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When Computers Go Wrong: Positional Draws

When Computers Go Wrong: Positional Draws

GM Ginger_GM 14 hrs ago

One of the problem with traditional computer engines is they just calculate variations, without "understanding" the position -- whatever that means. GM Simon Williams shows you some positional draws where the computer makes the wrong evaluation.

Carlsen Tops Grenke Chess Classic Field

Carlsen Tops Grenke Chess Classic Field

PeterDoggers 8 hrs ago

Magnus Carlsen's next big tournament will be the Grenke Chess Classic, held from March 31 to  April 9 in the German cities of Karlsruhe and Baden-Baden. Yesterday the field of participants was announced by the organizers. Half of the field consists of top-10 players. Besides Carlsen, there's also Levon Aronian, Maxime Vachier-Lagrave, Fabiano Caruana and Viswanathan Anand. 2018 Grenke Chess Classic | Participants # Fed Name Rtg Rnk Born 1 Magnus Carlsen 2843 1 Nov 30...

How To Discover An Opening Novelty

How To Discover An Opening Novelty

GM Gserper 1 day ago

These days, when opening theory grows exponentially, it is very difficult to come up with an opening novelty. The new move you are considering was either already played by someone, analyzed in some publication or already stored in somebody's computer! We need a new way to find novelties that will astonish our opponents! Sometimes Lady Luck can help you, like in the following game: According to Anand, when during his preparation he analyzed the position after 21.e5, he touched...

Swiss Bank To Close FIDE Account Over Ilyumzhinov

Swiss Bank To Close FIDE Account Over Ilyumzhinov

PeterDoggers 3 days ago

The Swiss department of UBS bank has informed the World Chess Federation that it will close its bank account, in April at the latest, due to FIDE President Kirsan Ilyumzhinov's presence on the sanctions list of the U.S. Department of the Treasury. "We face this problem, no doubt," FIDE Treasurer Adrian Siegel told Chess.com. On February 12, an alarming letter by Siegel was posted on FIDE.com, where he speaks of a "serious problem." Siegel notes that Ilyumzhinov's name is still on the sanctions...

How To Learn Chess Patterns

How To Learn Chess Patterns

IM Silman 3 days ago

The Chess.com member Kurniadigautama said: “I am currently trying to improve my understanding of positional play. The engine told Black to castle kingside while White is threatening to double take on c6. If White does take after Black castles, how would you know that White is in trouble? Of course, I looked at some of the lines where White will be in trouble after taking. But all the lines are too long to calculate. Is there a simpler way to evaluate the position and tell that White is in...

Anand Leads High-Scoring Indian Contingent In PRO Chess Round 6

Anand Leads High-Scoring Indian Contingent In PRO Chess Round 6

NM SamCopeland 3 days ago

What do GMs Avital Boruchovsky, Yaroslav Zherebukh, Oleksandr Bortnyk, and Alexey Dreev have in common? They all scored 4/4 in round six of the PRO Chess League and led their teams to victory. Both Boruchovsky and Bortnyk, by virtue of the fact that this was their first week competing, are also undefeated. They are the only two undefeated players in the league. In fact, each also picked up game of the week nominations below for their inspired play. Cast your vote in the game and move of the...

Passive vs Basic Hope Chess

Passive vs Basic Hope Chess

NM danheisman 5 days ago

There are many things for which you can "hope" when playing chess: for example, you can hope that your opponent doesn't see that your move was a blunder and fails to exploit it; you can hope that your opponent doesn't see your threat and will let you execute it next move, or you can hope that your opponent will make a mistake and give you an advantage. But when I first wrote about "Hope Chess" about 20 years ago, I meant none of those ideas. I specifically meant "consistently making moves without...

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