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March 2010

World Champion Vasily Smyslov dies at 89

Posted by 365Chess.com on March 29, 2010 in Chess news

Vasily Vasiliyevich Smyslov was born on March 24, 1921. He was one of the greatest Soviet and Russian chess grandmaster. He was World Chess Champion  from 1957 to 1958. He was a Candidate for the title on eight occasions (1948, 1950, 1953, 1956, 1959, 1965, 1983, and 1985). Smyslov won twice the Soviet Championship (1949, 1955), and won 17 Chess Olympiad medals. In five European Team Championships, Smyslov won ten gold medals. He died of heart failure in a Moscow hospital on March 27, 2010, only three days after his 89th birthday.

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Pawn Sacrifice, the story of Bobby Fisher

Posted by 365Chess.com on March 16, 2010 in Chess news

David Fincher will direct Tobey Maguire (Spiderman) as Chess Wizard Bobby Fischer in Sony/Columbia Pictures’ “Pawn Sacrifice”, according to Deadline Hollywood Daily.

Fischer, who died in 2008, was the eleventh World Chess Champion. He is widely considered one of the greatest chess players of all time.

The film will tell the life story of American chess icon Bobby Fischer leading up to his historic world championship match against Boris Spassky.

The flick, which Maguire will also produce, is slated to film this Fall.

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11th European Individual Championship

Posted by 365Chess.com on March 8, 2010 in Chess news

From March 6th to 18th 2010 is taking place in the croatian city of Rijeka the 11th European Individual Championships. Very well known names we found among the participants: players include Almasi, Bacrot, Movsesian, Navara, Vallejo, Motylev, Adams, Tomashevsky, Alekseev, Baadur, Naiditsch, Akopian, Volokitin, Bologan and Caruana.

The championship is an eleven round Swiss tournament with a playing rate of 90 minutes for 40 moves, 30 minutes for the rest of the game, and an increment of 30 seconds per move starting from move one. Games start at 3:30 p.m. EST. Saturday, March 13 is a rest day.

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Topalov was the winner at Linares 2010

Posted by 365Chess.com on March 2, 2010 in Chess news

Bulgaria’s top chess player has won the title at the prestigious chess tournament in Linares, Spain, also known as the “Wimbledon of Chess.”

In the last round of the tournament, Topalov beat Boris Gelfand from Israel after a five-hour game.

Thus, Topalov got 6,5 points out of 10 possible winning for the first time in his career the Linares Chess Tournament.

In 2005, Topalov came close to winning when he beat legendary Russian chess player Garry Kasparov in the last round, and equalized his score. However, Kasparov was declared the winner thanks to his better performance in additional criteria.

The Linares Tournament was the last competition for former world champion Topalov before he pays for the World Chess Title with India’s Viswanathan Anand in the Bulgarian capital Sofia from April 21 until May 12, 2010

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