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Coach Of The Month: IM Attila Turzo

Coach Of The Month: IM Attila Turzo

NM SamCopeland
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IM Attila Turzo is a familiar face to students on Chess.com. His streams at Twitch.tv/attilaturzo have a strong emphasis on instruction, breaking down lots of important points during and after his games, many of which he plays against viewers. Active members are also likely to have seen his blog series "The Road To Grandmaster," where he recounts his many tournament games against strong players and discusses his efforts to improve to attain the grandmaster title. Perhaps no other coach or...

'Sudden Draws' As FIDE Grand Prix Round 3 Begins

'Sudden Draws' As FIDE Grand Prix Round 3 Begins

PeterDoggers
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Both semifinal games—Ian Nepomniachtchi vs. Radoslaw Wojtaszek and Hikaru Nakamura vs. Alexander Grischuk—ended in draws rather abruptly today at the FIDE Grand Prix in Moscow. Tomorrow is the second day of classical chess. The players can hardly be blamed for a match strategy that gives them optimal chances to advance to the next round. For the fans, it was not great to have just two classical games today and see both end in draws in quite lively positions. The...

How To Play A King Hunt

How To Play A King Hunt

GM Gserper
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We all love our ancient game for its beauty and inner logic, but have you thought about what attracts you most to chess? Some people would swear that there is nothing better than Jose Capablanca's positional masterpieces or one of Magnus Carlsen's endgames, where he demonstrates his magic. While these are valid viewpoints, many chess players (especially those less advanced), might find those games plain boring. However, it is difficult for me to imagine a true chess player whose heart wouldn't beat...

Tough Times For Snowballs At PRO Chess Finals

Tough Times For Snowballs At PRO Chess Finals

IM DanielRensch
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First, I must acknowledge a delay in telling this important story, and attempt to proactively answer your questions of "why wait to tell us this," before you start reading. What I'm about to share truly is upsetting. It hurts not just for the chess community, but all of us as humans, knowing that these kinds of things happen to people we care about. Second, a personal truth. I didn't really want to write this blog —because it's not easy to share tough news. Third, perhaps the only logistics-based...

Danielian Upsets Lagno In Women's Speed Chess Opener

Danielian Upsets Lagno In Women's Speed Chess Opener

PeterDoggers
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Deciding the match in the very last bullet game, eighth seed GM Elina Danielian of Armenia Wednesday kicked out top seed GM Kateryna Lagno of Russia from the Chess.com Women's Speed Chess Championship. Experience and mouse skills are important in online chess. Although she was the clear underdog for this match, Danielian eventually came out as the winner, against the odds. Mostly based on their classical-only, mutual score (9.5-5.5 for Lagno), the SmarterChess prediction only gave...

Anish Giri Interview: 'Chess Is Extremely Psychological'

Anish Giri Interview: 'Chess Is Extremely Psychological'

DavidC2
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Anish Giri tells David Cox about the multicultural upbringing that shaped his chess talent, why social media has been huge for the game and the moments when he’s believed he can become world champion. As the current world number-four, Anish Giri is one of the best-known chess players on the planet. But that’s not just because of his skill over the board. The Dutchman has built a rapidly growing Twitter following, thanks to his quick-fire wit and willingness to engage with everyone, from...

Grischuk, Nepomniachtchi, Nakamura Advance In FIDE Grand Prix

Grischuk, Nepomniachtchi, Nakamura Advance In FIDE Grand Prix

PeterDoggers
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Alexander Grischuk, Ian Nepomniachtchi and Hikaru Nakamura won their tiebreaks today and qualified for the third round of the FIDE Grand Prix in Moscow. Tomorrow, Nepomniachtchi will play a match against Radoslaw Wojtaszek, and Grischuk will face Nakamura. Wednesday was the second tiebreak day in Moscow, with three rapid matches on the program. Like in the first round, everything was already decided after the two rapid games, in playoffs that theoretically could have gone seven games...

Unknown Chess Players Who Won A Prize

Unknown Chess Players Who Won A Prize

IM Silman
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WHO ARE THEY? Everyone wants to win a brilliancy prize, but few get to experience it. In this article, I’ve found several “unknown players” who actually were able to grasp that dream. Can you solve these positions? If you do, you won't get a brilliancy prize, but you will feel pretty good as you howl in joy to the heavens. 1. Harry Rombach: Born 1899 (Ukraine), died 1981 (Canada). A skilled teacher, journalist and composer of problems and studies, he was born...

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