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Bogdanovich And Sebag Qualify For The FIDE Chess.com Isle Of Man Grand Swiss

Bogdanovich And Sebag Qualify For The FIDE Chess.com Isle Of Man Grand Swiss

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On Wednesday, GM Stanislav Bogdanovich (@Padenie_Zvezd) and GM Marie Sebag (@Etoilegeniale) qualified their way into the 2019 FIDE Chess.com Isle of Man Grand Swiss by defeating three other men and women who were participating due to their exceptional performances in the four previous Chess.com Titled Tuesday events. Bogdanovich completed a stunning comeback in a sudden-death Bullet tiebreak, defeating the man thought to be the favorite in Bullet, GM Tuan Minh Le (@wonderfultime),...

Dominguez Leads Dortmund After Four Rounds

Dominguez Leads Dortmund After Four Rounds

IM hellokostya
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The current U.S. #3, Lenier Dominguez Perez has a narrow lead with 3/4 after four rounds in the 47th Dortmund Sparkassen Chess Meeting. He is closely followed by three players with 2.5/4: Teimour Radjabov, Radoslaw Wojtaszek, and Richard Rapport. The Dortmund Sparkassen Chess Meeting is a traditional super-tournament held annually in Dortmund, Germany. This year it is an eight-player round robin, filled with an interesting mix of some of the world's top grandmasters. Teimour Radjabov...

Magnus Carlsen's Amazing Pawn Sacrifices

Magnus Carlsen's Amazing Pawn Sacrifices

GM Gserper
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There is a well-known chess joke (or maybe not even a joke!) that it is much more difficult to sacrifice a pawn than a queen. Indeed, in most queen sacrifices you get huge dividends right away, since it is difficult to imagine a player sacrificing his queen just to get (for example) a good square for his knight. Therefore, it is relatively easy to predict the outcome of many queen sacrifices, like the next one: From the other side, most pawn sacrifices are done for positional gains and so it...

Chess From Code: How Do Engines Evaluate Positions?

Chess From Code: How Do Engines Evaluate Positions?

the_real_greco
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When sitting at a chessboard, what are players thinking about? Much of their time is spent answering a simple question: "Is this position good or bad?" They might have incredible vision, they might never miss a forcing line... but if at the end of the line they can't answer this question, they will be hopeless as players. They need some way of evaluating positions. They need an evaluation function. Let's say you give your engine a position, and it gives you a number like +1.50. This number...

Junior Speed Chess: Xiong Beats Gledura In Overtime

Junior Speed Chess: Xiong Beats Gledura In Overtime

PeterDoggers
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When the match clock had run down to zero the score was tied, but then Jeffery Xiong won in overtime vs. Benjamin Gledura in Tuesday's Junior Speed Chess Championship quarterfinal match. Xiong will play Parham Maghsoodloo next. "Throughout the match there were moments when I felt Jeffery is the stronger player in this format," said the guest commentator Anish Giri. "He converted much more powerfully, he defended more skilfully.  But somehow the score is equal!" This...

How Maxime Vachier-Lagrave Is Focusing On Qualifying For The Next Candidates Tournament

How Maxime Vachier-Lagrave Is Focusing On Qualifying For The Next Candidates Tournament

GM Fablibi
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This month we are pleased to meet Maxime Vachier-Lagrave, known as MVL, the French number 1 and member of world top 5. Chess.com France will follow closely his quest for the world title that will require being qualified for the next Candidates tournament. Thus, the next Grand Prix will be crucial. That's why we will watch it carefully on our channel. Jurmala Grand Prix (a seaside resort near Riga in Latvia) will take place from July 12 to 25, and our pair Vlad Tkachiev and Kevin Bordi will comment...

FIDE Launches Survey To Investigate Chess Market

FIDE Launches Survey To Investigate Chess Market

PeterDoggers
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FIDE has launched a survey to research its potential chess market, evaluate the size of the global chess community and assess the value of its sponsorship offering. You can participate. The survey has been created in cooperation with Nielsen Holdings, a world-leading company in the field of information, data and measurement. In its press release, the World Chess Federation say it wants to know the chess community better in order to improve its decision-making: "We want to have more insight...

Learning Pawn Structure For Chess Players Under 2000

Learning Pawn Structure For Chess Players Under 2000

IM Silman
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What is pawn structure? From my online glossary, I define it as “the positioning of the whole pawn mass. Also referred to as the pawn skeleton. This positioning of the pawns is what usually dictates the types of plans available in a given position due to open files, space, pawn weaknesses, etc.” In my previous article (Learning Basic Pawn Structures), I showed how important (and fairly easy) it is to use pawns. Here I will give you structures that are more complex. However, whether...

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