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How Carlsen Will Beat Caruana

How Carlsen Will Beat Caruana

FM MikeKlein
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Magnus Carlsen has been one of the most dominant world chess champions ever. Will he continue his historic run in the upcoming world championship match vs Fabiano Caruana? FM Mike Klein looks at how Carlsen can defeat the challenger.

Carlsen Starts With Win At European Club Cup

Carlsen Starts With Win At European Club Cup

PeterDoggers
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Magnus Carlsen is active at the European Club Cup, where he started with a win against Vladimir Potkin in round two. Earlier in the week, Carlsen had some PR activities and spoke about his match with Fabiano Caruana. The European Club Cup is underway in Porto Carras, a well-known Greek seaside resort in Halkidiki that has hosted many chess events before. It is a one-week event, played over seven rounds. The general ECC, held for the 34th time, has 61 teams that consist of six players, with two...

Speed Chess Championship 2018 | Official Information

Speed Chess Championship 2018 | Official Information

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The 2018 Chess.com Speed Chess Championship will feature 16 of the world's best chess players in an innovative eSports bracket tournament and a guaranteed prize pool of $55,000. See the round two results here. NEXT MATCH:  Speed Chess final four, Nov. 30-Dec. 2 You can find important information on the event below.  Broadcast and streaming Bracket Matchups and pairings Fantasy prediction contest SmarterChess predictions Schedule Results Event prizes Detailed format List...

2018 Speed Chess Championship: So vs Vidit

2018 Speed Chess Championship: So vs Vidit

ChessTV
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American superstar and birthday boy Wesley So enters this Speed Chess Championship match as a favorite, but can the young Indian star Vidit keep it close and pull away in bullet like he did against GM Zaven Andriasyan? Don't miss this exciting match with commentary from IM Daniel Rensch and GM and Chessbrah Eric Hansen!

Keres Attacks with the Hanging Pawns (Keres vs Taimanov, Moscow 1951)

Keres Attacks with the Hanging Pawns (Keres vs Taimanov, Moscow 1951)

IndreRe
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I recently wrote two long posts comparing the D-Pawn Systems: Part 1: (Lame Torre, Levitsky, Stonewall Attack, Richter-Veresov, Jobava Attack) Part 2: (Colle, Rubinstein Attack, London) In case you missed them, do check these out. See also: Keres's One Move Knockout - here Keres played the Rubinstein Attack and dazzled Spassky. This is a short follow-up, demonstrating another game in which Keres plays an opening which transposes to the Rubinstein Attack (aka Colle-Zukertort)...

The Olympiad Tiebreaks Have To Change, Grandmasters Say

The Olympiad Tiebreaks Have To Change, Grandmasters Say

PeterDoggers
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Both the Open and Women sections of the Batumi Olympiad were decided by tiebreaks. Like just about every two years, this led to criticism on chess forums. According to grandmasters Peter Heine Nielsen and David Smerdon, the time has come to actually do something about it. In the open group of the Olympiad, China and USA went into the last round with 17 match points, and were paired against each other for the final round. A dream scenario, you would say—but not without a decisive result. As...

How To Watch Hikaru Nakamura vs Maxime Vachier-Lagrave Speed Chess Today

How To Watch Hikaru Nakamura vs Maxime Vachier-Lagrave Speed Chess Today

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The next match of the Speed Chess Championship quarterfinals is Thursday as Hikaru Nakamura (@hikaru) faces Maxime Vachier-Lagrave (@lyonbeast). The match winner will play Levon Aronian in the Speed Chess final four.  Nakamura is the top seed in the bracket and has never lost a Speed Chess match to anyone except Magnus Carlsen. MVL was bounced out of the 2016 version of the Speed Chess Championship by Nakamura, and also lost a "Death Match" to the American...

Nakamura Still Too Strong For MVL In Speed Chess

Nakamura Still Too Strong For MVL In Speed Chess

PeterDoggers
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Over the board, the players consider themselves equals, but online Hikaru Nakamura is still too strong for Maxime Vachier-Lagrave. The American GM won yesterday's Speed Chess match with an eight-point margin. It was the last quarterfinal of this year's Speed Chess championship, but wouldn't have looked bad as a final. The fight was the world number-two (Vachier-Lagrave) vs the world number-three (Nakamura) on the current FIDE blitz ratings list. Online speed chess is a different ballgame though,...

Speed Chess Championship: Can MVL Ride Nakamura's Red Bull?

Speed Chess Championship: Can MVL Ride Nakamura's Red Bull?

FM MikeKlein
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It's "only" a quarterfinal, but it's a matchup worthy of much more. On Thursday, October 11 at 10 a.m. Pacific (1 p.m. Eastern, 6 p.m. Central Europe) Hikaru Nakamura and Maxime Vachier-Lagrave will go toe-to-toe to decide the last semifinalist of the 2018 Speed Chess Championship campaign. The two players represent the highest-rated blitz players in the world, not counting Magnus Carlsen, who didn't enter this season's contest. While the Frenchman is world number-two in blitz (2937) and the...

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