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Super in San Sebastián

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Elite event in new San Sebastián festival July 6-16. Sergei Movsesian (2747 - SVK), Peter Svidler (2726 - RUS), Ruslan Ponomariov (2726 UKR), Hikaru Nakamura (USA - 2701), Rustam Kasimjanov (2695 - UZB), Francisco Vallejo (2688 - ESP), Maxime Vachier-Lagrave (2684 - FRA), Anatoly Karpov (2644 - RUS), Julio Granda (2610 - PER), Pablo San Segundo (2560 - ESP).

Some Assembly Required

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IKEA car (probably a joke) shares the name of a certain Hungarian chessplayer.

The Starbucks Defense

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NY Times article on the benefits of caffeine for athletics. Discussion of drug testing in chess.

Old But Deadly Poison

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Anand beats Stellwagen in a spectacular Najdorf Poisoned Pawn.

Chessplayers with Big Balls

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ChessBase photo gallery of top players bowling in Elista during the 2007 candidates matches.

Aronian Defends Amber Title

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Aronian holds on to win the combined standings. Kramnik and Anand a half-point back.
April 14-29 in Nalchik, Russia. Previously scheduled for Montreaux. Field: Akopian, Alekseev, Aronian, Bacrot, Eljanov, Gelfand, Grischuk, Ivanchuk, Kamsky, Karjakin, Kasimjanov, Leko, Mamedyarov, Svidler.

Aronian Leads Amber

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With one round to play, Aronian leads over Anand and Carlsen by a full point.

When to Take a Draw

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Luke McShane on when to take a draw. Further comments from Svidler on being a die-hard, or not.

5th M-Tel Masters Announced

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Begins May 13. Field: Carlsen, Shirov, Topalov, Wang Yue, Dominguez, Ivanchuk. Double round-robin in a glass pavilion outdoors.

Ad Watch

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Considering whether or not to entertain offers to show casino/gambling/poker ads in the Dirt.

Don't Accuse These Guys of Cheating

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Cool ad showing two famous movie characters playing chess.

Tomashevsky Wins Euro Ch

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Tomashevsky beats Malakhov in the final tiebreak match.

Kramnik Leads Amber

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Kramnik leads combined standings after four rounds thanks to blindfold dominance.


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Fun claymation chess game video.

Everyone Wins Euro Ind Ch 2009

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Mobs of players will be in tiebreaks tomorrow to decide the European Individual champion and the 22 World Cup qualifiers.

Wrong Right

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Toronto Star article on how the Bulgarian organizers denied ChessBase permission to broadcast the Kamsky-Topalov match moves live.

Saturday Swinging

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Swinging in the park looks like more fun than chess. Heading to Tennessee with Kasparov for the Supernationals tournament on April 3.

Superpowered Melody Amber 09

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Blindfold and rapid event in Nice, France. Anand, Topalov, Kramnik, Aronian, Morozevich, Carlsen, Ivanchuk, Radjabov, Leko, Kamsky, Wang Yue, Karjakin.

Help Wanted: IM & GM in Jamaica

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Ian Wilkinson at chevand@hotmail.com looking for GM and IM for round-robin starting on March 16.

Kasparov on Anand

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Kasparov talks about Anand and chess prodigies in interview in India.

Topalov-Anand WCh Postponed

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New deadline is April 20, 2010. FIDE also confirms new candidates event in 2011.

Go-ing Monte Carlo

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Computers now beating professionals at Go using Monte Carlo methods.
Mamedyarov continues to accuse Igor Kurnosov of computer cheating.
All four games in final round drawn. Grischuk takes title on tiebreaks (more wins) over Ivanchuk, both +2, 8/14.
Ivanchuk beats Aronian to join Grischuk in the lead heading into the final round. Carlsen plays a brilliant game against Radjabov only to blow it with one slip in the endgame. Round 14: Radjabov-Wang Yue, Dominguez-Ivanchuk, Anand-Carlsen, Aronian-Grischuk.

Linares 09 r12: Mighty Magnus

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Carlsen wins spectacular game against Grischuk to tighten the crosstable with two rounds to play. Round 9: Grischuk-Anand, Carlsen-Radjabov, Ivanchuk-Aronian, Wang Yue-Dominguez.

While the Tiger's Away

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Kasparov to give political speech at symposium in New Delhi on Saturday.
Wang Yue beats Carlsen with spectacular attack. Radjabov beats Aronian. Grischuk still leads by a point over Ivanchuk. Round 11: Grischuk-Radjabov, Ivanchuk-Carlsen, Wang Yue-Anand, Dominguez Aronian.
Carlsen beats Dominguez on the black side of the Dragon. Grischuk still leads by a point. Round 10: Radjabov-Aronian, Anand-Dominguez, Carlsen-Wang Yue, Grischuk-Ivanchuk.
Aronian loses to Ivanchuk and then beats Carlsen to move back to +1. Grischuk still leads on +3 after saving two draws. Round 9: Ivanchuk-Radjabov, Wang Yue-Grischuk, Dominguez-Carlsen, Aronian-Anand.

Kurnosov Replies

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GM Kurnosov responds to Mamedyarov's cheating allegations.

Free as in Speech

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High US court protects right to post anonymously.

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