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Shenzhen: Ding Leads, Svidler Bounces Back

Shenzhen: Ding Leads, Svidler Bounces Back

PeterDoggers 5 hrs ago

After six rounds it's GM Ding Liren who leads the Shenzhen Longgang Chess Masters in Shenzhen, China. GM Anish Giri, who missed a win vs GM Peter Svidler, is in second place. Three more rounds have been played in Shenzhen since the first report. Today was the sixth round, after a rest day on Tuesday. On both Sunday and Monday the tournament saw draws only, but there was some action at the start of the new week. The biggest story on Monday was Giri missing a clear (but still...

It Continues: FIDE Won't Budge, Ilyumzhinov Won't Resign

It Continues: FIDE Won't Budge, Ilyumzhinov Won't Resign

PeterDoggers 1 day ago

Even though Kirsan Ilyumzhinov himself denies that he is stepping down as FIDE president, FIDE officials continue to claim that he has announced his resignation. At a press conference today in Moscow, Ilyumzhinov emphasised that he'll continue to work as FIDE president until 2018. Photo Ilyumzhinov: David Llada. (This is a follow-up on yesterday's story where we reported that the FIDE website claims that Kirsan Ilyumzhinov announced his resignation as FIDE president.) Ilyumzhinov's...

The Match Of The 21st Century

The Match Of The 21st Century

GM Gserper 3 days ago

When chess players say "match of the century," usually they refer to the famous match between the USSR and the "rest of the world" that took place in Belgrade in 1970. In reality, many famous chess competitions (mostly world championship matches) throughout the 20th century had this catchy moniker. Photo by David Llada. Capablanca-Alekhine, Spassky-Fischer and Karpov-Kasparov (1984/85) all were called "match of the century" at some point! As you can see, it is very subjective and...

ChessCenter: Who Will Win The PRO Chess League?

ChessCenter: Who Will Win The PRO Chess League?

ChessCenter 12 days ago

Will Magnus Carlsen lead his Gnomes to PRO Chess League glory? The team discusses this and more, as chess was big in the news this month, with Carlsen on The Simpsons, women's chess made international headlines, and blunders and brilliancies galore! Don't miss ChessCenter where IM Danny Rensch, GM Simon Williams, IM Anna Rudolf, and WFM Alexandra Botez break down these headlines.

Webster University Wins 5th Straight President's Cup

Webster University Wins 5th Straight President's Cup

FM MikeKlein 1 day ago

Top-rated Webster University has won its fifth consecutive President's Cup title, beating out the three other invited teams from Texas Tech, St. Louis University, and University of Texas at Dallas (UTD) in an event also known as the "Final Four of College Chess." About the only question this past weekend was whether the Gorloks would be competing for one or two titles. Last week, their quartet of college players was denied a chance for a world championship when it was bounced...

Oddities In The Classic Bishop Sacrifice

Oddities In The Classic Bishop Sacrifice

IM Silman 6 days ago

Every chess player knows about the classic bishop sacrifice. And everyone wants to smash that light-squared bishop into h7, drag the screaming-in-terror enemy king from its pawn cover, and execute it as its army helplessly watches.In general, the victimized king gets mated on squares like e7, f8, g8, h8, h7, h6, g6, and f6. And, in general, sequences like Bxh7+, Ng5+, Qh5 (or Qg4 if the king runs to g6) make the CBS (classic bishop sacrifice) easy to play and as smooth as silk. Here’s a...

FIDE Claims Ilyumzhinov's Resignation; President Denies

FIDE Claims Ilyumzhinov's Resignation; President Denies

PeterDoggers 2 days ago

Kirsan Ilyumzhinov denies that he will step down as FIDE president. Today the FIDE website brought this remarkable news, which was confirmed to Chess.com by the executive director of FIDE, Nigel Freeman. However, Berik Balgabaev, Ilyumzhinov's assistant, called it "fake news." Photo: David Llada. "At the end of the Presidential Board meeting in Athens, Kirsan [Ilyumzhinov] stated that he resigned. An extraordinary PB meeting was called upon to discuss the matter," Freeman...

The Most Foolish Opening Mistake

The Most Foolish Opening Mistake

GM Gserper 10 days ago

I bet that some of you, my dear readers, think that I am going to talk about "Fool's Mate" or "Scholar's Mate." Indeed, there is no way to get checkmated faster than Fool's Mate: And there is no more popular beginner's opening than Scholar's Mate: But let's be realistic, when was the last time you saw a Fool's Mate in a tournament? OK, I hear you, the world champion was very close to getting this kind of a checkmate recently, as we discussed in this article. But of course that was not...

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