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Carlsen-Grischuk Speed Chess Semifinal, By The Numbers

Carlsen-Grischuk Speed Chess Semifinal, By The Numbers

FM MikeKlein 4 hrs ago

GM Magnus Carlsen has been beating anything with a heartbeat in November. First he won by the largest margin in the Champions Showdown with a day to spare, then he scored the most game points ever in a Speed Chess Championship match. You can throw in a Titled Tuesday win just for good measure. As a prelude, earlier in the month he even crushed the dreams of an aspiring player who seemed legitimately to not understand that beating the world champion with one month of training is not the same as memorizing...

Rest Day Before The Rest Day: All Grand Prix Games Drawn

Rest Day Before The Rest Day: All Grand Prix Games Drawn

FM MikeKlein 11 min ago

One afternoon before the FIDE Grand Prix in Mallorca, Spain entered its only rest day, all 18 players decided they preferred nearly a 48-hour break instead. All nine games finished drawn, with the two that are most relevant to Candidates' qualification ending the quickest. GM Maxime Vachier-Lagrave pressed as White for only 13 moves before calling it a day with GM Hikaru Nakamura. The tournament's sole leader, GM Levon Aronian, who is currently siphoning much-needed first-place points from Candidates'...

Do You Need To Know Mate And Tactic Names?

Do You Need To Know Mate And Tactic Names?

IM Silman 3 days ago

The Chess.com member grepschrop wrote: “Some players told me that it’s not important to know the names of mating patterns. My experience with kids is contrary. What is your opinion?” SILMAN: Though one might think this is easy to answer, I have to say that we have two different animals here: The simplest and most crucial for beginners (tactical and mating patterns) are pins, back-rank mate, forks, decoys, clearance sacrifices, x-rays, windmills, deflections, skewers, and double...

2017 Speed Chess Championship: Carlsen vs So

2017 Speed Chess Championship: Carlsen vs So

ChessTV 1 day ago

World Chess Champion Magnus Carlsen and one of his most touted potential challengers, Wesley So, contest the final speed chess championship quarterfinal match. Don't miss the very best playing blitz chess!

ChessCenter: The Best Chess Of October

ChessCenter: The Best Chess Of October

ChessCenter 10 days ago

It was a big month for chess, with Magnus Carlsen, Hikaru Nakamura, Sergey Karjakin, and Vladimir Kramnik all making big news. Find out the top stories and moves on and off the chessboard with the full ChessCenter team.

Bloody Sunday Produces Six Winners, Aronian As Sole Leader

Bloody Sunday Produces Six Winners, Aronian As Sole Leader

FM MikeKlein 22 hrs ago

Who is GM Simon Williams seconding? In today's round four of the final leg of the FIDE Grand Prix in Palma de Mallorca, Spain, six of the nine players of the white pieces played h4, many with aggressive intentions. Despite that being the Ginger GM's favorite move, it was on the square d6 that the round hinged. We will know in one week for sure, but one square from one round could easily decide one quarter of the Candidates' qualification! Today GM Levon Aronian finished off a gem of an attack with...

Carlsen Dominates Speed Chess; Defeats So

Carlsen Dominates Speed Chess; Defeats So

NM SamCopeland 1 day ago

"Magnus Carlsen dominates speed chess" is a fairly accurate description of chess in 2017. Carlsen has destroyed multiple fast chess formats. After shared firsts (but no title on tiebreak) in the World Rapid and Blitz Championships in December, he has won the three Titled Tuesdays, the Norway Chess blitz tournament, the Paris and Leuven blitz and rapid tournaments, the Champions Showdown match with Ding Liren, and now he has defeated Wesley So by the incredible score of 27.5-9.5 in the Speed Championship. Carlsen...

The Best Holiday Deals On Chess Gear

The Best Holiday Deals On Chess Gear

News 5 days ago

Holiday shopping season is here, and there's no better time to pick up some over-the-board chess gear for anyone on your list (or even yourself).  The holidays are a great time to get together and play some chess, so make sure you stock up on the highest-quality equipment available. Use the coupon code Chess.com at checkout for a 20 percent discount on all of the chess equipment below (and everything else at WholesaleChess). The coupon code is valid now through Nov. 22.  Wholesale...

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