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Were Players In The 1800s Terrible?

Were Players In The 1800s Terrible?

IM Silman 20 hrs ago

The Chess.com member LittlePawn988 wrote: Something really bugs me. I often hear players, of every level, talking about the strength of masters of the past and sometimes I find them really arrogant and disrespectful. Even lower-rated players say Steinitz and players of his era like Zuckertort, Blackburne, or Chigorin were basically patzers and barely play like 2000-rated players. People write about how an IM can easily defeat Capablanca or Alekhine and how Lasker was world champion just because...

Radjabov's Qualification Chances Take Hit After Second GP Loss

Radjabov's Qualification Chances Take Hit After Second GP Loss

FM MikeKlein 19 hrs ago

The two men attempting to qualify for the next Candidates' tournament tried the hardest today. The hardest not to lose. Only one was successful. GMs Maxime Vachier-Lagrave and Teimour Radjabov played the two longest games of round seven of the FIDE Grand Prix in Palma de Mallorca, Spain. The Frenchman had some chances to win or lose, but the Azeri player was mostly just trying to keep any hopes alive. In the end, Vachier-Lagrave held to remain in the hunt, while Radjabov lost his second game of...

How To Watch Carlsen vs Grischuk Speed Chess Champs Today

How To Watch Carlsen vs Grischuk Speed Chess Champs Today

pete 2 days ago

The 2017 Speed Chess Championship is down to its final four combatants, and today the semifinals begin with a matchup of two decorated champions.  The world chess champion, Magnus Carlsen, will take on the three-time world blitz champion Alexander Grischuk in a rematch of the 2016 GM Blitz Battles semifinal that Carlsen won on his way to the championship.  Follow the action live at Chess.com/TV and Twitch.tv/chess today, Nov. 21 at 10 a.m. Pacific time (1 p.m....

ChessCenter: The Best Chess Of October

ChessCenter: The Best Chess Of October

ChessCenter 13 days ago

It was a big month for chess, with Magnus Carlsen, Hikaru Nakamura, Sergey Karjakin, and Vladimir Kramnik all making big news. Find out the top stories and moves on and off the chessboard with the full ChessCenter team.

Carlsen In Speed Chess Final After Beating Grischuk

Carlsen In Speed Chess Final After Beating Grischuk

PeterDoggers 1 day ago

Magnus Carlsen is the first player to reach the final of the 2017 Chess.com Speed Chess Championship. On Tuesday the world champion beat Alexander Grischuk with a five-point margin despite losing the bullet segment. This week's match was the complete opposite of last year's Grandmaster Blitz Battle between the same players, when Carlsen had a rusty start but crushed his opponent in the bullet. Yesterday, Carlsen was cruising from the start, and yet another dominating performance was looming. Winning...

The Deadly Pawn Sacrifice

The Deadly Pawn Sacrifice

GM Gserper 2 days ago

In last week's article we learned some of the favorite chess patterns of super-GM Ding Liren. As you probably remember, he loves to play for domination when his opponent's pieces can barely move. His most common recipe to get this kind of a position is an exchange sacrifice.  However, in the next game he achieved his goal by a mere pawn sacrifice. Nevertheless, by move 23 he controlled all the key squares of the board. Judge for yourself: I recommend you remember this pawn sacrifice...

Naked Chess, Snoop Dogg, And Best Chess Ad Ever

Naked Chess, Snoop Dogg, And Best Chess Ad Ever

FM MikeKlein 2 days ago

In this month's "In Other News" mashup, we ask if you would play naked chess? Rapper Snoop Dogg asks why the world isn't woke to a girls chess team? And make sure to read until the end for a remembrance of a national championship chess player who gave all in the service to his country. Rap Star Gets 200,000 "Likes" For Highlighting Chess Team Little known fact: When Snoop Dogg said "There's so much drama in the L.B.C.," he was reading a copy of "Storming the Barricades" by GM Larry Christiansen....

Carlsen-Grischuk Speed Chess Semifinal, By The Numbers

Carlsen-Grischuk Speed Chess Semifinal, By The Numbers

FM MikeKlein 3 days ago

GM Magnus Carlsen has been beating anything with a heartbeat in November. First he won by the largest margin in the Champions Showdown with a day to spare, then he scored the most game points ever in a Speed Chess Championship match. You can throw in a Titled Tuesday win just for good measure. As a prelude, earlier in the month he even crushed the dreams of an aspiring player who seemed legitimately to not understand that beating the world champion with one month of training is not the same as memorizing...

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