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Sinquefield Cup: Six Games, Six Draws In The Sixth Round

Sinquefield Cup: Six Games, Six Draws In The Sixth Round

IM Rakesh
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After yesterday's rest day, everyone expected some action at the 2019 Sinquefield Cup! But round six saw an anti-climatic end to a round where once again all six games ended in draws. Joint leader Viswanathan Anand had Anish Giri on the ropes but failed to put the ball in the back of the net. The two winners of round five, Ian Nepomniachtchi and Ding Liren played each other and drew after a good fight. Caruana vs. Vachier-Lagrave was the most followed game of the day. | Photo: Lennart...

Vidit Qualifies For World Fischer Random Chess Championship

Vidit Qualifies For World Fischer Random Chess Championship

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On Thursday, the Indian super-grandmaster Vidit Gujrathi survived one of the strongest brackets of the knockout qualifier stage to reach the quarterfinals of the 2019 FIDE World Fischer Random Chess Championship. In a bracket that featured four players rated above 2700 FIDE in the quarterfinal stage, Vidit defeated the non-titled qualifier Deniz Tasdelen, grandmasters Sergey Grigoriants, Matthias Bluebaum and former world championship challenger Sergey Karjakin.The strong...

Coach Of The Month: NM Bojan Lukajic

Coach Of The Month: NM Bojan Lukajic

NM SamCopeland
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NM Bojan Lukajic's (@lasker_fiverr) notes on Chess.com are an incredible testament to the affection and appreciation of his students. Probably no coach on Chess.com has so impressed his students with such dedication and effort. NM Lukajic truly cares about his students and has helped many significantly improve their games. If you are looking for an affordable chess coach, you can't go wrong with Bojan! Readers seeking private instruction can contact NM Lukajic via his Chess.com profile (@lasker_fiverr)...

Intro to the Alekhine Defense Main Line

Intro to the Alekhine Defense Main Line

MidnasLament
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Welcome to this Intro of the Alekhine Defense (Main Line), a rather offbeat counterattacking opening, and definitely one worth looking at.   1...Nf6! looks like a strange move allowing 2. e5 gaining space, but black has the idea to allow white to build a nice center and then attack it with pawns and piece play.  In this video we look at the first ten moves of the main line and discuss the ideas involved. Hope you enjoy!   -Stacia Please like, subscribe and comment! Check...

Sinquefield Cup Round 5 Has 2 Wins And A Stalemate

Sinquefield Cup Round 5 Has 2 Wins And A Stalemate

FM MikeKlein
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What a difference a day makes at the 2019 Sinquefield Cup! After most players in this elite round-robin started with four consecutive draws, the field decided to make the tournament an "open" with all kinds of fun in round five. Both Ian Nepomniachtchi and Ding Liren got their first wins, while Magnus Carlsen and Sergey Karjakin played yet another draw, but unlike any of the ones seen at their 2016 world championship match. Karjakin stalemated himself with 10 pieces left on the board. And...

The Man Who Beat Mikhail Tal

The Man Who Beat Mikhail Tal

GM Gserper
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If you have seen the movie Searching for Bobby Fischer, you may remember one of the Washington Square Park hustlers who held a sign offering a photograph or a game with the man who beat Mikhail Tal.  Just like most of the movie's chess characters, this guy really existed. His name was Josif Israel Zilber.  Vasek Simek as Josif Israel Zilber in the 1993 film Searching for Bobby Fischer. Here is what the movie's Wikipedia page says about him: The Russian player in the park...

Karjakin Headlines Thursday's Fischer Random Chess Championship Knockout Qualifier

Karjakin Headlines Thursday's Fischer Random Chess Championship Knockout Qualifier

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With an open qualification process that began in April, the FIDE World Fischer Random Chess Championship continues the final qualification phase as it plays down to the final six players who will qualify for the quarterfinals in early October. The third of six knockout qualifiers will be hosted on Chess.com this Thursday, Aug. 22, featuring some of the strongest players in the world including 2016 world championship challenger Sergey Karjakin, who will be playing during the rest day of...

The Unusual Side Of Blitz Chess

The Unusual Side Of Blitz Chess

GM Gserper
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When we talk about blitz chess, we usually think about tactics, blunders and opening surprises that force our opponents to spend their precious seconds. I doubt that many people would mention good endgame technique as an integral element of blitz. Indeed, most times when a blitz game reaches an endgame, both players have just seconds on their clocks and usually have only two rules to play by: Do not lose on time and do not blunder too much. Here is a very recent example. Just watch the last...

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