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GM Rogers: Smerdon Stars in Bundesliga Debut

by Ian Rogers   The strongest club competition in the world, the German Bundesliga, ended earlier this month with Baden-Baden securing their tenth consecutive title. Baden-Baden’s dominance is not surprising given some of the names on their roster: Anand, Aronian, Svidler, Adams, Shirov heading a list which includes 16...

GM Rogers: Cheating and All That Gaioz

by Ian Rogers   The expulsion of Georgian Champion Gaioz Nigalidze (Front cover and top) from the Dubai Open last week might seem like a bog-standard case of computer cheating. Nigalidze had been the subject of suspicion for some time, with his win in Al Ain last year attracting...

GM Rogers: Chess and Drugs and ASADA

by Ian Rogers *Photos courtesy of Cathy Rogers*     The Australian sports drug testing agency ASADA’s humiliation at the end of the long-running Essendon supplements case will be greeted with grim satisfaction by the local chess community.   ASADA, or more accurately its predecessor ASDA, was singularly unhelpful...

GM Rogers: How Not to Buy a World Title

by Ian Rogers *Cover photo – Karsten Wieland/ http://www.schachfestival.de* In bridge in years past, it was not unusual for an Australian team in a major competition to consist of a group of high level players plus a sponsor. In return for his or her funding, the sponsor would take the place...

GM Rogers: Chess Behind Bars

By Ian Rogers   Last month two teams of Canberra players met up with teams from Albury and Wagga Wagga at Junee jail to compete against each other and against inmates. Junee jail established a chess club two years ago and claim benefits of socialisation and patience for those...

Gold Coast Tin Cup 2015

The Tin Cup was held on the weekend with a small but quality field. This event had never been won by the same person more than once, and that continued once again as one of the rising stars of Queensland chess, Tony Zhong, scored a picket fence 6/6 to...

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