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A Chess Whopper: Challenge 'The King' On Chess.com

A Chess Whopper: Challenge 'The King' On Chess.com

FM MikeKlein
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Kings don't usually work this hard, but with tomorrow (July 20) being International Chess Day, "The King" is making an exception. Burger King's iconic mascot has been a longtime chess fan for years, but he's just now entering the arena of competitive chess. Some customers even claim to have seen his Chess.com app open while working the drive through.  On Friday he will turn off his flame grill and focus on the royal game. For six hours, The King will play all comers on Chess.com's live...

FIDE Elections And The Fight Against Corruption

FIDE Elections And The Fight Against Corruption

PeterDoggers
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Three weeks after the three candidates for the FIDE presidential elections became known, the key word for some of the candidates seems to be "corruption." An anti-corruption committee has been established, and Makropoulos ticket members have accused Dvorkovich of bribery. Anti-corruption committee At the second quarter 2018 presidential board meeting that took place in Bucharest, Romania last week, FIDE established a brand new electoral integrity committee. The committee will "investigate...

Play The 24-Hour International Chess Day Arena!

Play The 24-Hour International Chess Day Arena!

NM SamCopeland
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Not sure how to celebrate International Chess Day? Join thousands of other Chess.com users in our 24-hour Arena from 12 a.m. PT to 12 p.m. June 20! The tournament will be played at Chess.com's most popular time control, 10|0. Play the Arena What is an arena? Arenas on Chess.com are a fast, fun format all about earning as many points as you can in the allotted time. Finish a game? Get paired right away! Come and go as you please; you can join late, leave, and come back as desired! Earn 1 point...

Shirov's 3 Most Amazing Endgames

Shirov's 3 Most Amazing Endgames

GM dbojkov
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Alexei Shirov is known for his fiery style, and he is often compared to the legendary Mikhail Tal as both grandmasters had the penchant for blowing their opponents off the chessboard. But Shirov can play subtle and brilliant endgames too, as this lesson will teach you.

Penetration and blockade

Penetration and blockade

IM attilaturzo
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Today's first game was again against a computer assisted user, after the game, the chess.com staff marked the opponent as computer user. I made a mistake, I allowed him to get the a-file and under the pressure instead of the passive defense I tried to counter-attack and weakened my king. I blundered a nice counter-attack and it allowed him to penetrate and win: Then I decided to play an other game, but be carefull and start the game only after I checked my opponent history. Many people left...

Kramnik Shows Duda Who's Boss In Dortmund R4

Kramnik Shows Duda Who's Boss In Dortmund R4

PeterDoggers
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On Wednesday, Vladimir Kramnik scored his first win in Dortmund, and it was a big one: The 14th world champion beat the tournament leader, Jan-Krzysztof Duda. The two are now sharing the lead at the Sparkassen Chess Meeting together with Vladislav Kovalev and Ian Nepomniachtchi.  To say that our headline of yesterday's news report jinxed it would be too much. Still, Duda lost his very next game after he made such a strong impression in the first three rounds. In round four,...

2018 Speed Chess Championship Official Schedule, Players, Prizes, Information

2018 Speed Chess Championship Official Schedule, Players, Prizes, Information

News
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The 2018 Chess.com Speed Chess Championship will feature 16 of the world's best chess players in an innovative eSports bracket tournament and a starting (guaranteed) prize pool of $55,000. Check out the new 2018 Speed Chess Championship hype video to get you psyched up for the tournament. NEXT MATCH: Caruana vs Aronian: Tuesday, July 24, 10 a.m. PDT. Watch live on www.Twitch.tv/Chess. You can find important information on the event below.  Broadcast and streaming Bracket Matchups...

No Doubt In Dortmund: Duda Is The Real Thing

No Doubt In Dortmund: Duda Is The Real Thing

PeterDoggers
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Jan-Krzysztof Duda won his third-round game today at the Sparkassen Chess Meeting. He kept his lead by beating his compatriot and last year's tournament winner, Radoslaw Wojtaszek. The round saw two more decisive games. Again using very little time on the clock, Ian Nepomniachtchi outplayed Liviu-Dieter Nisipeanu, whereas Anish Giri over-pressed and lost from a better position against Vladislav Kovalev. Kovalev tried a well-known gambit from the Nimzowitsch Sicilian. Perhaps caught off-guard...

Going Berserk In Chess!

Going Berserk In Chess!

GM Gserper
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Some 20 years ago I had a conversation with a grandmaster who grew up in a bad neighborhood.  He was recollecting his youth years when street fighting was pretty common. I don't remember much from his stories, but one of his phrases has stuck in my mind:  "It is not the strongest who wins the fight but the craziest!"  A game that was played almost 170 years ago by two of the best Russian players of that time clearly proves the point. Carl Jaenisch developed his Jaenisch Gambit...

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