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Monday, August 27, 2012

Livigno Chess Open a Big Draw for Indians!

The 3rd International Livigno Chess Open is going to take place in the beautiful Italian Alps from September 10-17. The host city is the beautiful village of Livigno. In total no less than 17 nations are represented in probably one of the highest located chess competitions in the world.  Livigno is also known as the Little Tibet of Italy and is an enchanting ski resort.  Sergey Volkov (Russia – 2011 winner) has confirmed his participation, as well as 2009 Senior World Champion Miso Cebalo (Croatia) and quite a few players from India. Overall there are 26 players with Elo above 2400; 16 above 2500 and one above 2600, the Luxembourgian-Italian Alberto David.

Indian Chess Teams Set for FIDE Chess Olympiad 2012 in Istanbul Aug 27-Sept 10

The 40th FIDE World Chess Olympiad will take place in Istanbul, Turkey, 27 August - 10 September. A record-breaking 162 nations have registered for the competition with more than 1700 players and captains. The arrival of delegations is underway and the opening ceremony will take place August 27th at 21:30 local time (20:30 CET) in the WOW Convention Center. The ceremony will be broadcasted live in 4 languages simultaneously. The first round begins August 28th at 15:00.

Tuesday, August 21, 2012

Best Chess Radio Show on the Planet- F.E.B. No. 24

Alibanban, the ACP's adjournment experience, Gordon oh-so close in Brit Champs, true Brit humour, chess and more... Have you tuned in to the best chess radio show on the planet yet? Listen to the NEXT SHOW for details of summer raffle extravapalooza! All donations will be counted!

Yuri Garrett, Gata Kamsky. Credit: Macauley Peterson

Friday, August 17, 2012

Kasparov Released, But...

FB Update: Garry Kasparov has been released, but the police are seriously pursuing this ridiculous charge that he bit a police officer. So he has more protocol to go through tonight with his attorney and must return to the police next week.


From the official Garry Kasparov Facebook Page
: Garry Kasparov has just been arrested outside the Moscow courthouse where the Pussy Riot trial is taking place. He was not there to protest, simply to attend, and the police cornered him and dragged him into the police van. This photo shows the police assaulting him inside the van. We hope he is all right and we will provide updates when we have them. (Photo by Olaf Koens).

FB Update (An hour ago): We just spoke to Garry on the phone. He is at the police station. He was beaten but says he is okay. He isn't sure what will happen next. It seems the police are waiting for orders from above. He says he was standing calmly speaking with journalists when police pushed through and grabbed him. Also Read:

Thursday, August 16, 2012

TATA 14th IBCA Chess Olympiad for the Blind Begins in Chennai

The TATA 14th IBCA Chess Olympiad for the Blind organised by the All India Chess Federation for the blind has begun at the Hotel Le Royal Meridien, Chennai. The 23-country team chess event had a colourful opening ceremony. The tournament arrives in Asia for the first time thanks to the efforts of the All-India Chess Federation. Shri D V Sundar, Vice President, FIDE inaugurated the tournament making the symbolic first move. He extolled the untiring efforts of Charudatta Jadhav in bringing the Olympiad to India. He added, "The sheer grit and determination of Charudatta in ensuring the developement of blind chess is unparalled. He has behind him three decades of selfless service for blind chess and deserves the recommendation to the civilian award of Padma Shree."

Thursday, August 9, 2012

Sponsorship Potential of Chess Untapped: Agon Gets YouGov Survey

Press Release: Chess has been under the radar for the last 40 years since Bobby Fischer and Boris Spassky fought the Cold War for us in Reykjavik. But outside the glare of the media spotlight chess players now make up one of the largest communities in the world: 605 million adults play chess regularly – a number comparable to regular users of Facebook.

According to authoritative polling organization YouGov, across varied national demographic profiles (US, UK, Germany, Russia, India), a surprisingly stable 70% of the adult population has played chess at some point during their lives. Even if they played as children but left it behind as they grew up, they still retain a deep admiration for the game.

Across the board, chess players and non-players alike rank chess significantly higher than any other game or sport for attributes such as intelligence, sophistication, strategy, perfection and complexity confirming top branding agency Pentagram’s view: “Chess is about Thinking and Winning.”

Saturday, August 4, 2012

Play Chess With World Champion Vishy Anand in Simul via

World Champion Viswanathan Anand will play a match against the World via's "Vote Chess" platform on August 13, 2012 at 10:30 AM PST. LLC and Metropolitan Chess, Inc have partnered up to make this amazing event possible, according to a press release.

Anand will be the head instructor at the Metro Chess Invitational Chess Camp from August 9th through 13th in Los Angeles. He will conclude his activities by playing a Simultaneous Exhibition the morning of August 13th against a small group of lucky individuals. One of the boards in the Simul will belong to the Community as they vote in their suggested move for a relayer to play on the actual board for Anand as he moves from board to board during the Simul.


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