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Happened Today in the Chess World - Dec 28, 2023

Added on 12.28.2023

MY FRIEND BOBBY FISCHER Moscow, Interzonal 1982: GM Miguel Angel Quinteros Photo: B. Dolmatovsky / chesspro.ru Source: @dgriffinchess Today is the birthday of Grandmaster Miguel Angel Quinteros, born in Buenos Aires, Argentina, on December 28, 1947. Quinteros was the Argentinian Champion twice, winning his first title when he was 18. He came into the spotlight in Buenos Aires in 1970, where he met Bobby Fischer, with whom he tied a strong friendship. Miguel followed Fischer during the famous...Full Story

Happened Today in the Chess World - Dec 27, 2023

Added on 12.27.2023

THE CAPE MAKER Max Judd (Tenczynek 27/12/1851-Saint Louis 07/05/1906) - Source: worldchessof.org Today, we remember Master Max Judd, born in Tenczynek, Poland, on December 27, 1851. When he emigrated to the US, Judd decided to establish himself in St. Louis (he became the president of the local chess club), where he worked as a cape maker and trader. In 1890, Judd beat the US Champion Jackson Showalter, and in 1903 won the US Open Championship. He defeated important players such as...Full Story

Rapid and Blitz World Chess Championship 2023

Added on 12.22.2023

And Carlsen won the World Blitz Championship for the 7th time! It's getting almost boring, with Magnus winning every single event he participates in. FIDE acted against Nepomniachtchi and Dubov, nullifying their game. It is a very rare occurrence at this level, and if the (cute) game counted, Dubov would have finished tied with Carlsen. Here is the official statement by FIDE: Here are the top standings: In the Women's Blitz Championship, GM Valentina Gunina kept her strong rivals behind,...Full Story

Happened Today in the Chess World - Dec 22, 2023

Added on 12.22.2023

MIKEL THE BASQUE GM Mikel Huerga Leache - Source: diariodenavarra.es Today is the birthday of Grandmaster Mikel Huerga Leache, born in Pamplona, Spain, on December 22, 1989. Mikel learned to play chess at age six and won the Navarra Championship twice, in 2005 and 2007. In 2015, he placed first, tied with Vallejo Pons, in the Spanish Championship, but the technical playoff relegated Mikel to third place. Huerga Leache is a FIDE Trainer and an Arbiter. He reached his peak rating of 2503 Elo...Full Story

Happened Today in the Chess World - Dec 21, 2023

Added on 12.21.2023

THE KING CONSORT Alexandra Kosteniuk and Pavel Tregubov - Source: chessdailynews.com Today is the birthday of Grandmaster Pavel Tregubov, born in Krasnodar, Russia, on December 21, 1971. Tregubov is a former President of the ACP (Association of Chess Professionals). A great expert on the Taimanov variation in the Sicilian Defense, Tregubov became the European Individual Champion in 2000 in Saint Vincent. He reached his peak rating of 2658 Elo points in July 2009. In 2015, Pavel married the...Full Story

Happened Today in the Chess World - Dec 20, 2023

Added on 12.20.2023

OLGA'S COACH GM Alexei Kornev - Source: chessperfect.ru Today is the birthday of Grandmaster Alexei Kornev, born in Vyazniki, Russia, on December 20, 1976. A mathematical engineer, Alexei won the Russian Team Championship twice. He reached his peak rating of 2582 Elo points in January 2004. Kornev is one of the most esteemed Russian coaches, and he trained the Russian naturalized Italian IM and WGM Ol'ga Zimina, the current Italian champion. Alexei authored several books, especially on chess...Full Story

Happened Today in the Chess World - Dec 19, 2023

Added on 12.19.2023

THE BISHOP'S NEPHEW GM Jusefs Petkevich - Source: sahafederacija.lv Today is the birthday of Grandmaster Jusefs Pektevich, born in Riga, Latvia, on December 19, 1940. Petkevich is of Polish origins and the nephew of a Catholic bishop. Jusefs was the Latvian champion three times between 1969 and 1985. He represented his country in three Olympiads between 1994 and 1998, obtaining the GM title in 2002 when he won the World Senior Championship. In his career, Petkevich defeated elite players...Full Story

Happened Today in the Chess World - Dec 18, 2023

Added on 12.18.2023

THE MACEDONIAN GLOBETROTTER Guatemala City, 2020: GM Nikola Mitkov, winner of the tournament Photo: Club Caissa Guatemala  Today is the birthday of Grandmaster Nikola Mitkov, born in Macedonia on December 18, 1971. Nikola was the Macedonian Champion in 2002, representing his country in several international competitions. Mitkov moved to the US, where, in Chicago, he handles the program "Chess Education Partners," teaching chess to the parents of young students. The Macedonian GM defeated...Full Story

Happened Today in the Chess World - Dec 15, 2023

Added on 12.15.2023

THE TATAR OF THE RED ARMY Alexander Zaitsev e Rashid Nezhmetdinov  Today, we remember International Master Rashid Nezhmetdinov, born in Aktjubinsk, Kazakhstan, on December 15, 1912. Rashid was of Tatar ethnicity; he grew up in an orphanage and fought in WWII, participating in the Battle of Stalingrad. Nezhmetdinov participated in three Soviet Championships and became known outside the USSR only in Bucharest in 1953, placing second behind Kortschnoj. Nezhmetdinov was capable of astonishing...Full Story

Happened Today in the Chess World - Dec 14, 2023

Added on 12.14.2023

THE CRUYFF OF CHESS IBM Tournament, Amsterdam 1978 - Jan Timman during a game with Walter Browne. Photo: R. Croes / ANEFO - Source: nationaalarchief.nl @dgriffinchess Today is the birthday of Grandmaster Jan timman, born in Amsterdam, Netherlands, on December 14, 1951. Nine times Dutch Champion, Timan has been at the top for about 30 years. He participated several times in the World Championship, reaching the final of the Candidates two times, losing to Karpov and Short. In 1993, Timman...Full Story

Happened Today in the Chess World - Dec 13, 2023

Added on 12.13.2023

RAPID SPECIALIST GM Evgeny Vorobiov - Source: chessdom.com Today is the birthday of Grandmaster Evgeny Vorobiov, born in Moscow, Russia, on December 13, 1976. Evgeny won the Moscow Rapid in 2013, tied with Boris Grachev. In the same year, Vorobiov won the City Blitz Championship. Evgeny peaked at 2610 Elo points in January 2010; his highest Rapid Elo is 2652, reached in September 2013. He's defeated elite players such as Caruana, Karjakin, Dreev, Maghsodloo, and Rublevsky. The following game...Full Story

Happened Today in the Chess World - Dec 12, 2023

Added on 12.12.2023

A VIETNAMESE FROM PRAGUE Polish Team Championship, Legnica 2021: GM Thai Dai Van Nguyen Photo: Krzysztof Szelag / Wikimedia Commons - Source: Wikipedia.org Today is the birthday of Grandmaster Thai Dai Van Nguyen, born in Prague, Czech Republic, on December 12, 2001. When he was eight, Thai Dai learned chess from his father, a Vietnamese businessman, while he was teaching the game to Thai's elder brother. Thai Dai became the youngest GM of the Czech Republic at age 16. European Champion U16...Full Story

Happened Today in the Chess World - Dec 11, 2023

Added on 12.11.2023

THE TIGER OF MADRAS Wijk aan Zee 1990: Viktor Kortschnoj-Viswanathan Anand Photo: nnord-hollansarchief.nl - Source: @dgriffinchess Today is the birthday of former World Champion Viswanathan "Vishy" Anand, born in Chennai, India, on December 11, 1969. His series of successes is just impossible to list: three times World Champion, Youth World Champion in 1987, finalist of the PCA World Championship (title won by Kasparov) in 1995, finalist of the FIDE World Championship (won by Karpov on...Full Story

Happened Today in the Chess World - Dec 8, 2023

Added on 12.08.2023

DEMBO KID WGM, IM Yelena Dembo - Photo: Karpidis - Source: wikipedia.org Today is the birthday of WGM and IM Yelena Dembo, born in Penza, Russia, on December 8, 1983. Yelena started playing chess at age 3, followed by her parents, particularly her mother, Nadezhda Fokina, a Russian chess master. After that, Dembo was trained by the GMs Mark Tseitlin and Alexander Huzman in Israel. After moving to Hungary, Dembo became the national champion in 2003 and then moved on to play for the Greek...Full Story

Happened Today in the Chess World - Dec 7, 2023

Added on 12.07.2023

HIS BEST IN THE OPENS GM Andrei Maksimenko - Photo: Krzysztof Szelag / wikimedia commons - Source: Wikipedia.org Today is the birthday of Grandmaster Andrei Maksimenko, born in Cherkasy, Ukraine, on December 7, 1969. Andrei won the latest Russian Team Championship with the Ukraine Team. He obtained his best results in the open tournaments, winning in Italy in Milan 2001 and Bratto 2022. Maksimenko reached his peak rating of 2558 Elo points in November 2011. Maksimenko defeated elite players...Full Story

Happened Today in the Chess World - Dec 6, 2023

Added on 12.06.2023

UZBEK SCHOOL GM Anton Filippov - Source: kun.uz via Facebook Today is the birthday of Grandmaster Anton Filippov, born in Tashkent, Uzbekistan, on December 6, 1986. Filippov was Asian Champion U16 and U18 and represented his country in five Olympiads, getting a Silver medal on second board at Istanbul in 2012. The Uzbek GM reached his peak rating of 2652 Elo points in November 2012, and during his career, he defeated elite players such as Nepomniachtchi, Nakamura, Short, and Bareev. Since...Full Story

Happened Today in the Chess World - Dec 5, 2023

Added on 12.05.2023

A BLITZ GAME TO BECOME WORLD CHAMPION GM Rustam Kasimdzhanov - Photo: Austin Fuller Today is the birthday of former FIDE World Champion Rustam Kasimdzhanov, born in Tashkent, Uzbekistan, on December 5, 1979. Asian Champion in 1998 and runner-up at the Junior World Championship in 1999, Rustam stood out at the 2000 FIDE World Championship, where he lost the finals to Anand. In 2004, he reached the finals again after beating players of Ivanchuk, Grischuk, and Topalov caliber. The final match...Full Story

Happened Today in the Chess World - Dec 4, 2023

Added on 12.04.2023

TRAINING WITH MOSKA GM Viktor Moskalenko - Source: jugadoresdeajedrez.com Today is the birthday of Grandmaster Viktor Moskalenko, born in Odesa, Ukraine, on December 4, 1960. After becoming Ukraine Champion in 1987, Moskalenko moved to Catalonia (Spain), winning the Catalonian Championship thrice. Viktor reached his peak rating of 2591 Elo points in 2011. Moskalenko defeated elite players such as Khalifman, Vallejo, Jakovenko, Epishin, and Krasenkow during his career. The Ukrainian GM is a...Full Story

Chess News: Your Daily Update - London Classic begins

Added on 12.01.2023

IM Malcolm Pein December 1, 2023   DOMMARAJU Gukesh and Hans Niemann headline the 2023 London Chess Classic, where play gets under way today. Gukesh, a 17-year-old Indian, knows that a good result in London will give him a chance of pipping Anish Giri on the FIDE Circuit leaderboard and secure qualification for next year’s Candidates Tournament. Niemann’s play is always scrutinised, and while his rating has settled down around 2700, I sense that the 20-year-old has both the desire...Full Story

Happened Today in the Chess World - Dec 1, 2023

Added on 12.01.2023

THE CHESSBOARD VIRTUOSO Moscow 1925: Efim Bogoljubow - Akiba Rubinstein  Today, we remember Grandmaster Akiba Rubinstein, born in Stawiski, Poland, on December 1, 1882 (some sources say he was born on December 12, some others in 1880). Rubinstein approached chess at a relatively old age but quickly became one of the best Polish chess players. In 1912, he won five high-level international tournaments and became the most accredited challenger to Lasker's world title. After WWI, Rubinstein's...Full Story

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