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Tarjan Beats Kramnik In Battle Of Generations

Tarjan Beats Kramnik In Battle Of Generations

FM MikeKlein 16 hrs ago

GM James Tarjan is either 65, or only three, depending on how you count. Either way, his chess was good enough to take out the former world champion GM Vladimir Kramnik in round three of the 2017 Chess.com Isle of Man International. How can he be a senior and a junior all at once? It's not quantum physics. His chess career can be divided up into two distinct parts. First, he was one of America's best players in the 1970s, winning several Olympiad team and individual gold medals. Then after a...

World Cup Final Still Even; Ding White In Game 4

World Cup Final Still Even; Ding White In Game 4

PeterDoggers 16 hrs ago

Game two and three of the FIDE World Cup final also ended in draws. If Levon Aronian holds the draw as Black vs Ding Liren tomorrow, we'll see a tiebreak on Wednesday. Ding might have two small advantages in what will be the last classical game of this year's World Cup. Not only does he have the white pieces, but there's also the psychological advantage that he escaped from a losing position in game two. However, Aronian had no problems with Black in that game, which might give confidence...

The Curse Of Nakamura

The Curse Of Nakamura

GM Gserper 2 days ago

It is not a big secret that I devote a lot of space in my articles to Hikaru Nakamura's chess. The reason is not even that just like thousands of his fans I am rooting for a grandmaster who has a unique, entertaining style of play. Hikaru's transformation from a little boy into a super-GM happened right in front of my eyes and we even played on the same team in the U.S. Chess League. So you can imagine how painful it was to watch Nakamura's elimination from the World Cup 2017.  Here is the...

ChessCenter: Return Of Kasparov

ChessCenter: Return Of Kasparov

ChessCenter 24 days ago

Garry Kasparov's return to professional chess highlighted one of the busiest months of top-flight chess ever. Get caught up on the best and worst of the month, and find out all you need to know about Magnus Carlsen and the upcoming World Cup.

Carlsen, Nakamura Still Perfect As German IMs Draw Anand, Caruana

Carlsen, Nakamura Still Perfect As German IMs Draw Anand, Caruana

FM MikeKlein 1 day ago

Thanks to two German IMs in their 20s, now only two of the top five seeds have perfect scores after 48 hours in the 2017 Chess.com Isle of Man International. Both GM Fabiano Caruana and GM Viswanathan Anand ceded half-points as Black today in round two, although the American suffered more. Meanwhile top-seeded World Champion GM Magnus Carlsen also had a fight on his hands after his occasional usage of the Tiger Modern was tested once again. GM Hikaru Nakamura played one of his common double-fianchetto...

Has The King's Indian Attack Been Forgotten?

Has The King's Indian Attack Been Forgotten?

IM Silman 5 days ago

The Chess.com member Kingdom_chess2 asked: “Why is the King’s Indian Attack less popular at the top level? Is there any specific reason?” JS: The KIA (King’s Indian Attack) was explored (by very strong players!) in the 1950s. One of those KIA explorers was Fischer, who played it (starting with 1.Nf3) in 1956. Later in 1957 Fischer made a change, using the same setup with 1.e4 (1.e4 c5 2.Nf3 Nc6 3.d3 e6 4.Nbd2 d5 5.g3) instead of 1.Nf3. Fischer eventually gave up the KIA,...

Key Players Respond To Kovalyov Incident

Key Players Respond To Kovalyov Incident

FM MikeKlein 1 day ago

Two weeks after the most famous missing fabric in chess, the principal participants and some associated parties have responded. Mostly, they've dug in to their positions. On September 9, 2017, GM Anton Kovalyov of Canada left the 2017 World Cup before his scheduled game with GM Maxim Rodshtein. It wasn't anything on the chess board than instigated his leave; a wardrobe malfunction of sorts began the controversy. As first reported shortly after the incident, Kovalyov entered the playing hall early....

The First Computer Chess Championship  in the USA

The First Computer Chess Championship in the USA

batgirl 5 days ago

     For nearly 20 years computers have dominated chess.  These advanced devises not only defeat the best players, but have become indispensable as training tools, analyzing partners and always-ready opponents.         Of course computers weren't always so universal and chess programs weren't always so strong.  A precise history of the development of computer chess is hampered by the fact that much of that development wasn't organized or even documented...

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