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Obiettivo Risarcimento, Nona Win European Club Cup

Obiettivo Risarcimento, Nona Win European Club Cup

PeterDoggers
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For the first time Obiettivo Risarcimento from Padova, Italy, won the gold medals at the European Club Cup. Nona (Georgia) won in the women's section for the fourth time. The European Club Cup, a seven-round competition for European club teams, finished on Saturday in Ulcinj, Montenegro. The first four rounds of this event are covered here. Open After four rounds, four teams had won all their matches: reigning champion Mednyi Vsadnik (St. Petersburg), club Vugar Gashimov from Azerbaijan,...

Hamburg Grand Prix Final Goes To Tiebreak

Hamburg Grand Prix Final Goes To Tiebreak

PeterDoggers
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The final of the FIDE Grand Prix in Hamburg will be decided in a tiebreak on Sunday. Jan-Krzysztof Duda was under pressure twice, but held the draw against Alexander Grischuk in both standard games. Over the board Duda and Grischuk had played each other in rapid and blitz only, and you might also remember their epic Speed Chess match here on Chess.com, played 14 months ago and narrowly won by Duda. On Friday, they met for the first time in classical chess (or "standard" as FIDE...

OK, Boomer: The Best Chess Players Of A Generation

OK, Boomer: The Best Chess Players Of A Generation

pete
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The generational meme wars are heating up as "OK, boomer" (often with the necessary comma omitted) is now a catch-all reply to trump any disagreement between the young and old. This unstoppable meme has made its way across the Internet, all over Twitch, and even (dare we say it?) into "real life." As the popular phrase throws the spotlight on the boomers (born 1946-1964), let's rank the best chess players from this large and important post-war generation. While this era of chess was thoroughly...

The Short But Extraordinary Chess Career of Malcolm Barker. Part Two

The Short But Extraordinary Chess Career of Malcolm Barker. Part Two

simaginfan
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Before we begin! I started putting this all together some time ago. Since then I have been lucky enough to make contact with Malcom Barker himself - a wonderful man. He has been kind enough to go to a great deal of time and trouble to provide me with some priceless material, for which I offer my humble and genuine gratitude. Rather than redo everything to put it all into chronological order, I have decided to finish this part, and then use his material as the basis for a third. So, part three to...

Abhimanyu Mishra Youngest IM In History

Abhimanyu Mishra Youngest IM In History

PeterDoggers
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Abhimanyu Mishra of New Jersey recently fulfilled all requirements for the International Master title at the age of 10 years, nine months and three days—younger than anyone else. Mishra, who is often called "Abhi," broke the previous record held by the current world U18 champion Praggnanandhaa Rameshbabu by 17 days. Mishra scored his third IM norm earlier this month at the inaugural Chess Max Academy Fall Invitational, a round-robin organized by GM Maxim Dlugy's chess...

First You Smile, Then You Resign

First You Smile, Then You Resign

GM Gserper
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Chess is a very complicated game that requires utmost concentration. Therefore most of the time chess players have a very serious facial expression. I doubt that a fianchettoed bishop or a semi-open file would make many people laugh. Yet there is a certain positional element that inevitably makes chess players smile. Regardless of the rating or age, chess players start grinning whenever such a situation appears on a chessboard.  I am talking about tripled pawns.  I remember the first...

Artemiev Beats Aronian In Speed Chess Quarterfinals

Artemiev Beats Aronian In Speed Chess Quarterfinals

PeterDoggers
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Levon Aronian won the five-minute games, but then Vladislav Artemiev took over and ended up winning their Speed Chess Championship quarterfinal match convincingly. The Russian player dominated both the three- and one-minute segments towards a final score of 16-9. Although the Chess.com SmarterChess statistical model named Aronian as the favorite in this match, something could be said for Artemiev as well. The Russian grandmaster won several over-the-board blitz championships, and in speed...

Samuel Reshevsky's Prime Years

Samuel Reshevsky's Prime Years

IM Silman
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How strong was Samuel Reshevsky in his prime? Well, he won the U.S. championship eight times, the same number as Bobby Fischer. Reshevsky also played eight times in the Chess Olympiads (six times on first board).  Was he good enough to battle the chess greats? Yes. He beat (often many times) David Janowski, Efim Bogoljubov, Jose Raul Capablanca, Alexander Alekhine, Emanuel Lasker, Savielly Tartakower, Max Euwe, Mikhail Botvinnik, Salo Flohr, Paul Keres, Vasily Smyslov,Svetozar Gligoric,...

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