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April 19, 2015 65

DO CHESS WIZARDS HAVE TO BLINDLY FOLLOW RULES

UNITED STATES There’s a wonderful old British case involving a farmer named Lawrence Burr, who was stopped while driving a tractor along a public road. The tractor was pulling a chicken coop to town, where it was to be sold. For the purposes of the brief trip, Burr had fixed iron wheels to the underside of the coop. The trouble was that the Road Traffic Act of 1930 required all “vehicles,” including “trailers,” to ride on pneumatic tires. A lower court held that the chicken coop was not a vehicle within the meaning of the act, but the King’s Bench, in Garner v. Burr, disagreed, holding that a trailer was “anything which will run on wheels which is being drawn by a tractor or another motor… Read More...
Apr 17, 2015 74

MOVIES SPARKS POPULARITY FOR CHESS IN UGANDA

UGANDA In Uganda, the Disney movie production of The Queen of Katwe, about young chess prodigy Phiona Mutesi, has sparked new interest in the game. Now children from around the country are taking up chess like never before. Enthusiasm for chess has been on the rise in Uganda ever since Disney started filming The Queen of Katwe. The movie follows the life of Phiona Mutesi, who made it from the… Read More...
Apr 15, 2015 89

IRINA, GREATEST FEMALE U.S. CHESS PLAYER IN HISTORY

MISSOURI Irina Krush won her seventh US Chess Championship this past weekend in St. Louis. In doing so, she notched her fourth consecutive US title and became without question the best American woman player of her generation and, really, in history. It didn't come easy for Krush. Although she was the only Grandmaster on the women's side of the 12-player, 11-round tournament, she slipped back in… Read More...
Apr 13, 2015 179

ANDOVER GIRL IS YOUNGEST U.S. FEMALE MASTER

MASSACHUSETTES ANDOVER, Mass. (AP) — Carissa Yip can play chess with her eyes closed. The Andover sixth-grader doesn't need a board, no stoic chessmen at the ready. In her mind, she can lead a kingdom into a war of wits and strategy, visualizing each move. And several that will follow. That helps explain how, in February, the 11-year-old became the youngest female in the United States to earn the… Read More...
Apr 12, 2015 241

GM GAIOZ NIGALIDZE, GEORGIAN CHAMPION, CAUGHT CHEATING

UNITED ARAB EMIRATES A strong open tournament is taking place in Dubai, UAE these days. The field includes 22 players over 2600, while the top-rated participants are David Howell (2687), Vladimir Fedoseev (2674), Igor Kovalenko (2665), Tigran Petrosian (2660)... The latter, an Armenian Grandmaster whose first and last name are same as those of the 9th World Champion, has become one of the two… Read More...
Apr 09, 2015 158

20 WEBSITES THAT WILL MAKE YOU A BETTER CHESS PLAYER

WCM Claudia Munoz www.claudiamunoz.com I am continually asked which websites I would recommend in order to increase their strength. Although there are many chess websites out there, some sites are informative and others are educational so you have to decide what you are looking for. A few months ago I came across an article ‘20 Websites That Will Make You a Better Chess Player’ by Yury Markushin.… Read More...