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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 black game with So. He pointed out that it wasn’t exactly the same situation;...

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...

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...

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.

Richard Reti sacrifices his Queen (+ Video)

Richard Reti sacrifices his Queen (+ Video)

FM michechess89
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Hi chess mates. In this post we will analyze another classic miniature between two masters. This is Richard Reti vs Saviely Tartakower, 1910. It was a Caro Kann Defense, and probably the most interesting thing about this game is that White sacrificed a piece and a queen to checkmate black king.   Video with comments about Reti vs Tartakower, 1910 https://youtu.be/kNCsWD85SRg Click here to subscribe to my channel. I will be uploading instructive videos for beginners and intermediate players...

PRO Chess League Summer Series: Sao Paulo Has Perfect Week, Mumbai Falters

PRO Chess League Summer Series: Sao Paulo Has Perfect Week, Mumbai Falters

PROChessLeague
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The eighth week of the PRO Chess League Summer Series could not have gone better for GM Sandro Mareco and the Sao Paulo Capybaras. The Brazilian side scored the third six-point week of the Summer Series (Saint Louis and Pittsburgh were first and second, respectively), which was just enough to take a one-point lead over the Moscow Wizards heading into the final week of the group. The Mumbai Movers dropped in the standings after a one-point showing on Saturday....

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...

Riga Grand Prix: Mamedyarov, Vachier-Lagrave To Play In Final

Riga Grand Prix: Mamedyarov, Vachier-Lagrave To Play In Final

IM Rakesh
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Day eight of the FIDE Grand Prix in Riga, Latvia was an exciting affair that gave us two finalists without needing any tiebreaks. Shakhriyar Mamedyarov kept his cool and defended calmly to draw and oust Wesley So while Maxime Vachier-Lagrave punished Alexander Grischuk's over-ambitious play and won a fine game with the black pieces. For the first time in this Grand Prix, we won't be needing a tiebreak to determine who goes through. This means that both the...

How Maxime Vachier-Lagrave Is Focusing On Qualifying For The Next Candidates Tournament

How Maxime Vachier-Lagrave Is Focusing On Qualifying For The Next Candidates Tournament

GM Fablibi
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This month we are pleased to meet Maxime Vachier-Lagrave, known as MVL, the French number 1 and member of world top 5. Chess.com France will follow closely his quest for the world title that will require being qualified for the next Candidates tournament. Thus, the next Grand Prix will be crucial. That's why we will watch it carefully on our channel. Jurmala Grand Prix (a seaside resort near Riga in Latvia) will take place from July 12 to 25, and our pair Vlad Tkachiev and Kevin Bordi will comment...

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