Edmonton International Chess Festival

 The 11th edition of the Edmonton International Chess Festival took place in the Edmonton Chess Club  June 17-26, 2016. WINNER : U.S. GM Samuel Shankland  [7 wins 2 draws]  finished with 8/9[Event "11th Edmonton International"][Site "Edmonton"][Date "2016.06.25"][Round "8.2"][White "Shankland, Samuel"][Black "Ganguly, Surya"][Result "1-0"][ECO "D35"][WhiteElo "2646"][BlackElo "2654"][PlyCount "87"][EventDate "2016.??.??"]1. d4 Nf6 2. c4 e6 … Continue reading

Goro Hasegawa/Othello

Goro Hasegawa/OthelloGoro Hasegawa, who invented the  board game Othello, died Monday at his house in Kashiwa, Chiba Prefecture… He was 83In 1971,  Mr. Hasegawa invented Othello based on the game of Reversi. The game grew popular in a short time and in 1973 the Japan Othello Association was establishedThe 1st World Othello … Continue reading

Your Next Move GCT / Blitz / Day Two / Final

 All images courtesy of Derrick Bartotto.  Magnus Carlsen wins the Blitz portion of the Your Next Move GCT (Grand Chess Tour) by a full point. #NamePtsSB1Carlsen, Magnus11952Aronian, Levon10883Anand, Viswanathan9.582.5 Nakamura, Hikaru9.582.25 So, Wesley9.580.56Kramnik, Vladimir982 Vachier-Lagrave, Maxime9808Caruana, Fabiano8.576.259Giri, Anish87410Topalov, Veselin653.5 Anand played a beautiful White side of a Najdorf Sicilian against Topalov.  Click on the Diagram to step … Continue reading

Your Next Move GCT / Blitz / Day One

 Levon Aronian is in the lead by a half point at the half way point of the Your Next Move GCT in Leuven Belgium. #NamePtsSB1Aronian, Levon5.523.52Carlsen, Magnus523 Kramnik, Vladimir522.25 Nakamura, Hikaru521.25 So, Wesley520.756Anand, Viswanathan4.520.75 Vachier-Lagrave, Maxime4.519.758Topalov, Veselin4169Caruana, Fabiano3.51510Giri, Anish314.75Today there were nine rounds.  You can play through any/all of the games by accessing the official site (URL … Continue reading

Your Next Move GCT / Rapids / Day Two

All images courtesy of Derrick Bartotto.    World Champion Magnus Carlsen wins the Rapids portion of Your Next Move GCT .#NamePtsSB1Carlsen, Magnus626.252So, Wesley5.5243Anand, Viswanathan521.25 Aronian, Levon5215Caruana, Fabiano4.5206Vachier-Lagrave, Maxime417.75 Giri, Anish416.25 Topalov, Veselin4169Nakamura, Hikaru3.517.75 Kramnik, Vladimir3.515.75Quite a surprise  was Nakamura tying for last place considering his recent successes in Rapids and Blitz play.  We’ll see how he does … Continue reading