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Grischuk Wins Hamburg Grand Prix, Almost Certain Of Candidates Qualification

Grischuk Wins Hamburg Grand Prix, Almost Certain Of Candidates Qualification

PeterDoggers
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Alexander Grischuk won the FIDE Grand Prix in Hamburg on Sunday as well as $24,000 as he defeated Jan-Krzysztof Duda (who won $14,000) in the final's tiebreak. The Russian grandmaster will now almost certainly qualify for the 2020 Candidates' Tournament. Grischuk earned 10 Grand Prix points in Hamburg (eight for his victory and two extra points for winning two matches without tiebreak), while Duda got seven (five for coming second and two extra points for winning two matches...

PRO Chess League Qualifiers: Croatia Secures Final Berth In 2020 PRO Chess League

PRO Chess League Qualifiers: Croatia Secures Final Berth In 2020 PRO Chess League

PROChessLeague
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It took a mid-tournament surge, but the Croatia Bulldogs have now secured the 24th and final position in the 2020 PRO Chess League. Led by IM Tuan Minh Le, the Bulldogs clinched a final-round match with Azerbaijan Wolves and advanced with a 22-point tally. This year's qualifier featured eight teams from around the world, including South Korea and Portugal, who made their respective PRO Chess League debuts. With eight teams, the qualifier brought back the Battle Royale...

OK, Boomer: The Best Chess Players Of A Generation

OK, Boomer: The Best Chess Players Of A Generation

pete
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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...

World Chess Championship: Steinitz vs Zukertort

World Chess Championship: Steinitz vs Zukertort

GM JesseKraai
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We've now reached the start of the first official world chess championship, with the legendary Steinitz taking the crown. But the match wasn't a coronation. His opponent Zukertort was also strong, and won this game with a dangerous, romantic attack.

Match Strategy

Match Strategy

GM alexcolovic
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I write this in the deserted Holiday Village Hotel where yesterday the European Club Cup finished. I am the last man standing as all the participants have left and the whole hotel resort looks like a ghost town. I was the captain of the women team Caissa Pentole Agnelli. Unfortunately we didn't have a good tournament. We missed our big chance in the penultimate round, when playing the lower-rated team from Maribor we had superior or just winning positions on all 4 boards and yet managed only 2-2....

Obiettivo Risarcimento, Nona Win European Club Cup

Obiettivo Risarcimento, Nona Win European Club Cup

PeterDoggers
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For the first time Obiettivo Risarcimento from Padova, Italy, won the gold medals at the European Club Cup. Nona (Georgia) won in the women's section for the fourth time. The European Club Cup, a seven-round competition for European club teams, finished on Saturday in Ulcinj, Montenegro. The first four rounds of this event are covered here. Open After four rounds, four teams had won all their matches: reigning champion Mednyi Vsadnik (St. Petersburg), club Vugar Gashimov from Azerbaijan,...

First You Smile, Then You Resign

First You Smile, Then You Resign

GM Gserper
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Chess is a very complicated game that requires utmost concentration. Therefore most of the time chess players have a very serious facial expression. I doubt that a fianchettoed bishop or a semi-open file would make many people laugh. Yet there is a certain positional element that inevitably makes chess players smile. Regardless of the rating or age, chess players start grinning whenever such a situation appears on a chessboard.  I am talking about tripled pawns.  I remember the first...

Hamburg Grand Prix Final Goes To Tiebreak

Hamburg Grand Prix Final Goes To Tiebreak

PeterDoggers
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The final of the FIDE Grand Prix in Hamburg will be decided in a tiebreak on Sunday. Jan-Krzysztof Duda was under pressure twice but held the draw against Alexander Grischuk in both standard games. Over the board Duda and Grischuk had played each other in only rapid and blitz, and you might also remember their epic Speed Chess match here on Chess.com, played 14 months ago and narrowly won by Duda. On Friday, they met for the first time in classical chess (or "standard" as FIDE...

Samuel Reshevsky's Prime Years

Samuel Reshevsky's Prime Years

IM Silman
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How strong was Samuel Reshevsky in his prime? Well, he won the U.S. championship eight times, the same number as Bobby Fischer. Reshevsky also played eight times in the Chess Olympiads (six times on first board).  Was he good enough to battle the chess greats? Yes. He beat (often many times) David Janowski, Efim Bogoljubov, Jose Raul Capablanca, Alexander Alekhine, Emanuel Lasker, Savielly Tartakower, Max Euwe, Mikhail Botvinnik, Salo Flohr, Paul Keres, Vasily Smyslov,Svetozar Gligoric,...

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