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Nakamura Beats Karjakin, To Play Carlsen In Speed Chess Final

Nakamura Beats Karjakin, To Play Carlsen In Speed Chess Final

PeterDoggers 15 hrs ago

Hikaru Nakamura qualified for the Chess.com Speed Chess Championship Final on 3 January 2018 where he will meet Magnus Carlsen. On Saturday Nakamura defeated Sergey Karjakin in a tight match with lots of draws. It's not for nothing that Carlsen and Nakamura are known to be the two best speed chess players on the planet. For the second year in a row, the two stars qualified for Chess.com's final—in the 2016 GM Blitz Battle, and now in the 2017 Speed Chess Championship. The final will be on...

Artemiev Scores At Mind Games, 2nd Behind Carlsen In Blitz

Artemiev Scores At Mind Games, 2nd Behind Carlsen In Blitz

PeterDoggers 1 day ago

GM Vladislav Artemiev jumped to second place in the blitz world rankings after winning 79.2 Elo points at the IMSA Elite Mind Games in China. Alexander Grischuk won no less than 127.2 points. The second IMSA Elite Mind Games championship took place 8-16 December in Huai'an, Jiangsu Province, China. It was organized by the Board and Card Games Administrative Center of the General Administration of Sport, together with the Municipality of Huai’an. The competition included games such...

AlphaZero: Its Great Predecessors

AlphaZero: Its Great Predecessors

GM Gserper 19 hrs ago

Garry Kasparov's book My Great Predecessors is one of the best ever written about chess. If I had to take just one chess book with me on a proverbial desert island, that would be my pick. Well, actually I would take all five volumes of the book. The narrative there is both entertaining and educational, so you can learn about history of our game as well as seriously improve your general chess understanding. Kasparov shows how every great chess player brought something unique to further develop chess...

How To Checkmate: Damiano Mate

How To Checkmate: Damiano Mate

GM Ginger_GM 2 days ago

You know all the crazy, newfangled ways to checkmate, sure. But do you know one of the very oldest patterns? Simon Williams gives you a history lesson on checkmate.

Svidler Wins Historic 8th Russian Championship Title

Svidler Wins Historic 8th Russian Championship Title

PeterDoggers 3 days ago

GM Peter Svidler and WGM Aleksandra Goryachkina are the winners of the 2017 Russian Championship's Superfinals, which finished on Thursday in St. Petersburg. Both players won a rapid playoff held after the final round. Svidler won the title for the eighth time. Chess.com's interview with Peter Svidler. Since 2012, the Russian Championship's Superfinal is part of the Chess in Museums project, supported by the Russian Chess Federation and the Timchenko Charitable Foundation. This...

How To Watch Karjakin vs Nakamura Saturday: Speed Chess Champs

How To Watch Karjakin vs Nakamura Saturday: Speed Chess Champs

pete 2 days ago

Who will face Magnus Carlsen in the finals of the 2017 Speed Chess Championship? Two of the world's best players face off Saturday for that privilege as the 2016 world championship challenger Sergey Karjakin will take on the online chess legend Hikaru Nakamura in what could be the closest Speed Chess match of all time—the ultimate coin flip, as FM Mike Klein says in his preview.  Follow the action live at Chess.com/TV and Twitch.tv/chess on Saturday, Dec. 16 at 9...

Akobian, Rambaldi Win Titled Tuesday

Akobian, Rambaldi Win Titled Tuesday

NM SamCopeland 4 days ago

In a tight Titled Tuesday field, GMs Varuzhan Akobian and Francesco Rambaldi, both living in St. Louis, topped Chess.com's second Titled Tuesday in December. They each achieved the critical 8.5/10 score, a half-point ahead of three players in shared third: GMs Jose Ibarra and Gabriel Sargissian and FM Max Warmerdam. Race to the Top The critical round seemed to be the eighth. In that round, Akobian and Rambaldi were each leading with 6.5/7 and were paired against each other. A nice win by Akobian...

Efim Geller, Killer On The Chessboard

Efim Geller, Killer On The Chessboard

IM Silman 2 days ago

Several years ago I was at a coffee shop in Pasadena, California, and started a conversation with a few young (mid-twenties) Taiwanese people. After we chatted about Taiwan, our talk took a turn into various kinds of pop music. I made it clear that most pop instantly sparks my gag reflex. Then I started raving about the wonders of ZZ Top, The Rolling Stones, The Doors, Pink Floyd, and Led Zeppelin. They all were looking at me with glassy eyes and one finally said, “Never heard of any of them.” Lately...

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