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February 04, 2016 82

STORY OF NONA GAPRINDASHVII, INSPIRATION IN GEORGIAN CHESS

UNITED STATES (MICHAEL DEFILIPPO | WORLD CHESS HALL OF FAME) Georgia has always held a special place in the chess world. Its women have been especially strong, having once held the Women’s World Chess Champion title for just under 30 consecutive years. The first pioneer and a phenomenal success of women’s chess in Georgia was Nona Gaprindashvili, who in 1962 became the Women’s World Chess Champion at the age of 21. A five-time world champion, Nona helped to propel the Soviet Olympiad team to 11 team gold medals during her tenure. During this impressive run, she managed to earn an astounding nine individual gold medals. She is also the first woman in chess history to earn the prestigious… Read More...
Feb 01, 2016 91

DO YOU PLAY CHESS IN FACEBOOK MESSENGER?

UNITED STATES Did you know that there is a chess game built into Facebook Messenger that you can use to play against your friends? I sure didn’t, but it seems that anyone can have a go by typing “@fbchess play” (without the quotations) into a message to initiate a game with your buddy. Unfortunately though, Facebook’s chess game is not a touchscreen implementation that you are probably used to if… Read More...
Jan 29, 2016 86

STRANGE OBJECT FOUND IN CHESS PARK

UNITED STATES (Deland, Florida) Police officers in DeLand found a strange object resembling a cat-shaped mummy in Chess Park in Downtown DeLand on the evening of Jan. 26. DeLand Police Department spokesman Sgt. Chris Estes said there was no incident report immediately available. Few details about the object or its discovery are currently available, but the department has recently been sending… Read More...
Jan 27, 2016 91

SHOCKING START FOR ANAND IN GIBRALTAR CHESS

GIBRALTAR Five-time world champion Viswanathan Anand made a disappointing start to his campaign at the Tradewise Gibraltar Chess Festival in Gibraltar after he was held to a draw by International Master Szidonia Lazarne Vajda of Hungary in the opening round of the masters section. Playing in a Swiss open for the first time in 23 years, Anand failed to get into the groove and the Hungarian lady… Read More...
Jan 25, 2016 227

WHY CHESS IS GOOD FOR YOUNG BRAINS

THE UNITED KINGDOM The future of chess in Saudi Arabia is in doubt after the country’s most senior cleric, the grand mufti Sheikh Abdul-Aziz al-Sheikh, said it was forbidden under Islam. Al-Sheikh told a television interviewer that chess is “included under gambling” and a “waste of time and money and a cause for hatred and enmity between players”. The Saudi Chess Association has since appeared to… Read More...
Jan 21, 2016 177

CHESS CHAMP WALCOTT, AGE 14, FALLS INTO COMA

TRINIDAD & TOBAGO The national chess community has been left reeling following the news that 2013 CARIFTA chess champion, Della-Marie Walcott, 14-years-old, is currently in a coma with minimal brain activity at the Intensive Care Unit (ICU) at the St Clair Medical Centre. Walcott, a form four student of St Joseph’s Convent, Port of Spain, has been diagnosed with stage one brain cancer. Walcott’s… Read More...