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Titled Tuesday Winners To Play FIDE Chess.com Grand Swiss Qualifier

Titled Tuesday Winners To Play FIDE Chess.com Grand Swiss Qualifier

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Eight chess masters will play a Swiss tournament on Wednesday to try to qualify for the FIDE Chess.com Grand Swiss in the Isle of Man this October. Four of the highest-placing men and women in the past four months of Titled Tuesday will play two Swiss tournaments Wednesday followed by championship mini-matches, with one qualifier spot on the line in both the men's and women's sections. When the Titled Tuesday tournament was won by a player already in the FIDE Chess.com Grand Swiss, the qualifier...

FIDE Launches Survey To Investigate Chess Market

FIDE Launches Survey To Investigate Chess Market

PeterDoggers
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FIDE has launched a survey to research its potential chess market, evaluate the size of the global chess community and assess the value of its sponsorship offering. You can participate. The survey has been created in cooperation with Nielsen Holdings, a world-leading company in the field of information, data and measurement. In its press release, the World Chess Federation say it wants to know the chess community better in order to improve its decision-making: "We want to have more insight...

Magnus Carlsen's Amazing Pawn Sacrifices

Magnus Carlsen's Amazing Pawn Sacrifices

GM Gserper
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There is a well-known chess joke (or maybe not even a joke!) that it is much more difficult to sacrifice a pawn than a queen. Indeed, in most queen sacrifices you get huge dividends right away, since it is difficult to imagine a player sacrificing his queen just to get (for example) a good square for his knight. Therefore, it is relatively easy to predict the outcome of many queen sacrifices, like the next one: From the other side, most pawn sacrifices are done for positional gains and so it...

Mate with Two Knights: Almost all you need to know (+ Video)

Mate with Two Knights: Almost all you need to know (+ Video)

FM michechess89
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Hi everyone. A little bit late this week, but here we are. Today we are going to talk about mate with two knights. Is it possible? If not, why not and when is it possible then? Those are some of the questions we will answer. Also, we will see some examples of masters’ games where they had these positions on their games.   Video explaining some things about mate with two knights and a practical example: Ljubojevic vs Georgiev, 1988 Click here to subscribe to my channel. I will be uploading...

Celebrate International Chess Day With 24 Hours Of Puzzle Rush On Chess.com

Celebrate International Chess Day With 24 Hours Of Puzzle Rush On Chess.com

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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: Celebrate International Chess Day With 24 Hours Of Puzzle Rush On Chess.com —Palo Alto, Calif., July 16, 2019 To celebrate the calendar day dedicated to our favorite game, Chess.com will host a variety of festivities on July 20, headlined by 24 hours of free Puzzle Rush, one of the most popular chess features on the internet. Players around the world will try to solve as many chess puzzles as they can in five minutes, attempting to break the global record and...

How Maxime Vachier-Lagrave Is Focusing On Qualifying For The Next Candidates Tournament

How Maxime Vachier-Lagrave Is Focusing On Qualifying For The Next Candidates Tournament

GM Fablibi
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This month we are pleased to meet Maxime Vachier-Lagrave, known as MVL, the French number 1 and member of world top 5. Chess.com France will follow closely his quest for the world title that will require being qualified for the next Candidates tournament. Thus, the next Grand Prix will be crucial. That's why we will watch it carefully on our channel. Jurmala Grand Prix (a seaside resort near Riga in Latvia) will take place from July 12 to 25, and our pair Vlad Tkachiev and Kevin Bordi will comment...

Vachier-Lagrave Qualifies for Riga Grand Prix Semifinals In 12 Moves

Vachier-Lagrave Qualifies for Riga Grand Prix Semifinals In 12 Moves

PeterDoggers
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After just 12 moves, Veselin Topalov threw in the towel and offered a draw today. With the draw, the Bulgarian GM ensured his elimination, and his opponent Maxime Vachier-Lagrave became the first to qualify for the semifinal of the FIDE Grand Prix in Riga. "I don't see any risk for White; I just see fighting for a draw. I don't see how White can make a mistake," said Topalov after the game. It was understandable: the position had become very symmetrical and White was going to get...

Learning Pawn Structure For Chess Players Under 2000

Learning Pawn Structure For Chess Players Under 2000

IM Silman
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What is pawn structure? From my online glossary, I define it as “the positioning of the whole pawn mass. Also referred to as the pawn skeleton. This positioning of the pawns is what usually dictates the types of plans available in a given position due to open files, space, pawn weaknesses, etc.” In my previous article (Learning Basic Pawn Structures), I showed how important (and fairly easy) it is to use pawns. Here I will give you structures that are more complex. However, whether...

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