International News Today - August 27, 2012

In what might be a record for Canada, two players finished =1st in strong International tournaments over the weekend.

IM Eric Hansen finished in a three way tie for first in the Isthmia tournament, achieving his 1st GM norm.

Meanwhile, GM Kevin Spraggett finished in a six way tie for first in the Sants tournament, and should go back over 2600 with his result.

International News Today - Sept 9, 2012

The Chess Olympiad finished earlier today in Istanbul. 


In the Open Section Armenia and Russia tied for 1st with Armenia taking the Gold medal on tie-break. Their team consisted of Levon Aronian, Sergei Movsesian, Vladimir Akopian, Gabriel Sargissian, and Tigran Petrosian. Ukraine finished one point behing and took Bronze.


Top individual performers (2800+) were Shak Mamedyarov (AZE), David Navara (CZE), Aronian, Radoslaw Wojtaszek (POL), Anton Fillipov (UZE), Teimour Radjabov (AZE), and Akopian.


International News ..... Oct 22, 2012

Pretty well impossible to catch up with everything since my last post.

International News Today - November 6, 2012

The Chigorin Memorial (St Petersburg, RUS) finished Sunday with Alexander Areshchenko (UKR) and Bartosz Socko (POL) finishing tied for 1st with 7.5 out of 9. Both won their last round games to emerge from a group of 8 tied for 1st going into the final round. Anton Kovalyov, found himself on board 5 in the last round and with a win, would have finished tied for 3rd. However, even with white pieces playing a super-GM is never easy and he lost to Armenian #2 Vladimir Akopian.

International News - Jan 5, 2013

This week I have taken advantage of the new blog feature on the CFC Forum and have created a blog - I will continue to post there and provide weekly updates here. This first week has seen some new snippets from Netherlands (Eric & Leon), USA (Bindi), England (Raja), France (Aman), and Switzerland (Eric again).