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Magnus goes to Biel
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.
Dortmund: The Realm of King Vlad
With the Tal Memorial archived, and another win by Numero Uno GM Magnus Carlsen, the 2012 Summer has still some important events to be followed. The Bazna tournament, sadly, has been cancelled due to the economic crisis and the peculiar political situation in Romania. Fortunately the mighty Germany can still afford to sponsor - through the famous bank - one of the most important chess events of the year: The Sparkassen Chess Meeting.
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Numero Uno wins again!
And when you think it's all over, with the young Italian stallion winning his first super-event, an early morning last round turns the tables: Magnus Carlsen wins his game with the "top-seeds-killa" Luke McShane, and Fabiano Caruana loses to Aronian! Nakamura and Radjabov drew their game, et voilá! Magnus grabs the title of the Tal Memorial for the second time in a row.
Category XXI: Join us at the Chess party!
Join us at the Chess Party! The 7th Tal Memorial starts Friday, June the 8th, and it will be one of the most amazing chess events ever. Last year the young Norwegian numero 1 Magnus Carlsen and the super-strong Armenian Levon Aronian finished on top, with Magnus getting the first place by a narrow tiebreak (most games played with black). This year, the category XXI tournament - 2777 average rating, according to the unofficial rating list - promises to be something no chess lover can afford to miss!
FIVE, and counting!
The 41-year old "Tiger of Madras" has been once again able to unsheathe his claws and grab his 5th World Title. After an epic struggle, that led the two contestants to a 6.0/6.0 tie after 12 games, Anand went on to retain his title by winning the tiebreak rapid games. The regular games have been characterized by a show of deep home preparation by Anand and Gelfand, that has somehow paralyzed the play, with the reigning champion and the challenger trying to explore new paths only when the games were clearly equal.
Fire on Board!
And here we go! US Championship and World Championship Match start this week, and all the chess fans are impatiently longing to witness these much awaited events. ICC Chess.FM will have live broadcast for both events, with its international "dream team" of GMs commenting live on the games: Joel Benjamin, Ronen Har-Zvi, Alex Yermolinsky, Jonathan Speelman, David Smerdon, Larry Christiansen, Jon Ludvig Hammer, Miguel Illescas, Gawain Jones, Ben Finegold and Varuzhan Akobian.
The semi-Berlin Challenge
A great week of chess is just over. The interesting and enthralling match between #3 Vladimir Kramnik and #2 Levon Aronian finished with the result of 3.0-3.0. IT was an event that we could call "The semi-Berlin Challenge" instead of "The Zurich Challenge": 3 games out of 6 were indeed played with the Berlin variation of the Ruy Lopez, and two with the QGD semi-Slav.
Let the fun begin!
Here we are, the elite chess season is finally starting! After months of "minor events", Saturday April the 21st Levon Aronian and Vladimir Kramnik start their so-much awaited match. Six games that, given the friendly nature of the match, promise to show fireworks and Bengala lights on the board
Ready to go?
Are you ready? The great season is going to start. After months of minor tournaments - mostly opens in Europe - we are now approaching the season of elite events. As a luxurious hors d'oeuvre ICC relayed the top boards from the European Team Championship which, with all the GMs from the home country, plus all the players from the former republics and other nations, is nearly as impressive as an Olympiad. Some of the teams actually have rosters that average over 2700!
Keeping up with the Joneses!
After 4 rounds, English GM Gawain Jones - Verdenotte in ICC - was the sole leader of the European Individual Chess Championship, with 4/4. Gawain, playing black in the 4th round, managed to defeat GM Boris Savchenko from Russia - B-Savchenko in ICC, in a popular line of the Sicilian Dragon. The impressive rating performance for the young English talent at that point was 3317!
A dive into History
The picturesque small country called Bulgaria - which has existed for more than 13 centuries in Europe - is famous among chess fans mostly because it is the native land of the great champion Veselin Topalov. This year Bulgaria is going to be home of the European Individual Chess Championship, from March 19 to April 1. Click here for information.
Ruy Lopez in the Iceland
The Reykjavik Open is halfway through, and it's proving to be an interesting tournament. Fabiano Caruana - Adaptation in ICC (currently #6 in the unofficial rating list), David Navara, Robert Hess - RLH2 in ICC, Gawain Jones - VerdeNotte in ICC, Ivan Cheparinov - Inch in ICC, Ivan Sokolov - VegaSicilia in ICC, and the reigning Women World Champion Hou Yifan - Fanny in ICC make this strong Open an intriguing event to follow. ICC is broadcasting the games, with many GMs and IMs commenting and kibitzing (Hikaru Nakamura - CapilanoBridge in ICC and Ronen Har-Zvi - Indiana-Jones in ICC - among others)!
The three Musketeers
FIDE has published the March Rating list. Three men lead the pack, in the super-exclusive elite group "over 2800". Numero Uno Magnus Carlsen keeps his January rating, after a convincing performance at the Tata Steel, scoring a more than respectable +3.
Win with GM Boris!
In the first series of his new show, "Learn how to Win with GM Boris!", GM Alterman illustrates the power of passed pawns. As the great Aron Nimzowitsch said: "A passed pawn is a criminal which should be kept under lock and key. Mild measures, such as police surveillance, are not sufficient."
Waiting for the Big One
After the elite events that have kept us glued to the screen in the last few months - Tal Memorial, London and Tata Steel - it's now Open season! We all are waiting for the crucial match that will take place in May, and will give us the new World Chess Champion. Here is info about it (
Caruana - MI:6
After two excellent results in Reggio Emilia and Wijk aan Zee, where he finished as runner-up, we all thought that the young American-Italian stud would have taken a deserved break, enjoying his new amazing position as No 10 in the top unofficial rating list. But "the Fab" Fabiano decided to go from the heaven of elite events to the muddy and slippery ground of the Open tournaments, as he's participating to the 11th Aeroflot Open, in a freezing Moscow.
Hou Wows!
Reigning Women's World Champion Hou - who faced seven elite grandmasters rated 2700 or over - wowed the chess world with a performance that was pure Polgaresque in itself. As well as wins over chess legends Judit Polgar (the first time Polgar has lost to a woman since 1992 - to her eldest sister, Susan - when she was just 16) and Alexei ‘Fire on Board' Shirov, she also beat Zoltan Almasi and Le Quang Liem, and drew with Adams and Mamedyarov for a tournament performance rating that went off the Richter scale for a woman at an astonishing 2872.
Shining from the Shadows
Will this be the year when the world No.2, Levon Aronian, finally emerges from the shadows of Magnus Carlsen? The Armenian has often been overlooked with the rise of the Norwegian world No.1 - but he's more than made his mark by winning the first major of 2012 at the 74th Tata Steel Chess tournament, in Wijk aan Zee, the Netherlands.
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.
Feel the Force
A tournament battle between the world nos 1 and 2 have always played a part of historic showdowns in the chess annals, and a modern-day classic is developing at Tata Steel 2012 in Wijk aan Zee, as Magnus Carlsen and Levon Aronian share the lead on 3/4 at the first rest day of the tournament.
Hello, Tata!
"Supergrandmaster" tournaments don't always deliver the excitement that the name implies, but the tiny hamlet of Wijk aan Zee on the Dutch north coast has always lived up to the billing - and this year the Tata Steel Chess Tournament will be no different than any of the others in the long and storied history of what has always been regarded as the first - and many would argue the most important - major of the year.
2012: Elo Again
When the chess rating system was established in 1971 by Professor Arpad Elo, it contained the names of 600 players. In the January 2012 list that heralds in the new year, the number has grown to over 83,000. Top of the heap on the new list is again Magnus Carlsen of Norway -- and he's been numero uno now since Jan.1 2010.
12 Days of Giveaways!
It's the 12 Days of Giveaways, with FREE ICC apps for download this holiday season! Everyone will be looking to play at the best online chess club as they receive gifts of new iPhones, iPads and Android phones.

I'm so Vlad, I'm so Vlad.

London is London

London's Burning!

Tal-ented Finisher

The Tal Treat

75 Years Tal

Oh, Mazatlan

ELO ELO ELO. Is anybody out there?

Monster Night on ICC

Memento Moro

Candidate Carlsen?

Carlsen Grand Slams Chucky

Ivanchuk: The Samba King

Grand Slam Blunderland

Ticket to Grand Slam Final

Russian(s) to the Final

Four for World Cup

Carlsen Tops Polls...then Crashes

Summer Loving iPad App a Blast

Online Global Indian Summer

The Summer of Carlsen & Kramnik

Dog Days of Summer

Summer on Chess.FM

Numero Uno....Again

#1 in the world and Russia!

Carlsen Cruise Control

King of Kings

Countdown to ICC Open

Gelfand Grabs It!

Candidates Cruncher

G-Men Win Shoot-Out

Carry On Candidates

Candidates Kick-Off

Kamsky Deja Vu

Fab Four in St. Louis

Fly me to St. Louis

Battleship Potkin wins Euro title

Aronian is King!

Amber Homestretch

The Quick and the Blind

Go On Amber

First Among Equals

Women on top

Come fly with Dortmund

Can You Hear Me Now, ICC?

Nakamura Steels The Show

Steeling Home

Red Hot Carlsen

Beside the Zeeside

Steeling First

Hello, Tata!

Happy New Rating List

London Calling

Bonus Gems: A Holiday Special

Aronian Blitz's Moscow!

It's it's the World Chess Blitz!

Aronian Standing Tal

Tal-ented Memorial

Crouching Carlsen, Returning Seirawan!

Carlsen leads; Bacrot on a roll

Who's on 1st?

Nanjing Nightly on Chess.FM!

Kramnik Kicks Bilbao

Bilbao Masters Grand Slam Final

Ukraine Strike Gold!

The Final Countdown

Russian Olympiad Setback

ICC app Updated!

En Passant: Bent Larsen, 1935-2010

Hunting High and Low...with Magnus

NH Tournament: The Kids Are Alright

Chess at ICC - Download it now

ICC app now released!

Check-in here for NH Chess

The Fjord Classic

Ich Bein Ein Dortmunder!

Carlsen on the Catwalk

Carlsen Carnage Continues

Back to the Future

Here Comes Summer

Carlsen Aides Olympiad Bid

US Championship: Comeback Kid Kamsky wins U.S. Crown

US Championship: The Fab Four Finale

Changing for the better!

Veni, Vidi, Vishy!

Down to the Wire

Topalov Takes The Big Mo

Anand-Topalov: Anand leads 2.5-1.5

Anand-Topalov: Tied at 1-1

Anand-Topalov: Let the games begin

Topalov-Anand: Volcanic Fallout?

Anand-Topalov - coming soon!

Bosna Easter Bunny Special

Vasily Smyslov, 1921-2010

Dos Hermanas: The final Countdown

Amber 2010: The Quick and the Blind

Dos Hermanas XI - March Madness

Bosna2010 ICC Qualifier

ICC Membership Special Offer

Linares: Topalov of the World

Linares: Steady as you go

Linares: Final Countdown

Linares Countdown

Carlsen's Corus

Corus: Homestretch

Corus: Final Countdown

Corus on Fire!

A Corus of Approval

Corus Countdown

Junior 2010: A Christmas ICC Odyssey

Magnus Carlsen: Call Me #1

The Thriller In Olympia

London Link Up Special

Gibraltar: The Final Countdown

Giving Thanks For Gibraltar On ICC!

ICC Rocks Gibraltar!

Tal-ented Finale

Kramnik Standing Tal

Looking Tal in Moscow

Azerbaijan Snatch Gold

European Team Championship

Carlsen Conundrum Makes Novi Sad

Magnus the Magnificient

Carlsen Carnage in China

Magnus Force in China!

Kasparov Wins...Again!

Kasparov vs. Karpov Redux !

ICC Second Chance Offer!

Beat the Price Increase!

The Mainz Attraction III

June Junior Blowout on ICC

A special offer from ICC and New In Chess

Hikaru Nakamura: 2009 US Champion!

The Final Countdown

U.S. Championship Countdown

U.S Championship

Nalchik Grand Prix

Shankland Wins Final 2009 U.S. Chess Championship Spot

Final Four Weekend

Meet Me in St. Louis...via the ICC!

March Madness, Blitz Style

Dos Hermanas Special!

X Dos Hermanas

It's Topalov vs. Anand!

Elite Double-Header

Chess.FM at the Double!

Svidler's Rally

Who Wants To Win Corus?

Karjakin At Corus

The Corus Line-up

Svidler On The Luft

New Year, New Tournament

Topalov Tops

It's A Time For Giving

Nanjing Super GM Tournament 2008

GibTelecom Blitz Qualifier Tournament 2009 on ICC!

Olympiad Finale

Dresden at Night: 38th Chess Olympiad

38th Chess Olympiad, Dresden, Germany - November 13-25

Corus Final-4: Europe vs. South America

A Corus of Online Approval!

On The Brink?


World Championship Special!

Who's on First?

Battle of Bonn - 18 Days and Counting!

Topalov of the World!

Topalov Still Tops - Now Ivanchuk Numero Uno!

Topalov Tops - but Carlsen Numero Uno!

Wang Bang in Amsterdam!

Looking Tal in Moscow

Miami, Nice!

Magnanimous Magnus on ICC!

Is It a Bird? Is It a Plane?

The Mainz Event!

It's It's A Brunei Blitz

Brunei Birthday Blitz Bash II

Sultan of Brunei Birthday Blitz Bash

Ich bin ein...

Surging in the Spotlight

Magnus Force

The Mainz Attraction II

Man & Machine vs. Machine

Chuckster Takes MTel!

Topalov Topped at MTel?

Here Comes Chucky

Grischuk in Pole Position

Grand Prix Special

Dos Hermanas Unplugged

A New Smart Chip?

Dos Hermanas: Right Here, Right Now! Part II

Dos Hermanas: Right Here, Right Now!

Amber Alert

Amber is Go

Anand wins, Carlsen rises..., Junior Special

Linares: Battle of the Ages

From Morelia to Linares!

Linares! Linares!

Joel Benjamin

Hikaru Rocks

Corus Finale Weekend

Robert J. Fischer, 1943-2008

Corus Countdown ...

Get ready for Corus!

We wish you a Happy New Year!

Marry Christmas!

World Chess Cup 2007

ICC European Party 2007

World Chess Cup 2007

World Chess Cup 2007

Let's Have a Party!

Gibtelecom '08 ICC Qualifier

The Russians Are Coming(Back)!

Chess, Chess Everywhere....

A Touch of Glass

Magical Linex!

Double Joy for Anand!

Anand Wins!

Anand on the Brink?

Mexico 2007 World Chess Championship

A China Cracker

The Young Turks....?

Vishy Anand, The Mainz Man

The Aronian Shuffle

Oh, Mexico!

Magnus Force!

Countdown to Mexico City!

From Mexico City!

Are you ready for the Mainz Shuffle?

Kramnik Dominates Dortmund

The Mainz Attraction!

I don't want to miss a thing ...

Four for Mexico City...

And then there were eight...

It's A Candidates Classic!

Three-in-a-Row TOPPO!

Another Indian sign?

First Kramnik, next Carlsen?

M-Tel Masters 2007. ICC is the official Internet Partner

A great day on ICC, for a great cause

Open Day for all on the ICC. Join us for the Anand Charity Simul

Anand Charity Simul on ICC

Vishy Anand, new Numero Uno

Kramnik wins big in Melody Amber

Jorge Sammour-Hasbun, the ICC comeback kid!

Dos Hermanas, the Wimbledon of online chess

Anand wins Morelia-Linares and Carlsen amazes

Anand and Carlsen on the top after Morelia leg

Rock solid fin�sh for Akopian

Three Kings at Corus, the first Major of the year. Summary by IM Michael Rahal

Topalov, on top at Corus!

Radjabov off to a flying start at Corus!

1st. ACP World Rapid Cup, underway!

We wish you a Happy New Year. The Chess Year in Review

We wish you a Merry Christmas. Christmas Tree puzzles

GM Evgeny Alekseev, Russian Champion

David Bronstein (1924-2006) The evergreen Genius

Kramnik vs. Fritz: The last chance saloon for humans?

Kramnik vs. Fritz: The battle for the human pride begins!

Leko, Ponomariov and Aronian; three winners at the Tal Memorial

Ponomariov leads the Tal Memorial

Youngest players of the ICC GENERATION charges forward!

Essent and exclusive interview with Kramnik

Tomsk-400 won ECC 2006. Morozevich did best performance

Vladimir Kramnik, new reunified World Chess Champion

Topalov vs Kramnik: Dramatic ending

Topalov vs Kramnik delayed. Ilyumzhinov takes part

Kramnik vs Topalov. The duel begins!

Match Topalov vs Kramnik. Live it up on the ICC!

Grischuk, new FIDE World Blitz Champion!

Wonderboy again!

Mainz, NH Chess, ICC Blitz Champs, and more

Dortmund Report, Moro Wins Biel

Bareev Coming Up Short At Canadian Open

Super-Magnus (15) Set to Become Norwegian Champion

Kamsky Wins World Open on Tie Breaks

Russian Champion Wins AeroSvit

Rublevsky Heads Aerosvit

Anand Wins the XIX Ciudad de Leon

Armenia Wins 37th Olympiad

37th Olympiad Heads into the Final Rounds

Topalov Makes a Comeback to Win Mtel

Kamsky Leads Mtel Masters

ICC Newsletter: Bosna 2006 and Mtel Masters

Magnus Carlsen Defeats Loek Van Wely

In Memory of GM Wolfgang Unzicker 1925-2006

Topalov vs. Kramnik is on!

Topalov Defeats Nisipeanu in Game of Champions

Kasparov No Longer Number One

Xu Yuhua Wins The Women's World Champion

Women's World Championship Reaches The Finals

Aronian Defeats Leko for Linares Title

Dos Hermanas VII on ICC

FIDE Champion Finds Trouble At Linares

Jobava Wins Aeroflot on Tie breaks

Vallejo Pons and Ponomariov Tie for First at Cuernavaca

Nakamura Leads Cuernavaca Young Masters

Anand and Topalov Share Tops at Corus

Topalov Leads Corus

Corus 2006


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