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Today: Women's Speed Chess Final Gunina vs Danielian

Today: Women's Speed Chess Final Gunina vs Danielian

PeterDoggers
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The final of the Chess.com Women's Speed Chess Championship will be played Thursday between GM Valentina Gunina from Russia and GM Elina Danielian from Armenia. A prize fund of $6,000 is at stake. You can watch Valentina Gunina vs. Elina Danielian Thursday, June 27 at 9 a.m. Pacific (18:00 CEST, 19:00 Moscow) with live commentary by IM Sopiko Guramishvili and IM Anna Rudolf on Chess.com/TV and Twitch.tv/chess. Our women's-only speed chess event, which has spanned 50 days of...

Carlsen Wins In 23 Moves As Grand Chess Tour Resumes

Carlsen Wins In 23 Moves As Grand Chess Tour Resumes

IM Rakesh
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The 2019 Grand Chess Tour resumed in Zagreb, Croatia on Wednesday with its second event of the year after the season opener in Abidjan with the Cote d'Ivoire Rapid and Blitz. The Croatia leg is the first of two classical events on this tour. This 11 game round-robin event features all the 12 full tour participants headed by world champion Magnus Carlsen. Nine of the top 10 players of the world have descended to Croatia for the second stop on this year's tour (only world number six Alexander...

Do We Still Need Classical Chess?

Do We Still Need Classical Chess?

GM Gserper
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The classical format of our beloved game is under attack. People are complaining about boring games that lead to an abundance of draws in super-GM tournaments. They are trying to change everything: the scoring system (three points for a win, one point for a draw), the time control and even the traditional tournament format. One of the latest attempts was made in the recent Norway Chess super-tournament in Stavanger. To put it mildly, the result failed to impress. Not only were there a lot of draws;...

Is This Winning For White?

Is This Winning For White?

EOGuel
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Good evening to all.  Check out the position below. I was Black in a 15|10 game. I was suffering the endgame, though managed to "swindle" back into a seemingly good endgame for being down a piece. However, is this really drawn (perhaps a win for Black?!), or does White have one more winning shot? My opponent, unfortunately, timed out in the position below. White to play. Jump to your own conclusions, as I jump to my bed! I'll check comments in the morning. Good evening,...

Carlsen Draws Controversy With New Club, 2020 World Championship Stance

Carlsen Draws Controversy With New Club, 2020 World Championship Stance

TarjeiJS
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Magnus Carlsen drew strong reactions in Norway today by creating a new chess club that offers free membership to the first 1,000 members, with Carlsen paying the federation fees himself. Carlsen said the club was made to help new players and strengthen Norwegian chess. Critics, however, said the club is designed solely to influence an upcoming vote on a contentious sponsorship deal in the Norwegian chess federation. Carlsen also clarified his stance that he may not play the 2020 world championship...

Learning Basic Pawn Structures

Learning Basic Pawn Structures

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." It’s normal to develop pieces, put a rook on an open file and make threats. Normal stuff, but not very exciting. Others get a few pieces out and go for an attack. That’s probably more...

PRO Chess League Now Accepting Qualifier Submissions For 2020

PRO Chess League Now Accepting Qualifier Submissions For 2020

PROChessLeague
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The 2020 PRO Chess League season is just around the corner, and with more teams than ever interested in qualifying for the world's only global rapid online chess league, the league will be expanding the number of qualifiers to four. The first qualifier is scheduled for this September, with the other three to follow in October and November.  For the first time in league history, select teams will have multiple opportunities to qualify and take center stage each week in front of thousands...

My Kingdom For A Chess Horse

My Kingdom For A Chess Horse

GM Gserper
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I learned the phrase "a horse, a horse, my kingdom for a horse" in school when I studied Richard III by William Shakespeare. These days, people use this expression when they want to underline the importance of something. There is a story about a man who was about to sign a document that would finalize his very painful divorce. Eager to leave the nightmare behind, the guy exclaims: "a pen, a pen, my kingdom for a pen!" Sometimes we have a similar situation in chess when a knight ("chess horse")...

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