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|U.S. Chess Titles End Up in Familiar Hands — 19-May-13, nytimes.com, play chess online|
Gata Kamsky and Irina Krush have turned the United States Chess Championships into something of their personal playground in the last several years, and this year was no different. On the men’s side of the tournament, Kamsky captured his third title in four years and his fourth over all by winning a playoff against Alejandro Ramirez on Monday. The day before, Krush became the women’s chess champion for the third time in four years. It was her fifth chess championship victory, which she wrapped up by finishing a half-point ahead of a perennial rival, Anna Zatonskih. Kamsky did not have an easy time against Ramirez. Their first two rapid games were draws, so they were forced into an Armageddon tiebreaker. Kamsky had White, but Ramirez had only to draw to be declared chess champion. Yet ...
|Kamsky tops Ramirez in playoff for U.S. chess title — 17-May-13, washingtontimes.com, play chess online|
It came down to a single “armageddon” playoff game, but top-seeded GM Gata Kamsky claimed the 2013 U.S. chess championship in a thrilling finish Monday at the Chess Club Scholastic Center of St. Louis. He defeated Texas GM Alejandro Ramirez in a rapid playoff after the two finished atop the 24-player field with 6½-2½ scores. Popular New York IM Irina Krush won her fifth women’s U.S. title in the 10-woman invitational, leading wire-to-wire to finish at 8-1, a half-point ahead of top rival IM Anna Zatonskih, whom Krush beat in their individual encounter. GM Alex Onischuk came up just short in his bid for a second U.S. title, finishing a half-point behind Kamsky and Ramirez at 6-3. But his win over the ever-inventive GM Alex Shabalov was one of the highlights of the chess tournament, a seesaw ...
|Chess champion Gata Kamsky forced to play to win — 15-May-13, stlbeacon.org, play chess online|
If there is one person who might be upset with the performance of 2013 U.S. Chess Champion Gata Kamsky, it is former New York Jets coach Herm Edwards. I’m not sure if Edwards is a chess player, but his long-viral media tirade that proclaimed “Hello?! You play to win the game!” was a line of theory that Kamsky apparently overlooked for much of the past week. After a 4-0 start sparked whispers of a potential $64,000 Bobby Fischer Prize – awarded to any competitor who could match the national chess icon’s perfect score from the 1964 U.S. Chess Championships – Kamsky went the remaining five games with no checkmate, only draws, skidding across the finish line of the nation’s most prestigious tournament. And he wasn’t alone. Alejandro Ramirez shifted ...
|Chess Championship Drama, Months Early — 13-May-13, nytimes.com, play chess online|
The World Chess Federation has decided that the World Chess Championship match in November will be held in Chennai, India, the hometown of the titleholder, Viswanathan Anand, and that the prizes will total $2.55 million. Magnus Carlsen, the Norwegian who will challenge Anand in the match, immediately protested, and not because of the location alone. Organizers in Paris had also offered to play host to the chess match and put up $3.5 million in prize money. But the federation said there would be no open bidding this time. Chennai had been the favorite for the last world chess championship, in 2012, but a better offer from Moscow trumped it. After Chennai lost, the federation promised organizers there that they would have no competition in landing the next chess championship. “The lack of ...
|Chess Art Under Alekhine's Watchful Eye — 11-May-13, huffingtonpost.com, play chess online|
Every few years somebody discovers the French-American artist Marcel Duchamp (1887-1968), connects him with chess and quotes him:"While all artists are not chess players, all chess players are artists." Duchamp was exaggerating, but he loved chess and he was a decent chess player. In three chess olympiads in the 1930s, he played on the French team alongside the world chess champion Alexander Alekhine (1892-1946). They must have discussed the similarities between chess and art. "To me, chess is not a game; it is art," Alekhine said. The quote was prominently displayed at the website devoted to the Alekhine Memorial chess tournament. The event finished this month. It was a showcase of the Russian Chess Federation, a tribute to ...
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