ChessCenter: Who Will Win The Grand Chess Tour?

The Americans Wesley So and Hikaru Nakamura are alive to win the Grand Chess Tour at its final leg in the London Chess Classic, and ChessCenter has full team coverage. Plus, find out what the actor Orlando Jones has to say about chess in an exclusive interview.

Wesley So Breaks 2800 In London Chess Classic

Wesley So Breaks 2800 In London Chess Classic

Today Wesley So became the 12th player of all time to break 2800. His win with White over Michael Adams was fluid and representative of the excellent form he has been in for much of 2016. So is making a strong case that the next challenger to Magnus Carlsen is not the world number-two, Fabiano Caruana, or the recently dethroned number-two, Maxime Vachier-Lagrave, but himself. Download Tournament PGN Games from TWIC. Not only was So's game memorable for the result, the play itself...

Don’t Mock The Mockingbird

Don’t Mock The Mockingbird

This week we’re going to look at the games of the Chess.com member Mockingbird2, who is majoring in chemical engineering but thinks he can become a chess master in another two years. At the moment he’s 1900 USCF, 2143 in Chess.com blitz, and 2191 at bullet. All his games in this article are from over-the-board tournament play. I’ve asked many people who want me to look at their games to send a photo since it makes the whole article more “human” and personal. Mockingbird2...

The Practical Decision

The Practical Decision

What does it mean to be practical in a chess game? GM Melik Khachiyan says it's partly about creating problems for your opponent. Here, he creates just enough difficulties to draw GM Alex Lenderman into the mire and drag him to defeat.

Aronian, So, Kramnik Win; Take Early London Lead

Aronian, So, Kramnik Win; Take Early London Lead

Last year's inaugural Grand Chess Tour ended with a late-night playoff in London after the final round. This year, the opening day may end up being the decider. The concluding London Chess Classic, the fourth and final leg of the tour's second edition, opened with the only two tour hopefuls remaining squaring off. GM Hikaru Nakamura, who needs nothing short of clear first place, took White against GM Wesley So, who needs only a top-three finish to clinch a tour victory. Download...

Willa and Edith

Willa and Edith

     Nowadays information lies at our fingertips.  One might even argue that there is such an overflow that the effect is numbing and that the preciousness of the information lowers in an inverse ratio to the quantity.  It's hard sometimes to remember that this wasn't always the case.  Even 20 years ago, data and news weren't "on demand" and the outlets for news were limited to periodicals, newspapers, TV and radio, all of which culled out what didn't fit, didn't...

London Chess Classic Takes Off Tomorrow

London Chess Classic Takes Off Tomorrow

It's the final leg of the Grand Chess Tour, and it's just around the corner: the London Chess Classic. Tomorrow the traditional super tournament in the British capital starts with eight players from the world's top 10. When it all started in 2009, the sponsor of the Classic (who prefers to remain anonymous) wasn't yet sure if it would grow into an annual event. On the eve of the eighth edition, that definitely seems to be the case! Magnus Carlsen, the winner of four of the seven previous editions,...

Don't Worry About Your Rating

Don't Worry About Your Rating

The rating system is very accurate. That's obviously good... ...but it's also potentially bad. Humans can't help but be affected by perceptions. When players first start rated play, they are often unaware of ratings, but that all quickly changes. Once these new players realize how accurate the rating system is (assuming one plays enough games obtain that accurate rating), the focus on their chess often shifts from "What can I learn?" to "How can I improve my rating?" This is a very dangerous...

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