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Four Draws In Dortmund; Wojtaszek Almost There

Four Draws In Dortmund; Wojtaszek Almost There

PeterDoggers 15 hrs ago

He had more reason not to be fully satisfied with his play, but Radoslaw Wojtaszek nonetheless leads the Sparkassen Chess Meeting in Dortmund with one round to go. The Polish grandmaster was doing well, but let Matthias Bluebaum escape in the endgame. Wojtaszek in his game with Bluebaum. | Photo: Georgios Souleidis. Saturday saw four draws, making the drawing percentage as high as 83.3 percent. Wojtaszek is still in the lead and has the luxury of playing White tomorrow. His chances are...

Wang Yue Beats Bluebaum; Wojtaszek Sole Leader

Wang Yue Beats Bluebaum; Wojtaszek Sole Leader

PeterDoggers 1 day ago

Drawing Dmitry Andreikin as Black, Radoslaw Wojtaszek grabbed the sole lead at the Sparkassen Chess Meeting in Dortmund. That's because co-leader Matthias Bluebaum suffered his first loss, against Wang Yue. After round five Wojtaszek is the sole leader. | Photo: Georgios Souleidis. Before the final weekend we now have six players on 50 percent (2.5 points), one above them and one below. With two rounds to go it's the Polish grandmaster who has good chances to win Dortmund in his first appearance....

9 Amazing Underpromotions

9 Amazing Underpromotions

GM Gserper 5 hrs ago

When a pawn reaches the last rank it creates one of the biggest miracles of the game of chess. In such a situation the weakest chess piece can instantly become the strongest one! While in the majority of such cases, chess players indeed promote a pawn into a queen, sometimes another piece get chosen. Let's discuss the different reasons you might prefer to promote your pawn into a piece other than a queen. 1. Combinations In the majority of the cases when underpromotion is a part of a combination,...

Las mejores jugadas de Paul Morphy

Las mejores jugadas de Paul Morphy

FM LuisFSiles 2 days ago

El genio americano fue sin duda un adelantado a su época. Nadie como él para explotar las ventajas de desarrollo, espacio o iniciativa. Aprende de sus mejores momentos y déjate sorprender por sus brillantes combinaciones.

Can Anand Be The Federer Of Chess?

Can Anand Be The Federer Of Chess?

FM MikeKlein 2 days ago

What's more impressive: spending more than 300 weeks as the world number one, or winning five separate world championship titles? We'll leave it to you to debate who's had a more historic career -- Roger Federer or GM Viswanathan Anand. More intriguing is what Anand said of the man with the wicked one-hander. Quoted on ESPN-India, Anand said you can "roughly compare" being 35 in tennis to being 47 in chess. In addition to this intriguing thought experiment, this edition of "In Other News" includes...

I Have No Idea How I Won

I Have No Idea How I Won

IM Silman 3 days ago

The Chess.com member ostria wrote: I wonder if you would take a look at one of my games. I won, but the thing is I have no idea how! I made simple moves through the game and I am sure we both made many mistakes, but what was my opponent’s fatal mistake? Silman: Okay, let’s leap into your, "I don’t know why I won!" game. We have a classic isolated d-pawn position, though White’s dark-squared bishop shouldn’t be on g5 so early in the opening. Usually White...

Andreikin Shows Endgame Magic Beyond Move 100

Andreikin Shows Endgame Magic Beyond Move 100

PeterDoggers 3 days ago

Dortmund's fourth round saw four fighting draws, with two games going beyond move 100. After a 7.5 hour battle Dmitry Andreikin managed to save an endgame with rook and two pawns vs two rooks against Matthias Bluebaum. The start of the fourth round in Dortmund. | Photo: Georgios Souleidis. In the last two rounds the drawing percentage in Dortmund climbed to 81.2 percent, but the players cannot be accused of a lack of fighting spirit. After four interesting draws, Bluebaum and Wojtaszek...

How To Fight 2 Queens

How To Fight 2 Queens

GM Gserper 7 days ago

I noticed that when I teach the rules of chess to kids, almost nothing excites them more than a pawn promotion. I can see sparkles in the kids' eyes and have to answer the unavoidable question: "So, I can have two queens at the same time?" Of course I explain that theoretically it is possible to have even nine queens of the same color at the same time. In my old article I analyzed the games where the total numbers of queens on the board was four or more. In most cases when your opponent has two...

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