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June 30, 2015 67

ONLY 11 COUNTRIES HAVE PRODUCED WORLD CHESS CHAMPIONS

UNITED STATES Becoming a world chess champion may be, decidedly, the most extraordinary feat one can perform as it is captured in a halo of glory; a colossal achievement. You can say with serious conviction, that, barring one rare exception, such a feat would not occur twice in a chess player’s lifetime. To convert the fusion of one’s thought into decisive action so as to seize the remotest of titles, respectfully referred to as “the holy grail of chess,” tends to be exhilarating for country and individual. The nations which have realized this infrequent and awesome distinction are few in number. Russia, and before that the Soviet Union, led the way for creating world chess champions. Chess… Read More...
Jun 29, 2015 141

IT ALL CAME DOWN TO THE LAST ROUND IN SAN ANTONIO

WCM Claudia Munoz San Antonio, Texas (Final Standings) 111 chess players participated in the San Antonio Chess Championship and although I had a great tournament, this was my second consecutive tournament where I failed to win the last round that would have given me a share of first place. But in all truth and honesty, I am so happy that I am back on track on my chess. As soon as school ended for… Read More...
Jun 28, 2015 230

A GOOD START IN SAN ANTONIO CHESS CHAMPIONSHIP AFTER 3

WCM Claudia Munoz San Antonio, Texas (After the 3rd Round) In all truth and honesty I knew I would have a decent day because no chess player ever goes to a tournament thinking they are going to do badly, but I am very blessed with my results after three rounds as I have 2.5 of 3 points. This San Antonio City Championship has over 110 players, I am playing in the open section. In the first round I… Read More...
Jun 26, 2015 184

CARLSEN IN CRISIS AFTER FOURTH LOSS IN NORWAY CHESS

NORWAY After losing his final match on Thursday, Carlsen pushed away a microphone shoved in his face by a reporter for Norway’s state broadcaster NRK. “You can imagine,” the 24-year-old former prodigy answered curtly when the reporter asked him how he was feeling. “It is not very good.” The final loss, to fellow Norwegian Jon Ludvig Hammer, historically a weaker player, ends a disastrous… Read More...
Jun 23, 2015 111

MASTER: 'CHESS IS A TRAINING GROUND FOR LIFE'

CANADA EDMONTON - Vlad­i­mir Pechenkin studies the chess board with a philosophical eye. “Of the great play­ers, you al­ways see this guy likes to go real­ly cau­tious­ly in his pos­ition, but (another who) just launch­es crazy at­tacks and sac­ri­fi­ces. I be­lieve it’s ac­tual­ly a pro­jec­tion of who we are,” Pechenkin, 37, said. “What­ever you do in your life, you should play chess in a… Read More...
Jun 22, 2015 87

HUNGARIAN SUPERGRANNY CLOSES IN ON WORLD CHESS RECORD

HUNGARY Budapest (AFP) - An 87-year-old Hungarian woman aims this weekend to set a world record by beating 1920s Cuban chess grandmaster Jose Raul Capablanca at his own game: simultaneous play. Since the 1950s, Brigitta Sinka, a former top amateur player, has played around 13,000 documented games of simultaneous chess across Hungary, usually on dozens of boards at the one time, taking on… Read More...