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MVL Levels Score In Riga Grand Prix Final; Tiebreaks Next

MVL Levels Score In Riga Grand Prix Final; Tiebreaks Next

PeterDoggers
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Maxime Vachier-Lagrave won on demand vs. Shakhriyar Mamedyarov today. The FIDE Grand Prix in Riga, Latvia will be decided in a tiebreak on Wednesday. "A must-win situation is never pleasant but I will just be ready to play for as long as it takes," Vachier-Lagrave said yesterday after his tough loss. As it turned out, the next day he didn't need to play that long to score a win himself and level the score. MVL entered a Giuoco Pianissimo, which literally means "very quiet...

Chess.com Team Chess Battles Return

Chess.com Team Chess Battles Return

CHESScom
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In one of the most anticipated rematches in Chess.com history, Team Chess.com, comprised of GM Robert Hess and IM Danny Rensch will square off against team Chessbrah, starring GM Eric Hansen and GM Aman Hambleton. You can watch the epic rematch this Wednesday, July 24 at 5 p.m. PDT (8 p.m. ET, 2 a.m. CEST) on www.Twitch.tv/chess and on ChessTV.  After their first encounter which saw Chessbrah emerge victorious, Team Chess.com, led by Rensch, will be seeking...

Decisive Moments In Chess: Bobby Fischer's Waterloo

Decisive Moments In Chess: Bobby Fischer's Waterloo

GM Gserper
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Destiny makes its urgent way to the mighty and those who do violent deeds. This is the beginning of Stefan Zweig's famous Die Weltminute von Waterloo (The World Minute of Waterloo). While this short novel describes the decisive moment of the historic battle of Waterloo, my inner chess geek cannot help but see the uncanny similarity with a historic chess battle between Bobby Fischer and Bent Larsen. It was one of Fischer's last defeats before his vertical ascent to the chess summit. This is...

Learn To Play Chess960 (Fischer Random)

Learn To Play Chess960 (Fischer Random)

IM DanielRensch
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Tired of the same old chess openings? Chess960 (also known as Fischer Random) is the game for you. Learn how to play this fun variant that shuffles the starting positions every new game. IM Daniel Rensch shows you the rules, basics and tips to play.

Chess ban in the Eastern Roman Empire or a Murray's misreading? Ioannis Zonaras case...

Chess ban in the Eastern Roman Empire or a Murray's misreading? Ioannis Zonaras case...

introuble2
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This blog possibly isn't on chess history. But that's the point... I think that it shouldn't be part of, or at least not in the exact way it is presented. Reading and gathering material for a previous blog, I've tracked in Murray's history one of the really few passages around chess, coming from the Eastern Roman Empire. This excerpt is around the interpretation of the dice prohibition by the Church, trying to include chess too. Something that as we've seen in my previous blog did occur in Western...

Mamedyarov Leads MVL In Riga Grand Prix Final

Mamedyarov Leads MVL In Riga Grand Prix Final

PeterDoggers
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Shakhriyar Mamedyarov started with an impressive win against Maxime Vachier-Lagrave in the final of the FIDE Grand Prix in Riga, Latvia. The Frenchman needs to win tomorrow to stay in the match. So far MVL had played a flawless Grand Prix in Riga. The first sign of weakness quickly led to his first loss of the tournament. Strong preparation once again formed a big part of Mamedyarov's win, like in his white game with So. He pointed out that it wasn’t exactly the same situation;...

Vladimir Kramnik Interview: 'I'm Not Afraid To Lose'

Vladimir Kramnik Interview: 'I'm Not Afraid To Lose'

DavidC2
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The 14th world chess champion Vladimir Kramnik reflects on his remarkable career, telling David Cox about his championship battles with Garry Kasparov, Peter Leko, Veselin Topalov and Vishy Anand, and why Kramnik finally ran out of motivation for the game. After more than two decades at the top, Vladimir Kramnik shocked the chess world earlier this year by announcing his retirement at the age of 43.  A prodigy, and former student of Mikhail Botvinnik’s chess school, Kramnik went on to...

Dominguez Wins Dortmund Ahead Of Surging Nepomniachtchi

Dominguez Wins Dortmund Ahead Of Surging Nepomniachtchi

IM hellokostya
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The new world number-10 Leinier Dominguez Perez managed to maintain his narrow lead to win  first place in the 47th Dortmund Sparkassen Chess Meeting with 4.5/7. Just a half-point behind Dominguez were four players, all at 4/7: Ian Nepomniachtchi, Teimour Radjabov, Radoslaw Wojtaszek, and Richard Rapport.  Ulrich Krause, the president of Germany's chess federation, makes the first move in the final-round game between Wojtaszek and Dominguez. | Photo: Georgios...

Magnus Carlsen's Amazing Pawn Sacrifices

Magnus Carlsen's Amazing Pawn Sacrifices

GM Gserper
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There is a well-known chess joke (or maybe not even a joke!) that it is much more difficult to sacrifice a pawn than a queen. Indeed, in most queen sacrifices you get huge dividends right away, since it is difficult to imagine a player sacrificing his queen just to get (for example) a good square for his knight. Therefore, it is relatively easy to predict the outcome of many queen sacrifices, like the next one: From the other side, most pawn sacrifices are done for positional gains and so it...

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