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Alien abductions aside, chess intrigue can be a deadly game

Kirsan Ilyumzhinov’s controversial career — and his alleged alien abduction — has not stopped him from being re-elected as President of the International Chess Federation yet again, writes Ian Rogers.

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Media briefs: Piers vs Peppa … ABC radio high … long holidays

The conservative commentariat’s campaign against the ABC has now reached … Peppa the Pig. That and other media tidbits.

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Love the player, hate the game: even Magnus Carlsen can’t make chess sexy

The world media is waking up to Magnus Carlsen, the chess prodigy and model who has just won the World Championship. But Australian chess grandmaster Ian Rogers says they still can’t figure out what to write about the sport itself.

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Indian hero v Nordic model: chess’ new world (Oz is just a pawn)

All chess-interested eyes are on Norwegian Magnus Carlsen as he fights to become world champion. Australian grandmaster Ian Rogers says but for a twist of fate, it could have been been an Australian challenger.

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Too late to call a showdown

I thought the best tactic for Julia Gillard to put an end to the speculation about leadership was to declaring her job. It’s too late for that now.

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Check, mate: rediscovering the chess board

I grew up knowing I was no good at chess, but …, writes Crikey reader Jay Martin.

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World Championship Chess: It’s eye of the Tiger from Madras

Viswanathan Anand’s underdog victory is worthy of being made into a movie as the parallels between Anand’s success and the cinematic classic Rocky IV are uncanny, writes Ian Rogers from Sofia.

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World Championship Chess: Does the bell toll for Topalov?

Bulgaria has been within touching distance of their first world match champion, but so far Veselin Topalov has lacked the composure to finish off the shaky World Champion and the score remains tied at 5.5-5, reports Ian Rogers in Sofia.

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World Championship Chess: The great Anand is dead on his feet

This was the epic battle that chess fans around the world –- close to a million of them, watching and listening on multiple web platforms –- had been waiting for.

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World Championship Chess: How Anand is the Sachin Tendulkar of chess

Viswanathan Anand’s rise from teenage superstar to acknowledged champion nearing the end of his sporting ascendance has paralleled that of Sachin Tendulkar, writes Ian Roger from Sofia.

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World Championship Chess: Spy versus spy in Sofia as Topalov trails

In Bulgaria, Cold War memories die hard. And despite murky shadows surrounding competitive chess in that country, Crikey’s chess correspondent Ian Rogers is discovering that it is hometown hero Veselin Topalov that is feeling the heat.

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World Championship Chess: Topalov’s embarrassing Bulgarian standoff

Veselin Topalov’s insistence that he would play the entire World Championship match without offering or accepting any draws, may have cost him the world title, writes Grandmaster Ian Rogers.

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World Championship Chess: Sofia erupts as the games begin

The World Chess Championships have started, and Ian Rogers, Australia’s first Grandmaster, is in Sofia watching the action. Defending champion Viswanathan Anand is competing against local hero Veselin Topalov in the Bulgarian capital. It’s chess at its finest.

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NY Review of Books | PEOPLE & IDEAS|

Garry Kasparov: Losing chess to a $10 million alarm clock

Chess Grandmaster Garry Kasparov on the moral, mental and mechanical challenges of playing chess against a computer.

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Kasparov vs. Karpov: it’s not 1984 but it’s still rock’n'roll

It’s the chess version of cricket dragging legendary figures out of retirement to play some well remunerated 20/20 games, writes Ian Rogers: great rivals Garry Kasparov and Anatoly Karpov were at it again in Valencia last night.

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The Guardian | SPORT|

Chess wars LIVE: Kasparov vs. Karpov: the rematch

It’s blood on the checkerboard as the world’s greatest chess grandmasters, Garry Kasparov and Anatoly Karpov, rematch their epic 1984 World Chess Championship battle. The Guardian are following all the action, as it happens, with a liveblog. Naturally.

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Lost at E Minor | FOOD & TRAVEL|

Check ate

Artist Tattfoo Tan explores ideas of food and play, replacing plastic checker and chess sets with edible cookies in flavours like cream filled ginger (recipes are up on his site).

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Signal vs. Noise | UNCATEGORIZED|

Billboard brilliance: BMW says Checkmate

Brilliant move by a BMW dealer in responding to an Audi ad.

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World Championship Chess: Anand takes world title

The world has a new Chess champion, reports Ian Rogers, Australia’s first Grandmaster.

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