Jon Crumiller, the columnist, is one of the leading authorities on chess sets and owns one of the largest and most diverse private collections. This new monthly feature will explore the history of chess equipment, using examples from the columnist’s own collection.
Todd Andrews writes about the life of Tate, who died unexpectedly two weeks ago during a tournament. The tribute includes some of his many brilliant combinations and attacks, including his victory over Leonid Yudasin in 1997, when Yudasin was still among the world’s top players.
One exhibition, called “Kings, Queens & Castles,” gives an introduction to the game. The other exhibition, “Ladies’ Knight: A Female Perspective on Chess,” is an exhibition of 12 female artists were inspired by the game to create artwork that explores societal issues.
A 75-year-old Illinois chess teacher saved his class from a knive-wielding assailant last week. The teacher, who was in the armed-services 50 years ago and used his training to confront the attacker, had his hand badly slashed, but said he will be holding class as usual this week. Who says chess players aren’t tough?
She finished two points ahead of her nearest competitors — Mariya Muzychuk of Ukraine, the reigning Women’s World Champion, and Humpy Koneru of India. Hou lost only one game, to Koneru, but she beat Muzychuk, whom she will face in a match for the title next year.
A Vanity Fair article about the reissue of a book by Eve Babitz, the nude woman in the well-known photograph (which is reproduced in the Vanity Fair article). The article is long, but the story behind the photo is at the bottom of it. Duchamp was a huge fan of chess and even played for the French national team in the 1933 Olympiad.
The American grandmaster Hikaru Nakamura, the top-ranked player in the competition, had to fight to make it into the final four. But then he had no trouble in the final, winning the $100,000 first prize. Le Quang Liem of Vietnam was the runner-up.