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Nepomniachtchi Crushes Meier To Win 1st Dortmund Title

Nepomniachtchi Crushes Meier To Win 1st Dortmund Title

PeterDoggers
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It was three times a charm for Ian Nepomniachtchi, who won his first Sparkassen Chess Meeting in Dortmund at the third attempt. He secured victory quickly today with a crushing, 27-move win vs Georg Meier. Vladimir Kramnik was again suffering, but after almost seven hours of play he managed to avoid a third loss as Vladislav Kovalev failed to convert a tablebase win in an endgame. July has been treating Nepomniachtchi well. Two weeks after winning the Japhet Memorial,...

Nepomniachtchi Maintains Dortmund Lead In Dramatic Round

Nepomniachtchi Maintains Dortmund Lead In Dramatic Round

PeterDoggers
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By surviving a lost position, Ian Nepomniachtchi kept his lead going into the last round of the Sparkassen Chess Meeting in Dortmund.  Vladimir Kramnik suffered his second straight loss. He overpressed, and got outplayed by Anish Giri in an endgame. Georg Meier scored his first win, vs Liviu-Dieter Nisipeanu.  It was a narrow escape for tournament leader Nepomniachtchi, who had been outplayed by Duda, was two pawns down and basically waiting for his opponent...

Is All Fair In Chess?

Is All Fair In Chess?

GM Gserper
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A well known saying states that all is fair in love and war. Our beloved game is actually both love and war. While it is pretty obvious that chess is a war on 64 squares, what about love? Well, check the Twitter hashtag #WhyILoveChess and you'll get a lot of love there!  So, if all is fair in chess, then why 20 years ago did I write this in my profile on a popular chess server: "Another category of chessplayers I dislike is those who can play [a] K+R vs. K+R kind of endgame trying to...

Rubinstein: A True Endgame Genius

Rubinstein: A True Endgame Genius

GM dbojkov
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Sometimes a chess player lives up to his billing, and that is the case with Akiba Rubinstein. You will have no doubt that he is an endgame genius after you see these instructive endgames.

Nepo Wins Dortmund 2018

Nepo Wins Dortmund 2018

GM alexcolovic
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With a smashing last-round win over Meier, Nepomniachtchi won a second tournament in a row. The last 3 rounds proved decisive - first Nepo beat Kramnik (who seems to be doing quite the opposite of what Botvinnik used to say!), then he saved a lost position against Duda, and then destroyed Meier's French for an impressive 5/7. Giri won two with Black, which is a rarity, but then these were against out-of-form Nisipeanu and out-of-sorts Kramnik.  The unsung hero is of course Kovalev. If only...

Carlsen Tops Biel Field, Starting Sunday

Carlsen Tops Biel Field, Starting Sunday

PeterDoggers
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For the first time in six years, Magnus Carlsen is playing in Biel again. He tops the field and will compete with Shakhriyar Mamedyarov, Maxime Vachier-Lagrave, Peter Svidler, David Navara and Nico Georgiadis. The 51st Biel Chess Festival will take place July 22-August 1 in the Congress House in Biel, Switzerland. The main event is a six-player double round robin. The time control is 100 minutes for 40 moves, then 50 minutes for 20 moves followed by 15 minutes to finish the game with a 30-second...

Get Ready To Test Your Positional Chess Again

Get Ready To Test Your Positional Chess Again

IM Silman
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I’ve done positional puzzles twice. Since a lot of people enjoyed them, I’ve decided to do it again, and perhaps again and again. It’s certainly a good way to learn positional ideas. Here are the original two articles: Test Your Positional Chess Do You Really Understand Positional Chess? Please keep in mind that these puzzles aren’t like usual tactical puzzles. Here, you might not have to find the “one and only one” move since the position could offer...

Nepomniachtchi Beats Teammate Kramnik Brilliantly: Dortmund R5

Nepomniachtchi Beats Teammate Kramnik Brilliantly: Dortmund R5

PeterDoggers
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With two rounds to go, Ian Nepomniachtchi is the sole leader at the Sparkassen Chess Meeting in Dortmund. The Russian GM defeated his Olympic teammate Vladimir Kramnik with great style in the only decisive game of the fifth round. Two days before the deadline, the Russian Chess Federation today revealed the lineup of its teams in the Batumi Olympiad. In the open section, the Russians will be going for their first Olympic gold since 2002. It's not surprising that both Nepo and Kramnik...

Play The 24-Hour International Chess Day Arena!

Play The 24-Hour International Chess Day Arena!

CHESScom
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Not sure how to celebrate International Chess Day? Join thousands of other Chess.com users in our 24-hour arena from 12 a.m. PT to 12 p.m. July 20! The tournament will be played at Chess.com's most popular time control, 10|0. Play the Arena What is an arena? Arenas on Chess.com are a fast, fun format all about earning as many points as you can in the allotted time. Finish a game? Get paired right away! Come and go as you please; you can join late, leave, and come back as desired. Earn 1...

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