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How To Watch The Speed Chess Knockout Qualifier

How To Watch The Speed Chess Knockout Qualifier

pete
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The most-awaited online chess event is back for 2018 as the Speed Chess Championship kicks off its season next week with a new invitational knockout qualifier.  Follow the action live at Chess.com/TV and Twitch.tv/chess on Tuesday, June 26 at 10 a.m. Pacific time (1 p.m. Eastern, 5 p.m. UTC). The following viewing options will be available: Twitch.tv/chess: the official broadcast with IM Daniel Rensch—watch here to see the Twitch chat. Chess.com/TV: watch...

A Judge's Sentence: 25 Hours Of Chess

A Judge's Sentence: 25 Hours Of Chess

FM MikeKlein
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Bye bye chain gang. Hello pawn chains. A new youth offenders program in Alberta, Canada, has an innovative way to get young people back on the right track: chess. Read on for that story and other chess cornucopia in this edition of "In Other News." Canada Tries Chess Instead Of Jail This is hardly a life sentence; instead it's "Chess for Life." A 25-hour program in Alberta is a new alternative sentence to juveniles caught doing wrong. According to the article, the idea is an outgrowth of recent...

Do You Know This Rare Chess Tactic?

Do You Know This Rare Chess Tactic?

GM Gserper
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Some chess tactical ideas are very common. For example, I cannot imagine any experienced chess player who never had back-rank problems in his games. Interference is pretty much at the opposite end of chess spectrum. Here is how Wikipedia describes it: "In the game of chess, interference occurs when the line between an attacked piece and its defender is interrupted by sacrificially interposing a piece. It is a chess tactic which seldom arises, and is therefore often overlooked." Here is a simple...

Levon Aronian's 3 Best Endgames

Levon Aronian's 3 Best Endgames

GM dbojkov
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Levon Aronian is a giant of modern chess, and his endgames are as educational as they are beautiful. Take a look at three of his career's best endgames and learn as you watch.

Nakamura scores hat-trick in blitz on last day in Leuven with 1.Nf3 Nf6 2.b3 ...

Nakamura scores hat-trick in blitz on last day in Leuven with 1.Nf3 Nf6 2.b3 ...

NM HanSchut
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One day after the hat-trick of Ronaldo against Spain in the World Cup soccer in Russia, Hikaru Nakamura scored 3 times in blitz in Leuven with the following variation: 1. Nf3 Nf6 2. b3 g6 3. Bb2 Bg7 4. e3 O-O 5. d4 c5 6. dxc5 Qa5+ 7. c3  Position after 7.c3 Giri probably understood that after 7 ... Qxc5 8.Ba3 he would lose the pawn on e7 and decided to play 7 ... Re8 first. Nakamura continued with 8.b4 9.Qc7 and was already better. Giri resigned on move 23. Mamedyarov and So played the...

Wesley So Wins Your Next Move Grand Chess Tour

Wesley So Wins Your Next Move Grand Chess Tour

PeterDoggers
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Wesley So won the $37,500 first prize at the Your Next Move tournament in Leuven, Belgium. He was the only player to score 22/27 after a thrilling final round in which all key contestants lost. So started the day with a 1.5-point lead over Levon Aronian and Sergey Karjakin, and the latter was his opponent in today's first round. With 1.b3, recently named as a great opening for blitz by specialist GM Maxim Dlugy, Karjakin outplayed his opponent in great style. The bishop pair! Karjakin...

The Art Of Time Management

The Art Of Time Management

GM DanielNaroditsky
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"We work 25 hours a day."  "But there's only 24 hours in a day!" "We just wake up an hour earlier."  —Eternal Call, a Soviet TV series (1973-83) Our society's obsession with time knows few bounds. It is the golden age of atomic watches, appointments, alarm clocks, reminders, digital calendars, and $100 planners. "Alarmy," the app which has prevented me from oversleeping through countless morning exams, forces its masochistic possessor to photograph a pre-specified location in...

Dvorkovich 4th Candidate Running For FIDE President

Dvorkovich 4th Candidate Running For FIDE President

PeterDoggers
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Arkady Dvorkovich, a former Deputy Prime Minister and a former Assistant to the President in the Russian government, has announced that he is running for FIDE President. It is expected that Kirsan Ilyumzhinov will withdraw his candidacy soon. Strong rumors became official news yesterday: that another Russian would announce his candidacy. The names of Anatoly Karpov, Andrey Filatov and Arkady Dvorkovich were the most likely, and as it turned out, it was the latter. "I decided to nominate myself...

Greed In Chess Is Good!

Greed In Chess Is Good!

GM Gserper
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I really appreciate my readers' feedback and therefore always read your comments to my articles. One of them, by the Chess.com member rossmckinley1224, made me think.  Ross wrote: "For those of us struggling to achieve a 1000 rating on Chess.com, having played 400-500 games and trying to improve, these articles cannot be understood." Thank you, Ross, for a very good point! Indeed many of my articles deal with topics that may be a little too advanced for Chess.com members rated 1000 and below....

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