Wins For Li, Salem As Draw Fest Continues
PeterDoggers 12 hrs ago

With draws on the top seven boards in round seven, the field remains closely packed at the Grand Prix in Sharjah. On Saturday Salem Saleh won his first game and Li Chao his second. Photo: Maria Emelianova. "It's safety first," said commentator Viktor Bologan today, when four games ended in draws after about two hours: Ding Liren vs Hikaru Nakamura, Richard Rapport vs Levon Aronian, Maxime Vachier-Lagrave vs Dmitry Jakovenko and Shakhriyar Mamedyarov vs Ian Nepomniachtchi. The drawing...

Grischuk Survives Epic Battle vs Nakamura

Grischuk Survives Epic Battle vs Nakamura

PeterDoggers 1 day ago

Ian Nepomniachtchi and Richard Rapport were the two winners in round six of the Sharjah Grand Prix, where Maxime Vachier-Lagrave and Shakhriyar Mamedyarov continue to lead. Hikaru Nakamura came very close to beating Alexander Grischuk. On Thursday there was no chess. The Sharjah Chess Club had come up with an extensive program starting from 10 a.m. that included a visit to several museums, a lunch, a visit to Dubai and a boat trip in the evening. The turn-up was rather disappointing; only...

Predict The Pro Chess League And Win!

Predict The Pro Chess League And Win!

pete 2 days ago

After a thrilling conclusion to the regular season, the playoff field is set for the inaugural PRO Chess League.  While the world's best players vie for big cash prizes and pride for their cities, you too can get in on the action by predicting the winners—and win some prizes of your own. All you have to do is predict five rounds of PRO playoff madness. Do you think the world champion, Magnus Carlsen, can lead his Norway Gnomes to playoff profit? Or will Maxime-Vachier...

Black's Knightmare In The Catalan

Black's Knightmare In The Catalan

GM GeorgMeier 1 day ago

GM Georg Meier's masterful series on the Catalan continues as he shows how Black can easily fall prey to positional disaster as White's knight leap to incredible outposts. These lines are quite popular so learn them now before Black is scared away!

ChessCenter: Hou Yifan Throws A Game?

ChessCenter: Hou Yifan Throws A Game?

ChessCenter 14 days ago

Did Hou Yifan lose a game on purpose? The ChessCenter team gives you the full story. Plus Magnus Carlsen and some of the world's top grandmasters play in an exciting array of Chess.com events you don't want to miss.

Mamedyarov Beats So; Carlsen's Gnomes Eke Into PRO Playoffs

Mamedyarov Beats So; Carlsen's Gnomes Eke Into PRO Playoffs

NM SamCopeland 2 days ago

Wesley So lost his first game (excluding blitz) since his defeat by Carlsen in Bilbao last summer. In a game-of-the-week candidate, Shakhriyar Mamedyarov tapped into the game's chaos more efficiently than Wesley So, finally overmatching So's queen with a rook and minor pieces in the endgame. So's classical streak remains unbroken at 56 games without defeat, and it is perhaps even more impressive that he managed to get through almost the entirety of his regular season in a rapid tournament...

Pete's Pathetic Chess: The Worst Move Imaginable

Pete's Pathetic Chess: The Worst Move Imaginable

pete 3 days ago

Back after truly underwhelming reader demand, Pete's Pathetic Chess is the "instructional" column where I subject my awful moves and chess ideas to analysis by an actual grandmaster and the best chess-playing computer in the world. It looks like everyone's taking notice of my poor play. Joining these shenanigans with his own annotations will be GM Alex Yermolinsky, the respected Chess.com/TV host and old-school grandmaster. Photo: Wikipedia.  Also...

Ju Wenjun Knocked Out Of Women's World Championship

Ju Wenjun Knocked Out Of Women's World Championship

IM JovankaHouska 3 days ago

The women's world championship in Tehran saw a huge sensation with the elimination of Ju Wenjun. The top seed was defeated by her compatriot Tan Zhongyi.  Harika Dronavalli, Anna Muzychuk and Alexandra Kosteniuk are the other semi-finalists. Tan Zhongyi eliminated the top seed. | Photo David Llada. The quarterfinals: With the disappearance of more players round by round, the tournament has ceased to resemble a mad dash to the next post; it's now a slow long drawn out...

When Chess Players Protest

When Chess Players Protest

GM Gserper 6 days ago

One of the biggest open tournaments of the year (Gibraltar) was marred by a bizarre incident that happened in the last round. The women's world champion, Hou Yifan, lost her game in just five moves! Media instantly spread the news throughout the world, and in many reports about the tournament they didn't even bother to mention that the event was won by Hikaru Nakamura! Here is this notorious "game": This is the women's world champion's explanation: Apparently...

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