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World Chess Championship Game 5: Caruana's Surprise Gambit Doesn't Break Impasse

World Chess Championship Game 5: Caruana's Surprise Gambit Doesn't Break Impasse

FM MikeKlein
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With four opening draws, the first week of the 2018 world chess championship was about to be labeled the "calm b4 the storm" after an early thunderclap today. But even wing gambits can't seem give either player separation. In today's round five, Magnus Carlsen went back to the Sicilian, and again Fabiano Caruana repeated the Rossolimo. But just when it seemed some small nuance would differentiate the action from rounds one and three, the challenger hit the board with the spike 6. b4!? "It's really...

Women's World Chess Championship: Ju Wenjun, Lagno, Kosteniuk, Muzychuk Through

Women's World Chess Championship: Ju Wenjun, Lagno, Kosteniuk, Muzychuk Through

IM JovankaHouska
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The semifinals of the women's world championship will be played between Ju Wenjun, Lagno, Kosteniuk, Mariya Muzychuk. There is no denying it: quarterfinals are a big deal. Everything is magnified, from the tension and suspense to the thrill that something really momentous is happening. For three of the four winners, there would be places into the semifinals and spots in the new women's candidates' tournament. For the losers, the bittersweet feeling of being so near and yet so far,...

World Chess Championship 2018: Carlsen-Caruana

World Chess Championship 2018: Carlsen-Caruana

PeterDoggers
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Fabiano Caruana and Magnus Carlsen drew their fifth game of their 2018 world chess championship. Again the champion answered 1. e4 with the Sicilian but this time Caruana tried a hybrid of the Rossolimo and Wing Gambit with 6. b4!? It wasn't enough to rattle Carlsen and the game ended drawn after 34 moves. The score is now 2.5-2.5 after five games. Carlsen will get White the next two games. The world championship match between Magnus Carlsen and Fabiano...

Anand Wins Tata Steel Chess India Blitz

Anand Wins Tata Steel Chess India Blitz

PeterDoggers
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Viswanathan Anand won the Tata Steel Chess India blitz tournament in Kolkata. "It was just the most magical day," said the Indian superstar, who tied for first with Hikaru Nakamura with 12.5/18 and then defeated the American grandmaster in the playoff. "I'm really, really happy. There's something about winning an event that's just extra special." Eleven months after winning the world rapid title in Saudi-Arabia, Anand, now 48 years old, won yet another strong event. His victory in the...

How To Watch The World Chess Championship: Carlsen vs Caruana

How To Watch The World Chess Championship: Carlsen vs Caruana

pete
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It's the biggest chess event of the year as World Champion Magnus Carlsen will try to defend his title against the American challenger Fabiano Caruana. The 2018 world chess championship will run November 9-28, and you can follow it all on Chess.com. Game six will start Friday, November 16 at 7 a.m. Pacific time (10 a.m. Eastern, 3 p.m. London/GMT. Your local time: ). Caruana will play Black ans Carlsen will play White in game six. The match is scheduled for 12 games plus tiebreaks...

Tomashevsky, Oparin Win November Titled Tuesday

Tomashevsky, Oparin Win November Titled Tuesday

NM SamCopeland
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Two Russians topped Chess.com's November Titled Tuesday with performances of 8.5/10 each. GM Evgeny Tomashevsky (@EvgenyT), known as "The Professor" for his solidity, glasses, and demeanor, and Grigory Oparin (@OparinGrigoriy), one of Russia's rising talents. Each reached a score of 8.5/10, enough lift them above the rest of the field. This was Tomashevsky's first Titled Tuesday win and Oparin's second. A field of 313 titled players participated in the event, making it the third-largest Titled Tuesday...

Improve Your Chess With These Puzzles

Improve Your Chess With These Puzzles

GM Gserper
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When I was a kid, I didn't watch much TV. You see, 40 years ago we had only two state-controlled TV channels in the Soviet Union, so most of the kids spent their time outdoors rather than watching boring news. Nevertheless, there was one weekly program that I never missed. Of course it was The Chess School hosted by famous Soviet chess luminaries. This program was so popular that even lyrics of one of the pop songs of that time stated that GM Averbakh opened chess school on TV.  At the end...

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