The Universe is a Big Place

Our Universe May Be One Of Many The Universe is all of space and time (spacetime) and its contents, which includes planets, moons, stars, galaxies, the contents of intergalactic space and all matter and energy. While the size of the entire Universe is still unknown, it is possible to measure the observable universe. The earliest … Read more

The Reykjavik open chess tournament

Reykjavik open
Reykjavik open (@skak.is)

One of the most prestigious international tournaments in the world takes place every spring in Reykjavik known as Reykjavik open. Most of the strongest chess players of the world have participated the competition, many more than once. Association of professional chess tournament has chosen as the best open chess tournaments held in recent years. But the tournament is a very entertaining mix of professional and amateur chess as well as young and promising skákmanna rapidly moving up the ladder chess.

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7th London chess classic; 9th round

Carlsen vs Maxime Vachier-LagraveTo adapt Gary Lineker’s famous football quote (and not for the first time): chess is a simple game. The players play longplay, rapidplay and blitz and in the end Magnus Carlsen wins. The final day of the London Classic had the lot – a mind-numbing, eight-hour extravaganza of chess in three different formats, brilliant moves, crazy strategies,

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7th London chess classic; 8th round

Aronian, Vachier-LagraveRound eight and we were back to the standard 1:4 ratio of decisive games to draws. But very good quality draws, let it be said. The one winner was Anish Giri, who inflicted a second successive defeat on the unlucky Hikaru Nakamura. Scores with one round to go are: 1-2 Anish Giri (NED), Maxime Vachier-Lagrave (FRA) 5/8, 3-5 Levon Aronian (ARM), Magnus Carlsen (NOR), Alexander Grischuk (RUS) 4½, 6-7 Mickey Adams (ENG), Fabiano Caruana (USA) 4, 8 Hikaru Nakamura (USA) 3½, 9 Vishy Anand (IND) 3, 10 Veselin Topalov (BUL) 2. As regards the Grand Chess Tour standings: the estimates going into the final round are Giri 24, Vachier-Lagrave 23, Aronian 22, Carlsen 21, etc. These can of course change quite drastically depending on results.

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7th London chess classic ; round 5

Aronian vs Carlsen smiling at 1.Nh3!?As usual we started with some children making moves for the grandmasters. This time the children in question had travelled all the way from Gloucestershire. That’s around 200 kilometres due west of London for those readers unfamiliar with our green and pleasant land, and our adherence to Imperial units of measurement. They brought with them some innovative opening ideas. The little boy from Slimbridge Primary School deputed to make Levon

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London chess classic; 3 round

Carlsen vs Anand - and the little girl, Anum Sheikh, presses the clock too!At the start of every round at the London Classic we always have at least one special guest on stage to make the first move for one or more of the super-GMs. Sometimes it’s a sponsor or a celebrity but more often than not it is one of the many children learning to play the game courtesy of the Chess in Schools and Communities charity. Children make great ‘honorary movers’ because you can never be quite sure what they are going to do! Today was a delightful

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