Aronian, So, Kramnik Win; Take Early London Lead

Last year's inaugural Grand Chess Tour ended with a late-night playoff in London after the final round. This year, the opening day may end up being the decider. The concluding London Chess Classic, the fourth and final leg of the tour's second edition, opened with the only two tour hopefuls remaining squaring off. GM Hikaru Nakamura, who needs nothing short of clear first place, took White against GM Wesley So, who needs only a top-three finish to clinch a tour victory. Download...

London Chess Classic Takes Off Tomorrow

London Chess Classic Takes Off Tomorrow

It's the final leg of the Grand Chess Tour, and it's just around the corner: the London Chess Classic. Tomorrow the traditional super tournament in the British capital starts with eight players from the world's top 10. When it all started in 2009, the sponsor of the Classic (who prefers to remain anonymous) wasn't yet sure if it would grow into an annual event. On the eve of the eighth edition, that definitely seems to be the case! Magnus Carlsen, the winner of four of the seven previous editions,...

Don’t Mock The Mockingbird

Don’t Mock The Mockingbird

This week we’re going to look at the games of the Chess.com member Mockingbird2, who is majoring in chemical engineering but thinks he can become a chess master in another two years. At the moment he’s 1900 USCF, 2143 in Chess.com blitz, and 2191 at bullet. All his games in this article are from over-the-board tournament play. I’ve asked many people who want me to look at their games to send a photo since it makes the whole article more “human” and personal. Mockingbird2...

The Practical Decision

The Practical Decision

What does it mean to be practical in a chess game? GM Melik Khachiyan says it's partly about creating problems for your opponent. Here, he creates just enough difficulties to draw GM Alex Lenderman into the mire and drag him to defeat.

Nakamura, Dlugy Top Titled Tuesday

Nakamura, Dlugy Top Titled Tuesday

GM Hikaru Nakamura won his record seventh Titled Tuesday to close out 2016. His win came in the late Titled Tuesday, which he shared with a large pack of six players on 7.0/9: GMs Laurent Fressinet, Aleksander Shimanov, Daniel Naroditsky, Vidit Gujrathi, and NM Shanmuka Meruga. This allowed Nakamura to pull ahead of GM Georg Meier in the battle for most Titled Tuesday wins. Meier remains with six Titled Tuesday victories. GM Maxim Dlugy, managed an impressive 8.0/9 for a...

Willa and Edith

Willa and Edith

     Nowadays information lies at our fingertips.  One might even argue that there is such an overflow that the effect is numbing and that the preciousness of the information lowers in an inverse ratio to the quantity.  It's hard sometimes to remember that this wasn't always the case.  Even 20 years ago, data and news weren't "on demand" and the outlets for news were limited to periodicals, newspapers, TV and radio, all of which culled out what didn't fit, didn't...

Baden-Baden's Title Hunt: Anand, Caruana, MVL On Top Boards

Baden-Baden's Title Hunt: Anand, Caruana, MVL On Top Boards

Last weekend, OSC Baden-Baden made its intentions clear: It wants to win back the title in the German league. For its matches on Saturday and Sunday, it had Viswanathan Anand, Fabiano Caruana, and Maxime Vachier-Lagrave on the top boards. Last year, the unthinkable happened: For the first time in a decade, Baden-Baden did not win the Schachbundesliga. It was SG Solingen that finished first instead. But Baden-Baden is ambitious as ever as became clear last weekend in (and against) Hockenheim....

Don't Worry About Your Rating

Don't Worry About Your Rating

The rating system is very accurate. That's obviously good... ...but it's also potentially bad. Humans can't help but be affected by perceptions. When players first start rated play, they are often unaware of ratings, but that all quickly changes. Once these new players realize how accurate the rating system is (assuming one plays enough games obtain that accurate rating), the focus on their chess often shifts from "What can I learn?" to "How can I improve my rating?" This is a very dangerous...

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