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Nakamura Visits South African Chess Events

Nakamura Visits South African Chess Events

FM MikeKlein 14 hrs ago

South Africa doesn't show up on these news pages often, but a flurry of events took place this month in Johannesburg. Local chess officials wanted to put their country more on the world chess map, and pulled out all the stops to do just that. More than 2,500 scholastic players from all over the country converged to compete in the 2017 South African Junior Chess Championships (the event took place this January 3-12, during the kids' summer break, but the event officially crowned championship teams...

Mamedyarov Surges As Tata Steel Goes Sesame Street

Mamedyarov Surges As Tata Steel Goes Sesame Street

PeterDoggers 1 day ago

In the fifth round of the Tata Steel Chess Tournament, Shakhriyar Mamedyarov joined Anish Giri and Viswanathan Anand in the lead. On Wednesday the masters played their games in the Institute for Sound and Vision in Hilversum where they met with characters of the Dutch version of Sesame Street. Round 4 After expressing his disappointment about an uneventful draw with the white pieces, Magnus Carlsen again split the point rather quickly the next day. His game with Anish Giri had more...

The Fake News Awards For Chess

The Fake News Awards For Chess

pete 2 days ago

The concept of "fake news" is itself in the news recently. While most of the fake news discussed these days is about politics, there is plenty of fake news in our favorite game. Stronger players should be able to easily debunk false chess statements, but many beginners fall into the trap of too rigid thinking when it comes to chess ideas. Here are the awards for the worst fake news in the game of chess. Let us know which chess ideas you disagree with in the comments. FAKE NEWS: You should...

PRO Chess League Begins With Carlsen And More

PRO Chess League Begins With Carlsen And More

FM MikeKlein 1 day ago

The second season of the Professional Online Rapid (PRO) Chess League is scaled down, and beefed up at the same time. The league kicks off tomorrow with a full slate of week-one matchups. Gone is the unwieldy 48-team free-for-all. Fans complained they couldn't get any screen time for their favorite club. Thanks to a qualification process that happened last fall, the league is now 32 teams, which is in line with many professional sports leagues. Most of the heavy-hitters returned, either by invitation...

How To Quickly Gain Rating Points

How To Quickly Gain Rating Points

GM Gserper 5 days ago

In one of my recent articles, I asked readers to share their goals for 2018. Despite my explicit warning that the goal of gaining rating points can be counterproductive, this is exactly what majority of our members wish. Well, your wish is my command. Today we will talk about what you can do in order to gain a lot of rating points as quickly as possible.  I bet you've all heard the famous cliche that "chess is 90 percent tactics." While this saying is a bit overused, it correctly...

Anand Wins With Flair, Joins Giri In Lead

Anand Wins With Flair, Joins Giri In Lead

PeterDoggers 3 days ago

With some cute tactics, Viswanathan Anand nicely defeated Fabiano Caruana today at the Tata Steel Chess Tournament. The Indian grandmaster joined Anish Giri in the lead. Anton Korobov and Vidit Santosh Gujrathi are tied for first in the challengers. A five-time world champion and five-time winner in Wijk aan Zee, Viswanathan Anand is not showing any fatigue at 48 years old. Having just won the World Rapid Championship in Riyadh a few weeks ago, the Indian legend started pretty well at...

Arena Kings Archive

Arena Kings Archive

NM SamCopeland 6 days ago

The Arena Kings Cash Tournament is Chess.com's weekly two-hour, 3|0 blitz arena tournament, open to all, with $500 in weekly cash prizes for streamers.  Join the Arena Kings tournament each Wednesday at 12 p.m. Pacific Time in Chess.com/live via the tournaments tab. Read The Announcement Article Prizes are as follows: Top three finishing titled players: 1st: $100, 2nd: $75, 3rd: $25 Fan prizes for titled players: Top viewed titled player stream: $75. All titled players...

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