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Dallas Destiny Big Winners As Giri Makes PRO Debut

Dallas Destiny Big Winners As Giri Makes PRO Debut

NM SamCopeland
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The Dallas Destiny scored a league-high 20 points in PRO Chess League Battles Royale as several teams such as the Miami Champions made big strides forward in the league standings with strong performances. Other favorites such as the Montreal Chessbrahs faltered and lost ground in the increasingly tense playoff race. The biggest news on the individual player front was Anish Giri entering the fray for the Montreal Chessbrahs. Giri had spent two seasons on the Chessbrahs' roster without seeing action....

Blunders, Fumbles Haunt Champions Showdown

Blunders, Fumbles Haunt Champions Showdown

Alessandro_Parodi
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A few inaccuracies and some blunders took a harsh toll on contenders for the Champions Showdown on the second day of the rapid section in St. Louis. As most rapid matchups are nearly decided with a day to spare, two head-to-head encounters will be resolved by photo-finish. Wesley So retaliates: A relieved Wesley So talking to journalists. | Photo: Saint Louis Chess Club. A time-trouble incident knocked out David Navara to a third consecutive loss against Wesley So in the most exciting match...

Going Back To Square One In Chess

Going Back To Square One In Chess

ArnieChipmunk
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The Austrian chess master Heinrich Wolf (1875-1943) is not exactly a household name for most chess players these days. Yet he is father to one of the most profound concepts in modern opening theory. If people have heard of Wolf at all, it is usually for the reason that he was the angstgegner of the great Mikhail Chigorin, holding a crushing 7-0 record against him. He did have some decent tournament results in the first quarter of the 20th century, and he also was a second to Emanuel Lasker...

Road to the Grandmaster title - The Rossolimo Struggle

Road to the Grandmaster title - The Rossolimo Struggle

IM attilaturzo
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After the first 6 rounds of the February Titled Tuesday Tournament I had 3 points. The time control of the tourney was 3 minutes per player plus 2 seconds increment per move. In the 7 round I played with International Master Leonardo Tristan from Argentina. His FIDE rating was 2493. He played the Rossolimo variation against the Sicilian defense. I played with g6, Bg7 and e5 to fix the center. He exchanged the bishops and was preparing f4, which I prevented with g5, but that weakened my...

Predict Computer Chess Championship To Win Cash Prizes

Predict Computer Chess Championship To Win Cash Prizes

pete
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As the Computer Chess Championship moves into its next stage, an exciting new feature gives viewers the ability to predict each game's results to win cash and membership prizes. The championship will also be covered by a series of broadcast streams hosted by various Chess.com masters, including IM Lawrence Trent and NM James Canty. Follow the always-running Computer Chess Championship: Watch and chat on Chess.com/CCC—includes the all new Chess.com user interface Watch and chat...

How To Build A Chess Fortress

How To Build A Chess Fortress

GM Gserper
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The recently concluded Tata Steel chess tournament was very memorable for the U.S. grandmaster Sam Shankland. From now on he will be forever remembered as a chess player who the beat the former world champion Vladimir Kramnik in his last professional classical game. But Sam will also be remembered as a grandmaster who resigned in a book-drawn position. Sam Shankland. | Photo: Alina l'Ami/Tata Steel Chess. I bet you've already seen that game: A resignation in a dead-drawn position is so unusual...

Rapport On Full Throttle At Champions Showdown Day 1

Rapport On Full Throttle At Champions Showdown Day 1

Alessandro_Parodi
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U.S. champion Sam Shankland couldn’t get much from his home advantage against Richard Rapport in an intense opening day of the 2019 Champions Showdown in St. Louis. The 22-year-old Hungarian superstar had it all too easy in the first four rounds of the rapid match and could have been on full score hadn’t Sam held a pulse-pounding rook endgame on round four. Fabiano Caruana redeemed team America as he outplayed India’s Pentala Harikrishna and brought home three convincing wins. The...

Time Controls And The Grand Chess Tour

Time Controls And The Grand Chess Tour

NM SmarterChess
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In a continuation from the last article, Is Classical Chess Dead From Draws, we will be comparing different time controls in the Grand Chess Tour (GCT).  Mike Klein just wrote a recent piece highlighting the new 2019 format and the players on the invite list. Last month we analyzed the classical chess draw rate by year when both players were rated over 2750.  In the past couple of years, that rate has increased above 70%! Data CollectionThe data for this article contains all Grand...

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