Timur Gareyev Plays Record 48 Games Blindfolded

GM Timur Gareyev played 48 chess games blindfolded simultaneously from Saturday to Sunday in Las Vegas. The grandmaster from Uzbekistan, who now represents the United States, improved upon previous simuls by FM Marc Lang (46) and GM Miguel Najdorf (45) and hopes that his record will be internationally recognized. Gareyev in deep concentration. | Photo: Lennart Ootes. Throughout Saturday, December 3 and a bit of Sunday, December 4, Gareyev played chess simultaneously against...

Ju Wenjun Wins GP, Becomes 2017 Challenger For World Crown

Ju Wenjun Wins GP, Becomes 2017 Challenger For World Crown

Ju Wenjun of China won the grand prix tournament in Khanty-Mansiysk, and with it, the overall women's grand prix. In doing so, she earned the right to challenge the winner of the 2017 Knockout World Championship in a title match. Recap:  At the halfway point of the Women’s Grand Prix, a real western-style gunfight had occurred. The type of shoot-out where everyone in the film gets shot down. In round six, Georgian International Master Nino Batsiashvili had taken a narrow lead. The...

When A Chess Pattern Backfires

When A Chess Pattern Backfires

Everyone agrees that knowledge of typical chess patterns is one of the main requirements for a chess player to become really strong. In our weekly column, we regularly analyze typical positional and tactical patterns. But imagine a position where you just "caught" your opponent in one of those patterns and are ready to enjoy what's supposed to be a highly favorable situation for you. Instead your position is getting worse with every move. Sounds improbable? Well, situations like this...

Magnus Carlsen: "I was calm, I was confident"

Magnus Carlsen: "I was calm, I was confident"

Magnus Carlsen was "calm and confident" going into the tiebreak session on Wednesday, in which he retained his world title. The day after his victory in New York, Carlsen sat down with a small number of media to answer some questions about the match.  On Thursday morning, about ten journalists (one representing Chess.com!) met with Carlsen on the first floor of the Ritz Carlton Hotel in Battery Park, Manhattan. After just 14 minutes, the champ had to leave for another (rather...

Carlsen Wins Rapid Playoff, Defends World Championship

Carlsen Wins Rapid Playoff, Defends World Championship

It was about time. Just like in the classical portion of the 2016 world championship, GM Magnus Carlsen got several promising positions against GM Sergey Karjakin in the rapid playoff.  The difference? Today Carlsen used an extra weapon: the clock. Ahead on time in every game, Carlsen was rarely under duress while Karjakin's hourglass was constantly running out of sand. Just for fun, he ended the world championship with a queen sac, leading to multi-option forced mate. If you don't...

Key Moments In Time: Lasker’s Last Stand

Key Moments In Time: Lasker’s Last Stand

Most of us know that the legendary Emanuel Lasker was a philosopher and a world class mathematician — he earned his doctorate in math in 1902 and published a theorem which, even today, is critically important for the ins and outs of algebra and algebra geometry (you can look up “zeros of simultaneous polynomials,” but your head might explode if you do).  We also know (of course), that Lasker took the world chess championship from Wilhelm Steinitz in 1894 and kept it until...

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