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  (This page holds news items archived through part of 2003.)  

I don't believe in throwing anything away. Here I will save and/or archive all previous articles. 
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  NOTE:  Many of these links are NOT valid!!   

Nov. 02, 2000 - Well, folks ... if you have not already heard by now, its over!! According to the web-site and the U.S. Chess Live Newsletter, Game # 15 was a draw in 38 moves. Kasparov was White. It started off with 1. d4. It looked like Kramnik was offering to play another Nimzo-Indian. Kasparov passed and fianchettoed his KB. (This probably made it a Catalan Opening.) According to Fritz 6, Garry should have maybe considered 21. d5. (Instead of 21. d4xe5.) The game then dribbled down to a draw. If you would like to play over the game on your computer, on a diagram-like chess board, click HERE.


This means Vladimir Kramnik  is 
{It is uncertain whether or not they will play the final game on Saturday, as it is meaningless to the outcome.} [Addendum: They did not play the final game.] The final score, (w/o play Sat; Nov. 4th); is 8.5 to 6.5. Kramnik won two, Kasparov won NONE!, and the rest were draws.

     A picture of the contestants. (kasp-kramnik.jpg, 3048 KB's)

Kasparov Loses World Chess Title  - -  
(Copied from the Internet, Nov. 2nd, 2000.)

LONDON (AP) - Garry Kasparov, who had dominated world chess, quietly relinquished his crown today to his former protégé. After losing to 25-year-old Vladimir Kramnik, a fellow Russian, Kasparov admitted that he was "out-prepared.'' The match was decided with a draw after 38 moves - the 13th draw in 15 games. Kramnik won two games and Kasparov didn't win any.  

(Jan. 2003;  Many of the old links are no longer valid. 
I have tried to update them to reflect what is current.)

You can no longer see the complete scores of the Kasparov - Kramnik Match, but they still have a lot of chess at "The Brain Games"  Sports/Chess page.  ( If you want to see how Kasparov and Kramnik fared in their previous encounters, go the "The Brain Games" main chess web-site. (The Brain Games' web-site still has all the stories and games from the match. Click HERE to go their coverage of Kasparov - Kramnik ... Sorry, that link is no longer valid.)  Another good site for news on the match is "The London Chess Center's" page. [On the Chess World Chess Championship.] (The Home Page for The London Chess Center is here.)  News, photo's etc. You can also go to  Kasparov's Chess Center web-site.

If you want to actually play through the games of chess in the Kasparov - Kramnik match, go to ... ???  Right there on your computer, without any special software!! [Sorry, folks, that link is no longer valid. A pity, as that page was beautifully done.] 

Probably the best page is the Brain Games' page where you can play over the games on a diagram-type chess board on the left, while looking at the analysis on the right. (Simply click on the game you want to analyze when you get to that page!)  Click HERE to go to that page now.   (Note: I think 'Brain Games' is dead.)    

You can also go to my "chess down-loads" page and see the games in PGN format. Or you could download the games in a zip file to your hard drive. (When you unzip the games, they will read in a PGN format. Coming soon? All 16 games annotated for you to enjoy and or download to your computer. Click  HERE  to go to my "chess down-loads" page now!

The FIDE World Championship Knock-Out tournament has begun [late November, 2000] in New Delhi, India. They should be concluded at the end of the month of December. Some of the early casualties includes Super - GM Vassily Ivanchuk who lots to GM Jan Ehlvest. Click  HERE  to go to a page with all the latest news and results. 

In case you were snoozing, the FIDE World Championships are currently going on. (Nov-Dec, 2000.) This is a HUGE tournament in New Delhi, India. Its a "knock-out" format, like the one that GM A. Khalifman won in Las Vegas, Nevada. (1999.) There is a FIDE  website  devoted to all the news. Click  HERE  to go there now! Check it out!!

The Final of the Knock-Out portion of the FIDE Tournament was apparently held in Tehran. (Iran.) And according to the FIDE web-site, V. Anand is the New [FIDE] World Champion. (#15.) Click here to go to the FIDE website, and replay all the games. Also, "The Human Internet" has good news stories, AND all the games to play over. Click HERE to go there now. 

EDITORIAL COMMENT:  Let me say a few things here. 
# 1.)
  I do NOT approve of Tehran as a playing site for a chess tournament! S. Hussein is a monster who kills and murders his own people. And the Ayotollah's of Iran have been behind internationally-sponsored terrorism. (Supposedly they are the two principal parties who put up the money for this match.) Apparently the President of FIDE (who is a very shady character himself) does not care what kind of 3rd-world thug Saddam might be, (Or what his sponsor's political motivations might be!); as long as he (they) coughs up the cash! And a citizen of the U.S.A. would have to be crazy to want to play in Iran, what with the Iranians burning Americans in effigy on the news just a few months earlier!! 

# 2.)  Just as no one truly accepted Khalifman [universally]; as champ after he won an artificial K-O Tourney, few will be willing to really accept Anand as Champion. A "Knock-Out" Tournament is NOT the proper format for a World's Chess Championship! (Anand and Shirov played beautiful chess, however.) If Vishy Anand wants to be universally referred to as champ, let him defeat V. Kramnik in a set match!! This is the ONLY way he will be truly recognized as a champion!! And while I am a real fan of Anand's, I must re-iterate that ALL he did was win a strong K-O tourney!! A [long] match is the proper and correct setting for a REAL Chess World's Championship!

 January, 2002:   GM Larry Christiansen won ... a 5 - game blitz play-off against fellow American GM Nick DeFirmian to win the title of U.S. Champ!!! Click  here  to go to the official website for the 2002 U.S. Championship. 


  (Click  HERE  to go to a report on the 2002 U.S. Championships  
  by one of the participants.)  


January, 2002:  Unbelievably, 18-year-old  GM Ruslan Ponomariov  won his match against the brilliant but nervous GM Vassily Ivanchuk to WIN  ... the FIDE (Chess) World Championship. Is this guy good, or what? 

Click here (or here) to go to a web-site with more details.


October, 2002:  GM V. Kramnik is playing an exhibition match against a computer opponent - Deep Fritz 7.0. 
(The same program that defeated Deep Blue.)

As of this writing, game # 4 of this match has just been completed. It appeared that Kramnik - a pawn up - should have won, but allowed the computer to make a draw. Thus far, Kramnik has won two games and there have been two draws. At no time has it seemed that Fritz was even close to winning a game. 

I am predicting a blow-out. Final score: 6 - 2, in favor of  GM V. Kramnik. (The match was drawn.) 
(Click  here  to go to a web site with all the details and games of this match.) 


In November of 2002  The CHESS OLYMPIADS  are going on. 
The big story? GM Garry Kasparov scores a blistering 4.5 out of five ... and is back his old self. Russia is in first place. (Click  here  to go to the official web site.  Click  here  for a good news story.)

  The 2003 U.S. Championships   

Jan. 13th, 2003:  As I write this, The U.S. Championships have already begun ... 

Many have joked that this this "The America's Russian Championship," ... 
due to all the players that were formerly from that country ... and now live here.  
(Click here to read more. Or click  here  for more info.)   

If you have downloaded the software (Blitzin) from  The Internet Chess Club, (click here);  you can log on ... and follow the games. They also have full results, and you can replay many of the games. 

This is the third year in a row that the same organization has hosted this event:
(Formerly the  "Seattle Chess Foundation."  Click  here  for more details.) 

You can read full reports, find out who the players are, read the round-by-round results, etc. There are game scores and analysis.  (Click  here.) 

And don't forget to download the latest issue of:  "The Week In Chess." (They always have news stories, and ALL the games. And you can get it in many  different formats! Don't miss it! One of the best chess resources on the Internet!  Click  here.) 


Reports on the U.S. Championships for 1993. 

The current standings,  after six (6) rounds of the 9-rd. Swiss are: 
Places: 1 - 3:   GM Alex Fishbein,  GM Gregory Kaidanov,  and  GM Alex Shabalov.  (4.5 points) 
Places 4 - 15;  Akobian, Benjamin, Foygel, Gulko, Ivanov, Kreiman, Muhammad, Mulyar, Nakamura, Seirawan, Stripunsky, and Yermolinsky.  (4 points)  


After eight (8) rounds rounds, it is a MASSIVE tie for first. 

The following players  ALL  have  5.5  (five-and-a-half) points:  
V. Akobian,  J. Benjamin,  J. Fedorowicz,  B. Gulko,  A. IvanovG. Kaidanov, A. Shabalov,  and  A. Stripunsky! 

(GM Alexander Ivanov is to face GM Gregory Kaidanov on Board 1 in the last round.) 


January 20th, 2003.   The U.S. Championships are over.  
GM Alexander Shabalov overcame a bad position and went on to win against IM V. Akobian.  (Click  HERE, here, or  here  to read more.) 
Congratulations  GM A. Shabalov!   He is our new U.S. Champion!! 

The Women's Championships ended in a three-way tie between Jennifer Shahade, Irina Krush, and Anna Hahn. Anna won the play-off to become the new U.S. (Ladies) Champion. Congratulations!! 


A new face: Anna Hahn, US Champion  
20.01.2003  Three players were tied for first in the 2003 US Women's Champion. Underdog Anna Hahn, 26, born in Latvia and currently a resident of Jersey City, caused a major chess upset in the playoff by beating former champions Jennifer Shahade and Irina Krush. The win brought her a record first prize of $12,500. Besides chess Anna is fond of music, dancing, tennis and, would you believe it, kickboxing. (Click here to read more.) 

   The 2003 CORUS / Wijk aan Zee Tournament    

After 5 games, three GM's are tied for first: A. Shirov, J. Polgar, and V. Anand all have 3.5 points. (Thus far.) KRAMNIK lost TWICE, the last game to Shirov, thus propelling the fiery Shirov into a tie for first. Go Alex! Go Judit.  (Click  here  to read more.)


After 8 (of 13) rounds, GM Viswanathan Anand (2753)  is in first place with 5.5 points. GM Alexander Grischuk, (RUS); GM Judit Polgar, (HUN); and GM Loek van Wely are all tied for third with five points. Surprisingly, young R. Ponomariov is near the very bottom of the standings with 2.0, Timman is last with 1.5. 

Anand all alone at the top
20.01.2003  After three wins Loek van Wely lost to veteran Karpov, while the unpredictable Shirov found himself a fatal piece down in tactical complications against Grischuk. FIDE world champion Ponomariov had an even more traumatic encounter with the youngest player, 15-year-old Teimour Radjabov. Which left Anand to calmly hold a draw against the other world champion Vladimir Kramnik and take the sole lead in Wijk.  Read  More


January 23rd, 2003.  Round 11 standings: 
# 1. (7.5 points) GM Anand, (IND 2753);  # 2. (7.0)  GM Polgar, (HUN 2700);  # 3. (6.5)  GM van Wely, (NED 2668); and a group of players is tied at 6 points; with another large group at 5.5. 

All the games - but one - were decisive in Round Ten.  Black winning three: Anand defeated Shirov, Polgar defeated Grischuk and Radjabov grinding down an over-reaching Krasenkow. Even Vassily Ivanchuk was able to manage his first win against poor  Jan Timman. The last round starts Jan 26th, at 0630 hours, Eastern Time.  (Watch the games live on  ICC.) 


 Its over.   The  (2003) CORUS / Wijk aan Zee Tournament  has finished. 
Final standings after 13 rounds: 
1st place - (8.5 points) GM Viswanathan Anand (IND 2753) 
2nd Place - (8.0 points) GM Judit Polgar (HUN 2700) 
3rd Place - (7.5 points) GM Evgeny Bareev (RUS 2729)

(In a tie) 4th - 8th places - (7.0 points) GM Vladimir Kramnik (RUS 2807)

This would have to be one of the best results for Anand, in an already very distinguished chess career. This could be Judit's best result ever, I believe she was undefeated in the tournament. (As was Anand.)  Bareev turns in his usual very solid performance and should gain rating points. Kramnik did well to finish strongly after a couple of early losses. Ponomariov must be very disappointed, as he finished near the bottom of this event. The chess that I have seen from this event has been VERY interesting. Many outstanding games. A great tourney overall. 


The field is incredibly strong. I think the average rating here is close to 2700!  (This would make this event one of the strongest tournaments of all time - at least    by ratings.)  Click  HERE  to go to the official web site for this tournament. 

  I will save no more international chess news to this page, click  here  to go to  
  the next page for saved Chess News.  
  ("CN"  archives, page # 2.)  



 Pensacola Chess News 


May 2000:  NM  A.J. Goldsby I  defeated three extremely strong opponents, including FM Stephen Muhammed of Atlanta, Georgia, (who has  defeated many GM's); and fellow Pensacolian, NM Moshe Khatena. (Moshe is formerly a FIDE-rated Master. He is also  "________"  on ICC and has been close to 2700 in blitz! Stephen Muhammed is a USCF SENIOR Master and has defeated many GM's in OTB play.) A.J. powered his way to clear first in the event with a 4.5 score, being forced to cede a draw in the last round to the ever tough Expert from Milton, Rick Frye. A.J. netted close to 50 points for this very memorable performance. Jason Parker went 5-0 in his section to capture clear first in a lower section of the tournament. The Pensacola Chess Club promised to post complete results of this event on their website, but never did.


Sept 2000:  A.J. Goldsby I wins the last Pensacola "Warm-Up" tournament of the year 2000 with a perfect 4-0 score. A.J. won all 4 warm-up tournaments with a perfect 16-0 score. A.J. also had a pretty good year locally in Pensacola tournaments. He played in every local tournament held. This included 4 quarterly's, (5-Rd swisses); 4 one day tournaments, (4-rd swisses); and several quick-chess events. A.J. only lost one game of  SLOW CHESS  out of like close to 47 games of USCF-rated chess. (During the year 2000.) This one loss was to: super FM (& USCF Senior Master) Stephen Muhammed of Atlanta, Georgia. Had it not been for less than banner results in tournaments away from Pensacola, A.J. might have finished the year well over 100 points higher.


Nov. 2000:  FM Stephen Muhammed of Atlanta, GA wins the last Pensacola tournament of the year 2000. This was PCC's Winter Quarterly and was a 5-Rd. Swiss. He dominated the small, but relatively strong field that contained two Masters and several Experts and "A" players. 
(A.J.'s one loss was to Steve.)


(early)  May, 2001: This was a tournament named for and designed to honor  RUSS CHAMBERS
Russ is one of the charter members and an "Original Member" of the Pensacola Chess Club.

(There are very few left. Most of the club's founders have passed away. {A.J.G.})

He was honored during the tournament with a presentation of a plaque for his years of service to the club. This was a Grand Prix event.


"Smokin' Joe Jurjevich"  went crazy and defeated everyone in a very small but strong tournament. Joe defeated both FM S. Muhammed and NM A.J. Goldsby I. (Joe Jurjevich has been AL State Champ several times in the past.) Muhammed and Goldsby tied for second. Had it not been for a last round upset (by Bart Heikimian), Jim Long [currently of MO]; would have finished clear second. Jim had a good tournament and should have only lost to Jurjevich. (But it was a close game.) Jim played tough chess through-out the event, including crushing Dr. John Perciballi in the first round. As it was, Steve and A.J. drew a game [in the last round] where A.J. sacrificed his Queen for one piece!! This allowed Muhammed and Goldsby to sneak in the back door and tie for 2nd place. A good time was had by all.


Go to the Pensacola Chess Club's  WEB-SITE  and check out all the latest that's happening in the Pensacola, FL (U.S.A.) chess scene.

(July, 2001.) The U.S. Chess Federation and their magazine, CHESS LIFE has run a nice series of articles on chess on the web. I have incorporated just about all of these links into my website. If you will go to my "Just Links" page, you will see a complete list of all the sites that he listed in the second part of his article. You should also check out my, "Cool Sites" page, for a complete list of all the important and good places you should see on the 'net. 

Check it out!!

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