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Artemiev Beats Aronian In Speed Chess Quarterfinals

Artemiev Beats Aronian In Speed Chess Quarterfinals

PeterDoggers
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Levon Aronian won the five-minute games, but then Vladislav Artemiev took over and ended up winning their Speed Chess Championship quarterfinal match convincingly. The Russian player dominated both the three- and one-minute segments towards a final score of 16-9. Although the Chess.com SmarterChess statistical model named Aronian as the favorite in this match, something could be said for Artemiev as well. The Russian grandmaster won several over-the-board blitz championships, and in speed...

OK, Boomer: The Best Chess Players Of A Generation

OK, Boomer: The Best Chess Players Of A Generation

pete
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The generational meme wars are heating up as "OK, boomer" (often with the necessary comma omitted) is now a catch-all reply to trump any disagreement between the young and old. This unstoppable meme has made its way across the Internet, all over Twitch, and even (dare we say it?) into "real life." As the popular phrase throws the spotlight on the boomers (born 1946-1964), let's rank the best chess players from this large and important post-war generation. While this era of chess was thoroughly...

2 Most Important Endgame Principles

2 Most Important Endgame Principles

IM MatBobula
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This is probably one of the shortest articles that you will read about chess but also, in my opinion, one of the most important. If you start following only those two principles described below - you will be better in endgames than 80% of chess players.1. Activate your King In the endgame when not that many pieces left on the board you can use your King. It is not in the danger anymore and it is worth around 4 points (more than the minor piece). Not using such a powerful piece is a huge loss. So...

Chess.com Month In Review: October 2019

Chess.com Month In Review: October 2019

CHESScom
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Hello again, chess fans! Wow, November is flying by, and we have yet to address October. Sorry for the wait. Let's step back in time and find out what happened at Chess.com last month. Puzzles Capped the Puzzle Battle Streak multiplier at 10 (for sanity!). Built the foundation for Puzzle Battle direct challenges. Because it's more fun when it's personal. Increased member exposure to new, provisionally-rated Puzzles (to grow the Puzzle collection). Live Chess Team...

First You Smile, Then You Resign

First You Smile, Then You Resign

GM Gserper
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Chess is a very complicated game that requires utmost concentration. Therefore most of the time chess players have a very serious facial expression. I doubt that a fianchettoed bishop or a semi-open file would make many people laugh. Yet there is a certain positional element that inevitably makes chess players smile. Regardless of the rating or age, chess players start grinning whenever such a situation appears on a chessboard.  I am talking about tripled pawns.  I remember the first...

Almost The Longest Game Ever Played At European Club Cup

Almost The Longest Game Ever Played At European Club Cup

PeterDoggers
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With three rounds to go, four teams still have a perfect score at the European Club Cup, now underway in Montenegro. In the women's section, two teams are tied for first place. The competition for club teams is a seven-round Swiss, without a rest day. The location is the Karisma hotel in Ulcinj, about 10 km from the Albanian border. One of the games in the open section went on for 236 moves, one of the longest games in chess history. More on that below.    Open In the open group, where...

Samuel Reshevsky's Prime Years

Samuel Reshevsky's Prime Years

IM Silman
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How strong was Samuel Reshevsky in his prime? Well, he won the U.S. championship eight times, the same number as Bobby Fischer. Reshevsky also played eight times in the Chess Olympiads (six times on first board).  Was he good enough to battle the chess greats? Yes. He beat (often many times) David Janowski, Efim Bogoljubov, Jose Raul Capablanca, Alexander Alekhine, Emanuel Lasker, Savielly Tartakower, Max Euwe, Mikhail Botvinnik, Salo Flohr, Paul Keres, Vasily Smyslov,Svetozar Gligoric,...

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