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Riga Grand Prix: Round 1 Goes To Armageddon

Riga Grand Prix: Round 1 Goes To Armageddon

PeterDoggers
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Two matches in the Riga Grand Prix's first round went all the way to the Armageddon game to force a decision. Only Maxime Vachier-Lagrave and Shakhriyar Mamedyarov reached the second round without needing a tiebreak. With tiebreaks at both the Wimbledon final and the cricket World Cup final, it was fitting that the 2019 FIDE Grand Prix saw its first two Armageddon games today as well. It didn't go that far at the Moscow leg, but in Riga the fans got treated as early as the first round. As another...

PRO Chess League Summer Series: Group C Kicks Off With More Questions Than Answers

PRO Chess League Summer Series: Group C Kicks Off With More Questions Than Answers

IsaacSteincamp
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This Saturday, four new teams will enter the PRO Chess League Summer Series. The Armenia Eagles, Moscow Wizards, and Mumbai Movers each will be looking to earn a spot in the Summer Series Championship. Alongside the Eastern Division heavyweights, the Sao Paulo Capybaras will be looking to make the most of their PRO Chess League debut. PRO Chess League pundits have struggled to pick a clear favorite to win the group. While Armenia, the 2018 PRO Chess League champions, was initially...

How Maxime Vachier-Lagrave Is Focusing On Qualifying For The Next Candidates Tournament

How Maxime Vachier-Lagrave Is Focusing On Qualifying For The Next Candidates Tournament

GM Fablibi
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This month we are pleased to meet Maxime Vachier-Lagrave, known as MVL, the French number 1 and member of world top 5. Chess.com France will follow closely his quest for the world title that will require being qualified for the next Candidates tournament. Thus, the next Grand Prix will be crucial. That's why we will watch it carefully on our channel. Jurmala Grand Prix (a seaside resort near Riga in Latvia) will take place from July 12 to 25, and our pair Vlad Tkachiev and Kevin Bordi will comment...

Carl Schlechter - Some Games Chosen Just because I Like Them. Part One.

Carl Schlechter - Some Games Chosen Just because I Like Them. Part One.

simaginfan
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Evening Everyone. A few days ago my friend @RoaringPawn threw an 'oblique',  as he put it, suggestion my way that it might be nice for 'someone' to do a post on the great Carl Schlechter. It is in the comments here   with thanks for allowing me to post the link. So, time being lacking - had to watch the cricket at the weekend - I have decided to throw two quick posts together. As with my earlier Charousek stuff it will be half a dozen games in each, chosen just because they...

Maghsoodloo Overpowers Sarana, Joins Junior Speed Chess Semis

Maghsoodloo Overpowers Sarana, Joins Junior Speed Chess Semis

IsaacSteincamp
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Parham Maghsoodloo outfoxed Alexey Sarana in Thursday's Junior Speed Chess Championship quarterfinal match, with strong finishes in both the 5|1 and 3|1 segments. The Iranian grandmaster won 15-11 and will now face the winner of Jeffery Xiong and Benjamin Gledura in the semifinal. Maghsoodloo was hoping to become the second Iranian player to reach the Junior Speed Chess Championship final four (Alireza Firouzja earned his spot earlier this week). Maghsoodloo entered...

Learning Pawn Structure For Chess Players Under 2000

Learning Pawn Structure For Chess Players Under 2000

IM Silman
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What is pawn structure? From my online glossary, I define it as “the positioning of the whole pawn mass. Also referred to as the pawn skeleton. This positioning of the pawns is what usually dictates the types of plans available in a given position due to open files, space, pawn weaknesses, etc.” In my previous article (Learning Basic Pawn Structures), I showed how important (and fairly easy) it is to use pawns. Here I will give you structures that are more complex. However, whether...

Vachier-Lagrave Wins In 19 Moves In Riga Grand Prix

Vachier-Lagrave Wins In 19 Moves In Riga Grand Prix

NM SamCopeland
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The FIDE Grand Prix cycle resumed today in Riga, Latvia. This is the second Grand Prix tournament, following the Moscow Grand Prix won by Ian Nepomniachtchi. Each Grand Prix is a 16-player knockout event in which the players play two classical games before advancing to tiebreaks. Maxime Vachier-Lagrave hadn't won a classical game in 21 games, but today the relevant number wasn't 21—it was 19. He needed just 19 moves to break his unfortunate streak. Against David Navara's Caro-Kann Defense,...

Coach Of The Month: IM Mateusz Bobula

Coach Of The Month: IM Mateusz Bobula

IsaacSteincamp
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IM Mateusz Bobula is one of the new coaches on Chess.com. His streams at www.Twitch.tv/matbobula emphasize opening theory and break down critical opening and middlegame structures during and after his games, many that he has played against viewers. After his streams, Bobula reviews his critical games with key opening pointers in his blog. His latest blog breaks down the Tarrasch. Readers seeking private instruction can contact IM Bobula via his Chess.com profile (@MatBobula)...

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