Bobby Fischer Exhibition in the Chess Hall of Fame

Visitors of the “World Chess Hall of Fame” buy propecia online in St. Louis, Missouri can enjoy a very special exhibition at this time. The title: “A Memorable Life: A Glimpse into the Complex Mind of Bobby Fischer.

Bobby-Fischer-300x198The artifacts, all borrowed from the private library of Dr. Jeanne Fischer and Rex Sinquefield, have never been on display before and allow deep insight into the life of the once so unique and extraordinary man who was the youngest Junior Champion, US Champion, and grandmaster of all time. Eight times in a row, Bobby Fischer triumphed at the accutane ocular side effects American Championship, and at a tournament that was accompanied by the biggest worldwide interest and curiosity ever reported he obtained the World Championship title in 1972.

But Bobby Fischer was not only a hero who people looked up to. Along with his man admirers came a not unsignificant number of critics.

The exhibition shows key moments of his extraordinary career; it shows objects from the early years of Bobby Fischer’s life as well as relics of his most legendary tournaments. The visitors are taken on a journey through the developing mind of a genius. The brilliance of this chess great is represented by preparation material, used in practice for the battle of the world championship title, and the first edition of his manuscript “My 60 Memorable Games”. The exhibition is a great experience for chess enthusiasts and all interested people.

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The website of the World Chess Hall of Fame offers a five page PDF brochure for download that contains impressive images and interesting explanations of the exhibition.

The exhibition can be visited from July 24 2014 until June 7 2015.


Opening Hours

Monday / Closed
Tuesday / 10 a.m. – 5 p.m.
Wednesday / 10 a.m. – 5 p.m.
Thursday / 10 a.m. – 9 p.m.
Friday / 10 a.m. – 9 p.m.
Saturday / 10 a.m. – 5 p.m.
Sunday / 12 p.m. – 5 p.m.

written by Sarah, translated by Birthe

The Chess Olympics in Tromsö are over, leaving two dead and seven missing persons

Several doleful incidents are overshadowed the recent Chess Olympics in Tromsö.

TromsöTwo of the participants passed away on Thursday, August 18. An older player from the Seychelles suffered a fatal heart attack during a duel on Thursday evening. Only a few hours later, an Uzbek competitor was found dead in his hotel room. According to a statement of the FIDE, both players died of natural causes.

More stir is caused by the disappearance of a group of tournament participants from Burundi. The women’s team was reported missing on Saturday. Four female and one male player haven’t been seen since Friday. On Sunday, two team captains were also officially reported missing. All of the missing chess players are in their twenties.

The police is evidently not taking into account an act of violent crime. The players have not been accommodated in a hotel, but in a private home in Tromsö. The police has also stated that they have left behind an empty and spotlessly clean house. At the moment, the players are not committing criminal offense by vanishing into thin air. They have all obtained a Schengen visa prior to attending the Chess Olympics and can legally reside in the entire Schengen area for three months.

Burundi is situated in Eastern Africa and borders Tanzania and Rwanda. Several members of the organizing committee are criticizing the respect paid to human rights in those countries. Torture, physical abuse, extrajudicial executions, and homicide driven by local politics are part of everyday life, like child labor, child soldiers, exploitation, sexual abuse, and enforced prostitution of homeless children.

 written by Sarah, translated by Birthe

Gold for China at the Chess Olympics in Tromsö

The 41st edition of the FIDE’s Chess Olympics was hosted by the Norwegian city Tromsö from August 1st through 14th. Stage of the spectacle were the Mack Halls, a set of former brewery buildings.

Chess Olympics

The event achieved a new attendance record: 172 teams competed in the open tournament, another 134 teams in the women’s category. Nine countries were represented in the competition – for the first time in its history. Bhutan, Ivory Coast, Guam, Lesotho, Oman, the Solomon’s, Saudi-Arabia, Swaziland, and Tanzania. The Russian team with an average ELO of 2773 points, and the Chinese team with an average ELO of 2549 points were rated favorites in the women’s division.

The participants played eleven rounds in Swiss Tournament System. Thinking time amounted to 90 minuted per 40 moves, plus 30 minutes for the rest of the duel. Also, 30 seconds per move from the beginning of the match.

Prior to the start of the tournament, the organizational setup of the Chess Olympics made the headlines, as the event’s budget lacked 15 million NOK (approximately 1.8 million EUR) for properly financing the expected expenses. Moreover, many teams complained about difficulties in visa procedures; as there are only few Norwegian embassies, many participants were forced to travel abroad to apply for a visa and to have their personal data entered into a visa data base.

When the organizing committee then dismissed several teams from participation due to belated submitting of squad lists, the scandal was final. In the end of July, the FIDE president Iljumischov managed to pressure the committee into allowing all teams attendance at the tournament.

The competition itself had much suspense to offer.

The high rankings were hardly fought for and until the very last round the final outcome was uncertain. Almost every round bore surprises. Nobody would have thought that Qatar would prevail over the higher-rated team from Greece with a 2.5:1.5 score, or that Arkadij Naiditsch would be able to force chess prodigy Magnus Carlsen into admitting defeat. This happened in the 7th round which led Germany to the victory over Norway at 2.5:1.5 points. Serbia’s team was another great surprise – the number 29 in seeding list won against England (3:1) in the 8th round. These are only a few of the many highlights of the Chess Olympics.

For the first time, Yangyi Yu helped the Chinese team take the lead of the overall rankings by winning over Eltaj Safarli in the 8th round. In the 9th round, however, France was equal in score with China and they shared the lead. At the same time, Azerbaijan missed to leap to the overall lead through a 2:2 against Rumania.

In a suspenseful 10th round, China prevailed over France and advanced to tournament favorite. Hungary followed in 2nd place, only one point short, with eight further teams narrowly behind. India was the first team to prevail over Germany at the tournament.

With the 3:1 victory of China over Poland in the 11th round, the Asian team managed to obtain the gold medal at the Chess Olympics for the very first time, even though they left behind three of their 2700+ players. Obviously, China is by now choosing its top-class players from such large talent pool that they can easily be successful without the two strongest players behind Liren Ding. Another interesting thing was the combination of generations at the Chinese team: While grandmaster Ni Hua (born in 1983) was the only player over thirty years old, his team colleague Wei Yi is not only half his age. Yi just recently celebrated his 15th birthday and is therefore the youngest grandmaster of the world at this time.

The first 20 ranks as follows:

Team No + = Points
1 China 11 8 3 0 19
2 Hungary 11 7 3 1 17
3 India 11 7 3 1 17
4 Russia 11 7 3 1 17
5 Azerbaijan 11 7 3 1 17
6 Ukraine 11 6 4 1 16
7 Cuba 11 7 2 2 16
8 Armenia 11 6 4 1 16
9 Israel 11 7 2 2 16
10 Spain 11 7 2 2 16
11 Belarus 11 7 2 2 16
12 Netherlands 11 6 3 2 15
13 France 11 7 1 3 15
14 United States of America 11 6 3 2 15
15 Poland 11 7 1 3 15
16 Serbia 11 6 3 2 15
17 Uzbekistan 11 7 1 3 15
18 Argentina 11 7 1 3 15
19 Peru 11 7 1 3 15
20 Romania 11 6 3 2 15

The women’s category was clearly dominated by the Russian team which unsurprisingly won the gold medal the third time in a row. With 20 points in the score account the Russians stayed two whole points ahead of the runner-up.

 The first 20 ranks of women:

Rank Team No. + = Points
1 Russia 11 10 0 1 20
2 China 11 8 2 1 18
3 Ukraine 11 8 2 1 18
4 Georgia 11 8 1 2 17
5 Armenia 11 8 1 2 17
6 Kazakhstan 11 8 1 2 17
7 Poland 11 7 2 2 16
8 United States of America 11 7 2 2 16
9 Germany 11 8 0 3 16
10 India 11 6 3 2 15
11 Romania 11 7 1 3 15
12 France 11 7 1 3 15
13 Spain 11 6 3 2 15
14 Bulgaria 11 7 1 3 15
15 Netherlands 11 7 1 3 15
16 Mongolia 11 7 1 3 15
17 Slovakia 11 7 1 3 15
18 Lithuania 11 7 1 3 15
19 Vietnam 11 6 2 3 14
20 Iran 11 6 2 3 14

Kasparov Loses Election for FIDE Presidency

While the world is looking at the Chess Olympics in Tromsö (Norway), the election for the new FIDE president took place recently. The previous president Kirsan Iljumschinov who has been in office since 1995 ran for presidency with challenger Garri Kasparov (51).

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Prior to election activities, Kasparov had accused the 52 year-old Russian of corruption. Being a member of the opposition and highly critical of the Kremlin, he blamed Iljumschinov of holding back the full potential of the sport by acting as a puppet of Russian politics. He also criticized the organization’s lacking transparency.

Iljumschinov, former president of the Russian constituent Republic of Kalmykia, has close contact with Russia’s president

Vladimir Putin. Supposedly, he bribed delegates of many countries with the help of the Russian government. For decades, he has been building a worldwide network of powerful supporters that did not let him down during this election. But not only Iljumschinov had to defend himself from corruption accusations; Kasparov allegedly bought votes with money from his foundation. The popular former world champion finds his supporters especially in Europe and the United States.

Marked by these mutual accusations, the heated and politically influenced election came to a clear result. The Russian Kirsan Iljumschinov received 110 votes, while Kasparov had only 61 and couldn’t stand a chance against the winner. Therefore, he failed just like his predecessor Anatoli Karpov who, also unsuccessfully, tried to take over the lead of the World Chess Association.

“I will always stand up for checkmate and devote my life to the FIDE”, comments Iljumschinov on his victory.

written by Sarah, translated by Birthe

The Best Chess Variations | Part 1

Chess VariationsYou are looking for changes in playing tactics and are tired of playing only classical chess all the time? Beginning today, Chessimo will introduce you to five interesting variations of classical checkmate, one every month. You can easily try them out at home and will still practice all fundamental skills for progress in your classical variations.

1. Chess960 / Fischer Random Chess

This variation was created by the grandmaster Bobby Fischer. It is all about avoiding memorized opening moves by randomly drawing one out of the 960 possible opening positions.

Instructions (place white pieces first and follow to set up the black pieces in symmetrically identical order):

Who would like to practice his or her ability of finding creative solutions, will find great pleasure in playing Chess960 from time to time!

2. Casablanca Chess

For this variation we recommend interested readers to purchase additional chess pieces (of course you can also substitute your chess set with other items) and a 10×8 board. The chess world champion José Raúl Casablanca came up with this variation in which a JANUS (combination of Bishop and Knight) and a KANZLER (combination of Rook and Knight) per color set replaces the remaining pieces.

Starting position: Rook – Knight – Janus – Bishop – Queen – King – Bishop – Chancellor – Knight – Rook.

An alternative is the starting position by Asberg which mostly minimizes the advantage of the white color: Rook – Janus – Knight – Bishop – Queen – King – Knight – Chancellor – Rook.

3. Andernach-Chess

The starting position and the rule set of regular checkmate remain, but with one severe alteration: All pieces of the offence (except for the King) must change colors. Therefore, some of the fundamental thoughts and tactics are turned upside down. Definitely worth trying!

4. Nuclear Chess

In Nuclear Chess, similar to the detonation of a nuclear bomb, all accompanying squares of a lost piece must be cleared, too. These duels tend to be extremely short, and with the significant opening advantage of the white party the rules must be altered and extended, so that, for instance, only Officers but not Pawns are eliminated by the explosions. Other variations rule out the events of King In Check and Checkmate completely, or leave scoring moves of clomid for women Pawns without the fatal explosions. In another variation that minimizes the opening advantage of white the Pawns are eliminated by explosions, while the Kings are unharmed by plavix generic scoring moves on accompanying squares. The King is then only in danger during direct attacks. Here, the King may also strike himself, but not a covered piece, even if the covering piece was eliminated by a previous explosion.

5. Soccer Chess

A regular chess equipment is enough to play this variation that goes by the common rule set. There are 5 minutes of thinking time per duel and player. The King is treated like all other pieces and checkmate is therefore redundant. Both parties will now try to score ‘goals’. The white goal is formed by squares d1 and e1, the black goal by d8 and e8. If black manages to bring a figure into the area of the white goal, and vice versa, the game is over.

written by Sarah, translated by Birthe