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German Duo Nicks Both Caruana And Anand, Carlsen And Nakamura Still Clean

German Duo Nicks Both Caruana And Anand, Carlsen And Nakamura Still Clean

FM MikeKlein 5 hrs ago

Thanks to two German IMs in their 20s, now only two of the top five seeds have perfect scores after 48 hours in the 2017 Chess.com Isle of Man International. Both GM Fabiano Caruana and GM Viswanathan Anand ceded half points as Black today in round two, although the American suffered more. Meanwhile top-seeded World Champion GM Magnus Carlsen also had a fight on his hands after his occasional usage of the Tiger Modern was tested once again. GM Hikaru Nakamura played one of his common double-fianchetto...

Key Players Respond To Kovalyov Incident

Key Players Respond To Kovalyov Incident

FM MikeKlein 22 hrs ago

Two weeks after the most famous missing fabric in chess, the principal participants and some associated parties have responded. Mostly, they've dug in to their positions. On September 9, 2017, GM Anton Kovalyov of Canada left the 2017 World Cup before his scheduled game with GM Maxim Rodshtein. It wasn't anything on the chess board than instigated his leave; a wardrobe malfunction of sorts began the controversy. As first reported shortly after the incident, Kovalyov entered the playing hall early....

The Curse Of Nakamura

The Curse Of Nakamura

GM Gserper 1 day ago

It is not a big secret that I devote a lot of space in my articles to Hikaru Nakamura's chess. The reason is not even that just like thousands of his fans I am rooting for a grandmaster who has a unique, entertaining style of play. Hikaru's transformation from a little boy into a super-GM happened right in front of my eyes and we even played on the same team in the U.S. Chess League. So you can imagine how painful it was to watch Nakamura's elimination from the World Cup 2017.  Here is the...

ChessCenter: Return Of Kasparov

ChessCenter: Return Of Kasparov

ChessCenter 23 days ago

Garry Kasparov's return to professional chess highlighted one of the busiest months of top-flight chess ever. Get caught up on the best and worst of the month, and find out all you need to know about Magnus Carlsen and the upcoming World Cup.

Luck Of The Draw Results In A Win For Caruana Over Kramnik

Luck Of The Draw Results In A Win For Caruana Over Kramnik

FM MikeKlein 1 day ago

On an island where the largest employer is a poker company, an element of pure chance helped shape the opening round of the 2017 Chess.com Isle of Man International. On the eve of round one, the top eight players gathered on the stage of the Villa Marina playing hall to randomly select their first opponent out of a blue raffle tumbler. The idea made the event a true "open" -- anyone could play anyone, without exception, to begin the event (the computer would randomize the remaining field, with a...

Has The King's Indian Attack Been Forgotten?

Has The King's Indian Attack Been Forgotten?

IM Silman 4 days ago

The Chess.com member Kingdom_chess2 asked: “Why is the King’s Indian Attack less popular at the top level? Is there any specific reason?” JS: The KIA (King’s Indian Attack) was explored (by very strong players!) in the 1950s. One of those KIA explorers was Fischer, who played it (starting with 1.Nf3) in 1956. Later in 1957 Fischer made a change, using the same setup with 1.e4 (1.e4 c5 2.Nf3 Nc6 3.d3 e6 4.Nbd2 d5 5.g3) instead of 1.Nf3. Fischer eventually gave up the KIA,...

Aronian Can't Crack Ding In World Cup Finals Game 1

Aronian Can't Crack Ding In World Cup Finals Game 1

NM SamCopeland 1 day ago

After nearly three weeks of play featuring 128 players battling against elimination, the World Cup has been reduced to two players, Levon Aronian and Ding Liren. Today, they drew their first game to kick off their four-game finals match. With three games to go in the classical mini-match, the initiative now switches to Ding Liren who has two Whites in the three remaining games. Fed Player Fed Player Classical Rapid Blitz Arm. Score Aronian (2802) Ding Liren (2771) ½-½ ½-½ In...

The First Computer Chess Championship  in the USA

The First Computer Chess Championship in the USA

batgirl 4 days ago

     For nearly 20 years computers have dominated chess.  These advanced devises not only defeat the best players, but have become indispensable as training tools, analyzing partners and always-ready opponents.         Of course computers weren't always so universal and chess programs weren't always so strong.  A precise history of the development of computer chess is hampered by the fact that much of that development wasn't organized or even documented...

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