The biannual FIDE World Cup ended last week in Sochi, Russia. For the first time, there was a concurrent Women’s World Cup as well, which ended a couple of days before that. How Does It Work? Imagine an elimination bracket of 256 players, sorted strictly by rating from highest to lowest. They are paired
Prospective arbiters — read this! For everyone else, it may not be that exciting… Rekindled Ambition As recently as two years ago, I did not think I would pursue becoming a FIDE Arbiter or International Arbiter. I did pass a FIDE Arbiter seminar in 2010, and worked a few tournaments as a Deputy Arbiter in
In Part 1, we discussed 1.e4. Part 2 was all about 1.d4. Now it’s time to talk about the so-called Flank Openings. Since I have discussed 1.c4 previously, I’ll focus on other moves, starting with… 1.Nf3 — Definitely NOT for keeping things simple Unless you are married to 1.e4 until death-do-you-part, opening with 1.Nf3
Why do we need them? I’m not necessarily against mathematical tiebreaks for Swiss-System tournaments, especially scholastic events with trophies. For decades and longer, a high-level round robin would be held over multiple weeks, and at the end one or more players would emerge with the highest score. End of event. Only when indivisible prizes were
In Part 1, we discussed 1.e4. I opined that the King Pawn universe is not for everyone. That begs the question: What About the Closed Openings? This is a much broader topic, because it includes basically everything except 1.e4! Still, there’s an obvious place to start. 1.d4 — Have it Your Way Generally, you’ll prefer
Sadly, just four days after my post on double GM Vasily Malinin … he passed away, on November 22, 2020 at 64 years old. You can find more details about the man here, plus a couple more of his outstanding games. I also suggest reading the article to the end … RIP GM Malinin.
Yesterday, the US Chess Federation announced a huge $3,000,000 donation from John D. Rockefeller V. These funds will be used to perpetually endow many USCF Invitational Events, old and new. One of the best parts to this story? Mr. Rockefeller is a Senior Tournament Director and has directed over 100 tournaments! That tells me more
Supertournaments Return Over-the-Board Altibox Norway Chess will be held from October 5-16, 2020; the latest edition of the Norwegian supertournament held in Stavanger since 2013. It will also be the first major over-the-board tournament since the start of the COVID-19 pandemic. Magnus Carlsen has only won two of the seven editions of his home tournament