Chess in 1998
by Bill Wall

In 1998, Jennifer Shahade became the first and only female to win the U.S. Junior Open.

In 1998, Air Force Sergeant Elvin Wilson and Air Force Sergeant Peter Kurucz tied for 1st in the 39th US Armed Forces championship. Kurucz won on tiebreak. The Air Force won the team championship.

In 1998, Joel Benjamin won the Manhattan Chess Club championship.

In 1998, Igor Slipperman won the Marshall Chess Club championship.

In 1998, Peng Ziaomin (1973- ) won the China National Chess Championship.

In 1998, China hosted the first ever Asian Chess Open, held in Shenyang.

In January 1998, the top PCA ratings were: Kasparov - 2825; Anand - 2775; Kramnik - 2758.

In January 1998, the top FIDE ratings were: Kasparov (2825), Kramnik (2790), Anand (2770).

In January 1998, the 60th Hoogovens Tournament was held in Wijk aan Zee. It was a Category XVII (2671) tournament. Anand and Kramnik tie for 1st.

In January 1998, US master Leslie Braun (1936-1998) died.

On January 9, 1998, Karpov defeated Anand in Lausanne, Switzerland, scoring 5-3. Karpov retained his FIDE World Chess Championship.

On January 10, 1998, Mona May Ratner Karff (1914-1998) died. She was seven-time US Women's Champion.

On January 11, 1998, GM Matthew Sadler won the 73rd Hastings Chess Congress.

On January 31, 1998, Leho Laurine died. He was a former champion of Estonia.

In February 1998, US master Ariel Mengarini (1919-1998) died.

In February 1998, Garry Kasparov announced the formation of the World Chess Counsel (WCC).

On February 16, 1998, Boris Blumin died. He won the championship of Canada twice.

On February 22, 1998, Artashes Minasian won the New York Open.

On February 22, 1998, Hikaru Nakamura became the youngest US master at 10 years, 79 days.

On March 9, 1998, Anand won at Linares, a Category 21 (2752) tournament.

On March 27, 1998, the 7th Amber, Monte Carlo, a Cat 18 (2680) event, was won by Kramnik and Shirov.

On March 29, 1998, GM Julian Hodgson won the 1998 National Open, Las Vegas, on tie-break.

On April 17, 1998, an episode (Season 2, Episode 9) called "The Chess Game" appeared on Beyond Belief: Fact or Fiction (TV series from 1997 to 2002). Does a spirit show up to play chess?

In May 1998, Vishy Anand won the chess Oscar.

On May 3, 1998, David Hooper (1915-1998) was killed in a car crash in Somerset, England. He was 82. He was a former international player and author of several chess books.

On May 15, 1998, Tivadar Kardos died. He was a Hungarian chess problemist and author.

On May 17, 1998, an episode (Season 5, Episode 20) called "The End" appeared on The X-files (TV series from 1993 to 2002). During a chess tournament, a young boy named Gibson Praise becomes the center of an investigation concerning aliens. Mulder and Scully investigate the assassination of a chess grandmaster.

On May 22, 1998, Anand won at Madrid, a Category 17 (2655) tournament.

On June 1, 1998, Joan Fischer Targ (1939-1998), sister of Bobby Fischer, died.

On June 5, 1998, Shirov defeated Kramnik in the WCC Candidates Match, held in Spain.

On June 21, 1998, Anand won the Frankfurt Chess Classic, a Category 21 (2781) tournament.

On July 5, 1998, Kramnik won on tiebreak over Adams and Svidler at Dortmund, a Category18 (2699) event.

On July 5, 1998, Alexander Goldin won the World Open, held in Philadelphia.

On July 12, 1998, Igor Schneider won by tie-break over Vinay Bhat in the US Cadet Championship.

On July 19, 1998, Igor Shliperman won the US Junior Championship in New York.

On July 29, 1998, Boris Gulko won the Saitek US Masters, held in Waikiki, Hawaii.

In August, 1998, China hosted the Women's Candidates Final Match between Russian GM Alisa Galliamova and GM Xie Jun. Galliamova refused to play as she objected that the entire match was scheduled to be played in China. However, China was the only country to bid for the match. The match was declared forfeited to Xie Jun.

On August 8, 1998, Alexander Morozevich won the 51st Russian Championship, St Petersburg.

On August 8, 1998, GM (1950) Laszlo Szabo (1917-1998) died in Budapest at the age of 81.

On August 9, 1998, Nigel Short won the British Chess Championship, held in Torquay.

On August 9, 1998, Judit Polgar and Boris Gulko tied in the 99th US Open, Hawaii.

On Sep 11, 1998, GM (1960) Carlos Guimard (1913-1998) died in Buenos Aires at the age of 85.

On September 24, 1998, GM (1976) Rosendo Balinas (1941-1998) died of liver cancer in Antipolo City, Philippines, at the age of 57.

On October 12, 1998, Russia won the Gold, USA won the Silver, and Ukraine wins the Bronze at the 33rd World Chess Olympiad, held in Elista, Kalmykia. The organizers had a web page for the Olympiad, but it was hacked with a message that said "hacked to Kasparov." Russia fielded four teams.

On November 4, 1998, Anand won the Tilburg Fontys tournament, a category 18 (2680) event.

On November 8, 1998, Irina Krush won the U.S. women's championship at the age of 14, the youngest-ever holder of that title.

In November 1998, the 34th American Open, held in Santa Monica, was won by Cyrus Lakdawala and Pavel Blatny.

On November 17, 1998, GM (1952) Efim Geller (1925-1998) died at a hospital in Peredelkino, Russia at the age of 73. He died from complications due to prostate cancer and heart disease. He is buried at Peredelkino Cemetery in Moscow, Russia.

In November 1998, the 9th NATO championship was held in Portsmouth, England. Germany took 1st place. France and The Netherlands tied for 2nd-3rd. The USA tied for 5th-6th. FM David Gross of Germany was the top individual winner.

On November 18, 1998, Nick DeFirmian won the US Championship, held in Denver, Colorado.

On November 23, 1998, Vladimir Bagirov of Latvia won the 8th World Senior Chess Championship, held in Austria.

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