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Caruana Joins U.S. Champs Lead As Black Strikes Back

Caruana Joins U.S. Champs Lead As Black Strikes Back

FM MikeKlein 6 hrs ago

Yesterday at the 2018 U.S. Championships, White dominated, winning all seven decisive games. In today's round three, the roulette wheel tilted the other way. Black won a total of five games, and players of the second move collectively did better in both the U.S. Championship and in the U.S. Women's Championship. For a day, St. Louis turned into Wakanda. Here's two possible explanations. First, GM Fabiano Caruana, who was one of the Black winners: "These days it's very tough to find an...

'Giri Perfection' Continues At Shamkir Chess

'Giri Perfection' Continues At Shamkir Chess

PeterDoggers 13 hrs ago

In the second round of the Gashimov Memorial in Shamkir, Azerbaijan all games ended in draws once again. Anish Giri, who joked about a beautiful crosstable on Twitter, escaped vs Veselin Topalov after tricking himself. Anish Giri knows all too well that his reputation of making many draws isn't completely gone yet. His 14 draws at the Candidates' Tournament in Moscow happened more than two years ago, but his colleagues keep on throwing jokes at him, if only because he likes to chip in himself regularly.  Today,...

Frank Marshall, Part 5: A Radical Change

Frank Marshall, Part 5: A Radical Change

IM Silman 1 hr ago

Frank Marshall played quite a bit in 1915, but all his games were in the U.S. There were two reasons for this: First, he was 38 years old; going from one European tournament to another (and back and forth between Europe and the U.S.) had to be physically taxing. But the second reason made his staying in the U.S. clear: Marshall opened the Marshall Chess Club in New York! With new responsibilities, one might think that his chess would lose a bit of his strength. That wasn’t the case. He still...

Learn From The Masters: Lasker's Quick Mate

Learn From The Masters: Lasker's Quick Mate

EOGuel 7 hrs ago

Emanuel is a boy who is beyond amazing, very sweet and soft-hearted. He is protective and gives the warmest hugs full of love. He always makes your day better with his smiles, and he will never fail to make you laugh. Once you meet him, you will fall in love. Need citation? Google, "Define Emanuel", and click on the link that first pops up. Oh, hi guys! First off, let's just assume that the second world champion was a pretty good guy, alright? I've never met the man, but he sounds wonderful!  If...

Gunina Wins European Women's Championship

Gunina Wins European Women's Championship

IM JovankaHouska 21 hrs ago

GM Valentina Gunina won her third European gold at the women's championship in Vysoké Tatry, Slovakia. The Russian grandmaster finished ahead of GMs Nana Dzagnidze (Georgia, silver) and Anna Ushenina (Ukraine, bronze). IM Jovanka Houska reports. It seems that the European Chess Union certainly know how to make a European women’s championship memorable. In 2016, the theme was “Romanian beach party” while in 2017 “Riga city chic” was the order of the...

Wesley So Teaches Chess

Wesley So Teaches Chess

GM Gserper 6 days ago

In an old article, I expressed the opinion that some games played by really strong grandmasters shouldn't be studied by inexperienced players. Therefore I suggested to assign chess games ratings similar to movies. The article claimed that according to this classification, "Magnus Carlsen's games are definitely NC-17 and not suitable for players rated under 1500."  Naturally, I got a question in the comments about which chess player's games are suitable for less experienced players. Thank...

So, Akobian Still Perfect At U.S. Champs In Decisive Day 2

So, Akobian Still Perfect At U.S. Champs In Decisive Day 2

FM MikeKlein 1 day ago

Talk about a whitewash. In round two of the 2018 U.S. Championships, more games produced wins than draws, and White had seven wins and no losses. The women fought much longer, but the men had more kills. When all of the games had finished in the open championship, two-thirds of the dozen ladies were still battling. That group took a few more hours to lay down their arms.  No women remain perfect, but the $64,000 "Fischer Prize" for a perfect score is still available to two men. Both...

Frank Marshall, Part 4: St. Petersburg 1914 And The Gods Of Chess

Frank Marshall, Part 4: St. Petersburg 1914 And The Gods Of Chess

IM Silman 7 days ago

In part 3 we left Frank Marshall playing in one tournament or match after another. Nothing changed in 1912. The guy seemed to live for chess and he continued to compete all over Europe, Russia, and the U.S. Since he couldn’t fly to all those places, one wonders how much of his time was taken on ships and trains.  Personally, I would be exhausted since once you get to where you want to be, you have to play in a tournament for a couple weeks or a month or even longer. Then, when it’s...

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