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World Chess Championship 2018: Carlsen-Caruana

World Chess Championship 2018: Carlsen-Caruana

PeterDoggers
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Magnus Carlsen and Fabiano Caruana drew their sixth game of the 2018 world chess championship. The champion opened with 1. e4 for the first time, and the challenger answered with his trusty Petroff Defense. The opening 20 ply featured quite a knight dance, as 15 of those moves came from knights. Even so, the board become somewhat symmetric, until Caruana applied some pressure. Carlsen bailed out into a piece-for-three-pawns ending, and it was good enough to hold the draw in 80...

World Chess Championship Game 5: Caruana's Surprise Gambit Doesn't Break Impasse

World Chess Championship Game 5: Caruana's Surprise Gambit Doesn't Break Impasse

FM MikeKlein
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With four opening draws, the first week of the 2018 world chess championship was about to be labeled the "calm b4 the storm" after an early thunderclap today. But even wing gambits can't seem give either player separation. In today's round five, Magnus Carlsen went back to the Sicilian, and again Fabiano Caruana repeated the Rossolimo. But just when it seemed some small nuance would differentiate the action from rounds one and three, the challenger hit the board with the spike 6. b4!? "It's really...

Garry Kasparov's Brilliancy Prizes

Garry Kasparov's Brilliancy Prizes

IM Silman
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In March 2017, I looked to see who made the most official brilliancy prizes. This led to three articles. Mikhail Tal was number one with 15 brilliancy prizes: Tal's brilliancy prizes Anatoly Karpov and Rashid Nezhmetdinov both had 10, putting them in a tie for second-third: Karpov's brilliancy prizes Nezhmetdinov's brilliancy prizes I had intended to write an article about Kasparov, who came in second with 12, but for some reason (old age?) I completely forgot to do it. Now it’s...

Carlsen-Caruana,WCh 2018 - Game 5

Carlsen-Caruana,WCh 2018 - Game 5

GM alexcolovic
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Caruana tried, but failed to impress anybody. At first sight the move 6 b4 looks exciting and aggressive, but it was in fact a test of Carlsen's memory. And the World Champion passed it without problems. It is worth noting that Caruana again switched the sub-variation in the Rossolimo, this time avoiding the capture on c6 on move 4. Of the two main moves in this variation Carlsen chose the one with more central presence, 5...e5 (after 4...Bg7 5 Re1). This reminds me of his comments before the match...

Women's World Chess Championship: Ju Wenjun, Lagno, Kosteniuk, Muzychuk Through

Women's World Chess Championship: Ju Wenjun, Lagno, Kosteniuk, Muzychuk Through

IM JovankaHouska
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The semifinals of the women's world championship will be played between Ju Wenjun, Lagno, Kosteniuk, Mariya Muzychuk. There is no denying it: quarterfinals are a big deal. Everything is magnified, from the tension and suspense to the thrill that something really momentous is happening. For three of the four winners, there would be places into the semifinals and spots in the new women's candidates' tournament. For the losers, the bittersweet feeling of being so near and yet so far,...

How To Watch The World Chess Championship: Carlsen vs Caruana

How To Watch The World Chess Championship: Carlsen vs Caruana

pete
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It's the biggest chess event of the year as World Champion Magnus Carlsen will try to defend his title against the American challenger Fabiano Caruana. The 2018 world chess championship will run November 9-28, and you can follow it all on Chess.com. Game seven will start Sunday, November 18 at 7 a.m. Pacific time (10 a.m. Eastern, 3 p.m. London/GMT. Your local time: ). Caruana will play Black and Carlsen will play White in game seven. The match is scheduled for 12 games plus...

Anand Wins Tata Steel Chess India Blitz

Anand Wins Tata Steel Chess India Blitz

PeterDoggers
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Viswanathan Anand won the Tata Steel Chess India blitz tournament in Kolkata. "It was just the most magical day," said the Indian superstar, who tied for first with Hikaru Nakamura with 12.5/18 and then defeated the American grandmaster in the playoff. "I'm really, really happy. There's something about winning an event that's just extra special." Eleven months after winning the world rapid title in Saudi-Arabia, Anand, now 48 years old, won yet another strong event. His victory in the...

Improve Your Chess With These Puzzles

Improve Your Chess With These Puzzles

GM Gserper
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When I was a kid, I didn't watch much TV. You see, 40 years ago we had only two state-controlled TV channels in the Soviet Union, so most of the kids spent their time outdoors rather than watching boring news. Nevertheless, there was one weekly program that I never missed. Of course it was The Chess School hosted by famous Soviet chess luminaries. This program was so popular that even lyrics of one of the pop songs of that time stated that GM Averbakh opened chess school on TV.  At the end...

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