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2 Unlikely Leaders At U.S. Chess Championships

2 Unlikely Leaders At U.S. Chess Championships

FM MikeKlein 17 hrs ago

If you had GM Sam Shankland and WIM Annie Wang at the top of your fantasy chess bracket, congratulations, you're eating prime rib tonight. A little more than halfway through the 2018 U.S. Championships, these two unlikely tournament leaders head into the lone rest day with the field chasing them. Tomorrow is the rest day, so the chase pack will have 48 hours to figure out a plan. GM Sam Shankland, leading the U.S. Championship the latest he ever has. | Photo: Lennart Ootes/Saint...

Carlsen Gets 1st Win In Shamkir Chess; Topalov Leads

Carlsen Gets 1st Win In Shamkir Chess; Topalov Leads

PeterDoggers 23 hrs ago

Veselin Topalov maintained his lead at the Gashimov Memorial in Shamkir as he won (again from a worse position) vs David Navara. Magnus Carlsen scored his first win in round five vs Radoslaw Wojtaszek in an offbeat Sicilian. With only draws, the first three rounds saw quite a lot of fighting on the chessboards so perhaps it's not so strange that decisive games are starting to appear now in Shamkir. Yesterday one, today two—we're going in the right direction! Magnus Carlsen...

Wesley So Gets His Revenge

Wesley So Gets His Revenge

GM Gserper 2 days ago

One of the most shocking games in the history of the U.S. chess championship was played in 2015. Can you imagine one of the world's strongest players losing his game in just six moves playing White? This is exactly what happened! I was really puzzled when the live transmission of the game brought this: My first thought was that Wesley So forgot to turn off his cell phone and forfeited his game after an unexpected call from one of his well wishers. But of course, as you know, it wasn't the case....

Simaginfan's Anniversary Post.

Simaginfan's Anniversary Post.

simaginfan 2 days ago

You are quite right - that's a Sesame Street birthday cake It's exactly a year since my first tentative, and rather dismal, effort at posting something on chess.com. Your can find it here So, scratching my hairless head wondering what to put on here to celebrate, I decided that because that post was centred around an odds game, and I have a shed load in various books, I would go with that. For those of you who don't know what an odds game is, batgirl has done a handy post to give you the...

IM Nino Khurtsidze, 1975-2018

IM Nino Khurtsidze, 1975-2018

Marignon 1 day ago

The world of chess is in grief as IM Nino Khurtsidze, one of the most talented players of her generation, succumbed to illness. She died yesterday at the age of 42. « Remembering Nino Khurtsidze » Photos Harald Fietz https://t.co/xqURNiD535 pic.twitter.com/6g6KyO1eZ3 — Europe-Echecs (@EuropeEchecs) April 22, 2018 Khurtsidze's first success came at the age of 13 when she played in the first league of the Soviet championship and became the champion...

Frank Marshall, Part 5: A Radical Change

Frank Marshall, Part 5: A Radical Change

IM Silman 3 days ago

Frank Marshall played quite a bit in 1915, but all his games were in the U.S. There were two reasons for this: First, World War I. Second: Marshall opened the Marshall Chess Club in New York! With new responsibilities and an inability to go to Europe, one might think that his chess would lose a bit of his strength. That wasn’t the case. He still had his attacking flare and he was also extremely hard to beat. Marshall via Wikipedia.  The New York National tournament was a great example....

U.S. Championships Cool Down After Scorching Start

U.S. Championships Cool Down After Scorching Start

FM MikeKlein 1 day ago

Today in Azerbaijan, the field scored its first win. Meanwhile in St. Louis at the 2018 U.S. Championships, they recycled the result. It was, after all, Earth Day. Despite tallying 27 wins over the first four rounds, today the field mustered a solitary win. The other 11 games ended drawn and all leaders stayed the same. Nobody said recycling was exciting. Earth Day celebrations in Forest Park, where the Saint Louis Chess Club also had a booth. | Photo: Mike Klein/Chess.com. Despite...

Wesley So Teaches Chess

Wesley So Teaches Chess

GM Gserper 9 days ago

In an old article, I expressed the opinion that some games played by really strong grandmasters shouldn't be studied by inexperienced players. Therefore I suggested to assign chess games ratings similar to movies. The article claimed that according to this classification, "Magnus Carlsen's games are definitely NC-17 and not suitable for players rated under 1500."  Naturally, I got a question in the comments about which chess player's games are suitable for less experienced players. Thank...

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