The origin of "chess tourists."
Svidler wins game one of World Cup final over Grischuk with black. Three more games to play. Ivanchuk-Pono g1 drawn.
Exciting tiebreaks see the big names go through. The quarterfinals: Polgar-Svidler, Ponomariov-Gashimov, Ivanchuk-Radjabov, Navara-Grischuk.
Round 4 begins Tuesday. Sweet 16: Polgar-Dominguez, Svidler-Kamsky, Ponomariov-Bruzon, Gashimov-Nielsen, Bu-Ivanchuk, Radjabov-Jakovenko, Zherebukh-Navara, Grischuk-Potkin.
Anand wins the Botvinnik Memorial by a wide margin with 4.5/6 undefeated. Aronian and Kramnik on 3 and Carlsen loses all three games on second day to finish with 1.5.
Anand, Kramnik, Carlsen, Aronian meet in double round robin of rapid in Moscow to commemorate Botvinnik's 100th birthday. Anand leads on +1 after three rounds of six.
Almost all the favorites go through to the round of 32. Biggest matchup in 3rd is Morozevich-Grischuk.
Most favorites through. Shankland upsets Leko. Second round begins today.
Round one Sunday at 5am NY time. Karjakin, Ivanchuk, Ponomariov, etc.
Svidler wins his sixth Russian championship.
New install coming, with new features. I've been busy. Oh so busy. The Blueprint is coming out next spring!
Still alive! Will be back in action August 1.