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The Game Of The Century | Byrne vs Fischer (1956)

The Game Of The Century | Byrne vs Fischer (1956)

CHESScom
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The Game of the Century is one of the greatest chess games in all of chess history and likely the greatest game ever played by a junior. The 26-year-old international master Donald Byrne took on the young, 13-year-old Bobby Fischer in what would become one of the most famous chess games ever played. The Game White: Donald Byrne Black: Bobby Fischer 1.Nf3 Nf6 2.c4 g6 3.Nc3 Bg7 Throughout Fischer's career he liked to fianchetto his kings bishop in such openings as the King's Indian Defense...

Don't Park Your Car Below Giant Chess Sets, And Other News

Don't Park Your Car Below Giant Chess Sets, And Other News

FM MikeKlein
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It's a good thing the World Chess Hall of Fame keeps its giant chess set on the ground floor. Sure, GM Maxime Vachier-Lagrave and IM Danny Rensch still do their best to cause maximum carnage, but it's usually only those two that end up sweaty and bruised. Now take those same oversized pieces and place them atop an apartment complex. What do you get? A type of Newtonian revelry that we will dub the "Gravity Gambit." That story and much more is in this next edition of In Other News. Giant Chess...

Going Berserk In Chess!

Going Berserk In Chess!

GM Gserper
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Some 20 years ago I had a conversation with a grandmaster who grew up in a bad neighborhood.  He was recollecting his youth years when street fighting was pretty common. I don't remember much from his stories, but one of his phrases has stuck in my mind:  "It is not the strongest who wins the fight but the craziest!"  A game that was played almost 170 years ago by two of the best Russian players of that time clearly proves the point. Carl Jaenisch developed his Jaenisch Gambit...

How Shankland Won The US Champs: Piece vs Pawns

How Shankland Won The US Champs: Piece vs Pawns

GM Shankland
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Having an extra piece vs a bunch of pawns is a classic chess conundrum. The piece should be more powerful, but if those pawns get rolling, it could be trouble. U.S. chess champion Sam Shankland shows you how he used the piece to win a critical game in the biggest tournament of his life.

New ideas in the old ben-oni

New ideas in the old ben-oni

IM attilaturzo
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My opponent played very well today the old-benoni, so after the game I decided to dive into it and spent aorund 2 hours to find an advantage for white. Looks like the lines with Bb5 and then dxe6 may give a small edge or playing Ng1-e2-g3 manover to prevent Bf5. I was very impressed how quickly and strongly played my opponent. When I finished the game, I just got a message from an admin, my opponent violated the rules. Possible used computer assistance. I got my points back. In the last 2 games...

Rising Polish Star Duda Grabs Dortmund Lead

Rising Polish Star Duda Grabs Dortmund Lead

PeterDoggers
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Jan-Krzysztof Duda has been going up in the FIDE ratings, and won this year's Polish championship. Yesterday he took the lead at the Sparkassen Chess Meeting as the only winner so far. Duda scored against Liviu-Dieter Nisipeanu, who had shown such excellent preparation yesterday against Kramnik. It seems that he has done some serious work for Dortmund, because in round two he played, for the first time, 3.Bb5+ in the Sicilian. That might have been the reason for Duda to deviate from his...

3 Different Chess Views You Need To Know

3 Different Chess Views You Need To Know

IM Silman
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I get so many questions and statements about chess, but being old (yep, 108 years old…don’t worry though, the friends that are still alive tell me that I don’t look more than 98) means that all those questions have been asked over and over and over. Seriously, I’ve gotten letters from Chess.com members saying, “Oh my god! I thought you were dead!” Not so fast, Mr. chess guy. Not so fast! I’m still around! So what are those “over and overs?”...

Dortmund R1: Nepomniachtchi Declines Giri's Birthday Gift

Dortmund R1: Nepomniachtchi Declines Giri's Birthday Gift

PeterDoggers
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On his 28th birthday Ian Nepomniachtchi reached a winning position in a queen endgame vs Anish Giri but failed to convert. The other three games of the 46th Sparkassen Chess Meeting's first round also ended in draws. This year's Dortmund tournament took off on Saturday afternoon in the Orchestra Center NRW, and more than six and a half hours all games had ended peacefully. There was definitely some fighting chess though. Especially our Game of the Day saw lots of nice, hidden resources. Schach...

Can You Win The Speed Chess Championship Fantasy Contest?

Can You Win The Speed Chess Championship Fantasy Contest?

pete
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The biggest event in online chess is back for 2018, and the field of 16 grandmasters is set for the 2018 Speed Chess Championship. While the best players in the world battle it out on the chessboards, you can be a part of the action by predicting the winners in our all-new fantasy chess contest. And don't think you can just pick the favorites, either, because there are bonuses for choosing upsets. Here's how it works. Use the Google form below to fill out your selections for each match in your...

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