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A brand-new WCM

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 [...]

Tromso Olympiad Final Round

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 [...]

Tromso Rounds 9 & 10

- from David Openshaw | Official website here

In the Open Section, with one round to go, China leads by one point with Hungary in second place. In third place, two points behind, are eight teams, including Russia, USA, France and Ukraine. We are on 14 points, three behind China.

In rounds 9 and 10 [...]

Tromso Round 8

- from David Openshaw | Official website here

In the Open section China beat Azerbaijan 3-1 to take sole lead with 14 match points. France, Ukraine, Azerbaijan, Czech Republic and Romania are all one point behind on 13 match points. We missed a good opportunity to join teams on 12 match points when we lost [...]

Tromso Rounds 5 – 7

- from David Openshaw | Official website here

After 7 rounds Azerbaijan lead the Open Section with 13 match points (6 wins and one draw) and Russia lead the Women’s section with a perfect 14 match points (7 wins).

In the Open Section we have 10 match points after a draw with Vietnam 2-2, a [...]