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Mamedyarov Extends Lead As Kramnik Struggles

Mamedyarov Extends Lead As Kramnik Struggles

FM MikeKlein 11 hrs ago

GM Vladimir Kramnik would like to fast-forward over the middle rounds of the Shamkir super-tournament. His audacious 25. Rxe5 in round four is now a distant memory. After losing in round five before the rest day, he dropped another today in round six as White to the continuous leader, GM Shakhriyar Mamedyarov. Kramnik had not lost back-to-back games in classical chess since the 2015 event in Shamkir. GM Shakhriyar Mamedyarov has nearly led wire-to-wire (GM Pavel Eljanov started 2/2) but all that...

Meet Kasparov, Re-Meet A Legend, Run U.S. Chess

Meet Kasparov, Re-Meet A Legend, Run U.S. Chess

FM MikeKlein 1 day ago

With Zurich, Grenke, Reykjavik, and Poikovsky tournaments all taking place nearly simultaneously, you might think there's no room for "other news." But this is the digital age; there's room for anything! In this edition of Chess.com's grab-bag of news, the reader can take a more active role. You can choose to meet a former world champion, learn about an American chess legend, help save a local chess shop, or even lead the 90,000 players of the U.S. Chess Federation. Or, you can just enjoy...

What In The World Is A Chess Style?

What In The World Is A Chess Style?

IM Silman 1 day ago

The Chess.com member WackyJ1 wrote: "You hear about 'style' everywhere from chess books to chess articles. With statements like, 'You should choose your opening based on what suits your style' and, 'Steer games towards positions that are more suited to your style,' you hear about player categorizations based on style. Positional: Kramnik, Karpov, Aronian, Carlsen. Tactical: Kasparov, Shirov, Tal, Alekhine. How does one know his style? Is it something he chooses based on what he likes to...

ChessCenter: A Coup At FIDE?

ChessCenter: A Coup At FIDE?

ChessCenter 27 days ago

Is there a coup at FIDE? The leading chess journalist Peter Doggers has the story about a power struggle at the world's chess federation. And who will win the U.S. men's and women's championships? Find out our picks and how to cheat at Chess.com in this episode.

Guseinov Wins Last Speed Chess Qualifier

Guseinov Wins Last Speed Chess Qualifier

NM SamCopeland 1 day ago

The winning score in all four Speed Chess qualifiers was 8.5 points. On Tuesday, only GM Gadir Guseinov made that mark. He wins the final qualification spot for the Speed Chess Championships, joining GMs Sergey Grigoriants, Georg Meier, and Jeffery Xiong. The four qualifiers will submit a ranking of their preferred opponents to Chess.com. The highest seeds by Chess.com blitz rating as of midnight, May 1 will be granted their preferred pairings in our bracket. After that, the matches will come...

Links to the Past III

Links to the Past III

batgirl 1 day ago

As in attics where things once used get stored out of sight and mind, old articles have a way of burying themselves under the weight of those that follow, becoming lost and forgotten. Sometimes it pays to put on an apron and gloves, wallow through the clutter, organize the disarray, dust off the pieces and give them a little light.  You never know what you might find. Game of the Month Santasiere's Thoughts and Remembrances Santasiere's Folly American Woman - Part I American...

Karjakin, So Notch 1st Wins In Shamkir

Karjakin, So Notch 1st Wins In Shamkir

FM MikeKlein 2 days ago

Neither the world's number-two rated player nor the world champion runner-up were having memorable events at Shamkir Chess 2017, but they will now sleep a little easier going into the tournament's only rest day. All photos courtesy official site. GM Wesley So and GM Sergey Karjakin both began the day at -1 but the duo contributed the only two wins of round five. They were linked in another way -- the two 20-somethings both beat 40-something former world champions. The four involved in these...

Is Speed Chess Good For You?

Is Speed Chess Good For You?

NM danheisman 2 days ago

Yes.* *Speed chess is good for you (meaning it can help your slow chess, too) but doing it "incorrectly" could be harmful. Let's digress... A few years ago our Main Line Chess Club hosted a seminar by WGM Jennifer Shahade. At the end of her talk, Jen took questions from the members and one was: "I suppose you think blitz is bad for you?!" Jennifer's immediate response was "No! I think blitz can be very good for you..." and then she paused. "...but if you don't look up your openings after...

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