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Herceg Novi 1970 and the Fischer Papers 50 years ago today, on April 8, 1970, Herceg Novi in Yugoslavia hosted a blitz tournament that might well be the best blitz tournament of all time. Twelve of the world's best players competed in a double round-robin. Bobby Fischer won with 19 out of 22.

Longtime Filipino chess arbiter Gene Poliarco dies MANILA, Philippines - Gene Poliarco, a tall, thin man with a commanding voice who was the country's veteran chess arbiter, died in Pangasinan at the age of 77 on Sunday, April 5. "He had a respiratory ailment for a few years.

Indonesian Superhero Gundala Available Now in Chess Rush Give it up for the local superheroes in Southeast Asia, who definitely could use some more recognition outside of the countries they protect. Luckily, Gundala, one of Indonesia's famous superheroes has made his way into Chess Rush as a playable unit in the game.

Australian model and chess master, 33, tragically dies after being critically injured in a car crash An Australian model and international chess master tragically died two weeks after she was critically injured in a car crash. Arianne Caoili, 33, was a prominent figure in the chess world who had also featured on the Australian 'Dancing with the Stars'.

Promoting fair play among child chess players 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… "If a player is determined to cheat, it will happen," stated chess organizer Walter High.

Chess players raise fund for fight against coronavirus pandemic Some young chess players from across the country hosted an online tournament and raised Rs 1.05 lakh while noted coach R B Ramesh collected funds through his 'Chess Gurukul' with GM P Harikrishna contributing Rs 2 lakh and Karthikeyan Murali donating Rs 25,000.

Vishwanathan Anand to play online chess to raise funds Dubai: Six Indian chess players, including former world champion Vishwanathan Anand, will play online chess with fans on April 11 to raise funds to combat the coronavirus pandemic.

Brian Chess Helton Published 5:06 pm Tuesday, April 7, 2020. Brian Chess Helton, 39, of Atmore, passed away April 3, 2020 in Pensacola, Fla. He was born in Mobile on February 3, 1981, to Chester "Chet" Junior and Linda Kaye Singleton Helton. He was a sales representative most of his life.

Improving Your Chess: Cost and Quality Editor's Note: I saw this outstanding video on chess improvement tools from frequent Chess Life and Chess Life Online contributor Kostya Kavutskiy, and I asked Kostya if he minded if we shared it on our social media channels. He offered to go a step further, augmenting his thoughts as presented in the video with additional text for CLO readers.

Gareyev and Bryant Win Western Class The Western Class Championships were held in the Los Angeles suburb of Van Nuys from March 6-8. In today's environment, that seems like a lifetime ago, and the tournament was negatively affected by COVID-19 concerns, drawing 191 players as opposed to the usual 260+ historical average.

Chocolate Chess Pie With its creamy, rich filling and perfectly crisp crust, this chocolate chess pie recipe will give the best dessert shop in your state a run for its money.This recipe is courtesy of Chef Glenn Rolnick of Virgil's Real Barbecue.

Yes, IT is coming! Recent outages of US Chess information technology services prompted me to offer a preview of our efforts to upgrade our US Chess IT infrastructure. Last summer, US Chess signed an agreement with Skvare, an information technology firm that specializes in assisting nonprofit organizations with their technology needs.

Double Fianchetto: The Modern Chess Lifestyle Double Fianchetto: The Modern Chess Lifestyle by Daniel Hausrath: The main purpose of this book is to explain the structures that can result from double fianchettoed positions. The reader will find five chapters with structures from the white side and six chapters with structures from the black side.

Winning with 1.d4! By Jerzy Konikowski and Uwe Bekemann: "Winning with 1.d4!" offers a complete repertoire for d4 players against all plausible responses.

April Cover Stories with Chess Life: Tom Beckman The April edition of "Cover Stories with Chess Life" is now live! This monthly podcast, hosted by Senior Director of Strategic Communication Daniel Lucas, goes in depth and behind the scenes of each month's Chess Life cover story.

Fun with chess: a selection of very short chess movies Pixar presents this little evergreen which was created by the Czech writer and animator Jan Pinkava. The film shows how Geri, the protagonist of the film, spends a beautiful autumn day in Paris in a park to play chess against against a much stronger opponent - himself.

An "interview" with Wilhelm Steinitz 2 - from Steinitz to Spassky. Enjoy Capablanca's fine technique, Tal's magic, Lasker's fighting spirit, Petrosian's defensive skills, Smyslov's feeling for harmony, and Alekhine's and Spassky's flair for the attack. More… As I pointed out in my article Romantic Steinitz, Steinitz became the No.

Chess - can you find the hidden single line of play to crack the puzzle? Surging popularity of new online tournaments poses a problem for global chess body.

The Weekly Show: A Capablanca classic In his weekly show IM Lawrence Trent takes a look at a classic and analyses a typical and typically instructive win by Capablanca. - Lawrence is on air from 16:00 UTC and free for a limited time, or forever on-demand with a ChessBase Basic Account. You can always register a free 90-day account to watch.

Still Stuck In Germany, Anand Joins COVID-19 Initiatives Still not able to fly back home and unite with his family, GM Viswanathan Anand has posted a video message related to the COVID-19 crisis as other Indian players are also speaking out. Anand has now been in Germany for just under a month, unable to travel back to his wife and son in Chennai, India.

New: Kasimdzhanov: The Benoni is back in Buisness The Benoni Defense leads to asymmetrical, double-edged positions that give Black good chances to play for a win. On his new DVD, Rustam Kasimdzhanov, coach and second of Fabiano Caruana, shows why the Benoni is much better than it's theoretical reputation and that it is an entirely solid line which offers Black a lot of dynamic possibilities.

Chess a casualty and a consolation in time of coronavirus lockdown The chess world has not been spared from the ravages of COVID-19, the disease caused by the new coronavirus. We haven't lost any notable players, but the world title Candidates Tournament in Yekaterinburg, Russia, was halted last month, and major events such as the 2020 Olympiad, the U.S.

USSR vs "The Rest of the World", Belgrade 1970: An interview with Vlastimil Hort How did people live back then in the Czech Republic, two years after the country had been invaded by the states of the Warsaw Pact? It was almost like being in prison. No Western press, of course. Forbidden. Including chess magazines from the West. No contacts at all to people from the West.

Uganda's IM Ssegwanyi Tops Region in Latest Chess Rankings International Master Arthur Ssegwanyi has topped the Uganda April FIDE ratings that were released earlier this month. At 2395 elo, Segwanyi moved closer to the 2400 mark that remains a Gold standard in the East African region and is closer to setting a new record as no player in the region has ever surpassed the mark.

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