Inspired By Karjakin, Carlsen Gets 1st Tata Steel Win
PeterDoggers

Copying Sergey Karjakin's remarkable 6.a3 in the Najdorf, Magnus Carlsen scored a good win today versus Radoslaw Wojtaszek in round two of the Tata Steel Chess Tournament. Pentala Harikrishna won as well, and so did Pavel Eljanov—the only player on 2/2.  Photo Alina l'Ami. "Today he was a huge inspiration of course," Carlsen grinned to Anna Rudolf in his post-game interview. Like all chess fans, the world champion had been fascinated by Sergey Karjakin's 6.a3 against...

Eljanov Starts With Sole Lead In Tata Steel

Eljanov Starts With Sole Lead In Tata Steel

NM SamCopeland

Pavel Eljanov was the sole winner in the masters section of the Tata Steel Chess Tournament as he downed the always creative Richard Rapport with the white pieces after an exchange sacrifice gave him smooth positional play. Before we attend to that duel, we should mention the hotly anticipated pairing of Wesley So and Magnus Carlsen. Sadly, it was more of a fizzle than a fight. So was never in danger, but he also never posed serious problems to the world champion. In the post-game interview,...

Compilation Of Chess And Education Research Studies

Compilation Of Chess And Education Research Studies

FM MikeKlein

One of the most common questions educators have is, "Where can I find research studies devoted to the educational value of chess?" More studies are being conducted every year, but this article is a compilation of some of the past research done with chess, and a synopsis of the findings. Many thanks to Dr. Robert Ferguson for his help in compiling this information. Dr. Ferguson has conducted some chess research studies himself. Here's a table of many educational studies conducted from the 1970s...

Build A Fortress: The World Champion Way

Build A Fortress: The World Champion Way

GM vegasicilia

Sometimes, a material advantage just doesn't isn't enough to win. GM Ivan Sokolov brings you a series of positions form world champions where the immovable object overcomes the irresistible force!

ChessCenter: The Best Of 2016

ChessCenter: The Best Of 2016

ChessCenter

It was a great year for chess, and the ChessCenter team has the best and worst moments of 2016. Find out who the ChessCenter player of the year and count down the most amazing moves in this special edition.

Carlsen vs So Kicks Off Tata Steel Chess

Carlsen vs So Kicks Off Tata Steel Chess

PeterDoggers

The 79th Tata Steel Chess Tournament will have a dream start and finish. Magnus Carlsen's first opponent will be Wesley So, who had such a great second half of 2016. In the last round the world champion will play the opponent of his last world title match, Sergey Karjakin. These pairings were the result of the drawing of lots, which were part of the opening ceremony today at the headquarters of Tata Steel in Velsen-Noord—about a 10-minute drive from Wijk aan Zee. The location was...

Do Not Misuse Your Chess Computer!

Do Not Misuse Your Chess Computer!

GM Gserper

My favorite episode from The Prince And The Pauper happens towards the end of the story: "Speak up, good lad, and fear nothing," said the king. "How used you the Great Seal of England?" Tom stammered a moment, in a pathetic confusion, then got it out:  "To crack nuts with!" I always thought that cracking nuts with the Great Seal of England was the biggest possible misuse of something. Not anymore! The way most people use their chess engines beats the hilarious episode from...

MVL Perfect, Leads Migraines To PRO Week 1 Win

MVL Perfect, Leads Migraines To PRO Week 1 Win

NM SamCopeland

In an action-packed season opener, the powerhouse board ones proved their worth. Four out of four scores from GMs Maxime Vachier-Lagrave and Li Chao and 3.5 and 3 points from GMs Wesley So and Shakhriyar Mamedyarov (who forfeited game one) proved sufficient to carry their teams (the Marseille Migraines, Montreal ChessBrahs, St. Louis Arch Bishops, and San Jose Hackers) to victory. Download Week 1 PGN Similarly, a Norway Gnomes team without GM Magnus Carlsen struggled mightily in...

The Curse Of Undefended Pieces

The Curse Of Undefended Pieces

IM Silman

Over the years, I’ve looked at tons of games played by low-rated Chess.com members (games by low-rated players are often extremely instructive). In many instances I see undefended pieces on both sides. And, in many of those games, the defeat was caused by the loss of a piece that was floating in the wind with nothing to protect it. Yet quite a few of these players ask me about openings or other areas of the game. Little do they know that if they fix this one thing (making sure pieces...

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