The party is over – 16 Jun 2022
The online chess boom induced by pandemic restrictions, the Magnus Carlsen Chess Tour and The Queen’s Gambit on Netflix is behind us.
A universal game teaching tool – 11 Jun 2022
If you teach chess or other strategy games, you should know LogiqBoard. It enables you to create diagrams and teach online in new ways.
Can Yosha compete as a woman? – 09 Jun 2022
The French Chess Federation is hesitating to accept the gender change of Yosha Iglésias. Is affirmative action for female professionals at risk?
“No more political sponsorship and sportswashing” – 30 May 2022
The Ukrainian grandmaster Andrii Baryshpolets explains why he is running to replace FIDE President Arkady Dvorkovich in the 7 August election.
Should Carlsen decide now? – 28 May 2022
Magnus Carlsen announced that he might not defend the classical world champion title again. Is it unfair to his colleagues who compete at the forthcoming Candidates Tournament?
60,000 dollars and a car – 11 Aug 2022
The Uzbek President Shavkat Mirziyoyev has praised and awarded each member of the gold-winning Chess Olympiad team with $60,000 and a new car. After winning the Youth Chess Olympiad in 2018, the team members had already picked up a smaller car each even before having reached driving age.
Randall Bauer heads US Chess – 11 Aug 2022
After 17 years as a board member of US Chess, overseeing finance, Randall Bauer, a public budget consultant, has moved up and been elected as president.
Tamil Nadu awards medal winning teams – 10 Aug 2022
India B and India’s women team each got awarded 10 million rupees, equivalent of €120,000, for winning a medal at the Chess Olympiad in Mamallapuram by the government of Tamil Nadu.
Uzbekistan, Armenia, India II – 09 Aug 2022
None of the top ten seated men teams managed to win a medal at the Chess Olympiad in Mamallapuram. Uzbekistan, seated 14th and host of the 2026 Chess Olympiad, wins gold ahead of Armenia, seated 12th, and India II, seated 11th. 16-year old Gukesh blundered a possible gold for the host’s junior squad in the penultimate round against Abdusattorov but still claimed the best result on board one ahead of the 17-year old Uzbek. The Women Chess Olympiad was won by Ukraine ahead of Georgia and India, who had led throughout but lost their last match against the US.
157 federations reelect Russian leader – 07 Aug 2022
Arkady Dvorkovich remains FIDE President until 2026 with 88% of the vote. Only 16 federations voted for the Russian’s only challenger, the Ukrainian GM Andrii Baryshpolets. Five federations abstained, one vote was invalid. Bachar Kouatly of France withdrew his candidacy just before the vote at the ongoing FIDE Congress in Chennai. In case of being sanctioned, Dvorkovich has pledged to step down. His deputy Vishy Anand would be interim president until new elections take place within six months.