“Magnus”: A new book on the World Champion

“Magnus”: A new book on the World Champion Aage G. Sivertsen: Motivator, author, chess fan   A lot of books have been published on Magnus Carlsen and his career. In October a new one saw the light of day here in Norway and it quickly established itself as something entirely different. Aage G. Sivertsen`s Magnus is not so much about great moves and games as about the story itself. Sivertsen has followed the World Champion intensively and ringside through major events in Stavanger, London, Chennai, Dubai and Sochi for the last couple of years. In addition he has interviewed and...

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Best of 2015: Best player

Best of 2015: Best player   The year 2015 is almost over, so we thought it’s time to let you vote for your highlights of this year. To begin with, we want you to vote for the best male player of the year. The following article presents a number of players who currently shape the chess world and whose achievements in 2015 stand out. Who is your player of the year 2015? Who is the player of the year 2015? Magnus Carlsen 270 48% Vladimir Kramnik 58 10% Anish Giri 74 13% Levon Aronian 10 1% Hikaru Nakamura 20 3% Fabiano Caruana 2 0% Maxime...

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Best of 2015: Best female player

Best of 2015: Best female player The year 2015 is almost over, so we thought it’s time to let you vote for your highlights of this year. To begin with, we want you to vote for the best female player of the year. The following article presents a number of players who currently shape the chess world and whose achievements in 2015 stand out. Who is your player of the year 2015? Who is the best female player of the year 2015? Hou Yifan 130 47% Koneru Humpy 19 6% Mariya Muzychuk 60 21% Alexandra Kosteniuk 16 5% Ju Wenjun 2 0% Anna Muzychuk 4 1% Nana...

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The New Yorker magazine: “Your Move” with Caruana

The New Yorker magazine: “Your Move” with Caruana Fabiano Caruana appeared in a photograph in this magazine in 2001, when he was eight. It was raining, and he was wearing an oversized slicker and standing on a park bench. He held an umbrella with one hand and, with the other, reached across a chessboard to make a move in a game against his teacher, Bruce Pandolfini, who was the subject of the article that the photograph accompanied. “He was totally unaware of anything but the chess,” Pandolfini said recently. (In the movie “Searching for Bobby Fischer,” which came out the...

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Wang Hao wins 2015 Al Ain Classic with round to spare

Wang Hao wins 2015 Al Ain Classic with round to spare GM Wang Hao of China hurdled the challenge from GM Abhijeet Gupta of India in the penultimate round to win the championship with one round to spare in the 4th Al Ain Chess Classic at the Hili Reyhaan Rotana Hotel in Al Ain, UAE. Wang scored an impressive 7.5 points in 8 rounds, out of reach of the second runners with 6 points. He thus clinched the trophy and the first prize of $13,000. The former Chinese national champion crushed the Gruenfeld Defense of Gupta, the 2013 Al Ain Classic champion, in 41 moves. Wang controlled the center and...

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