Get Seconds

   The upcoming 12 game World Championship match between Anand and Kramnik is creating internet rumors faster than Alexandra Kosteniuk makes blitz moves in China. Most of these rumors seem to be speculation on opening choices and who is going to be the “Second” for Anand and Kramnik. A “Second” refers to a chess playersContinue reading “My Friends are Better Than Yours… Anand and Kramnik Get Seconds”