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Titled Players: Win A Trip To Play Isle Of Man

Titled Players: Win A Trip To Play Isle Of Man

PeterDoggers
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Besides our regular prize fund, there's something very special to win in our next Titled Tuesday tournament, on Tuesday, June 5: The best male and best female player will earn an expenses-paid spot in the Chess.com Isle of Man International. You might have noticed that this year's Chess.com Isle of Man tournament (October 20-28) will be strong—ridiculously strong. Right now, the lineup of the masters includes Vladimir Kramnik, Ding Liren, Maxime Vachier-Lagrave, Sergey Karjakin,...

Shankland Wins Capablanca Memorial

Shankland Wins Capablanca Memorial

PeterDoggers
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Two weeks after his success at the U.S. championship, Sam Shankland won another tournament: the Capablanca Memorial in Havana, Cuba. With a score of 7.5/10 and a 2829 performance rating, the American grandmaster entered the world's top 30. The first edition of the Capablanca Memorial took place in 1962. One of the founders was Che Guevara, the director of the National Bank and Minister of Industries, and a big chess fan. The fourth edition, in 1965, is famous for the participation of...

What's Your Favorite Chess Move?

What's Your Favorite Chess Move?

FM MikeKlein
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If you were to list your five favorite chess moves, how would you pick them? Would you have to research them, or do you already have them memorized? When it comes to memory, research suggests that you are more likely to remember a move you've seen many times over a longer period of time (rather than a single game that you played over five hours). You are also more likely to remember moves—whether they are yours or from others—that made an emotional impact on you. OK, but that's...

Bay Area Battle: How Shankland Won The U.S. Champs

Bay Area Battle: How Shankland Won The U.S. Champs

GM Shankland
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Sam Shankland shocked the chess world by winning the 2018 U.S. Champs ahead of the "big three," Caruana, Nakamura, and So. He shows you exactly how he did it by presenting each of his six wins! Watch as he kicks things off with his first win against Zviad Izoria with the black pieces!

Ju Wenjun Wins Women's World Championship

Ju Wenjun Wins Women's World Championship

PeterDoggers
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Ju Wenjun is the new women's world champion. She drew with reigning champion Tan Zhongyi in the final game of the women's world championship in Chongqing today to set the final score at 5.5-4.5. It was a tense final game in a tense match. Tan needed to win with the black pieces, and chose a setup you might think was never played before in a world championship before: the Hippopotamus! But in his annotations, Dejan Bojkov reminded us that Boris Spassky used a similar setup...

Tan Needs To Win Last Game In Women's World Champs

Tan Needs To Win Last Game In Women's World Champs

PeterDoggers
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After two tense draws in games eight and nine, Tan Zhongyi will need to win the final match game on Friday to secure a playoff at the women's world championship. Ju Wenjun missed near wins in both games.  After five decisive games in a row, the two Chinese women slowed down a bit, at least result-wise. Two more draws followed, but both were fights and especially game nine was quite tense. That was a day after Ju missed a huge chance. The start of game eight in the Sun...

The Unpredictable Ding Liren

The Unpredictable Ding Liren

GM Gserper
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There was an anniversary a few days ago that was completely missed by the chess world. I am not talking about any chess player's birthday since they generally are covered by many chess publications (believe it or not, I even saw a note about Karl Marx's 200-year anniversary on many chess-related websites!). Instead we can celebrate a five-year anniversary that has seriously affected the modern chess elite. On April 21, 2013, in the first round of Alekhine Memorial, GM Levon Aronian played GM Ding...

Adolf Anderssen, Mr. Slice And Dice!

Adolf Anderssen, Mr. Slice And Dice!

IM Silman
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Adolf Anderssen (born 1818) was born in the German Empire (Breslau, which is now Wroclaw, Poland). He learned how to play chess at the age of nine, and learned much of his chess understanding by going over all the games of the legendary Labourdonnais vs. McDonnell match. I’ll add that the book De la Bourbonnais versus McDonnell, written in 1834 by Cary Utterberg (published by McFarland, hardcover, 404 pages, 2005) is fantastic. A professor of mathematics, he was known as a very kind man...

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