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Carlsen Leads Paris Grand Chess Tour After Day 2

Carlsen Leads Paris Grand Chess Tour After Day 2

PeterDoggers 19 hrs ago

Magnus Carlsen is the sole leader after two days of play at the Paris Grand Chess Tour. He is still one point ahead of Hikaru Nakamura, after both players scored two wins and then drew each other on Thursday. The start of round five in Paris. | Photo: Maria Emelianova. Day two in Paris started where it had left: exciting chess, drama, and no less than four decisive games in round four. One of those was the top clash between Magnus Carlsen and Wesley So, a.k.a. the world champion against...

Tactics Abound As Russia Leads In World Team Championship

Tactics Abound As Russia Leads In World Team Championship

NM SamCopeland 15 hrs ago

Never question the the home team. After round two in the World Team Championship, Russia trailed China and the Poland by one match point. After round five, they have switched places, leapfrogging China and Poland to lead by one point. With all the key matches between Russia, China, and Poland ahead, all results are still possible. Svidler helmed the Russian team in round three. Photo courtesy of the official site by Anastasia Balakhontseva. Round 3 Russia only won one game in their match against...

I’m Passionate About Squares

I’m Passionate About Squares

IM Silman 1 day ago

Many chess players have a limited understanding of the game. They think it’s all about mating the enemy king. They think it’s all about tactics and attack. They think it’s about creating threats. Of course, all these things are indeed part of chess, but there is so much more. And it’s these “other” things that turn a random “threat and tactics” player into a person who stands above the masses. In this article I’ll discuss the creation of weak...

ChessCenter: Should Women's Titles Be Eliminated?

ChessCenter: Should Women's Titles Be Eliminated?

ChessCenter 25 days ago

WFM Alexandra Botez and IM Danny Rensch discuss whether female titles and female-only chess events should exist. Don't miss some spectacular chess moves, all the Speed Champs and Grand Prix news, plus our look ahead to Magnus Carlsen in Norway Chess.

Carlsen, So Early Leaders In Paris

Carlsen, So Early Leaders In Paris

PeterDoggers 1 day ago

Magnus Carlsen and Wesley So are tied for first place after day one of the Paris Grand Chess Tour. They scored five points out of a possible six (since the rapid games count double) and are just ahead of Hikaru Nakamura and Veselin Topalov. Magnus Carlsen (r.) playing Shakhriyar Mamedyarov in round two. | Photo: Maria Emelianova. While the heat wave continued in Paris, the Grand Chess Tour saw a heartwarming first day. In a Canal+ studio along the Seine, in the southeast corner of Boulogne-Billancourt,...

Grand Chess Tour Takes Off In Paris

Grand Chess Tour Takes Off In Paris

PeterDoggers 2 days ago

The 2017 Grand Chess Tour kicked off today in Paris with pro-am activities at the Vivendi headquarters, at a stone's throw of de Arc de Triomphe. With a series of rapid games, tomorrow the tour will officially commence. Garry Kasparov suffering a loss in today's pro-am event. | Photo: Maria Emelianova. A new season is starting for the Grand Chess Tour, which will see tournaments in Paris (France), Leuven (Belgium), St. Louis (USA), and London (UK). Similar to last year, the Paris event was opened...

The Lonely Knight Checkmate

The Lonely Knight Checkmate

GM Gserper 5 days ago

After my very first lesson at the chess club of the Pioneer Palace, our coach gave us a simple checkmate-in-three-moves puzzle. Immediately our most advanced players started shouting that it is an absolutely impossible task. Some 40 years later I give the same puzzle to my students at our school's chess club and the kids' response is generally the same. If you read my old article, then you might already know what position I am talking about. Can you find the above-mentioned checkmate in three...

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