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Caruana Back In Action For 4-Man London Chess Classic

Caruana Back In Action For 4-Man London Chess Classic

FM MikeKlein
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Fabiano. London. Classical match. Then rapid. Sound familiar? No, it's not a continuation of the world championship, it's the new format of the 2018 London Chess Classic, which will take place December 11-17. This 10th edition will be split up between DeepMind's Google headquarters and the traditional venue of London Olympia. Fabiano Caruana will travel back across the Atlantic and be joined by three other qualifiers—Hikaru Nakamura, Levon Aronian, and Maxime Vachier-Lagrave—in...

Vachier-Lagrave Wins Star-Studded December Titled Tuesday

Vachier-Lagrave Wins Star-Studded December Titled Tuesday

NM SamCopeland
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December's Titled Tuesday was a thoroughly star-studded holiday blast. With 353 players, it was our third-largest Titled Tuesday ever. The field was so packed with talent and skill that it could easily be mistaken for a prestige open or swiss. Here are just a few of the stars who played: Super-GMs: Maxime Vachier-Lagrave, Hikaru Nakamura, Wesley So, Vladimir Fedoseev Most recent world junior champions: Jeffery Xiong, Aryan Tari, Parham Maghsoodloo Prodigies: Alireza Firouzja, Awonder Liang,...

2018 World Chess Championship: The End

2018 World Chess Championship: The End

GM JonathanTisdall
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Magnus Carlsen bought himself another two years to work on his admittedly ailing classical game with a devastating, nearly cruel demolition of the undisputed challenger and co-king of slow chess, Fabiano Caruana, winning 3-0 in the rapid tiebreak. Both players were gracious afterwards, full of praise for each other, with only a little parting jab from Magnus to the eminent critics who excoriated him for his passive handling of an advantage in game 12, and his decision to seek victory by playoff. Carlsen...

The Philidor Defense: Move Order Issues

The Philidor Defense: Move Order Issues

GM CCSCATL
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Move order is important in any opening, but it's especially crucial in the Philidor, where one false move can mean doom. GM Ben Finegold continues his lesson on this opening system in what he calls "the most important video" in the series.

Intro to the Sveshnikov

Intro to the Sveshnikov

MidnasLament
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Welcome to my Intro to the Sicilian Sveshnikov, an opening recently featured by Magnus Carlson in the 2018 World Championship not once, or twice... but four times!  It was enough to get me interested.  :)  The Sveshnikov comes from the moves 1. e4 c5 2. Nf3 Nc6 3. d4 cxd4 4. Nxd4 Nf6 5. Nf3 e5! The Sicilian Sveshnikov Main Line Although 5...e5! is anti-positional at first glance giving up the ever so desired d5 square black gets a surprising amount of strategic play for this...

AlphaZero Crushes Stockfish In New 1,000-Game Match

AlphaZero Crushes Stockfish In New 1,000-Game Match

pete
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In news reminiscent of the initial AlphaZero shockwave last December, the artificial intelligence company DeepMind released astounding results from an updated version of the machine-learning chess project today. The results leave no question, once again, that AlphaZero plays some of the strongest chess in the world. The updated AlphaZero crushed Stockfish 8 in a new 1,000-game match, scoring +155 -6 =839. (See below for three sample games from this match with analysis by Stockfish 10 and video...

Fabiano Caruana: What Went Wrong?

Fabiano Caruana: What Went Wrong?

GM Gserper
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The world championship match is over and now it is a part of chess history. Just like any big chess event, it has provided a lot of food for thought. For many chess fans the main takeaway from the match is that something should be changed so we don't have world championship matches where all games are drawn. While I am not particularly happy with 12 straight draws in the classical part of the match, I prefer to concentrate on the games. The readers of my column know that I consider Magnus Carlsen...

On The Ground And In The Air: Fabiano The Dog Walker, Skydiving Chess

On The Ground And In The Air: Fabiano The Dog Walker, Skydiving Chess

FM MikeKlein
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After a month dominated by the world championship, many chess stories remained on the periphery. This edition of "In Other News" tries to bring them back into the light. Skydiving chess Rex Sinquefield stars on HBO Caruana, the guy next door? The fallacy of the Fischer comparison Chess in Equatorial Guinea Take a look below at the crazy world of GM Timur Gareev and his new stunt. Also, now that London is over, perhaps Fabiano Caruana would like to decompress by walking your dog? Skydiving...

Speed Chess Championship 2018 | Official Information

Speed Chess Championship 2018 | Official Information

News
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The 2018 Chess.com Speed Chess Championship will feature 16 of the world's best chess players in an innovative eSports bracket tournament and a guaranteed prize pool of $55,000. Congratulations to Hikaru Nakamura, the 2018 Speed Chess Champion. You can find important information on the event below.  Broadcast and streaming Bracket Matchups and pairings Fantasy prediction contest SmarterChess predictions Schedule Results Event prizes Detailed format List of players Rules Promotional...

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