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History Repeats

One of my teammates at this year’s US Amateur Team tournament, Larry Smith, has an interesting semi-blog. It isn’t publicly accessible like a blog is, but he sends out chess-related e-mails a few times a week to a couple dozen people on his distribution list. The e-mails are usually of the “position of the day” variety […]

Post-Olympiad: Balance of Power shifts

The Olympiad ended less two weeks ago with the USA being crowned the champions for the next two years. The teams was among the favorites which included top seeded Russia, host Azerbaijan, Ukraine, Georgia, Netherlands and defending champion, China. With Armenia absent, this site predicted USA, China and Azerbaijan. However, if one looks at the […]

The End of Millionaire Chess?

GM Maurice Ashley has had an eventful year with the Grand Chess Tour (U.S., France, Belgium), the Millionaire Chess African tour (Kenya, Madagascar and South Africa) and the Chess Olympiad in Baku, Azerbaijan. From his posts on Facebook it was clear that the Brooklyn-based Grandmaster had developed a new vision. Then… less than a month […]

Protect the King

4 days agoHobbies / Chess : Chess Skills

A game brought to my attention by a video lesson by Dejan Bojkov on Chess.com offers a nice display of Ann Chumpitaz's king hunting skill. The game was played in the Continental Championship in Lima, Peru last February. White to move Can you work out the winning combination?

Tragicomedy

4 days agoHobbies / Chess : Chess Skills

Mark Dvoretsky, Dvoretsky's Endgame Manual, employs the term tragicomedy for instructive endgames where serious errors were committed, often by strong players. As I am working my way through Chess Informant 128, now knowing that I will...Show More Summary

Hidden beauty

The most interesting in that game was a line behind the scenes, a really nice combination. It was a first round in a new season. I was afraid to get a 1-point bye and also didn’t feel quite in shape, so registered in the U1800 section. But they misplaced my registration, I wasn’t paired, so eventually […]

Who is your opponent tonight, tonight I am playing against the Black pieces

These words of Akiba Rubinstein should have been my motto last week, on Monday. I played with the guy that having ~1400 rating managed to get 3.5/4 and beat 3 guys in the 1500+ – 1700+ range. So he looked like a “dark horse” and it got me nervous. I got White and we played Sicilian, […]

The Anatomy of USA Gold at ’16 Chess Olympiad

Heading into the Baku Olympiad, there was heightened anticipation of how the USA would do given the two new additions on the team. Out were Gata Kamsky and Alexander Onischuk and in were Fabiano Caruana and Wesley So. These were very favorable replacements of two players who had served the national team admirably and helping […]

Olympiad Coverage in the New York Times

Here’s the good news: the New York Times had an article about the U.S. gold medal in the 2016 Chess Olympiad. Here’s the bad news: the New York Times had an article about the U.S. gold medal in the 2016 Chess Olympiad. What do I mean? Well, first read the article, “U.S. Wins Gold at Chess Olympiad With […]

2016 Chess Olympiad: Round #11

2016 Chess Olympiad: Round #11Tuesday, 13 September 2016 Open Section USA 2½-1½ Canada Ukraine 3½-½ Ukraine Russia 3-1 Italy Turkmenistan 1-3 Azerbaijan 1 India 2-2 Norway Full Results Finally… the USA can call themselves Olympic champions in chess for the first time in 40 years! Led by Fabiano Caruana and with a strong supporting cast, […]

U.S. Wins Olympiad!

Did I call it or what?! You might recall that in yesterday’s post I wrote about the upcoming U.S.-Canada match: I think the one weak link for Canada is board one. Evgeny Bareev is a strong GM for sure, but board one is a really tough assignment and he has only managed 4½ out of […]

2016 Chess Olympiad: Round #10

2016 Chess Olympiad: Round #9Monday, 12 September 2016 Open Section Georgia 1½-2½ USA Czech Republic 1-3 Ukraine India 2-2 Russia England 2½-1½ Azerbaijan 1 Latvia 1-3 Canada Full Results USA and Ukraine win… tied doing into last round.Tiebreak advantage to Americans. Sam Shankland’s gold medal performance in Tromso Olympiad was a surprise, but perhaps people […]

U.S. Clinches a Medal! (2016 Olympiad)

Surprisingly, my predictions yesterday were not too far off the mark. In the penultimate round of the 2016 Olympiad, the U.S. and Ukraine both “took care of business” as I predicted. However, I was slightly wrong about Russia. I predicted that they would beat India, but in fact they only tied. That leaves the standings […]

2016 Chess Olympiad: Round #9

2016 Chess Olympiad: Round #9Sunday, 11 September 2016 Open Section Ukraine 2½-1½ India USA 3-1 Norway Iran 2-2 England Azerbaijan 1 1-3 Russia Latvia 2-2 Slovenia Full Results America racing to gold… Ukraine in dead heat Come on Magnus!...Show More Summary

2016 Olympiad — Pre-Round 10 Predictions

The ninth round of the Chess Olympiad in Baku brought some clarity to the proceedings. On the men’s side, the U.S. team beat Norway, Ukraine beat India, and Russia crushed the home team, Azerbaijan. That leaves the troika of the U.S., Ukraine, and Russia on top of the standings with 16, 16, and 15 match […]

2016 Chess Olympiad: Round #8

2016 Chess Olympiad: Round #8Saturday, 10 September 2016 Open Section Russia ½-3½ USA Georgia 1-3 Ukraine England 3½-½ India Azerbaijan 1 ½-3½ Latvia Italy 3-1 Iran Full Results USA maintains lead… India soars…Ukraine sits Eljanov, crushes...Show More Summary

Remember the Date!

September 10, 2016. That’s the day when both American teams, the men (or “open”) and women, were tied for first place at the Chess Olympiad. Does anybody with a better knowledge of chess history know whether this has ever happened before, with so few rounds remaining? Quick summary: Since my last post, the open team […]

MC3 – 2016 less than a month away!

Harrah’s Resort (Atlantic City, New Jersey) In less than a month Millionaire Chess will host their third edition of the high stakes chess tournament in Atlantic City, New Jersey. This new venue and lower entry fee hopes to give access to players who are located where the majority of the chess players are located and […]

2016 Chess Olympiad: Round #7

2016 Chess Olympiad: Round #7Friday, 9 September 2016 Open Section India ½-3½ USA Latvia 3-1 Netherlands Russia 3½-½ Czech Republic Croatia ½-3½ Azerbaijan 1 Georgia 3-1 Romania Full Results The USA brutally crush India… Russia back in hunt,USA-Russia showdown on tap! The USA is sending a loud message that the hype surrounding the “Dream Team” […]

2016 Chess Olympiad: Round #6

2016 Chess Olympiad: Round #6Thursday, 8 September 2016 Open Section India 2½-1½ Russia USA 2½-1½ Ukraine Czech Republic 2-2 Georgia Greece 2-2 Azerbaijan 1 Canada 2½-1½ Belarus Full Results India and the USA win… head for another showdown tomorrow! The rest day worked out well for the Indians. They became Internet sensation with the team […]

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