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Brilliant Wojtaszek Cuts Mamedyarov's Lead To Half-Point In Shamkir

Brilliant Wojtaszek Cuts Mamedyarov's Lead To Half-Point In Shamkir

FM hellokostya 19 min ago

Shakhriyar Mamedyarov played with fire and lost today to an excellently prepared Radoslaw Wojtaszek in Round 8 of the Vugar Gashimov Memorial in Shamkir, Azerbaijan. This cut his full point lead to just half a point, as both Wesley So and Veselin Topalov drew their games. Wojtaszek vs. Mamedyarov. | Photo courtesy Shamkir Chess. An easy pick for the game of the day, featuring comments by the winner on his fantastic preparation in the Anti-Grunfeld: Radoslaw Wojtaszek spent quite...

Mamedyarov Maintains Firm Lead In Shamkir

Mamedyarov Maintains Firm Lead In Shamkir

PeterDoggers 23 hrs ago

Shakhriyar Mamedyarov is getting closer and closer to tournament victory at the Vugar Gashimov Memorial in Shamkir, Azerbaijan. All games ended in draws on Friday, so the Azerbaijani grandmaster still has his full-point lead with three rounds to go. Adams & Mamedyarov start their game. | Photo courtesy Shamkir Chess. Last year he won a tiebreak vs Fabiano Caruana to emerge as the winner of the third edition. This year, Shakhriyar Mamedyarov seems to be cruising to sole victory, although...

What In The World Is A Chess Style?

What In The World Is A Chess Style?

IM Silman 2 days ago

The Chess.com member WackyJ1 wrote: "You hear about 'style' everywhere from chess books to chess articles. With statements like, 'You should choose your opening based on what suits your style' and, 'Steer games towards positions that are more suited to your style,' you hear about player categorizations based on style. Positional: Kramnik, Karpov, Aronian, Carlsen. Tactical: Kasparov, Shirov, Tal, Alekhine. How does one know his style? Is it something he chooses based on what he likes to...

ChessCenter: A Coup At FIDE?

ChessCenter: A Coup At FIDE?

ChessCenter 28 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.

Giri Dutch King In Reykjavik

Giri Dutch King In Reykjavik

PeterDoggers 1 day ago

On the day that Dutch king Willem-Alexander turned 50, Anish Giri was the king in Reykjavik. The Dutch number one won the Reykjavik Open with an undefeated 8.5/10 score, and finished ahead of four grandmasters who reached 8/10. Giri flanked by Iceland's Minister of Social Affairs and Equality Þorsteinn Víglundsson and tournament director Gunnar Bjornsson. | Photo Lennart Ootes. It was a fitting final round on Koningsdag (King's Day): an all-Dutch encounter on board one, in the...

Links to the Past III

Links to the Past III

batgirl 3 days ago

As in attics where things once used get stored out of sight and mind, old articles have a way of burying themselves under the weight of those that follow, becoming lost and forgotten. Sometimes it pays to put on an apron and gloves, wallow through the clutter, organize the disarray, dust off the pieces and give them a little light.  You never know what you might find. Game of the Month Santasiere's Thoughts and Remembrances Santasiere's Folly American Woman - Part I American...

Mamedyarov Extends Lead As Kramnik Struggles

Mamedyarov Extends Lead As Kramnik Struggles

FM MikeKlein 2 days ago

GM Vladimir Kramnik would like to fast-forward over the middle rounds of the Shamkir super-tournament. His audacious 25. Rxe5 in round four is now a distant memory. After losing in round five before the rest day, he dropped another today in round six as White to the continuous leader, GM Shakhriyar Mamedyarov. Kramnik had not lost back-to-back games in classical chess since the 2015 event in Shamkir. GM Shakhriyar Mamedyarov has nearly led wire-to-wire (GM Pavel Eljanov started 2/2) but all that...

Is Speed Chess Good For You?

Is Speed Chess Good For You?

NM danheisman 3 days ago

Yes.* *Speed chess is good for you (meaning it can help your slow chess, too) but doing it "incorrectly" could be harmful. Let's digress... A few years ago our Main Line Chess Club hosted a seminar by WGM Jennifer Shahade. At the end of her talk, Jen took questions from the members and one was: "I suppose you think blitz is bad for you?!" Jennifer's immediate response was "No! I think blitz can be very good for you..." and then she paused. "...but if you don't look up your openings after...

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