International News Today - April 25, 2012

Dimitry Jakovenko won the super strong European Individual Chess Championship.

Nigel Short won the Bangkok Open.

After the dust settled in Dubai, Ni Hua emerged the tie-break victor of a six way tie for 1st .

Aronian loses game three of friendly match with Kramnik. Score now 1.5-1.5

May is shaping up to be a really busy month on the International scene.

International News Today - May 18, 2012

Another day, another draw at the World Champinoship in Moscow. At the half way point it is all locked up at 3-3 and CCN International Reporter, Deen Hergott is going to have his work cut out for him in his write up on the Match in the June issue. We can only hope that the players come out swinging in the second half, although it may be that both are content to go to the rapid play-offs.

International Chess News - May 25, 2012

Tomorrow sees the 11th game in the World Championship Match. Gelfand has white. Anand played the Rossolimo Variation (finally an opening I've played) against Gelfand's Sicilian in round 10.

International News Today - June 7, 2012

I can't imagine this is news to anyone, but as widely expected Vishy Anand was able to prevail in the rapid play-off to retain his title, last Wednesday. Both players returned home to heroes' welcomes.

Today the Tal Memorial started .... in the form of a blitz tournament. This tournament was used to determine which 5 players would get an all important extra white in the 10 player round-robin. From a mere sporting view we note that Morozevich tied for 1st with Carlsen. The three other "top" players were Grischuk, Radjabov, and Aronian. Play in the main event starts tomorrow.

International News Today - July 20, 2012

All draws in rd7 at Dortmund, leaving Kramnik, Karjakin, and now Naiditsch tied for 1st with 4.5. They are trailed by four players with 4.0

In Amsterdam, tomorrow is adjournment day, with 4 unfinished games being scheduled. At the moment Ivanchuk leads with +3, while Kamsky has +2 with an adjourned game in hand.

International News Today - July 23, 2012

In Jermuk, today was a rest day and Ju Wenjun maintains a half point lead over Hou Yifan, Humpy Koneru, and Ruan Lufei. Five rounds to go in the Grand Prix event.

 Wang Hao and Anish Giri (fresh off winning the Dutch Championship) won their 1st round games today and take the early lead in Biel. Nakamura with black was able to draw Carlsen (who played 4 Qxd4 in a Sicilian).

The British Championship started today with Gawain Jones top seed in the absence of Adams and Short. Second ranked Howell was held to a draw.

International News Today - August 7, 2012

It's always news when Magnus Carlsen doesn't win a chess tournament. At Biel the official winner was Wang Hao who scored 19 points in the football system to finish 1 point ahead of Carlsen. However in the traditional scoring system, Carlsen would have had a one half point lead.... Anyway you cut it Magnus remains on top of the World. Tied for third were Anish Giri and Hikaru Nakamura with 16 points.

Gawain Jones won a two game rapid play-off match over Stephen Gordon to take the British Championship. David Howell was in thid 1/2 point behind.

International News Today - August 10, 2012

The Russian Championship had a couple of interesting results this last round and all of a sudden we have a 6 way tie for 1st with two rounds to go. In order of rating: Karjakin, Grischuk, Jakovenko, Andreikin, Alekseev and Potkin. They are all +1.

International News Today - August 20, 2012

A six way tie for 1st at the Russian Championship resulted in a play-off win for Dmitry Andreikin (4/5). Karjakin took second and Svidler third. Natalia Pogonina won the concurrent Women's Championship.

Alexander Ipatov (Turkey) took the Gold medal on tie-break over Richard Rapport (Hungary) at the World Junior. Ipatov left the Ukraine several years ago and has fairly recently settled in Turkey. Rapport was in the news a few years ago as being the 5th youngest GM in history. Ding Liren (China) who was top ranked had to settle for bronze.

International News Today - August 23, 2012

IM Eric Hansen is finishing his Olympic preparation at the Isthmia International in Greece. The 93 player, 9 round A section has 12 players 2500+ including Iordachescu (2645) and Fedorchuk (2639). Round 7 is in progress - Eric has 4/6, having drawn his last 4 games all vs GM's.

GM Kevin Spraggett is playing in the Sants Open in Barcelona. There are over 300 players in the 10 round A section. After 6 rounds, Kevin with 5 is 1/2 point out of first. He was 3rd ranked behind Nisipeanu and Gajewski, with a total of 14 2500+ players. A good finish could put him back in the 2600 club.