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Mamedyarov Bamboozles Eljanov, Steals Lead In Shamkir

Mamedyarov Bamboozles Eljanov, Steals Lead In Shamkir

NM SamCopeland 4 hrs ago

Shakhriyar Mamedyarov has long been renowned for his skill in sharp, complex positions. He drew on his talents today to defeat Pavel Eljanov, but he also needed a bit of luck as Eljanov missed a clear win. Consequently, Mamedyarov passes Eljanov in the standings after the third round in Shamkir, moving to +2 and clear first and pushing Eljanov, who started with two wins, back to +1. Mamedyarov's recent performance has elevated him into the top 10, likely wrecking Norway's hopes to have the full top...

Aronian Misses Fifth Win In A Row

Aronian Misses Fifth Win In A Row

PeterDoggers 1 day ago

Having won the Grenke Chess Classic already, Levon Aronian missed an excellent chance to finish with another win today, vs Fabiano Caruana. Eventually all games in the final round ended in draws. The top three with organizers Sven Noppes (l.) and Christian Bossert | Photo: Georgios Souleidis. "He was just a tad too confident," Carlsen today said about the tournament winner. The world champ was referring to the fact that Aronian played his last-round game rather quickly. He had...

Girl Power In Chess

Girl Power In Chess

GM Gserper 20 hrs ago

At of this writing, GM Hou Yifan is the sole leader of the super tournament in Baden Baden. Her play in this tournament so far is simply unbelievable and each game is a textbook example of good chess. Photo: Georgios Souleidis. Here is the classical positional squeeze vs. the world number-three: And the following game she finished with a direct attack. Test your tactical skills in the next puzzle. Even the world champion, Magnus Carlsen, was glad to escape for a draw considering...

ChessCenter: A Coup At FIDE?

ChessCenter: A Coup At FIDE?

ChessCenter 22 days ago

Is there a coup at FIDE? The leading chess journalist Peter Doggers has the story about a power struggle at the world's chess federation. And who will win the U.S. men's and women's championships? Find out our picks and how to cheat at Chess.com in this episode.

Topalov Wins A Brilliancy In Shamkir

Topalov Wins A Brilliancy In Shamkir

NM SamCopeland 1 day ago

Pavel Eljanov won his second game in a row to start The Gashimov Memorial in Shamkir in clear first place after two rounds, but the main story of the day was Veselin Topalov's beautiful win as Black against Radek Wojtaszek in which a rook sacrifice lead to an attack against White's centralized king. Photo courtesy of the official site. Topalov's 2016 was remarkably up and down as he nearly won the Sinquefield Cup with Wesley So before finishing with a dismal 2/9 in the London Chess Classic. Some...

4 Exercises To Become A Tactical Genius

4 Exercises To Become A Tactical Genius

News 2 days ago

Everyone knows that chess is 99% tactics, but how does one master tactics? IM David Pruess has a new premium video series with four exercises which he guarantees will make you a tactical genius if you practice them seriously. What are you waiting for? Structure your tactical training today! Not what you were looking for? Back to the video guide. 4 Exercises To Become A Tactical Genius: Part 1 IM Pruess starts with tactical patterns. Every player needs a rich command of tactical patterns, and...

So's Unbeaten Streak Ended By Mamedyarov

So's Unbeaten Streak Ended By Mamedyarov

FM MikeKlein 2 days ago

After 67 consecutive classical games without a loss, GM Wesley So's streak ended today in the opening round of Shamkir Chess 2017, colloquially known as the Vugar Gashimov Memorial. The streak dated back to last summer and ended when he blundered right on the time control. All photos courtesy official site. Playing Black, the top Azeri grandmaster GM Shakhriyar Mamedyarov defended his home turf nicely. He rebuffed So's rare opening choice -- the Scotch, which had only been employed a...

How To Stomp Emanuel Lasker

How To Stomp Emanuel Lasker

IM Silman 3 days ago

Simultaneous exhibitions are a great thing. A player who would normally never come face-to-face with a famous chess international master or grandmaster is able to live a dream and do his best to beat a legend and hang the signed scoresheet on his wall. Win or lose, if you put up a good fight it will be a lifelong memory. In general, there are two schools of simul thought among the titled players: one is that you should give your opponents' chances by making various inferior moves. The other thought...

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