Various tournament notes: Sigeman, Chinese Ch, ACP Rapid Cup, computer events.
May 2010 Archives
Topalov's latest interview with a few shots at Anand; Sofia rules chitchat, more.
The great chess column of Lubos Kavalek is back, now at the Huffington Post.
Chinese Championship underway, most of the top players are there. Nice tactical win from Hou Yifan.
Searching public Facebook status updates for the word "chess." Why? Why not?
Kamsky holds the draw in the armageddon game against Shulman to win his second US title.
Radjabov draws to take second GP candidates spot. Kamsky and Shulman draw to share the US title and have a sudden-death tiebreaker tomorrow.
Updates and insults on the Karpov-Ilyumzhinov campaign trail. Will Anand and Kramnik come out in support of someone?
Chessboard sightings in the TV shows Dollhouse and 24.
Shulman beats Nakamura, Kamsky beats Onischuk. Winner take all on Monday, tiebreak game Tuesday if they draw.
Radjabov poised to become 7th candidate if he hold on to his +1 score in Astrakhan. Gashimov in with a chance if he beats Leko with black. Final round tomorrow.
Dvorkovich takes over Moscow Chess Club by force, insists Ilyumzhinov is nominee for FIDE Pres, not Karpov.
Kamsky, Onischuk, Shulman, Nakamura into the final phase all-play-all that starts today.
Anand interview reveals he had opening and training assistance from Carlsen, Kramnik, and Kasparov!
Karpov2010 fundraiser tonight, live online.
Nakamura and Kamsky head he field. First round today.
The supervisory council of the Russian Federation has voted and 17 voted for Karpov, and that's enough for a majority!
Lots of draws in the first four rounds. Ivanchuk already on -2 and pretty much out of the running to get the big result he needed to make the candidates. Leko, Ponomariov, Gelfand, Inarkiev, Eljanov, Gashimov lead on +1.
Anand wins game 12 with black in a slashing attack to win the match 6.5-5.5.
It's all tied up heading into the final round. Topalov has white. If the game is drawn, rapid tiebreaks on Tuesday.
Tied up 5-5 with two games to go in regulation. Anand has white.
It's 5-5 with two games to play. Anand has white in game 11 on Sunday.
Takes place in Azkaban, or something like that. Starting May 9. Final qualifier spot in the candidates is up for grabs. The players: Akopian, Alekseev, Eljanov, Gashimov, Gelfand, Inarkiev, Ivanchuk, Jakovenko, Leko, Mamedyarov, Ponomariov, Radjabov, Svidler, Wang Yue.
Topalov with white and the match tied 4.5-4.5 with three games to go.
The match is tied 4-4 with four games to play. Anand has white in today's game 9. - Game drawn after an amazing battle in which Anand missed various wins in time pressure.
Game 8 on Monday, Topalov with white. Anand leads 4-3.
My son is born early morning Sunday! Everyone happy and healthy.
Anand leads 3.5-2.5 and has white. Karpov there to make the first move.
Anand with the lead and the white pieces. -- Draw, so it's 3.5-2.5 Anand at the half. Off day Sunday. Anand with white in game 7.