Giri Wins In Tata Steel
NM SamCopeland

After 14 consecutive drawn games, Anish Giri emerged with a win in round six at Tata Steel. As commentator Yasser Seirawan noted, if Giri had won all of his winning positions, he would be leading in Tata Steel. Also winning was Wei Yi, who beautifully refuted an over-eager sacrifice from Richard Rapport whose innovative play continues to inspire spectators. Meanwhile, Bhaskiran Adhiban attempted the King's Gambit against the tournament leader, Wesley So! Photo Alina l'Ami. Against...

So Grabs Tata Lead; Carlsen Plays Football

So Grabs Tata Lead; Carlsen Plays Football

PeterDoggers

Wesley So is the new leader of the Tata Steel chess tournament masters group. Today he defeated Pentala Harikrishna and took over pole position from Pavel Eljanov, who lost to Levon Aronian. The fifth round, which was played at the Feyenoord Stadium in Rotterdam, saw two more winners. Baskaran Adhiban surprised everyone by convincingly beating Sergey Karjakin as Black, whereas Loek van Wely suffered his fourth consecutive loss, to Radoslaw Wojtaszek. Photo Alina l'Ami. Before...

How To Understand Chess Openings

How To Understand Chess Openings

IM Silman

The Chess.com member alaskan asked:  “I would like to focus more on understanding rather than on lines, but almost all the opening books I can find focus on lines rather than on general ideas, so where to get this understanding from? The one book I know is Fundamental Chess Openings by Van der Sterren but that only covers each opening to a limited extent.” JS: I feel for you since players want to know what in the world this or that opening is all about, but they rarely...

Even More Secrets Of A Blitz Master

Even More Secrets Of A Blitz Master

GM Dlugy

GM Maxim Dlugy is back to present one of the finest games played in a Titled Tuesday. How did he win this beautiful squeeze against GM Siana? Dlugy gives you all the thoughts motivating his supremely speedy decisions.

ChessCenter: MVL, The Perfect PRO

ChessCenter: MVL, The Perfect PRO

ChessCenter

Maxime Vachier-Lagrave started out perfect in the PRO Chess League. Can he keep it up as more of the world's best join the event? Find out what to watch this week in chess as you get the best moves and news from the ChessCenter team.

MVL, Nakamura Falter In Thrilling PRO Chess Rivalry Week

MVL, Nakamura Falter In Thrilling PRO Chess Rivalry Week

NM SamCopeland

Rivalry week in the Professional Rapid Online (PRO) Chess League was packed with thrilling and competitive crosstown and cross-country matches whose results often hung on a single game, or even a single blunder or brilliancy. Rivalry week also saw the debut of speed chess legend GM Hikaru Nakamura for the Miami Champions, but his play was surprisingly less than dominant. GM Maxime Vachier-Lagrave also came back to earth after a perfect score last week. Two other powerhouse players,...

American Woman - Part III

American Woman - Part III

batgirl

  Preface:      An official U.S. Women's Chess Championship has existed for nearly 80 years.  The USCF lists 1937 as the first year.  There have been many strong and important women players over the early years but when Diane Savereide appeared and dominated the women's chess arena for almost a decade, women's chess stated taking monumental strides.       With this series of essays I hope to detail at the development of women's chess...

PRO Chess League: Week 2 Results

PRO Chess League: Week 2 Results

PROChessLeague

Please find below week two match results for week two of the PRO Chess League. For the as-it-happens action and up to the minute results, tune in to the PRO Chess League Wednesdays on Chess.com/TV and follow the games in Chess.com/live. Action starts at 8 a.m. PST. Eastern Division Delhi Dynamite 5 11 Mumbai Movers Amaravati Yodhas 7 9 Odisha Express Gorky Stormbringers 9.5 6.5 Shymkent Nomads Belgrade Sparrows 6.5 9.5 Budapest Gambit Riga...

Who Will Win PRO Chess League Week 2?

Who Will Win PRO Chess League Week 2?

FM MikeKlein

The PRO Chess League's panel of pundits is back for week two. The second week of action is rivalry week (amongst the teams, not the panel, we think)! For more on who the quintet comprising the illustrious panel, click back to week one's predictions. How did they fare in the opener? Four of the five panelists predicted more than half right, with the early leader sitting on 75 percent. Tarjei Svensen got 16 of the 24 match outcomes correct. He also got two exactly right, which we will track for...

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