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Ding Liren Wins 2019 Grand Chess Tour

Ding Liren Wins 2019 Grand Chess Tour

PeterDoggers
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Ding Liren won the 2019 Grand Chess Tour after beating Maxime Vachier-Lagrave 16-12 in the final. Magnus Carlsen claimed third place thanks to a 17-11 win against Levon Aronian. Ding won the first prize of $150,000 while runner-up Vachier-Lagrave got $100,000. They automatically qualified for the 2020 Grand Chess Tour together with Carlsen, who took home $60,000 (and $302,500 in total, a bit more than Ding). Aronian won $40,000 in London. Winning the first rapid game and drawing...

Grand Chess Tour Finals: Ding Beats MVL, Carlsen's Streak Continues

Grand Chess Tour Finals: Ding Beats MVL, Carlsen's Streak Continues

PeterDoggers
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Ding Liren won a splendid game with the white pieces against Maxime Vachier-Lagrave to take a six-point lead in the Grand Chess Tour final. Magnus Carlsen escaped from a lost position vs. Levon Aronian and increased his unbeaten streak to 107 games. The last day of the Grand Chess Tour playoff starts at 15:00 CET, which is 9 a.m. Eastern and 6 a.m. Pacific. You can follow the games here as part of our live portal. Commentary is provided by GM Robert Hess and IM Danny...

My Crazy Idea To Reduce Draws In Chess

My Crazy Idea To Reduce Draws In Chess

GM Gserper
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The recent article by Vladimir Kramnik was quite fascinating. We've all had some weird "what if..." questions, like "what if people could fly?" or "what if there were no gravity?" Thanks to Kramnik and AlphaZero, we now see what happens to chess if castling is abolished. Here is one such game with Kramnik's annotations: Kramnik correctly points out that moves like h2-h4 and a2-a4 will happen in most of the games and the move Ke1-f1 will be as common as castling today. Moreover, Kramnik puts...

Alekhine's Defense: How To Punish 2. Nc3

Alekhine's Defense: How To Punish 2. Nc3

NM SamCopeland
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The move 2.Nc3 is one of the most popular sidelines against Alekhine's Defense. White players seeking to avoid theory often pick this line, but NM Sam Copeland shows how to punish this choice with tricks and transpositions.

Histe Them Sails

Histe Them Sails

batgirl
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I've made blog postings about different aspects of music that had caught my eye— mostly with folk music and usually quite convoluted.    These include: Wasn't That a TimeTwo by TwoWild Old FamilyThe First Time    Well, folks or folkies, here's another.    The other day I heard the Beach Boys on the radio performing Sloop John B, a song I'd heard before and rather enjoyed.  But I started wondering why a band who mainly focused on surfing, cars and young...

Grand Chess Tour Finals: Carlsen Wins, MVL Escapes

Grand Chess Tour Finals: Carlsen Wins, MVL Escapes

PeterDoggers
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Maxime Vachier-Lagrave escaped from a lost position vs. Ding Liren in the first game of the Grand Chess Tour final that had four queens on the board. Magnus Carlsen won his first game against Levon Aronian in the fight for third place. Ding and Vachier-Lagrave are competing for the $150,000 first-place prize and the title of Grand Chess Tour champion, while Carlsen and Aronian are playing for the third-place qualifying spot to the 2020 GCT in addition to a $60,000 prize. The...

Kramnik And AlphaZero: How To Rethink Chess

Kramnik And AlphaZero: How To Rethink Chess

GM VladimirKramnik
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For chess to flourish, we need a new challenge. The increasing strength of chess engines, the millions of computer games and the volumes of opening theory available to every player are making top-level chess less imaginative. Decisive games in super-tournaments have declined, while the number of games with what I'd call "creative" content is also on the slide. The 2018 world championship match between Magnus Carlsen and Fabiano Caruana, for example, ended with zero decisive classical games. (Carlsen...

So Beats Artemiev, Reaches Speed Chess Final

So Beats Artemiev, Reaches Speed Chess Final

PeterDoggers
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Wesley So is the first player to qualify for the Chess.com Speed Chess Championship final. The American grandmaster defeated Russia's Vladislav Artemiev 17.5-11.5 in their semifinal on Thursday. Before the match So was modest about his chances. Asked how he would beat the Russian player, he replied: "Beat him?"  But the 26-year-old American GM from Minnetonka, Minnesota (U.S.), dominated the match, as he won all three segments against the 21-year-old GM from Omsk,...

19th Century Chess : From Sarratt to Morphy

19th Century Chess : From Sarratt to Morphy

batgirl
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     This began many years ago as an experimental type of entry in the chess.com forums.  Originally conceived to be an examination of the development of chess throughout the entire 19th century, since it never garnered the interest I had hope for, I abandoned it mid-way.  It's very, very long and tedious (for an article), but the subject calls for detail rather than superficiality.   On the other hand, since it's mostly chronologically progressive in its approach,...

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