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Aronian Can't Crack Ding In World Cup Finals Game 1

Aronian Can't Crack Ding In World Cup Finals Game 1

NM SamCopeland 7 hrs ago

After nearly three weeks of play featuring 128 players battling against elimination, the World Cup has been reduced to two players, Levon Aronian and Ding Liren. Today, they drew their first game to kick off their four-game finals match. With three games to go in the classical mini-match, the initiative now switches to Ding Liren who has two Whites in the three remaining games. Fed Player Fed Player Classical Rapid Blitz Arm. Score Aronian (2802) Ding Liren (2771) ½-½ ½-½ In...

Aronian, Ding To Final, Candidates As Queens Beat Rooks

Aronian, Ding To Final, Candidates As Queens Beat Rooks

PeterDoggers 2 days ago

Levon Aronian and Ding Liren have qualified for both the final of the FIDE World Cup and for the 2018 Candidates' Tournament. Ding beat Wesley So in the 10+10 games whereas Aronian eliminated Maxime Vachier-Lagrave by winning the Armageddon game. In both matches the basic endgame queen vs rook decided the game. After a super tense tiebreak day the biggest prizes are known. The two winners, Aronian and Ding, have clinched their tickets for the Candidates' Tournament, and will be playing...

Has The King's Indian Attack Been Forgotten?

Has The King's Indian Attack Been Forgotten?

IM Silman 2 days ago

The Chess.com member Kingdom_chess2 asked: “Why is the King’s Indian Attack less popular at the top level? Is there any specific reason?” JS: The KIA (King’s Indian Attack) was explored (by very strong players!) in the 1950s. One of those KIA explorers was Fischer, who played it (starting with 1.Nf3) in 1956. Later in 1957 Fischer made a change, using the same setup with 1.e4 (1.e4 c5 2.Nf3 Nc6 3.d3 e6 4.Nbd2 d5 5.g3) instead of 1.Nf3. Fischer eventually gave up the KIA,...

ChessCenter: Return Of Kasparov

ChessCenter: Return Of Kasparov

ChessCenter 21 days ago

Garry Kasparov's return to professional chess highlighted one of the busiest months of top-flight chess ever. Get caught up on the best and worst of the month, and find out all you need to know about Magnus Carlsen and the upcoming World Cup.

Aronian-MVL, Ding-So Go To Tiebreaks

Aronian-MVL, Ding-So Go To Tiebreaks

PeterDoggers 3 days ago

The second day of the FIDE World Cup's semifinals was identical to the first. Whereas Maxime Vachier-Lagrave and Levon Aronian played a quick draw in a Ruy Lopez, Ding Liren and Wesley So were involved in a long, Catalan fight that ended on move 58 with bare kings. Deputy chief arbiter Ashot Vardepetyan performs the drawing of colors for the tiebreak after Ding-So has ended in a draw. | Photo: Chess.com/Maria Emelianova. With two draws in both matches, there will be two all-decisive...

The First Computer Chess Championship  in the USA

The First Computer Chess Championship in the USA

batgirl 3 days ago

     For nearly 20 years computers have dominated chess.  These advanced devises not only defeat the best players, but have become indispensable as training tools, analyzing partners and always-ready opponents.         Of course computers weren't always so universal and chess programs weren't always so strong.  A precise history of the development of computer chess is hampered by the fact that much of that development wasn't organized or even documented...

World Cup Semifinals: Was So Winning?

World Cup Semifinals: Was So Winning?

PeterDoggers 4 days ago

Both games on the first day of the FIDE World Cup's semifinals were drawn. Levon Aronian and Maxime Vachier-Lagrave split the point quickly in a very theoretical line of the Gruenfeld Defense. Wesley So built up serious pressure vs Ding Liren in an Italian game, but allowed a move repetition just after the time control. Wesley So leaving the playing hall after drawing a good position. | Photo: Chess.com/Maria Emelianova. Only four players are left in the tournament, but the most important...

The Top 3 Chess Insults

The Top 3 Chess Insults

GM Gserper 6 days ago

The 2017 World Cup is one of the most important events of the year and a real feast for the true chess enthusiast. It is even covered by the mainstream media, which usually ignores chess. Unfortunately the media got interested in chess for the wrong reason as all the exciting games and unexpected results were overshadowed by an ugly incident.   I bet you've already read dozens of reports and opinions from both professional and non-professional chess players, so you know that the vast majority...

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