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Le Villa Marina (Photo Alena Vasilevskaya).

Treasure island

In the heart of the Irish Sea, between Liverpool on the English side and Belfast, the Northern Ireland capital, you will spot the small Isle of Man. A very well-known island for chess players though, as a very strong International Open takes place there every year, in the majestic Villa ...
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Naka-Mvl, Speed chess 2018 (image chess.com).

Beaten by mouse king

On October 11, I played the Speed Chess 2018 ¼ finals. Organized by chess.com, this knockout online tournament format is 90’ 5/1, 60’ 3/1, and 30’ 1/1 (bullet). With Magnus Carlsen not willing to play this year, I was paired against the second best player in the world at online ...
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