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Carlsen vs Caruana: Who Played Best By CAPS?

Carlsen vs Caruana: Who Played Best By CAPS?

NM SmarterChess
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All 12 classical games are in the books for the 2018 world chess championship match between Magnus Carlsen and Fabiano Caruana. Spectators are divided on their opinion of who deserves to be world champion. All draws, not many opportunities for victory, and a three rating point difference between the players... Should they be co-champions?  To continue our Chess.com Computer Aggregated Precision Score (CAPS) series, we will take a look at what CAPS says about the players' performance throughout...

Caruana Back In Action For 4-Man London Chess Classic

Caruana Back In Action For 4-Man London Chess Classic

FM MikeKlein
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Fabiano. London. Classical match. Then rapid. Sound familiar? No, it's not a continuation of the world championship, it's the new format of the 2018 London Chess Classic, which will take place December 11-17. This 10th edition will be split up between DeepMind's Google headquarters and the traditional venue of London Olympia. Fabiano Caruana will travel back across the Atlantic and be joined by three other qualifiers—Hikaru Nakamura, Levon Aronian, and Maxime Vachier-Lagrave—in...

Are You Addicted To Puzzle Rush?

Are You Addicted To Puzzle Rush?

GM Gserper
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Chess.com's new game called "Puzzle Rush" is taking the chess community by storm! If you haven't tried it yet, you should. But be warned, the game is very addictive. While I doubt we will ever see "Puzzle Rush Anonymous," nevertheless, once you start playing it is difficult to stop! The rules are very simple: you need to solve as many puzzles as you can in just five minutes. But remember, three strikes (wrong solutions) and you are out! Puzzle Rush is a good test of your tactical vision and...

The Philidor Defense: The Main Line

The Philidor Defense: The Main Line

GM CCSCATL
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It's time to get into the heart of the Philidor defense with the main line. Learn from the openings expert GM Ben Finegold as he shows you the first lines you need to know.

AlphaZero, Stockfish 10 en Komodo 12.2.2

AlphaZero, Stockfish 10 en Komodo 12.2.2

NM HanSchut
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At the beginning of December Stockfish 10 was released. Stockfish has won the last three unofficial world championships for chess engines (TCEC) and confirmed its dominant position by also winning the chess engine tournament at chess.com recently. Stockfish 10 leads the CCRL 40/40 rating list with a rating of 3485 ahead of Komodo 12 and Houdini 6 with 3396 and 3394 respectively. Stockfish 10 is about 50 points stronger than Stockfish 9 and 100 points better than Stockfish 8. Stockfish 9 won TCEC...

Vachier-Lagrave Wins Star-Studded December Titled Tuesday

Vachier-Lagrave Wins Star-Studded December Titled Tuesday

NM SamCopeland
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December's Titled Tuesday was a thoroughly star-studded holiday blast. With 353 players, it was our third-largest Titled Tuesday ever. The field was so packed with talent and skill that it could easily be mistaken for a prestige open or swiss. Here are just a few of the stars who played: Super-GMs: Maxime Vachier-Lagrave, Hikaru Nakamura, Wesley So, Vladimir Fedoseev Most recent world junior champions: Jeffery Xiong, Aryan Tari, Parham Maghsoodloo Prodigies: Alireza Firouzja, Awonder Liang,...

2018 World Chess Championship: The End

2018 World Chess Championship: The End

GM JonathanTisdall
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Magnus Carlsen bought himself another two years to work on his admittedly ailing classical game with a devastating, nearly cruel demolition of the undisputed challenger and co-king of slow chess, Fabiano Caruana, winning 3-0 in the rapid tiebreak. Both players were gracious afterwards, full of praise for each other, with only a little parting jab from Magnus to the eminent critics who excoriated him for his passive handling of an advantage in game 12, and his decision to seek victory by playoff. Carlsen...

AlphaZero Crushes Stockfish In New 1,000-Game Match

AlphaZero Crushes Stockfish In New 1,000-Game Match

pete
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In news reminiscent of the initial AlphaZero shockwave last December, the artificial intelligence company DeepMind released astounding results from an updated version of the machine-learning chess project today. The results leave no question, once again, that AlphaZero plays some of the strongest chess in the world. The updated AlphaZero crushed Stockfish 8 in a new 1,000-game match, scoring +155 -6 =839. (See below for three sample games from this match with analysis by Stockfish 10 and video...

Fabiano Caruana: What Went Wrong?

Fabiano Caruana: What Went Wrong?

GM Gserper
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The world championship match is over and now it is a part of chess history. Just like any big chess event, it has provided a lot of food for thought. For many chess fans the main takeaway from the match is that something should be changed so we don't have world championship matches where all games are drawn. While I am not particularly happy with 12 straight draws in the classical part of the match, I prefer to concentrate on the games. The readers of my column know that I consider Magnus Carlsen...

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