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World Chess Championship Game 9: Another Draw Sets Record

World Chess Championship Game 9: Another Draw Sets Record

PeterDoggers
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Magnus Carlsen will definitely not be celebrating the record that was set today at the world championship match in London. He let an opening advantage slip away versus Fabiano Caruana, and now the first nine games have all ended in draws—one more than in the 1995 Anand-Kasparov match. Having tried 1.e4 and 1.d4 in his back-to-back white games (games six and seven), today Carlsen returned to his move of choice in game four: 1.c4. Another English Four Knights came on the board, after...

Computer Chess Championship Back For Rapid Redux

Computer Chess Championship Back For Rapid Redux

pete
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After two successful tournaments in the Chess.com Computer Chess Championship, we're ready to power up the world's best chess engines again in CCC 3: Rapid Redux. Based on fan feedback, the new championship will feature a smaller field of 16 strong engines and a slightly longer rapid time control of 30 minutes plus a five-second increment.  Stockfish, the world's strongest chess engine, will try to defend its undefeated CCC record against its best rivals including Komodo, Lc0, and Houdini. CCC...

The Chess Move That Always Wins

The Chess Move That Always Wins

GM Gserper
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In one of my first tournament games I fell into a well-known opening trap and lost very quickly. My very considerate opponent waited till the mandatory crying was over and came to me. "Don't be upset, Greg", he said. "The move I played in the opening always wins, so if you start using it in your games I guarantee you many quick victories." "Really?" I smiled, thinking of the coming triumphs, very grateful to my opponent for sharing the secret.  I know what you are thinking right now: Show...

2018 World Chess Championship: Game 6 Analysis

2018 World Chess Championship: Game 6 Analysis

GM GMYAZ
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In what was unquestionably the most fascinating game of the world chess championship so far, the challenger Fabiano Caruana had a winning position against the champion Magnus Carlsen. Could he convert the win? The computer engines found a forced checkmate, but was it too hard for a human to spot?

What's in a Face? (Alexander Ilyin-Zhenevsky)

What's in a Face? (Alexander Ilyin-Zhenevsky)

kamalakanta
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I like his face...there is a soulfulness in it that draws me in.....I can tell he was a good person, no details needed. I knew of his win against Capablanca in Moscow, 1925, in a game where he sacrificed his Queen....and then, the next day, Lasker sacrifices his Queen against him in the opening, and wins! https://www.chess.com/blog/kamalakanta/live-by-the-sword-die-by-the-sword I am drawn to him....lately also because of Simaginfan's blog post about him: https://www.chess.com/blog/simaginfan/ilyin-genevsky-the-lost-memory-story ...and...

Puzzle Rush: Chess.com's New Addictive Feature

Puzzle Rush: Chess.com's New Addictive Feature

erik
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What if you took the satisfaction of solving puzzles and mixed it with the intensity of blitz chess? You'd have Puzzle Rush—Chess.com's new feature that has everyone with early access going crazy.  The rules are simple:  Solve as many puzzles as you can in five minutes. Each puzzle gets harder as you go. Three strikes and you’re out. I personally got past 30, which felt insane. But right now, top players are trying to break 50. Last night, Hikaru Nakamura spent hours...

How To Watch The World Chess Championship: Carlsen vs Caruana

How To Watch The World Chess Championship: Carlsen vs Caruana

pete
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It's the biggest chess event of the year as World Champion Magnus Carlsen will try to defend his title against the American challenger Fabiano Caruana. The 2018 world chess championship will run November 9-28, and you can follow it all on Chess.com. Game 10 will start Thursday, November 22 at 7 a.m. Pacific time (10 a.m. Eastern, 3 p.m. London/GMT. Your local time: ). Carlsen will play Black and Caruana will play White in game 10. The match is scheduled for 12 games plus tiebreaks...

Carlsen To Defend Tata Steel Chess Title

Carlsen To Defend Tata Steel Chess Title

PeterDoggers
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Magnus Carlsen will once again be playing in the Tata Steel Chess Tournament, January 11-27, 2019 in Wijk aan Zee, the Netherlands. The two external rounds will be played in Alkmaar and Leiden. Carlsen, who is currently defending his world champion title in London, will try to win the tournament for the seventh time. Last year he won the tournament for a record sixth time, after beating Anish Giri a the tiebreak. The Dutch grandmaster will be back as well. Besides Carlsen (1) and Giri (5), the...

World Chess Championship 2018: Carlsen-Caruana

World Chess Championship 2018: Carlsen-Caruana

PeterDoggers
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Magnus Carlsen and Fabiano Caruana drew their ninth game of the 2018 world chess championship, thereby setting the record for longest draw streak at the start of any world championship match. This time it was Carlsen who got both a better position out of the opening and a time advantage on the clock, after repeating the English he played in game four. The Norwegian GM probably rushed things with 25.h5, after which Caruana found the path to the draw starting with two excellent pawn...

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