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Saudi chess PR gambit checked by controversies

Dibai - Saudi Arabia brushed aside rulings from top clerics to host a big money chess tournament, but the gambit to improve the kingdom's image has been jolted by regional powerplays.The landmark event and its record $2 million (1.

Israeli chess players could make history at Saudi tourney

Jerusalem - Israeli chess players could make history by participating in a tournament in Saudi Arabia after the international chess governing body on Tuesday said it was pushing to allow it to happen.

Five things to know about Iceland

Reykjav - From its unique history to its passion for chess, books and football, here are five things to know about Iceland, which votes in legislative elections on Saturday: - Crime -Contrary to the dark goings-on in Nordic noir literature, Iceland is a tranquil...

Five things to know about Iceland

Reykjav - From its unique history to its passion for chess, books and football, here are five things to know about Iceland, which votes in legislative elections on Saturday: - Crime -Contrary to the dark goings-on in Nordic noir literature, Iceland is a tranquil...

Chess: Kasparov suffers first loss in comeback event

Saint Louis - Chess legend Garry Kasparov on Tuesday suffered the first loss of his brief but highly anticipated comeback to the game, succumbing to fellow Russian Ian Nepomniachtchi and bringing his draw total to five.

Chess legend Kasparov rolls back the years in competitive return

Saint Louis - Twelve years after trading chess for politics, Garry Kasparov proved Monday that time hadn't dulled his edge as he battled to a draw with a fellow Russian half his age in the opening game of a hotly anticipated comeback.

'Chess god' Kasparov returns to compete 12 years later

Saint Louis - In a move electrifying the world of chess, former world champion Garry Kasparov is coming out of a 12-year retirement -- if only briefly -- to take on a new generation of players who have long worshipped him as the closest thing to a "chess god.

Kasparov, the retired champ who can't give up chess

Saint Louis - Russian chess champion Garry Kasparov owned the game for 15 years, gaining superstar status among fans before retiring and throwing himself into politics -- but he just can't seem to stay away from the chessboard.

Grandmaster Wesley So targets No.1 spot in world chess ranking

After defeating Alexander Onischuk last April to bag the 2017 US Chess Championship in St. Louis, Missouri, Filipino grand master Wesley So now aims for the top slot in the world chess ranking.

Girl barred from Malaysia chess competition over 'seductive' dress

Kuala Lumpur - A 12-year-old girl was barred from a Malaysian chess tournament over her "seductive" dress, her coach has claimed, igniting public outrage against the organisers of the competition in the Muslim-majority nation.

Fil-Am grandmaster Wesley So wins 2017 US Chess Championship

Filipino-American chess player Wesley So has won the 2017 US Chess Championship title in a tightly-fought match held at the The Chess Club and Scholastic Center of Saint Louis in St Louis, Missouri, USA.

Norway fetes chess champ Carlsen's tour de force

Oslo - From a NATO chief's tweet to the top headlines on news sites, Norway on Thursday feted its three-time world chess champion Magnus Carlsen a day after he beat Russia's Sergei Karyakin in a breathtaking tiebreaker.

Battle on in youngest ever world chess championship

New York - Reigning world chess champion Magnus Carlsen of Norway and Russian grandmaster Sergei Karyakin went head to head on Friday in the first game of a battle to determine the world's top player.

Bobby Fischer and the 'K's: a history of modern chess

Paris - US chess champion Bobby Fischer and the two "K"s -- Garry Kasparov and Anatoli Karpov -- have co-written the modern history of the game, with a chapter devoted to East-West confrontation.

Op-Ed: Top Saudi cleric claims chess 'work of Satan' and 'forbidden'

Mecca - Grand Mufti Sheikh Abdulaziz Al-Sheikh responded to a question on a Saudi television show saying that chess was "the work of Satan," as were alcohol and gambling.

Russian chess grandmaster, 20, dies after presumed stroke

Moscow - Russian chess grandmaster Ivan Bukavshin, who was ranked in the world's top 100 players, has died of a presumed stroke at the age of just 20, the Russian chess federation said on Tuesday.

World chess chief to sue US for $50 bn over sanctions

Moscow - World Chess Federation (FIDE) president Kirsan Ilyumzhinov said Tuesday he would seek $50 billion from the United States over his addition to a blacklist for alleged ties to the Syrian regime.

World chess chief hands over powers after U.S. sanctions

Paris - The head of the World Chess Federation (FIDE), Kirsan Ilyumzhinov, has temporarily transferred most of his powers to his deputy after being added to a US sanctions list for alleged ties to the Syrian regime, the organisation said Sunday.

Photo essay: Geneva is more than just Red Cross and heavy heat Special

Geneva - If you thought Geneva was only expensive watches and the Alps and Red Cross headquarters, think again. I visited this Swiss gem to get a glimpse into what makes this city so attractive.

Hungarian supergranny closes in on world chess record

Budapest - An 87-year-old Hungarian woman aims this weekend to set a world record by beating 1920s Cuban chess grandmaster Jose Raul Capablanca at his own game: simultaneous play.

Chess world champ Carlsen launches app and criticizes own game

Norway's Magnus Carlsen, the world's 23-year-old reigning chess champion, has launched an app based on his own past games to make chess more popular, but he'd prefer its players not get good enough to bea...

Chess star Demis Hassabis wins it all, sells company to Google

London - At 12, Demis Hassabis was the strongest chess player in the world for his age. He has come a long way in the two and a half decades since then. He sold his company Deep Mind Technologies to Google for around £300 million ($498 million).

Norway's 'slow-TV': Next 100 hours of chess with Magnus Carlsen

Due to the success they have had with recent "slow-TV" epics like a 12-hour prime-time show of a burning fireplace and a solid 13-hours of shearing and knitting, Norway's NRK broadcaster has come up with its next slow epic.

Old Havana’s Main Square and the ‘Palace of the General Captains’ Special

Havana - The Plaza de Armas (Main Square) in Old Havana is the original site of the founding of the city of Havana. The Square was built in 1519; it holds important historical monuments, and it is surrounded by impressive buildings of baroque architecture.

Op-Ed: Indian women — A rebound narrative on the nature of delivery

A number of my friends, on looking at the social amplifications that I have been putting forward, have asked me to give shape to the feminist cause in India, and I have some humble words.

Mind Sports Olympiad 2013 Special

London - Tony Corfe and his small but dedicated team are staging the Mind Sports Olympiad for the 17th year in a row, at its new regular venue.

Brooklyn Castle, merging chess and urban culture together

New York - The documentary film "Brooklyn Castle" recently aired in Manhattan which follows the lives of five students of I.S. 318's chess club. The movie highlights chess in an urban culture setting.

Graphic novelist's 'joke' evolves into sport of Chess Boxing

The man who came up with the notion of combining the fast paced brutal sport of boxing with the painstakingly cerebral game of chess did so as a joke. That joke has now become growing sensation in some parts of the world.

Mind Sports Olympiad 2012 and 2013 Special

London - Now that the Mind Sports Olympiad is over for another year, we can look back on the event and forward to next year. Etan Ilfeld is one of the people behind it.

More from the Mind Sports Olympiad Special

London - The Mind Sports Olympiad finishes this weekend with a special event on Bank Holiday Monday, Chess Diving, or Diving Chess as it is now called.
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Tony Corfe pictured in 2007 in Dubai.
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Ankush Khandelwal and Tony Niccoli, two regulars on the chess circuit, and in spite of their youth, veteran MSO contestants.
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Jessie helping out with the analysis in South Korea. This was the first international chess tournament ever organised there, by Adam Raoof, and was won by Jessie.
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Any one for a game of outdoor chess? In the grounds of Hanbury Manor, England
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A 2008 chess boxing match in Berlin
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Chess Grandmaster Magnus Carlsen, No. 1 rated in the world, in play in round seven of the Tata Steel tournament in Wijk aan Zee, The Netherlands - 19 January 2013
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On the left: reigning light heavyweight world champion Nikolay Sazhin from Russia.
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Chess set on display at Stanley Kubrick: The Exhibition
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Example of the friendly and relaxed nature of Amsterdam, as people ponder a giant game of chess.

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