25 June

GETTING HAMMER-ED

We received sad news late yesterday evening from Anthony Saidy that six-time US champion Walter Shawn Browne had died suddenly in his sleep while staying with a friend in Las Vegas after playing in the National Open. He was 66. Walter also won major international events at Wijk aan Zee (twice), Lone Pine, and five […]

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24 June

THE COMEBACK KID

Former world champions tend to become the forgotten figures of chess. But Vishy Anand of India bucks that trend. After he was dethroned by Magnus Carlsen in 2013, he was largely written off, with speculation rife that – like his old foe Garry Kasparov – he would soon be announcing his retirement rather than be […]

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23 June

DRAWING TO A CLOSE

Denmark’s Bent Larsen (1935-2010) was often described as “the ultimate chess battler,” always interested in wins and first places. He played with enormous energy and great fighting spirit. Offering him a draw was a waste of time, as many grandmasters would testify to. He would decline it politely, but firmly. “No, thank you,” he would say […]

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22 June

NO COUNTRY FOR YOUNG MEN

With the rise of Magnus Carlsen, we were told the future for chess would be a young man’s game. And sure enough, roughly in the same age bracket, rising alongside the World champion was Fabiano Caruana, Hikaru Nakamura, Anish Giri, Wesley So, Maxime Vachier-Lagrave and Sergey Karjakin. We were informed by the pundits that veterans, […]

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