International News Today - Dec 27, 2011

The Women's World Team Championship finished earlier today in Turkey. The Chinese team was steamrolling through the field, before losing to Ukraine in rd 8. They came back to win their final match to finish with 16/18, 3 points ahead of the Russian team. Georgia took third with 12. Finishing with performance ratings over 2600 were Humpy Koneru (IND), Hou Yifan (CHN), and Nana Dzagnidze (GEO).

International News Today - Dec 29, 2011

After 3 rounds at the Reggio Emelia Super Tournament in Northern Italy, Alexander Morozevich reatins the lead with 7 points (3 point system).  Vassily Ivanchuk won today to move into a tie for 2nd with Hikaru Nakamura, both having 5 points. Also playing are Anish Giri and Nikita Vatiugov (2), and Fabiano Caruana (1).

Tomorrow is the last round at the Groningen Chess Festival. Tied for 1st are American Robert Hess and Ukranian Alexander Kovchan. Kovchan is black against fellow countryman Yaroslav Zerebukh, while Hess is black against Hungarian Robert Ruck.

International News Today - Jan 1, 2012

At the half way mark at the Reggio Emelia event, Hikaru Nakamura has taken over 1st place with 11 points (3 wins and 2 draws). He is closely followed by Vassily Ivanchuk with 10 points. Others scores are - Morozevich 8, Giri 5, Vitiugov 4, Caruana 2. Play resumes tomorrow.

The Groningen Festival concluded with a tie for 1st between American Robert Hess and Ukranian Alexander Kovchan. Tiviakov (NED) and Zherebukh (UKR) were one half point behind.

International News Today - Jan 12, 2012

I had intended to file reports on the outstanding events long before this, so I assume most of you have gone and checked on your own, but anyway here goes.

At the Reggio Emelia event, Hikaru Nakamura built up an almost insurmountable lead, but then lost his final three games to end up losing the title to Anish Giri by a one point margin. Alexander Morozevich and Fabiano Caruna tied with Nakamura for second. A 1st Super GM tournament victory by Giri.

International News Today - Jan 19, 2012

After 4 rounds at the Tata Steel Super GM event, Magnus Carlsen and Levon Aronian are tied with 3/4. They are followed by Teimour Radjabov and Fabiano Caruana.

Right now it's about two hours into round 5. Aronian took a quick draw with black against Van Wely, while Carlsen has an advantage with white against Giri, just the kind of position that he often converts on.

International News Today - Jan 26, 2012

It's the final rest day at the Tata Steel event. Ove the past couple of rounds the spectators have been treated to some wild play. Watching on the tournament viewer I have to wonder if the large number of "blunders" is real or the results of the computer strength improving.

International News Today - Jan 31, 2012

Levon Aronian emerged victorious at the 74th Tata Steel tournament in Netherlands on Sunday, with a final round draw to clinch 1st place. He finished a full point ahead of Magnus Carlsen, Teimour Radjabov, and Fabiano Caruana. There were some truly exciting games in the final few rounds of the tournament, and it was announced that it will be back again next year.

With his fine performance Caruana moves into 10th spot on the Live Ratings list, meaning that 5 of the top ten are under 25. I suspect this is a first !

International News Today - Feb 8, 2012

There was a photo finish at the Gibralter tournament, as Nigel Short was able to catch Hou Yifan with a last round victory. The two game play-off went in Short’s favour 1.5-0.5. This was surely Hou’s finest moment in mixed play. Tied for 3rd were Michael Adams, Shak Mamedyarov, Viktor Bologan, and Emil Sutovsky.

International News Today - Feb 17, 2012

The Aeroflot Open came to a conclusion with a three way tie for 1st, but only one birth in the Dortmund Chess Meeting (Super GM event) later this year. GM Mateusz Bartel from Poland, edged out Anton Korobov and Pajel Eljanov from Ukraine on tie-break. At the age of 27, the Polish Champion has represented his country in the past 3 Olympiads.

International News Today - March 8, 2012

We're at a little bit of a lull in the schedule, and to bring things up to date - I should mention that Alexander Morozevich was the winner of the Petrov Memorial, in Riga. The final was an 8 player rapid Round-Robin.