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So Beats Carlsen, Leads In Leuven

So Beats Carlsen, Leads In Leuven

PeterDoggers 24 min ago

He had a bad tournament in Paris, but his start in Leuven was excellent. Wesley So leads the rapid segment of the Grand Chess Tour with 2.5/3, after beating Magnus Carlsen in round three. So won after Carlsen played for a win too long. | Photo: Maria Emelianova. The weather in central Europe changed dramatically on Wednesday. Also in Leuven, which is about 20 km east of Brussels, there was more rain than sunshine today. It was good weather for playing chess. Nonetheless, the tournament...

Sino-Russian Double Golds And Silvers At World Teams

Sino-Russian Double Golds And Silvers At World Teams

FM MikeKlein 23 hrs ago

Monday was opposite day in Russia. Despite Russian men winning four prior World Team Championships and Chinese women winning three of the first five, the two nations ending up flipping sections and winning the inverse. China is on quite a run in recent years. After their open team won the 2014 Olympiad, they followed up by taking the 2015 World Teams, so yesterday wasn't completely new territory. Now they have defended that title as the top seed at the 2017 World Team Championship, which concluded...

Advance to Ventnor III

Advance to Ventnor III

batgirl 4 hrs ago

1943 The 1943 tournament was held from July 5th - July 11      Anthony Santasiere and Pfc. George Shainswift shared the $50 first prize award.  Santasiere, who espoused Romanticism, played defensively, only beating the Shainswit and Adams, drawing the rest of his games.  Oon the other hand, Shainswit, who had a reputation as a "drawing master,"  played aggressively and would have taken the top prize alone had he not lost to Santasiere.  Adams,...

ChessCenter: Should Women's Titles Be Eliminated?

ChessCenter: Should Women's Titles Be Eliminated?

ChessCenter 30 days ago

WFM Alexandra Botez and IM Danny Rensch discuss whether female titles and female-only chess events should exist. Don't miss some spectacular chess moves, all the Speed Champs and Grand Prix news, plus our look ahead to Magnus Carlsen in Norway Chess.

Grand Chess Tour Resumes Weds. In Leuven

Grand Chess Tour Resumes Weds. In Leuven

PeterDoggers 1 day ago

The Grand Chess Tour resumes on Wednesday in Leuven, Belgium with an identical tournament to the one in Paris. GMs Magnus Carlsen, Maxime Vachier-Lagrave, Wesley So, Viswanathan Anand, Ian Nepomniachtchi, Levon Aronian, Vladimir Kramnik, Anish Giri, Vassily Ivanchuk and Baadur Jobava will play. Magnus Carlsen drawing lot number three for the rapid segment. | Photo: Maria Emelianova. On Monday morning three participants of the Paris Grand Chess Tour joined the Grand Chess Tour organizers...

What I Learned From My 1st Chess Tournament

What I Learned From My 1st Chess Tournament

louisathomas 15 hrs ago

I prepared for my first chess tournament for weeks. Every night, I played a rapid game -- and then studied it, reviewing my moves to see where I missed a tactic, where I anticipated the wrong move, where I could have pressed for better advantage. I dedicated a little time every afternoon to lessons and endgame drills. I did tactics in every spare moment. I learned to checkmate with a bishop and knight. You never know! By the time the tournament approached, I felt ready. My rapid rating on Chess.com...

Athletes, Grandmasters Battle In Chess Pro-Am

Athletes, Grandmasters Battle In Chess Pro-Am

FM MikeKlein 1 day ago

What happens when you combine six professional athletes with six premier mental athletes? At the inaugural The Players' Tribune and Chess.com Pro-Am Chess Tournament, you get moments of serious chess, bouts of raucousness, and a mixing of cultures that both sides enjoyed immensely. Athletes wanted to hear some insider chess tips while grandmasters wanted to relive famous moments they shared vicariously with the sportsmen. On Friday, June 23, a dozen players gathered at The Players' Tribune offices...

The Lonely Bishop Checkmate

The Lonely Bishop Checkmate

GM Gserper 3 days ago

In my recent article, "The Lonely Knight Checkmate," I discussed a very uncommon situation where a checkmate is delivered by a knight and the winner has no other pieces on the board besides pawns. Such situations are indeed so rare that all the examples that I used were either composed studies or played by not well-known players. Therefore, when I was preparing the companion article about checkmates delivered by a lonely bishop, I expected even fewer examples available. Indeed, a knight is...

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