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The Reason this Chess World Champion Is Stepping Away From Her Titles

Anna Muzychuk is taking a stand for women’s rights at her own expense. The Chess Grandmaster won the 2016 Women’s World Rapid Chess Championship and the Women’s World Blitz Chess Championship. She’s currently ranked the number two woman by Fédération Internationale des Échecs (FIDE), which governs international chess competitions. Show More Summary

World chess champ surrenders titles, won’t compete in Saudi Arabia

Anna Muzychuk is a chess grand champion. The 27-year-old Ukranian holds a pair of world championships earned in 2016 in rapid chess and blitz chess. She has decided to surrender both of those titles without challenge along with the chance at a significant payday in the upcoming world championships scheduled in Saudi Arabia because she […]

Israelis seek compensation after Saudi chess snub

The Israel Chess Federation said Tuesday it is seeking compensation from the organisers of a tournament in Saudi Arabia, after the Gulf state refused to issue visas for its players. The King Salman World Rapid and Blitz Championships...Show More Summary

Chess federation says Israel excluded from Saudi-hosted match

ATHENS (Reuters) - Israeli players have been denied visas to participate in a speed chess championship hosted by Saudi Arabia this week, a vice president of the World Chess Federation (FIDE) said on Sunday.

Will there be a FIDE election in 2018??

2 months agoHobbies / Chess : The Chess Drum

The chess horizon has been quiet since capping off a busy year with the Grand Chess Tour. Last week, I started wondering about 2018 chess year. Apart from the Alpha Zero buzz and the firestorm over the World Championship logo, there hasn’t been much in the way of chess news. What is also very strange […]

Uh, this chess tournament logo is kinda NSFW

Look, chess hasn't been sexy since probably the 18th century.  So it's no wonder the folks at London's 2018 World Chess Championship are looking to get people titillated with a logo that looks like something out of the Kama Sutra. SEE...Show More Summary

What is the 2018 World Chess Championship logo really about?

2 months agoHumor / odd : Boing Boing

Was the designer of the 2018 World Chess Championship logo inspired by Betty and Veronica? From Digg: Yes. It is what you think it is. No. It was not a mistake. Announced earlier this week in a press release, the folks over at FIDE are very proud of their logo. Show More Summary

LOOK: The World Chess Championships are making chess sexy again with new logo

This is apparently one of the only ways to get everyone talking about chess on Twitter

The World Chess Championships unveiled its logo and it is VERY, very NSFW

Alrighty then. The 2018 World Chess Championships are set to take place in London and the logo for the event is... yeah. via WorldChess.com I’m not going to throw shade on the players depicted here. Chase your bliss and live your life, but scissoring seems like a distinctly uncomfortable way to play chess. Show More Summary

World Chess wants to hook up grandmasters to heart monitors to make matches ‘more exciting’

6 months agoSports : The Early Lead

Watching two grandmasters play chess can be a tedious affair, especially for those unfamiliar with the nuances of the game. But now organizers of the World Chess Championship, the game’s largest and most prestigious event, have come up with a plan to make it more exciting for spectators — strap biometric monitors to the players. […]

Give Me Liberty or Give Me Death, But Don’t Make Me Change My Openings!

This week the most exciting news in chess for me was that the American team got trounced by the Russians in the World Team Championship, 4-0. Come again? Well, the real news was the Ian Nepomniachtchi beat Sam Shankland, and while I would ordinarily make me very sad, in this case I’m happy because Nepo […]

2017 U.S. Chess Championship (St. Louis)

10 months agoHobbies / Chess : The Chess Drum

The U.S. Championship is set for its 9th edition at the Chess Club and Scholastic Center of St. Louis. With three of the world’s top ten players, five-time champion Gata Kamsky, three-time champion Alexander Shabalov, 2006 champion Alexander Onischuk and the reigning World Junior Champion, Jeffrey Xiong, the tournament continues to get stronger. The women’s […]

Chess finds its way to Gambian village

12 months agoHobbies / Chess : The Chess Drum

While the chess world has been occupied with world championship tournaments and elite players, there are many stories unfolding involving the ancient board game. There are different aspects of chess… the sporting aspect, the scientific aspect and the social aspect. The latter is found in stories such as “Queen of Katwe,” which was based on […]

Photo: A new women’s world chess champion is crowned

12 months agoArts : Art Beat

Photo by Fatemeh Bahrami/Anadolu Agency/Getty Images. Anna Muzychuk (left) of Ukraine plays against Tan Zhongyi (right) of China during the final day of the Women’s World Chess Championship 2017 on March 3 at Espinas Palace Hotel in Tehran, Iran. Show More Summary

WHOA! Two Teen Siblings Take A BRAVE Stand Against Iran’s Islamic Laws – Guess What Happened?

This year, the World Chess Championship is being held in Iran — a strange choice, to say the least. That decision resulted in current reigning United States champion Nazi Paikidze’s

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