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Can You Solve The Perfect Chess Crime?

Can You Solve The Perfect Chess Crime?

GM Gserper
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"Darn it!" Dave couldn't hide his frustration as the ringing doorbell distracted him from Sam Loyd's chess puzzle. "Whoever is there, please leave." Dave was whispering while still trying to solve the tricky checkmate in two. But the doorbell kept ringing so persistently that the poor guy had to abandon his chess set and open the door. Detective Ron Miller didn't wait for an invitation and entered the room. It was obvious that Dave's long-time friend was distressed.  "It's him again!"...

Team Battles Chess: Femme 'Batale,' North America vs Europe Tuesday

Team Battles Chess: Femme 'Batale,' North America vs Europe Tuesday

IsaacSteincamp
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Chess.com's Team Battle series continues on Tuesday, November 19 at 1 p.m. PST on Twitch.tv/Chess. This month's theme, Femme "Batale," will feature a women's continental clash between Europe and North America.   WFM Maria Emelianova and IM Anna Rudolf will play for Europe against WFM Alexandra Botez and WGM Jennifer Shahade, who will represent North America. The women will fight for a $3,500 prize fund, and another $500 will go to the charities...

OK, Boomer: The Best Chess Players Of A Generation

OK, Boomer: The Best Chess Players Of A Generation

pete
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The generational meme wars are heating up as "OK, boomer" (often with the necessary comma omitted) is now a catch-all reply to trump any disagreement between the young and old. This unstoppable meme has made its way across the Internet, all over Twitch, and even (dare we say it?) into "real life." As the popular phrase throws the spotlight on the boomers (born 1946-1964), let's rank the best chess players from this large and important post-war generation. While this era of chess was thoroughly...

World Chess Championship: Steinitz vs Zukertort

World Chess Championship: Steinitz vs Zukertort

GM JesseKraai
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We've now reached the start of the first official world chess championship, with the legendary Steinitz taking the crown. But the match wasn't a coronation. His opponent Zukertort was also strong, and won this game with a dangerous, romantic attack.

Beating the Blackmar-Diemer Gambit (Part 4)

Beating the Blackmar-Diemer Gambit (Part 4)

IndreRe
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See part 1, HERE. See part 2, HERE. See part 3, HERE. Welcome to the final part of our four-part series on the Blackmar-Diemer Gambit. To remind you, we're looking for a Black response that gives you the "most bang for your buck" and this time we'll study the fianchetto defenses with ...g6. 10. 5...g6 ("the Bogoljubov Defense"). According to Scheerer, 5...g6 is the 2nd most popular defense against BDG after 5....Bg4 (Teichmann Defense). The line is named after the world championship...

Grischuk Wins Hamburg Grand Prix, Almost Certain Of Candidates Qualification

Grischuk Wins Hamburg Grand Prix, Almost Certain Of Candidates Qualification

PeterDoggers
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Alexander Grischuk won the FIDE Grand Prix in Hamburg on Sunday as well as $24,000 as he defeated Jan-Krzysztof Duda (who won $14,000) in the final's tiebreak. The Russian grandmaster will now almost certainly qualify for the 2020 Candidates' Tournament. Grischuk earned 10 Grand Prix points in Hamburg (eight for his victory and two extra points for winning two matches without tiebreak), while Duda got seven (five for coming second and two extra points for winning two matches...

First You Smile, Then You Resign

First You Smile, Then You Resign

GM Gserper
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Chess is a very complicated game that requires utmost concentration. Therefore most of the time chess players have a very serious facial expression. I doubt that a fianchettoed bishop or a semi-open file would make many people laugh. Yet there is a certain positional element that inevitably makes chess players smile. Regardless of the rating or age, chess players start grinning whenever such a situation appears on a chessboard.  I am talking about tripled pawns.  I remember the first...

PRO Chess League Qualifiers: Croatia Secures Final Berth In 2020 PRO Chess League

PRO Chess League Qualifiers: Croatia Secures Final Berth In 2020 PRO Chess League

PROChessLeague
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It took a mid-tournament surge, but the Croatia Bulldogs have now secured the 24th and final position in the 2020 PRO Chess League. Led by IM Tuan Minh Le, the Bulldogs clinched a final-round match with Azerbaijan Wolves and advanced with a 22-point tally. This year's qualifier featured eight teams from around the world, including South Korea and Portugal, who made their respective PRO Chess League debuts. With eight teams, the qualifier brought back the Battle Royale...

Samuel Reshevsky's Prime Years

Samuel Reshevsky's Prime Years

IM Silman
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How strong was Samuel Reshevsky in his prime? Well, he won the U.S. championship eight times, the same number as Bobby Fischer. Reshevsky also played eight times in the Chess Olympiads (six times on first board).  Was he good enough to battle the chess greats? Yes. He beat (often many times) David Janowski, Efim Bogoljubov, Jose Raul Capablanca, Alexander Alekhine, Emanuel Lasker, Savielly Tartakower, Max Euwe, Mikhail Botvinnik, Salo Flohr, Paul Keres, Vasily Smyslov,Svetozar Gligoric,...

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