Monthly archives: October, 2011

Unexpected King Move

The Eurocup was held in a pleasant venue in Roga┼íka Slatina, Slovenia, with several hotels conveniently near the playing hall. The food was also well above average for this event. Unfortunately the event ended in disappointment for my OSG Baden-Baden team. After winning our first five matches and sharing the lead before the last round…


Yet Another World Cup in Khanty-Mansiysk

The rating lists used for the World Cup qualification were July 2010 and January 2011, so establishing whether or not one was qualified should be simple. However despite several requests for information FIDE treated this data as if it were nuclear arms codes and the players by rating and reserves were only confirmed on June…


Dinner at Providence

Toast-VIP-Dinner-Aug.-16,-2011-Loek van Wely - Tara MacGowran

Just prior to the start of the Metropolitan International in LA this August, organiser Ankit Gupta treated guests to what would have to rank as the best ‘Chess Dinner’ I have had the pleasure of attending at Providence in Hollywood. We were lavished with a 6 course tasting menus with matched wines. A picture is…