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Wei Yi, Padmini Rout Win Asian Continental Championships

Wei Yi, Padmini Rout Win Asian Continental Championships

IM Rakesh
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Wei Yi scored one of the biggest wins of his individual career by winning the Asian Continental Championship in Makati, Philippines. Wei scored 6.5/9, and won five more Elo points to reach a rating of 2732. He qualified for the 2019 World Cup together with GMs Amin Tabatabaei, Le Quang Liem, Surya Shekhar Ganguly and Nguyen Ngoc Truong Son. Unlike the European Championship or American Continental, the Asian Continental is a nine-round Swiss that is first a way for players to qualify for...

Nakamura Wins 2018 Grand Chess Tour

Nakamura Wins 2018 Grand Chess Tour

PeterDoggers
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Hikaru Nakamura won the 2018 Grand Chess Tour and its $120,000 first prize after beating Maxime Vachier-Lagrave in the fourth blitz game of the final at the London Chess Classic. Fabiano Caruana came in third as he defeated Levon Aronian in their match. Gawain Jones won the British Knockout. The four GCT contestants before the first game. | Photo: Maria Emelianova/Chess.com. It was an incredibly close affair today at the London Chess Classic. MVL and Nakamura drew no fewer than seven games...

Can You Solve Our 2018 Holiday Chess Puzzler?

Can You Solve Our 2018 Holiday Chess Puzzler?

pete
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Your favorite annual chess quiz tradition is back for the 2018 holidays. Enjoy this year's quiz, and see if you can win one of our prizes for a top score. Play the puzzler here. Rules: All ties will be resolved by the earliest received submission, so send in your answers as soon as you know them. But try to be as accurate as possible—it usually takes close to a perfect score to win.  Answers will be accepted until 11:59 p.m. (Pacific Time) on Tuesday, Jan....

Get Better At Bullet Chess: Checkmate

Get Better At Bullet Chess: Checkmate

GM KNVB
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What good is getting a winning position in bullet chess if you can't deliver the all-important checkmate? GM Aman Hambleton is back with more bullet chess tips about how to mate the enemy king before your clock runs out.

Final Thoughts On Carlsen vs Caruana From Robert And Me

Final Thoughts On Carlsen vs Caruana From Robert And Me

IM DanielRensch
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And then life went back to normal... When the smoke cleared after November, despite all the action (and 12 rounds of no satisfaction ), nothing had really changed: Magnus Carlsen was still world champion, Fabiano Caruana, while still being America's number-one, was relegated to "just another candidate," and all of us (fans and commentators alike) were looking ourselves in the mirror, and wondering "how do I feel about that match?" Well, hopefully enough time has passed for you, as it has for Robert...

Chessbrahs vs Chess.com In New Team Chess Match Monday

Chessbrahs vs Chess.com In New Team Chess Match Monday

pete
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Who will win in a battle of online chess titans? On Monday, the Chessbrahs will take on the faces of Chess.com in a new team chess match format. You can watch this groundbreaking event live on Twitch.tv/chess and Twitch.tv/chessbrah on Monday, December 17 at 11 a.m. PST (2 p.m. EST, 8 p.m. CET).  GM Eric Hansen and GM Aman Hambleton (Chessbrahs) will face GM Robert Hess and IM Daniel Rensch (Chess.com) in a three-game rapid match where both players on each team will decide every...

Are You A Good Chess Player?

Are You A Good Chess Player?

GM Gserper
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Last week's article about Puzzle Rush provided great feedback, so I would like to thank you for your comments. When I see that people from different countries, different political views and different playing strength share passion for chess, I feel that the FIDE's slogan "Gens una sumus," which is Latin for "We are one people," is actually true. One of the most common comments can be summarized like this: According to the scale I am supposed to be a strong tournament player, but I am rated only...

London Chess Classic: Jones Scores With Bishop Sac

London Chess Classic: Jones Scores With Bishop Sac

PeterDoggers
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With two more draws in the classical games, the Grand Chess Tour matches Nakamura-Vachier-Lagrave and Caruana-Aronian at the London Chess Classic will be decided tomorrow in the rapid and blitz games. Gawain Jones scored a nice victory against Luke McShane to take a six-point lead in the final of the British Knockout Championship. Photographer Lennart Ootes shared a remarkable statistic with this author on Sunday: the player who will be crowned as the winner of the 2018 Grand Chess...

How To Calculate Long-Term Advantages In Chess

How To Calculate Long-Term Advantages In Chess

IM Silman
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The Chess.com member kurniadigautama asked: Something has been bothering me since I saw the game between GM Vidit Santosh and GM David Eggleston in The Chess.com Isle of Man international open tournament (round 1). In the game, we see that Vidit sacrificed a queen for two minor pieces claiming that the white pieces are not in sync and hence White’s king will be mated if Black can bring all his forces towards the king. The problem is, though we can understand the principle, calculations are...

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