Congratulations to Jonathan Hawkins on becoming a Grandmaster! Jonathan (pictured, right) was a relatively slow starter in the world of chess, learning the game at the age of eight. He was a keen junior who won a number of local tournaments. He started to study chess very seriously in his late teens and achieved a [...]
Congratulations to Alan Merry, who not only made his third and final International Master norm (his first came at the Big Slick International in June 2013 and his second at the Winter Chess IM all-play-all in Mallorca in November 2013) but also scored his first Grandmaster norm with a score of 6/9 and a performance [...]
The ‘Super Six’ players who will compete in both the ten-round Super Rapidplay Open (6-7 December) and the five-round ‘Super Six’ classical chess tournament (10-14 December; rounds 1-3 start at 16.00 GMT, rounds 4-5 at 14.00 GMT) are as follows
No. Name Country Age Classical Rating Classical Ranking Rapid Rating Rapid Ranking 1 Fabiano [...]
Congratulations to Akshaya Kalaiyalahan of Nonsuch School in Surrey who has qualified for the WCM title at the 2014 Olympiad in Tromso by virtue of her 50% score for the England team. Ironically, she had also recently qualified for the title when her rating went over 2000 for the first time. Akshaya was the 2013 [...]
The final round of the Olympiad was overshadowed by the deaths on the final day of two players. I’m sure all chess players around the world will join in sending condolences to the families and friends of Kurt Meier (Seychelles) and Alisher Anarkulov (Uzbekistan).
Kurt Meier collapsed at the board late on in the round [...]