The second-oldest club in the United States is celebrating its centenary with a series of events this fall, including commemorating its past champions — some of whom were the best players in the world.
Chess clubs have suffered because of the growth of the Internet. Online servers have largely replaced one of the major functions of clubs — to serve as a meeting place to find other people to play. As membership declined for clubs in recent years, many of them folded, including the cross-town rival of the Marshall — the Manhattan Chess Club. But, partly because the Marshall owns its historic building in Manhattan, the Marshall has managed to survive and even thrive. The club is the second-oldest in the United States (behind San Francisco’s Mechanics Institute, which began in 1854). This year, it is celebrating its centenary, including by commemorating its past champions, some of whom have been among the game’s greats. Here are some of them.
Frank Marshall won the championship of his own club in 1937 and 1938, just after his 27-year reign as United States Champion (1909 to 1936) ended.
Larry Evans, who won the United States Championship five times, and was also the long-time second of Bobby Fischer, won the club's championship three times from 1947 to 1950.
Two years before Bill Lombardy won the World Junior Championship with a perfect score (the only person to ever do so), Lombardy was co-champion of the Marshall with Frank S. Howard.
Andy Soltis is Mr. Marshall, at least based on the number of times he claimed the club's title. From 1967 to 1988, Soltis won the championship nine times.
Roman Dzindzichashvili, a noted theoretician with an original and creative style, won the Marshall Championship in 1991.
John Federowicz was co-champion with Gennadi Sagalchik in 1992.
Joshua Waitzkin, whose early life was the subject of the film "Searching for Bobby Fischer," won the Marshall title in 1995 and 1996.
Jaan Ehlvest, who peaked at No. 5 in the world in 1991, won the club's championship four times in five years -- 2003, 2004, 2006, and 2007.
Zviad Izoria won the Marshall Championship in 2008 -- three years after he won the HB Global Challenge, which was, until the Millionaire Open debuted last year, the open tournament with the biggest prize fund in history.
Gata Kamsky, who played for the FIDE World Championship in 1996, reached a career peak of No.4 in the world in 1995. Between 1997 and 2004, he was "semi-retired," until he unexpectedly entered a tournament at the club. He won the World Cup in 2007.
FIDE and World Chess announces today that the 2018 World Chess Championship Match will take place in London in November 2018. The world’s most prestigious chess tournament is to be the climax of a season of high-profile activity to extend the sport’s appeal among global audiences – and make 2018 the Year of Chess in the UK.
After 9 days of intense chess battles at the last leg of the World Chess Grand Prix series 2017 in Palma de Mallorca, the two winners of the series were finally determined: Shakhriyar Mamedyarov (Azerbaijan, overall 340 points in the series) and Alexander Grischuk (Russia, 336,4 points). They qualified for the Candidates Tournament – the next part of the World Chess Championship cycle, which leads up to the Championship match.
The sole leader of the Palma de Mallorca Grand Prix Levon Aronian made a quick draw with Evgeny Tomashevsky today, inviting the group of rivals to join him at the top. But same as in the previous rounds all games on the top boards finished peacefully and not a single player came close to catching up with him.
After seven rounds Aronian is in the lead with 4,5 points. A group of 8 players is half a point behind, including Vachier-Lagrave. In order to qualify for the Candidates, the Frenchman needs to win at least one more game. Boris Gelfand defeated Alexander Riazantsev, Pavel Eljanov won against Jon Ludvig Hammer, while Teimour Rajabov outplayed Li Chao. After the victory the Azerbaijani Grandmaster still hopes to qualify, but in that case has to win both games.
Javier Ochoa, Honorary FIDE Vice President and President of the Spanish Chess Federation, made the first symbolic move to start the fourth round, which turned out to be the most exciting round of the tournament so far, with six decisive games out of nine.
In the Third Round of the FIDE Grand Prix in Palma de Mallorca games between the four leaders, Vachier-Lagrave-Aronian and Rajabov-Giri, finished in a draw. Peter Svidler joined the group of leaders by beating Jon-Ludvig Hammer in the third round.
The world’s best chess players and chess establishment came together in Bellver Castle to celebrate the opening of the final leg of the FIDE 2017 World Chess Grand Prix Palma de Mallorca – a prestigious qualifier for the World Chess Candidates Tournament.
Katerina Lagno, one of the strongest Russian women-grandmasters won the historic Moscow Blitz Tournament, beating her fellow Russian Olympic team members Alexandra Kosteniuk, Valentina Gunina and Olga Girya.
After a draw against Ian Nepomniachtchi, Teimur Rajabov won the tournament. One of the strongest players, Rajabov had not won a major tournament lately, but has shown phenomenal form in Geneva and managed to overpower some of top world’s players