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Wesley So Gets His Revenge

Wesley So Gets His Revenge

GM Gserper 3 hrs ago

One of the most shocking games in the history of the U.S. chess championship was played in 2015. Can you imagine one of the world's strongest players losing his game in just six moves playing White? This is exactly what happened! I was really puzzled when the live transmission of the game brought this: My first thought was that Wesley So forgot to turn off his cell phone and forfeited his game after an unexpected call from one of his well wishers. But of course, as you know, it wasn't the case....

Izoria Shocks Caruana At U.S. Champs Round 4

Izoria Shocks Caruana At U.S. Champs Round 4

FM MikeKlein 7 hrs ago

No one is safe in St. Louis. Not even would-be world champions. With a certain super-tournament in the Caucuses netting a combined zero wins in three rounds, the fighting chess in America's Heartland is counterbalancing that. In the first three days in St. Louis, the players produced a fecund crop of 19 wins at the 2018 U.S. Championships. In today's round four, eight more wins came, including six-for-six by the ladies, making the tally an astounding 27 full points from 48 games. No result...

Frank Marshall, Part 5: A Radical Change

Frank Marshall, Part 5: A Radical Change

IM Silman 1 day 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, World War I. Second: Marshall opened the Marshall Chess Club in New York! With new responsibilities and an inability to go to Europe, one might think that his chess would lose a bit of his strength. That wasn’t the case. He still had his attacking flare and he was also extremely hard to beat. Marshall via Wikipedia.  The New York National tournament was a great example....

Simaginfan's Anniversary Post.

Simaginfan's Anniversary Post.

simaginfan 1 hr ago

You are quite right - that's a Sesame Street birthday cake It's exactly a year since my first tentative, and rather dismal, effort at posting something on chess.com. Your can find it here So, scratching my hairless head wondering what to put on here to celebrate, I decided that because that post was centred around an odds game, and I have a shed load in various books, I would go with that. For those of you who don't know what an odds game is, batgirl has done a handy post to give you the...

All Players Tied For 1st/Last After 3 Rounds In Shamkir

All Players Tied For 1st/Last After 3 Rounds In Shamkir

NM SamCopeland 9 hrs ago

And on the third day, no one rose again in Shamkir. Three rounds and fifteen games have resulted in a perfect fifteen draws. Each player in the event therefore has the distinction of being on both shared first and shared last place. The first player to draw his game was Radek Wojtaszek who improved on a game he lost to Anish Giri by sacrificing a pawn for sufficient play against David Navara. The game was soon drawn thereafter. Wojtaszek, Anand's second and a renowned theoretician, improved...

Wesley So Teaches Chess

Wesley So Teaches Chess

GM Gserper 7 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...

Caruana Wins To Join Lead At U.S. Championship

Caruana Wins To Join Lead At U.S. Championship

FM MikeKlein 1 day 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...

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 8 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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