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  (This page holds news items archived from the year, 2010.)  

I don't believe in throwing anything away. Here I will save and/or archive all previous articles. 
Click  here  to go to my "chess news" page. (Current stuff.)

  NOTE:  Many of these links may  NOT  be valid!!   (No point in trying to update old links.)   
   (This page will be used to archive news items from the year, 2007.) 


Are you looking for the latest news on Bobby Fischer? If you are, then please click here.  Bobby Fischer passes away. [more

If you want a nice page with coverage of lots of different events, click here or here


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  72nd CORUS Tournament / Wijk aan Zee, (NED) 2010  

The young {currently 19} Swedish player, GM Magnus Carlsen won clear first (Group "A") this time around in one of the strongest events of the year. Vladimir Kramnik and Alexei Shirov shared second and third places. Anish Giri was the clear winner in group "B" ... a surprise to everyone. 

  [The official website.]    [A YT video on the event.]    [The ChessBase page ... with links to all CB reports on this event.]    [The CG page for this event.]    [The TWIC story.]    

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I am sad to report that former World Chess Champion Vassily Vasilyevich Smyslov (March 24, 1921 - March 27, 2010) has died at the age of 89. (Smyslov was one of my favorite players of all time ... the more I studied his games, the more I liked him. - LM A.J. Goldsby I) 

Smyslov was the 7th World Chess Champion in 1957-58. He was a top 10 player between 1940 and 1970, the top player 1953-1958 and remained in the top 100 until 1990 when he was 70. While he was best known for being an outstanding positional player and a virtuoso endgame player, he nevertheless played all sorts of positions  throughout his career. 

Unfortunately, reports from Moscow suggest that during his final years, he lived in poverty ... and that he had been ill for some time before his final admission to hospital.

 

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   Chess World Championship / Sofia, Bulgaria  

Right now the WORLD CHAMPIONSHIPS of chess has begun in Sofia, Bulgaria. Topalov won a whirlwind game, sacking a knight ... that was obviously a case of prepared analysis. (Anand had just blundered - in a bad position.) Stay tuned for more developments and maybe some original game analysis. 

  [The official site for the match.]  [The TWIC initial report for the whole match.]  [The CB report for round one.]  [M. Pein's commentary of Game One.]  

Anand struck back and won a game of positional chess in Game Two! (See the CB website for more details.) 

Anand easily held the Black pieces in game five ... to maintain a one point lead. [more]  

Current standings:  

03 May, 2010: Game Seven was a terse draw.   [Replay Game Seven on the CG website.]      

11 May, 2010:  Its over. GM V. Anand won the final game with the Black pieces to retain the title of World Champion.  [The CB report.] 

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  Andor Arnoldovich Lilienthal dies ... ... ... 
at the age of 99 (1911-2010)  


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The death of Andre Lilienthal just after passing his 99th birthday finally cuts our links with chess going back to the 19th Century. Lilienthal was the only living player to have defeated Emanuel Lasker and Jose Raul Capablanca. He also had a draw against Alexander Alekhine. After the recent death of Smyslov he was also the last of the original FIDE Grandmasters who had their titles awarded in 1950 and indeed he was the oldest living Grandmaster. 

Lilienthal was one of the greats of chess. Although never a world champion, he was certainly a great player - in his own right. 

[Use Google to search the Internet for more on this player.] 

[The "Times-Online" article/obituary on this player.]  

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 The 2010 U.S. Championships 

In a bizarre final, (bidding for time?!?); Kamsky held Shulman to a draw ... and became the U.S. Champion.   

   [The CB story. All CB reports on the 2010 U.S. Championships.]   [ The official site.]   [The report from the U.S.C.F. website.]   

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  I was saddened to learn of Gligoric's death, he was/is one of the all-time greats of chess.  index-Gligo-01.jpg, 22 KB)

In August, we lost one of the all-time greats of chess, GM S. Gligoric. I can still remember his "Game of The Month" in the U.S. chess magazine of that time.
("Chess Life & Review") This was easily my favorite feature ... some months, I would actually memorize the game ... plus much of the analysis, as well.

Good-bye GM Gligoric, I will miss you and always remember you fondly.


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