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Bullet Chess Championship Qualifiers Open To All Titled Players

Bullet Chess Championship Qualifiers Open To All Titled Players

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Who's the fastest master on the chessboard? We'll find out in April as Chess.com hosts the Bullet Chess Championship, and all titled players have a chance to qualify for the event.  All titled players are invited to participate in the two Bullet Chess Championship Swiss qualifiers, running on April 3 and 4 at 12 p.m. PT. Both qualifiers will be broadcast live on www.Twitch.tv/Chess. The total prize pool for the Swiss qualifiers is $2,000 ($1,000 each), with the winners of each qualifier...

Nakamura Grabs Sole Lead At U.S. Chess Championship

Nakamura Grabs Sole Lead At U.S. Chess Championship

PeterDoggers
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It's Hikaru Nakamura alone who is enjoying the lead at the 2019 U.S. championship during the rest day. The 31-year-old grandmaster beat Timur Gareyev and is the only player on 4/6. Jennifer Yu kept her half-point lead in round six. U.S. Championship: "It was a strange game, to say the least," said Nakamura about his win vs Gareyev; his second victory of the tournament besides four draws. "I think we were more or less playing on our own from about move three or something!" This...

The Weird Gambit

The Weird Gambit

GM Gserper
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I don't know about you my dear readers, but when I hear a word 'gambit', the first thing that pops up in my mind is the King's gambit. Yes, I am well aware that a gambit means a sacrifice to achieve certain benefits like an initiative or outright attack and therefore there is more to it than just the King's gambit. Nevertheless, for me the word 'gambit' is always associated  with the King's gambit probably because it was the first gambit I learned as a kid. The numerous games from the romantic...

Learning What Causes Chess Mistakes

Learning What Causes Chess Mistakes

GM Illingworth
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Now that you know how to identify mistakes in chess, you need to learn what causes them in the first place. Find out why mistakes happen and what you can do to prevent them in your games.

Move Every Piece Once...

Move Every Piece Once...

NM danheisman
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"Move every piece once before you move any piece twice, unless there is a tactic" is the most important principle (not goal!) in the opening. This principle is ancient. I found an almost identical one in Emanuel Lasker's book Common Sense in Chess, published over a century ago in 1917: "II. Do not move any piece twice in the opening, but put it at once upon the right square" and it was probably not original there! Yes, there are many exceptions, but as Kasparov wrote in My Great Predecessors,...

PRO Chess League Quarterfinals Begin Tuesday

PRO Chess League Quarterfinals Begin Tuesday

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The PRO Chess League's playoffs have reached the quarterfinals, with just eight teams left in the competition. The question now: Who will make it to San Francisco? Play starts Tuesday at 4 p.m. PDT (7 p.m. EDT, 11 p.m. GMT). The teams from the Eastern and Central divisions play next week on Tuesday, April 2. Preview by IM Greg Shahade. On Tuesday, we'll find out two of the four teams that will play in the live esports finale in San Francisco. For one of the most incredible chess experiences...

ChessKid's Newest Feature: Puzzle Duel!

ChessKid's Newest Feature: Puzzle Duel!

FM MikeKlein
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Building off of the massive success of Chess.com's "Puzzle Rush" feature, ChessKid.com recently released "Puzzle Duel" in beta. The exciting feature, which is only available on ChessKid.com, allows kids to race each other in a real-time puzzle race. You can think of it as the "live" or "fast" chess server for puzzles! ChessKids can access the Puzzle Duel feature directly from their home page (the feature is only available on the website at the moment; it will come to iOS and Android devices...

U.S. Chess Championship: Sevian Surges To The Top

U.S. Chess Championship: Sevian Surges To The Top

PeterDoggers
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On Sunday, the number of leaders went from four to five at the 2019 U.S. championship. Sam Sevian defeated Varuzhan Akobian to join the group on plus one. Jennifer Yu dropped her first half-point but still leads the women's tournament. U.S. Championship: The big clash between Hikaru Nakamura and Fabiano Caruana finished early. Again deploying the Sveshnikov ("We did so much during the match on it, I figured why not use it!" said Caruana), the world championship challenger was quickly...

2019 PRO Chess League: Official Information

2019 PRO Chess League: Official Information

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The PRO Chess League is an international online rapid chess league featuring 32 teams from around the world competing for $50,000 in prize money and the title of 2019 PRO Chess League champion. This season features stars like Fabiano Caruana, Hikaru Nakamura, Shakhriyar Mamedyarov, Ding Liren, Maxime Vachier-Lagrave, Wesley So, Anish Giri and many more! The 2019 regular season is 10 weeks long, running from January 8 through March 14. During the regular season, teams will play one match against...

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