world chess – Tromso Sjakklubb http://tromsosjakklubb.com/ Thu, 17 Mar 2022 14:26:15 +0000 en-US hourly 1 https://wordpress.org/?v=5.9.3 https://tromsosjakklubb.com/wp-content/uploads/2021/08/icon-16.png world chess – Tromso Sjakklubb http://tromsosjakklubb.com/ 32 32 Checkmate: Russia’s War on Ukraine Shatters the Chess World | Sports | German football and major international sports news | DW https://tromsosjakklubb.com/checkmate-russias-war-on-ukraine-shatters-the-chess-world-sports-german-football-and-major-international-sports-news-dw/ Thu, 17 Mar 2022 14:26:15 +0000 https://tromsosjakklubb.com/checkmate-russias-war-on-ukraine-shatters-the-chess-world-sports-german-football-and-major-international-sports-news-dw/ “Gens una sumus” is the Latin motto of the world chess federation, FIDE, which translates to “We are one family”. But the Russian invasion of Ukraine threatens to tear this family apart. Instead of showing their skills on the chessboard, many well-known Ukrainian chess players, like Oleksander Sulypa, are now protecting their country – with […]]]>

“Gens una sumus” is the Latin motto of the world chess federation, FIDE, which translates to “We are one family”. But the Russian invasion of Ukraine threatens to tear this family apart.

Instead of showing their skills on the chessboard, many well-known Ukrainian chess players, like Oleksander Sulypa, are now protecting their country – with a firearm if necessary.

“I defend my land against enemies and ‘peacekeepers’. The truth will win!” wrote the captain of the Ukrainian national chess team on Facebook.

His professional chess colleague, Pavel Eljanov, also does not leave his native country.

“I am with my family in relative safety in western Ukraine,” the grand master, from besieged Kharkiv, told DW.

He is trying to come to terms with the situation and supports the sanctions against Russia and Belarus announced by FIDE on Wednesday.

Individual players from the countries concerned will however still be allowed to compete under the flag of the world federation.

“The ban on team competitions is quite clear,” Eljanov said. He would find a blanket ban on individual Russian players too harsh at the moment, he added. Some of his colleagues, however, disagree.

In an open letter, 28 Ukrainian grandmasters demanded the complete exclusion of Russia from international competitions and the resignation of FIDE President Arkady Dvorkovich, a native of Russia.

The conflict particularly affected the chess world because Ukraine and Russia are absolute heavyweights.

Not only do they produce exceptional individual players, but for decades they have almost always been among the top three nations in the Chess Olympiad, the most important team competition.

“The common roots of this passion for chess go back to the Soviet era,” explained DW chess expert Holger Hank. “That’s why the ties between the two countries in the field of chess are very close.”

Call from Russia: “Stop the war!”

After the outbreak of war, Russian players asked how Eljanov was doing and offered to help him. This attitude does not seem to be an isolated case. In chess, unlike other sports, there are also voices in Russia that have taken a public stand.

“We are for peace. Stop the war! read a written appeal to President Vladimir Putin signed by 34 great Russian masters including vice-world champion Ian Nepomniachtchi.

FIDE chief Dvorkovich is under pressure as he has had close ties to the Kremlin in the past. The 49-year-old was part of Russia’s political elite until 2018. The economist, considered a liberal, was Russia’s chief negotiator at G-8 meetings and deputy prime minister for six years.

“Wars are the worst things you can face in life… including this war,” he said in an interview with US internet portal Mother Jones. “Wars don’t just kill priceless lives. Wars kill hopes and aspirations, freeze or destroy relationships and connections.”

He said his thoughts are with Ukrainian civilians.

Chess chief Arkady Dvorkovich served in the Russian government until 2018

Such remarks are risky for him personally. “He could be prosecuted for this assessment,” said DW Moscow correspondent Juri Rescheto.

“He uses the word ‘war’, which under a new media law can be interpreted as discrediting the Russian armed forces and punishable by up to 15 years in prison.”

The most powerful man in the world chess federation, who is seeking re-election as FIDE president in May, is unlikely to care only about the election campaign.

Eljanov is nonetheless skeptical.

“In another interview, he made critical comments about economic sanctions against Russia, so his response is still somewhat mixed for me,” he said.

Chess expert DW Holger Hank agrees: “It’s a tightrope walk. Dvorkovich apparently wants to be re-elected president of FIDE this summer and is therefore publicly distancing himself from Putin.”

The best player Karjakin fumes against Ukraine

For Ukrainian grandmaster Eljanov, it’s not just about the Russian FIDE president. He thinks chess celebrities who support the attack on Ukraine should face permanent consequences.

It clearly refers to former world champion Anatoly Karpov, who sits as a deputy in the Russian Duma and voted for the attack on Ukraine, as well as the best player Sergey Karjakin.

Karjakin, 32, was born in Ukraine but has played for Russia since 2009. Six years ago he lost his challenge to world champion Magnus Carlsen.

On Twitter, Karjakin has campaigned against Ukraine since the start of the war, presenting it as the aggressor and mocking the victims of the war.

“He should no longer be allowed to play at international level,” demanded Eljanov.

Such cases should not obscure the fact that large parts of the chess world, including those in Russia, oppose the war and show solidarity with Ukraine. Asked about the guiding motto of FIDE, Eljanov does not hesitate for a second: “I feel it 100%”.

Since the outbreak of the war, he has received hundreds of messages and offers of help “mainly from Europe, but also from beyond”, he said. “It means a lot to me.”

This article was originally published in German.

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Local Chess Club Relaunches Group, Plans Multi-State Tournament | Local News https://tromsosjakklubb.com/local-chess-club-relaunches-group-plans-multi-state-tournament-local-news/ Tue, 15 Mar 2022 17:15:00 +0000 https://tromsosjakklubb.com/local-chess-club-relaunches-group-plans-multi-state-tournament-local-news/ SHERIDAN – A group of men sit around chessboards in the Golden Room at the Sheridan County YMCA. Regularly, the men move pawns in place and discuss everything under the sun. Over the course of a few conversations, this small group of chess enthusiasts decided to increase their impact on the community by restarting a […]]]>

SHERIDAN – A group of men sit around chessboards in the Golden Room at the Sheridan County YMCA. Regularly, the men move pawns in place and discuss everything under the sun.

Over the course of a few conversations, this small group of chess enthusiasts decided to increase their impact on the community by restarting a well-known chess group.

The youth and adult group met at the YMCA before COVID-19 hit, but disbanded due to pandemic concerns. Now the group is officially run by the Sheridan Chess Association, which is affiliated with the American Chess Federation.

“It’s a chance to get the kids involved,” said Larry Mooney.

A group of about 20 young people and adults sat around tables of four – two sets of chess each – while munching on dinner sponsored by Powder River Pizza in the Sheridan KidsLife building on Thursday night. Several students paired up with someone their own age, while younger customers paired up with long-time chess fanatics. The adults faced off and discussed strategy throughout the evening.

Before heading out for the night, Dan Casey led a group lesson on certain elements of the game, providing an educational component beyond just collecting soft skills.

The Sheridan Chess Association restarted as the Sheridan Chess Club in September 2021 and has yet to regain its pre-pandemic attendance count of approximately 150. As a non-profit organization, the club’s former founders hope to restore the love of the game and the participation of young people. to the adult.

To help build excitement, the nonprofit will host its first-ever multi-state tournament at Sheridan College on April 30 and May 1.

The Sheridan Wyoming Open Chess Tournament is a ranked event in American Chess and already includes 22 players with a capacity of up to 100 or 120 individual players.

The first place winner receives a $1,600 purse, followed by $800 for second place, $400 for third, $200 for fourth, and $100 for fifth in Division 1, which is the open division . Chess players with a rating below 1600 or not rated by US Chess will receive $400 for first place, $200 for second, $100 for third, $50 for fourth, and $25 for fifth.

Pre-registration costs $35, while day of registration costs $45. Pre-registration closes April 15.

Saturday rounds start at 9:30 a.m., 1:30 p.m. and 6 p.m. Sunday rounds start at 8 a.m. and 11 a.m., or one after the other. Membership in the US Chess Foundation is required to participate in the event.

The highest-rated registrant is Alexander Fishbein, an American chess player with a FIDE Grandmaster title – International Chess Federation or World Chess Federation.

People from Missouri, Tennessee, Colorado, Idaho and South Dakota told organizers they plan to attend.

Participation is free and children will receive a pizza at each gathering. Registration is also available at the YMCA or KidsLife.

Ashleigh Snoozy joined The Sheridan Press in October 2016 as a reporter before taking on the role of editor in November 2018. She is originally from Colorado and graduated from Biola University in Los Angeles.

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Our young chess geniuses and the wonderful years : The Tribune India https://tromsosjakklubb.com/our-young-chess-geniuses-and-the-wonderful-years-the-tribune-india/ Sun, 06 Mar 2022 06:28:00 +0000 https://tromsosjakklubb.com/our-young-chess-geniuses-and-the-wonderful-years-the-tribune-india/ Viswanathan Anand OUR own R Praggnanandhaa has become the youngest player to beat Magnus Carlsen since Carlsen became world chess champion. It will give Pragg, who is only 16, a lot of confidence – “I did it once and I can do it again”, he will think. Praggnanandhaa is one of our best […]]]>


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OUR own R Praggnanandhaa has become the youngest player to beat Magnus Carlsen since Carlsen became world chess champion. It will give Pragg, who is only 16, a lot of confidence – “I did it once and I can do it again”, he will think.

Praggnanandhaa is one of our best prospects. He is mentally strong. When he has difficult tournaments, he loses matches but he is not discouraged. He comes back, he fights. This time he beat Magnus, who had won three straight. He interrupted a very good sequence. Pragg has struggled a lot, but that’s because he’s now competing against the best in the world at the senior level. He is tested. This exposure is very good for his game.

Pragg has been one of the young players I have been working with at WestBridge Anand Chess Academy since January 2021. He, Arjun Erigaisi and D Gukesh are all under 19 and compete very fiercely against each other. I think the fact that they are peers could have a big impact on chess in India, like what happened in the former Soviet Union, where juniors propelled each other.

Working with juniors is wonderful. I try to be realistic with them. We are all human beings, we will react emotionally in most situations. So, for me, it’s about imparting to them the wisdom, rather than the strategies, which are constantly evolving in this sport. I try to share with them how I approach a problem, how I work on it, and they can incorporate things that work for them.

I try to share with them that once I too was a teenager, traveling the world. At that time, I didn’t know many people. I experienced it and it turned out to be a lot of fun. I’m trying to reassure their parents that everything will be fine, so don’t worry.

The kids recognize that I’m a multiple world champion, so at first they were surprised to see me sitting there and analyzing matches with them, but they’ve gotten used to it and are talking freely now. They are respectful children and I am over 50, so there is a bit of ‘sir’ and ‘uncle’ during the conversations!

They need to grow but they need to have experiences. Chess gives you the opportunity to meet interesting people, to travel. The important thing is to have other interests, to make friends, to have the ability to put chess aside for a few hours a day – to disconnect for a while. It is very important.

There are currently eight Indian general managers in the top 10, and the average ELO rating of the Indian top 10 is 2671, the fourth best in the world. Vidit Gujrathi is in the top 25, P Harikrishna has been in the top 15 for a while, touching No.10 at one point.

It’s true that we had a lot of promising players but they couldn’t continue. Sometimes luck matters too. Many players had to take a job early, or they had obligations. They did their best, but some may not have followed through. But many of the previous generation GMs have seeded the current generation. Many of them started their academies, became coaches.

I often tell people that yes, I had a lot of talent, I was very good – but I also had many, many breaks. My parents supported me. I was a very talented junior, but many talented juniors didn’t win the World Junior Championship, I did. I became a grandmaster and it opened doors for me. I was invited to tournaments, I had my chances and I took them.

We had a lot of good players, but the first generation after me had maybe 100-120 ELO points behind me. The younger ones will eventually reach 2700 ELO ratings. I think a lot in my academy and a few of those outside are heading in that direction. I hope to contribute to its realization.

I was the best player in India for 35 years. My time at the top will end. It will be difficult. The day it does happen will be a bit of a shock. I’ve experienced it before, when I lost my world title or the day someone passed me in the standings… You find new paths when the world passes you by! The last two years have left me a little confused as to where I am in chess because I had to take a long break. I had breaks before, but not like six months. I’ll be playing a few tournaments later this year and I’m trying to prepare for that. I have never been so inactive for so long.

I’m also at a stage where I can see it’s fun to take on new roles. I did a lot of coaching, mentoring, taking on many other assignments and commenting. You are always learning, trying new things. I will face.

As India’s first general manager, players often tell me that they were inspired by me. The baseline has changed for the new generation. They will always be compared to my results. Many of them start at a very high stage. Pragg, Nihal Sarin, Gukesh and Arjun are capable of becoming 2700 ELO players which means they will play the best tournaments. We’re just steps away from the best in the world, but I’m confident we’ll get there.

(As told to Vinayak Padmadeo)

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Ukrainian army of chess players take up arms to subdue Putin’s forces https://tromsosjakklubb.com/ukrainian-army-of-chess-players-take-up-arms-to-subdue-putins-forces/ Sat, 05 Mar 2022 06:33:28 +0000 https://tromsosjakklubb.com/ukrainian-army-of-chess-players-take-up-arms-to-subdue-putins-forces/ Bobby Fischer believed that every game of chess was a war on the board. The American went to war against Russia and triumphed by defeating one of its best grandmasters, Boris Spassky, for the World Chess Championship in 1972. Fifty years later, a battery of Ukrainian chess players is waging war. Only their war is […]]]>

Bobby Fischer believed that every game of chess was a war on the board. The American went to war against Russia and triumphed by defeating one of its best grandmasters, Boris Spassky, for the World Chess Championship in 1972.

Fifty years later, a battery of Ukrainian chess players is waging war. Only their war is more real. They too are facing the Russians, but not overboard.

Ukrainian chess players are resisting Vladimir Putin’s continued invasion of their country. Some have taken up arms to defend their homeland.

Grandmaster and captain of the Ukrainian national team, Oleksander Sulypa, waits behind a trench in the western city of Lviv, holding a rifle to confront the Russian army.

“I defend my land against enemies and ‘peacekeepers’. The truth will prevail!” he posted a week ago.

GM Georgy Timoshenko. Photo: Facebook/ @juliatimoshenko


A day later, another GM Georgy Timoshenko carried a rifle into battle.

“Yura (Georgy) went to defend the capital (Kiev) with guns in hand,” writes his partner Julia.

At 56, Timoshenko is probably the oldest professional chess player to enter this battlefield.

Aspiring Indian players may remember him as an unassuming grandfather coach, who ran chess camps in Odisha, Gujarat and several other Indian cities a few years ago.

GM Natalia Zhukova

GM Natalia Zhukova with Ukrainian fighters in Odessa. Photo: Facebook/ @nataliazhukova


Meanwhile, former European champion Natalia Zhukova proudly attends the city of Odessa in the southeast of the country, where she is now a member of the city council.

“From morning to evening, with like-minded people, we search for all the necessary things, medicines, etc. Zhukova wrote on Facebook.

General Manager Pavel Eljanov reported that General Manager Igor Kovalenko “actively volunteers in Kyiv and helps his brothers who have taken up arms”.

An unshaven and gloomy Kovalenko was last heard asking for help on his YouTube channel.

Eljanov, currently Ukraine’s second-best active player, posted on Facebook that his family was in Khrakiv, an eastern city closer to Russia that was ravaged by the onslaught.

He would be safe somewhere.

Teenage sensation Kirill Shevchenko, from Kyiv, is also hopefully not in danger.

He has been busy on social networks to inform the world of the tragic situation prevailing in his country.

Former world champion Anna Muzychuk has reached out to the chess community, especially her colleagues from Russia and Belarus, asking them to explain their position.

The Ukrainian Chess Federation documented the war from the perspective of its members. The other day he mentioned a war casualty.

“On March 2, 2022, after serious injuries caused by the Russian occupiers, FIDE arbiter and children’s coach Oleksiy Valentynovych Druzhynets died (Tokmak, Zaporizhia Oblast, January 3, 1975 – March 2, 2022),” the report said. federation.

Almost all but one of the Ukrainian players took the cudgel from the Russian attacks in one way or another.

The strange, Super GM Sergey Karjakin has been isolated, not only by Ukrainian players but by the peaceful international chess community as a whole.

What did you write? What do you advocate? asked a shocked Zhukova, after Karjakin rallied to Vladimir Putin.

Karjakin, a former world No. 4, wrote: “I express to you, our Commander-in-Chief, my full support in the interest of Russia, our multinational Russian people, the elimination of threats and the establishment of the peace !”

Ukraine is the country where Karjakin was born, learned to play chess and his family still lives.

After representing his native country throughout his teenage years, Karjakin, now 32, moved to Russia.

He has since become a strong supporter of Putin.

While Karjakin awaits the verdict of the FIDE Ethics Committee, Ukrainian chess players remain on the front line.

Because, as former world champion Garry Kasparov said, condemning the Russian invasion: “It’s not a game of chess. There’s no draw, no stalemate. “

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Sporting pressure: FIFA and UEFA suspend Russia, no F1 racing, chess, ice hockey or badminton either https://tromsosjakklubb.com/sporting-pressure-fifa-and-uefa-suspend-russia-no-f1-racing-chess-ice-hockey-or-badminton-either/ Mon, 28 Feb 2022 17:41:44 +0000 https://tromsosjakklubb.com/sporting-pressure-fifa-and-uefa-suspend-russia-no-f1-racing-chess-ice-hockey-or-badminton-either/ As sanctions are issued around the world against Russia for invading Ukraine, sport is sending a strong message and mounting pressure by boycotting events and tournaments in the country. Russia launched its land, air and sea invasion on Thursday following a declaration of war by President Vladimir Putin. About 100,000 people fled as explosions and […]]]>

As sanctions are issued around the world against Russia for invading Ukraine, sport is sending a strong message and mounting pressure by boycotting events and tournaments in the country.

Russia launched its land, air and sea invasion on Thursday following a declaration of war by President Vladimir Putin. About 100,000 people fled as explosions and gunfire rocked major cities. Dozens were reportedly killed.

Russian teams were suspended from international football after the country invaded Ukraine.

The decision came from FIFA and UEFA on Monday, saying Russian national teams and clubs were suspended “until further notice”.

“Football is fully united here and in full solidarity with everyone affected in Ukraine,” FIFA and UEFA said. “Both presidents hope that the situation in Ukraine will improve significantly and quickly so that football can once again be a vehicle for unity and peace between peoples.”

UEFA also ended its sponsorship with Russian energy giant Gazprom.

In a sweeping move to isolate and condemn Russia after it invaded Ukraine, the International Olympic Committee on Monday urged sports bodies to exclude the country’s athletes and officials from international events.

The IOC said it was necessary “to protect the integrity of global sports competitions and for the safety of all participants”.

The International Olympic Committee has urged sports bodies to cancel or move all events they plan to hold in Russia and Belarus, and to stop using the countries’ national flags and anthems. The Olympic body’s request came after UEFA moved the Champions League final from St Petersburg to the Paris suburbs, and after the governing body of skiing and Formula 1 pulled the races coming from Russia. As a result, Vladimir Putin temporarily lost his highest official position in world sport. The Russian president is an avid judoka and competed in the sport at the 2012 London Olympics.

On Friday, Labor MP Chris Bryant urged the UK government to seize the assets of Russian billionaire and Chelsea owner Roman Abramovich, citing concerns over alleged links to corruption. Abramovich was identified by the Home Office in 2019 as having links to the Russian state as well as “corrupt activities and practices”, Bryant said, suggesting the UK should seize his assets and ban him from owning the football club.

Former heavyweight boxing champion Vitali Klitschko has said he will take up arms alongside his brother and fellow Hall of Famer Wladimir Klitschko to fight in what is a ‘bloody war’ after the invasion of their country, Ukraine.

Even Russian sports stars have come forward to express their concern over the current crisis. Russian tennis player Andrey Rublev wrote ‘No War Please’ on a TV camera moments after qualifying for the Dubai Championships final. Meanwhile, new men’s tennis world number 1 Daniil Medvedev said: “Watching the news from home, waking up here in Mexico, hasn’t been easy. Being a tennis player, I want to promote peace all over the world. We play in so many different countries; I’ve been to so many countries as a junior and as a pro. It’s not easy to hear all this news. … I am for peace.

Here is the list of Russia’s bans in the sports world:

– Vladimir Putin stripped of his black belt following the invasion of Ukraine

– FIFA and UEFA said on Monday that Russian national teams and clubs were suspended “until further notice”.

The Badminton World Federation has canceled all sanctioned tournaments in Russia and Belarus following the Ukrainian crisis. No other BWF tournaments will be awarded to Russia or Belarus until further notice.

– International chess body FIDE has banned Russia and Belarus from hosting world chess events.

– The International Ice Hockey Federation (IIHF) on Monday suspended Russian and Belarusian teams from its competitions until further notice and revoked Russia’s 2023 World Junior Championship hosting rights.

– The Polish Football Association has declared that Poland will not play a World Cup qualifier against Russia. Russia are due to host Poland in the semi-finals of their World Cup qualifiers on March 24 and, if their team advances, are expected to host Sweden or the Czech Republic on March 29 in the B-path final. Poland and Bayern Munich striker Robert Lewandoski has backed the Polish FA’s decision not to play their World Cup qualifier.

– The Czech Republic have also refused to face Russia in the 2022 World Cup play-offs. Meanwhile, the Swedish football federation has maintained its objection to playing games against Russia after the invasion of Ukraine and expressed disappointment on Monday with FIFA for keeping the Russians in the World Cup qualifiers. Sweden’s official stance came a day after Poland and the Czech Republic said they would not accept FIFA’s attempted compromise ordering Russia to play without its flag and anthem at venues. neutral under the name of its federation _ the Football Union of Russia.

– Formula 1 has scrapped this season’s Russian Grand Prix in Sochi as the invasion of Ukraine has led to punitive measures across the sporting world. The F1 race was only scheduled for September in the Black Sea resort of Sochi, but the management of the motorsports series decided it would be “impossible” to stage the Grand Prix after discussions with the teams and the governing body of the FIA.

– Russia were stripped of the Champions League final host by UEFA on Friday with Saint Petersburg replaced by Paris. The showpiece final of the European men’s football season will still be held on May 28 but now at the 80,000-seat Stade de France in the Saint-Denis suburb of the French capital following the decision of the UEFA executive committee. This follows talks led by UEFA President Aleksander Ceferin which have involved the European Commission and French President Emmanuel Macron in recent days after concerns were raised about the status of Russia retaining such a prestigious event after its aggression against another European country.

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“Putin is an expert in the art of lying”, accuses the Russian president https://tromsosjakklubb.com/putin-is-an-expert-in-the-art-of-lying-accuses-the-russian-president/ Sun, 27 Feb 2022 06:55:15 +0000 https://tromsosjakklubb.com/putin-is-an-expert-in-the-art-of-lying-accuses-the-russian-president/ Today is the fourth day of the war between Russia and Ukraine. Russia’s decision to invade Ukraine is condemned on all sides. Now the famous Russian chess player Garry Kasparov has launched a scathing attack on President Vladimir Putin. Garry Kasparov said Putin had a long history of lying. In an interview, Garry Kasparov said, […]]]>

Today is the fourth day of the war between Russia and Ukraine. Russia’s decision to invade Ukraine is condemned on all sides. Now the famous Russian chess player Garry Kasparov has launched a scathing attack on President Vladimir Putin. Garry Kasparov said Putin had a long history of lying. In an interview, Garry Kasparov said, “One of Putin’s character-defining traits is his lying. He has a long history of lying and ultimately moving everything back and forth for his own benefit.”

Kasparov said: “It was completely stupid not to recognize his intentions towards Ukraine because he had never recognized Ukraine as an independent state. For many years Russian propaganda denied the existence of Ukraine,” said Garry Kasparov, adding that Putin had been preparing for war in Ukraine for a long time. Kasparov says the war could have been avoided if Western countries had listened to the Russian president.

Kasparov said: “At the Munich Security Conference in 2007, Putin discussed zones of influence. He wanted the world to be divided as in the past, where big countries would dictatorially teach small countries how behave. Putin was directly preparing for war in Ukraine,” Russian chess grandmaster Garry Kasparov said, adding that the current crisis is not just about Russia and Ukraine. This is the global security infrastructure. If Putin succeeds, the next number is China-Taiwan. Former world chess champion Garry Kasparov is known to be a critic of Putin. A few days ago, he used words like bankruptcy and war machine for Putin in a series of tweets. Garry Kasparov ranks among the greatest players in the world. He was world number one for almost 20 years, which is a record in itself.

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Chess: Fide cancels Moscow Olympiad as Carlsen beats Covid to reach final | Magnus Carlsen https://tromsosjakklubb.com/chess-fide-cancels-moscow-olympiad-as-carlsen-beats-covid-to-reach-final-magnus-carlsen/ Fri, 25 Feb 2022 21:35:00 +0000 https://tromsosjakklubb.com/chess-fide-cancels-moscow-olympiad-as-carlsen-beats-covid-to-reach-final-magnus-carlsen/ World chess body Fide, responding to an outpouring of criticism from players, fans and commentators, announced on Friday afternoon that its flagship team event, the biennial 150 Nations Olympiad, will would not be held in Moscow in July-August as planned and that he is looking for an alternative host city. The announcement was made on […]]]>

World chess body Fide, responding to an outpouring of criticism from players, fans and commentators, announced on Friday afternoon that its flagship team event, the biennial 150 Nations Olympiad, will would not be held in Moscow in July-August as planned and that he is looking for an alternative host city.

The announcement was made on Twitter: “The Fide Council has decided that the 44th Chess Olympiad will not take place in Russia. Fide will do everything possible to find another organizer for the Olympiad and will provide more information in due course”.

Fide follows UEFA moving the Champions League final from Saint Petersburg to Paris, the FIA ​​depriving Russia of its Formula 1 Grand Prix and the cancellation of five ski events in Russia.

Fide President Arkady Dvorkovich is a former deputy prime minister of Russia under Dmitry Medvedev, and the majority of the organization’s backers and sponsors are Russian.

While several sports organizations have severed ties with Russian sponsors, no update has yet been given on whether Fide will continue to accept funds from its own backers, which include gas supplier Gazprom, fertilizer giant PhosAgro and mining company Nornickel.

Dvorkovich is currently in Uganda on a Fide delegation with Fide Director General Dana Reizniece-Ozola, whose previous career was as Latvia’s finance minister.

On Facebook, she called events in Ukraine a “brutal incursion” and said the Ukrainian people were caught in a “vicious power game”.

The response from longtime Putin critic Garry Kasparov was quick and predictable.

“After years of warnings were ignored and heard ‘Garry, you were right!’ all fucking day today I’m going to repeat what I said in 2014: Stop telling me I was right and listen to what I’m saying now,” he wrote on Twitter.

Magnus Carlsen had a tough week at the $150,000 Online Airthings Masters, but the world champion still overcame the effects of Covid to reach the two-day final, which started at 5 p.m. Friday. Free live commentary from England’s David Howell and Jovanka Houska is available at chess24.com.

Carlsen was beaten four times in 15 games in the qualifying round and blamed the defeats on symptoms similar to brain fog: “I lacked energy, which made it hard to concentrate, and when I tried to think, I I made a mistake.” Among those who beat him were two teenagers: 19-year-old Russian Andrey Esipenko, who had already scored against Carlsen at Wijk 2021, and 16-year-old Rameshbabu Praggnanandhaa from India.

The world champion kept his balance, made sure to advance to the quarter-finals, then knocked out Vietnamese Le Quang Liem and Russian Vladislav Artemiev. By the time of Thursday’s semi-final, the No.1 had regained his normal fearsome strength, playing the first game of the game in classic attacking style.

Earlier, in the qualifying rounds, Carlsen against the Sicilian Dragonand followed a formula advocated by Bobby Fischer: open the h-file, sacrifice pieces if necessary, expose the black king, then checkmate.

Thursday coincided with the invasion of Ukraine, and aside from Carlsen, the other semi-finalists were all Russians. Ian Nepomniachtchi, crushed by the Norwegians in their world title match in Dubai two months earlier, made an impressive return to form, winning the qualifying section with rounds to spare then knocking out young contender Esipenko in the semi-finals .

Away from the board, Nepomniachtchi posted a tweet that read, “History has seen many Black Thursdays, but today is blacker than the rest.” It was signed with the hashtag #saynotowar.

3804 (by Dragoslav Djaja) 1 Nh6 !! If Kxh6 2 a8Q Rxa8 3 Rxa8 leads to K+R v K+R. If 1…Rxa7 or a3-a2 2 Rg7+! Ke6 3 Kg6+ Ke5 4 Kg5+ Ke4 5 Kg4+ Kf3 6 Kg3+ and the rook gives perpetual check on the g file.

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Shropshire chess player publishes new book https://tromsosjakklubb.com/shropshire-chess-player-publishes-new-book/ Fri, 11 Feb 2022 06:00:00 +0000 https://tromsosjakklubb.com/shropshire-chess-player-publishes-new-book/ To the blackboard. Steve Wilson, who plays for the Shrewsbury-based Telepost Chess Club, has released “Welcome To My World of Chess” which includes some of his own games, puzzles and games by the great American world champion Bobby Fischer, his favorite player. Steve takes delivery of his book. “In middle school, when I was 10, […]]]>
To the blackboard.

Steve Wilson, who plays for the Shrewsbury-based Telepost Chess Club, has released “Welcome To My World of Chess” which includes some of his own games, puzzles and games by the great American world champion Bobby Fischer, his favorite player.

Steve takes delivery of his book.

“In middle school, when I was 10, I watched two boys play a game I hadn’t seen before,” he says.

In the family he had played other games like checkers, ludo, snakes and ladders and cards, but never chess.

“After watching the boys, I had a light bulb moment. I learned chess very easily and never gave it up.”

At school, Steve says he wasn’t academically attracted to any of his subjects, but adds: “I couldn’t be called a ‘duffer’ because I was the chess king. everyone wanted to beat.

“I knew that if I played chess and could play well, I was going to be taken a lot more seriously.

“It was a few years after leaving school that I joined Wolverhampton Chess Club and soon realized that I was just an average club player. the scalp from time to time.”

During his 30 years at the Wolverhampton club, he served as team captain, tournament secretary and club secretary.

Steve, left, with colleagues from Wolverhampton Chess Club after winning the Wolverhampton Summer League Division Two in 2010.

Taking early retirement from the Royal Mail in 2015, Steve and his wife, who had lived in Fallings Park, Wolverhampton, moved to a small hamlet in mid Wales which meant missing out on chess clubs – something that changed when they moved to Shrewsbury two years later.

He says his book came to fruition when he changed the way he recorded his chess games in 2019, abandoning the old traditional descriptive notation for recording moves and using modern algebraic notation which is now virtually universal.

Steve plays in Division Two of the Shropshire Chess League, where head-to-head chess action only recently resumed after a suspension due to the Covid pandemic.

To the blackboard.

Steve’s book, which also includes a chapter on key grandmasters, is available from him direct at stevew16051805@gmail.com or at www.youcaxton.co.uk and costs £8.99.

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Check out chess player Steve’s new move https://tromsosjakklubb.com/check-out-chess-player-steves-new-move/ Wed, 09 Feb 2022 10:28:12 +0000 https://tromsosjakklubb.com/check-out-chess-player-steves-new-move/ To the blackboard. Steve Wilson, who plays for the Shrewsbury-based Telepost Chess Club, has released “Welcome To My World of Chess” which includes some of his own games, puzzles and games by the great American world champion Bobby Fischer, his favorite player. Steve takes delivery of his book. “In middle school, when I was 10, […]]]>
To the blackboard.

Steve Wilson, who plays for the Shrewsbury-based Telepost Chess Club, has released “Welcome To My World of Chess” which includes some of his own games, puzzles and games by the great American world champion Bobby Fischer, his favorite player.

Steve takes delivery of his book.

“In middle school, when I was 10, I watched two boys play a game I hadn’t seen before,” he says.

In the family he had played other games like checkers, ludo, snakes and ladders and cards, but never chess.

“After watching the boys, I had a light bulb moment. I learned chess very easily and never gave it up.”

At school, Steve says he wasn’t academically attracted to any of his subjects, but adds: “I couldn’t be called a ‘duffer’ because I was the chess king. everyone wanted to beat.

“I knew that if I played chess and could play well, I was going to be taken a lot more seriously.

“It was a few years after leaving school that I joined Wolverhampton Chess Club and soon realized that I was just an average club player. the scalp from time to time.”

During his 30 years at the Wolverhampton club, he served as team captain, tournament secretary and club secretary.

Steve, left, with colleagues from Wolverhampton Chess Club after winning the Wolverhampton Summer League Division Two in 2010.

Taking early retirement from the Royal Mail in 2015, Steve and his wife, who had lived in Fallings Park, Wolverhampton, moved to a small hamlet in mid Wales which meant missing out on chess clubs – something that changed when they moved to Shrewsbury two years later.

He says his book came to fruition when he changed the way he recorded his chess games in 2019, abandoning the old traditional descriptive notation for recording moves and using modern algebraic notation which is now virtually universal.

Steve plays in Division Two of the Shropshire Chess League, where head-to-head chess action only recently resumed after a suspension due to the Covid pandemic.

To the blackboard.

Steve’s book, which also includes a chapter on key grandmasters, is available from him direct at stevew16051805@gmail.com or at www.youcaxton.co.uk and costs £8.99.

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Chess game in Ukraine – Then24 https://tromsosjakklubb.com/chess-game-in-ukraine-then24/ Mon, 07 Feb 2022 08:00:00 +0000 https://tromsosjakklubb.com/chess-game-in-ukraine-then24/ sharp bobby fischerthe only North American to have been world chess champion, precisely beating a Soviet champion (later nationalized French) Boris Spassky, that “chess is life”. Today, a game of chess is being played in Ukraine between Russians and Americans, with a few guests, including the Ukrainians themselves. The American abandonment of Afghanistan was interpreted […]]]>

sharp bobby fischerthe only North American to have been world chess champion, precisely beating a Soviet champion (later nationalized French) Boris Spassky, that “chess is life”. Today, a game of chess is being played in Ukraine between Russians and Americans, with a few guests, including the Ukrainians themselves.

The American abandonment of Afghanistan was interpreted by many as a failure. This is also my opinion. But that Biden abandoned the Afghan regime doesn’t mean it had to be his policy anyway. In Afghanistan, the United States came to two conclusions. First, that it was not at all clear what he had lost there, and second, that the Afghan regime he had established was unwilling to defend itself, let alone put an end to the Taliban. Therefore, Biden, who had also lost a son in this war, gave the order to withdraw American troops. As we all know, the Afghan regime collapsed before the Western withdrawal was complete.

At the time, some analysts thought that this sign of weakness would jeopardize other countries in which the United States guaranteed, in one way or another, their defense, as in the cases of South Korea, Taiwan or Israel. But, in these cases, it seems clear that the United States is very clear about what it has lost, and moreover, in the event of a conflict, these countries are ready to defend themselves.

That Biden abandoned the Afghan regime doesn’t mean it had to be his policy anyway

To consider the withdrawal from Afghanistan as a sign of the immediate decline of the United States is probably a mistake. And the first place where this can be demonstrated is in Ukraine. Russia has concentrated more than 120,000 men on the border. But, so far, the only thing it has achieved is that neighboring non-NATO countries such as Finland and Sweden consider joining, because now their public opinion supports it. . What else, in Ukraine, all pro-Russian sentiment has disappeared. At the same time, the supply of weapons has increased and more and more civilians are armed.

Unlike the annexation of Crimea, it seems that the Western reaction this time will be more forceful. The problem for Russia is that an invasion can cost a lot of human lives, in addition to facing harsh economic retaliation. It is true that Europe, and especially Germany, would be hard hit if Russia stopped supplying gas. However, this does not affect the The United States, which will probably become the world’s largest gas exporter this yearaccording to forecasts by the International Energy Agency.

If the Ukrainians are prepared to defend themselves, then a tough stance on Ukraine costs the United States little. On the other hand, for Europe, the more than foreseeable cut in gas supply would mean an aggravation of the energy crisis. But still, Europe does not take the decisions within NATO, and nor can he allow a sovereign country in Europe to be invaded and make no decision.

It does not appear that Putin has anything to gain from an armed invasion of Ukraine. What is happening is that it seemed the opposite, that with the mere threat, Russia could take a new piece. The background was that in Crimea, the population did not oppose the Russians and the Western reaction was lukewarm. On the other hand, Europe, especially Germany, needs more expensive gas than ever. And the Afghan precedent highlighted the weakness.

The problem is that, although there are cultural and historical affinities, the population of the rest of Ukraine is not that of the Donbass, nor that of the Crimean peninsula. And that Biden can’t afford another humiliation for domestic political reasons, but mainly because of the rivalry with China. Of course, the European piece is the most misplaced in this game of chess.

We Europeans should invest more in the Common Foreign and Security Policy in Europe

Two lessons to be drawn from this game of chess are that we Europeans should invest more in the common foreign and security policy in Europe. The second lesson is that energy policy is of enormous geostrategic importanceand this must be taken into account.

For example, the German decision to closing its nuclear power plants early has not only been very expensive for its electricity consumers, but has also weakened its geostrategic position. On the other hand, the fact that Spain has regasification plants and a gas pipeline with Morocco will allow Spain to supply the natural gas that Moroccans buy on the international market. This freed Morocco from a very serious supply problem and Spain from enormous instability. A political decision made possible because the energy infrastructure existed.

In this game of chess time is running out, fortunately, against the war. On the one hand, gas consumption is significantly reduced at the end of winter. On the other hand, in the spring, large-scale military operations are much more complicated in muddy terrain. Let’s hope all sides act rationally and don’t miscalculate, let alone believe that full-scale war solves problems, let alone brings security.

*** Francisco de la Torre Díaz is an economist and tax inspector.

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