An annual elite tournament has become a fitting tribute to Vugar Gashimov, an enormously talented player who died in 2014.
May 27
Hou Yifan, the reigning Women’s World Champion, has quit the Grand Prix and seems to be prepared to walk away from women’s chess if the World Chess Federation does not change how the championship is decided
All of the games in Round 1 of the Gashimov Memorial were drawn.
After taking a commanding lead after Round 9, the Russian grandmaster coasted to victory.
Games involving players of different generations usually end in favor of the younger player. But not always.
During the Russian Team Championship, there was an interesting and epic battle between Vladimir Kramnik and Sergey Karjakin. For Karjakin, it may have been a taste of what to expect when he faces Magnus Carlsen for the World Championship in November.
The Russian grandmaster Ernesto Inarkiev has seized control of the European Individual Championship and leads by a full point with only two rounds to play.
Worldchess’s columnist writes about some of the interesting and unusual games of the last week played in China and Europe.
May 21

Home Cooking

In the following game, White plays a very odd move in the opening, which was obviously prepared at home. Black fails to realize the move’s purpose and pays the price.


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May 20 A big story about Carlsen in the Guardian
Chess continues to get coverage in major mainstream press ahead of the World Championship.
The Guardian
May 14 Big BBC profile of chess in St. Louis
David Edmonds, one of the BBC’s correspondents, who is also a big chess fan, explores the chess culture in St. Loiuis.
May 13 Great interview with Levon Aronian
In the first interview after his disappointing finish in the Candidates, Aronian tallks about what he think happened and his future plans.
May 13 Fantastic wrap-up of Russian Team Championship
The coverage includes some great games from some of the world’s top players.
May 11 Ding beats So in mini-match
Ding Liren, the top Chinese player, beat Wesley So of the United States in a four-game match in China.
May 11 Chess is the popular game in St. Louis Cardinals club house
The players for the St. Louis Cardinals baseball team spend hours before each baseball game playing chess.
Major League Baseball
May 08 Report on first five rounds of Russian team championship
The star-studded team event includes Vladimir Kramnik and Sergey Karjakin, the challenger for the World Championship in November.
May 03 How Karjakin trains for his competitions
An interview with the challenger for the World Championship in which he discusses his training methods.
Russia Beyond the Headlines
May 01 Nice wrap-up of blitz tournament after U.S. Championship
The tournament included Hikaru Nakamura, Wesley So, Fabiano Caruana and Garry Kasparov and was won by Nakamura.
Apr 27 Allegations of a serial cheater in Bulgaria (sounds familiar)
An international master has put together a prima facie case that a player in Bulgaria is cheating, a la Borislav Ivanov, who was banned.
Apr 22 Long article about the boom in chess in New York City
The article focuses on how chess is being introduced in many elite schools in New York City.
The New York Times
Apr 19 Insightful interview with Magnus Carlsen
Transcript of a Norwegian TV talk show interview with Carlsen includes his thoughts on Karjakin and also his one-night stand as a comic.
Matt & Patt
Apr 18 Girl wins Junior High School Nationals in the United States
Maggie Feng became the first girl to win the 9th grade championship. Previous winners include Fabiano Caruana and Hikaru Nakamura.
US Chess Federation
Apr 17 Ukrainian ratings suspended by FIDE
The suspension was because the Ukrainian Federation did not pay the full fee from the recent Women’s World Championship match.
Apr 14 Two-part series on history of Bobby Fischer
Among other things, it has pictures of documents proving that Paul Nemenyi, not Hans-Bernhardt Fischer, was his father.
Apr 09 Fantastic in-depth interview with Sergey Karjakin
The interview was conducted the day after Karjakin won the Candidates tournament.
Apr 09 Li Chao replaces Sergey Karjakin in Norway super tournament
Only days after Karjakin pulled out, Li steps in, even postponing his wedding in order to play.
Norway Chess
Apr 09 Grand Chess Tour announces participants
It includes most of the world’s top players, with the obvious exceptions of Magnus Carlsen and Sergey Karjakin.
Apr 09 Article explaining how Google's computer conquered Go
A behind-the-scenes explanation of how the programmers found a way to deal with the complexity of Go.
The New York Times
Apr 07 Karjakin withdraws from Norway super tournament
Only days before the start, Karjakin has withdrawn citing fatigue and preparations for the World Championship. The organizers are furious.
Apr 06 Timur Gareyev plays 35 people blindfold
As part of his preparation to break the blindfold world record, Gareyev recently took on 35 players in an exhibition in California.
Apr 06 Arnold promotes chess in Brazil
The fourth Arnold Classic Brasil, a sports and health conference once again included chess and Arnold Schwarzenegger played with attendees.
Mar 26 Upcoming auction of historical chess sets
Article with wonderful photos on an upcoming auction at Sothby’s of chess sets, at least one of which is 1,000 years old!
Mar 22 A story about chess on the inside (of prison)
A short profile of a drug-dealing prisoner who seems to have become an expert at chess.
Mar 15 Kasparov criticizes call for socialism by U.S. presidential candidate
The former World Champion said in an interview that Senator Bernie Sanders is wrong to advocate socialist solutions.
Wahington Post
Mar 14 Wonderful history of chess computers
A history of chess computers spanning from the Mechanical Turk, which, of course, was not a computer, to Deep Blue.
Popular Mechanics
Mar 14 Grandmaster Lombardy faces eviction from New York City apartment
Bill Lombardy, who was Bobby Fischer’s second in his 1972 World Championship match, is facing eviction from his Manhattan apartment.
The New York Times
Mar 13 10th century chess set up for auction
The set is part of the collection of Lothar Schmid, the German grandmaster and arbiter, who died in 2013.
Chess Daily News
Mar 09 Computer defeats world's best Go player
It was only one game of a five-game match, but it appears that humans bragging rights as the best Go players are about to run out.
Business Insider
Mar 09 Documentary "Magnus" part of Tribeca International Film Festival
The documentary of the World Champion will be part of one of the most prestigious film festivals in the world in New York City in April.
Tribeca Film