When Chess Players Protest
GM Gserper 20 hrs ago

One of the biggest open tournaments of the year (Gibraltar) was marred by a bizarre incident that happened in the last round. The women's world champion, Hou Yifan, lost her game in just five moves! Media instantly spread the news throughout the world, and in many reports about the tournament they didn't even bother to mention that the event was won by Hikaru Nakamura! Here is this notorious "game": This is the women's world champion's explanation: Apparently...

Vachier-Lagrave On 2/2 At Sharjah Grand Prix

Vachier-Lagrave On 2/2 At Sharjah Grand Prix

PeterDoggers 20 hrs ago

Maxime Vachier-Lagrave is the only player with a 100 percent score after two rounds at the Sharjah Grand Prix. The French grandmaster beat Richard Rapport today, who started the game with 1.b3. In this second round again some games ended in draws rather quickly; something we kind of have to get used to again after seeing so many top tournaments with anti-draw rules. The first to split the point were Dmitry Jakovenko and Alexander Grischuk, after about an hour in fact. The latter...

The Opening That Didn't Like Bobby Fischer

The Opening That Didn't Like Bobby Fischer

IM Silman 3 days ago

Chess players are always looking for new openings. But picking an opening isn’t easy since there are so many to choose. Sometimes the choice is made by using the openings of your favorite chess hero. And other times the opening choice is based on your desire to attack, attack, and attack again. And sometimes you look at an opening, say to yourself, “wow, that’s really cool!” and you and that opening fall in love with each other. Though you are singing love songs to your...

ChessCenter: Hou Yifan Throws A Game?

ChessCenter: Hou Yifan Throws A Game?

ChessCenter 9 days ago

Did Hou Yifan lose a game on purpose? The ChessCenter team gives you the full story. Plus Magnus Carlsen and some of the world's top grandmasters play in an exciting array of Chess.com events you don't want to miss.

Adams, MVL, Rapport Start With Wins At Sharjah GP

Adams, MVL, Rapport Start With Wins At Sharjah GP

PeterDoggers 1 day ago

Richard Rapport was the first winner in today's first round of the Sharjah Grand Prix. The Hungarian beat Ding Liren, and then saw Michael Adams and Maxime Vachier-Lagrave join him in the lead. For whatever reason, the FIDE Grand Prix tournaments have never been as popular as the traditional super tournaments. This one in Sharjah won't be an exception. There was only a handful of spectators during the first day, but that doesn't say much. It was the online audience that disappointed. The...

American Woman - Part V

American Woman - Part V

batgirl 4 days ago

  Preface:      An official U.S. Women's Chess Championship has existed for nearly 80 years.  The USCF lists 1937 as the first year.  There have been many strong and important women players over the early years but when Diane Savereide appeared and dominated the women's chess arena for almost a decade, women's chess stated taking monumental strides.       With this series of essays I hope to detail at the development of women's chess...

World's Top 10 To Play At Norway Chess

World's Top 10 To Play At Norway Chess

PeterDoggers 2 days ago

This week the organizers of the Altibox Norway Chess tournament announced a most spectacular field for the 2017 edition. The current world's top 10 will be playing. It's the organizers' (and sponsors'!) dream: to have the best players in the world, and only the best players. For this year, the Altibox Norway Chess tournament managed just that. 2017 Altibox Norway Chess | Participants Rank Fed Name Rating Rank B-Year 1 Carlsen, Magnus 2838 1 1990 2 Caruana,...

Carlsen Checkmates!

Carlsen Checkmates!

GM Gserper 7 days ago

The most shocking chess episode of the year that everyone is talking about happened in the Tata Steel super tournament. Indeed how often does the world chess champion miss a checkmate in three, when he has plenty of time to think on his moves? There are two curious things about this game. First of all, the final very rare endgame reminds me of another very famous game that lasted 215 moves. That is most probably the longest game ever played by two super grandmasters! Also the...

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