Tag: Gata Kamsky

2015 World Cup Preview

If you’re bored this year by the chess scene, I don’t blame you. This year hasn’t been all that interesting. The good news is, that all changes today. For today FIDE has announced the first round pairings for the World Cup. The World Cup is the March Madness of the chess world; TIMES TWO! In the NCAA tournament, ~64 teams… Read more →

Marchand 2015 Preview

Hello everyone! In a few days the Marchand will be well underway. I figured I should give you an updated list of GM’s that have preregistered this year. Last year we had a strong field led by current US Champion GM Gata Kamsky. This year we have another star studded field featuring some returning players and some new faces.  Rumor… Read more →

Tromso Olympiad Recap: Rd. 4

Welcome to the fourth edition of the Olympiad Recap here at LifeZugzwang. I realized yesterday that I will not be able to cover the last few rounds of the Olympiad due to a scheduled and much needed vacation to French Canada. Unlike yesterday I didn’t see any games that I thought were worthy of mentioning outside of the upsets that… Read more →

The US Championships Part 1: 1936

Hello everyone, after witnessing GM Gata Kamsky win yet another US Championship. I thought it would be prudent to look back at some previous US Champions and their games. In this post, I will be focusing on what I consider the first “modern” US Championship played in 1936. I’d like to compile enough material for a “My Great Predecessors” style… Read more →

Chess Cheating Part 1: Cellphones and YOU!

I’ve been keeping this blog for a little while now and have yet to cover one of the most controversial topics in modern chess: Cheating. An email sent out recently on behalf of the Continental Chess Association (CCA) describes new rules and conditions. I have played in many CCA tournaments through the years. Mr. Goichberg does a nice job of… Read more →

2014 Marchand Recap

This past weekend was the 36th Marchand Open tournament. We hold the Marchand every year in Rochester, NY to honor the memory of Dr. Erich Marchand, who was a prolific author and player in his time. In my previous post I mentioned that there was a chance that GM Gata Kamsky would be playing. Gata did end up playing and… Read more →