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Australia’s first chess Grandmaster Ian Rogers reports all the action-packed thrills and spills from the World Chess Championships in Moscow, Russia.


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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World Championship Chess: the Tiger from Madras triumphs again

Viswanathan Anand will enter the Kremlin this morning to be congratulated by Vladimir Putin after his successful world title defence,

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World Championship Chess: speed check in decider

Now that world champion Viswanathan Anand and challenger Boris Gelfand are at a 6-6 standstill, their fates will be decided in a single day, writes Australia’s first Grandmaster Ian Rogers from Moscow.

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World Championship Chess: a state of insecurity in final

Anand and Gelfand remain unquestioningly confident of their opponent’s integrity, with good reason, writes Australia’s first Grandmaster Ian Rogers from Moscow.

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World Championship Chess: the gulag fianchetto

According to historian Edvard Radzinsky, the era of political chess in Russia ended in 1985 with Mikhail Gorbachev’s perestroika, writes Australia’s first Grandmaster Ian Rogers from Moscow.

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World Championship Chess: it’s just not cricket

About half a million viewers a day are tuning in to watch the World Chess Championship at Moscow’s Tretyakov Gallery on the official website, writes Australia’s first Grandmaster Ian Rogers from Moscow.

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World Championship Chess: the Tiger of Madras strikes back

Provoking a tiger, even an ageing one, is known to be unwise but Boris Gelfand failed to pay due respect to the Tiger of Madras and had his head bitten off, writes Australia’s first Grandmaster Ian Rogers from Moscow.

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World Championship Chess: Gelfand walks the walk

Although he has always been a front runner, Viswanathan Anand trails 3-4 with only five games remaining, writes Australia’s first Grandmaster Ian Rogers from Moscow.

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World Championship Chess: Gelfand’s wall impregnable

After five games of the 2012 world title match in Moscow between Anand and Gelfand, it seems that the challenger is trying to implement a defensive wall strategy, writes Australia’s first Grandmaster Ian Rogers from Moscow.

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World Championship Chess: king of the chess world, friend to despots

Kirsan Ilyumzhinov used to be president of the impoverished Russian Republic of Kalmykia but now seems to have adopted the role as roving ambassador for Russia in countries ruled by despots, writes Australia’s first Grandmaster Ian Rogers from Moscow.

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World Championship Chess: a state-of-the-art challenge

In the years after the Second World War, almost every world chess championship match was held in Moscow, writes Australia’s first Grandmaster Ian Rogers from Moscow.

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World Championship Chess: mate versus mate in Moscow

For world No.20 Gelfand to beat world champion Anand would be an upset of historic proportions, writes Ian Rogers in Moscow.

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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: Anand’s senior moment means Topalov draws level

In chess, however far ahead you are one points, you are also only one mistake away from oblivion. And on Tuesday night, World Champion Viswanathan Anand discovered that the hard way, writes Ian Rogers in Sofia.

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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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