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World Championship Day 8 – update

- by John Duncan

After the uninspiring draw in the fourth match, day 5 of the World Chess Championship needed to be something special. The Champion had restricted the momentum his challenger had gained after Anand’s third round victory.

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This time, Anand was on white and for the third time in three successive games as black the World Champion chose a different opening. As Magnus chose an obscure line in the Queens Indian Anand resisted the urge to complicate things and kept the game very open.  It was a relatively quick game at just over two hours before the players agreed to the draw.

Read on — World Championship Day 8 – update

Chess Moves November / December 2014

In the new issue –

World Seniors Chess Championships – Arkell and Nunn on the podium
ECF Book of the Year 2014 – Soltis on Botvinnik
England’s Newest GM
Junior Chess – WYCC, EYCC 2014

PLUS book reviews and all our usual features – click here

Historic First All Party Parliamentary Group for Chess

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It was an historic day for Chess in this country as the first working meeting of the All Party Parliamentary Group on Chess which is supported the Educational Charity, Chess in Schools and Communities (CSC) was held at Westminster on Tuesday 18th November 2014.

The meeting was chaired by Yasmin Qureshi MP (Bolton South East) and the meeting had presentation given by English Chess Federation President Dominic Lawson and Chief Executive Phil Ehr which was then followed by a question and answer session.

High on the agenda was the current state of Chess in the UK and importantly how we have been funding chess since the 1970’s.  Members of Parliament then went on to review how chess funding and development differed across Europe, Asia as well as both North and South America.

Members of parliament went on to consider different perspectives on the future of chess education in the UK. Furthermore, the development of chess as sport was debated including chess played as a recreational pass time and its benefits for well-being.

Also on the agenda were potential courses of action for two recent Parliamentary Questions regarding Government recognition and support of chess in this country.  This included a proposal for meetings at ministerial level within the Department for Culture, Media & Sport.

Read on — Historic First All Party Parliamentary Group for Chess

British Blitz Championship – this Sunday!

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The ECF in association with Mind Sports international are organising the Official British Blitz Championships at the EXcel Centre in London. This is one of many events available in addition to Scrabble, Magic the Gathering, Go and others.

VENUE: ExCeL London Docklands, Royal Victoria Dock, 1 Western Gateway, London E16 1XL (easy to get to by tube as it has its own station (Custom House for ExCel))

Official British Blitz Championships, Sunday 23rd November at 1pm
FIDE rated. 11 rounds of Blitz chess at 3 mins + 2 secs
1st Prize £600 2nd Prize £300 + grading prizes (dependent on entries)

£12.00 for ECF members | Free for titled players
Enter the event online: https://www.mindsportsevents.com/

2014 World Chess Championship

Click here to read John Duncan’s report on games 2, 3 and 4.