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ENTERTAINMENT
October 24, 2010 | By Jack Peters, Special to the Los Angeles Times
Position No. 6130: White to play and win. From the game Alexey Shirov-Emanuel Berg, 39th Olympiad, Khanty-Mansiysk 2010. Solution to Position No. 6129: Black wins the pinned Knight by 1?Nd5! 2 exd5 Bxc2 3 Qe2 Nd3 4 Rf1 Bh4 5 Rf3 Nxf4 6 Qf1 Nxd5. The tougher defense, 2 Ndc4 Rxc4 3 fxe5, still loses to 3?Bh4 4 Kh1 (or 4 Re2 Nf4 5 Rh2 Rxe5) Rd4 5 Qf3 Nb4. Former world champion Vladimir Kramnik won the third Grand Slam Final in Bilbao, Spain. The double round robin featured four of the world's strongest grandmasters.
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November 14, 2010 | By Jack Peters, Special to the Los Angeles Times
Position No. 6133: Black to play and win. From the game Ryan Porter-Takashi Kurosaki, LA Open, Los Angeles 2010. Solution to Position No. 6132: White wins plenty of material by 1 Bg5! hxg5 (or 1?Qxg5 2 Nxf7+) 2 Qh5+ Bh7 3 Nxf7+. If 1?Be4, either 2 Nxf7+ Kg8 3 Nxd8+ or 2 Qxf6 gxf6 3 Bxf6+ suffices. Magnus Carlsen, the 19-year-old Norwegian grandmaster ranked first in the world for most of 2010, has withdrawn from the candidates matches leading to the 2012 world championship.
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October 10, 2010 | By Jack Peters, Special to the Los Angeles Times
Position No. 6128: White to play and win. From the game Shane Matthews-Pradeep Seegolam, 39th Olympiad, Khanty-Mansiysk 2010. Solution to Position No. 6127: White wins with 1 Bxf7!, as 1?Rxh1 allows 2 Bxe6! Qxe6 3 Qc7 mate. Ukraine, the second seed, won the 39th Olympiad in Khanty-Mansiysk, Russia. The five-man team went undefeated, winning eight matches and drawing three in the 148-team competition. Ukraine was led by Vassily Ivanchuk, whose 8-2 score (a 2890 performance)
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August 22, 2010 | By Jack Peters, Special to the Los Angeles Times
Position No. 6121: Black to play and win. From the game Max Schwartz-Max Cornejo, U.S. Open, Irvine 2010. Solution to Position No. 6120: White wins spectacularly with 1 Bxh7+ Kxh7 2 Rh3+ Kg8 3 Bh6! (intending 4 Bxg7) Bf6 4 Rxf6! N7xf6 5 Bxg7 Ng4 6 Bf6! Nf2+ 7 Qxf2 Qxf2 8 Rh8 mate. The 49th World Junior Championship ended Monday in Chotowa, Poland. Every country was invited to send its best young player, born in 1990 or later. The record field of 120 players, representing 55 countries, included 20 grandmasters and 34 IMs. Russian grandmasters Dmitry Andreikin, age 20, and Sanan Sjugirov, 17, shared first place with scores of 10-3.
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July 25, 2010 | By Jack Peters, Special to the Los Angeles Times
Position No. 6117: White to play and win. From the game Francisco Vallejo Pons-Conrad Holt, World Open, Pennsylvania 2010. Solution to Position No. 6116: White wins with 1 Rc5! Qxc5 2 Qxe6+ Kg7 3 Qd7+ Kg6 4 Re6+ Kf5 (or 4…Kg5 5 Qg7+) 5 Rd6+ Ke4 6 Qg4+ Ke5 7 Qe6 mate. Irina Krush of New York won her third U.S. Women's Championship on Monday in St. Louis. Two rounds before the finish, she trailed her chief rival, three-time champion Anna Zatonskih. However, she won her last two games, while Zatonskih was held to draws.
SPORTS
September 3, 2009 | Gary Klein
USC fans skewered Lane Kiffin on Internet message boards. Steve Sarkisian did not fare much better. So any USC play-caller not named Norm Chow , it seems, is in for a tough go with the Trojans faithful. Jeremy Bates is not worried about it. USC's first-year quarterbacks coach and play-caller plans to tune out whatever criticism might come his way after Saturday's opener against San Jose State and beyond. "This is a game of entertainment," Bates said Wednesday.
NEWS
May 26, 1987 | From Reuters
World chess champion Gary Kasparov received a top Soviet award Monday, the Red Banner of Labor, for his contribution to the advancement of Soviet chess, the official news agency Tass reported.
NEWS
November 20, 1987
The reason for the put-down of women chess players in the article about Yasser Seirawan is because men cannot take the pain of losing to a woman. I play chess a few times a week. I do not win often, but when I do win I win three games in a row--simply because at the first loss the man is so traumatized he cannot concentrate and so I win two more games. KAY CAMMER Santa Barbara
NEWS
November 5, 1987 | United Press International
Titleholder Gary Kasparov and challenger Anatoly Karpov adjourned the ninth game of the 24-game world chess championship match at the 43rd move Wednesday . Analysts said that Karpov, playing white, had a slight edge over the champion but that his advantage was probably too slim to give him a third victory when play resumes today.
NATIONAL
November 19, 2003 | From Reuters
The latest attempt by Garry Kasparov, the world's leading chess player, to conquer a computer program ended in a tie Tuesday when he drew the fourth and final game of his match against "X3D Fritz," which had voice-recognition and virtual reality features. Kasparov, 40, said after the weeklong match at the New York Athletic Club that computer programs were stronger now than the IBM supercomputer Deep Blue he took on in 1996 and 1997, the benchmark for man vs. machine contests.
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