Chess.com - Play. Learn. Share. Online chess community where you can play chess, learn strategies and tactics, read chess news, see book reviews, find rules & tips, get free downloads, and more! http://www.chess.com/ 2007 Chess.com Caruana Weathers Early Storm at Sinquefield Cup | Update: VIDEO The first round of the strongest tournament in history began with a bang. Actually, many bangs. Two hours into the 2014 Sinquefield Cup, a thunderstorm roared through, and a lightning bolt struck close enough to knock out seven of the televisions ... http://www.chess.com/news/caruana-takes-early-lead-at-sinquefield-cup-7263 Wed, 27 Aug 2014 17:59:42 -0700 http://www.chess.com/news/caruana-takes-early-lead-at-sinquefield-cup-7263 Is Magnus Carlsen's World Title at Risk? | Update: Anand Has Signed the Contract The players' contracts for the world championship match between Magnus Carlsen and Viswanathan Anand need to be signed within a week, but Carlsen wants to postpone his decision until after the Sinquefield Cup, which starts today. “The dead... http://www.chess.com/news/is-magnus-carlsens-world-title-at-risk-1470 Wed, 27 Aug 2014 10:04:43 -0700 http://www.chess.com/news/is-magnus-carlsens-world-title-at-risk-1470 5 Things You Didn't Know About the World's Strongest Tournament By now, you likely know that the 2014 Sinquefield Cup will be the strongest chess tournament ever held. The average rating of 2802 FIDE ensures that the Chess Club and Scholastic Center of Saint Louis is the place to be the next two weeks. GMs M... http://www.chess.com/news/5-things-you-didnt-know-about-the-worlds-strongest-tournament-7464 Tue, 26 Aug 2014 13:44:34 -0700 http://www.chess.com/news/5-things-you-didnt-know-about-the-worlds-strongest-tournament-7464 Hou Yifan or Humpy Koneru? Final Women's GP Underway in Sharjah The final stage of the 2013-2014 Women's Grand Prix Series, underway in Sharjah, UAE, will answer the question whether Hou Yifan or Humpy Koneru will emerge as the overall winner.  That player will challenge the 2014 women's world ches... http://www.chess.com/news/hou-yifan-vs-humpy-koneru-final-womens-gp-under-way-in-sharjah-9977 Tue, 26 Aug 2014 02:06:11 -0700 http://www.chess.com/news/hou-yifan-vs-humpy-koneru-final-womens-gp-under-way-in-sharjah-9977 Melkumyan Edges Out Rapport on Tiebreak, Wins Riga Technical University Open On Sunday. GM Hrant Melkumyan won the fourth edition of the Riga Technical University Open in Latvia. The Armenian grandmaster edged out Richard Rapport of Hungary on tiebreak after both finished on 7.5/9. Melkumyan won his first six gam... http://www.chess.com/news/melkumyan-edges-out-rapport-on-tiebreak-wins-riga-technical-university-open-3831 Mon, 25 Aug 2014 01:37:49 -0700 http://www.chess.com/news/melkumyan-edges-out-rapport-on-tiebreak-wins-riga-technical-university-open-3831 Stockfish Outlasts "Rybkamura" In yesterday's four-game match between GM Hikaru Nakamura and the computer Stockfish, the world's top chess engine won 3-1. Nakamura, the world's fifth-best human, managed two draws in the four games but lost twice, both times pressing instead o... http://www.chess.com/news/stockfish-outlasts-nakamura-3634 Sun, 24 Aug 2014 07:59:38 -0700 http://www.chess.com/news/stockfish-outlasts-nakamura-3634 Fabulous Fressinet in First Half French Championship GM Laurent Fressinet has had a fabulous first half at the French Championship in Nimes. The 32-year-old grandmaster from Dax scored 5.5/6 and with five rounds to go, he is a point and a half ahead of GMs Etienne Bacrot and Matthieu Cornette.&... http://www.chess.com/news/fabulous-fressinet-in-first-half-french-championship-9358 Sun, 24 Aug 2014 02:38:28 -0700 http://www.chess.com/news/fabulous-fressinet-in-first-half-french-championship-9358 Carlsen Wants to Postpone World Championship Match, Ilyumzhinov Says No | UPDATE According to its president Kirsan Ilyumzhinov, FIDE has denied a request from Magnus Carlsen to postpone his world championship match with Viswanathan Anand. Carlsen is not happy with the match taking place in November in Sochi, but Ilyumzhinov, w... http://www.chess.com/news/carlsen-wants-to-postpone-world-championship-match-ilyumzhinov-says-no-4653 Fri, 22 Aug 2014 07:27:24 -0700 http://www.chess.com/news/carlsen-wants-to-postpone-world-championship-match-ilyumzhinov-says-no-4653 Perfect Score for Melkumyan at Riga Open GM Hrant Melkumyan of Armenia is the only player left with a perfect score at the Riga Open, a strong tournament in the Latvian capital that started right after the Tromsø Olympiad. Top seed and local hero GM Alexei Shirov start... http://www.chess.com/news/perfect-score-for-melkumyan-at-riga-open-8886 Thu, 21 Aug 2014 04:42:30 -0700 http://www.chess.com/news/perfect-score-for-melkumyan-at-riga-open-8886 FIDE Publishes Grand Prix Dates, Cities The four tournaments of the new FIDE Grand Prix series will be held in Baku (Azerbaijan), Tashkent (Uzbekistan), Tehran (Iran) and Moscow (Russia). Earlier today the World Chess Federation (FIDE) published the full schedule, with dates and ho... http://www.chess.com/news/fide-publishes-grand-prix-dates--cities-3023 Wed, 20 Aug 2014 07:22:23 -0700 http://www.chess.com/news/fide-publishes-grand-prix-dates--cities-3023 GM Nakamura Tries to Prove He is No Stockfish "Playing like a machine" has become a compliment lately in the chess world (if not an accusation!). This weekend, a top grandmaster will make it literal. On August 23, world number five GM Hikaru Nakamura will play four games against Stockf... http://www.chess.com/news/gm-nakamura-tries-to-prove-he-is-no-stockfish-7982 Tue, 19 Aug 2014 14:35:40 -0700 http://www.chess.com/news/gm-nakamura-tries-to-prove-he-is-no-stockfish-7982 After the Olympiad Two chess players died on the last day of the Olympiad. Also on the last day, Garry Kasparov published a statement regarding the FIDE Presidential elections. He lost to Kirsan Ilyumzhinov, who was congratulated by none other than Vladimir Put... http://www.chess.com/news/after-the-olympiad-7228 Mon, 18 Aug 2014 07:39:12 -0700 http://www.chess.com/news/after-the-olympiad-7228 First Ever Gold for China at Olympiad, Russia Wins Women's Section China won the 41st Chess Olympiad in Tromsø, Norway on Thursday after beating Poland 3-1 in the final round. The team finished on 19 out of a possible 22 match points. Russia clinched the gold medal for the third time in a r... http://www.chess.com/news/first-ever-gold-for-china-at-olympiad-russia-wins-women-section-4716 Thu, 14 Aug 2014 07:22:36 -0700 http://www.chess.com/news/first-ever-gold-for-china-at-olympiad-russia-wins-women-section-4716 Olympiad R10: China Close to First Gold Ever, Russia Women Lose But Still Lead | Update: VIDEO China has excellent chances to clinch its first-ever gold medal at a Chess Olympiad. In the penultimate round in Tromsø, China's biggest star, Yu Yangyi, decided the match with France by beating Laurent Fressinet in a double ro... http://www.chess.com/news/olympiad-r10-china-close-to-first-gold-ever-russia-women-lose-but-still-lead-3090 Tue, 12 Aug 2014 09:34:13 -0700 http://www.chess.com/news/olympiad-r10-china-close-to-first-gold-ever-russia-women-lose-but-still-lead-3090 Olympiad R9: France Joins China, Russian Women Still Lead France joined China in the lead in round 9 of the 41st Chess Olympiad in Tromsø. It was again Etienne Bacrot who clinched the two match points for the French team, and on the top boards China drew four games with Ukraine. The... http://www.chess.com/news/olympiad-r9-france-joins-china-russian-women-still-lead-6958 Tue, 12 Aug 2014 01:57:47 -0700 http://www.chess.com/news/olympiad-r9-france-joins-china-russian-women-still-lead-6958 BREAKING: Ilyumzhinov Beats Kasparov 110-61 at FIDE Presidential Elections The incumbent FIDE President Kirsan Ilyumzhinov defeated his Challenger Garry Kasparov with 110 votes to 61 at the FIDE Presidential elections, held today during the General Assembly in Tromsø, Norway. Below is a report on what happened tod... http://www.chess.com/news/breaking-ilyumzhinov-beats-kasparov-110-61-at-fide-presidential-elections-4528 Mon, 11 Aug 2014 08:08:02 -0700 http://www.chess.com/news/breaking-ilyumzhinov-beats-kasparov-110-61-at-fide-presidential-elections-4528 Olympiad R8: China Beats Azerbaijan to Take Sole Lead, Russia Tops Women's Section China is the new leader at the 41st Chess Olympiad in Tromsø. With three rounds to go they are the only team with 14 match points after beating Azerbaijan 3-1 on Sunday. Russia continues to top the women section after a 3.5-0... http://www.chess.com/news/olympiad-r8-china-beats-azerbaijan-to-take-sole-lead-russia-tops-women-section-3426 Sun, 10 Aug 2014 14:38:53 -0700 http://www.chess.com/news/olympiad-r8-china-beats-azerbaijan-to-take-sole-lead-russia-tops-women-section-3426 Olympiad R7: Sole Lead for Azerbaijan & Russia, Carlsen & Hou Yifan Both Lose | Update: VIDEO Despite a quick loss on board one, Azerbijan managed to grabe sole lead today at the 41st Chess Olympiad in Tromsø by beating Cuba 2.5-1.5. In the women section Russia leads after scoring a 3-1 victory over China. It was... http://www.chess.com/news/olympiad-r7-sole-lead-for-azerbaijan--russia-carlsen--hou-yifan-both-lose-1701 Sat, 09 Aug 2014 10:38:19 -0700 http://www.chess.com/news/olympiad-r7-sole-lead-for-azerbaijan--russia-carlsen--hou-yifan-both-lose-1701 Olympiad R6: Azerbaijan, Cuba Leading; China, Russia Top Women's Section | Update: VIDEO After six rounds, two countries are sharing the lead at the 41st Chess Olympiad in Tromsø: Azerbaijan and Cuba. Both scored 11 match points, and will face each other tomorrow. On Friday, the Azeri GMs defeated Georgia 3.5-0... http://www.chess.com/news/olympiad-r6-azerbaijan--cuba-leading-open-section-china--russia-top-women-section-7241 Fri, 08 Aug 2014 15:06:26 -0700 http://www.chess.com/news/olympiad-r6-azerbaijan--cuba-leading-open-section-china--russia-top-women-section-7241 2800+ Elo Average for 2nd Sinquefield Cup The second edition of the Sinquefield Cup (August 27-September 7) will go down in history as the first-ever 6-player round-robin tournament with an average Elo rating over 2800.  Six of the world’s top-nine will be playing in Sai... http://www.chess.com/news/2800-elo-average-for-2nd-sinquefield-cup-7675 Fri, 08 Aug 2014 01:22:07 -0700 http://www.chess.com/news/2800-elo-average-for-2nd-sinquefield-cup-7675