Announcement: Smith-Morra Simul With IM Marc Esserman

UPDATE: Marc Esserman's simul will now take place on Saturday, December 3rd! Please look for Marc's live commentary on chess.com/tv of the games in progress and follow the games live yourself by following username "MEsserman" in live chess. Chess.com is proud to announce the first in a series of thematic simuls! These simuls will offer users a chance to play an "expert" in the opening for which they are famous. On December 3 at 5 p.m. PST, IM Marc Esserman will take on 10 players in the...

Magnus Carlsen: "I was calm, I was confident"

Magnus Carlsen: "I was calm, I was confident"

Magnus Carlsen was "calm and confident" going into the tiebreak session on Wednesday, in which he retained his world title. The day after his victory in New York, Carlsen sat down with a small number of media to answer some questions about the match.  On Thursday morning, about ten journalists (one representing Chess.com!) met with Carlsen on the first floor of the Ritz Carlton Hotel in Battery Park, Manhattan. After just 14 minutes, the champ had to leave for another (rather...

Key Moments In Time: Lasker’s Last Stand

Key Moments In Time: Lasker’s Last Stand

Most of us know that the legendary Emanuel Lasker was a philosopher and a world class mathematician — he earned his doctorate in math in 1902 and published a theorem which, even today, is critically important for the ins and outs of algebra and algebra geometry (you can look up “zeros of simultaneous polynomials,” but your head might explode if you do).  We also know (of course), that Lasker took the world chess championship from Wilhelm Steinitz in 1894 and kept it until...

Capablanca's Greatest Chess Endgame

Capablanca's Greatest Chess Endgame

World Champion Jose Raoul Capablanca is possibly the greatest natural endgame player of all time. Probably his greatest endgame victory is his classic defeat of Savielly Tartakower. King activity, rook activity, sacrifices, and incredible maneuvering! What's not to love? IM Teddy Coleman breaks down all the moments in this incredible game.

Carlsen Wins Rapid Playoff, Defends World Championship

Carlsen Wins Rapid Playoff, Defends World Championship

It was about time. Just like in the classical portion of the 2016 world championship, GM Magnus Carlsen got several promising positions against GM Sergey Karjakin in the rapid playoff.  The difference? Today Carlsen used an extra weapon: the clock. Ahead on time in every game, Carlsen was rarely under duress while Karjakin's hourglass was constantly running out of sand. Just for fun, he ended the world championship with a queen sac, leading to multi-option forced mate. If you don't...

The World Championship Deja Vu

The World Championship Deja Vu

[Note: GM Serper reflects on the first half of the 2016 world chess championship.] At the time of this writing, the first part of the world championship match is over, and the score is still even: 3-3. Nobody would have predicted six straight draws in a row to start of the match, especially considering the heavy odds given to the world champion by bookmakers. So, what's going on, and what should we expect in the second half of the match? While watching this exciting encounter,...

World Championship Tiebreak Live Updates

World Championship Tiebreak Live Updates

--Live Flash Report-- GM Magnus Carlsen won the 2016 world championship over GM Sergey Karjakin by virtue of winning the last two games of the rapid playoff. The tiebreak ended 3-1 for Carlsen. Game one was a draw. Carlsen leaned back in his chair at the outset, only making his posture upright after White's eighth move. The two repeated their Spanish game from round 11, Karjakin's last turn with White. Carlsen then placed his elbows on the table and deviated with 9...Nb8, a move typically...

Every Game Analyzed: Carlsen-Karjakin World Championship

Every Game Analyzed: Carlsen-Karjakin World Championship

Chess players of every level are interested in analyzing the world championship games from the Carlsen-Karjakin match, and every chess player can learn from it. IM Daniel Rensch analyzes every game between Carlsen and Karjakin, free for all members to watch below. Click on the menu in the upper-left corner of the video to select which game you want to watch, or just let them play from the latest game to the first game.  Enjoy, and post any questions in the comments section. Tiebreaks: Classical:

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