Chess In Chicago, a Chess Tournament That Turns Out Grandmasters

In 1993, Laszlo Nagy began organizing monthly chess tournaments in Budapest that give players a chance to earn the norms needed to gain the grandmaster and international master titles. Called the First Saturday tournaments, the events have attracted many of the wor


Chess The late Vasily Smyslov was the composed champion of the 1950s

Vasily Smyslov, who died last weekend at 89, was the world's best chess player for most of the 1950s but held the championship crown for only one year and was nicknamed 'The Winter King'. Smyslov understood chess more profoundly than his great rival Mikhail Botvinn


Chess A glittering career

The 7th World Chess Champion Vasily Vasilyevich Smyslov (1921-2010) has died at the age of 89 in Moscow. He played four times for the world title including three matches against Mikhail Botvinnik. He won the title in 1957 and was one of the finest players in world


Chess European Chess Championship attracts huge field

The 11th European Chess Championship, which finished March 18 in Rijeka, Croatia, attracted a mammoth field of 408 chess players representing 41 European countries. A record 187 grandmasters competed. At stake were 23 places in the next World Cup, plus a prize fund


Chess Can you keep up with the world’s best?

It can be addictive following the Amber chess tournament - but what should Black do here? Carlsen-Smeets, Amber (Blindfold) 2010. How should Black play? RB Every now and then, when a deadline looms, I go and hole up in an attic for a week or two. With no – or at


Chess A Master of Slow Chess Who’s a Speed Demon, Too

The best chess players in the world are ranked on their ability to play slow, or classical, chess, in which each side has at least a few hours for a game. None of them are slouches at blitz chess, in which an entire game lasts five minutes or less, but it puts a pr


Chess Vasily Smyslov, 1921-2010, an Appreciation

It is not surprising that accolades have poured in from all over the world on the death of Vasily Smyslov, the seventh world chess champion. Though Smyslov was the titleholder for only a year, he was among the world’s best chess players for decades and his games


Chess Vasily Smyslov, Former World Chess Champion, Dies at 89

Vasily Smyslov, the seventh world chess champion, who was known for both the artistry of his play and the solidity of his technique, died Saturday at a hospital in Moscow. He was 89. The cause was heart failure, according to the Russian television station NTV. Mr.


Chess Magnus Carlsen overcomes queen blunder to record Amber win

The world No1, Magnus Carlsen, lost his queen to a one-move blunder on Thursday, but still notched up another important chess tournament victory. The annual Amber chess tournament sponsored by the computer millionaire Joop van Oosterom is the most opulent occasion


Chess Ivanchuk and Carlsen Tie for First at Amber

Magnus Carlsen of Norway and Vassily Ivanchuk of Ukraine tied for first in the 19th Amber CHESS tournament, which ended on Thursday in Nice, France. Vladimir Kramnik of Russia was third, 1.5 points behind the leaders, and Alexander Grishuk of Russia finished fourth


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