Nakamura, Dlugy Top Titled Tuesday

GM Hikaru Nakamura won his record seventh Titled Tuesday to close out 2016. His win came in the late Titled Tuesday, which he shared with a large pack of six players on 7.0/9: GMs Laurent Fressinet, Aleksander Shimanov, Daniel Naroditsky, Vidit Gujrathi, and NM Shanmuka Meruga. This allowed Nakamura to pull ahead of GM Georg Meier in the battle for most Titled Tuesday wins. Meier remains with six Titled Tuesday victories. GM Maxim Dlugy, managed an impressive 8.0/9 for a...

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,...

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...

How To Calculate With Precision

How To Calculate With Precision

What chess player hasn't miscalculated in a critical moment? GM Melik Khachiyan shows you how to minimize such errors with several puzzles from his recent play. Melik highlights the importance of several zwischenzugs, the hardest chess move to spot!

Baden-Baden's Title Hunt: Anand, Caruana, MVL On Top Boards

Baden-Baden's Title Hunt: Anand, Caruana, MVL On Top Boards

Last weekend, OSC Baden-Baden made its intentions clear: It wants to win back the title in the German league. For its matches on Saturday and Sunday, it had Viswanathan Anand, Fabiano Caruana, and Maxime Vachier-Lagrave on the top boards. Last year, the unthinkable happened: For the first time in a decade, Baden-Baden did not win the Schachbundesliga. It was SG Solingen that finished first instead. But Baden-Baden is ambitious as ever as became clear last weekend in (and against) Hockenheim....

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...

Timur Gareyev Plays Record 48 Games Blindfolded

Timur Gareyev Plays Record 48 Games Blindfolded

GM Timur Gareyev played 48 chess games blindfolded simultaneously from Saturday to Sunday in Las Vegas. The grandmaster from Uzbekistan, who now represents the United States, improved upon previous simuls by FM Marc Lang (46) and GM Miguel Najdorf (45) and hopes that his record will be internationally recognized. Gareyev in deep concentration. | Photo: Lennart Ootes. Throughout Saturday, December 3 and a bit of Sunday, December 4, Gareyev played chess simultaneously against...

The Perfect Opening For The Lazy Student

The Perfect Opening For The Lazy Student

During the last five years or so, most of the time that I have spent on chess has been devoted to creating things that have helped other players improve: videos, books, articles, courses and whatever else comes along. Undertaking this direction in life has left me with little or no time (or inclination) to study and improve my own game. I am not complaining as I must admit that studying the latest chess theory can be an incredibly incredibly boring pastime. Who wants to be in front of...

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