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Added on 01.07.2013

Two-thousand-and-twelve, good bye! A year of great chess just ended. We have seen many important events this past year, and ICC has brought you all the best of the action, with videos, relays and broadcasts. Anand has retained his World Champion Title, in a struggle against Israeli GM Boris Gelfand; Caruana and Nakamura have established their belonging to the elite chess, Numero Uno Magnus Carlsen has broken another impressive record, surpassing the stellar Kasparov's FIDE rating of 2851...Full Story

Pan Am Collegiate Chess Championship

Added on 12.24.2012

It's Holidays Time, but the ICC never stops bringing you the best from the chess world! For the first time ever this year ICC will have live broadcast for  the Pan American Intercollegiate Chess Championship, which is going to be played at the Princeton University Chess Club from December 27-30.   This tournament has come a long way, starting in 1946. It was played every even year until 1962, when it became a yearly event. The tournament peak was clearly in the 70's, when Bobby Fischer won...Full Story

How High Can Magnus Go?

Added on 12.16.2012

Still a teenager, the Norwegian superstar Magnus Carlsen rocketed to the top of the world rankings at the end of 2009.  Three years later, he has yet to reach orbit.  Indeed, Number One continues to climb, breaking records set by his one-time mentor, the great Garry Kasparov.  How high will he go?   Photo © The chess media focuses on the new record rating of 2861, but equally impressive is the 51 point gap that almost suddenly...Full Story

London and ICC: Capital of Chess!

Added on 12.01.2012

At the end of an intense year, filled with interesting and enthralling chess events, the curtain rises for the final act: The London Chess Classic! This amazing event sees a line-up that makes it one of the most important tournaments of all times. Magnus Carlsen and Judit Polgar the "Numero Uno" duo, had a shootout just few days ago, when they faced over the board for the exhibition games in Mexico City, the 2nd UNAM Festival. Judit surprised Magnus in the first game (Rapid), with a deep...Full Story

Segunda Gran Fiesta de Ajedrex UNAM

Added on 11.23.2012

The Segunda Gran Fiesta de Ajedrex UNAM in Mexico City brings us an amazing line-up with Magnus Carlsen, Judit Polgar, Lazaro Bruzon and Manuel Leon Hoyos participating to a "cuadrangular": 4 rounds KO system with the strong brigade playing Rapid and Blindfold games (remember the late lamented Amber event?). During the UNAM Festival - November the 24th at 1pm ICC time - Magnus Carlsen will be Public Enemy number 1 (!) in the "Carslen vs. the World" game! The Norwegian genius challenges the...Full Story

Masters Final - Sao Paulo & Bilbao

Added on 09.20.2012

The Masters Final this year is going to take place in two cities: first leg in Sao Paulo, Brazil - from September the 24th to the 29th, and second leg in Bilbao, Spain - from  October the 8th to the 13th. The list of participants is stunning: GM Magnus Carlsen, number one player in the world; GM Levon Aronian, number two; GM Vishy Anand, World Chess Champion; GM Serjey Karjakin, the super-strong Russian; GM Fabiano "the fab" Caruana from Italy and the strong Spanish player GM Francisco Vallejo...Full Story

FIDE Grand Prix in London!

Added on 09.20.2012

The FIDE Grand Prix, that will take place in London from September the 21st to October the 3rd, has finally a definite line-up. Unfortunately GM Peter Svidler had to renounce, thus the organizers called in GM Michael Adams, #1 of England. The complete line-up is: GM Hikaru Nakamura from USA, GM Vassily Ivanchuk form Ukraine, GM Alexander Grischuk from Russia, GM Veselin Topalov from Bulgaria, GM Wang Hao from China, GM Boris Gelfand from Israel, GM Peter Leko fr om Hungary, GM Anish Giri from...Full Story

40th Chess Olympiad - Daily Report: Round 10

Added on 09.08.2012

Three teams are heading into the final round of the 40th Chess Olympiad with equal points. According to the tie-break rule (Olympiad-Sonneborn-Berger-Tie-Break without lowest result (Khanty-Mansiysk)), the order is: China, Armenia, Russia. This complicated term is (explained) in the FIDE Handbook - Olympiad Pairing Rules. USA were in fantastic position to go for the gold medal after beating Russia, but today they lost against China....Full Story

40th Chess Olympiad - Daily Report: Round 9

Added on 09.07.2012

The brilliant performance of the USA team has put a stop to the Russian machinery that was storming ahead to claim their first gold medal since 2002. The Russian two points advantage disappeared and now four teams are sharing the first place with 15 points each. According to the tie-break rule (Olympiad-Sonneborn-Berger-Tie-Break without lowest result (Khanty-Mansiysk)), the order is China, Russia, Armenia, USA. After Hikaru Nakamura refused to repeat the moves against Vladimir Kramnik,...Full Story

40th Chess Olympiad - Daily Report: Round 8

Added on 09.05.2012

Russia seems very determined to take the gold medal after the 10-years break since Bled 2002. In round 8 they defeated Ukraine, gold medalists from 2004 and 2010, thanks to Sergey Karjakin's effort against the former teammates. It is interesting that the then 14-years old Karjakin scored 6,5/7 for the Ukrainian team in Calvia 2004. Vassily Ivanchuk tried to convert an extra pawn to equalise the score, but his efforts were in vain as Vladimir Kramnik held in the endgame. Russia won 2,5-1,5 to...Full Story

40th Chess Olympiad - Daily Report: Round 7

Added on 09.04.2012

Apparently Russia was not shaken by the missed victory in the previous round as they continued their winning spree in the 7th round of the World Chess Olympiad. In the clash against Azerbaijan the Russians signed three draws and once again left the fate of the match in the hands of Alexander Grischuk. As Vladimir Kramnik said in yesterday's press conference, team event or not, Sasha is always loyal to his style, which means repeated time trouble and wild complicated positions. But...Full Story

USCL - 2012 season is starting!

Added on 09.04.2012

This year, for the FIRST time, ICC will have Live Chess.FM broadcast for all the USCL rounds played on Mondays! GM Alex Yermolinsky will be your analyst, and he will provide commentary for the matches being played in ICC, and the Game Of the Day service. The League is spreading its wings, becoming an even more interesting event to follow for our members. First round of the season is Tuesday September the 4th (being Monday the 3rd a national holiday). Here is the USCL line-up for week 1:...Full Story

40th Chess Olympiad - Daily Report: Round 6

Added on 09.03.2012

Before the start of the 40th Chess Olympiad many experts predicted that Russia and Armenia are the main favourites for the gold medal. These two teams were match in the 6th round after achieving perfect scores in the first five rounds. Vladimir Kramnik sacrificed a piece for two pawns foreseeing that his queenside phalanx will be incredibly hard to deal with. At the press conference he said that he saw all the lines with 26...Rb7 or 26...Rb8. The game move, 26...Qe8, simply works...Full Story

40th Chess Olympiad - Daily Report: Round 5

Added on 09.02.2012

The 5th round of the Istanbul Chess Olympiad saw the heavyweights crossing the swords on the top two tables. The 2011 World Champion Armenia was paired against the defending Olympiad Champion Ukraine. Levon Aronian was very energetic with white pieces and already my move 30 he won an exchange from Vassily Ivanchuk. The Armenian continued posing problems to his opponent who eventually resigned when a loss of the piece became imminent. You can see this game analyzed by GM Ronen Har-Zvi here:...Full Story

40th Chess Olympiad - Daily Report: Round 4

Added on 08.31.2012

In the 4th round of the Istanbul Chess Olympiad USA played against India on the top table. According to the Indian players, the Philadelphia Open winner and reigning national champion Abhijeet Gupta is very dangerous with white pieces, but Varuzhan Akobian neutralised opponent's minimal advantage and repeated the moves to make a first draw. Krishnan Sasikiran was under strong pressure from Hikaru Nakamura and just as the Indian was collecting some counterplay he carelessly run into the mating...Full Story

40th Chess Olympiad - Daily Report: Round 3

Added on 08.30.2012

The 3rd round of the World Chess Olympiad finally paired some of the higher rated teams to play one against another, and as a consequence many matches were closely contested. US champion Hikaru Nakamura was not in the mood to play another long game after the yesterday's 107-moves marathon, and after executing the 30 moves requested by the regulations he signed a peace treaty with Venezuelan GM Eduardo Iturrizaga. Nakamura's fellows were not that kind as they walked over the rest of the...Full Story

40th Chess Olympiad - Daily Report: Round 2

Added on 08.30.2012

At the beginning of the 2nd round of the 40th Chess Olympiad a special guest paid visit to the playing venue. The famous Italian football trainer Fabio Capello, currently coaching the national team of Russia, entered the playing hall and posed for several photographs. Meanwhile, on the chess boards, the still reigning Olympiad champion Ukraine outplayed Qatar 3-1, with GM Mohamad Al-Modiahki winning the only point for his team by defeating the famous Vassily Ivanchuk. Ivanchuk stood...Full Story

40th Chess Olympiad - Daily Report: Round 1

Added on 08.28.2012

  The 40th World Chess Olympiad began today at the Istanbul Expo Center with the inaugural move by the Turkish Minister of Youth and Sports Suat Kilic.                                         158 teams participate in the Open Section, which is a new record number after Dresden 2008, while the Women Section has 124 teams competing.The top seeded teams in the Open Section had their biggest stars resting in the matches against the lower rated opposition. However, Armenia might be regretting...Full Story

40th Chess Olympiad started!

Added on 08.28.2012

The 40th Chess Olympiad started today.  165 Teams from all over the world, this morning at 8:00am ICC time, crossed their rooks and bishos over the boards, to fight for a medal. Istanbul, the beautiful Turkish city on the Bosphorus, is home of the 825 players who have gathered to play this amazing event. ICC will have live coverage of the top boards (42 boards), and Chess.FM will be on the air for the last three rounds. We wil have the Game Of the Day service for all the rounds, and you will...Full Story

New weekly show in Chess.FM! - “Sharpen your chess-sense with IM Watson”

Added on 08.21.2012

Here at ICC Chess.FM we are always looking for improvement, and to provide our members with useful and interesting material to improve their game. We felt the need for a brand-new show, aimed at beginners up to intermediate players, where they can learn how to build an opening repertoire. IM John Watson is a renowned chess teacher, and with his new show he's going to put at your service his great teaching experience. In these videos, IM Watson is going to help you build your own opening...Full Story

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