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Chess and its references and implications beyond the board.

Women’s World Championship about to start!

On February 10, Fide Woman’s World Championship kicks off in Tehran, Iran. Until March 3rd, 64 players will compete for the title to replace current Champion Hou Yifan who will not participate. Go to official website. Public controversy on Iran… Continue Reading →

Hou Yifan and the Gibraltar scandal

In the last round of one of the worlds strongest open tournaments in Gibraltar, chess community has witnessed an incident that has never been seen before. It sparked a highly controversial debate about whether the player’s behavior was appropriate. Let… Continue Reading →

My Life-Changing Experiences at Webster University

It was like a dream came true when I was selected for the SPICE (Susan Polgar Institute for Chess Excellence) scholarship to study at the Webster University. Having a western education experience while working on my chess in a top-level… Continue Reading →

7 requirements to become a chess grandmaster

Many people work hard on their chess. But while some seem to easily climb up the Elo ladder others get frustrated as they get stuck way behind. Only about 1,500 players or 0.3 % of registered Fide players currently hold… Continue Reading →

Women’s World Championships 2017 – Pairings Round 1

FIDE announces the first round pairings for the forthcoming Women’s World Championship to be held in Tehran, Iran. As you can see, yours truly will be paired against the former Women’s world champion from 2001 to 2004, GM Zhu Chen…. Continue Reading →

Interview with Le Quang Liem

After finishing my graduate school a month ago, I could really relate how hard it was to keep competing professionally while maintaining my school’s grade. But for Le Quang Liem, it is as if ain’t no mountain high enough. Since… Continue Reading →

Opening repertoire: work in progress

When I’m lying in bed and reach to the shelf next to me, where some (more or less) frequently used chess books are piled up, the probability of grabbing an opening book is quite high. There is a book on… Continue Reading →

Interview with Dorsa Derakhshani

Attending the Beautiful Minds Krulich Cup in Munich I felt it was a nice opportunity to spontaneously do a first interview for beyond-chess.com. My attention was drawn to the youngest participant, Dorsa Derakhshani from Iran. Read about her ambitious goals… Continue Reading →

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