Beyond Chess

Chess and its references and implications beyond the board.

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Markus Lammers

Schachbundesliga

A glorious finish of the Schachbundesliga season took place in Berlin last weekend. Both open and women section were played altogether in Maritim hotel in the city centre under excellent conditions. In the open section Baden-Baden didn’t leave any doubt… Continue Reading →

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 →

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 →

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 →

Zugzwang Munich facing tough tasks in Mülheim

Only two weeks after the last rounds Schachbundesliga saw the rounds 5+6 to end year 2016. MSA Zugzwang Munich – underdog in the Schachbundesliga It has come as no surprise that my team MSA Zugzwang Munich went into the weekend… Continue Reading →

Tiebreak – livestream

Below, I will provide some sort of liveticker to keep you updated. Game 1 of the four game rapid tiebreak ended peacefully after Sergey once again did not achieve anything against Magnus’ Berlin Defence. After some unusual setup in the… Continue Reading →

Game 11

Hardly action in the penultimate game. After an uneventful course of the game a draw was agreed after 3 1/2 hours. In fact, the evaluation never changed from being totally equal throughout the game. Despite having the Black pieces once… Continue Reading →

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