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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...

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

PROChessLeague
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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...

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.

Move Every Piece Once...

Move Every Piece Once...

NM danheisman
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"Move every piece once before you move any piece twice, unless there is a tactic" is the most important principle (not goal!) in the opening. This principle is ancient. I found an almost identical one in Emanuel Lasker's book Common Sense in Chess, published over a century ago in 1917: "II. Do not move any piece twice in the opening, but put it at once upon the right square" and it was probably not original there! Yes, there are many exceptions, but as Kasparov wrote in My Great Predecessors,...

Eight Teams Advance to PRO Chess Quarterfinals

Eight Teams Advance to PRO Chess Quarterfinals

PROChessLeague
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The first week of the 2019 PRO Chess League Playoffs saw eight teams progress to the quarterfinals, where they will each vie for a coveted spot in the live PRO Chess League Final in San Francisco this May. Their progression means that the PRO Chess League season came to an end for teams like the New York Marshalls, Dallas Destiny, and the Amsterdam Mosquitoes. Standings Crosstables Polls Atlantic Division Pacific Division Eastern Division Central Division Commentary Fantasy Website Official...

Who Are The Youngest Chess Grandmasters In History?

Who Are The Youngest Chess Grandmasters In History?

IsaacSteincamp
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As we gear up for Chess.com's first ever Junior Speed Chess Championship (JSCC), many on our staff have had conversations about who the youngest and strongest players are in today's game... which naturally led to a review of who the youngest, and fastest players were to obtain the highest title in chess. Indeed it seems the game just keeps getting younger and younger! Grandmaster titles are now being achieved at twelve, thirteen, and fourteen years of age. Young talents are able to take advantage...

4-Way Tie At European Individual Chess Championship

4-Way Tie At European Individual Chess Championship

PeterDoggers
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Maxim Rodshtein (Israel), Ferenc Berkes (Hungary), Kirill Alekseenko (Russia) and Kacper Piorun (Poland) are the only players on 4.5/5 at the European Individual Chess Championship in Skopje, North Macedonia. Saturday is the one and only rest day. The European Individual Championship is held for the 20th time this year. As always, it's an 11-round Swiss where 23 players will qualify for the upcoming World Cup in September in Khanty-Mansiysk. Another 23 players already qualified last year. With...

Do You Believe Your Lying Eyes In Chess?

Do You Believe Your Lying Eyes In Chess?

GM Gserper
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In his famous comedy routine, Richard Pryor tells a story about being caught cheating with another woman by his wife. Since the wife entered the room at the worst possible moment, it was pointless to deny the fact of cheating and yet, he tried his best. As his last argument, he asks: "Who are you going to believe, me or your lying eyes?" Richard Pryor. Photo by Alan Light / Wikipedia. While that was just a comedy performance, I've seen many chess players who trust anything but their own eyes! Some...

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