Chess legend Kasparov back from retirement for US event

Kasparov dominated chess for more than 15 years

  • ILYUMINATION!

    INTERNATIONAL chess federation (FIDE) chief Kirsan Ilyumzhinov, who has been at its helm for long 21 years,..

  • Fast and flawless!

    RUSSIAN Grandmaster Sergey Karjakin was all smiles after he turned the tables on classical world champion Magnus Carlsen to win his maiden World Blitz Championship at the Ali bin Hamad Al Attiyah Arena in Doha last week. 

  • ‘I wasn’t good enough’

    World classical champion Magnus Carlsen had an unimpressive outing at the FIDE World Rapid and Blitz Championships, where he failed to defend his rapid title, finishing third, and came second in blitz.

  • Muzychuk bags a grand double

    Ukrainian Grandmaster Anna Muzychuk retained the blitz title in the women’s category and also annexed the rapid crown.

  • Ivanchuk rolls back the years

    AT 47, VASSILY Ivanchuk is one of the oldest players in the sport, but he showed how age has not at all slowed him down and how well he has adapted to the shorter version of the game by dethroning world champion Magnus Carlsen to win the rapid title last week.

  • Reem ready for the big job

    Qatar’s Reem Hani Ballan, one of the tournament officials at the World Rapid and Blitz Championships, hoped to get her International Arbiter (IA) norm soon. 

  • Mastermind

    INDIA’S first Grandmaster Viswanathan Anand, who won his maiden FIDE World Championship in 2000 and then ruled the sport from 2007 to 2013, is regarded as one of the best players in the game’s history.

  • Hou conspicuous by her absence

    CHINA’S world champion in classical format Hou Yifan, who tops the women’s rapid and blitz rankings, was conspicuous by her absence in Doha. 

  • ‘You need to stay focused’

    Magnus Carlsen opted for a normal e3 opening in his first-round game against Indian Grandmaster Surya Sekhar Ganguly at the Doha Worlds, but the FIDE world champion in both classical and rapid formats said he had decided on it long ago. 

  • ‘Hard to attract new players in Qatar’

    THE FIDE World Rapid and Blitz Championships are expected to boost the game’s profile in Qatar, but Qatar Chess Association Secretary Mohammad Al Medaikhi said it was easier said than done.