Archive for the ‘News’ Category

bishopWe have a new tournament starting on Wednesday the 14th.  After much deliberation, we’ve decided to call it the Suffern “Bishops of October” Swiss.

Of course, that’s not all, the website has been updated with a bunch of new content.  Look around for the following items:

  • A new post on where to find cool  chess t-shirts
  • A reader poll asking for your thoughts on where to build out the site
  • A link for another grandmaster site – Yuri Solodovnichenko (try to spell that with your eyes closed!)
  • New news regarding an uproar at the Calcutta Open
  • A new chess problem to solve in the Analysis/Games section

Hope you enjoy it … see you all on Wednesday.

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Here in the US, we always talk about chess and what is going on in our neck of the woods (especially in New York), but sometimes we forget to take a step back and see the big picture.

So, to keep the global perspective, we have added a link to FIDE to the front page.  This site is an excellent resource to read about global tournament events with the highest rated players.  We’ve also added a short list of the top 5 players in the world.  It is interesting to note that all of these players are rated above 2,750!  The top player on the list, Veselin Topalov is rated above 2,800 and is also featured in the attached You Tube link in a humorous commercial.  The good news is that you don’t have to know Bulgarian to get the jokes.

Speaking of big, we’ve also updated the news section with a feature on the world’s largest chess game.  Check out the article to see what a board “4 football fields square” looks like.

updateThe site has been updated with a variety of new content for your enjoyment.  Feel free to explore the new posts in the news,  jokes, and trivia sections.

We also have added a new chess store “The Chess Zone” which is a local Haverstraw business that offers a wide variety of resonably priced merchandise on their website.  They are also the source of the new joke which was posted to the site today.

Lastly, we’d like to congratulate Roger Pedersen on having one of his games from the 2009 World Senior Amateur tournament featured in the Star-Ledger in the Chessmate column.  If anybody can find the link to this article (believe me, I tried) we would be happy to post it.

Chess Politics

Posted: January 9, 2009 in News

backstabbingChess and Politics are intertwined in the three new stories posted on the news section of our site.

The first posting covers a recent article about a power struggle on the USCF executive board, which is trying to oust Susan Polgar and her husband Paul Truong.

The second article covers a new documentary about Garry Kasparov’s struggle to bring more democratic elections to Russia.

The last item covers a story about a Spanish photographer who was held hostage in Somalia. He was able to pass the time and maintain his sanity by playing chess with a fellow hostage.

The news section has also been updated with new items.  Take a trip to this section of our site to learn more about The World Mind Games, Super Grandmasters and the chess prodigies in Cuba.