“50/50″ Team for “Brooklyn Castle” Remake

Posted by James R. West @ 5:15 AM, Thursday Apr 24th, 2014

The writer Will Reiser [pictured, left] and director Jonathan Levine [pictured, right], both from 50/50, will craft the remake of the documentary film Brooklyn Castle.

Gashimov Memorial, Rounds 3 & 4: Caruana Beats, Catches Carlsen

Posted by Dennis Monokroussos @ 11:09 PM, Wednesday Apr 23rd, 2014
  • Carlsen’s Undefeated Streak
  • May 17, 2013 – April 22, 2014
  • R.I.P.

If round 3 was a bit irksome for Magnus Carlsen, failing as he did to convert a clearly superior position against Sergey Karjakin, round 4 of the Gashimov Memorial was a flat-out disaster for the world champion. He essayed the Berlin Defense against Fabiano Caruana (come back!!), which in itself may not be foolhardy but is at least dangerous, as Caruana has been in the forefront of White players looking for deep new ideas against the Berlin ending. Carlsen’s position was already somewhat unpleasant when he blundered with 24…Kc8??, dropping the c7 pawn for nothing. (Ironically, I just turned on chess24′s broadcast at that moment, and in analysis Peter Svidler made the same blunder as well, to Lawrence Trent’s surprise.)

Caruana’s technique was very good from there up through move 39, but right before the time control Carlsen found a way to create some tactical tricks. Very short of time, Caruana chose a safe 40th move that cost him most of his advantage. Fortunately for Caruana, Carlsen rejected 40…Bc7, which would have let him grovel on a pawn down. Perhaps he felt that it would be hopeless in the long run, and decided to risk a faster loss in a sharper position. With time to work out the details, Caruana finished him off effectively, and thereby caught up with Carlsen in joint first place with 2.5/4.

The day’s other games were drawn, and in round 3 the only decisive result was Hikaru Nakamura’s victory over Shakhriyar Mamedyarov, who is currently the only player in the tournament with a minus score. Here are the pairings for round 5, the last round of the first cycle (player scores are in parentheses):

  • Mamedyarov (1) – Caruana (2.5)
  • Carlsen (2.5) – Radjabov (2)
  • Nakamura (2) – Karjakin (2)

Timur Gareev Wins in Reno

Posted by United States Chess Federation @ 8:42 PM, Wednesday Apr 23rd, 2014

A couple weeks before the US Championship, GM Timur Gareev took a cue from reigning GM Gata Kamsky in the East Coast and took clear first at a strong Far West Open in Reno, Nevada.

World Chess Hall of Fame Inductions Set for May 7

Posted by United States Chess Federation @ 10:45 AM, Wednesday Apr 23rd, 2014

Four exceptional chess players will take their places in history when
two are inducted into the World Chess Hall of Fame and two into U.S.
Chess Hall of Fame during a ceremony on May 7, 2014.

Tourney at Ironia School, Winter 2014

Posted by James R. West @ 4:49 AM, Wednesday Apr 23rd, 2014

On Tuesday, the final class of the winter 2014 session took place at Ironia Elementary School, in the after school enrichment program on chess, coached by me for Enrich and Grow Academy.

The tournament winner was Ethan Ji with 5 points, trailed by Alexander Winans and Andrew Browne with 4 points.
Medals were awarded to the fourteen students.

Bill Mason (1964-2014)

Posted by United States Chess Federation @ 7:56 AM, Tuesday Apr 22nd, 2014

Bill Mason died in Suburban Hospital in Bethesda, Maryland on March 16, 2014. Steve Mayer remembers the influential DC area player.

Bill Mason (1964-2014)

Posted by United States Chess Federation @ 7:56 AM, Tuesday Apr 22nd, 2014

Bill Mason of Bethesda, Maryland died in hospice on March 16, 2014. Steve Mayer remembers the influential DC area player.

Pix from Rahway Swiss 4/19/2014

Posted by James R. West @ 6:37 AM, Tuesday Apr 22nd, 2014
You can see pictures from the 3rd Saturday Swiss at the Chess Mates blog.

181 Players Qualify for 2014 World Youth

Posted by United States Chess Federation @ 3:47 AM, Tuesday Apr 22nd, 2014

The USCF is pleased to announce that 181 players have qualified to participate
in the 2014 World Youth Chess Championships to be held in Durban, South Africa,
from Sept 18-30.

181 Players Qualify for 2014 World Youth

Posted by United States Chess Federation @ 3:47 AM, Tuesday Apr 22nd, 2014

The USCF is pleased to announce that 181 players have qualified to participate
in the 2014 World Youth Chess Championships to be held in Durban, South Africa,
from Sept 18-30.

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