Ennio Morricone (1928-2020), the Italian composer of music for dozens of top films and TV series, died today in Rome at the age of 91. As well as being one of the most influential film soundtrack writers of the last 60 years he was a keen amateur chess player who faced Boris Spassky, Garry Kasparov, Anatoly Karpov, Judit Polgar and Peter Leko over the board. His father persuaded him to give up chess to focus on music, but if not for music he would have wanted to be a chess player, but “a high-level one, someone competing for the world title”.
Anton Shomoev is the one player in the Russian Championship most chess fans will never have heard of. Rated 2579 and ranked around 300 in the world he doesn’t usually get to lock horns with the likes of Vladimir Kramnik
The 3rd Edition of the Zurich Chess Challenge is set to be spectacular, featuring 6 players from the Top 8 and the first meeting between Magnus Carlsen and Vishy Anand after their World Championship match. The one surprise absence ...
“I thought it’s best not to plan for it”. That was World Champion Viswanathan Anand’s response in a recent video interview when asked what he would do if he lost his title in the upcoming match against Magnus Carlsen
In a month’s time Magnus Carlsen will take on Viswanathan Anand for the chance to become World Chess Champion at the age of 22, a feat only previously accomplished by Garry Kasparov. The young Norwegian talked about the match in a v...
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