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FIDE Chess.com Grand Swiss: 4 Players Lead; Carlsen Escapes

FIDE Chess.com Grand Swiss: 4 Players Lead; Carlsen Escapes

PeterDoggers
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Fabiano Caruana and Wang Hao drew their game in round four of the FIDE Chess.com Grand Swiss and were joined in first place by Parham Maghsoodloo and Luke McShane. Magnus Carlsen was lost but miraculously escaped vs. Vladislav Kovalev. You can follow the games here as part of our live portal Chess.com/events. There's daily coverage by GM Daniel King and IM Anna Rudolf, joined by WIM Fiona Steil-Antoni for interviews, on Twitch.tv/chess. The show starts daily at 14:50...

Why You Should Move Your Queen As Early As Possible!

Why You Should Move Your Queen As Early As Possible!

ArnieChipmunk
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One of the first things everyone learns playing chess is that the queen is the strongest piece on the board. Her power is amazing! She's worth nine pawns; she's majestic, extremely agile and has seemingly unlimited powers. Then, however, comes the big disappointment: It's actually unwise to move the queen early in a chess game. Don't move the queen too early! Develop your knights and bishops first, occupy the center, bring the king into safety, and only then start thinking about your queen. This...

5th Chess Festival di Agrigento Trofeo Vigata, Italy

5th Chess Festival di Agrigento Trofeo Vigata, Italy

FM HustleTime
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Hi All, The last couple of weeks have been a proper autumn here in Edinburgh, Scotland and so today I decided to re-live the happy sunny days I had in end of August in Sicily, Italy. Between 23-24 August I was taking part in 5th Chess Festival di Agrigento Trofeo Vigata, held on the beautiful Sicily island. When the tournament organizer (Emilio) invited me to the tournament I was excited - I had never been to Sicily and what a better way to end a summer than playing a little chess tournament there....

FIDE Chess.com Grand Swiss: Caruana, Wang Hao Still Perfect

FIDE Chess.com Grand Swiss: Caruana, Wang Hao Still Perfect

PeterDoggers
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Both Fabiano Caruana (U.S.) and Wang Hao (China) won their third game at the FIDE Chess.com Grand Swiss. As the only players on 3/3, they will play each other on Sunday. You can follow the games here as part of our live portal Chess.com/events. There's daily coverage by GM Daniel King and IM Anna Rudolf, joined by WIM Fiona Steil-Antoni for interviews, on Twitch.tv/chess. The show starts daily at 14:50 local time, which is 15:50 (noon) CEST, 9:50 a.m. Eastern and 6:50 a.m. Pacific. It...

Pal Benko: At Last, Freedom!

Pal Benko: At Last, Freedom!

IM Silman
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For Jeremy Silman's article on the early life of Pal Benko, click here. Pal Benko: My ticket to freedom was, naturally, chess. First on my agenda was to qualify for an out-of-country zonal. Of course, I didn’t want to play in a Soviet-controlled country! Luck was with me and I ended up in an Ireland zonal. Then I went to Luxembourg for a month giving exhibitions and whatnot, and then Reykjavik, Iceland (it was a better place to actualize my defection) where I was invited to the World Student...

FIDE Chess.com Grand Swiss: 5 Players Lead After Round 2

FIDE Chess.com Grand Swiss: 5 Players Lead After Round 2

IsaacSteincamp
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Round two of the FIDE Chess.com Grand Swiss saw the young Russian talent Alexey Sarana test the reigning world champion Magnus Carlsen of Norway. Pushing a pleasant position out of a prepared Sicilian line, Sarana secured a draw from a position of strength against the tournament's top-seed. With draws occurring on many of the top boards, only five of the tournament's 154 competitors enter the third round on a perfect score: Fabiano Caruana, Baskaran Adhiban, Wang Hao,...

Participate In The Global Chess Festival This Saturday!

Participate In The Global Chess Festival This Saturday!

NM SamCopeland
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The Global Chess Festival invites chess players around the world to celebrate chess. Now in its fifth year, the Global Chess Festival is an initiative by Judit Polgar that aims to unite the chess community and celebrate chess as a sport, science, art and educational tool. We encourage readers to visit globalchessfestival.com for more details about this special event. Here are three ways you can participate in the event online on Chess.com. 1. Watch the Inspiration Cup One of the highlights of...

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