Today in History
Today in History
Today is Thursday, July 11, the 192nd day of 2019. There are 173 days left in the year.
Norway’s Carlsen beats Caruana to defend chess world title
LONDON (AP) — Norwegian grandmaster Magnus Carlsen defended his chess world championship title by beating American challenger Fabiano Caruana 3-0 in rapid tiebreaker games on Wednesday.
After their three-week match ended in 12 draws, Carlsen wrapped up the victory quickly with three straight wins to build an unassailable lead in the best-of-four rapid format.
"I felt like I had a really good day at work today," the 27-year-old Carlsen said. "Everything kind of went perfectly."
Chess world title match comes down to rapid tiebreakers
LONDON (AP) — After more than 50 hours of play over nearly three weeks, the chess world championship title will be decided by speedy tiebreaker games on Wednesday.
A 12-game battle of brains between American challenger Fabiano Caruana and reigning champion Magnus Carlsen of Norway has resulted in 12 straight draws — the first time that has happened in a chess world championship match.
Today in History for September 1st
In taxing times, a salute to the greatest accountant in chess history
With April 15 looming, let's consider a few ways the Royal Game has crossed paths with the tax man.
Bobby Fischer's long, sad peripatetic final years began when he theatrically defied U.S. Treasury sanctions to play in his 1992 rematch with former Soviet champion Boris Spassky. There's GM Michael Wilder, the 1988 U.S. national champion, who worked for 14 years as a top lawyer at the IRS before taking a position at one of Washington's top corporate tax law firms.
For the first time since Bobby Fischer won the world chess championship in 1972, an American-born player has won the right to play for the world title.
Grandmaster Fabiano Caruana won the Candidates tournament in Berlin Tuesday, which means hell play a 12-game match against world champion Magnus Carlsen in London in November.
Fabiano Caruana qualifies for world chess title match against Magnus Carlsen
Chess grandmaster Fabiano Caruana will be the first American in decades to play for the world championship title after the winning the candidates tournament outright in Berlin, Germany, Tuesday.
Having watched my University of Virginia Cavaliers make (ahem) some history in this year's NCAA men's basketball tournament, I got to thinking of some notable figures in chess who are also unfairly remembered for one unfortunate result.
For Mardi Gras, a celebration of Paul Morphy, New Orleans’ finest
It's Mardi Gras, and we're taking a little mental vacation down to the Big Easy to check out the chess scene.
‘Father Bill’ Lombardy, Bobby Fischer’s great contemporary, dies at 79
He was the greatest chess-playing Catholic priest since Ruy Lopez but only the second-greatest player in his own hometown, but we still honor the legacy of GM William Lombardy, who passed away from a suspected heart attack last week at the age of 79.