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Top Seed Aronian Already Nicked In Gibraltar Opener

Top Seed Aronian Already Nicked In Gibraltar Opener

FM MikeKlein 13 min ago

Not many elite players can say they've won the same event four years in a row, but that's exactly what GM Hikaru Nakamura is trying to do this year at the Tradewise Gibraltar Chess Festival. He actually figured to have two chances at a four-peat this year, but with the annual event in Zurich (where he has also won the last three editions) on hiatus in 2018, only Gibraltar offers him the chance. He's not the top seed, or even the second seed in the 2018 edition. But he will scoot up a board this...

Giri Grabs Sole Lead In Tata Steel Chess Round 9

Giri Grabs Sole Lead In Tata Steel Chess Round 9

PeterDoggers 11 hrs ago

Anish Giri was the only winner in round nine of the Tata Steel Chess Tournament's masters group in Wijk aan Zee. It was a big win, as the Dutchman is now the sole leader with four rounds to go. In round nine of the 1985 Hoogovens Tournament in Wijk aan Zee 33 years ago, Jan Timman drew his black game with Viktor Kortchnoi to reach a score of 6.5/9. He was leading by a full point, ahead of John Nunn (the later two-time winner) and Kiril Georgiev. Timman went on to score 2.5 points out...

Magnus Carlsen's Biggest Secret

Magnus Carlsen's Biggest Secret

GM Gserper 3 days ago

Magnus Carlsen is a genius. I doubt that many people would argue about this well-established fact. It is a totally different question why we call him a genius. Is it because he is the world champion? I don't think so. Max Euwe was the world champion and an exceptionally strong player who beat the legendary Alexander Alekhine, and yet he is not frequently called a genius. From the other side, Vassily Ivanchuk was never the world champion in classical chess, and yet everyone calls him a genius!  I...

Tata Steel: Giri Beats Mamedyarov, Carlsen Blunders But Wins

Tata Steel: Giri Beats Mamedyarov, Carlsen Blunders But Wins

PeterDoggers 2 days ago

In a tumultuous eighth round in Wijk aan Zee, both Anish Giri and Magnus Carlsen caught Shakhriyar Mamedyarov in first place. It was Giri who brought down the tournament leader, whereas Carlsen blundered a full piece but won anyway.   The fight for first place at the 80th Tata Steel Chess Tournament is suddenly very tense as we have three leaders at 5.5 points, with five rounds to go. A revitalized Mamedyarov seemed to be running away with the tournament but found his...

My Favorite U.S. Chess Magazines, Part 3

My Favorite U.S. Chess Magazines, Part 3

IM Silman 4 days ago

CHESS REVIEW Chess Review (from 1933 to late 1969) was without any doubt the best American chess magazine until, in 1961, it ran into a remarkably improved Chess Life. Both tried to beat the other (interest exploded due to the advent of Tal and, of course, Bobby Fischer), though both were excellent. Al Horowitz, who was with Chess Review from the beginning, worked day and night for decades until he retired. This led to the merger of both magazines, and Chess Life and Review was born (late 1969 until,...

Mamedyarov Wins 3 In A Row At Tata Steel

Mamedyarov Wins 3 In A Row At Tata Steel

NM SamCopeland 3 days ago

Had one speculated a year ago as to which elite player would be today's clear number-two by 20 (!) points, few (zero?) people would have picked Shakhriyar Mamedyarov. In the past year, Mamedyarov has collected more than 50 rating points with both accurate, creative, and exciting play. With his third win in a row, Mamedyarov is now only 17.9 Elo points behind Magnus Carlsen. He holds a larger lead over number three (Wesley So) than Carlsen does over him. Tata Steel Masters Mamedyarov was the first...

The Fake News Awards For Chess

The Fake News Awards For Chess

pete 7 days ago

The concept of "fake news" is itself in the news recently. While most of the fake news discussed these days is about politics, there is plenty of fake news in our favorite game. Stronger players should be able to easily debunk false chess statements, but many beginners fall into the trap of too rigid thinking when it comes to chess ideas. Here are the awards for the worst fake news in the game of chess. Let us know which chess ideas you disagree with in the comments. FAKE NEWS: You should...

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