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Chess life in Puerto Rico

                                                                                                  Written by (WIM) Raluca Sgircea

Chess is slowly gaining popularity in the small island of Puerto Rico. More and more kids are attracted by the game and start taking it seriously. The growing interest and competitiveness is probably the reason why Puerto Rico has so many young talented chess players. For almost two months, we have been lucky enough to be part of the chess community here and we can say that there is always some chess event going on!

The reigning national champion (in every possible category – women, open and juniors), (WIM) Danitza Vazquez, aged 15, is doing a great job promoting chess in Puerto Rico. For the holidays, she held a simultaneous exhibition where players of all ages tried to make a good result against the talented youngster.

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The start of the games

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Boosting of self-confidence

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Some players got a little help…

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The fight is getting more intense as the games advance

In January, all chess enthusiasts were invited by Renier to a two-hour training session followed by a simultaneous in a very popular place: Le Petit Bistro, located in the mall Plaza Las Americas of San Juan.… Read more

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Cantera de jóvenes ajedrecistas en la zona este

                                                                                                                      Por Rafelli González

Varios tableros, un maestro de ajedrez y tres estudiantes con sus padres era todo lo que tenía un diminuto salón ubicado en el Centro Comunal de la urbanización Villa Humacao en el 2008. Al día de hoy, este pequeño espacio alberga a más de 25 jóvenes ajedrecistas que han impactado el deporte ciencia a niveles nunca antes vistos en Puerto Rico.
Se trata del Club de Ajedrez de Humacao, iniciativa comunitaria dirigida por el entrenador nacional Germán Vellón Cruz y Yamil Acosta y que actualmente cuenta con dos campeones nacionales en las categorías Sub-10, cinco medallistas de oro en los Juegos de Puerto Rico y un batallón de padres que con el apoyo hacia sus hijos han creado uno de los clubes más exitosos en el país.
“La iniciativa surge ya que una de mis niñas se interesa por el ajedrez obteniendo unos logros significativos a nivel escolar.… Read more

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Magnus Carlsen on new Altibox Commercial

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Magnus Carlsen’s TV carreer is on a permanent rise. The Norwegian chess star appears on the new Altibox commercial. Altibox is a Broadband, IPTV and VoIP provider that operates in Norway and Denmark. See the full clip below.

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Deviatkin on the Grand Chess Tour





An interesting article was published on  Chess-News written by the Grandmaster Andrey Deviatkin. In the article he is basically explaining how boring the Grand Tour Chess circuit has been for the spectactors. He also claims that this elitist closed tournaments should be reduced to minimum one year and how these events do not help promote chess around the globe.

One of the interesting points he makes is how the top ten players have suffered defeats when they have faced other  ”supposedly mediocre GMs” in recent events such as the European Team Championship. This unexpected results make chess more attractive to the eyes of spectators.

”Even the players are pretending something great is going on” 

You can read the full article here

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