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Masters Final in Bilbao 2013

Added on 10.05.2013

From October 7 to 12 in Bilbao, Spain, Levon Aronian, Maxime Vachier-Lagrave, Shakhriyar Mamedyarov, and Michael Adams played the Masters Final. The tournament venue is the “Mercado del Ensanche” of Bilbao. The tournament format is a Double Round Robin (6 Rounds). Sofia rules and Bilbao rules apply: according to these rules, the players can only agree on a draw under the supervision of the arbiter and a commitee of great masters; with the points of each game being scored the same as...Full Story

King Tournament, 7th Edition

Added on 10.04.2013

The Kings tournament is back this year! The Bucharest University of Economic Studies is the venue that will see 5 strong grandmaster fight over the board for the title of the 7th edition of the Kings Tournament, from October the 6th to October the 14th. The tournament has got a history of important players participating and winning, in the past 6 editions. Last two editions were won by World numero Uno Magnus Carlsen. This year, with Carlsen preparing for the approaching World Championship...Full Story

FIDE Grand Prix Paris

Added on 09.16.2013

The last tournament of the FIDE Grand Prix 2012-2013 took place in Paris, France, from September 22 to October 4. Caruana and Gelfand shared first. Crosstable. It's tough for Caruana to accept this result. He shares first with Gelfand, but this wonderful result is not enough for him to qualify for the 2014 Candidates Tournament. Fabiano needed to win the 6th stage of the FIDE Grand Prix clear first, to grab the 170 points at stake and overtake Mamedyarov in second place in the overall GP...Full Story

Sinquefield Cup! Numero Uno Magnus Carlsen wins.

Added on 09.06.2013

From September the 9th to the 15th, in S. Louis Missouri, at the amazing Schess Club and Scholastic Center, the two strongest players in the World have joined the two strongest American players, for a fantastic Double Round robin tournament.  The combatants: Numero Uno Magnus Carlsen from Norway; Armenian super-strong and number two Levon Aronian;   Hikaru the bomb Nakamura, the strongest American player and ICC hero;  Gata Kamsky, number two in the...Full Story

Chess World Cup 2013

Added on 08.08.2013

There can be only one! And this time it won't be Connor Macleod, but one of 128 strong participants to the 2013 World Cup in Tromso, Norway, from August the 11th to September the 13th. Ding Liren is the only player among the first 30 (excluding the two knights that will battle for the Title in November) who will miss this super-strong Ko event. Congratulations to Vladimir Kramnik! Game Of the...Full Story

Dortmund 2013

Added on 07.19.2013

The Realm of King Vlad - 2013 Edition. Ten-times champion Vladimir Kramnik will again be the man to beat at the Sparkassen Chess Meeting this year. From july 26 to August 4 the 9-round Round Robin tournament is going to take place in Dortmund, Germany. ICC will follow the event with the live games relayed and the recap video service.  Games start at 9:15am ICC time (EDT) - Last round at 7:15am.   Game Of the...Full Story

GM Gareev plays a Simul in ICC!

Added on 06.29.2013

Two, TWO ways to win! 1. Play a world class GM, 2. Donate to a great cause! GM Timur Gareev (2676 FIDE) is going to hold a 40-player simultaneous exhibition on July the 6th, at 5pm ICC time and100% of the donations will go to the Faraday kids in Chicago! Timur has fully joined in  this "feel good cause" to raise funds for the Faraday Elementary kids team in Chicago, Illinois. You may have already read our article by ICC's VP Marty Grund and his open letter with "A Call To Action". If not,...Full Story

FIDE Grand Prix China

Added on 06.25.2013

The peripatetic Grand Prix Chess Caravan is moving to China, for the 5th stage of the season 2012-2013. After London, Tashkent, Zug and Thessaloniki, it's now Beijing, China - from July 4-16. Veselin Topalov leads the overall standings, with 335 points, followed by Fabiano Caruana, with 305.   Game Of the Day     Round Date Host Play PGN 1 July 04   GM Lars Bo Hansen  ...Full Story

Tal Memorial 2013

Added on 05.30.2013

There is no chance for the top players to take a bit of vacation! Few days after the FIDE Grand Prix in Thessaloniki, Greece, they will gather again in Moscow, for one of the classic tournaments of the year: the Tal Memorial. From June 13-23, some of the best players in the world will play the 8th edition of the tournament which honour the memory of the former World Champion Mikhail Tal, who died in 1992 The peripatetic circus is yet again ready to make all of us chess fans enjoy the...Full Story

FIDE Grand Prix Greece

Added on 05.21.2013

From May 22 to June 3 in Thessaloniki, a historical city in Greece, takes place the FIDE Grand Prix. ICC will follow the event with the live games and the Game Of the Day Service. GM Alex Yermolinsky will recap in a 30-minute videos each round. The lineup makes this GP very interesting. Games start at 7am ICC time (EDT) - 13:00 Central Europe. Rest Days: May 25th and 31st.   CONGRATULATIONS TO GM LEINIER DOMINGUEZ FROM CUBA!   Highlights...Full Story

A call to Action! By Marty Grund

Added on 05.09.2013

On his trip to SuperNationals in Nashville Tennessee this year, Marty Grund met a true Saint named Joseph Ocol. Joseph’s selfless mission will influence where bringing chess to schools will not only save lives but most certainly foster future academic scholars.  Read below about Marty's experience having been touched by this volunteer. The Faraday team:   Front Row (sitting L-R): Michael Hobbs (Grade 9), Bradley Green (Grade 11) and Almier Dowdell (Grade 8) 2nd Row (Standing L-R):...Full Story

Norway Chess 2013

Added on 05.04.2013

With an average rating of 2776, the first Norway Chess Tournament might be the strongest ever. May the 8th is the one day all the chess fans are waiting for. One of the strongest chess tournament ever is going to draw the fans' attention from May the 8th to May the 18th. The line-up is simply stunning, with all the 2750+ guys. At the last minute, Vladimir Kramnik had to decline the invitation, but the uber-strong Peter Svidler stepped in, completing a list of participatns that until now...Full Story

U.S. Championship 2013

Added on 05.01.2013

The 2013 U.S. Championship is the most prestigious event in the United States. It starts May the 2nd with the Opening ceremony. Play starts May the 3rd, at 2pm EDT. To celebrate the 5th annyversary of the U.S. Championship played at the S. Louis Chess Club and Scholastic Center, the organizers have set up a 24-players 9 Rounds Swiss Tournament.  Reigning Champion Hikaru Nakamura is not participating this year, but we will see several very strong players battling for the Title in S....Full Story

Alekhine Memorial 2013

Added on 04.08.2013

The incredible FIDE Candidates Tournament is just over, but there is no rest for us chess fans. April the 21st some of the strongest players in the world will meet again in Paris, France, for the first part of the Alekhine Memorial. World Champion Vishy Anand, former WC Vladimir Kramnik, the uber-strong Armenian Levon Aronian, Russian Peter Svidler, who was able to finish third only half a point behind Carlsen and Kramnik at the FIDe Candidates - together with Aronian, English GM Michael...Full Story

FIDE Candidates 2013

Added on 03.14.2013

The most awaited event of the year has finally started! Round 1 was quite uneventful - with four draws - but Rounds 2 and 3 have provided the chess fans with entertainment and some good chess. Round Reports Magnus Carlsen drew his first two games (against Aronian and Kramnik) and moved on to win round 3 game against Boris Gelfand. +1 for the Norwegian genius; considering he's already played the most dangerous opponents  (in the first "robin" of the tournament), it should be considered...Full Story

Ronen through History!

Added on 03.04.2013

New Show for our GM Ronen Har-Zvi! After years of investigating openings, Ronen moves on to present his fans with a brand new show. In these videos, GM Indiana-Jones will go through historical games, those which have made the history of our beloved Game.  Chess history at your fingertips in ICC: historical background, stories, anecdotes, and even gossip! And which game could have been the best to start such an interesting show? Yes, you got it: Karpov vs. Kasparov - the 24th game of...Full Story

Zurich Challenge 2013

Added on 02.22.2013

Last year it was head-to-head: Levon Aronian vs. Vladimir Kramnik. It ended in a draw. This year in Zurich the "challenge" will be a quadrangular, with four among the strongest players of the moment.   World Champion Vishy Anand, Former WC Vladimir Kramnik, Fabiano Caruana and Boris Gelfand make this event one of the most interesting in this still young 2013. Anand and Caruana will cross again their Kings over the board, after only a few days since the interesting Grenke Chess Classic,...Full Story

Baden-Baden 2013

Added on 02.07.2013

From February 7-17 in Baden-Baden, Germany takes place a strong 6-players tournament.The GRENKE Chess Classic this year presents an interesting line-up, with Anand, Caruana, Adams, Naiditsch, Fridman and Meier. ICC will relay the games live, and have a daily video-recap brought to you by GM Alex Yermolinsky. After the third round, Fabiano "Fab" Caruana leads solo, with 2.5 points. The young peripatetic Italian stud beat the strong German GM Arkadij Naiditsch; Fabiano drew the World...Full Story

ICC holds a Charity Simul

Added on 01.30.2013

ICC is going to hold an important event: We're not talking about super GM events, no. This is about life and one of our members in need. ICC is a community of people and very much like a family that truly cares about one another. GM Yuri Vovk approached me some days ago, and asked if we could do something to help 19-year-old Russian WIM Maria Butuc. Her mom has been diagnosed with a malignant tumor. Maria is the only person in the family able to help her mother, so we have decided to hold a...Full Story

Tata Steels Top Chess Grandmasters

Added on 01.11.2013

Each year after the champagne bottles have popped and the fireworks exploded in air, serious chess enthusiasts turn their attention to one of the mainstays of the annual tournament calendar: the chess festival at the Dutch coastal enclave of Wijk aan Zee.  Sponsored by the multinational steel manufacturer Tata (which bought out Corus a couple years ago), the invitees include 6 of the Top 10 in the world. • #1 Magnus Carlsen (NOR) 2861 • #3 Levon Aronian (ARM) 2802 • #5 Fabiano Caruana (ITA)...Full Story

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