King Salman World Blitz and Rapid Championships

For the 1st time in Saudi Arabia, the world chess championships (Rapids and Blitz)  will start on Tuesday DEC 26 .. Where ?  The  APEX Convention Center with the participation of  over 200 international players .. Visa’s were secured for the participants of Iran and Qatar.. “FIDE would like to … Continue reading

79th Tata Steel Masters / Round 6

by National Life Master Loal Davis Anish Giri In the sixth round of the 79th Tata Steel Master Tournament there were two decisive games.   After a long series of draws through multiple tournaments, Giri uncorked an absolutely beautiful win against Nepomniachtchi.  This game could have been a draw many times over, but Giri … Continue reading

BILBAO CHESS MASTERS/RD 9

     Magnus Carlsen finally won a game against Anish Giri.  Giri won their first encounter several years back, and since then they have amassed approximately 19 draws, before this tourney.  Carlsen finally wins and he did it with the rather placid London System – in this case a “Sheep In … Continue reading

London Chess Classic 2015 / Round 8

by National Life Master Loal Davis Anish Giri  Giri won, or more accurately Nakamura lost, the eighth round of the 7th London Chess Classic 2015. White “Giri, Anish (NED)” Black “Nakamura, Hikaru (USA)”1. Nf3 d5 2. g3 Nf6 3. Bg2 e6 4. O-O Be7 5. d3 O-O 6. Nbd2 c5 Nakamura used this setup … Continue reading

London Chess Classic 2015 / Round 1

by National Life Master Loal DavisAnish GiriThis only win in round 1 was Giri’s victory with the Black pieces over Veselin Topalov who had a poor opening, better middle game (very much better) and then went bonkers by allowing a forcing mate. Topalov,Veselin (BUL) – Giri,Anish (NED)7th London Chess Classic 2015 … Continue reading

Candidates Tournament 2016

 Candidates Tournament 2016The Candidates Tournament is one of the most important and most followed tournaments in the World Chess Championship cycle.  It will determine the challenger for the 2016 World Chess Championship Match. Eight players will participate in the Candidates Tournament and the winner qualifies for the Championship Match which … Continue reading

3rd Sinquefield Cup Line-up/Ratings & Rnd 1

by National Life Master Loal DavisThese are the parings for the first round.Notice the parings versus the top 12 rated players from the current Live Ratings.The ONLY two swaps/deviations from the top 10 in the Live Ratings list (above) and the 3rd Sinquefield Cup line-up are: Ding Liren (7 – … Continue reading

Norway Chess 2015/Rd3

Norway Chess 2015/Rd3Nakamura and Topalov winners of the round,Carlsen draws against Giri .Viswanathan Anand drew a Sicilian (Sveshnikov) against Alexander Grischuk ,Levon Aronian also had a draw{English Four Knights} with Jon Ludwig Hammer…[Event “Norway Chess 2015”] [Site “Hotel Scandic Stavanger Forus”] [Date “2015.06.18”] [Round “3.1”] [White “Nakamura, Hikaru”] [Black “Caruana, Fabiano”] [Result “1-0”] … Continue reading