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GM Rogers: The Mouse that Roared, Part 2

GM Rogers: The Mouse that Roared, Part 2

by Ian Rogers   Australia did not compete in the second Telechess Olympiad but returned for the third in 1989, a time when transmitting moves via a central computer was becoming a possibility.   Telechess matches remained exercises in endurance, with the requirement to hand your move to a teller to be transmitted to the
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GM Rogers: The Mouse that Roared, Part 1

GM Rogers: The Mouse that Roared, Part 1

by Ian Rogers Australia recently celebrated its 25th anniversary as World Telechess Champion. The story of Australia’s 8-0 victory over the Soviet Union on the way to World Championship glory in 1990 is the stuff of legend, but few know that these two chess powerhouses had been telechess rivals more than a decade before then.
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GM Rogers: The Week of Living Dangerously

GM Rogers: The Week of Living Dangerously

Levon Aronian’s World Championship hopes are over for the next two years after failure in his ground-breaking visit to Baku for the World Cup. Levon Aronian, triumphant winner of the Sinquefield Cup in Saint Louis earlier this month, needed to reach the World Cup final to qualify for the Candidates Tournament and retain chances of
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GM Rogers: We’re All Crazy Now

GM Rogers: We’re All Crazy Now

Thursday’s gala screening in Saint Louis of the new Hollywood depiction of the life of Bobby Fischer – Pawn Sacrifice – evoked mixed feelings from the audience of Grandmasters and chess fans. Pawn Sacrifice is well made and stays reasonably close to the well known facts of Fischer’s rise and rise to ultimately win the
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QJ Ratings September 2015

QJ Ratings September 2015

The latest Queensland Junior Ratings have now been published! You can see the complete list by clicking here. The most improved and top lists for ages and regions can be seen below. For more information on how the rating system works please see this article here. Most Improved 1 Matsuura, Keanu 178 968 2 Ng,
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GM Rogers: Li Chao Down but Not Out

GM Rogers: Li Chao Down but Not Out

It might be thought that Li Chao’s impressive match win this month over Peter Leko would be cause for celebration in China, but Li’s rise up the world rankings – now #14 – is resulting in severe embarrassment for the Chinese Chess Federation. Normally, Li’s recent impressive performances would result in a guarantee of Olympic
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GM Rogers: The Greatest?

GM Rogers: The Greatest?

The 2015 Sinquefield Cup is about to commence, so we are revisiting Ian Rogers’ 2014 post. Fabiano Caruana’s win of the 2014 Sinquefield Cup in Saint Louis has provoked fierce debate over whether the Italian’s performance was the greatest tournament result of all time. Caruana won his first seven games and missed chances in his last
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GM Rogers: Let’s Get Physical

GM Rogers: Let’s Get Physical

Competitive chess is recognised as a sport in a majority of countries in the world, usually classified as a mind sport alongside bridge. In the UK – as in most Anglo countries – the definition of sport concentrates on physical activity rather than competition, leading to model plane flying, folk dancing and yoga being sports
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