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Karjakin, So Notch 1st Wins In Shamkir

Karjakin, So Notch 1st Wins In Shamkir

FM MikeKlein 11 hrs ago

Neither the world's number-two rated player nor the world champion runner-up were having memorable events at Shamkir Chess 2017, but they will now sleep a little easier going into the tournament's only rest day. All photos courtesy official site. GM Wesley So and GM Sergey Karjakin both began the day at -1 but the duo contributed the only two wins of round five. They were linked in another way -- the two 20-somethings both beat 40-something former world champions. The quartet involved in these...

Kramnik Wins With Amazing Rook Sac In Shamkir

Kramnik Wins With Amazing Rook Sac In Shamkir

NM SamCopeland 1 day ago

Two days ago, Veselin Topalov played a wonderful rook sacrifice in Shamkir that some commented might be a move-of-the-year candidate. Today, Topalov's long-time adversary Vladimir Kramnik one-upped him with a possibly even more astonishing rook sacrifice. Kramnik offered his rook for three not-very-dangerous pawns in the middlegame: a pure positional sacrifice! To our knowledge, this particular sacrifice is unique in chess history, but we invite readers to post comparable sacrifices in the comments. Photo...

Girl Power In Chess

Girl Power In Chess

GM Gserper 3 days ago

At of this writing, GM Hou Yifan is the sole leader of the super tournament in Baden Baden. Her play in this tournament so far is simply unbelievable and each game is a textbook example of good chess. Photo: Georgios Souleidis. Here is the classical positional squeeze vs. the world number-three: And the following game she finished with a direct attack. Test your tactical skills in the next puzzle. Even the world champion, Magnus Carlsen, was glad to escape for a draw considering...

ChessCenter: A Coup At FIDE?

ChessCenter: A Coup At FIDE?

ChessCenter 25 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.

Dzagnidze Wins Euro Women's Championship

Dzagnidze Wins Euro Women's Championship

IM JovankaHouska 1 day ago

Nana Dzagnidze of Georgia won the 18th edition of the European individual championship for women, held April 11-22 in Riga, Latvia. IM Jovanka Houska, who participated as well, reports. Nana Dzagnidze. | Photo courtesy EWCC2017. "It's perfect!" seemed to be the overall participant sentiment the European Women's Championship in Riga. The central location, the hotel, the food and the playing hall, everything about this tournament was well organized. In fact everything went so...

4 Exercises To Become A Tactical Genius

4 Exercises To Become A Tactical Genius

News 4 days ago

Everyone knows that chess is 99% tactics, but how does one master tactics? IM David Pruess has a new premium video series with four exercises which he guarantees will make you a tactical genius if you practice them seriously. What are you waiting for? Structure your tactical training today! Not what you were looking for? Back to the video guide. 4 Exercises To Become A Tactical Genius: Part 1 IM Pruess starts with tactical patterns. Every player needs a rich command of tactical patterns, and...

Mamedyarov Bamboozles Eljanov, Steals Lead In Shamkir

Mamedyarov Bamboozles Eljanov, Steals Lead In Shamkir

NM SamCopeland 2 days ago

Shakhriyar Mamedyarov has long been renowned for his skill in sharp, complex positions. He drew on his talents today to defeat Pavel Eljanov, but he also needed a bit of luck as Eljanov missed a clear win. Consequently, Mamedyarov passes Eljanov in the standings after the third round in Shamkir, moving to +2 and clear first and pushing Eljanov, who started with two wins, back to +1. Mamedyarov's recent performance has elevated him into the top 10, likely wrecking Norway's hopes to have the full top...

How To Stomp Emanuel Lasker

How To Stomp Emanuel Lasker

IM Silman 6 days ago

Simultaneous exhibitions are a great thing. A player who would normally never come face-to-face with a famous chess international master or grandmaster is able to live a dream and do his best to beat a legend and hang the signed scoresheet on his wall. Win or lose, if you put up a good fight it will be a lifelong memory. In general, there are two schools of simul thought among the titled players: one is that you should give your opponents' chances by making various inferior moves. The other thought...

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