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Alberto David wins Italian Championship 2019 Find the right combination! ChessBase 15 program + new Mega Database 2020 with 8 million games and more than 80,000 master analyses. Plus ChessBase Magazine and CB Premium membership for 1 year! More… Host of the Italian Championships 2019 was Padua, one of the oldest Italian cities.

Day 2 Underway in Orlando; Livestream Starts Tonight! Three rounds are in the books at the K-12 Grade Championships in Orlando, Florida. Round 4 is underway as this goes to press, and tonight's Round 5 sees the start of the US Chess Livestream with GM Fidel Corrales Jiminez and WGM Jennifer Yu.

Inter-school rapid chess gets going - MANILA, Philippines - Over 100 chess players aged 12 years and below will vie for top honors in the Lee-Ann Fidaire Inter-School Rapid Chess Championship, which starts at 10 a.m. today at the Open Kitchen restaurant of the Rockwell Business Center food hall in Mandaluyong City.

Between life and chess More often that person is your father. In some cases, as in mine, it can be a mother, uncle or brother. It is the typical way most chess players start… My mother was very supportive and travelled with me till I was well into my teens. And I think personality-wise, too, I borrowed a lot from her.

All India Chess Federation ignores Ministry suggestion, holds General Body Meeting In one of the important decisions taken at the meeting, called by president P.R. Venketrama Raja, AICF has decided to advance organisational elections to February 10, from May/June, 2020. It was also decided not to discuss the charges of financial irregularities during the National sub-junior tournament against the Bengal Chess Association.

Jerusalem GP R1 Tiebreaks: Mamedyarov falls Shakhriyar Mamedyarov is out of the race to qualify for the 2020 Candidates Tournament after he took the lead but went on to lose to Dmitry Jakovenko in tiebreaks. The battle is now between Maxime Vachier-Lagrave and Ian Nepomniachtchi, who won their tiebreaks 2:0, with Wesley So the only other player still in contention.

Chess Legends assemble in Monaco for Golden Pawn Awards and other Monaco news On 30 November, Monaco hosted the first ever European chess award ceremony, the Golden Pawn, at the Hotel de Paris. Chess celebrities from all over the world were present for an event which put the strategical game in the spotlight. The Bistro Lounge and Saphir24, open 24 hours a day, have just reopened after being revamped.

Monaco GP: Advantage Goryachkina Anna thought whether to play h5 or allow it. She decided to play in the spirit of the Gruenfeld and continued with 11…b7. The game continued here with 12.e5 cxd4 13.cxd4 c6 14.h5 d5, looking to generate some counterplay. Anna was not sure whether 16…ad8 was good.

Chessmen cookies are available year-round but just taste better during the holidays It wouldn't be a Pittsburgh wedding without a cookie table. But why keep the tradition exclusive to happy couples? In the spirit of the season, Pittsburgh City Paper is celebrating the holiday cookie table. We're reviewing bakery favorites, family recipes, and grocery store staples until the table is full.

Jerusalem GP: Mamedyarov out of contention Find the right combination! ChessBase 15 program + new Mega Database 2020 with 8 million games and more than 80,000 master analyses. Plus ChessBase Magazine and CB Premium membership for 1 year! More… The fourth leg of the FIDE Grand Prix is being played in Jerusalem, Israel.

Vachier-Lagrave, Nepomniachtchi Advance In Jerusalem, Mamedyarov Out Of The Candidates Day three of the 2019 FIDE Grand Prix in Jerusalem saw seven matches decided on tiebreaks. At the end, Maxime Vachier-Lagrave and Ian Nepomniachtchi advanced to keep their Candidates' 2020 hopes alive while Shakhriyar Mamedyarov lost and is out.

Magnus Carlsen makes it to the Top Ten of the Football Fantasy League Find the right combination! ChessBase 15 program + new Mega Database 2020 with 8 million games and more than 80,000 master analyses. Plus ChessBase Magazine and CB Premium membership for 1 year! More… 2019 was a good year for Magnus Carlsen.

Chess Wizard Anand Releases His Book 'Mind Masters' 'Mind Master', the book written by five-time world champion Viswanathan Anand was released at a glittering function in Chennai on Friday. Journalist N Ram released the book in presence of sportswriter Susan Ninan at the function.

Sports Ministry Cancels Saturday's GB Meeting Called By Chess Federation President The sports ministry on Friday asked the All-India Chess Federation to cancel the Urgent General Body Meeting called by its President PR Venketrama Raja on Saturday. The Centre while directing to cancel Saturday's meeting called by Raja here, warned that the federation would face action, that included suspension or withdrawal of recognition.

K-12 Grade Championships Kick Off in Orlando Hans Niemann didn't bother to hide his ambition when faced with the cameras. After Thursday night, he only has seven games to go. The real work starts today at 1pm EST. Niemann, an International Master and the top seed in the 11th Grade Championship, went a combined 22-0 in the preliminary Bughouse and Blitz events on Thursday.

Reminders for K-12 Grade Championship Participants! Quick reminders for those getting ready for battle in Orlando! Per the Scholastic Regulations, US Chess will provide scoresheets for players. The use of these scoresheets is mandatory for all players. No other method of keeping score may be used, unless prior approval is granted by US Chess.

Lomibao-Beltran kiddies, women’s chess unwraps - MANILA, Philippines - The keenly awaited first Woman Fide Master Sheerie Joy Lomibao-Beltran Women's Open chess championship and kiddies 14 years old and below Inter-School Fide rating tournament gets underway today at the Open Kitchen food hall, Rockwell Business Center, Sheridan, Greenfields District in Mandaluyong City.

AI has bested chess and Go, but it struggles to find a diamond in Minecraft Machine learning and AI have been used to create bots that can beat the best humans at chess and Go. But can they mine a diamond in Minecraft? A new challenge organized with the help of Microsoft put teams from around the world to the test.

Casual Blitz Chess Tournament: Sunday 29th December 2019 Casual Blitz Chess Tournament Sunday 29th December 2019 - 2pm to 5pm @ Chess and Bridge Shop, 44 Baker Street, London, W1U 7RT Format: Tournament limited to a maximum of 8 players. Time control - 10mim per game. Players will play a minimum of 6 games or maximum of 9 games.

Sam Morsy can't wait for Egypt duty so he can play Liverpool star Mo Salah at chess SAM MORSY is working on a strategy so he can learn again from grandmaster Mo Salah. Wigan skipper Morsy fell out of favour under previous Egypt chief Javier Aguirre and was not selected for the Africa Cup of Nations squad in the summer. That meant he missed out on working with Salah - as well as taking on the Liverpool superstar at chess!

Duel of queens In the diagram position, White's 25.Rxe8+ Qxe8 26.Bxf6 gets a most menacing attacker in front of the completely exposed enemy king. But Black has a way to secure half a point — can you see it?

Chess helps transform lives of people with disabilities Chess has encouraged people with disabilities to change their lives, break barriers and create many inspiring stories in Turkey and around the world. Organized by the International Chess Federation this week, the Confederation Cup for Disabled People is an important step in making chess more popular among people with disabilities.

Chess: Ding Liren wins Grand Tour as China's 1975 domination plan rolls on Ding Liren's impressive triumph in last weekend's Grand Tour final at London Olympia has made China's world No 3 the firm favourite to win the eight-man candidates next March which will decide Magnus Carlsen's world title challenger later in 2020.

Monaco GP: Goryachkina increases her lead Mariya Muzychuk talks about her game - Video: FIDE. Paehtz surprises Humpy. In a post-game analysis, Paehtz revealed that she did not prepare the Averbakh Variation. She remembers 6…a6 being suggested a few years back, as it is tricky and Black is waiting to see what White will do.

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