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Special Section: Freedom, family, faith: Celebrating 40 years of

“Freedom, family, faith: Celebrating 40 years of The Washington Times” is a Special Commemorative Anniversary Edition supplement to The Washington Times. → Read More

Battle for Mariupol back on after civilian convoy finally allowed out

Russian forces renewed their assault on the key Ukrainian port city of Mariupol on Sunday just hours after a convoy of civilian refugees was finally allowed to leave, as Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskyy greeted a U.S. congressional delegation headed by House Speaker Nancy Pelosi and accused the Kremlin of pursuing a “war of extermination.” → Read More

Meet the candidates: Firouzja, Caruana, Lei book chess title tourney slots

Alireza Firouzja has been tipped as a future world champion contender since he burst on the scene by winning Iran’s national championship in 2016 at the tender age of 12, earning his grandmaster spurs two years later. → Read More

Couple in France awarded ‘turbine syndrome’ damages from nearby wind farm

In what may be the first decision of its kind, a court has ruled that a Belgian couple living in France is entitled to some $127,000 in damages for health problems they say were caused by a nearby energy-producing wind farm. → Read More

Kremlin: Western reports of troop buildup near Ukraine ‘fake news’

The Russian government Tuesday dismissed as "cheap, fake news" reports of a major buildup of troops and weaponry near the country's tense borders with Ukraine and Belarus. → Read More

Savoring the mellow joys of positional chess

It is autumn in earnest, Keats' "season of mists and mellow fruitfulness," and a columnist's fancy naturally turns to thoughts of positional chess. → Read More

At the chessboard, one bad move among hundreds can bring despair

Chess is a beguiling but demanding taskmaster, brutally punishing even a moment's inattention. → Read More

Carissa Yip glides, Wesley So grinds on way to U.S. national chess titles

The queen arrived early, but the king took his time. → Read More

Inhofe demands Pentagon halt COVID vaccine mandate for troops

The top Republican on the Senate Armed Services Committee is demanding the Defense Department abandon its mandate that all troop and civilian personnel get vaccinated against COVID-19. → Read More

Zalmay Khalilzad, U.S. envoy to Afghanistan under Trump and Biden, quits

Zalmay Khalilzad, the veteran Afghan-born diplomat who was the point man for negotiations with the Taliban insurgency under both Presidents Trump and Biden, said Tuesday he was stepping down from his post, just weeks after the collapse of the U.S.-backed government in Kabul and the chaotic U.S. and allied military withdrawal from the country. → Read More

Hall of Famers: Sinquefields honored for contributions to chess

Hours before his well-deserved induction into the U.S. Chess Hall of Fame last week, Rex Sinquefield's thoughts were turning to another seemingly underachieving Hall of Famer, pro baseball catcher Bob Uecker. Uecker famously mocked his modest on-field skill set, but he got a ticket to Cooperstown for his long career as a broadcaster, comedian, pitchman and ambassador for the game. → Read More

Kremlin tries to take high road over Russian Nobel peace winner

The Russian government tried to take the high road Friday following the announcement that a Russian journalist hailed for his work in the face of official intimidation was named a co-winner of the Nobel Peace Prize Friday. → Read More

Bullish Johnson rejects ‘uncontrolled’ immigration to ease economic strains

Famously optimistic British Prime Minister Boris Johnson is again looking on the bright side, telling his ruling Conservative Party on Wednesday that good economic times are ahead and there will be no going back to what he said was the low-wage, high-immigration model of the pre-Brexit U.K. → Read More

Fall season heats up with U.S. title tourneys, Washington Chess Congress

The fall chess season is in full swing, with strong national and local events on tap in the coming days and a world title match to look forward to in November. → Read More

Johnson won’t ease Brexit immigration curbs despite gas woes

British Prime Minister Boris Johnson said he will not ease Brexit-related rules on immigration to address a lack of truck drivers. → Read More

China stages aerial ‘military parade’ with record sorties near Taiwan

China’s military staged a massive show of intimidation over the Taiwan Strait over the weekend. → Read More

Kishida in line to be Japan’s next prime minister after close party vote

Former Foreign Minister Fumio Kishida has won a hotly contested leadership race to head Japan’s long-ruling Liberal Democratic Party, putting him on track to succeed resigning Yoshihide Suga as prime minister of a key U.S. ally. → Read More

Local chess star Kaufman serves up engaging ‘Options’ in new memoir

Growing up in the DMV, I recall competing in a lot of tournaments with GM Larry Kaufman -- and by "with" I mean in the same giant hotel ballroom or church social hall, though Kaufman was likely to be playing on Board 1 or 2, while I was off trying to snare some Class B money out on Board 176. → Read More

Virtual court appearance could end Huawei executive’s extradition saga

A legal battle spanning three countries that soured China's relations with the U.S. could be nearing a resolution as a top executive of Chinese high-tech giant Huawei will reportedly testify virtually to a federal court in New York. → Read More

Scintillating attack helps Russia to gold in Online Olympiad

While some traditional over-the-board tournaments are now coming back to life, the COVID-19 scare is still proving too much for the biennial Chess Olympiad, given the logistical and safety concerns of hosting nearly 200 open and women’s teams from around the world. → Read More