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Eight Teams Advance to PRO Chess Quarterfinals

Eight Teams Advance to PRO Chess Quarterfinals

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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...

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...

2019 PRO Chess League: Official Information

2019 PRO Chess League: Official Information

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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...

Mikhail Chigorin, the lover of chess problems #3

Mikhail Chigorin, the lover of chess problems #3

Zeitnot17
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Continuing our series on Mikhail Chigorin's love of chess problems, let's look at the third etude that Chigorin wants us to solve. Problem no. 3 White to move and mate in 2 It took a bit of detective work to figure out who composed this study. In the September 1876 issue of Shakhmatny Listok, Chigorin identified the author as just "ГАЛЕЯ." I initially thought that's Cyrillic for Galley or maybe Galey, Galeya or Galeyi, none of which turned up any leads. It was only when I searched Die...

U.S. Chess Championship: Sevian, So Join Xiong In Lead

U.S. Chess Championship: Sevian, So Join Xiong In Lead

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As winners in the second round, Sam Sevian and Wesley So joined Jeffery Xiong in the lead at the 2019 U.S. championship. Carissa Yip and Jennifer Yu are tied for first place in the women's tournament. U.S. Championship: "First of all it was a very tough game. I played very badly today; didn't get much chances," said Wesley So, who managed to score the full point against Timur Gareyev from a position that everyone expected to end in a draw. "I didn't want to accept the draw right away although...

Who Are The Youngest Chess Grandmasters In History?

Who Are The Youngest Chess Grandmasters In History?

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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...

Carlsen, Giri Battle Racism With Game Where Black Moves 1st

Carlsen, Giri Battle Racism With Game Where Black Moves 1st

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Top grandmasters Magnus Carlsen of Norway and Anish Giri of the Netherlands today joined forces in a video posted on Carlsen's Twitter account as part of a United Nations campaign against racism. For once, they broke the rule in chess that White begins. It all started on Tuesday evening with a slightly mysterious tweet and Facebook post from Carlsen. The world's number-one chess player appears together with world number-four Giri, in front of a dark background that some insiders might...

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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