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U.S. Chess Championship Starts With Wins From So And Nakamura

U.S. Chess Championship Starts With Wins From So And Nakamura

FM MikeKlein 8 hrs ago

The "big three," as they are commonly known in American chess, are seen collectively as prohibitive favorites to win the 2017 U.S. Championship, which began yesterday. It's early in St. Louis, but two of them validated that sentiment, while the defending champion struggled to make a draw. There were some matchups of familiar faces -- all five U.S. Olympiad gold medalists from Baku played on three boards. Lead photo courtesy Austin Fuller for Chess Club and Scholastic Center of Saint Louis. The...

Shenzhen: Ding Leads, Svidler Bounces Back

Shenzhen: Ding Leads, Svidler Bounces Back

PeterDoggers 1 day ago

After six rounds it's GM Ding Liren who leads the Shenzhen Longgang Chess Masters in Shenzhen, China. GM Anish Giri, who missed a win vs GM Peter Svidler, is in second place. Three more rounds have been played in Shenzhen since the first report. Today was the sixth round, after a rest day on Tuesday. On both Sunday and Monday the tournament saw draws only, but there was some action at the start of the new week. The biggest story on Monday was Giri missing a clear (but still...

Santasiere's Thoughts and Remembrances

Santasiere's Thoughts and Remembrances

batgirl 1 day ago

     While wanting to write an introduction, putting my thoughts on the topic into words has proven to be a most difficult undertaking.   Although I predominantly scour books, newspapers and periodicals for the bulk of my information, I also check out everything I can find written by others online.   Much of what I've encountered about Santasiere online, particularly about his various writings, has been presented in an unpleasantly condescending and supercilious...

Secrets Of A Blitz Master: Making Plans

Secrets Of A Blitz Master: Making Plans

GM Dlugy 1 day ago

Who says you can't make a plan for blitz chess? GM Dlugy tells you the secrets of masterful blitz play, and it all begins with making a plan to win straight from the opening.

ChessCenter: Who Will Win The PRO Chess League?

ChessCenter: Who Will Win The PRO Chess League?

ChessCenter 13 days ago

Will Magnus Carlsen lead his Gnomes to PRO Chess League glory? The team discusses this and more, as chess was big in the news this month, with Carlsen on The Simpsons, women's chess made international headlines, and blunders and brilliancies galore! Don't miss ChessCenter where IM Danny Rensch, GM Simon Williams, IM Anna Rudolf, and WFM Alexandra Botez break down these headlines.

It Continues: FIDE Won't Budge, Ilyumzhinov Won't Resign

It Continues: FIDE Won't Budge, Ilyumzhinov Won't Resign

PeterDoggers 2 days ago

Even though Kirsan Ilyumzhinov himself denies that he is stepping down as FIDE president, FIDE officials continue to claim that he has announced his resignation. At a press conference today in Moscow, Ilyumzhinov emphasised that he'll continue to work as FIDE president until 2018. Photo Ilyumzhinov: David Llada. (This is a follow-up on yesterday's story where we reported that the FIDE website claims that Kirsan Ilyumzhinov announced his resignation as FIDE president.) Ilyumzhinov's...

The Match Of The 21st Century

The Match Of The 21st Century

GM Gserper 4 days ago

When chess players say "match of the century," usually they refer to the famous match between the USSR and the "rest of the world" that took place in Belgrade in 1970. In reality, many famous chess competitions (mostly world championship matches) throughout the 20th century had this catchy moniker. Photo by David Llada. Capablanca-Alekhine, Spassky-Fischer and Karpov-Kasparov (1984/85) all were called "match of the century" at some point! As you can see, it is very subjective and...

Webster University Wins 5th Straight President's Cup

Webster University Wins 5th Straight President's Cup

FM MikeKlein 2 days ago

Top-rated Webster University has won its fifth consecutive President's Cup title, beating out the three other invited teams from Texas Tech, St. Louis University, and University of Texas at Dallas (UTD) in an event also known as the "Final Four of College Chess." About the only question this past weekend was whether the Gorloks would be competing for one or two titles. Last week, their quartet of college players was denied a chance for a world championship when it was bounced...

Oddities In The Classic Bishop Sacrifice

Oddities In The Classic Bishop Sacrifice

IM Silman 7 days ago

Every chess player knows about the classic bishop sacrifice. And everyone wants to smash that light-squared bishop into h7, drag the screaming-in-terror enemy king from its pawn cover, and execute it as its army helplessly watches.In general, the victimized king gets mated on squares like e7, f8, g8, h8, h7, h6, g6, and f6. And, in general, sequences like Bxh7+, Ng5+, Qh5 (or Qg4 if the king runs to g6) make the CBS (classic bishop sacrifice) easy to play and as smooth as silk. Here’s a...

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