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FEATURE: New Puzzle Rush Formats Released

FEATURE: New Puzzle Rush Formats Released

CHESScom
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Puzzle Rushers, rejoice! For today we added two new modes! You can think of them as time controls for Rush! Puzzle Modes 3 min Don't have time for a 5-minute Rush? No problem! Now you can start working on your high score in the new 3-minute format! Otherwise, it's the same as the "classic" 5-minute Rush. You can just fit in a few more games during your coffee break! Survival Well, if 3-min means MORE "rush," this format goes in the other direction: Take all the time you want! The Survival...

Sinquefield Round 3: Players Still Stuck In Neutral

Sinquefield Round 3: Players Still Stuck In Neutral

FM MikeKlein
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Getting 5.5% return on your money will satiate most long-term investors, but not many chess fans. After day three of the 2019 Sinquefield Cup, a field that now includes the top 10 players in the world are all choosing a conservative portfolio. Again all games ended drawn, leaving Viswanathan Anand in the lead. Only one game in the first 18 clashes has produced a winner, and even that only came at the hands of a last-minute slip by Ian Nepomniachtchi. Contrast with the 2019 Grand Chess Tour...

The Man Who Beat Mikhail Tal

The Man Who Beat Mikhail Tal

GM Gserper
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If you have seen the movie Searching for Bobby Fischer, you may remember one of the Washington Square Park hustlers who held a sign offering a photograph or a game with the man who beat Mikhail Tal.  Just like most of the movie's chess characters, this guy really existed. His name was Josif Israel Zilber.  Vasek Simek as Josif Israel Zilber in the 1993 film Searching for Bobby Fischer. Here is what the movie's Wikipedia page says about him: The Russian player in the park...

My win against IM Tibor Károlyi

My win against IM Tibor Károlyi

CM GaborHorvath
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In this post I would like to show you an old game of mine, which I played  in 2013 in Dublin in the Irish National Club Championship. I was playing for Galway, and my opponent was another Hungarian, IM Tibor Károlyi, who happened to be playing for the Adare Chess Club from Limerick. What makes this game special to me is the fact that I managed to beat a strong player with practically zero preparation: I knew the opening theory until move 5, and from that moment I was alone, forced...

PRO Chess League Summer Series: Action Sets Stage For Championship Weekend

PRO Chess League Summer Series: Action Sets Stage For Championship Weekend

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Saturday's Group D finale was only the start of an action-packed weekend in the PRO Chess League Summer Series. The Montreal Chessbrahs completed their group stage by beating the Minnesota Blizzard in their live club match, while the Cannes Blitzstreams denied the Norway Gnomes a spot in the playoffs.   GM Ivan Saric (@dalmatinac101) led the Canadian side to another perfect six-point week, extending its score to 17 points. The Chessbrahs' unprecedented performance...

The Unusual Side Of Blitz Chess

The Unusual Side Of Blitz Chess

GM Gserper
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When we talk about blitz chess, we usually think about tactics, blunders and opening surprises that force our opponents to spend their precious seconds. I doubt that many people would mention good endgame technique as an integral element of blitz. Indeed, most times when a blitz game reaches an endgame, both players have just seconds on their clocks and usually have only two rules to play by: Do not lose on time and do not blunder too much. Here is a very recent example. Just watch the last...

Firouzja Qualifies For FIDE World Fischer Random Chess Championship

Firouzja Qualifies For FIDE World Fischer Random Chess Championship

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On Sunday, the 16-year-old Iranian chess prodigy GM Alireza Firouzja weathered a seven-hour barrage of tough opponents to reach the quarterfinals of the 2019 FIDE World Fischer Random Chess Championship. Firouzja defeated IM Nicolai Getz and grandmasters Ivan Salgado, Maxim Matlakov and Jan-Krzysztof Duda among a star-studded field, which saw strong GMs such as Georg Meier go out in the first round. After easily disposing of Getz in the round of 16, Firouzja had a...

New Mastery Course: Learn The Trompowsky Attack

New Mastery Course: Learn The Trompowsky Attack

NM SamCopeland
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Do you want to learn an excellent and diverse opening without a lot of theory? IM Keaton Kiewra teaches the course for you! The Trompowsky Attack (1.d4 Nf6 2.Bg5) is an excellent try for an advantage that can easily throw Black into shark-infested waters. IM Kiewra is a theoretical player who has long relied on the "Tromp" as one of his core weapons. He shows you the ideas that have worked for him, presenting you with many lines, traps, strategic weapons that you can deploy in your next game at...

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