The first super tournament of 2015 will be opened on Friday: the 77th Tata Steel Chess Tournament in Wijk aan Zee, the Netherlands.
The Tata Steel tournament starts before you know it! This year it will be held January 9-25. ... | Read More
Three strong open tournaments have come to an end: the Basel Chess Festival, the Hastings Chess Congress and the Rilton Cup.
Here's a final report on all three.
Let's start with the shortest tournament of the three, and the one that was... | Read More
Like his compatriot GM Zhao Jun in Hastings, GM Ni Hua started with six straight wins at the Australian Open.
At the start of the new year Australia sees one of its strongest events of the calendar: the Australian Open. It takes place Janua... | Read More
In a battle of the top two Americans, GM Hikaru Nakamura's better start and superior bullet chess skills proved too much for the younger GM Wesley So, a recent transfer to the U.S. Chess Federation.
Like the previous Death Match, this 30th editi... | Read More
Will he do a Caruana? Chinese GM Zhao Jun won his first six games at the Hastings Masters.
Next week the 77th Tata Steel Chess Tournament starts — the second longest running chess tournament in the world. The oldest is the Hastings Chess C... | Read More
Four players are tied for first place at the Rilton Cup with three rounds to go: GM Michal Krasenkow, GM Nils Grandelius, GM Michael Roiz and GM Tiger Hillarp Persson.
The Rilton Cup is named after Tore Rilton, who was born July 18, 1904 in Goth... | Read More
Without playing a game, GM Magnus Carlsen (2862) saw his lead in the world rankings increase to 42 Elo points. GM Fabiano Caruana lost nine points but is still the world #2.
After winning his match with Vishy Anand in November in Sochi, Mag... | Read More
It's the time of holiday celebrations, and traditionally lots of chess players can be found behind the chess board. Here's a round-up of Christmas tournaments that have finished.
North American Open: Wesley So
GM Wesley So is now a top-10... | Read More
The first two Titled Player Tuesdays saw two world-class GMs rattle off eight wins at the start to cruise to victory. This time, there was final-round drama.
Chess.com weekly columnist GM Daniel Naroditsky lost in round four but won his other ei... | Read More
In 2013, one of the strongest open tournaments sadly disappeared from the chess calendar.
In 2015, it will be back: the Aeroflot Open.
Tournaments come and go, but few of them return. It's great to see a big, strong event with a long tradition... | Read More
In a field of 151 players where fully two-thirds held FIDE titles and more than one-quarter were grandmasters, 28th-ranked Georgian GM Gaioz Nigalidze topped the Third Annual Al Ain Chess Classic.
The tournament ran from December 19-26 at the Al... | Read More
GM David Navara won the European Blitz Championship last Friday in Wroclaw, Poland. Two days later, local hero GM Jan-Krzysztof Duda won the rapid section.
Navara's victory was very convincing: he finished on a splendid 19.0/22; two points ... | Read More
Chalk one up for experience over speed.
A team of four former world greats squeezed by a quartet of up-and-comers at the Nutcracker Match of the Generations in Moscow on Christmas Day.
GM Peter Leko, once only a draw away from becoming the wor... | Read More
Led by a pair of super-GMs and two other strong grandmasters, the St. Louis Arch Bishops topped the expanded United States Chess League in 2014. The chess capital of the U.S. now boasts its strongest team thanks to a tiebreak win over the Dallas D... | Read More
Despite eight decisive games, the score is still equal at the Nutcracker Match of the Generations after four rounds of classical chess.
In the third round, the “Kings” took the lead once more with a 2.5-1.5 win, but t... | Read More
Make sure you're free January 3, 2015 at 9 a.m. Pacific (noon Eastern, 6 p.m. Central Europe). Have things to do? Cancel them.
Reserve your best chair and have your drinks and snacks ready for the battle between U.S. #1 GM Hikaru Nakamura&n... | Read More
On Sunday, India clinched the gold medals at the World Youth U16 in Gyor, Hungary.
Russia started with six straight victories but eventually went home with silver.
Vishy Anand can look back at 2014 sati... | Read More
In the second round of the Nutcracker Match of the Generations, the “Kings” leveled the score as GM Alexander Morozevich defeated GM Vladimir Fedoseev.
The other three games ended in draws. With two points for a win and one for a dra... | Read More
The year is almost over, but yet another interesting tournament took off today in Moscow: the Nutcracker Match of the Generations. Four experienced GMs face four Russian rising stars.
The “Nutcracker” is yet another initiative of bus... | Read More
PRESS RELEASE -- Starting in February 2015, Chess.com will alter the format for Death Matches: Events will be quarterly with an open qualifier facing off against an invited player every time.
After the planned January 3 burner between world to... | Read More
Russia hasn't won a gold medal at the regular Olympiads since 2002, but with six straight victories it is getting close at the World Youth U16 in Győr, Hungary.
With four rounds to go, Russia has 12 match points, followed by... | Read More
GM Ian Nepomniachtchi of Russia and GM Hou Yifan of China emerged as the winners of the Basque tournament at the World Mind Games.
Introduced last year in Beijing, the “Basque System” was the last of three chess e... | Read More
The main event of the London Chess Classic finished on Sunday, but there's plenty of reason to return to the UK capital one more time.
On Monday night the traditional prize-giving dinner at Simpson's-in-the-Strand was held, E... | Read More
After winning the rapid, GM Alexander Grischuk also finished clear first at the World Mind Games blitz tournament.
GM Hou Yifan won the women's section.
The World Mind Games takes place December 11-17 in Beijing, China. It is&n... | Read More
Playing at amazing speed, GM Magnus Carlsen crushed 10 opponents but was defeated once in a Chess.com simul on Sunday.
In what was the first-ever Chess.com event to feature the 24-year-old world champion, Carlsen played nine Chess.com memb... | Read More