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PRO Chess League: Saturday Smackdown

PRO Chess League: Saturday Smackdown

FM MikeKlein 4 hrs ago

Earlier this season, the Professional Online Rapid (PRO) Chess League held a full weekend of chess, dubbing it "Super Saturday" and "Super Sunday." For each team's seventh match, the league will reprise the free-for-all format, but all the action will be condensed to one, single, checkmate-filled day. And that day is this Saturday, Feb. 24. You can watch all the games live on Chess.com/TV and Twitch.tv/chess. Matches will be Saturday at 7 a.m. PST and at 11:30 a.m. PST.  Gone are the team-vs.-team...

FIDE Publishes Candidates' Tournament Pairings

FIDE Publishes Candidates' Tournament Pairings

PeterDoggers 1 day ago

In the first round of the €420,000 / $515,000 FIDE Candidates' Tournament, on March 10, the World Cup finalists Levon Aronian and Ding Liren face each other. The other pairings are Vladimir Kramnik vs Alexander Grischuk, Sergey Karjakin vs Shakhriyar Mamedyarov, and Fabiano Caruana vs Wesley So. Last week other news took priority, but now it's definitely interesting took look at the pairings for the upcoming Candidates' Tournament. On February 9, the World Chess Federation published...

ChessKid: New Features Update

ChessKid: New Features Update

ChessKid 16 hrs ago

ChessKid.com, the scholastic extension of Chess.com, has added a flurry of new features in the last few months. Several new members of the programming team have been hard at work delivering the kinds of fun learning features that kids, coaches, and parents want! Our programming team's typical day... Here's what's new on ChessKid! Live tournaments! This was our most requested feature, so ChessKid hired one programmer, locked him in a room for six months, and only let him out when it was done....

The Ultimate Training Center 1st Daily Tournament - Round 3

The Ultimate Training Center 1st Daily Tournament - Round 3

chesster3145 22 hrs ago

    Tuesday, late in the evening, writing this intro, struggling a bit to get used to the weekly schedule - three weeks without blogging means that I have to work to get back into the swing of things. At least I now know what my first real post since getting back from my vacation will be.     Just minutes ago I was preparing to write a post requested by @dubbler on how to annotate games. Then I realized that I don't really know anything about the topic. It's not like my...

Urschel Talks Retirement; CryptoCurrency 'Chesscoin' Anyone?

Urschel Talks Retirement; CryptoCurrency 'Chesscoin' Anyone?

FM MikeKlein 3 days ago

The ex-NFL lineman John Urschel mostly wanted his recent retirement news to pass through the media glare quietly and quickly. Recently, he opened up about his reasoning to Sports Illustrated, and then another feature on Huffington Post talked about the chances of becoming a chess master. Other topics of this long-overdue edition of "In Other News" include a cryptocurrency named after the royal game, a Fischer classic set to music, GM Viswanathan Anand's budding poker career, and more! Why Did John...

7 Players Who Might Win Thursday's Crazyhouse Championship

7 Players Who Might Win Thursday's Crazyhouse Championship

NM SamCopeland 2 days ago

The Chess.com Crazyhouse Championship (a 15-round 3|0 swiss event with 100 qualifying invitees) is this Thursday at 10 a.m. Pacific. Don't miss the live show with IM Danny Rensch and one of the game's great commentators and crazyhouse players, GM Yasser Seirawan, on Chess.com/TV. To whet your appetite, here's the rundown on some of the players to watch on Thursday. 1. JannLee One of the very best crazyhouse players on the planet, a huge promoter of the game via his streaming, and...

Carlsen Tops Grenke Chess Classic Field

Carlsen Tops Grenke Chess Classic Field

PeterDoggers 3 days ago

Magnus Carlsen's next big tournament will be the Grenke Chess Classic, held from March 31 to  April 9 in the German cities of Karlsruhe and Baden-Baden. Yesterday the field of participants was announced by the organizers. Half of the field consists of top-10 players. Besides Carlsen, there's also Levon Aronian, Maxime Vachier-Lagrave, Fabiano Caruana and Viswanathan Anand. 2018 Grenke Chess Classic | Participants # Fed Name Rtg Rnk Born 1 Magnus Carlsen 2843 1 Nov 30...

How To Discover An Opening Novelty

How To Discover An Opening Novelty

GM Gserper 5 days ago

These days, when opening theory grows exponentially, it is very difficult to come up with an opening novelty. The new move you are considering was either already played by someone, analyzed in some publication or already stored in somebody's computer! We need a new way to find novelties that will astonish our opponents! Sometimes Lady Luck can help you, like in the following game: According to Anand, when during his preparation he analyzed the position after 21.e5, he touched...

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