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Carlsen Grinds Down Anand In Leiden, Leads Tata Steel Chess

Carlsen Grinds Down Anand In Leiden, Leads Tata Steel Chess

PeterDoggers
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Magnus Carlsen managed to beat Vishy Anand deep down in a knight endgame to grab sole lead at the Tata Steel Chess Tournament with three rounds to go. A spectacular 10th round, held in a church in Leiden, saw four more decisive games. It was the second Tata Steel Chess on Tour day, and this time the location was the St. Peter's Church in central Leiden, the Netherlands. With a university since 1575 that counts Albert Einstein among its former lecturers, Leiden is the birthplace of...

Stockfish Wins Rapid Computer Championship Over Lc0; Bullet Chess Next

Stockfish Wins Rapid Computer Championship Over Lc0; Bullet Chess Next

pete
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It's no surprise that Stockfish continued its dominance in the Computer Chess Championship format as the champion engine picked up another tournament first place. Perhaps the bigger story from the Rapid Redux, however, is the emergence of an updated Lc0 as the clear runner-up and most serious threat to the reign of the fish. Follow the always-running Computer Chess Championship: Watch and chat on Chess.com/CCC—includes the all new Chess.com user interface Watch and chat on Twitch.tv/computerchess—includes...

More Little Things That Help Your Chess

More Little Things That Help Your Chess

IM Silman
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In our last “Little Things” article, I made use of specific moments in IM Cyrus Lakdawala’s games to teach you how to deal with common, instructive situations. I am giving you another five rich puzzles. But please understand that it’s really something you don’t have to solve (of course, if you do find it easy then bravo!). However, if you don’t solve them, please DO tweak that little “?” mark (with the exception of puzzle one) and immerse yourself...

Miniature #2:  An Icy Attack

Miniature #2: An Icy Attack

MidnasLament
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This is the 2nd in a new series I've been wanting to do where I analyze interesting quick or blitz games played solely for the purpose of learning.   In this 3/2 game on chess.com I get an Icelandic Gambit!  Every #teamscandi player secretly desires to play this deep down and I'm finally doing Nf6 on move 2 to venture into these icy waters.  Here we see just how dangerous this gambit is, but also what we can expect if white plays correctly against the threats.  Unfortunately...

Delhi International Chess Festival: Pantsulaia Wins

Delhi International Chess Festival: Pantsulaia Wins

IM Rakesh
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The Georgian GM Levan Pantsulaia nudged six others on tiebreak to clinch the main event of the Delhi International Chess Festival in New Delhi. The 17th edition of the Delhi International Chess Open was held across three categories (A, B and C) with a huge total of 2,810 players and a massive prize fund of $150,000 USD. FIDE confirmed a world record for the Category C event as the most number of players that participated in a FIDE-rated Swiss tournament. Category A, the main event, was a 10-round...

On the Death of Morphy

On the Death of Morphy

batgirl
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Of all the death notices for Paul Morphy, the following transcription from the New Orleans Times-Democrat, Sunday, July 13th, 1884, written by Charles de Maurian and graciously supplied by WilhelmThe2nd, is by far the best.                          THE KING OF CHESS KINGS     The death of Paul Morphy has removed from our midst one who may justly be pronounced...

Nepomniachtchi Joins Carlsen, Anand To Lead Tata Steel Chess

Nepomniachtchi Joins Carlsen, Anand To Lead Tata Steel Chess

PeterDoggers
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Ian Nepomniachtchi defeated Vidit Gujrathi to join Vishy Anand and Magnus Carlsen in the lead in round nine of the Tata Steel Chess Tournament. Teimour Radjabov suffered his first loss vs Vladimir Fedoseev. The 81st edition of the Tata Steel Chess tournament remains a close affair. With four rounds to go, there are three leaders, and two players trailing them by half a point. Betting on Carlsen to win the tournament is still the safest option, but anything can happen.  After winning...

How Can Prearranged Draws Hurt Your Own Openings?

How Can Prearranged Draws Hurt Your Own Openings?

GM Gserper
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The end of 1970s and the beginning of 1980s were definitely the peak of Anatoly Karpov's chess career. He was larger than life in the Soviet Union!  His wedding with Irina Kuimova (you see, 40 years later I still remember the name of Karpov's first wife!) took place in Red Square next to the Kremlin and was covered by media similar to royal weddings.  It was a time when the chief of the Soviet chess, grandmaster Krogius, famously told a young Garry Kasparov that "we already have the...

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