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August 27th, 2020
Summer Chess And Covid.
Magnus continues to astound us all by pulling through online tourney victories with gritty determination. Hikaru Nakamura proves again that when it come to Blitz or Bullet he is second only to Magus. Anish Giri has played some fine tourney played play as well this summer, and is quite the online twitter guru as well. Peter Svidler put together some fine online tourneys, but not able to get to the finals as he would have liked, unfortunately he ran into a guy named Magnus in the semis, otherwise he could have had that final challenge he was striving for.
All in all chess has given us some great summer tourneys despite the classical approach of onsite chess being put aside during Covid concerns. We appreciate all those who worked to make this possible. From our current World Champ to Chess24, Chess.com and Lichess.org and various FIDE organizers. We all have benefited from some creative individuals during these past few months.
July 16th, 2020
A Great Article & Beginning Interview With Former Champion Legend Vishy
June 11th, 2020
Grandmaster Chess Champion Who Sees Racism in Chess Or Otherwise In A Very Personal Way.
Here is an article concerning GM Pontus Carlsson on racism in our age. A very powerful article to say the least, and it may catch you offguard.
Here is the link to that article:
June 6th, 2020
Behind On Updates. However, Chess Hasn’t Taken A Hiatus, its ONLINE.
With all the Covid issues, live tourneys have been taking a back door. However, special events on Lichess.org, Chess.com and Chess24 have filled a lot of that void. There have been some wonderful blitz and other tourneys. On my live events page here on patrickvossen.com you can see some of those results.
Great victories by Carlsen, Grischuk, Dubov and Nakamura and others have been viewed by thousands. There even has been anonymous winners on Lichess.org, that have intrigued many online. Anyways, chess is not gone, but just gone ONLINE. LOL.
April 16th, 2020
Events All Over The World Are Canceled Because Of The Covid Virus. Online Chess Explodes To Fill In The Gaps.
With hundreds of chess events or opens cancelled. Chess has taken advantage of a huge opportunity with online chess. Even though there are concerns how they can truly secure a safe, or non-cheating environment in such venues. Nevertheless, Blitz and Rapid events are happening, with Classical matches for main events or super GM’s being proposed. Whatever is in the making will be fine with me. The proliferation of new online events, and all these super GM’s interacting with us regular joes. Well, its been fun to watch.
Chess24 has had two remarkable tourneys. A long running blitz tourney and the latest, the Pepe Cuenca Invitational.
Yesterday, in the Banter Blitz Championship it went right down to the wire with Magnus Carlsen the reigning champion losing to the young promising star Alireza Firouzja. It was a fabulous give and take match.
One of my favorite players of all time the 8 time Russian Champion Peter Svidler will face Jan Duda the promising young player from Poland in the Pepe Cuenca invitational shortly as well. I am looking forward to watching that match.
All this online activity I believe is for the best, and will see us develop a new world of opportunities for the Chess community in the years to come.
Here is the most recent article on the tourney and upcoming match with Svidler and Duda forthcoming.
March 12th, 2020
Coronavirus Affecting Various Chess Events.
March 6th, 2020
Teimour Radjabov Withdraws From Candidates. Protesting The Tourney Should Be Postponed.
January 31st, 2020
Gibraltar Tournament was wild, with a myriad of players with the potential to win the tourney. Awesome ending!
January 24th, 2020
Will be starting a live Tourney page of Chess Events, or at least major ones on the website for fun. Check it out.
December 30th, 2019
Rapid and Blitz Champions in Moscow Shine.
Magnus won both the Rapid and Blitz. Hikaru had a great chance in tiebreaks to win in the Blitz side of the tourney, but couldn’t pull it off. Rapid was dominated by Magnus.
Ladies Rapid Champion was Humpy Koneru. She did a fabulous job. I haven’t got the results of the woman’s Blitz Champion yet.
December 5th, 2019
Grand Chess Tour Final. MVL Faces Off With Ding Liren After Unusual Loss By Magnus.
Here is a link to one of the articles summarizing the event.
Fischer Random World Championship
Four great challengers are facing off in a unique and popular form of chess. The world champion and three others are competing for the big prize. A fun event, where you see more real depth of humanity from the players, and less perfect lines worked out by studying computer variations to calculate. Its really an intriguing format to say the least.
Here is a link to a Chessbase article about the event.
Vladimir Kramnik’s Illuminating Interview With Boris Gelfand’s wife.
GM Whose Rating Had Climbed Exponentially Is Found Cheating.
In an unfortunate incident, a gentleman many were applauding for his great success in his 50’s has been found to be cheating. FIDE had been alerted, and had setup a situation with the arbiter to try to protect the game’s integrity. They found exactly what they thought they would.
At Bangkok Open Jan Gustafsson And Nigel Short Face Off.
April 12, 2019
In an excellent tug and war match. Jan and Nigel played to a tie. Jan one of the owners of Chess24 and Nigel former World Champion Challenger ( VP President of FIDE ) gave a fine display of chess.