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How To Make The World Chess Championship Exciting Again

How To Make The World Chess Championship Exciting Again

GM Gserper
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It is not a secret that the last world championship match was a big disappointment for many people. Indeed, 12 straight draws between Magnus Carlsen and Fabiano Caruana in the classical part of the match were a turn off. Only a lazy person wouldn't suggest how to force players to spill blood. One of the creative ideas is to have a tie-break before the match, so the loser of the "pre-match" wouldn't be satisfied with draws during the main part of the match. While such a solution looks weird at first...

Harikrishna Leads Shenzhen Masters Ahead Of Giri

Harikrishna Leads Shenzhen Masters Ahead Of Giri

PeterDoggers
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Halfway through the Shenzhen Masters in China, it's Indian grandmaster Pentala Harikrishna who tops the standings with 3.5/5. Anish Giri is the only other player on a plus score: 3/5. Grenke is not the only strong tournament underway right now. Almost 8,000 kilometers (4,940 miles) to the east, in Shenzhen, there's the "Belt and Road" 2019 "DT News Cup" Shenzhen Longgang Chess Masters Tournament, which we'll just call the Shenzhen Masters. It's the tournament where Ding Liren (China,...

2019 FIDE World Fischer Random Chess Championship Information Guide

2019 FIDE World Fischer Random Chess Championship Information Guide

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The 2019 FIDE World Fischer Random Chess Championship begins with the Open Non-Titled Qualifying Phase beginning April 28. Players worldwide are encouraged to enter by going to www.FRChess.com. How to Qualify Online Qualifying Phase Live Quarterfinals, Semifinals and Finals Schedule Venue Participants Prizes Additional Information How to Qualify 1. Go to www.FRChess.com 2. In the register section, click the Non-Titled Qualifier or Titled Qualifier button 3. Register...

How To Take Your Time In Chess

How To Take Your Time In Chess

WGM axvesik
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Time in chess has two meanings: the actual clock you must adhere to, and how quickly your pieces reach their intended destinations. In this lesson, learn how to take your time during an attack and not rush into a position too quickly.

5 X Ray Puzzles you need to solve

5 X Ray Puzzles you need to solve

FM michechess89
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Hi chess friends. It has been a tough week. I was playing a tournament; also working in lessons.... But everything was really good, and even when I didn’t have too much free time, I could manage it and here we have our weekly post. This time we are going to talk about X Ray. I selected 5 special positions to better understand this interesting tactical theme. About my tournament, it was a really good experience. I did 3.5/5 as first board of my team “Artemisa University”, and had...

3 Winners At Grenke Chess Classic; Carlsen Maintains Lead

3 Winners At Grenke Chess Classic; Carlsen Maintains Lead

PeterDoggers
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Magnus Carlsen ground down Paco Vallejo in an endgame to keep a perfect score after two rounds at the Grenke Chess Classic in Karlsruhe, Germany. The other winners were Viswanathan Anand, who beat Vincent Keymer, and Peter Svidler, who defeated Arkadij Naiditsch. For the second day in a row Carlsen was involved in the longest game of the round. This time it took him five hours and 58 minutes, 44 minutes less than yesterday, to force resignation by Vallejo in what was a rather...

PRO Chess League Semifinal: Baden-Baden Snowballs vs. Chengdu Pandas

PRO Chess League Semifinal: Baden-Baden Snowballs vs. Chengdu Pandas

PROChessLeague
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With the PRO Chess League finals just two weeks away, the margin for error is slim and some key factors will determine who goes home and who will stand at the podium as the 2019 PCL champions. The PRO Chess League regular season produced some dramatic storylines that saw teams rise and fall over the course of a few wild final weeks. Chess.com takes a look at three important storylines of the first semifinal match: the Baden-Baden Snowballs vs. the Chengdu Pandas. The match will...

Keymer Fights, Loses Marathon Game To Carlsen As Grenke Chess Classic Takes Off

Keymer Fights, Loses Marathon Game To Carlsen As Grenke Chess Classic Takes Off

PeterDoggers
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Magnus Carlsen started the Grenke Chess Classic in Karlsruhe, Germany where he had left his previous tournament, the Gashimov Memorial: winning. The world champion defeated IM Vincent Keymer in a marathon game in which the 14-year-old put up a great fight. Carlsen needed six hours and 42 minutes to beat an opponent half his age and 329 Elo points lower rated. That, and the fact that Keymer had a promising middlegame position and later was close to a draw, showed the talent of the 14-year-old...

When A Chess Simul Goes Wrong

When A Chess Simul Goes Wrong

GM Gserper
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Simultaneous exhibitions are always popular among chess fans. A simul is a unique opportunity for a club player to meet a grandmaster or even a world champion over a chessboard and maybe even beat him! When I was a kid, I never missed such an opportunity, so whenever there was a simul announcement, I was one of the first players to sign up. I was already a pretty decent player and yet I kept playing in the simuls. I remember when I was playing my first tournament with a master norm, a very strong...

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