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So Beats Vachier-Lagrave In Speed Chess Quarterfinal

So Beats Vachier-Lagrave In Speed Chess Quarterfinal

PeterDoggers
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Wesley So defeated Maxime Vachier-Lagrave on Tuesday in the third quarterfinal of the Chess.com Speed Chess Championship. The American grandmaster will now face Vladislav Artemiev of Russia in the semifinals. Already in India for the Tata Steel Rapid & Blitz Grand Chess Tour event which starts on Friday, So started his match at 10:30 p.m. local time— presumably after a "large curry dinner" as he had been planning on. It worked out for him, as he took a big lead early in the match...

Will Vachier-Lagrave Adopt-A-Danny Wednesday?

Will Vachier-Lagrave Adopt-A-Danny Wednesday?

News
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After weeks of anticipation, the new show "Adopt-A-Danny" is set to debut on Wednesday, November 20 at 9 a.m. PST on Chess.com/tv. In the new series, IM Danny Rensch will be looking to avoid "adoption" (losing in 10 consecutive games) against strong grandmasters across three different blitz and bullet time controls. The show's first guest, Maxime Vachier-Lagrave, is currently the world's fourth highest-rated player and will be looking to avenge Team France's loss to Rensch's...

Can You Solve The Perfect Chess Crime?

Can You Solve The Perfect Chess Crime?

GM Gserper
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"Darn it!" Dave couldn't hide his frustration as the ringing doorbell distracted him from Sam Loyd's chess puzzle. "Whoever is there, please leave." Dave was whispering while still trying to solve the tricky checkmate in two. But the doorbell kept ringing so persistently that the poor guy had to abandon his chess set and open the door. Detective Ron Miller didn't wait for an invitation and entered the room. It was obvious that Dave's long-time friend was distressed.  "It's him again!"...

Greatest Games: Shirov's 'Fire On Board'

Greatest Games: Shirov's 'Fire On Board'

WGM axvesik
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Alexei Shirov is known as a dangerous attacking player, but you might not have seen this masterpiece. In this game, Shirov takes down the Sicilian defense in under 30 moves, using an aggressively placed king to force checkmate.

The Slovenian Fischer/Tal? - Minic vs. Planinc, 1975

The Slovenian Fischer/Tal? - Minic vs. Planinc, 1975

NM SamCopeland
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Name a chess player who... was born in 1944 died in 2008 at the age of 64 peaked spectacularly in the 1970s and left chess in the same decade battled improperly treated mental illness for the last decades of his life You would be almost right if you said Bobby Fischer, but Fischer was born in 1943. All of the following is also true of GM Albin Planinc. Though he shared these rather shocking similarities with Fischer, his chess temperament was far more similar to that of Tal, and in a short...

Nepomniachtchi Beats Ding In Speed Chess Quarterfinal

Nepomniachtchi Beats Ding In Speed Chess Quarterfinal

PeterDoggers
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Ian Nepomniachtchi defeated Ding Liren in the second Speed Chess Championship quarterfinal match, played Monday here on Chess.com. The Russian player won both the five- and three-minute segments with a big margin. The next match is Tuesday, November 19 at 9 a.m. Pacific (noon Eastern, 18:00 CET): Maxime Vachier-Lagrave vs Wesley So. Watch it at Chess.com/tv. It was a match between the world number-three (Ding) and number-six (Nepo) in classical chess, and also one between the world number-two (Ding)...

OK, Boomer: The Best Chess Players Of A Generation

OK, Boomer: The Best Chess Players Of A Generation

pete
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The generational meme wars are heating up as "OK, boomer" (often with the necessary comma omitted) is now a catch-all reply to trump any disagreement between the young and old. This unstoppable meme has made its way across the Internet, all over Twitch, and even (dare we say it?) into "real life." As the popular phrase throws the spotlight on the boomers (born 1946-1964), let's rank the best chess players from this large and important post-war generation. While this era of chess was thoroughly...

Team Battles Chess: Femme 'Batale,' North America vs Europe Tuesday

Team Battles Chess: Femme 'Batale,' North America vs Europe Tuesday

IsaacSteincamp
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Chess.com's Team Battle series continues on Tuesday, November 19 at 1 p.m. PST on Twitch.tv/Chess. This month's theme, Femme "Batale," will feature a women's continental clash between Europe and North America.   WFM Maria Emelianova and IM Anna Rudolf will play for Europe against WFM Alexandra Botez and WGM Jennifer Shahade, who will represent North America. The women will fight for a $3,500 prize fund, and another $500 will go to the charities...

First You Smile, Then You Resign

First You Smile, Then You Resign

GM Gserper
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Chess is a very complicated game that requires utmost concentration. Therefore most of the time chess players have a very serious facial expression. I doubt that a fianchettoed bishop or a semi-open file would make many people laugh. Yet there is a certain positional element that inevitably makes chess players smile. Regardless of the rating or age, chess players start grinning whenever such a situation appears on a chessboard.  I am talking about tripled pawns.  I remember the first...

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