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Carlsen Arrives As Sinquefield Cup Begins

Carlsen Arrives As Sinquefield Cup Begins

FM MikeKlein
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Three Grand Chess Tour events are in the books, and one book just came out. A lot has happened in the last 48 hours in St. Louis since Hikaru Nakamura won his second leg of the GCT season to lead the tour standings. To wit: The Saint Louis Chess Club released a comprehensive book on the five years of the Sinquefield Cup, with unique different authors for each of the tournaments. The annual "Ultimate Moves" battle was contested with Rex and Randy Sinquefield fulfilling their usual roles as player-captains. The...

Prodigy Nihal Sarin Becomes A Grandmaster At 14

Prodigy Nihal Sarin Becomes A Grandmaster At 14

Rakesh
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At the age of 14 years, one month, and one day, the Indian prodigy Nihal Sarin became the 12th-youngest grandmaster in chess history. He scored his third grandmaster norm at the 25th Abu Dhabi Masters held at Abu Dhabi, UAE. Nihal started strongly with 3/4. His round-four win against Australian IM Ikeda Junta was particularly impressive. In round five, Nihal played GM Ivan Cheparinov, who recently switched his federation to Georgia. He was pressing but had to...

Announcing The Chess.com GIF Maker

Announcing The Chess.com GIF Maker

CHESScom
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Want a quick way to share your favorite chess games with friends online? Why not try a chess GIF? Making GIFs of your favorite chess games is now easy with Chess.com's GIF Maker! Here's how to use it: 1. Copy a PGN from your favorite chess website or software. On Chess.com, you can get the PGN via the "share" button . 2. Go to Chess.com/gifs! 3. Paste the PGN and click "Create GIF." 4. Once created, the GIF will open in a new tab! 5. To share, copy and paste the URL, or right-click...

The Immortal Chess Draw

The Immortal Chess Draw

GM Ginger_GM
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Are you surprised that a drawn game could live on forever in chess history? GM Simon Williams shows you the immortal draw, a game he calls "completely crazy" despite its peaceful ending.

Problem Solving 101: Turning Forcing Moves into Forcing Wins

Problem Solving 101: Turning Forcing Moves into Forcing Wins

NapoleonBonaparteIV
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In my most recent Chess^Summit article, I decided to write about problem-solving and working on your tactical vision. For the full article, check out Chess^Summit for more from me and my team! Since I don’t do a lot of tactical work in my articles, I thought it would be fun to try something new for today’s article. I’ll post a tactical puzzle and walk through me solving it in “real-time”. As you’re reading this, I’m looking at the position for the first...

Nakamura Wins St. Louis Rapid And Blitz, Holding Off Vachier-Lagrave, Mamedyarov

Nakamura Wins St. Louis Rapid And Blitz, Holding Off Vachier-Lagrave, Mamedyarov

FM MikeKlein
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Hikaru Nakamura thought he needed 5.5/9 in today's second blitz session to clinch his first Grand Chess Tour win on home soil. He scored exactly that, winning the 2018 Saint Louis Rapid & Blitz over a still-surging Maxime Vachier-Lagrave and a pesky Shakhriyar Mamedyarov. The win is his second of the season. He also won the 2018 Paris event. Chess.com conducted a video interview with Nakamura on his success. Watch Hikaru Nakamura On Winning The Saint Louis Rapid And Blitz from Chess...

Chess: The Waiting Game?

Chess: The Waiting Game?

louisathomas
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The day my daughter was due was approaching. There was not much to do but wait. Another day passed. I couldn’t concentrate on work. Another day, and then another. I couldn’t write; my words were blocked. I couldn’t sleep. Another and another. When I tried to read, my attention wandered. Another, another, another. I couldn’t play chess—or shouldn’t have played chess, but I did. I played chess very badly. It had been my habit for some time to play a 30-minute rapid...

Ding Liren Reaches 2800 Rating

Ding Liren Reaches 2800 Rating

FM MikeKlein
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It's considered bad luck in many parts of the world to break a mirror, but for Ding Liren, even breaking his hip only barely slowed him down. Just 2.5 months after falling off a bicycle in Norway and being forced to withdraw from the tournament, Ding Liren beat Veselin Topalov in a match from August 10-14 by the score of 3.0-1.0. That pushed his rating over 2800 for the first time. He becomes only the 14th player to clear the crescendo (Topalov has the fifth-highest live rating of all...

Bet You've Never Heard Of This Opening

Bet You've Never Heard Of This Opening

GM Gserper
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On March 24, 1937, the leading Soviet chess magazine 64 published a theoretical article about a new opening system the magazine called the "Panov Defense."  I challenge you to identify the moves of this opening line. Yes, you can Google it if you wish! Just don't confuse the "Panov Defense" with the "Panov Attack" in the Caro-Kann defense. Give up already? OK, here is the game that started the new system: I almost can hear your protests that the opening of this game is called The...

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