World no. 2 Wesley So got the one he wanted on Monday in St. Louis as he won the US Championship on his third attempt. Alexander Onischuk put up a heroic fight in the rapid playoffs but lost his way in complications in the first game and then needed to win the second to force Armageddon. He came incredibly close, but ultimately couldn’t stop Wesley snatching the $50,000 first prize.
Sabina-Francesca Foisor described herself as “sad and excited at the same time” after winning a brilliant attacking game that made her the US Women’s Champion in the same year her mother passed away. Nazi Paikidze lost with White to 15-year-old Jennifer Yu, who has taken giant killing to a whole new level.
MArch Wrap-Up; By ACC President
ACC events continue to be a great value with lots of quality competition at every rating level. All of our events are $1-$9 per game. Come check us out!
Again this month, the club had another large turnout for the ACC Ladder (30/90, SD/60, d5), as over 60 players competed for the Ladder Prize. This month, Xing Jian and Ghezai Menelik fought in the last round with Xing winning to pull him even with Ghezai for the month (4/5). In the ACC Action tournament (3 rounds, G/30, d5), Mike Fellman fended off the opposition to win the tournament outright (3/3), followed by Dan Killian in second (2.5/3) who took down much higher rated opponents (and gaining over 100 ratings points!). The ACC Action-Plus tournament (5 rounds, G/45, d5) had a solid 43 player turnout and in the Premier Section saw Isaac Chiu win sole first place (4.5/5) followed by Justin Paul in 2nd place (4/5) and Muskee Books in 3rd (3.5/5). In the U1700 section, Akshay Kobla won first place (4.5/5) followed by Briab Milian and Jonah Treitler tied for 2nd-3rd (4/5). Max Yan won the U1400 Class Prize and Brian Tay won the U1200 prize. And finally, due to such a busy regional tournament activity this month, no ACC Blitz tournament (5 double-rounds [10 games] at a G/3 +2 time control) was held this month.
Women World Championship: Looking back; By Elshan Moradiabadi; ChessBase
After a thrilling Women World Championship that provided entertaining chess rife with drama and excitement, a new World Champion was crowned. Elshan Moradiabadi looks back at some of the highlights of the competition, providing his usual insightful summaries and annotations as well as a focus on the quarter-finals, semi-finals, and lastly the standout qualities in Tan Zhongyi, the new world champion. GM Elshan Moradiabadi provides his analysis of the turning points of missed or hit shots that ultimately decided the title.
Oxford defeats Cambridge in 135th Varsity Match; By Macauley Peterson; Chess24
In a centuries-old rivalry, Oxford and Cambridge Universities squared off over the weekend for an 8-board match at the Royal Automobile Club in central London. Oxford won this round 4½-3½, narrowing Cambridge's overall lead to five match wins. The two teams have been competing in a variety of sports, notably rowing, since the 19th century. The first chess match was in 1873 and this is now the 135th — the encounter was suspended during the World Wars. Described as "one of the great traditions of British Chess", the match was attended by various alumni guests including grandmasters. Luke McShane and Jon Speelman — both graduates of Oxford — provided a brief commentary on the games in progress for the chess24 broadcast.
Tan Zhongyi is the new Women's World Chess Champion; By IM David Martínez, Chess24
Tan Zhongyi became the new Women's World Champion after defeating Anna Muzychuk in tiebreaks. The 25-year-old has kept the title in China, after showing good technique and an astounding competitive spirit. Tan Zhongyi played no less than 34 games, and overcame a number of highly tense encounters.
February Wrap-Up; By ACC President
ACC events continue to be a great value with lots of quality competition at every rating level. All of our events are $1-$9 per game. Come check us out!
Febuary saw another excellant turnout in our renewed ACC Blitz tournament (5 double-rounds [10 games] at a G/3 +2 time control), as 16 players fought for glory and a prize! When the dust settled, Nick Theiss and Isaac Chiu finished in first place (8/10) ahead of William Mercellino in sole second (7/10), a full point ahead of four other competitors. While the club hopes to sponsor blitz tournaments most months this year, we expect there will be months when we cannot hold a blitz tournament due to competition for dates with other tournaments. The club saw the usual fist-to-cuffs on the ACC Ladder (30/90, SD/60, d5), as over 50 players fought for the Ladder Prize. This month, Tom Hoopengardner and Demetrio Aragon held off the competition (3.5/4) to secure the prize. In an awesome turnout for the ACC Action tournament (3 rounds, G/30, d5), regular Zach Martn and Daniel Weissbarth tied for first with perfect tournament scores (3/3) followed by 6 players a full point behind. And finally, the ACC Action-Plus tournament (5 rounds, G/45, d5) had to be cancelled this month due to construction at our host church for that weekend.
Match of the Millennials; By Staff, ChessBase
There's going to be an extraordinary event in July in Saint Louis: eight American players will face some of the best juniors from around the world – four players under 17, two boys under 14 and two girls under 14 years old. "An extra-ordinary opportunity for the best juniors, both Americans and World, to test their skills and fighting spirit in a prestigious event," said GM Efstratios Grivas, who will be one of the trainers selecting the World Delegation.
Greater Scholastic Tournaments in America; By Alejandro Ramirez, ChessBase
2017 marks the 15th anniversary for the Kasparov Chess Foundation, and they are celebrating with record-breaking events around the U.S. This past weekend, despite sharing a busy schedule with the traditional Super Bowl, the Greater New York, Greater Chicago and Greater Baltimore Scholastic Chess tournaments brought in over 2000 players! Garry Kasparov himself made an appearance in New York.
Women's World Championship Starts in Tehran; By Elshan Moradiabadi, ChessBase
After an almost non-stop stream of controversy regarding the Women World Championship, whether because of the infamous Hajibgate, or simply the country itself, the grand championship has finally begun its cycle to determine the next title-holder. The opening proceedings were somewhat overshadowed by the recent demise of Romanian IM Cristina Foisor, who remained in the roster as a tribute. Here is the amply commented report on the opening.
January Wrap-Up; By ACC President
ACC events continue to be a great value with lots of quality competition at every rating level. All of our events are $1-$9 per game. Come check us out!
January 2017 saw the return of the blitz tournament to the Arlington Chess Club. We had an excellant turnout in our renewed ACC Blitz tournament (5 double-rounds [10 games] at a G/3 +2 time control), as 15 players fought for glory and a prize! When the dust settled, Willie Marcelino stood well ahead in first place (8.5/10) followed by Andrew Tichenor in sole second (7/10), a half point ahead of three other competitors. While the club hopes to sponsor blitz tournaments often this year, we expect there will be months when we cannot hold a blitz tournament due to competition for dates with other tournaments.
The club had another large turnout for the ACC Ladder (30/90, SD/60, d5), as nearly 60 players fought for the Ladder Prize. This month, newcomer Wael Shreiba ran over his opposition (3/4) while narrowly edging out long-time member Roberto Aguirre (2.5/4) to secure the prize. In an awesome turnout for the month, the ACC Action-Plus tournament (5 rounds, G/45, d5) had nearly 50 players compete over boards of 64 squares. With the higher than usual turnout, the club added a class prize in the Premier section. Big surprise (not!), Andrew Samuelson returned to his winning ways and ran the boards (5/5) to collect top prize in the Premier section. He was followed by young Andy Huang in sole second (4/5) and Zach Martin in sole third (3.5/5). The Premier class prize went to young Bradley Guo who also picked up just over 100 rating points! In the U1700 section, two up and coming young players, Jason Liang and Sachin Satishkumar, tied for 1st-2nd (4/5), followed by a 3-way tie for 3rd just a half point behind. Though she qualified for both, Neha Konduru snagged the U1200 Class prize leaving a 5-way tie for the U1400 prize. Note: under USCF prize rules, any player that qualifies for more than one cash prize will be awarded the highest prize (to include accounting for split prizes). And finally, for the ACC Action tournament (3 rounds, G/30, d5), we had another great turnout as 16 players competed. Nikolas Theiss outlasted many higher rated opponents to win sole 1st place (3/3) while Andy Huang and Isaac Chiu tied for 2nd (2.5/3). Even with adding a new event, the club had a huge turnout for all of our events. We thank everyone who played at ACC this month!
**SPECIAL** 2016 World Chess Championship (Updated After Each Round)
-- Before the Match: Pre-Match,
-- Pre-match Press Conference Presser,
-- What the Experts Say: Pre-Analysis,
-- Sergey Karjakin Bio: Wiki-Bio,
-- Magnus Carlsen Bio: Wiki-Bio,
-- Karjakan on Winning Candidates: Video,
-- Interview: Karjakan (Chess 24): interview,
-- Speelman: How Will Karjakan Fare?: here,
-- Kramnik's & Gelfand's Pre-match Views: here,
-- Carlsen's Pre-Match Views: here,
-- Official Website: New York,
-- Schedule: Day-By-Day,
-- Rules: Rules,
-- Get Tickets: Buy Now,
-- Opening Ceremony: Flags,
-- Broadcasting Lawsuit Part 1 Lawsuit-1,
-- Broadcasting Lawsuit Part 2 Lawsuit-2,
-- Karjakin: The Inside Story Karjakin's Story,
-- New York Times: NYT,
-- Washington Post: W-Post,
-- Who Will Win Match?: ChessBase.
Round - Tiebreaks: Carlsen Remains the Champion!
Round 12: The Match Goes into Tiebreaks
Round 11: A Tense Draw
Round 10: Carlsen Evens the Score
Round 9: A Tense Draw
Round 8: First Blood! Karjakin Wins!
Round 7: Karjakin Switches from 1.e4 to 1.d4
Round 6: Comfortable Draw
Round 5: Magnus "Screws Up"?
Round 4: Carlsen Is Better but Can't Convert
Round 3: Karjakin Escapes
Round 2: No Berlin, No Thriller
Round 1: Carlsen Starts with the "Trumpowsky"
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Stalemate in the FIDE power struggle?; By Frederic Friedel; Chessbase
After the turmoil of the past weeks – the official FIDE web site announced the resignation of its President, ollowed within hours by emphatic denials from Kirsan Ilyumzhinov – an Extraordinary Presidential Board meeting was held in Athens today. It was attended by Ilyumzhinov, Deputy President Georgios Makropoulos, and fourteen other voting members, representing a quorum. Ilyumzhinov apologized for making certain statements, and seems to remain in power. FIDE press release.
Alexander Grischuk: Chess is “just a game”; By Colin McGourty; Chess24
Alexander Grischuk hasn’t been playing much of late – and is skipping the main events in the coming month – but he’s been making it count. He won $54,000 in the Doha World Rapid and Blitz Championships and took first place in the first FIDE Grand Prix in Sharjah. In a recent interview he talked about how chess isn’t “sacred” for him, how he’s turned his back on poker and why he doesn’t take an annual salary from the Russian Chess Federation.
Bobby Fischer on the Dick Cavett Show; By Johannes Fischer; Chessbase
Bobby Fischer's reclusiveness was legendary. But in 1971, before his Candidates Match against Tigran Petrosian, he was a guest of talkshow legend Dick Cavett. In 2008 a video of this show appeared on YouTube and by now it has more than a million views. Less known is the fact that Fischer appeared a second time on the Dick Cavett Show, this time before his match against Spassky. A video of this show was just published on YouTube.
Ilyumzhinov announces $30 million 'Kirsan Fund' for chess; By Frederic Friedel; Chessbase
You know about the power struggle for control of the International Chess Federation FIDE, on which we have reported extensively. On the eve of his 55th birthday the embattled President made an clear attacking move: Kirsan Ilyumzhinov announced that he has registered a charitable foundation, the "Kirsan Fund", in the United States, and plans to invest 30 million dollars in its activities: Chess in Schools, Chess in villages, Chess in families and Chess for people with disabilities. "We set an ambitious task to bring the number of chess players to one billion."
Pal Benko: April Swindles – unusual chess problems; By GM Pal Benko; Chessbase
Eighty-eight – that is what the first two problems in the April 1st collection symbolize. That is the age of the composer, the indefatigable Pal Benko, who sent us five very unusual positions for this auspicious day. Do not expect to fire up the positions on your computer and press Ctrl-Alt-Del for engine assistance. Today you will have to think – you know, mobilize all that grey matter. And a fair bit of humour. We wish you fun and unusual enjoyment.
The power struggle continues: letter from Makropoulos; By Frederic Friedel; Chessbase
Georgios Makropoulos, seven time Greek Champion, is the Deputy President of FIDE, and has been in that role for twenty years now. In December 2015, after the US Treasury had placed FIDE president Kirsan Ilyumzhinov on the sanction list, forbidding US citizens from conducting business with him, FIDE decided transfer the powers of legal, financial and business operations to Makropoulos. In the latest FIDE power struggle "Makro", as he is known to friends, has described his view of the events.
We reported yesterday: the official International Chess Federation web site announced the resignation of its President Kirsan Ilyumzhinov, followed within hours by emphatic denials from Ilyumzhinov. Today there are new letters on the FIDE page, describing the circumstances of his alleged resignation: "During the Presidental Board Meeting in Athens, you several time threatened to resign, and at the end of the meeting three times you repeated 'I resign' before leaving the room." In a press conference of the Russian Chess Federation Ilyumzhinov explained his position.
Ilyumzhinov Resigns, Or Does He?; By Colin McGourty; Chess24
The FIDE website today claimed that its President, Kirsan Ilyumzhinov, announced his resignation yesterday at the end of the quarterly Presidential Board meeting in Athens. No sooner had that notice appeared, though, when both Ilyumzhinov and Russian Chess Federation President and FIDE VP Andrey Filatov took to Russian media to dismiss that version of events, describing what took place as “a set-up”. Kirsan says he signed nothing and will continue in his role. UPDATE: FIDE respond to say Ilyumzhinov ended a meeting by 3 times saying "I resign", while Ilyumzhinov insists he'll remain in power at least until the 2018 FIDE General Assembly in Batumi.
Did Ilyumzhinov resign? Apparently not!; By Frederic Friedel; Chessbase
It is on the official FIDE web site: at the end of the Board meeting on the 26th March 2017, "Kirsan Ilyumzhinov announced his resignation from the position of FIDE President. The Presidential Board has been formally advised of this announcement..." But within hours there was a denial from Ilyumzhinov: "They wanted to oust me, but they could not pull it off," he said in an interview with TASS. A failed putsch by the FIDE officials in Athens?
Capablanca and the Nimzo-Indian; By Alexander Yermolinsky; Chessbase
The following article is an example of how a lifelong student of the game amuses himself. GM Yermolinsky noticed that right after losing his title to Alekhine in 1927, Capablanca began to play the Nimzo-Indian, something he had never done before. A remarkable change after the 31 Queen’s Gambit Declined games out of 34 from the match. Enjoy this fascinating analysis.
Iron Tigran: Clash of the Cavalries!; By Srinath Narayanan; Chessbase
"There have been many instances in history when an inspired cavalry charge disrupts the momentum of a battle," writes International Master Srinath Narayanan who thinks Tigran Petrosian is one of the greatest players of chess, ever. He dissects the play of the former world champion in the first of his planned series of articles on chess history. He tees off with an ode to the Iron Tigran. Enjoy.
Daniel King analyzes Bobby Fischer (part 1); By Albert Silver; Chessbase
If there is one player in chess, whose mystique and fascination know no bounds, it is the legendary Bobby Fischer. Ask GM Daniel King, chess author and video maker extraordinaire, who asked the patrons of his channel what they most wanted to see him look at. The result is a series analyzing games by the former World Champion, Bobby Fischer and starts with a positional masterpiece he played when he was 16.
Computer chess history – knowledge vs brute force; By Frederic Friedel; Chessbase
There has been considerable discussion surrounding the Penrose puzzle we recently presented, where computers "falsely evaluate" a drawn position as a win. We explained in our article that while they display a massive advantage the opponent, computers will play flawlessly to a draw for the defending side. That reminded us of a similar situation in the very early days of computer chess. In 1978 the most powerful computer in the world thought it was completely lost against a strong IM, but easily held the theoretical draw using nothing but brute force.
Maurice Ashley on One on 1; By Albert Silver; Chessbase
'It's hard to name something that Maurice Ashley hasn't done in the world of chess. He's played, coached, taught, created tournaments, done play-by-play for tournaments and traveled the world, preaching the gospel of his beloved game.' Thus opens the article and video profile on Maurice Ashley by Budd Mishkin on One on 1.
Which GM Said: "I was starving in the jungle"; By Alexey Root; Chessbase
Though a grandmaster of chess, Sam Shankland is a novice at surviving in the jungle. As such, he was one of ten novice contestants paired with survival experts. Shankland’s team was the third team eliminated. Although out of contention for the $500,000 prize for the winning team, Shankland says the experience was valuable and that he gained lifelong friends. Enjoy this report with comments and impressions by Sam Shankland.
An Evening at the UN with Judit Polgár.; By Staff; Chess24
As part of the ‘Planet 50/50 by 2030: Step It Up for Gender Equality’ initiative, chess grandmaster and Planet 50/50 Champion Judit Polgár spoke on the theme of ‘fighting stereotypes’ at a special event held on the evening of March 15 at the United Nations (UN) in New York. The event was a chance for engaged dialogue, a question and answer session, and a fast-paced simultaneous game with two teams of talented young chess players. The evening, though celebratory, also highlighted the amount of work needed to address gender equality in chess.
Petrosian on talent, character and near misses; By Colin McGourty; Chess24
Arshak Petrosian has had a highly successful coaching career, leading the tiny Armenian nation to an astonishing hat-trick of Olympiad victories. He was also a promising player in his own right, but in a recent interview he reflects on why he failed to reach the very top level. He also talks about what’s held Levon Aronian back from playing a World Championship match, and why his son-in-law and long-term protégé Peter Leko fell just short of becoming the 15th World Champion when he faced Vladimir Kramnik in 2004.
Learning from Kramnik; By Alexey Root; ChessBase
Dr. Chandramallika Basak is one of the leading researchers in the area of working memory and cognitive control, training strategies, cognitive and brain plasticity, aging, and biomarkers of complex skill learning (e.g., video games). She has now begun research on children and chess. Alexey Root attended Dr. Basak’s lecture “Cognitive Benefits of Learning to Play Chess and Other Strategy Games” and reports here.
Chess and comics at the World Chess Hall of Fame; By Macauley Peterson; Chess24
Did you know that Superman plays chess? Well he does. Not only that, he appeared as a chess piece 70 years ago. You know who also plays chess? Batman. He was spotted, even earlier, playing the joker as Robin looked on in 1944. In fact the entire Justice League of America enjoys planning sessions around a chessboard. Who knew? Apparently the history of chess in comics is so rich you can fill a museum exhibition and that's precisely what the World Chess Hall of Fame in Saint Louis, USA, have now done.
Interview with "celebrity oldie" Nigel Short; By Junior Tay; ChessBase
He is the oldest player in the world's top 100, and last December he won the British Knockout Championship, to the surprise of some. In the quaterfinals he was dragged into a tie-break by the lowest-rated player in the event, but he then went on to beat Luke McShane and David Howell to take the title. "I am very happy with my status as celebrity oldie – I suppose now that Viktor has gone, someone had to step up," says Nigel in this interview with Junior Tay.
International Women's Day; By David Martínez; Chess24
Today, March 8th, is International Women's Day and at chess24 we want to contribute to awareness of the occasion in the chess world, a world in which the sport continues to be overwhelming represented by men. Chess24 gave the floor to a few players from different parts of the world to express their opinion.
Iran ban on chess players revisited; By Arash Akbarinia, ChessBase
Iran, the country that has just finished hosting the 2017 Women's World Championship, has been in the mainstream news of late for different reasons. In a remarkable incident during sidelines of the Championship the Iran Chess Federation banned two siblings for "hurting Iran's national interests" (e.g. not wearing a hijab in the Gibraltar Open). This has caused an international outcry, and now an Iranian player and computer scientist, Arash Akbarinia, weighs in.
Chess and Physics in the classroom; By Ioannis Halkias, ChessBase
While comparisons between chess and mathematics and chess and science are not new, with greats such as Feynman elaborating, the article here is more than yet another comparison, it is an actual lesson that will appear in high school physics classes in Crete. Enjoy this excellent article by physicist Ioannis Halkias.
Chess podcasts, then and now; By Macauley Peterson, Chess24
When you think "chess", you probably don't think "on the radio". A handful of chess fans and professionals are looking to change that via the medium's modern offshoot: downloadable on-demand audio — commonly known as podcasts (a mashup of Apple's "iPod" and "broadcast"). Let's take a brief look at this relatively dormant domain of chess media, which recently got a new lease on life.
AMD releases new Ryzen processor; By Albert Silver, ChessBase
One of the most important days in years for computer consumers was the launch yesterday of AMD’s newest microprocessor, the R7 Ryzen. For a decade, AMD had been out of the race in high-end desktop CPUs, but the release of the new architecture has shown it is not only back, but at a far more affordable price, and what is more: the best deal around for chess analysis.
What went wrong in Sharjah?; By Colin McGourty, Chess24
The Sharjah FIDE Grand Prix ended fittingly with Alexander Grischuk and Maxime Vachier-Lagrave signing a quick draw on the top board to ensure they shared first place. Shakhriyar Mamedyarov joined them by beating birthday girl Hou Yifan, while Ding Liren also beat Levon Aronian, but it couldn’t stop the first stage of the Grand Prix being one of the least memorable top events in recent years. What went wrong?
The power of chess!; By FM Mirko Trasciatti, ChessBase
Chess is a powerful game. It has the ability to transform lives. But what happens when the inmates of a high security prison in Spoleto, Italy are taught chess? FM Mirko Trasciatti was entrusted with this task and he tells about the impact that his teachings had on the lives of the prisoners. A heart warming story on how potent the game of chess is.
Memories of Salo Flohr; By Vlastimil Hort, ChessBase
Before World War II Salo Flohr was one of the world's best players. In 1939 Flohr was to play a World Championship match against Alexander Alekhine but the outbreak of the war destroyed Flohr's hopes to become World Champion. Vlastimil Hort knew Flohr well and shares memories.
Iran bans teenage chessplayers for "harming national interests"; By Staff, ChessBase
Dorsa Derakhshani is a talented teenaged chessplayer residing in Spain, originally from Tehran, Iran. She is only the second female in Iran's chess history to have become an international master. Her younger sibling Borna Derakhshani is a talented lad of fifteen and has a good career ahead of him. Imagine their surprise when they were informed by Dorsa's friends that she and her younger brother had been 'banned' by the Iranian Chess Federation!
In order to beat the monsters I had to become one myself!; By Sagar Shah, ChessBase
Part II Article; By Sagar Shah, ChessBase
It was the first super tournament of his life. B. Adhiban started as the last seed at the Tata Steel Masters 2017. Not much was expected from him. But he shocked the chess world with a performance of 2812 and finishing third behind So and Carlsen! We go in touch with Adhiban and spoke to him about his tournament, mind set, expectations, and last but not the least, his crazy opening choices. In the second part of the interview we continue the dissection of the key moments in Adhiban's games along with his views on them.
Video: Daniel King on Bobby Fischer; By Daniel King, ChessBase
Bobby Fischer was known for his eccentric behavior and for his principled, clear and aggressive chess. On his Power Play Chess Show on YouTube ChessBase author Daniel King recently analysed one of the many strategically instructive Fischer games. Daniel King on Bobby Fischer...
Pal Benko's Valentine Day problems; By GM Pal Benko, ChessBase
Since the days of Geoffrey Chaucer in the 14th century Valentine's Day, February 14, has been associated with romantic love, with the presentation of flowers, confectionery and (often anonymous) greeting cards called "valentines". Our indefatigable friend, problem composer Pal Benko, sent us something different: twin problems in valentine shapes. Take a look, but be warned: they are trickier than you would expect – and definitely more romantic.
Paul Keres VI: The Eternal Second; By Staff, Chess24
Paul Keres will always be remembered as one of the greatest players never to become World Champion. He never even got to play a match, though as the latest instalment of Joosep Grents’ centennial series on the Estonian legend shows, he couldn’t have come much closer. From 1953 until 1959 he finished second in three Candidates Tournaments in a row. Youngsters Bobby Fischer and Mikhail Tal also appear on the scene, with Keres more than holding his own as he enters his fifth decade.
The Day Donald Sutherland Showed Me Some Chess Moves; By Fiona Cummins, The Guardian
As a former show business journalist, I’ve met my fair share of celebrities—George Clooney and Michael Jackson to name(drop) a couple of them—and been invited to the glitziest parties in the A-list calendar. But in December 2006, work was the furthest thing from my mind. I’d just married my lovely husband Jason, and we were beside ourselves with excitement at the prospect of our three-week honeymoon in Australia.
Speelman's Agony: The Truth or Reality; By Jonathan Speelman, ChessBase, plus ACC member Tom Harley
In his ChessBase column this month, Jonathan Speelman analyzes a game between Arlington Chess Club members Tom Harley and Josh Hiban. Tom had submitted the game and Speelman selected it for his column.
Chess In Africa; By Maurice Ashley, ChessBase
After visiting Africa on a tour, GM Maurice Ashley was deeply moved by the extreme poverty, underlying beauty, and promise of hope. Instead of just writing about all this, he decided to take action, and together with Graham Jurgensen, they enlisted the help and patronage of the Paul Allen Foundation, as well as the Kasparov Chess Foundation in the USA and Africa, to take three grandmasters on a training tour for 18 weeks in Africa.
Conversation with Neil deGrasse Tyson; By Albert Silver, ChessBase
The famous astrophysicist Neil deGrasse Tyson, a tireless promoter of science, and considered by many as the spiritual successor of Carl Sagan, opened game eight of the World Championship Match. He accepted to sit down with a few journalists for a casual conversation where he talked about his connection with chess and what he finds interesting about chess and chessplayers, as well as how he sees it relative to education. A revealing piece.
Hans Berliner, Player and Programmer, Dies at 87; By Dylan Loeb McClain, New York Times
He learned chess at the age of 13, and played for the US Olympiad team and four times in the US Championship. He later graduated in computer science and became a professor at the Carnegie Mellon University. There he pioneered hardware programming and built the first machine that exceeded 2400 Elo points. Last Friday he passed away in Florida. Hans Berliner is also remembered for what many have called the greatest chess game ever played. An excellent eulogy of Berliner appeared in the Monday edition of the New York Times.
The Tale Behind The (48) Blindfold Record; By Albert Silver, ChessBase
On December 4, 2016, Timur Gareyev played against 48 opponents in a blindfold simul that lasted nearly 20 hours to set the new world record, a truly unbelievable exhibition of human strength and stamina. However, the road to the record was one of extensive preparation during which he met with leading experts in memory techniques, and even brought in the last surviving opponent of Najdorf's 1947 record, 92-year-old Luciano Andrade. Here is the full story behind the world record.