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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

First ever match Husband vs. Wife: GM Atalik plays IM Atalik!

Added on 08.07.2012

Chalkida Chess Academy “Palamedes of Evia” will host a friendly chess match between Turkish Grandmaster Suat Atalik and his wife, IM/WGM Ekaterina Atalik, as a prelude to the International Chess Tournament “Negroponte 2012”. This unique event is the first ever chess match between husband and wife, who also happen to be the winners (overall and women’s category respectively) of the previous edition of “Negroponte”, in 2010. Hosting this match in Chalkida is a vivid example of the true spirit...Full Story

Biel 2012

Added on 07.30.2012

With Dortmund just finished, we're going to cover the 45th Biel Chess Festival, starting July the 23rd at 8am ICC time. Numero Uno Magnus Carlsen leads the group of amazingly strong players, that makes this event one of the most interesting of the year! American hero Hikaru Nakamura, Russian Alexander Morozevich , Chinese Wang Hao, French Etienne Bacrot and Dutchman Anish Giri will challenge the Norwegian chess genius in an amazing double round robin 10-rounds tournament. ICC will have Chess.FM...Full Story

Dortmund 2012

Added on 07.15.2012

Dortmund: The Realm of King Caruana  Fab Fabiano! The young American-Italian stud made it: he won the Sparkassen Chess Meeting super tournament in Dortmund, dethroning King Vlad . In a dramatic last round, Caruana, after the amazing win over Kramink in round 8, managed to beat GM Bartel, to take the trophy. Now Caruana is officially one of the elite players - his rating put him there already - and nobody will be able to affirm that he's getting rating points in "weaker events".  The...Full Story

Tata Steel 2012

Added on 01.16.2012

Levon, Levon likes his money It's Levon Aronian's tournament to lose! After beating the Dutch no1, Anish Giri, in round 10, the amenable Armenian World no.2 now has an impressive +5 score at the top on 7.5/10, a full point ahead of his nearest rival, Vassily Ivanchuk, who leapfrogged Magnus Carlsen in the standings after beating cellar-dweller David Navara. Checkout and support the Tata Steel Rd.10 video recap with an extended 17min Levon Aronian post-mortem on his game with Giri. The video...Full Story

London Chess Classic 2011

Added on 12.12.2011

It's getting to be an all too familiar script, but nevertheless an exciting one:  The Norwegian World No.1, Magnus Carlsen dominates the elite scene with a strength and flair that sets him aside from everyone else. Just turned 21, he's already the second-highest rated player of all time continues to find additional gears to pull clear of his rivals in the world rankings.  Carlsen has now gone to 2833 in the unofficial live rating list after his performance last month in winning the...Full Story

Tal Memorial 2011

Added on 11.25.2011

Magnus Carlsen has a recognized talent for being one of the best tournament finishers in the game, and the World #1 reaffirmed this status at the Tal Memorial with yet another dramatic  and classy  final round win to claim the title on tiebreak.   In a final round of fighting chess, the highlight was easily the battle of Garry Kasparov students past and present with Carlsen taking on Hikaru Nakamura with the huge fan-base for both expecting fireworks from the off...only it soon turned...Full Story

Monster Night on ICC

Added on 10.31.2011

When those two masters of the macabre, Boris Karloff and Bela Lugosi made their first movie together after individual success on screen in the early 1930s with Frankenstein and Dracula, it was to appear in the 1934 Universal classic The Black Cat - a movie that is regarded as a classic of the horror genre. And the tense highlight of the movie was a gripping five-minute sequence when both played a game of chess (literally and figuratively) for the life of the young female lead, played by...Full Story

Candidate Carlsen?

Added on 10.15.2011

Photo © G-Star Raw The big sponsorship and media pulling-power of Magnus Carlsen looks to have finally won over FIDE, as they bowed to the Norwegian World No.1's demands to change the format to the 2012 World Championship Candidates rules that clears the way for him to re-enter the fray for a possible title clash. The 2011 Candidates in Kazan a few months back was settled by knockouts that only served to make a mockery of the system, with many games...Full Story

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