Lubomir Kavalek
Nailed To The Chessboard For 50 Years
October 31st, 2017, 08:00 AM
Honoring Chess Beauty
October 5th, 2017, 08:00 AM
U.S. Chess Team Wins Olympic Gold in Baku
September 10th, 2017, 08:00 AM
Greatest Chess Triumph of Wesley So
August 16th, 2017, 08:00 AM
Carlsen Wins Bilbao Chess Masters
July 16th, 2017, 08:00 AM
Carlsen won four games, one more than all his opponents combined. He started slowly. For the first time he lost to Hikaru Nakamura in a tournament with the classical time limit. He wowed to play sharper and with a string of three victories catapulted himself into the lead and never relinquished it. His last victory came against Anish Giri, whom he has never beaten in the classical tournaments before.
Carlsen Leads and Quits Grand Chess Tour
June 26th, 2017, 08:00 AM
Immortal Chess Blitz Game
April 29th, 2017, 08:00 AM
Wesley So won a spectacular blitz game at the Ultimate Blitz Challenge in the Chess Club and Scholastic Center of Saint Louis last Friday. It was power chess with hard to see threats and surprising sacrifices.
It's Karjakin vs. Carlsen for the World Chess Title
March 31st, 2017, 08:00 AM
On Monday in Moscow, Sergey Karjakin, 26, was trying to explain to journalists how he won the Candidates chess tournament, an eight-player double-round robin event to determine the challenger for the world champion Magnus Carlsen in the title match in November.
Chess Triumphs, Stumbles and Embarrassments
February 9th, 2017, 08:00 AM
The Dance of Chess Kings
February 2nd, 2017, 08:00 AM
What does Carlsen have in common with sport superstars Lionel Messi, Jaromir Jagr or Stephen Curry? They all seem unstoppable. Everybody knows they are going to score, but not many are able to prevent it.
Chess Champions and Their Queens
January 17th, 2017, 08:00 AM
Great Chess Minds Think Alike: Carlsen Wins in Qatar
December 29th, 2016, 08:00 AM
The world chess champion Magnus Carlsen finished the year with a victory at the Qatar Masters Open in Doha on Tuesday.
Carlsen Wins Grand Chess Tour
December 18th, 2016, 08:00 AM
The world chess champion Magnus Carlsen won the Chess Grand Tour, a three tournaments bonanza played in Norway, the USA and England, and involving the world's best players.
Is Magnus Carlsen A Chess Artist?
December 7th, 2016, 08:00 AM
Birthday Present: Magnus Carlsen Retains The World Chess Title In Style
November 30th, 2016, 08:00 AM
The Ups and Downs of Chess Champions
November 11th, 2016, 08:00 AM
In the ratings war, the world chess champion Magnus Carlsen, 24, and the top Armenian grandmaster Levon Aronian, 33, looked like brothers in arms, occupying the first two places for some years. But this year they both hit the wall.
Chess Feasts in Europe and America
October 13th, 2016, 08:00 AM
The world chess champion Magnus Carlsen came to Berlin this month to defend his other two world titles: in the rapid and blitz play. The Norwegian grandmaster succeeded marvelously in the three-day rapid event, finishing undefeated and scoring 11.5 points in 15 games.
Karjakin Lifts the Chess World Cup
October 2nd, 2016, 08:00 AM
The match, a combination of classical, rapid and blitz games, delivered amazing moves and unexpected blunders. All 10 games were decisive, no draws. Svidler, 39, blamed it on exhaustion and the resulting mistakes.
Can America Return to Chess Glory?
September 15th, 2016, 08:00 AM
The United States chess team may embark on a journey reminiscent of the golden past. Three extraordinary grandmasters -- Fabiano Caruana, Hikaru Nakamura and Wesley So -- are rated in the World's Top.
Aronian's Chess Comeback
September 3rd, 2016, 08:00 AM
Levon Aronian won the third Sinquefield Cup, the second leg of the recently established Grand Chess Tour. The top Armenian grandmaster finished a full point ahead of a group led by the world champion Magnus Carlsen and the U.S. champion Hikaru Nakamura.
Czech King Walks into Chess History
July 30th, 2016, 08:00 AM
The first official world chess champion Wilhelm Steinitz, born in Prague, based his gambit in the 1860s on a magical stroll of his king. Almost 150 years later, the Prague-born David Navara took his king on a breathtaking march at the grandmaster tournament in Biel, Switzerland.
Brilliant Start of Chess Summer
July 5th, 2016, 08:00 AM
Fabiano Caruana's outstanding victory at the Dortmund tournament, a U.S. rating record and a magnificent king's hunt by the Chinese wizard Wei Yi marked the first days of summer.
Topalov on Top of Norway Chess 2015
June 20th, 2016, 08:00 AM
In the first round Carlsen lost on time in a winning position against Veselin Topalov. The 40-year-old Bulgarian grandmaster turned this lucky break into first place with a string of victories reminiscent of his triumph at the world championship tournament in San Luis in 2005. In the last round Topalov held Vishy Anand, 45, to a draw.
Carlsen and Nakamura Win Strong Chess Events
July 20th, 2015, 08:00 AM
The year 2015 is very young and the world chess champion Magnus Carlsen has already won two strong tournaments -- in Wijk aan Zee in January and in the German resort Baden-Baden this week.
Carlsen Collects Another Chess Victory
June 29th, 2015, 08:00 AM
The world chess champion Magnus Carlsen, 24, scored another amazing victory with 7 points in 9 games at the Gashimov Memorial tournament in Shamkir, Azerbaijan. The Norwegian grandmaster finished a full point ahead of the former world champion Vishy Anand.
Nakamura and Krush Capture U.S. Chess Titles
June 15th, 2015, 08:00 AM
The 2015 U.S. Chess Championships in Saint Louis, Missouri, ended last Sunday as expected: the top-rated grandmaster Hikaru Nakamura won his 4th U.S. title. On the women's side, Irina Krush defended the title, her seventh. But it was not that simple.
Every Chess Game Tells a Story
May 24th, 2015, 08:00 AM
Most people who don't play chess believe that the checkmate ends the game. They may not know they can also lose by overstepping the time limit or by resigning - something unheard of in other sports such as football, basketball or hockey.
Chess Gems From Zurich
April 25th, 2015, 08:00 AM
The Zurich Chess Challenge was a festive six-grandmaster extravaganza played this month in the posh Savoy hotel. The American grandmaster Hikaru Nakamura benefitted from the last-minute change in the rules and blitzed his way to win the title.
Carlsen Wins Dutch Chess Fest
March 31st, 2015, 08:00 AM
Rising young stars, falling legends, deflated chess computers, clumsy soccer games, brilliant attacks, a commentator faux-pas, chess hungry spectators, windy beaches -- all this was present during the Tata Steel traditional chess tournament (Jan. 9-25) in the coastal Dutch town of Wijk aan Zee, one of the major chess events of 2015.
40 Years of Spectacular Chess
March 8th, 2015, 08:00 AM
In 1975, the organizers of the traditional chess tournament in the Dutch coastal town of Wijk aan Zee inaugurated a prize for the most spectacular game. They expected breathtaking encounters, griping contests, and some glamour and charm.
The Chess Phoenix Rises Again
February 17th, 2015, 08:00 AM
Vishy Anand could be the Phoenix of Chess. Many times down, but never out. Again and again he rises up to snatch another tournament triumph, another world championship.
Magnus Carlsen and a Parade of Chess Champions
January 31st, 2015, 08:00 AM
The world chess champion Magnus Carlsen turned 24 last Sunday and had many reasons to celebrate: it was the most fruitful year of his young chess career.
The New York Times and Chess
January 3rd, 2015, 08:00 AM
Make no mistake about it: every time a newspaper cuts a chess column, chess loses.
Wesley So Wins the Millionaire Chess Open in Las Vegas
December 13th, 2014, 08:00 AM
The Philippine grandmaster Wesley So, 21, won the Millionaire Chess Open in Las Vegas and the first prize of $100,000, the largest in the history of open tournaments.
Caruana's Spectacular Chess Leap
November 11th, 2014, 08:00 AM
The Sinquefield Cup in Saint Louis was promised to be extraordinary this year: the highest-rated chess tournament ever with many of the world's best players on hand. To the delight of Rex Sinquefield, the main sponsor, it got even better.
Chess in the Time of War
October 22nd, 2014, 08:00 AM
China Wins Gold at Chess Olympiad in Norway
October 14th, 2014, 08:00 AM
The young Chinese team won the 41st Chess Olympiad in Tromsø, Norway. They became the only undefeated team among 176 participating countries, winning eight matches and tying three, scoring 19 points.
Powerful Queen Sacrifices in Chess Olympiads
September 29th, 2014, 08:00 AM
On the eve of the Chess Olympiad in Tromsø, Norway, scheduled for the first two weeks in August, a few queen sacrifices from the past olympiads lead us to an intriguing question: when might have the queen been sacrificed for the first time?
Winning While Losing
September 12th, 2014, 08:00 AM
Shortly after the final was over on July 7, 1974, I took the train from Amsterdam to the German town of Solingen where I was scheduled to play an important international chess tournament.
Carlsen's Trifecta and Tal's Magic
August 27th, 2014, 08:00 AM
After the world chess champion Magnus Carlsen collected two more world titles last week in Dubai, winning the FIDE Rapid and Blitz championships, new comparisons were inevitable. Now he might be compared to a horse or a long distance runner, I thought.
Chess Champions in America
July 27th, 2014, 08:00 AM
The center of professional chess in America is Saint Louis, Missouri. For the last six years the U.S. championship was held at the local Chess Club and Scholastic Center. With Nakamura absent this year, all eyes were on Gata Kamsky, the defending champion and the oldest participant. Could he still defend the title at the age of 39?
Two Immortal Chess Cavalcades
June 7th, 2014, 08:00 AM
A six-time champion of Moscow, Vasyukov won numerous international events. He coached Anatoly Karpov in the world championship matches. Unfortunately, he will now follow Kieseretzky's fate.
Anand to Face Carlsen for the World Chess Title Again
May 28th, 2014, 08:00 AM
At 44, Vishy Anand continues to raise eyebrows. After he lost the world championship match to Magnus Carlsen last year, his critics were merciless: his play was too timid, he made too many draws, he was too old, he was done, he didn't have a chance, he shouldn't have even tried to play in the Candidates tournament. Anand proved them wrong.
The Adventures of Soviet Chess Patriarch Mikhail Botvinnik
May 14th, 2014, 08:00 AM
Chess players around him had disappeared, having been executed or sent to gulags, but he lived. Mikhail Botvinnik (1911-1995) survived because he made himself indispensable.
Chess Triumphs and Blunders
April 7th, 2014, 08:00 AM
Magnus Carlsen won the Zurich Chess Challenge, the first tournament he played as the world champion. It was an amazing event, a chess triathlon, with the superstars showing their skills in blitz, rapid and classic chess, the latter being the most important.
Baseline Chess, Hedgehog and Magnus Carlsen
March 15th, 2014, 08:00 AM
The title of the world champion is a frequent topic of conversations about chess and bringing in Magnus Carlsen is inevitable these days. But did Carlsen do anything unique to win the title?
Hikaru Nakamura Conquers London Chess Classic
March 15th, 2014, 08:00 AM
Last Sunday, the top American grandmaster won the London Chess Classic, a rapid chess competition, leaving many world class players behind, including two former world champions Vishy Anand and Vladimir Kramnik.
Magnus Carlsen -- World Chess Champion
January 25th, 2014, 08:00 AM
Magnus Carlsen is the new world chess champion, having defeated the titleholder Vishy Anand of India in 10 games with the score 6.5-3.5. The 22-year old Norwegian grandmaster has now won everything there is to win in chess.
Carlsen Closer to Chess Crown, Azerbaijan Best in Europe
January 25th, 2014, 08:00 AM
India is paying tribute to two great sportsmen. Sachin Tendulkar, 40, known as "God of Cricket," will retire after his last test match that started on Thursday. The world chess champion Vishy Anand, 43, is defending his title against Magnus Carlsen, 22, in his home city of Chennai.
September Chess
January 23rd, 2014, 08:00 AM
September was a great month for chess. The world's top-rated chess player Magnus Carlsen played his first official tournament in America, his last event before the world championship match against the titleholder Vishy Anand in November.
The Towering Defense That Shaped Chess History
January 23rd, 2014, 08:00 AM
The Super Bowls, Stanley Cups, World Cups and World Chess Championships are usually won with good defense. Which defense is going to decide the upcoming world championship match between Vishy Anand and Magnus Carlsen?
Mighty Underdogs of the European Chess Club Cup
December 25th, 2013, 08:00 AM
Sporting fans love long shots and unexpected triumphs. The first and the last European Chess Club Cups provide proof.
Vladimir Kramnik Triumphs at the Chess World Cup in Norway
November 5th, 2013, 08:00 AM
Torn between playing with his young kids in France and playing chess in Norway, Vladimir Kramnik, 38, made a choice that paid off. The former world champion won the 2013 FIDE Chess World Cup in Tromsø and collected $96,000.
Chess Feast in Norway
October 8th, 2013, 08:00 AM
From August 10 till September 5, 128 chessplayers will descend on the Norwegian city of Tromsø to contest the FIDE World Cup.
Tired Chess Brains in China
September 18th, 2013, 08:00 AM
Saved from collapse by the rich Russian sponsors, the FIDE Grand Prix moved to China this month for its fifth leg. Some of the world class chess players came to Beijing tired from the previous hectic schedule.
Boris Gelfand Leaves All Chess Greats Behind in Moscow
August 27th, 2013, 08:00 AM
At the age of 45, the Israeli grandmaster Boris Gelfand should not be winning major chess tournaments ahead of young talented players and world champions. But sometimes age doesn't matter.
Chess: The Game of Tension
August 7th, 2013, 08:00 AM
On June 2, on his 39th birthday, Gata Kamsky defeated Russia's Alexander Morozevich at the FIDE Grand Prix tournament in Thessaloniki, Greece.
Karjakin Wins Norway Chess 2013, Edges Carlsen and Nakamura
July 21st, 2013, 08:00 AM
Magnus Carlsen, the world's top-rated chess player, is expected to win every tournament he enters. The Norway Chess 2013 Super Tournament was tailored for him as a tribute to his previous successes.
Chess Art Under Alekhine's Watchful Eye
July 10th, 2013, 08:00 AM
Every few years somebody discovers the French-American artist Marcel Duchamp (1887-1968), connects him with chess and quotes him:"While all artists are not chess players, all chess players are artists."
Chess: Remembering Robert Byrne (1928-2013)
June 15th, 2013, 08:00 AM
Robert Byrne, a prolific chess writer and one of the strongest U.S. grandmasters, died Friday, April 12, 2013, a few days before his 85th birthday.
Magnus Carlsen Plays Vishy Anand for the World Chess Title
June 7th, 2013, 08:00 AM
The world's top-rated chess player Magnus Carlsen of Norway qualified from the Candidates tournament in London to challenge the reigning champion Vishy Anand of India in the world championship match in the fall of this year.
Chasing Chess Legacy -- Fischer, Kasparov, Polgar, Nimzowitsch
May 8th, 2013, 08:00 AM
One day the world's top-rated chess player Magnus Carlsen will sit down and write about his games. This is what the great players do, but not yet. At 21, he is too young to be distracted by that on the way to become the world champion.
Magnus Carlsen Eyeing the World Chess Title
April 2nd, 2013, 08:00 AM
After triumphing in two major tournaments, in London in December and in Wijk aan Zee in January, Magnus Carlsen is a clear favorite to win the eight-player Candidates event in London (March 15-April 1).
Amazing Chess Brilliancy of Vishy Anand
March 20th, 2013, 08:00 AM
"It could easily be one of my best games," said the world champion Vishy Anand after he brilliantly defeated the Armenian grandmaster Levon Aronian in the fourth round of the traditional Tata Steel Chess Tournament in the Dutch coastal town of Wijk aan Zee this week.
Magnus Carlsen Breaks Kasparov's Record at the London Chess Classic
February 12th, 2013, 08:00 AM
On Monday, the Norwegian chess superstar Magnus Carlsen, 22, won the London Chess Classic in grand style, breaking Garry Kasparov's 13-year-old rating record by 10 points. "Pretty cool," Magnus described the biggest achievement of his chess career.
The Beauty of Chess Tricks
January 27th, 2013, 08:00 AM
If tricks were not allowed in chess, the game would be boring. For the last two centuries they were the jewels of chess played in European coffee houses and they were in big demand.
What Is the Best Age for Chess?
January 9th, 2013, 08:00 AM
The careers of top chess players last 25 years or even longer. They can challenge the world's best already as teenagers and can continue for six, seven decades until they turn into ageless warriors. At what point do they play the best? What is the optimal age for success in chess?
Scholastic Chess at the Cosmos Club
December 28th, 2012, 08:00 AM
It was all about chess at the Cosmos Club in Washington, D.C. on October 20. The Big Chair Chess Club, 20 children and seven adults, came from Anacostia to play against chess enthusiasts of the Cosmos Club.
Armenia Wins Chess Olympic Gold in Turkey
November 12th, 2012, 08:00 AM
On Sunday, Armenia won the gold medal at the 40th Chess Olympiad in Istanbul. It is their third Olympic gold overall. They also finished first at the World Team Championship last year in Ningbo, China.
Magnus Carlsen Storms New York's Chess Scene
November 5th, 2012, 08:00 AM
They could barely reach the other side of the chessboard, but playing against the world's top-rated grandmaster Magnus Carlsen was a thrilling experience for many New York kids.
Chess: Heavy Lifting
October 24th, 2012, 08:00 AM
Plagiarism was in the news lately and chess has its own champions. They use other people's material without attribution and present it as their own. To put it less elegantly, the offenders blatantly, unscrupulously and dishonestly steal work from other authors.
Chess Legend Svetozar Gligoric Dies
October 15th, 2012, 08:00 AM
Svetozar Gligoric, the legendary Serbian grandmaster, died in Belgrade on August 14 at the age of 89. He was one of the world's leading chess players of the 20th century, a fearless competitor and a true gentleman. His chess career spanned 70 years.
Chess Winners Win Slowly
October 10th, 2012, 08:00 AM
Chess players don't move like the Jamaican sprinter Usain Bolt. They advance to the finish line with a steady, deliberate pace. Chess events take days, weeks and sometimes months to finish. What the best chess players have in common with Bolt is the enormous will to win.
Magnus Carlsen Wins Strong Chess Tourney in Moscow
August 18th, 2012, 08:00 AM
Top-rated Magnus Carlsen won the 7th Tal Memorial in Moscow, one of the strongest chess tournaments of the year. The Norwegian grandmaster was the only undefeated player in a field of 10 world-class players.
Viswanathan Anand Retains World Chess Title
July 30th, 2012, 08:00 AM
"I am relieved," Vishy Anand said shortly after his victory against the challenger, Boris Gelfand of Israel, in the World Chess Championship. "The match was so even."
U.S. Chess Champ Hikaru Nakamura: I'll Have Another
July 21st, 2012, 08:00 AM
A comparison between the Preakness Stakes horse race held in Baltimore, Maryland, and the 2012 U.S. Chess Championship in Saint Louis, Missouri, may seem out of place, but both races had a lot of things in common.
Women in Chess: A Few Tales
July 6th, 2012, 08:00 AM
Lurking in the background, hiding their identity, they seem mysterious, magical, beautiful. At first, they observed the game from a distance, but as centuries went by, women were drawn closer to the chessboard.
The Road to Chess Mastery
May 25th, 2012, 08:00 AM
How much do you have to know to become a strong chess player? According to Russian folklore you have to know 300 chess positions to become a grandmaster, but nobody knows what exactly these positions are.
Chess History: From Bobby Fischer to Hikaru Nakamura
May 7th, 2012, 08:00 AM
The 2011 U.S. Chess Championship begins today at the Chess Club and Scholastic Center of Saint Louis, Mo., with 16 players, including the defending champion Gata Kamsky, the 1996 world championship challenger.
A Chess Odyssey
May 3rd, 2012, 08:00 AM
One single square can make a big difference in a chess game. It helped me to launch one of my longest combinations against Anatoly Karpov in Caracas 40 years ago.
Mozarts of Chess
April 24th, 2012, 08:00 AM
The moniker "Mozart of Chess" occurred to me when I was looking for a subhead for Magnus's great game against Sipke Ernst in Wijk aan Zee in 2004.
Chess in Clouds of Smoke
April 17th, 2012, 08:00 AM
Chess is the only sport where smoking was not only possible; it was quite common. For some mental athletes, such as the late world chess champion Mikhail Tal or the legendary grandmaster Viktor Korchnoi, performing without cigarettes was unthinkable.
Chess Champ Hou Yifan in the Limelight
April 4th, 2012, 08:00 AM
Levon Aronian's brilliant victory at the prestigious Tata Steel tournament in Wijk aan Zee, the Netherlands, would normally be the topic of our conversation. But it was a young Chinese girl, Hou Yifan, 17, who stole the limelight.
Chipmunk Chess
March 24th, 2012, 08:00 AM
Six moves into the game Hikaru Nakamura-David Navara, the top-rated American grandmaster dented his position with a strange pawn move. He didn't create a crater, but the gap was big enough for a little chipmunk.
The World Chess Hall of Fame
February 29th, 2012, 08:00 AM
I share the same birth year with Bobby Fischer and helping him to became the world champion in Reykjavik 1972 became one of the highlights of my chess life.
Chess Player Vaclav Havel
February 21st, 2012, 08:00 AM
2011-12-22-Screenshot20111222at3.47.50PM.pngVaclav Havel became perhaps the only head of state who played -- and won -- an actual chess game during a ceremonial opening of a chess tournament.
The Great London Chess Debate
February 19th, 2012, 08:00 AM
2011-12-20-Screenshot20111220at12.05.54PM.pngThe former world champion Vladimir Kramnik won the London Chess Classic, a tournament that brought the English capital close to its former glory.
When Bobby Fischer Played Chess Like Misha Tal
January 30th, 2012, 08:00 AM
Reckless sacrifices were not his style, but for one day, one game and one moment in 1959 Bobby Fischer threw caution to the wind, went va banque and played like Mikhail Tal.
Joys of Chess: From Krabbé to Hesse
January 17th, 2012, 08:00 AM
Christian Hesse's book The Joys of Chess is a compilation of chess stories, biographical sketches, games and fragments with references to art and science. It resembles work previously done by Tim Krabbé.
Magnus Carlsen Wins Chess Masters Final with a Blitz Game
December 12th, 2011, 08:00 AM
They flew from Europe to Brazil, played five rounds in Sao Paolo, crossed the equator again on the way to Bilbao, Spain, where they played another five rounds -- and yet the outcome of the Chess Masters Final was still up in the air.
The Most Treacherous Defense in Chess
December 5th, 2011, 08:00 AM
Those who play the Grunfeld defense know that it can turn into a nightmare in an instant. But the defense also brings them bright moments, tempts them again and again, and they cannot live without it.
Chess World Cup: Peter Svidler All the Way
November 21st, 2011, 08:00 AM
It was the most amazing move of the 2011 Chess World Cup, a wonderful coup de grâce you don't see every day. And it could have been enough to play it, go home and enjoy it for years to come. But it was not all Peter Svidler had done at the World Cup this month.
The Hand of God in Chess?
November 7th, 2011, 08:00 AM
Like in any sport, there are chess players who try to win at all costs, bending the rules in their favor. But there are also noble chess warriors who believe in decency and fair-play.
Pitching a Perfect Chess Game
October 21st, 2011, 08:00 AM
"There is no perfect game in chess," Bobby Fischer said. After all, we are human and we make mistakes. But according to Tibor Karolyi, Anatoly Karpov came close to playing a mistake-free game at the 1974 chess olympiad in Nice, France.
Long Live the Chess King
September 21st, 2011, 08:00 AM
Every year since 2005, the picturesque Slovak town of Banska Stiavnica stages a game of living chess. It is a powerful, almost mystical, spectacle with human chess pieces dressed into medieval costumes and armed with spears and swords.
Afek's Chess Puzzles
September 10th, 2011, 08:00 AM
The first Yochanan Afek composition I saw made a great impression on me. With very little material on the chess board, Afek creates a fascinating study with amazing knight leaps.
Chess, Jazz and Hockey Legends in Prague
September 2nd, 2011, 08:00 AM
2011-07-03-Screenshot20110703at4.55.19PM.jpg World chess champion Vishy Anand visited Prague shortly before Czech president Vaclav Klaus celebrated his 70th birthday with a jazz concert at the Prague castle.
Winners of the New in Chess/Huffington Post Chess Contest
August 27th, 2011, 08:00 AM
This contest consisted of three parts: a trivia question, a chess study and a chess problem. And the winners are...
The New in Chess-Huffington Post Chess Puzzle Contest
August 6th, 2011, 08:00 AM
He predicted the opponent and the outcome with these words: "It will by Short and it will be short." He also likes the movies Casablanca, One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest and The Godfather. Who is this grandmaster?
It's Anand vs. Gelfand for the World Chess Crown
July 25th, 2011, 08:00 AM
Gelfand's match against Anand could be interesting. Both players have vast opening knowledge, strive for initiative, can defend well and love to play dynamic chess. It could be the last time players over forty play for the championship.
How to Cook in Chess
July 19th, 2011, 08:00 AM
2011-05-19-lub.pngActually, "to cook" in chess has nothing to do with culinary pleasures. It is a dreaded word chess composers don't want to hear.
Chess Champ Kamsky Marches On
July 11th, 2011, 08:00 AM
Levon Aronian's opponent in the Candidates Final for the world chess title was supposed to be the Bulgarian grandmaster Veselin Topalov. But both grandmasters are gone now, having lost the Candidates quarterfinal matches.
Texas Tech Wins Final Four of Chess
June 4th, 2011, 08:00 AM
You don't see spectacular hoops and dunks and scoring is not done in twos or threes. No chest-pounding, no cheerleaders. And yet, the Final Four in college chess could be a dramatic experience.
Aronian Wins the Last Amber Chess Tourney
May 25th, 2011, 08:00 AM
Levon Aronian won the Amber tournament in Monaco this month. He will be known as the last winner. After twenty years, the combined blindfold and rapid chess event, featuring the world's top players, comes to a halt.
Chess Puzzles: King Tut in Studies
May 25th, 2011, 08:00 AM
This week we present another variation of the "King Tut motif." Entombing the king in chess studies is usually done at the edge of the chessboard and often leads to spectacular stalemates. It can save draws in tournament games.
Chess Legend Turns to Music
May 25th, 2011, 08:00 AM
He was one of the world's leading chess players in the 1950s and 1960s and the Yugoslav player of the 20th century. After nearly seven decades playing chess, the legendary grandmaster Svetozar Gligoric turned to music.
Hikaru Nakamura's Great Chess Triumph
May 25th, 2011, 08:00 AM
On the day the Serbian tennis player Novak Djokovic won the Australian Open in Melbourne, the American chess grandmaster Hikaru Nakamura, 23, achieved the best success of his life.
King Tut in Chess Puzzles
May 25th, 2011, 08:00 AM
Entombing the king became a popular theme among chess composers, until things got out of hand after some of them insisted on burying the king inside a sarcophagus of eight pawns. It invoked memories of King Tut and his tomb.
New and Old Chess Champions
May 25th, 2011, 08:00 AM
As we enter the new decade, the chess world is ruled by a middle-aged man and a teenage girl. A twenty-something phenom presides over the world's ratings and a new book recalling one of the greatest chess magicians has been published recently.
Chess Robots By The Sea
May 25th, 2011, 08:00 AM
Are chess players becoming robots by repeating moves approved at home by their computers?
Norway's Magnus Carlsen Fights and Wins in London Chess Classic
May 25th, 2011, 08:00 AM
Who actually won this tournament? Magnus Carlsen doesn't have to worry. According to the rules set up by the London organizers, the 20-year-old grandmaster from Norway finished first and will collect 50,000 Euros for his efforts.
The HuffPost-ICC Holiday Chess Puzzles Contest
May 25th, 2011, 08:00 AM
Today's puzzles consist of three parts: a trivia question, a chess problem and a chess study. The last two are often used by coaches to improve the chess skills of their students. They learn to think more precisely because they have to find a unique solution.
The Man With Too Much Chess Talent
May 25th, 2011, 08:00 AM
At 68, Dragoljub Velimirovic doesn't seem to slow down. Still teasing and provoking, he took part in the Czech Coal Match last month and was awarded a magnificent glass trophy for his entertaining play.
Chess: Remembering Larry Evans
May 25th, 2011, 08:00 AM
Larry Melvyn Evans (1932-2010), one of the most prominent American grandmasters, prolific writer and commentator, died in Reno, Nevada, on November 15 at the age of 78.
Chess Puzzles: Imagination Breeds Creativity
May 25th, 2011, 08:00 AM
How do chess players create beautiful games and compositions? Do they dig deep into their memory and retrieve ideas of others or do they use their own imagination?
Chess World of Karpov and Kasparov
May 25th, 2011, 08:00 AM
Watching Kasparov and Karpov fight together for a common goal was an unusual sight, not seen too often. Kasparov writes again about their rivalry in his book On Modern Chess, Part Four: Kasparov vs Karpov 1988-2009.
Chess Champion's Class Act
May 25th, 2011, 08:00 AM
Vishy Anand is the most versatile world chess champion. After all, he won world championships in classical matches, knockouts, rapids and blitz and dominated the advanced chess in which players are able to consult the computers.
Chess Puzzles: Prokes's Windmills
May 25th, 2011, 08:00 AM
Ladislav Prokes was a prolific writer and columnist, but his main contribution to chess was composing nearly 1,200 wonderful chess studies. His creations were clear, witty, instructive and easy to understand.
Chess Puzzles: A Disappearing Act
May 25th, 2011, 08:00 AM
During the late 1930s many people were executed just because they said something wrong, including talented chess composers. After Stalin's death, they were posthumously rehabilitated, but it was too late.
Chess Bundesliga Kicks Off
May 25th, 2011, 08:00 AM
FIFA, the governing body of soccer, has 208 member countries, the most of any sport. The World Chess Federation (FIDE) with 159 nations is second. In many countries chess is considered sport.
Ukraine Wins Chess Olympiad
May 25th, 2011, 08:00 AM
To win gold medals at any chess olympiad, you need exceptional performances. If that is not enough, you need some luck. Ukraine had it all at the 39th Chess Olympiad in Khanty-Mansiysk, Russia.
Ivanchuk Dominates Chess Olympiad
May 25th, 2011, 08:00 AM
How come Ivanchuk doesn't even blink and collects his points with a solid, steady performance? He does it with his incredible opening knowledge, sharp and unusual tactics and subtle positional play.
Chess Puzzles: Richard Reti's Marvelous Squares
May 25th, 2011, 08:00 AM
A chessboard is a square, divided into 64 black and white squares. But there are more squares in chess, mostly invisible, as part of an amazing chess geometry hidden in chess players' minds.
Chess Great Bent Larsen Dies
May 25th, 2011, 08:00 AM
An optimist by nature, Larsen was one of the most fierce fighters of the last century and one of the few players capable of challenging the Soviets for the world championship title.
Chess Puzzles: A Vodka Escape
May 25th, 2011, 08:00 AM
Steinitz's Immortal Chess Game
May 25th, 2011, 08:00 AM
Enough is enough and you throw in the towel. That's the elegant way to give up in boxing. In chess, there are more ways of resigning a game before you get actually mated.
A Nimble Chess Artist
May 25th, 2011, 08:00 AM
The former U.S. champion Hikaru Nakamura is fast. The quicker the pace on the chessboard, the more he seems to enjoy playing.
Chess Solutions: Weird Promotions
May 25th, 2011, 08:00 AM
French aristocrat Barthelemy de Basterot was a strong player, but treated the essential rules rather loosely. On pawn promotion he wrote that any pawn reaching the last rank can be changed to any piece a player chooses.
Chess Puzzles: French Aristocrat's Folly
May 25th, 2011, 08:00 AM
As someone who treated the rules of Chess rather loosely, it is no wonder that Barthelemy de Basterot became the target of one of the most gifted chess composers.
Chess Puzzles: Henri Rinck's Magical Rooks
May 25th, 2011, 08:00 AM
Henri Rinck was one of the most prolific chess composers. His endgame studies were elegant, witty, entertaining, simple a beautiful.
Fooling the Gullible Chess World
May 25th, 2011, 08:00 AM
Identity theft in chess is rather common. Sometimes a full chapter is lifted from a book, other times a player claims credit for a single move that wasn't his. Here is one such story.
Chess: Laznicka Wins World Open
May 25th, 2011, 08:00 AM
On his first journey to America, Viktor Laznicka won the traditional World Open at Valley Forge, Pennsylvania, and the $20,000 first prize on Monday.
Chess Puzzles: Fourth of July Fireworks
May 25th, 2011, 08:00 AM
It's Independence Day - time for fireworks! The sparks are flying in both puzzles with explosive key-moves and beautiful finishes. Try to solve them or revisit this column on July 11 to see the solutions.
Magnus Carlsen: King Among Chess Kings
May 25th, 2011, 08:00 AM
Undefeated, Magnus Carlsen left his nearest rivals two full points behind at the elite Kings tournament in Medias, Romania, last week. It was an amazing display of chess dominance.
Chess Puzzles: Even the Champions Get It Wrong
May 25th, 2011, 08:00 AM
In chess, nobody is immune to blunders, not even the champions. This is a common theme in English Grandmaster John Nunn's excellent new book Nunn's Chess Endings, Volume 1.
Chess King's Mad Scramble
May 25th, 2011, 08:00 AM
A spectacular game was played between Russian GM Alexander Riazantsev and GM Sergey Karjakin. It was so complicated even the chess computers sometimes hesitated to suggest the best way.
Almost Human Chess Machines
May 25th, 2011, 08:00 AM
Precision, mistake-free play and machine-like calculations were the highest accolades for the top chess players. Nowadays, it seems to be the other way around.
Chess Puzzles: The Art of Zugzwang
May 25th, 2011, 08:00 AM
What does it mean being in zugzwang? In simple terms, you have to move and you don't want to. Every move you make leads to a worse position and often to an outright disaster.
Chess Champ Kamsky Wins in Overtime
May 25th, 2011, 08:00 AM
Imagine a sporting event, in which the visiting team gets more chances to score, but when time expires and the score is tied, the championship trophy goes to a home team. That recently happened in St. Louis.