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Athletes, Grandmasters Battle In Chess Pro-Am

Athletes, Grandmasters Battle In Chess Pro-Am

FM MikeKlein 8 hrs ago

What happens when you combine six professional athletes with six premier mental athletes? At the inaugural The Players' Tribune and Chess.com Pro-Am Chess Tournament, you get moments of serious chess, bouts of raucousness, and a mixing of cultures that both sides enjoyed immensely. Athletes wanted to hear some insider chess tips while grandmasters wanted to relive famous moments they shared vicariously with the sportsmen. On Friday, June 23, a dozen players gathered at The Players' Tribune offices...

Carlsen Beats MVL In Playoff, Wins Paris Grand Chess Tour

Carlsen Beats MVL In Playoff, Wins Paris Grand Chess Tour

PeterDoggers 1 day ago

Magnus Carlsen defeated Maxime Vachier-Lagrave in a playoff to clinch the Paris Grand Chess Tour. Both players had finished on 24 points out of a possible 36, and shared the first two prizes to earn $31,250 each. Hikaru Nakamura came third on 23 points and made $20,000. Carlsen holding his trophy in front of the Château d'Asnières. | Photo: Maria Emelianova. Chess.com's interview with the winner in Paris. Whereas everything was quiet around the multiple Canal+ buildings along...

The Lonely Bishop Checkmate

The Lonely Bishop Checkmate

GM Gserper 2 days ago

In my recent article, "The Lonely Knight Checkmate," I discussed a very uncommon situation where a checkmate is delivered by a knight and the winner has no other pieces on the board besides pawns. Such situations are indeed so rare that all the examples that I used were either composed studies or played by not well-known players. Therefore, when I was preparing the companion article about checkmates delivered by a lonely bishop, I expected even fewer examples available. Indeed, a knight is...

ChessCenter: Should Women's Titles Be Eliminated?

ChessCenter: Should Women's Titles Be Eliminated?

ChessCenter 29 days ago

WFM Alexandra Botez and IM Danny Rensch discuss whether female titles and female-only chess events should exist. Don't miss some spectacular chess moves, all the Speed Champs and Grand Prix news, plus our look ahead to Magnus Carlsen in Norway Chess.

Carlsen Still On Top In Paris, Nakamura Close Behind

Carlsen Still On Top In Paris, Nakamura Close Behind

PeterDoggers 2 days ago

Magnus Carlsen still leads the Paris Grand Chess Tour but, with one day to go, Hikaru Nakamura is just one point behind. The American GM was the best blitz player on Saturday, scoring 7/9. Carlsen and Nakamura drew their mutual game today. | Photo: Maria Emelianova. Our interview with Magnus Carlsen after nine rounds of blitz. After a tumultuous evening, when Carlsen's interview with Maurice Ashley was the talk of the town on social media, the tournament saw another little controversy...

I’m Passionate About Squares

I’m Passionate About Squares

IM Silman 5 days ago

Many chess players have a limited understanding of the game. They think it’s all about mating the enemy king. They think it’s all about tactics and attack. They think it’s about creating threats. Of course, all these things are indeed part of chess, but there is so much more. And it’s these “other” things that turn a random “threat and tactics” player into a person who stands above the masses. In this article I’ll discuss the creation of weak...

Carlsen First At Paris Rapid, Heated In Interview

Carlsen First At Paris Rapid, Heated In Interview

PeterDoggers 3 days ago

Magnus Carlsen came first in the rapid segment of the Paris Grand Chess Tour. He finished on 14 points, one more than Alexander Grischuk. Hikaru Nakamura is in third place, going into the blitz segment on Saturday and Sunday. Magnus Carlsen, asking Maurice Ashley: "What do you want me to do?"Photo: Lennart Ootes. For the tournament leader, the situation didn't change much: also after three days of play, he is one point ahead of the pack. Whereas Nakamura dropped back somewhat, scoring...

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