Mamedyarov Beats So; Carlsen's Gnomes Eke Into PRO Playoffs
NM SamCopeland 1 day ago

Wesley So lost his first game (excluding blitz) since his defeat by Carlsen in Bilbao last summer. In a game of the week candidate, Shakhriyar Mamedyarov out-chaosed Wesley So, finally overmatching So's queen with a rook and minor pieces in the endgame. So's classical streak remains unbroken at 56 games without defeat, and it is perhaps even more impressive that he managed to get through almost the entirety of his regular season in a rapid tournament without defeat, succumbing only in his...

Ju Wenjun Knocked Out Of Women's World Championship

Ju Wenjun Knocked Out Of Women's World Championship

IM JovankaHouska 2 days ago

The women's world championship in Tehran saw a huge sensation with the elimination of Ju Wenjun. The top seed was defeated by her compatriot Tan Zhongyi.  Harika Dronavalli, Anna Muzychuk and Alexandra Kosteniuk are the other semi-finalists. Tan Zhongyi eliminated the top seed. | Photo David Llada. The quarterfinals: With the disappearance of more players round by round, the tournament has ceased to resemble a mad dash to the next post; it's now a slow long drawn out...

Predict The Pro Chess League And Win!

Predict The Pro Chess League And Win!

pete 1 day ago

After a thrilling conclusion to the regular season, the playoff field is set for the inaugural PRO Chess League.  While the world's best players vie for big cash prizes and pride for their cities, you too can get in on the action by predicting the winners—and win some prizes of your own. All you have to do is predict five rounds of PRO playoff madness. Do you think the world champion, Magnus Carlsen, can lead his Norway Gnomes to playoff profit? Or will Maxime-Vachier...

Double Bishop Sac Insanity

Double Bishop Sac Insanity

GM Ginger_GM 2 days ago

Where did the legendary double-bishop sac come from? GM Simon Williams shows you the roots and all the crazy permutations that have since arisen.

ChessCenter: Hou Yifan Throws A Game?

ChessCenter: Hou Yifan Throws A Game?

ChessCenter 13 days ago

Did Hou Yifan lose a game on purpose? The ChessCenter team gives you the full story. Plus Magnus Carlsen and some of the world's top grandmasters play in an exciting array of Chess.com events you don't want to miss.

3 Winners, 1 Blunder In Sharjah Grand Prix

3 Winners, 1 Blunder In Sharjah Grand Prix

PeterDoggers 2 days ago

The Sharjah Grand Prix today saw a blunder in the "very rare" category. Alexander Riazantsev's mistake was huge, and he could resign immediately against Dmitry Jakovenko. In the fifth round, Michael Adams and Alexander Grischuk scored good wins. This may start to sound like a broken record, but yet again this round saw very quick draws on the top boards. The Sharjah Grand Prix was already suffering from (Twitter) attention from the start, and this won't help much. But the World Chess...

Pete's Pathetic Chess: The Worst Move Imaginable

Pete's Pathetic Chess: The Worst Move Imaginable

pete 2 days ago

Back after truly underwhelming reader demand, Pete's Pathetic Chess is the "instructional" column where I subject my awful moves and chess ideas to analysis by an actual grandmaster and the best chess-playing computer in the world. It looks like everyone's taking notice of my poor play. Joining these shenanigans with his own annotations will be GM Alex Yermolinsky, the respected Chess.com/TV host and old-school grandmaster. Photo: Wikipedia.  Also...

PRO Chess League Week 7 Playoff Push: Who's In, Who's Still Alive?

PRO Chess League Week 7 Playoff Push: Who's In, Who's Still Alive?

FM MikeKlein 3 days ago

Unlike many sports leagues where all or most of the playoff berths are decided before the final games of the regular season, the Professional Rapid Online (PRO) Chess League has everything to play for in week seven. This is what you've been waiting for. The excitement is driven even higher by the league rules, which allow for this week's matchups to be formed based on standings (a "Hou Yifan" controversy this is not -- a human hand has stepped in to create drama). For this Wednesday's final...

When Chess Players Protest

When Chess Players Protest

GM Gserper 5 days ago

One of the biggest open tournaments of the year (Gibraltar) was marred by a bizarre incident that happened in the last round. The women's world champion, Hou Yifan, lost her game in just five moves! Media instantly spread the news throughout the world, and in many reports about the tournament they didn't even bother to mention that the event was won by Hikaru Nakamura! Here is this notorious "game": This is the women's world champion's explanation: Apparently...

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