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April 23, 2015 93

KASPAROV RETURNS TO ST.LOUIS FOR WEEKEND MATCH

UNITED STATES When the king moves, every piece, on every corner of this checker-boarded earth, takes notice. That is why most of Garry Kasparov’s moves around St. Louis these days often come and go in secret. Small circles know that the world’s greatest living chess legend sneaks into the Central West End a time or two a year; but for the non-privy, he simply appears at the front door of the St. Louis Chess Club, with no less surprise than if he had stepped from a sudden poof of smoke. Usually a blink, then he’s gone. The unluckiest of members never even look up from their position, as he quickly slips unnoticed past half a dozen games that he could win from either side, back into a quiet… Read More...
Apr 22, 2015 249

12 YEAR OLD DRAWS A RUSSIAN GRANDMASTER

UNITED STATES Pitted against a Russian grandmaster in the tournament, 12-year-old chess prodigy Jonah Willow was an underdog even in the eyes of his most ardent supporters. So it came as a surprise when, after two hours of play, Alexander Cherniaev, 45, shrugged resignedly and offered the youngster a draw. ‘The grandmaster felt he could do nothing more to force a win or to break his way through,’… Read More...
Apr 21, 2015 171

WE ARE CAPABLE OF THE SAME FIGHT AS ANY OTHER MAN' POLGAR

UNITED STATES “It’s not a matter of gender, it’s a matter of being smart,” Judit Polgar says Judit Polgar, one of the world’s top chess players, has hit back against a claim by another of the game’s stars that men are naturally better chess players. “We are capable of the same fight as any other man, and I think during the decades that I actively played chess I proved it as well,” Polgar told… Read More...
Apr 19, 2015 103

DO CHESS WIZARDS HAVE TO BLINDLY FOLLOW RULES

UNITED STATES There’s a wonderful old British case involving a farmer named Lawrence Burr, who was stopped while driving a tractor along a public road. The tractor was pulling a chicken coop to town, where it was to be sold. For the purposes of the brief trip, Burr had fixed iron wheels to the underside of the coop. The trouble was that the Road Traffic Act of 1930 required all “vehicles,”… Read More...
Apr 17, 2015 92

MOVIES SPARKS POPULARITY FOR CHESS IN UGANDA

UGANDA In Uganda, the Disney movie production of The Queen of Katwe, about young chess prodigy Phiona Mutesi, has sparked new interest in the game. Now children from around the country are taking up chess like never before. Enthusiasm for chess has been on the rise in Uganda ever since Disney started filming The Queen of Katwe. The movie follows the life of Phiona Mutesi, who made it from the… Read More...
Apr 15, 2015 107

IRINA, GREATEST FEMALE U.S. CHESS PLAYER IN HISTORY

MISSOURI Irina Krush won her seventh US Chess Championship this past weekend in St. Louis. In doing so, she notched her fourth consecutive US title and became without question the best American woman player of her generation and, really, in history. It didn't come easy for Krush. Although she was the only Grandmaster on the women's side of the 12-player, 11-round tournament, she slipped back in… Read More...