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The Eternal Battle: Bishops vs Knights

The Eternal Battle: Bishops vs Knights

IM Silman 2 days ago

The Chess.com member dudejan asked: I always seem to struggle to know where to develop my bishops. For knights the concepts of outposts or placement behind a pawn to double defend certain squares are quite logical for me. But for bishops I don’t seem to have the same understanding. I think this is mainly because at the time when you need to develop the bishop, it isn’t clear which diagonals are going to open up. For instance when playing White, developing the dark-squared bishop...

6 Of World's Top 10 To Play 80th Wijk aan Zee

6 Of World's Top 10 To Play 80th Wijk aan Zee

PeterDoggers 2 days ago

The Tata Steel Chess tournament will be celebrating its 80th birthday by having a very strong field. Six players from the current top 10 will be playing. That includes world number one Magnus Carlsen, former world champions Vladimir Kramnik and Vishy Anand, and also last year's winner Wesley So. A special edition of "Wijk aan Zee" is only three months away. Tata Steel Chess, the second longest running tournament in the world (after Hastings), was first held in 1938 in Beverwijk. The 80th...

Serendipity: An Unforeseen Friendship

Serendipity: An Unforeseen Friendship

Pia_swe 4 days ago

"Do you know who that is"? whispered the tournament leader and nodded toward the door where an elderly man in jacket, black shirt and purple tie slowly with the support of his cane of copper came into the room and settled down at one of the beautiful chess tables at the Mechanics’ Institutes Chess Club in San Francisco. It was Wednesday, September 20th, 2017 and my first evening in San Francisco - the last stop on my and my friend's three-week road trip in western U.S.A. America's oldest chess...

ChessCenter: Carlsen Wins In Chess, Romance

ChessCenter: Carlsen Wins In Chess, Romance

ChessCenter 11 days ago

We all know Magnus Carlsen is winning on the chessboard, but is he lucky in love? Levon Aronian is following a similar path, winning the World Cup and getting married. Find out the latest chess news, and the best and worst of the last month, only on ChessCenter.

Batumi Chess Club NONA Wins 3rd ECC Title

Batumi Chess Club NONA Wins 3rd ECC Title

IM JovankaHouska 5 days ago

Batumi Chess Club NONA won the European Club Cup on Saturday in Göynük/Antalya. As promised, Chess.com publishes a separate report on the women's tournament, once again written by IM Jovanka Houska. The European chess club championship (ECC) has to be one of the most fascinating team events in the chess calendar. Although it is relatively short at only seven rounds, it’s the fusion between some of the world’s top players playing for big fees, national teams in serious...

The Strongest Chess Librarian In The World

The Strongest Chess Librarian In The World

GM Gserper 6 days ago

Unless you live under a rock, you know that the 65-year-old librarian James Tarjan beat the former world champion Vladimir Kramnik in the recently concluded Chess.com Isle of Man tournament. Of course Grandmaster James Tarjan is not an ordinary librarian. Some 35 years ago he was one of the leading U.S. chess players, and even participated in the world championship cycle when he qualified to play in the Riga Interzonal tournament in 1979. However after Tarjan tied for third place in the 1984 U.S....

Globus Wins European Club Cup; Kramnik To Miss Candidates?

Globus Wins European Club Cup; Kramnik To Miss Candidates?

PeterDoggers 6 days ago

Both Odlar Yurdu and Alkaloid held them to 3-3, but with a win in the final round Globus secured victory after all. The top seed won the European Club Cup in Göynük/Antalya, Turkey on Saturday with 12 match points. Vladimir Kramnik missed his chance to qualify for the 2018 Candidates' by rating. Round 5 Odlar Yurdu and Globus were the only two teams to win the first four matches, and so they were automatically paired against each other for round five. In a tense match, all six...

How Can Older Players Improve?

How Can Older Players Improve?

IM Silman 9 days ago

IMPROVEMENT FOR OLD PLAYERS The Chess.com member jayzorac wrote: I have a question for you. Do you think “older” players can still improve to expert and master level?  SILMAN: Mr. jayzorac wrote quite a bit about his chess history (from childhood to being an “older” player), but I really liked this: “I was in my early 20s and recovering from a football injury that ended that career before it started, and thought chess was a great way to keep competing...

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