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Saturday, June 2, 2012

Women's World Rapid Chess Championship in Batumi: Koneru Humpy Leads with Stefanova; Alexandra Kosteniuk Upsets Top Seed Muzychuk

Exciting chess is defining the Women's World Rapid Chess Championship currently on in Batumi, Georgia. The first six rounds have been played and already the 12th Women's World Chess Champion Alexandra Kosteniuk has beaten top seed Anna Anna Muzychuk of Slovakia. The attacking champion is in joint second place after six rounds even as India's Koneru Humpy and Bulgaria's Antoaneta Stefanova lead just a half point more. Apart from Humpy, India's other player Harika Dronavalli is doing pretty well too. Here are great video reports of the proceedings so far:








The top standings at the Women's World Rapid Chess Championship 2012 after six rounds is as follows:

1
GMKoneru HumpyIND25895.017.024.52708
2
GMStefanova AntoanetaBUL25185.014.521.52720
3
GMKosteniuk AlexandraRUS24574.515.523.02714
4
WGMHuang QianCHN24174.515.022.52716
5

Wang JueCHN23644.512.520.02706
6
GMLahno KaterynaUKR25464.512.518.52623
7
GMZhao XueCHN25494.016.024.02596
8
GMCramling PiaSWE24784.015.521.52588
9
GMMuzychuk AnnaSLO25984.013.019.02510
10
IMPaehtz ElisabethGER24914.012.517.52545

Three rounds would be played on Saturday - 7,8, and 9. The top pairings for Saturday include Stefanova-Humpy, Lahno-Jue, Kosteniuk-Huang, Muzychuk-Cramling, and Zhongyi-Harika.


You can watch the Batumi chess championship live from India time 4.30 pm onwards at the official website

Swell Chess Video Interview with 2012 US Chess Champion Hikaru Nakamura

The chess future is about Nakamura, Carlsen, and Karjakin! Nakamura looks out for pretty girls when he looks up from his chess board while playing...!
Gary Kasparov...!

You will find these and other interesting comments by the US Chess Champion 2012 Hikaru Nakamura in this great indepth interview with Jennifer Shahade. Surely a chess video not to be missed.

Friday, June 1, 2012

Irritated Viswanathan Anand Spikes Critics (Kasparov Comments Links Updated)



World Chess Champion 2012 Viswanathan Anand, who has just won his fifth world title, hit out at chess great Gary Kasparov and other critics for suggesting that he lacked motivation.

"I think that this is the first time I have played a match where so many people seemed to have negative opinion about my play. And the thing is I do not think I lacked motivation," Anand said about his clash with Israel's Boris Gelfand, whom he beat in Moscow on Wednesday to win his fifth world title. The 42-year-old Anand told a news channel in an interview from Moscow that Kasparov "keeps talking about my age" but Gelfand was slightly older at 44.

Batumi Rapid Women's World Chess Championship: Humpy Just Half Point Behind Huang, Cramling

The first three rounds of the World Women's Chess Rapid Championship 2012 being held in Batumi were completed on Thursday. The strong competition includes top seed Anna Muzychuk, European women's chess champion Valentina Gunina, women's world chess championship finalist Koneru Humpy, European women's chess silver medalist Tatiana Kosintseva, former women's world chess champions Antoaneta Stefanova and Alexandra Kosteniuk, US women's chess champion Irina Krush, and Armenia's leading player Elina Danielian. 

Surprising Developments in the World Chess Championship Match

There is this real fun chess graphic in the Mad Magazine. It's great to share it with Chess Magazine Black and White Readers!
Thu, 05/31/2012 - 12:26 pm
Author:
The Editors
BORED GAME DEPT.
Yesterday, Viswanathan Anand successfully defended his title as World Chess Champion by defeating Boris Gelfand. Now, we know what you’re thinking — the only thing more boring than playing chess has got to be watching chess be played. Well that’s where you’re wrong! The match was filled with exciting, surprising events! Don’t get us wrong, it was still boring – but for a chess game, pretty exciting!



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Anand Retains World Chess Champion Title: Experts Comment Including Legendary Gary Kasparov

World Chess Championship 2012 - A selection of expert comments were compiled by Pogonina.com. After drawing Boris Gelfand 6-6 in the classical part of the match Anand won the rapid tie-break 2.5-1.5 to retain the World Chess Champion title. Here's what some of the well-known chess experts have to say about it:

Prison to Hire Chess Player to Keep Mass Murderer Breivik Busy

This is not your typical chess news. However, one that makes you think about the potential of man's mind and - like fire - how it could work either way: for good, or bad. A news report from the Norwegian prison where killer Anders Behring Breivik could be kept is considering hiring professionals to 'socialise' with him and keep him separated from other inmates. These professionals would include a chess player to play with Breivik! It is understood that Breivik could not possibly have normal contact with other jail inmates and might create a hostage situation, according to Ila prison director Knut Bjarkeid. Bjarkeid spoke at length to Verdens Gang newspaper about the preparations.

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