Category Archives: International

Magnus Carlsen

It’s not drugs that cheats use

Magnus Carlsen, 21, has never been drug tested in his career. Now the International Chess Federation Fidé has sent Carlsen a letter stating that he will be involved in a pilot project of drug testing. "I think it's not so much about drug testing in chess," said Carlsen. "However,  I submit to it.”   The Norwegian GM is on track to break Garry Kasparov's record in the world rankings. Fidé would like chess to be considered an Olympic sport by the IOC in the future, and Read more [...]
Falko Bindrich

Cheating is the downside of Chess

Cheating dominates the world of sport, and the scourge has not left chess untouched. The Chessbase web site has covered cheating over the years extensively. It’s an essential read for arbiters and anyone interested in eliminating this scourge. Now that cycling is losing its sponsors one by one as a result of the Lance Armstrong case, one can't help wondering if some of these companies could be interested in chess. A new story about cheating – in this case suspected cheating – doesn't really Read more [...]
Olafsson, Koneru, Dvoretsky, Timman, Spassky

To Coach or Mentor

You don’t need a coach to teach you the moves. There are many initiatives to improve the level of coaching in South Africa with the lure of coaches being awarded titles — an obsession in chess, but this will be the subject of another article. These initiatives have done a wonderful job at increasing the chess-playing skills of the coaches, but how to apply these skills to the players you are supposed to coach, that is the question. Take Mark Dvoretsky. At the height of his playing career Read more [...]

Homer Nods

Even the world's best overlook the obvious. From the first round of the 4th London Chess Classic. The game began Black: Nakamura White: Aronian — to play White admitted he overlooked the consequences of 26. Rd2 — what happens next?   Solution (Click a move below the board to jump to that move) Interactive chess board brought to you by PGN for Web Please give the board a few seconds to load. Not loading? Refresh the page ⌘R (Mac) or ctrl R (PC) Read more [...]