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Mamedyarov Wins 3rd In A Row In Tata Steel

Mamedyarov Wins 3rd In A Row In Tata Steel

NM SamCopeland 1 hr ago

Had one speculated a year ago as to which elite player would be today's clear number-two by 20 (!) points, few (zero?) people would have picked Shakhriyar Mamedyarov. In the past year, Mamedyarov has collected more than 50 rating points with both accurate, creative, and exciting play. With his third win in a row, Mamedyarov is now only 13 Elo points behind Magnus Carlsen. He holds a larger lead over number three (Wesley So) than Carlsen does over him. Tata Steel Masters Mamedyarov was the first...

Mamedyarov Makes It 2; Korobov Not 'Too Fat' To Lead

Mamedyarov Makes It 2; Korobov Not 'Too Fat' To Lead

FM MikeKlein 1 day ago

Yesterday's first rest day in Wijk aan Zee saw the storm Friederike barrel through with 140km winds. While the gusts have dissipated, GM Shakhriyar Mamedyarov seems to just be getting going. He won again in round six of Tata Steel, breaking a logjam at the top. It seemed for much of his seven hours of work today that his best hope would be to salvage a draw to equal the three others on 4.0/6, but after 86 moves he finally blew over bottom-ender GM Baskaran Adhiban, who missed some chances. Combined...

My Favorite U.S. Chess Magazines, Part 3

My Favorite U.S. Chess Magazines, Part 3

IM Silman 1 day ago

CHESS REVIEW Chess Review (from 1933 to late 1969) was without any doubt the best American chess magazine until, in 1961, it ran into a remarkably improved Chess Life. Both tried to beat the other (interest exploded due to the advent of Tal and, of course, Bobby Fischer), though both were excellent. Al Horowitz, who was with Chess Review from the beginning, worked day and night for decades until he retired. This led to the merger of both magazines, and Chess Life and Review was born (late 1969 until,...

Carlsen Perfect In PRO Chess League Week 1

Carlsen Perfect In PRO Chess League Week 1

NM SamCopeland 1 day ago

Magnus Carlsen (Norway Gnomes), Yu Yangyi (Chengdu Pandas), Le Quang Liem (Webster Windmills), and Luka Lenic (Ljubljana Turtles) managed the impressive feat of scoring 4/4 in week one of the PRO Chess League. Each helped their team to victory in a thrilling week that showcased the parity of the league. No matches were easy, and there were very few easy games. UPDATE: Cast your votes for game and move of the week! Voting is open! Who wins the #prochess GOTW?Thorfinsson-Bacrot: https://t.co/aLZcyozVcxIzoria-Dragun:...

The Fake News Awards For Chess

The Fake News Awards For Chess

pete 3 days ago

The concept of "fake news" is itself in the news recently. While most of the fake news discussed these days is about politics, there is plenty of fake news in our favorite game. Stronger players should be able to easily debunk false chess statements, but many beginners fall into the trap of too rigid thinking when it comes to chess ideas. Here are the awards for the worst fake news in the game of chess. Let us know which chess ideas you disagree with in the comments. FAKE NEWS: You should...

Nakamura Visits South African Chess Events

Nakamura Visits South African Chess Events

FM MikeKlein 2 days ago

South Africa doesn't show up on these news pages often, but a flurry of events took place this month in Johannesburg. Local chess officials wanted to put their country more on the world chess map, and pulled out all the stops to do just that. More than 2,500 scholastic players from all over the country converged to compete in the 2017 South African Junior Chess Championships (the event took place this January 3-12, during the kids' summer break, but the event officially crowned championship teams...

How To Quickly Gain Rating Points

How To Quickly Gain Rating Points

GM Gserper 6 days ago

In one of my recent articles, I asked readers to share their goals for 2018. Despite my explicit warning that the goal of gaining rating points can be counterproductive, this is exactly what majority of our members wish. Well, your wish is my command. Today we will talk about what you can do in order to gain a lot of rating points as quickly as possible.  I bet you've all heard the famous cliche that "chess is 90 percent tactics." While this saying is a bit overused, it correctly...

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