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PRO Chess League Begins With Carlsen And More

PRO Chess League Begins With Carlsen And More

FM MikeKlein 9 hrs ago

The second season of the Professional Online Rapid (PRO) Chess League is scaled down, and beefed up at the same time. The league kicks off tomorrow with a full slate of week-one matchups. Gone is the unwieldy 48-team free-for-all. Fans complained they couldn't get any screen time for their favorite club. Thanks to a qualification process that happened last fall, the league is now 32 teams, which is in line with many professional sports leagues. Most of the heavy-hitters returned, either by invitation...

Anand Wins With Flair, Joins Giri In Lead

Anand Wins With Flair, Joins Giri In Lead

PeterDoggers 2 days ago

With some cute tactics, Viswanathan Anand nicely defeated Fabiano Caruana today at the Tata Steel Chess Tournament. The Indian grandmaster joined Anish Giri in the lead. Anton Korobov and Vidit Santosh Gujrathi are tied for first in the challengers. A five-time world champion and five-time winner in Wijk aan Zee, Viswanathan Anand is not showing any fatigue at 48 years old. Having just won the World Rapid Championship in Riyadh a few weeks ago, the Indian legend started pretty well at...

The Fake News Awards For Chess

The Fake News Awards For Chess

pete 1 day ago

The concept of "fake news" is itself in the news recently. While most of the fake news discussed these days is about politics, there is plenty of fake news in our favorite game. Stronger players should be able to easily debunk false chess statements, but many beginners fall into the trap of too rigid thinking when it comes to chess ideas. Here are the awards for the worst fake news in the game of chess. Let us know which chess ideas you disagree with in the comments. FAKE NEWS: You should...

How To Checkmate: Smothered Mate

How To Checkmate: Smothered Mate

GM Ginger_GM 1 day ago

This is the checkmate that knight fans dream their whole lives of playing in a real game -- the smothered mate. It's probably the most fun checkmate to play, and GM Williams shows you how to do it.

Giri Moves To 2/2 In Wijk aan Zee

Giri Moves To 2/2 In Wijk aan Zee

PeterDoggers 3 days ago

Anish Giri moved to 2/2 today at the Tata Steel Chess Tournament after beating Vladimir Kramnik. Close behind is Magnus Carlsen, who beat Baskaran Adhiban. The third winner in the Masters group was Shakhriyar Mamedyarov, who inflicted the second loss upon Hou Yifan. Tata Steel Masters The Dutch chess fans are in an excellent mood as their man is the sole leader after two rounds in Wijk aan Zee. It's too early to make any conclusions, but having a Dutch winner would be just wonderful for this...

How To Quickly Gain Rating Points

How To Quickly Gain Rating Points

GM Gserper 4 days ago

In one of my recent articles, I asked readers to share their goals for 2018. Despite my explicit warning that the goal of gaining rating points can be counterproductive, this is exactly what majority of our members wish. Well, your wish is my command. Today we will talk about what you can do in order to gain a lot of rating points as quickly as possible.  I bet you've all heard the famous cliche that "chess is 90 percent tactics." While this saying is a bit overused, it correctly...

Winning Starts For Anand, Kramnik, Giri In Tata Steel

Winning Starts For Anand, Kramnik, Giri In Tata Steel

NM SamCopeland 4 days ago

Two Tata Steel veterans seized winning starts in the 80th edition of the tournament. Vladimir Kramnik and Viswanathan Anand each won nice games with White—against Wei Yi and Maxim Matlakov respectively. Joining them in the lead is Anish Giri, the last player to finish today. Also winning with White, he crafted some nice pitfalls for Hou Yifan in a king and pawn endgame. Tata Steel Masters The first to finish today was Anand who is continuing his excellent 2017 form which culminated in victory...

Arena Kings Archive

Arena Kings Archive

NM SamCopeland 5 days ago

The Arena Kings Cash Tournament is Chess.com's weekly two-hour, 3|0 blitz arena tournament, open to all, with $500 in weekly cash prizes for streamers.  Join the Arena Kings tournament each Wednesday at 12 p.m. Pacific Time in Chess.com/live via the tournaments tab. Read The Announcement Article Prizes are as follows: Top three finishing titled players: 1st: $100, 2nd: $75, 3rd: $25 Fan prizes for titled players: Top viewed titled player stream: $75. All titled players...

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