The US Championship starts tomorrow and I'm off to San Diego.
February 2006 Archives
Leko leads, Aronian second, Svidler third. Topalov a disastrous 2.5/7. The second half of the tournament will begin March 3.
The 2006 FIDE Women's World Championship starts in Russia on March 10. Pairing tree published.
Starting in five days! Website getting ready; will Kreiman play?
Leko in clear first after Svidler bungles endgame against Aronian. Topalov scores first win.
Topalov loses to Radjabov; Leko and Svidler win again to move to 3.5/4.
Full groups are announced. Nakamura top seed in one, Kamsky the other.
Incredible Topalov-Aronian game, drawn. Others lame draws. Leko and Svidler lead on 2.5/3.
The USCF has decided not to ban Boris Kreiman from the US Championship after allegations of game fixing during his qualification.
Another fighting day with three decisive games. Leko and Svidler on 2/2.
Three decisive games to start the show. Svidler-Topalov 1-0. Always happy to see the Berlin lose.
Morelia Open pairings link, Linares coverage notes.
I finally posted our Q&A with everyone's favorite candidate for FIDE president. The "to do list" in the first question are vague boilerplate ("Better management of resources available"? Brilliant!), but most of the answers have real meat on the bones....
Linares starts tomorrow, in the Mexican town of Morelia. Topalov the heavy favorite.
Eljanov leads Aeroflot with two rounds to play; 15-year-old Frenchman in with a chance.
Now the arbiter is saying that Vallejo Pons won the title on tiebreaks ahead of Ponomariov. Eh?
Snow pic, open thread.
Vallejo Pons and Ponomariov tie for first with 6.5/9. Nakamura wins in final round for clear third.
Regulations and prize fund of the 2006 US Championship.
Another exciting day in Mexico. All the leaders won, including a pretty pushback by Nakamura over Felgaer.
The complete list of 64 players at the US Championship is ready. Five replacements named.
After a peaceful start, a lot of blood was spilled for the second round in a row. All five games decisive!
Nakamura's latest annotations in Black Belt mention an early draw offer from his opponent. A very early offer.
Nakamura beats Volokitin to share the lead after two rounds.
Latest of my occasional photo items. American IM Irina Krush from 2004.
This mighty event of young stars starts today.