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An Historic Day at the Berlin Candidates Chess Tournament

Vladimir Kramnik is not ever likely to forget Day 3 of the Candidates tournament in Berlin. Levon Aronian may well try to do so, and as quickly as possible. Kramnik, a Russian ex-world champion, smashed Aronian, who is from Armenia, in Round 3 of the tournament in a game that became an instant classic. Playing Black, Kramnik used a defense named after the city where the tournament is taking place and which he, more than…

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More Fierce Fights on Day 2 of Candidates Chess Tournament in Berlin

Round 2 of the 2018 Candidates tournament in Berlin was not nearly as explosive as Round 1, which featured three decisive results, but it was equally hard fought as two of the four games went past five hours before they ended in draws. Alexander Grischuk of Russia recorded the sole victory, beating Wesley So of the United States, who has now lost both his games. It is still early in the tournament – there will…

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Fireworks Kick Off Candidates Chess Tournament in Berlin

The 2018 Candidates tournament in Berlin got off to a flying start as three of the four games ended decisively. Fabiano Caruana, who narrowly missed out on winning the 2016 Candidates tournament in Moscow, got off to a perfect start by defeating his American compatriot, Wesley So. Sergey Karjakin of Russia, who won the 2016 Candidates, lost the longest game of the day to Shakhriyar Mamedyarov of Azerbaijan after he blundered in a difficult endgame.…

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Spectacular Opening Ceremony of the 43rd Chess Olympiad in Batumi

The 43rd Chess Olympiad was opened with a solemn but highly entertaining ceremony, held at the Black Sea Arena, attended by the players, captains and officials of the 185 participating countries. The ceremony started with a play re-enacting the legend of the invention of chess and the famous “wheat and chessboard problem” and then the Goodwill Ambassadors of the 43rd Chess Olympiad addressed the guests through video messages. On the stage in the Black Sea…

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Batumi is ready for the start of the Chess Olympiad

The Organizing Committee of the 43rd Chess Olympiad is concluding the preparation for the start of the event. At the same time the players, arbiters and officials are arriving to Batumi. The Chess Olympiad will start on 23rd September with a grandiose Opening Ceremony at the Black Sea Arena in Shekvetili. Specially for the Opening Ceremony of the Olympiad – Maestro Nikoloz Rachveli and DJ Kordzi have created music, Nina Ananiashvili choreographed a ballet performance…

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Standings Virtually Unchanged After Clash of Leaders at Berlin Candidates Tournament

Fabiano Caruana, the leader of the Candidates tournament in Berlin, faced Shakhriyar Mamedyarov, his closest pursuer in Round 10 and came away with a draw. With the other players near the top of the crosstable also drawing their games, the standings remained virtually unchanged. Caruana, an American, leads with 6.5 points, followed by Mamedyarov, who is from Azerbaijan and has 6 points, and then Alexander Grischuk of Russia, who has 5.5 points. (Each win is…

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BATUMI 2018: THE NONA CUP WAS EXHIBITED IN BATUMI

From September 23 to October 5 Batumi is hosting the 43rd World Chess Olympiad. One of the main awards of the Olympiad, the five-time World Chess Champion Nona Gaprindashvili’s Cup is travelling in different cities of our country and before the start of the Olympiad it was exhibited in Batumi. The event was hosted by the the chess club “Nona”, named after Nona Gaprindashvili and located in the boulevard. Georgian Chess Federation President, the Chairman…

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A Brief History of Fast Chess

Blitz and rapid chess evolved relatively recently, aided by developments in technology.Blitz, lightning, rapid. These forms of chess are widely accepted and popular these days, so much so that the World Chess Federation created separate ratings categories for two of them in 2012. There are also now annual official Rapid and Blitz World Championships. The next begin on Dec. 26, in St. Petersburg, Russia, and are open to players rated over 2500 in any of the FIDE…

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