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Mamedyarov, Aronian Lead After Sinquefield Cup Opener

Mamedyarov, Aronian Lead After Sinquefield Cup Opener

FM MikeKlein
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Goodbye short films, hello "The Godfather." After today's transition to classical chess, the final game took 36 times as long as blitz thanks to some long, technical endings. Better get a bigger tub of popcorn. The opening round produced two early leaders at the 2018 Sinquefield Cup: Shakhriyar Mamedyarov and Levon Aronian. There could have been a third, but Fabiano Caruana finally admitted the win was gone after six hours and 15 minutes of trying (in Godfather-speak, that's right about when Fredo...

Carlsen Arrives As Sinquefield Cup Begins

Carlsen Arrives As Sinquefield Cup Begins

FM MikeKlein
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Three Grand Chess Tour events are in the books, and one book just came out. A lot has happened in the last 48 hours in St. Louis since Hikaru Nakamura won his second leg of the GCT season to lead the tour standings. To wit: The Saint Louis Chess Club released a comprehensive book on the five years of the Sinquefield Cup, with unique authors for each of the tournaments. The annual "Ultimate Moves" battle was contested with Rex and Randy Sinquefield filling their usual roles as player-captains. The...

The Greatest Chess Games Of All Time

The Greatest Chess Games Of All Time

CHESScom
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Chess is a rich game, dating back over a millennia. On Chess.com alone, over 2,000,000,000 games have been played! Which games are the very best ever played? No one can answer that conclusively, but we are going to give you Chess.com's opinion. We asked Chess.com staff and contributors to give us their top 10 lists, and then we ordered each list, awarding 10 points to their top game and one point to their 10th game. Here's our top 10! 1: Kasparov vs. Topalov, Wijk Aan Zee 1999 Despite losing...

The Immortal Chess Draw

The Immortal Chess Draw

GM Ginger_GM
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Are you surprised that a drawn game could live on forever in chess history? GM Simon Williams shows you the immortal draw, a game he calls "completely crazy" despite its peaceful ending.

A Bullet, a GIF and a Miniature

A Bullet, a GIF and a Miniature

FM Michel2426
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Hi everyone. Yesterday I played a bullet versus a good player (rating 2266) and I won in only 8 moves (I think it is the shortest bullet I’ve ever played). I prepared a trick, very simple, but interesting for a bullet game. Also, Chess.com showed us yesterday a new interesting tool to Create Chess Game Animated GIF (you can find it here). Then I thought it was the perfect moment to create a new post, show you and check how the new Chess.com tool works and at the same time you will see the...

Prodigy Nihal Sarin Becomes A Grandmaster At 14

Prodigy Nihal Sarin Becomes A Grandmaster At 14

Rakesh
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At the age of 14 years, one month, and one day, the Indian prodigy Nihal Sarin became the 12th-youngest grandmaster in chess history. He scored his third grandmaster norm at the 25th Abu Dhabi Masters held at Abu Dhabi, UAE. Nihal started strongly with 3/4. His round-four win against Australian IM Ikeda Junta was particularly impressive. In round five, Nihal played GM Ivan Cheparinov, who recently switched his federation to Georgia. He was pressing but had to...

Announcing The Chess.com GIF Maker

Announcing The Chess.com GIF Maker

CHESScom
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Want a quick way to share your favorite chess games with friends online? Why not try a chess GIF? Making GIFs of your favorite chess games is now easy with Chess.com's GIF Maker! Here's how to use it: 1. Copy a PGN from your favorite chess website or software. On Chess.com, you can get the PGN via the "share" button . 2. Go to Chess.com/gifs! 3. Paste the PGN and click "Create GIF." 4. Once created, the GIF will open in a new tab! 5. To share, copy and paste the URL, or right-click...

Nakamura Wins St. Louis Rapid And Blitz, Holding Off Vachier-Lagrave, Mamedyarov

Nakamura Wins St. Louis Rapid And Blitz, Holding Off Vachier-Lagrave, Mamedyarov

FM MikeKlein
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Hikaru Nakamura thought he needed 5.5/9 in today's second blitz session to clinch his first Grand Chess Tour win on home soil. He scored exactly that, winning the 2018 Saint Louis Rapid & Blitz over a still-surging Maxime Vachier-Lagrave and a pesky Shakhriyar Mamedyarov. The win is his second of the season. He also won the 2018 Paris event. Chess.com conducted a video interview with Nakamura on his success. Watch Hikaru Nakamura On Winning The Saint Louis Rapid And Blitz from Chess...

Chess: The Waiting Game?

Chess: The Waiting Game?

louisathomas
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The day my daughter was due was approaching. There was not much to do but wait. Another day passed. I couldn’t concentrate on work. Another day, and then another. I couldn’t write; my words were blocked. I couldn’t sleep. Another and another. When I tried to read, my attention wandered. Another, another, another. I couldn’t play chess—or shouldn’t have played chess, but I did. I played chess very badly. It had been my habit for some time to play a 30-minute rapid...

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