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is chess in the Olympics

  There is currently no chess in the Olympiad. The Chess Olympiad is a chess competition officially organized by FIDE since 1927 and takes place in even-numbered years. Before World War II the event was occasionally held every year. There was also an unofficial Chess Olympiad series that ended in 1976. Although chess is covered in the sports sections of many newspapers around the world, it is not one of the recognized sports in the Olympic Games. However, FIDE is now a member of the International Olympic Committee and follows its rules. This means that chess could one day become an Olympic event, although most knowledgeable observers say this is unlikely. The World Chess Championship is a competition held annually by the international chess organization FIDE to determine the World Champion of chess. Both men and women are eligible to participate in this championship. The World Champion does not have to be the player with the highest Elo rating: the 2006-2007 World Champion, Vladimir Kr

Game Analysis #11: Travesty

Final position, 1-0

One cannot blame two novices when they make mistakes in chess, only in hindsight would they find their decisions somewhat folly or ludicrous, but through lack of a solid foundation perhaps or limited imagination or want of creativity for ideas. No matter how structured chess study is and how monotonous especially with the advent of chess engines and programs in computers, there still lies in the core of chess, the love for new ideas and ingenuity, with pieces gliding about on the board trying to encircle the enemy monarch, the king stripped of his defenses.

Still, chess is a game of wit, of boldness, audacity, of cunning, and of an inspired imagination, of creativity. There is no doubt about it but perchance here I find in one of earlier games, a game that lacks much of these and I will endeavor to analyze it with much care as to the reasons why such moves were played, for what purpose and to what end. Now, let's get on with it.

It was quite a long game and quite crazy in fact because as I looked at the progression of moves, I thought how awkward most of them were at times hanging certain pieces and in other times, simply wasting time instead of placing the pieces in good, strategic squares. Black's blunder on move 10, hanging his knight which was the only threat that he should have considered at that point, somehow sealed his fate because that enabled White to have a permanent advantage throughout the game. Black was not able to recover his piece which he neglected.

Being down in material and development, Black was slowly digging his own grave. Sacrificing his bishop was the final nail in his coffin because he is left to fend with only a rook and a couple of pawns which were quite loose and easily plundered. In the end, White was able to queen one of his pawns and checkmate Black. That is not to say that White was not without fault especially in the early stages of the game. It was just that Black's mistakes were more grave.


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