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Nakamura, Mamedyarov Lead As St. Louis Turns To Blitz

Nakamura, Mamedyarov Lead As St. Louis Turns To Blitz

FM MikeKlein
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There's a good chance you can name a world elite sprinter, and there's some chance you can even name a marathoner. But when it comes to middle-distance runners, not many are illustrious. Ditto for chess. Classical chess ratings are scrutinized to the decimal point, and blitz videos and streams are consumed in Netflix-type binges. But where's the love for the middle discipline, rapid chess? In the latest event to attempt to establish the Steve Prefontaine of chess, the 2018 Saint Louis Rapid &...

St. Louis Rapid & Blitz Day 2: Caruana In Stasis As Shark Pool Grows

St. Louis Rapid & Blitz Day 2: Caruana In Stasis As Shark Pool Grows

FM MikeKlein
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If chess had off-board-betting facilities, today would have ended with tickets strewn over the floor. It was that unpredictable in day two of America's chess capital. GM Fabiano Caruana still leads the 2018 Saint Louis Rapid & Blitz by two points after drawing all of his games today. He again got black twice, and was never in much trouble, although now the number of players only one two-point win back has grown to four: GMs Maxime Vachier-Lagrave, Hikaru Nakamura, Sergey Karjakin, and Shakhriyar...

The Immortal Game | Anderssen vs Kieseritzky (1851)

The Immortal Game | Anderssen vs Kieseritzky (1851)

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The "Immortal Game" is one of the most famous chess games ever played! Played in 1851 as an informal match between two European math professors, Adolf Anderssen and Lionel Kieseritzky, this game has become a true showcase of classic 19th century chess where startling attacks and sacrifices were all the rage. The Game White: Adolf Anderssen Black: Lionel Kieseritzky 1. e4 e5 2.f4  The King's Gambit. This risky gambit opening was very popular in the 19th century! White sacrifices...

Fortress

Fortress

FM Michel2426
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Hello my chess friends. What is a fortress and how can a fortress help you in your own games? In this post we’re going to talk about this. First I’ll try to explain it with my own words, and then we’ll see some practical examples. Let’s begin. We have a fortress when we’re in obvious material disadvantage, but we can find a position for our pieces where our opponent doesn’t have a way to make any real progress. We’re going to see fortresses mostly in endgames,...

Maybe You've Seen This Before? Caruana Perfect In St. Louis

Maybe You've Seen This Before? Caruana Perfect In St. Louis

FM MikeKlein
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It's a bit of a writers' crutch to take any winning streak by GM Fabiano Caruana and allude to his seven straight wins at the 2014 Sinquefield Cup, but sometimes the man gives us no choice. Caruana made history again today, this time at the 2018 Saint Louis Rapid & Blitz, where he became the first person to start any Grand Chess Tour rapid event 3-0 in the opening day of the rapid portion (hat tip: Isaac Steincamp on Twitter). The scoring system awards two points for a win, so the world championship...

Bet You've Never Heard Of This Opening

Bet You've Never Heard Of This Opening

GM Gserper
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On March 24, 1937, the leading Soviet chess magazine 64 published a theoretical article about a new opening system it called the "Panov Defense."  I challenge you to identify the moves of this opening line. Yes, you can Google it if you wish! Just don't confuse the "Panov Defense" with the "Panov Attack" in the Caro-Kann defense. Give up already? OK, here is the game that started the new system: I almost can hear your protests that the opening of this game is called The Old Benoni...

Month Of Chess Opens In St. Louis; Players Give Caruana Advice

Month Of Chess Opens In St. Louis; Players Give Caruana Advice

FM MikeKlein
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Get ready for another football match and penalty shootout, although unlike normal, the shootout will come first. The 2018 Saint Louis Rapid & Blitz and 2018 Sinquefield Cup opened today with a brief ceremony, and the first moves will be played tomorrow. The classical time control event, the only one on the Grand Chess Tour docket this year, will be the later event, flip-flopping from the 2017 schedule. Club Director Tony Rich isn't supposed to play favorites, but it seems he's already...

Can You Pass This Positional Chess Test?

Can You Pass This Positional Chess Test?

IM Silman
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Welcome again to another learning chess experience. You will look at eight positional puzzles and, as you finish each one, you will click the question mark (“?”) underneath the board next to the light bulb. This will allow you to see all the instructive prose. If you fail the puzzle, don’t worry! This isn’t a contest, it’s just an enjoyable way to learn new things. PUZZLE ONE DIAGRAM (Black to move) Black, who has a small edge, has a couple interesting...

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