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World Chess Championship Game 6: Caruana Misses 'Impossible' Win

World Chess Championship Game 6: Caruana Misses 'Impossible' Win

FM MikeKlein
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It has been 16,878 days since an American has won a game in an undisputed world championship match (Spassky vs Fischer, game 21, Aug. 31, 1972). And since the top American is not a supercomputer, it will be at least two more. In today's round six of the 2018 world chess championship, Fabiano Caruana pressed in a piece-for-three-pawns ending, but missed an incredibly opaque forced win against Magnus Carlsen. Yes, the Norwegian supercomputer "Sesse" announced mate in 30, but even top grandmaster...

World Chess Championship Game 5: Caruana's Surprise Gambit Doesn't Break Impasse

World Chess Championship Game 5: Caruana's Surprise Gambit Doesn't Break Impasse

FM MikeKlein
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With four opening draws, the first week of the 2018 world chess championship was about to be labeled the "calm b4 the storm" after an early thunderclap today. But even wing gambits can't seem give either player separation. In today's round five, Magnus Carlsen went back to the Sicilian, and again Fabiano Caruana repeated the Rossolimo. But just when it seemed some small nuance would differentiate the action from rounds one and three, the challenger hit the board with the spike 6. b4!? "It's really...

How To Watch The World Chess Championship: Carlsen vs Caruana

How To Watch The World Chess Championship: Carlsen vs Caruana

pete
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It's the biggest chess event of the year as World Champion Magnus Carlsen will try to defend his title against the American challenger Fabiano Caruana. The 2018 world chess championship will run November 9-28, and you can follow it all on Chess.com. Game seven will start Sunday, November 18 at 7 a.m. Pacific time (10 a.m. Eastern, 3 p.m. London/GMT. Your local time: ). Caruana will play Black and Carlsen will play White in game seven. The match is scheduled for 12 games plus...

5 Conclusions from World Championship 2018 as it approaches the half-way mark

5 Conclusions from World Championship 2018 as it approaches the half-way mark

CM vinniethepooh
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The World Chess Championship 2018 has been quite exciting so far, with some really interesting moments. The current scoreline is 2.5-2.5, and we are yet to see a decisive result. A seperate news report will be written on round 5 and the game analysis. This post focuses on 5 Conclusions from the WCC as it closes in on the halfway mark. 5 Conclusions from World Championship 2018 as it approaches the halfway mark 1. Fabiano has handled World Championship pressure quite well After the opening...

Women's World Chess Championship: Ju Wenjun, Lagno, Kosteniuk, Muzychuk Through

Women's World Chess Championship: Ju Wenjun, Lagno, Kosteniuk, Muzychuk Through

IM JovankaHouska
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The semifinals of the women's world championship will be played between Ju Wenjun, Lagno, Kosteniuk, Mariya Muzychuk. There is no denying it: quarterfinals are a big deal. Everything is magnified, from the tension and suspense to the thrill that something really momentous is happening. For three of the four winners, there would be places into the semifinals and spots in the new women's candidates' tournament. For the losers, the bittersweet feeling of being so near and yet so far,...

World Chess Championship 2018: Carlsen-Caruana

World Chess Championship 2018: Carlsen-Caruana

PeterDoggers
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Magnus Carlsen and Fabiano Caruana drew their sixth game of the 2018 world chess championship. The champion opened with 1. e4 for the first time, and the challenger answered with his trusty Petroff Defense. The opening 20 plies featured quite a knight dance, as 15 of those moves came from knights. Even so, the board become somewhat symmetric, until Caruana applied some pressure. Carlsen bailed out into a piece-for-three-pawns ending, and it was good enough to hold the draw in...

Anand Wins Tata Steel Chess India Blitz

Anand Wins Tata Steel Chess India Blitz

PeterDoggers
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Viswanathan Anand won the Tata Steel Chess India blitz tournament in Kolkata. "It was just the most magical day," said the Indian superstar, who tied for first with Hikaru Nakamura with 12.5/18 and then defeated the American grandmaster in the playoff. "I'm really, really happy. There's something about winning an event that's just extra special." Eleven months after winning the world rapid title in Saudi-Arabia, Anand, now 48 years old, won yet another strong event. His victory in the...

Garry Kasparov's Brilliancy Prizes

Garry Kasparov's Brilliancy Prizes

IM Silman
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In March 2017, I looked to see who made the most official brilliancy prizes. This led to three articles. Mikhail Tal was number one with 15 brilliancy prizes: Tal's brilliancy prizes Anatoly Karpov and Rashid Nezhmetdinov both had 10, putting them in a tie for second-third: Karpov's brilliancy prizes Nezhmetdinov's brilliancy prizes I had intended to write an article about Kasparov, who came in second with 12, but for some reason (old age?) I completely forgot to do it. Now it’s...

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