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Puzzle Battle Championship To Include World's Top GMs, Open Qualifiers

Puzzle Battle Championship To Include World's Top GMs, Open Qualifiers

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As part of the expanded, improved and updated Puzzle Rush, Chess.com will launch a new Puzzle Battle World Championship to determine the best chess-puzzle solver on the planet. The tournament will feature a field of 16, headed by 14 invited players—including some of the world's strongest grandmasters, Puzzle Rush specialists, and popular chess streamers. At press time, confirmed participants include the world's fourth-highest-rated player, Maxime Vachier-Lagrave; the tremendously talented...

Daily Chess Games Restored For Iranian Users

Daily Chess Games Restored For Iranian Users

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On November 16, the Iranian government suspended internet access to its country. Iranian users are some of Chess.com's most active and enthusiastic players; this year, Team Iran won division two in the Live Chess World League ahead of motivated countries like the United States. Chess.com observed that over 10,000 daily Iranian users were affected by this suspension, and many of these users forfeited daily chess games and daily chess matches. Unique active users from Iran. To address these...

Puzzle Battle World Championship Official Rules

Puzzle Battle World Championship Official Rules

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The Puzzle Battle World Championship will kick off the 2020 Chess.com events calendar, starting on January 1, 2020, and running through January 4, 2020 on Chess.com/tv. Top players will demonstrate their tactical prowess on Puzzle Battle, one of Chess.com's newest features for premium members. This year's event will offer a prize fund of $11,000, split across the different phases of the event. To celebrate Puzzle Rush's one year anniversary, this year's world championship...

Greatest Games: Shirov's 'Fire On Board'

Greatest Games: Shirov's 'Fire On Board'

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Alexei Shirov is known as a dangerous attacking player, but you might not have seen this masterpiece. In this game, Shirov takes down the Sicilian defense in under 30 moves, using an aggressively placed king to force checkmate.

World Champions Group of the Selfoss Chess Festival

World Champions Group of the Selfoss Chess Festival

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Tuesday, November 19th marked the start of the 1st round of the World Champions Tournament at the Selfoss Chess Festival in Iceland. The tournament has a unique lineup where everybody in this 10 player round-robin is a former World Champion in their age category! Even the ceremonial first move was made by a former World Champion! The players are: Mikhail Antipov (2588) Ahmed Adly (2636) Dinara Saduakassova (2481) Hannes Stefansson (2538) Hedinn Steingrimsson (2548) Helgi...

Announcing The Updated Puzzle Rush

Announcing The Updated Puzzle Rush

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It's been one year since Chess.com released Puzzle Rush, the game where players solve as many chess problems as they can in a short time. Puzzle Rush quickly became one of the most popular features on the site, and everyone from chess beginners to the world's top grandmasters were hooked. The rules remain simple:  Solve as many puzzles as you can in the given amount of time. Each puzzle gets harder as you go. Three strikes and you’re out. Now, one year after its beginning,...

Can You Solve The Perfect Chess Crime?

Can You Solve The Perfect Chess Crime?

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"Darn it!" Dave couldn't hide his frustration as the ringing doorbell distracted him from Sam Loyd's chess puzzle. "Whoever is there, please leave." Dave was whispering while still trying to solve the tricky checkmate in two. But the doorbell kept ringing so persistently that the poor guy had to abandon his chess set and open the door. Detective Ron Miller didn't wait for an invitation and entered the room. It was obvious that Dave's long-time friend was distressed.  "It's him again!"...

So Beats Vachier-Lagrave In Speed Chess Quarterfinal

So Beats Vachier-Lagrave In Speed Chess Quarterfinal

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Wesley So defeated Maxime Vachier-Lagrave on Tuesday in the third quarterfinal of the Chess.com Speed Chess Championship. The American grandmaster will now face Vladislav Artemiev of Russia in the semifinals. Already in India for the Tata Steel Rapid & Blitz Grand Chess Tour event which starts on Friday, So started his match at 10:30 p.m. local time— presumably after a "large curry dinner" as he had been planning on. It worked out for him, as he took a big lead early in the match...

OK, Boomer: The Best Chess Players Of A Generation

OK, Boomer: The Best Chess Players Of A Generation

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The generational meme wars are heating up as "OK, boomer" (often with the necessary comma omitted) is now a catch-all reply to trump any disagreement between the young and old. This unstoppable meme has made its way across the Internet, all over Twitch, and even (dare we say it?) into "real life." As the popular phrase throws the spotlight on the boomers (born 1946-1964), let's rank the best chess players from this large and important post-war generation. While this era of chess was thoroughly...

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