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Blunders, Fumbles Haunt Champions Showdown

Blunders, Fumbles Haunt Champions Showdown

Alessandro_Parodi
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A few inaccuracies and some blunders took a harsh toll on contenders for the Saint Louis Championship Showdown on the second day of the rapid section. As most rapid matchups are nearly decided with a day to spare, two head to head encounters will be resolved by photo-finish. Wesley So retaliates A relieved Wesley So talking to journalists. | Photo: Saint Louis Chess Club. A time trouble incident knocked out David Navara to a third consecutive loss against Wesley So in the most exciting match...

Predict Computer Chess Championship To Win Cash Prizes

Predict Computer Chess Championship To Win Cash Prizes

pete
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As the Computer Chess Championship moves into its next stage, an exciting new feature gives viewers the ability to predict each game's results to win cash and membership prizes. The championship will also be covered by a series of broadcast streams hosted by various Chess.com masters, including IM Lawrence Trent and NM James Canty. Follow the always-running Computer Chess Championship: Watch and chat on Chess.com/CCC—includes the all new Chess.com user interface Watch and chat...

Going Back To Square One In Chess

Going Back To Square One In Chess

ArnieChipmunk
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The Austrian chess master Heinrich Wolf (1875-1943) is not exactly a household name for most chess players these days. Yet he is father to one of the most profound concepts in modern opening theory. If people have heard of Wolf at all, it is usually for the reason that he was the angstgegner of the great Mikhail Chigorin, holding a crushing 7-0 record against him. He did have some decent tournament results in the first quarter of the 20th century, and he also was a second to Emanuel Lasker...

The One-Trick Pony that Runs Many Laps

The One-Trick Pony that Runs Many Laps

GM Illingworth
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Earlier today, as I was playing my Round 6 game at the Oceania Zonal, I was sitting beside a game between two strong club players (rated in the 1900-2100 range), watching events unfold with interest. The game started as follows: At this point, White got scared of ...b5, creating a nice pawn chain to hang on to the c4-pawn. So, rather than the correct 5.e4 b5 6.e5 Nd5 7.a4, with good compensation for the pawn, he played 5.a4, preventing ...b5.  © ThisIsWhyImBroke I...

Rapport On Full Throttle At Champions Showdown Day 1

Rapport On Full Throttle At Champions Showdown Day 1

Alessandro_Parodi
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U.S. champion Sam Shankland couldn’t get much from his home advantage against Richard Rapport in an intense opening day of the 2019 Champions Showdown in St. Louis. The 22-year-old Hungarian superstar had it all too easy in the first four rounds of the rapid match and could have been on full score hadn’t Sam held a pulse-pounding rook endgame on round four. Fabiano Caruana redeemed team America as he outplayed India’s Pentala Harikrishna and brought home three convincing wins. The...

How To Build A Chess Fortress

How To Build A Chess Fortress

GM Gserper
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The recently concluded Tata Steel chess tournament was very memorable for the U.S. grandmaster Sam Shankland. From now on he will be forever remembered as a chess player who the beat the former world champion Vladimir Kramnik in his last professional classical game. But Sam will also be remembered as a grandmaster who resigned in a book-drawn position. Sam Shankland. | Photo: Alina l'Ami/Tata Steel Chess. I bet you've already seen that game: A resignation in a dead-drawn position is so unusual...

Aeroflot Open Round 1 Called Off After Bomb Threat

Aeroflot Open Round 1 Called Off After Bomb Threat

PeterDoggers
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Shortly after the start, the first round of the Aeroflot Open has been canceled due to a bomb threat at the venue, Hotel Cosmos in Moscow. The round has been postponed until tomorrow. The traditional Aeroflot Open, the super-strong open tournament sponsored by the Russian national airline company, started today at 3 p.m. local time. With top seeds Wei Yi (China), Vladimir Fedoseev (Russia) and Wang Hao (China), the top 10 boards of the round looked like this: Bo. No. Name FED Rtg Result Name FED Rtg No. 1 51 GM Moroni...

Time Controls And The Grand Chess Tour

Time Controls And The Grand Chess Tour

NM SmarterChess
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In a continuation from the last article, Is Classical Chess Dead From Draws, we will be comparing different time controls in the Grand Chess Tour (GCT).  Mike Klein just wrote a recent piece highlighting the new 2019 format and the players on the invite list. Last month we analyzed the classical chess draw rate by year when both players were rated over 2750.  In the past couple of years, that rate has increased above 70%! Data CollectionThe data for this article contains all Grand...

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