Carlsen Closing In On So After Beating Van Wely
PeterDoggers

Magnus Carlsen was the only winner in the ninth round of the Tata Steel Chess Tournament's Masters. The World Champion defeated Loek van Wely and is now half a point behind Wesley So. Ilia Smirin joined Markus Ragger in the lead in the Challengers, where the winner will promote to the Masters 2018 tournament. Photo: Alina l'Ami. Van Wely was a most welcome pairing for Carlsen on Tuesday. First, the Norwegian had a full rest day to recover from his first loss in Wijk aan Zee, and then...

70s Life: Gibraltar Chess Festival Hosts 72 GMs

70s Life: Gibraltar Chess Festival Hosts 72 GMs

FM MikeKlein

For those that don't watch ChessCenter regularly (shame on you!), in the latest episode, this author/commentator predicted the continued rise of open events. Evidence number one might be the Tradewise Gibraltar Chess Festival, which commences its fifteenth incarnation this Tuesday and runs through February 2. Its first portion overlaps the final rounds of the much more white-haired elite event in Wijk aan Zee, the Tata Steel tournament. Its a bit like comparing apples to...

Who Will Win PRO Chess League Week 3?

Who Will Win PRO Chess League Week 3?

FM MikeKlein

Are you a better predictor of PRO Chess League winners than Chess.com's panel of experts? More specifically, are you better than Tarjei Svensen? Through two weeks of the regular season, Norway's "fastest chess Tweeter" has won both weeks, and thus leads the overall standings. He again scored 66 percent and is on 32/48 for the year. How'd he do it? He swept the Atlantic Division matches and even got four scores exactly right, which also led the way, along with NM Alex King's four exactitudes. How...

The Tactics Challenge That Stumped IM Rensch!

The Tactics Challenge That Stumped IM Rensch!

IM DanielRensch

IM Daniel Rensch is back to give Tactics Trainer a piece of his mind: the last sane piece ;) Will he be able to solve everything the Trainer throws at him or will he be tripped up by the subtleties of these challenging puzzles?

ChessCenter: MVL, The Perfect PRO

ChessCenter: MVL, The Perfect PRO

ChessCenter

Maxime Vachier-Lagrave started out perfect in the PRO Chess League. Can he keep it up as more of the world's best join the event? Find out what to watch this week in chess as you get the best moves and news from the ChessCenter team.

Rapport Beats Carlsen; Aronian Bounces Back

Rapport Beats Carlsen; Aronian Bounces Back

PeterDoggers

Richard Rapport was the sensation of the day as he defeated Magnus Carlsen beautifully in round eight. Wesley So still leads the Tata Steel Chess Tournament's masters group going into the second rest day. Photo: Alina l'Ami. New York wasn't too convincing. Doha was disappointing, and now in Wijk aan Zee, it's not going great for Magnus Carlsen either. Today he suffered his first loss, to Richard Rapport. The Hungarian player found a beautiful finish to a game where Carlsen's play...

Carlsen vs Karjakin: The Movies?

Carlsen vs Karjakin: The Movies?

FM MikeKlein

What if each of the 16 Carlsen-Karjakin world championship games were made into a movie, or into one compilation of vignettes like "New York Stories," "Four Rooms," or "Paris, Je T'aime"? Which director should take the lead on each game? Here are my picks. Yes, you will disagree. Yes, you've seen more movies than I have. You, you will be apoplectic that I "forgot" a legendary director. But let's have some fun and put your picks in the comments! Game 1: The understated beginning...

Carlsen Misses Mate In 3 vs Giri

Carlsen Misses Mate In 3 vs Giri

PeterDoggers

Today Magnus Carlsen missed a checkmate versus Anish Giri, and with it, a great opportunity to move to "plus three." Wesley So drew his game as well and continues to lead the masters section. It's quite rare, but it happened today: a world champion missing a mate in three. (Strictly speaking it wasn't a forced mate in three, but if one doesn't take into account Black giving up lots of material, it was.) Magnus Carlsen had built up a winning position and seemed to be on his way to...

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