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Former Women’s World Champion Mariya Muzychuk will not play in the World Championship in Iran this February, censor.net.ua reported.

Mariya Muzychuk stated – “it is wrong that the players who refuse to play in Iran and to wear a hijab are simply out of the World Championship cycle.”

At the same time Mariya confirmed that her sister Anna Muzychuk will participate in the World Championship. “We talked about this. Anna will play in Iran because it is her lifetime dream to become the World Champion.”

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Tata Steel Festival ushers in 2017 (January 08, 2017)
NM Edgar de Castro [ Source: Philippine Star ]

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he Tata Steel Festival, which ushers in the major chess calendar for the New Year, gets underway Jan. 14-29 in the Dutch coastal town of Wijk aan Zee.

The 79th edition will as usual be played in a single round robin, classical time control format, with the traditional 14-player, main event to be spearheaded by Norwegian world champion Magnus Carlsen and world blitz champion Sergey Kariakin of Russia.

Other big names this year included 2016 chess player of the year Wesley So (USA), ranked fourth in the world, No. 9 Levon Aronian of Armenia, No. 10 Anish Giri of the host country, No. 11 Ian Nepomniachtchi of Russia and No. 12 Pentala Harikrishna of India.

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Pestaño: In defense of the world championship format (January 06, 2017)
Frank 'Boy' Pestaño [ Source: SunStar ]

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THE recent World Championship Match ( WCM)between Magnus Carlsen and Sergey Karjalin were the subject of discussion by several notable chess personalities and the discussions also included hundreds of other alternative proposals.

The most notable were proposals by Emil Sutovsky, Maurice Ashley and Yasser Seirawan.

Yasser Seirawan does not like the current format of the WCM and proposed a “radical solution.” His fundamental position is that the WCM should consist of classical games only, and that rapid and blitz games should not be used to break a tied match. The WCM should not be a 12-game contest as 12 games are not enough.

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The popular board game chess is challenging and the winner usually draws a lot of admiration. There is a curiosity to understand the mental and intellectual dynamics of the players when they are playing chess.

Probing that enigmatic plank is CITEC of Bielefeld University with a project called "Ceege." The cognitive scientists from Cluster of Excellence Cognitive Interaction Technology pursued a research method that tracked eye movements and facial expressions of players.

Ceege stands for "Chess Expertise from Eye Gaze and Emotion."

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Carlsen loses his rapid chess title (December 29, 2016)
[ Source: NewsInEnglish ]

Norway’s chess champ Magnus Carlsen lost his rapid chess championship title in Qatar on Wednesday. PHOTO: FIDE Doha Chess 2016/Maria Emelianova

Norway’s World Chess Champion Magnus Carlsen didn’t manage to hang on to the championship title in rapid chess that he’s also held. After letting out an angry scream of frustration over an opening loss on Wednesday, though, Carlsen regained his composure and even managed a smile over his new bronze medal.

“In general I’m satisfied with the bronze,” said the young Norwegian who’s more accustomed to winning just about every chess game he plays. The FIDE World Chess Rapid and Blitz Championships playing out in Doha, Qatar this week, though, got off to a bad start for Carlsen on Monday and Tuesday, with two losses and two ties.

The scream on Wednesday came right after he also lost to Anton Korobov of Ukraine in the first round of the day, the 11th- of the 15-game tournament. It was a shocking loss caused by an error on Carlsen’s part that prompted him to run up the stairs of the arena right afterwards to his private lounge, from which he let out the scream that could be heard all over the otherwise quiet main floor.

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Filipino Grandmaster (GM) John Paul Gomez and International Masters (IM) Haridas Pascua and Paulo Bersamina sustained the host country's campaign in the Philippine International Chess Championship by drawing their fifth round games at Subic Bay Peninsular Hotel in Zambales on Friday.

Gomez and Pascua split the point in 30 moves of a Trompovsky Attack while Bersamina halved the point with IM Subbaraman Vijayalakshmi of India 24 moves of a King's Indian duel.

The three chess aces are now a full point behind tournament leaders GM Vladislav Kovalev of Belarus and Armenian GM Tigran Kontanjian who own four points each.

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Chinese WGM paces Subic tilt (December 09, 2016)
Roy Luarca [ Source: Inquirer ]

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Chinese Lei Tingjie emerged surprise leader after four rounds of the 2016 Philippine International Chess Championship at Subic Bay Peninsular Hotel in Olongapo, Zambales.

The 19-year-old Woman Grandmaster trounced Indian International Master Abhimanyu Puranik in the third round Wednesday and stunned Georgian GM Levan Pantsulaia in the fourth round yesterday to upstage her male rivals with 3.5 points.

Lei, the world’s No. 21 in the distaff side, jumped ahead of top-seeded compatriot GM Wang Hao, Belarusian GM Vladislav Kovalev, Argentine GM Tigran Kotanjan, Russian GM Boris Savchenko, Russian GM Anton Demchenko and Georgian GM Merab Gagunashvili; all with 3.0 points.

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