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Top GMs Exit Early After Bloody FIDE Grand Prix Day 2

Top GMs Exit Early After Bloody FIDE Grand Prix Day 2

PeterDoggers
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Levon Aronian, Anish Giri, Dmitry Jakovenko, Sergey Karjakin, Shakhriyar Mamedyarov and Nikita Vitiugov all had to leave the FIDE Grand Prix in Moscow early. Sunday's tiebreaks will decide the matches Nakamura-Radjabov and Duda-So. It was a surprisingly bloody second day in Moscow, with no less than five decisive games and early decisions in six of the eight matches. Nakamura's prediction of 80 percent draws in the classical games seemed to make sense, but luckily for the fans he was way...

Animal Farm On The Chess Board

Animal Farm On The Chess Board

PeterDoggers
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Animal Kingdom is a recent piece by the Italian contemporary artist Alessandro Gallo, who combines his usual style, where animals play an important role, with the game of chess. Chess.com spoke to Gallo about his work and his views on chess & art. Born in Genoa but now living in Helena, Montana, Alessandro Gallo is a contemporary artist with a passion for chess. At a modest level, he plays regularly at Chess.com where his username is @BadaBing33. Gallo recently combined these two passions in...

Anish Giri Interview: 'Chess Is Extremely Psychological'

Anish Giri Interview: 'Chess Is Extremely Psychological'

DavidC2
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Anish Giri tells David Cox about the multicultural upbringing that shaped his chess talent, why social media has been huge for the game and the moments when he’s believed he can become world champion. As the current world number-four, Anish Giri is one of the best-known chess players on the planet. But that’s not just because of his skill over the board. The Dutchman has built a rapidly growing Twitter following, thanks to his quick-fire wit and willingness to engage with everyone, from...

Think Before Taking A Draw In Chess

Think Before Taking A Draw In Chess

WGM axvesik
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If you're in a position where you have much less risk than your opponent, you should think hard before accepting a draw. Learn how to evaluate your winning and losing chances in a position before splitting the point.

The gates of paradise

The gates of paradise

Zeitnot17
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Here's a totally different type of chess puzzle for you to solve. I invite you to post your answers in the comments. The less I say about this puzzle now, the better. I'll leave it to you to figure out even what type of puzzle it is. I will simply note that its solution will unlock quite a few interesting stories (and perhaps even a better understanding of our game), which tie into some of my recent posts and which we can explore further in future posts. In other words, there are several...

Duda, Nepomniachtchi, Wojtaszek Start With Wins At FIDE Grand Prix Moscow

Duda, Nepomniachtchi, Wojtaszek Start With Wins At FIDE Grand Prix Moscow

PeterDoggers
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Polish GMs Jan-Krzysztof Duda and Radoslaw Wojtaszek had a dream start of their FIDE Grand Prix in Moscow as they beat their higher rated opponents Wesley So and Shakhriyar Mamedyarov respectively. Levon Aronian must win on demand as well, as he lost to Ian Nepomniachtchi. The new Grand Prix tournament format (it's now a knockout; see our preview for details) saw its plusses and minuses on the very first day. On the one hand, there were several quick draws (one in 12 and one in 14 moves!) as...

Unknown Chess Players Who Won A Prize

Unknown Chess Players Who Won A Prize

IM Silman
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WHO ARE THEY? Everyone wants to win a brilliancy prize, but few get to experience it. In this article, I’ve found several “unknown players” who actually were able to grasp that dream. Can you solve these positions? If you do, you won't get a brilliancy prize, but you will feel pretty good as you howl in joy to the heavens. 1. Harry Rombach: Born 1899 (Ukraine), died 1981 (Canada). A skilled teacher, journalist and composer of problems and studies, he was born...

Van Foreest Beats Tari In Last Game Of Match

Van Foreest Beats Tari In Last Game Of Match

PeterDoggers
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It came down to the wire. Jorden van Foreest led for most of the match, but his opponent Aryan Tari come back and took over the lead in the bullet before van Foreest eventually won the first Junior Speed Chess Championship match in the last bullet game. It was the first match of the inaugural speed chess tournament for juniors on Chess.com, and it was a nail-biting one. If the tension and drama provided by van Foreest and Tari is exemplary for the rest of the event, then chess fans have lots...

Feature Announcement: Mastery Chess Lessons Are Here

Feature Announcement: Mastery Chess Lessons Are Here

NM SamCopeland
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Chess.com is thrilled to announce the release of our "Mastery" series of chess lessons. On New Year's Day 2019, we released an update to Chess.com/lessons, providing over 130 videos with interactive challenge questions to help players advance from the beginner level to the level of a 1200 player. With the release of mastery, we are expanding our lessons to cover numerous topics for intermediate up to advanced-level players. The Mastery lessons are broken up into seven categories: Openings, Strategy,...

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