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

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

PeterDoggers
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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...

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

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

PeterDoggers
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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...

Who Are The Youngest Chess Grandmasters In History?

Who Are The Youngest Chess Grandmasters In History?

IsaacSteincamp
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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...

Find the fastest mate

Find the fastest mate

Zeitnot17
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Inspired by my latest series of Mikhail Chigorin's love of chess problems, I'd like to share an interesting position that popped up in a 3/2 blitz game I just played. Find the fastest mate. If you'd like to brush up on this tactic, GM Patrick Wolff (@GMPWolff) has put together a course on exactly this subject.     P.S. Yes, I know it's easy, or rather it's easy once you look for and see the it. I think easier problems serve a function too. 

U.S. Chess Championships Take Off In St. Louis

U.S. Chess Championships Take Off In St. Louis

PeterDoggers
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Jeffery Xiong is the early leader at the 2019 U.S. championship thanks to a win with the black pieces vs Timur Gareyev. All six games in the women's championship were decisive. Moved up a bit in the calendar, the 2019 U.S. championships (open and women's) took off on Wednesday, for the 11th time in the Saint Louis Chess Club. At stake is a $50,000 first prize. At Monday's opening ceremony in the St. Louis Zoo, players chose a stuffed animal for their lot number. Caruana picked a penguin. | Photo:...

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...

Computer Chess Championship Plays Blitz After Stockfish Defends Title

Computer Chess Championship Plays Blitz After Stockfish Defends Title

pete
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The Chess.com Computer Chess champion Stockfish defended its sixth straight title last weekend as it bested the machine-learning engine Lc0 in a heads-up match that went the distance to the maximum number of games. Stockfish took the CCC 6: Winter Classic championship belt after a solid 101.5/200 showing in the final, which was played at a time control of 10 minutes plus a 10-second increment.  These two engines move on to CCC 7: Blitz Bonanza, heading a field of 24 engines...

Chess Tournaments Calendar: Archive

Chess Tournaments Calendar: Archive

News
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This is our archive of older, completed chess tournaments and events. Click here for our calendar of current chess events! DECEMBER 2018 Date Event Location December 9-16 London Chess ClassicHikaru Nakamura won the 2018 Grand Chess Tour and its $120,000 first prize after beating Maxime Vachier-Lagrave in the fourth blitz game of the final at the London Chess Classic. Fabiano Caruana came in third as he defeated Levon Aronian in their match. News report. (Classical, rapid,...

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