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13 Chess Stories You May Have Missed

13 Chess Stories You May Have Missed

FM MikeKlein
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The last six weeks were full of top-level events like the Saint Louis Rapid & Blitz, the Sinquefield Cup, the World Junior Championship, and many Speed Chess Championship matches. The "In Other News" tidbits have been piling up, but today, the dam is released with 13 stories from the chess breadbasket that you may have missed: Google honors a pioneering female chess player David Llada, new editor-in-chief of "American Chess Magazine" Football players try out chess Death at U.S. Openiz Death...

Maghsoodloo Wins World Junior Title With Stunning Performance

Maghsoodloo Wins World Junior Title With Stunning Performance

PeterDoggers
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Stunning the chess world with a 9.5/10 score before losing in the last round, Iranian GM Parham Maghsoodloo won the World Junior Championship in Gebze, Turkey. Aleksandra Maltsevskaya of Russia won gold in the girls section. The World Junior Championships (open and girls) were held September 5-15 in the Ramada Plaza Hotel in Gebze, Turkey. The Open section had players from 59 different federations, including 25 GMs and 40 IMs and no less than 30 players rated above 2500. The...

Speed Chess Championship 2018 | Official Information

Speed Chess Championship 2018 | Official Information

News
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The 2018 Chess.com Speed Chess Championship will feature 16 of the world's best chess players in an innovative eSports bracket tournament and a guaranteed prize pool of $55,000. See the round two results here. NEXT MATCHES: Sept. 20, 10 a.m. PDT: Giri vs Aronian Oct. 9, 9 a.m. PDT: So vs Vidit Gujrathi Oct. 11, 10 a.m. PDT: Nakamura vs Vachier-Lagrave You can find important information on the event below.  Broadcast and streaming Bracket Matchups and pairings Fantasy...

Chess Openings For Beginners: The Pirc

Chess Openings For Beginners: The Pirc

IM TigerLilov
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When selecting your opening repertoire as a beginner, you have to choose lines you like to play. Watch this introduction to the Pirc—if you like fast development and imbalanced action, it might be the opening for you.

There Is No Small Opponent!

There Is No Small Opponent!

kamalakanta
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Hi! Have you guys heard of Herman Pollmaecher? Me neither! But in the following game, he beats Anderssen from the White side of a Ponziani Opening! This game I found in the fabulous book by Tartakower and dumont, "500 Master Games of Chess". This book is probably the best collection of chess games I have ever come across! It is available, dirt cheap, at Amazon! How cheap? Would you believe $2.33 and up? http://tinyurl.com/ydg639p3 I am amazed at how many great games are in this book,...

Kasparov Finishes Well But Loses Match To Topalov

Kasparov Finishes Well But Loses Match To Topalov

PeterDoggers
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Although he finished with two wins, Garry Kasparov ended up losing his match with Veselin Topalov at the Champions Showdown in St. Louis. With a 6/8 score on the final day, Maxime Vachier-Lagrave was much too strong for Sam Shankland. The last day saw eight blitz games, totalling 20 games in each match. Besides MVL, also Nakamura and So finished on a plus score. Garry Kasparov vs Veselin Topalov — Final Score: 11.5-14.5 Although Kasparov had his chances in the match,...

How To Watch Grischuk vs Duda Speed Chess Today

How To Watch Grischuk vs Duda Speed Chess Today

pete
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Round two of the Speed Chess Championship starts today as Alexander Grischuk (@grischuk) does battle with Jan-Krzysztof Duda (@polish_fighter3000). After breaking the brackets by defeating Sergey Karjakin in round one, can the young and talented Duda pull off another upset against a Russian chess legend? Grischuk is one of the most experienced blitz players in history, but Duda is rising quickly. You'd be surprised how close a match-up our statistical predictions think it...

Strong 3rd Day For Vachier-Lagrave In St. Louis

Strong 3rd Day For Vachier-Lagrave In St. Louis

PeterDoggers
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During the first two days of the Champions Showdown in St. Louis, Sam Shankland did quite well, but on Thursday Maxime Vachier-Lagrave defeated him three times. Garry Kasparov improved his score slightly vs Veselin Topalov. The third day in St. Louis saw the most interesting starting position so far. Some of the players expressed how much they enjoyed playing this one, although not all of those got good positions! Kasparov: "I think we’re making theory or even making...

What Is The Worst Chess Move?

What Is The Worst Chess Move?

GM Gserper
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Chess openings have been analyzed for centuries and yet even today it is still not easy to identify the best and worst first moves. According to Fischer, 1.e4 is "best by test." From the other side, when the famous theoretician GM Ernst Gruenfeld was asked why he always started the game with his queen pawn, he answered that he would never make a mistake on the very first move! Statistics from the Chess.com Computer Chess Championship seem to agree with Gruenfeld; through the tournament's first half,...

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