Although chess is considered a rational sport, sometimes even famous grandmasters have superstitions or follow certain rituals. Some believe in lucky pen, shirt, or shoes, others stop shaving during the tournaments, like hockey players during play-offs.
Finally! The key clashes took place today in two age groups out of six. The Girls 18 category featured the most fierce and uncompromising battles between all the main contenders. The nearby boards also added some heat. Let us begin with the main course. Two former World Champions of younger categories faced each other on […]
Three starting rounds have passed, and it is a good time to draw some conclusions and play with the numbers. And there is nothing more emotional than dry statistical data…
The Chief Executive Officer of FIDE and of Global Chess Geoffrey Borg visited Khanty-Mansiysk to attend the Opening Ceremony and Round 1 of the FIDE World Youth U14, U16, U18 Championships 2016 as well as to discuss the future chess tournaments that will be held in Ugra in the coming years.
In large open tournaments with an uneven lineup, the third round is usually the last more or less easy day, when the favorites have the luxury of facing a noticeably weaker opposition.
“Do not pay attention to ratings when talking about children”, a famous junior trainer told me. “It means nothing or almost nothing!”