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Carlsen To Face So In Sunday's PRO Chess League Final

Carlsen To Face So In Sunday's PRO Chess League Final

PeterDoggers 4 hrs ago

The Professional Rapid Online (PRO) Chess League will see a magnificent final, with world number one Magnus Carlsen and world number two Wesley So leading their teams. The final, on Sunday 26 March at 10 a.m. PDT (6 p.m. CET), will be played between the Norway Gnomes and the St. Louis Arch Bishops, who both won an epic semifinal on Saturday. If you were watching the semifinals of the PRO Chess League, you probably woke up still shaking. Epic is the word. On Saturday both the...

Ding, Giri Lead In Shenzen, Where Bishops Rule

Ding, Giri Lead In Shenzen, Where Bishops Rule

PeterDoggers 22 hrs ago

GMs Ding Liren and Anish Giri are the leaders after three rounds at the Shenzhen Longgang Chess Masters in Shenzhen, China. The other participants are GMs Michael Adams, Peter Svidler, Pentala Harikrishna, and Yu Yangyi. A new and strong tournament has appeared on the calendar, and it's taking place in China. The Shenzhen Masters is a six-player, double round robin held in Shenzhen, Guangdong in southeast China. The prize fund is $90,000 with a first prize of $20,000.  The...

The Match Of The 21st Century

The Match Of The 21st Century

GM Gserper 8 hrs 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...

Wesley So's Top 10 PRO League Moves

Wesley So's Top 10 PRO League Moves

FM MikeKlein 2 days ago

Wesley So is the top chess player in the United States, and this weekend he looks to lead his St. Louis Arch Bishops to the PRO Chess League championship. FM Mike Klein counts down So's 10 best moves from this season of the exciting new league.

ChessCenter: Who Will Win The PRO Chess League?

ChessCenter: Who Will Win The PRO Chess League?

ChessCenter 9 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.

Sharjah Masters: Prodigies Score Big

Sharjah Masters: Prodigies Score Big

PeterDoggers 1 day ago

Only a month after the FIDE Grand Prix the Sharjah Cultural and Chess Club is hosting another tournament. The start of the first Sharjah Masters was somewhat chaotic, but the conditions for the players are excellent. "The first pancake is always spoiled," some say. The first Sharjah Masters was held March 23-31 in Sharjah, United Arab Emirates. Its opening day was like a first pancake. The first round of the Sharjah Masters in action. For starters, the participants were...

Oddities In The Classic Bishop Sacrifice

Oddities In The Classic Bishop Sacrifice

IM Silman 3 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...

Carlsen, Caruana, So Vie For PRO Chess Champs This Weekend

Carlsen, Caruana, So Vie For PRO Chess Champs This Weekend

FM MikeKlein 2 days ago

Kill your TV but double-check your internet connection. This weekend will decide which four teams will advance to college basketball's "Final Four," but the Professional Online Rapid (PRO) Chess League is one week ahead in its own version of March Madness.  Both the semifinals and finals will be contested for the league's first-ever championship weekend. The four squads are already known. The quartet that survived and advanced: the Norway Gnomes, the Stockholm Snowballs, the St....

The Most Foolish Opening Mistake

The Most Foolish Opening Mistake

GM Gserper 7 days ago

I bet that some of you, my dear readers, think that I am going to talk about "Fool's Mate" or "Scholar's Mate." Indeed, there is no way to get checkmated faster than Fool's Mate: And there is no more popular beginner's opening than Scholar's Mate: But let's be realistic, when was the last time you saw a Fool's Mate in a tournament? OK, I hear you, the world champion was very close to getting this kind of a checkmate recently, as we discussed in this article. But of course that was not...

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