New Chess Club Has Touch Of Ancient Gameplay – Jamestown Post Journal

Different forms of chess are played every week at the Tamerlane Chess Club in Jamestown. Pictured in back from left to right are Dick Kalfas and Dan Miraglia. Pictured in front from left to right are Dan Swackhammer, Ned Lindstrom and Greg Myers.
P-J photo by William Mohan

Jamestown has a new Chess club on the block.

The Tamerlane Chess Club is interested in learning and practicing gameplay from ancient times. The group is the brainchild of organizer Greg Myers. Although the club is only a month old, 14 members have enrolled. The group combines historical research, war gaming and play theory to play unique chess games.

“A couple of years ago I was surfing the internet and came across this Tamerlane chess variant, and it got me interested so I learned the rules,” Myers said.

At the time, Myers was attending the Jamestown Chess Club that met at the Jamestown YMCA.

“I went there and presented the idea that we should combine forces,” Myers said.

Tamerlane Chess Club members play various forms of chess every week. Pictured from left to right are Ned Lindstrom, organizer Greg Myers and Dan Swackhammer.
P-J photo by William Mohan

With that in mind Myers went on social media to promote the new group. He also set up the group at a rented room at Chautauqua Comics. Currently, TCC meets every Thursday from 5-7:30 p.m.

Members have diverse motives to attend every week. For some it’s the curiosity of the club’s name that draws attention. Member Ned Lindstrom summed up his first week in attendance: “I saw it posted online,” Lindstrom said.

In addition, Lindstrom admitted curiosity about Tamerlane and the theme that perked his interest.

“I’m a medieval reenactor and I go annually to international conventions. One of the things that’s done there is they have a tent just for table games from all parts of the world historically,” Lindstrom said.

In particular, he performs as a Viking, and having seen many ancient games, he was interested.

TCC member Dan Swackhammer has a long term reason to attend. “I’m here to let my brain go,” Swackhammer said.

Coming from a family with a genetic history of Alzhiemer’s, Swackhammer is trying to ensure he is rejuvenated weekly. “I’m trying to exercise my brain cells with something I’ve never learned,” Swackhammer said.

With many of the games not available on the mass market, Myers has managed to improvise. Two of the boards are created from a piece of plywood. In addition, he has created pieces for the games from polymer clay.

Currently, four versions are played by the group in addition to modern chess. The games in question are Chatarunga, Shatranj, Citadel, Tamerlane and Courier.

Chaturanga is the earliest form of chess likely developed in sixth century India in the Gupta Empire. The Rules are similar to modern chess, except there are no queens and bishops are replaced with elephants. Stalemated players also lose.

Shatranj was created after the game moved into the Persian Empire in the seventh century. Its rules were slightly altered after the Arab conquest of Persia. The game is played on a 10-by-10 board with an extra square on either side. A player also loses when stalemated or having only a move left that would lead to checkmate.

Citadel chess is a variant of Shatranj from the 14th century. What differentiates the two is four citadels protrude from each corner and each have a distinct purpose. Generals, elephants and war machines are some of the unique pieces in this game.

Tamerlane is a game first described in 14th century Persia. The game was played obsessively by Tamerlane the Conqueror. The game is played on a 10-by-11 board with an extra citadel for each player. Pieces unique to this game are War Machines, Giraffes and Camels. In addition, each pawn is unique to a certain role in the game. The game’s rules come from an ancient Persian manuscript in the Royal Asiatic Society in London. It is from this manuscript that Myers constructed his board and pieces for the game.

Courier Chess was popular in Europe and the Middle East for over 500 years. The game was probably initiated at some point in the 12th century. The game is played on a twelve by eight board. The unique pieces used in the game include a messenger and a “Fool.”

Future goals are to increase membership and host professional tournaments in association with the United States Chess Federation.

“I am currently going through the certification so I can run tournaments,” Meyers said.

Chautauqua Comics is located at 214 Fairmount Ave. in Jamestown.

For more information contact Greg Myers at 640-8301 or visit Tamerlane Chess Club on Facebook.

Fabiano Caruana is the first American competing for the world chess title in 46 years – Yahoo Sports

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Fabiano Caruana is the first American competing for the world chess title in 46 years. Yahoo Finance Video• Oct 19, 2018, 6:36 AM. Yahoo Finance’s Dan Roberts talks with chess grandmaster Fabiano Caruana, the first American competing for the world … Isle Of Man, Strongest Open Ever, Kicks Off Saturday –

The Irish Sea will play host once again to the top-flight open event Isle of Man International from October 20-28. This year’s edition will be the strongest open tournament ever held.

While the top four players in the world have decided to skip the turboprop flight, numbers 5-11 are all there along with about 170 other masters for this fifth edition. Headlining this year will be a field normally worthy of an elite round-robin event: Anish Giri, Maxime Vachier-Lagrave, Vladimir Kramnik, Wesley So, Viswanathan Anand, Levon Aronian and Alexander Grischuk (Grischuk’s participation is not certain due to visa issues).

Aronian and Grischuk are making their tournament debuts, while Vachier-Lagrave only played in 2014.

Magnus Carlsen

Neither Magnus Carlsen nor his now ex-girlfriend will be vacationing on the island this year. | Photo: Maria Emelianova/

At one point even more of the top 10 were signed up, but Fabiano Caruana withdrew back in August, ostensibly to focus on next month’s world championship match in London. Magnus Carlsen will not return to defend his title, and while Hikaru Nakamura and Sergey Karjakin are still playing (the latter also making his debut!), both have recently fallen but are still inside the top 20.

You can see a full list of players in the masters section here.

James Tarjan

GM James Tarjan (left) receives his prize last year from organizer Alan Ormsby. Tarjan, a 1976 Olympiad gold medalist, famously beat Kramnik in 2017. | Photo: Maria Emelianova/

Besides the well-known elites, many promising juniors are once again attending, although some that needed norms last year don’t anymore! As John Saunders reports, both Nihal Sarin and Rameshbabu Praggnanandhaa are chasing ratings thresholds now instead of the GM title. 

They are part of the once-again sizable contingent from India (at 35 strong, it appears to be the largest federation represented; England has 22 coming). Luckily there’s more than a dozen Indian restaurants in the sleepy capital city of Douglas. Strong junior American grandmasters include both Sam Sevian and Jeffery Xiong. And don’t sleep on Vladislav Artemiev, still only 20 but on the north side of 2700.

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Just can’t get enough: The tournament was over last year but IM Lawrence Trent needed more chess, as did Hikaru Nakamura.  | Photo: Maria Emelianova/

Two players are having most of the expenses paid by virtue of winning the Titled Tuesday Qualifier: the two Iranians, GM Pouria Darini and WGM Mitra Hejazipour.

If you just love both random and useful numbers alike, check out last year’s preview, where much of the research is still valid! Yes, 5,742 Isles of Man could fit inside India. Now you can sleep tonight.

But the number that most top players care about it simple and round: 50,000, as in the number of Manx Pounds to the winner. That’s the same top prize as last year, and quite a sizable increase from the £15,000 offered just two years ago. The generous support of the Scheinberg family makes the increased prize fund possible, which totals £133,000.

The event also offers some of the highest women’s prizes in open-tournament chess. In total £15,750 will be awarded to women, with £7,000 being fought over by the likes of GMs Alexandra Kosteniuk, Nino Batsiashvili, the legendary Pia Cramling, and others.

The Isle of Man International will be nine consecutive rounds with no rest days. It will be held once again at the 100-year-old Villa Marina, but one younger “institution” is gone. Organizers have scrapped the randomization of round-one pairings that amazingly matched Caruana and Kramnik in round one last year. Sorry conspiracy theorists, you’ll have to find something else to latch on to for this edition.

Magnus Carlsen

At last year’s prize ceremony, an informal vote was taken about the preference for round-one randomization of pairings. Norway seems to have voted in lockstep. | Photo: Maria Emelianova/

Many staff members will be on site, including a rare appearance by IM Danny Rensch. He will add color commentary, interviews, instructional segments, and skittles-room voyeurism to the studio hosts GM Danny King and IM Anna Rudolf. WIM Fiona Steil-Antoni will be part of the broadcast as well.

The live show begins daily from October 20-28 at 2:30 p.m. (GMT+1) local time (6:30 a.m. PDT, 9:30 a.m. EDT), except the final round, which begins earlier, at 1:00 p.m. local time. You can watch at either or

You can follow the event even when the playing day is done with post-round news reports on and also John Saunders’ reports here.

Is Barron Trump a Chess Grandmaster? –


Barron Trump has earned the title of Chess Grandmaster.



In mid-October 2018, dozens of social media accounts started circulating the claim that Barron Trump, the youngest son of President Donald Trump, had been awarded the title of Chess Grandmaster:

The tweets pushing this rumor also made several other outlandish claims: Some held that Barron Trump had an IQ of 146; others maintained that Barron’s father Donald Trump studied under chess legend Bobby Fischer and was himself one of the most celebrated chess players of all time. Many of these tweets were also accompanied by the accusation that the mainstream news media was ignoring the many chess-related accomplishments of the Trump family.

While it’s true that mainstream news has largely ignored these stories, that circumstance isn’t due to any perceived bias. These reports were left uncovered for the simple fact that they were untrue.

The claim that Barron Trump was awarded the tile of Chess Grandmaster stemmed from an October 2017 satirical article published on the web site The Daily Chronicle:

Everyone knows Barron Trump is the smartest President’s kid ever. Or should we call him First Son?

Either way, Barron has been awarded the prestigious title of Chess Grandmaster this week from the International Board of Chessmasters …

This should be no surprise considering who is father is. Donald Trump is one of the highest ranked and most celebrated American chess players of all time.

In the 1970s and 80s, Donald Trump studied under the tutelage of players like Bobby Fischer. Eventually, he won hundreds of chess tournaments abroad before retiring at the ripe old age of 40.

Although the Daily Chronicle website states that they are “All About The Facts, Not Feelings” on their About page, they acknowledge that they publish satirical content in their privacy disclaimer.

We double-checked anyway and found that Barron Trump was not listed among the 1600+ Chess Grandmasters in the World Chess Federation’s database.

If Barron Trump were truly awarded such a title at the age of 11, it would have been newsworthy not only because he is the son of a president, but also because he would have been the youngest person to ever achieve that honor. As of this writing, Sergey Karjakin holds the record for youngest Chess Grandmaster, having been awarded the title in 2003 at the age of 12 years and 7 months.

Chess Grandmaster Pontus Carlsson in town to pair business with kids – WGNO

NEW ORLEANS— It only took 8 moves for International Chess Grandmaster Pontus Carlsson to take down News With a Twist host LBJ during an informative, yet hasty demonstration on the the Twist set.

Carlsson is in town to promote Business Meets Chess & Kids.

You can catch him at the following locations:

Public Tandem Simul: Wednesday, October 17 at the French Market Food Court at 11am,

Chess Duel and Business Social: 2nd Vine Wine, 1027 Touro Street, 7pm and

Community Workshop: Thursday, October 18, The Lyons Center, 624 Louisiana Avenue at 6pm.

The goal is to work with kids from schools and chess clubs in the greater New Orleans area initially then spreading across the nation. Each participating youth will get a chess set, access to chess application and membership in a chess club so they can practice chess and through the project develop their concentration abilities, problem solving, calculation skills, as well as logical and critical thinking. These abilities will be very beneficial in chess and life.