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Fixing Tactics Training – 15 Mar 2023
When you play in a competition, nobody tells you if there is a tactical shot on your board. My solution to train tactical alertness is Puzzle Inception. Here is how it works.
Masks impede strong players – 24 Dec 2022
David Smerdon’s data-rich study confirms a long-held suspicion and has some surprises in the details.
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Is chess finally safe for women? – 25 Nov 2022
Recently reported harassment cases are less troubling than those in a German newspaper article that was ignored.
Out of Russia – 10 Nov 2022
More than half of Russia’s top chess players have left their country.
Trust was yesterday – 01 Nov 2022
FIDE’s Fair Play Commission is preparing to train anti-cheating officials and to implement a screening system for ongoing games.
Development Fund invites applicants – 31 Mar 2023
The FIDE Development Fund has amended the application process and therefore opened it later than usual for 2023 with submissions open until 31 October.
Turlov sponsors final Women GP – 31 Mar 2023
Nicosia, the capital of Cyprus, will host the fourth and final Women Grand Prix thanks to another sponsorship of Timur Turlov’s Freedom Finance that has a subsidiary on Cyprus. With all four Russians among its participants the Ukrainians Anna and Mariya Muzychuk will likely drop out and be replaced by FIDE.
No contract for Match TV – 30 Mar 2023
The Gazprom-owned Russian Match TV has not acquired any images or broadcasting rights from FIDE for its extensive world championship coverage, as FIDE Chief Marketing and Communications Officer David Llada told ChessTech.
Women Grand Prix in shambles – 28 Mar 2023
A chess festival in New Delhi with more than 1000 participants is overshadowed by chaos at the embedded Women Grand Prix held at a five-star-hotel. Not waiting for organisational lapses to be fixed and in spite of apologies offered by FIDE and the organiser, Zhansaya Abdumalik from Kazakhstan walked out, and after a lot of nerve-wrecking discussions Elisabeth Pähtz followed her, both from the host countries of the two first Women Grand Prix events in Astana and Munich. As at least one other player rejected repairing the ten remaining participants, the qualifier for the Women Candidates Tournament 2024, is now proceeding in a hugely distorted way, while the current Candidates Final between Lei Tingjie and Tan Zhongyi is about to start on Wednesday.
Toronto hosts Candidates 2024 – 27 Mar 2023
ChessTech readers knew that this might come. The Scheinberg family’s hometown Toronto will host the Candidates and Women Candidates Tournaments with a combined prizefund of $750,000 in April 2024, the most important chess event ever held in Canada.