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Nakamura Grabs Sole Lead At U.S. Chess Championship

Nakamura Grabs Sole Lead At U.S. Chess Championship

PeterDoggers
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It's Hikaru Nakamura alone who is enjoying the lead at the 2019 U.S. championship during the rest day. The 31-year-old grandmaster beat Timur Gareyev and is the only player on 4/6. Jennifer Yu kept her half-point lead in round six. U.S. Championship: "It was a strange game, to say the least," said Nakamura about his win vs Gareyev; his second victory of the tournament besides four draws. "I think we were more or less playing on our own from about move three or something!" This...

PRO Chess League Quarterfinals Begin Tuesday

PRO Chess League Quarterfinals Begin Tuesday

PROChessLeague
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The PRO Chess League's playoffs have reached the quarterfinals, with just eight teams left in the competition. The question now: Who will make it to San Francisco? Play starts Tuesday at 4 p.m. PDT (7 p.m. EDT, 11 p.m. GMT). The teams from the Eastern and Central divisions play next week on Tuesday, April 2. Preview by IM Greg Shahade. On Tuesday, we'll find out two of the four teams that will play in the live esports finale in San Francisco. For one of the most incredible chess experiences...

Why Is This Chess Gambit So Weird?

Why Is This Chess Gambit So Weird?

GM Gserper
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When I hear the word gambit, the first thing that pops up in my mind is the King's Gambit. Yes, I am well aware that a gambit means a sacrifice to achieve certain benefits like initiative or an outright attack, and there is more to it than just the King's Gambit. Nevertheless, for me the word gambit is always associated with the King's Gambit, probably because it was the first gambit I learned as a kid. The numerous games from the romantic era only strengthened this connection. Look at the next...

Learning What Causes Chess Mistakes

Learning What Causes Chess Mistakes

GM Illingworth
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Now that you know how to identify mistakes in chess, you need to learn what causes them in the first place. Find out why mistakes happen and what you can do to prevent them in your games.

A chip and a chair

A chip and a chair

Zeitnot17
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Back in 1982, Jack Straus, an affable guy with a bushy beard who'd walk around carrying all his cash stuffed in a paper sack, was playing in the World Series of Poker Main Event out in Vegas. On Day 1 of the high-stakes tournament, thinking he held the best hand, he shoved all of his chips into the middle — only to get beat and seemingly busted out of the tournament. That is until Treetop — so called cause he stood 6'7" — discovered a $500 chip hidden beneath a cocktail napkin....

U.S. Chess Championship: Sevian Surges To The Top

U.S. Chess Championship: Sevian Surges To The Top

PeterDoggers
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On Sunday, the number of leaders went from four to five at the 2019 U.S. championship. Sam Sevian defeated Varuzhan Akobian to join the group on plus one. Jennifer Yu dropped her first half-point but still leads the women's tournament. U.S. Championship: The big clash between Hikaru Nakamura and Fabiano Caruana finished early. Again deploying the Sveshnikov ("We did so much during the match on it, I figured why not use it!" said Caruana), the world championship challenger was quickly...

ChessKid's Newest Feature: Puzzle Duel!

ChessKid's Newest Feature: Puzzle Duel!

FM MikeKlein
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Building off of the massive success of Chess.com's "Puzzle Rush" feature, ChessKid.com recently released "Puzzle Duel" in beta. The exciting feature, which is only available on ChessKid.com, allows kids to race each other in a real-time puzzle race. You can think of it as the "live" or "fast" chess server for puzzles! ChessKids can access the Puzzle Duel feature directly from their home page (the feature is only available on the website at the moment; it will come to iOS and Android devices...

4 Is The Number At U.S. Chess Championship

4 Is The Number At U.S. Chess Championship

PeterDoggers
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After four rounds the 2019 U.S. championship has four leaders, all on plus one: Jeffery Xiong, Wesley So, Hikaru Nakamura and Leinier Dominguez. Jennifer Yu leads the women's tournament after winning all four games. U.S. Championship: Xiong went from shared first to sole leader back to back to sharing that first place again. In round three he took down the reigning champion in a remarkable game that started with a sideline in the Scotch. "I was very nervous at first; it looks like a...

2019 PRO Chess League: Official Information

2019 PRO Chess League: Official Information

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The PRO Chess League is an international online rapid chess league featuring 32 teams from around the world competing for $50,000 in prize money and the title of 2019 PRO Chess League champion. This season features stars like Fabiano Caruana, Hikaru Nakamura, Shakhriyar Mamedyarov, Ding Liren, Maxime Vachier-Lagrave, Wesley So, Anish Giri and many more! The 2019 regular season is 10 weeks long, running from January 8 through March 14. During the regular season, teams will play one match against...

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