Magnus Carlsen Mentors Homer Simpson
FM MikeKlein 1 day ago

World Champion GM Magnus Carlsen is an avid connoisseur of pop culture. Now, he's part of it. Yesterday his long-awaited cameo on the American animated program "The Simpsons" finally aired on the FOX Network. Hard to believe, but the series premiered in 1989 and is now in its 28th season, making it even older than Carlsen.  Magnus Carlsen steps in to save the day and plays life coach for Homer Simpson, who is about to quit chess forever. Of course Homer Simpson, the slovenly, beer-guzzling...

Nakamura Beats Rapport In Sharjah Round 3

Nakamura Beats Rapport In Sharjah Round 3

PeterDoggers 1 day ago

Maxime Vachier-Lagrave kept his lead at the Sharjah Grand Prix by playing a thrilling draw with Shakhriyar Mamedyarov. The only winner in the third round was Hikaru Nakamura, who beat Richard Rapport. The results are definitely deceiving on this third day of play. Yes, eight out of nine games ended in draws, but many were fascinating battles. Let's start with that one decisive game anyway. It was Richard Rapport's second loss in a row with a fun opening. His choice of the Chigorin...

When Chess Players Protest

When Chess Players Protest

GM Gserper 2 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...

Fear The Bishops: Hammer vs Krasenkow

Fear The Bishops: Hammer vs Krasenkow

GM SultanOfKings 1 day ago

GM Jon Ludwig Hammer presents "the best game [he's] ever played" against the erstwhile-2700 Michal Krasenkow. Check out his positional pawn sac, exchange sac, and the ensuing. It's a veritable feast of strategic goodness that must be seen to be enjoyed!

ChessCenter: Hou Yifan Throws A Game?

ChessCenter: Hou Yifan Throws A Game?

ChessCenter 10 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.

Ni Shiqun Knocks Out Gunina, Pogonina In Tehran

Ni Shiqun Knocks Out Gunina, Pogonina In Tehran

IM JovankaHouska 2 days ago

WGM Ni Shiqun of China is the sensation of the women's world championship so far. In the last two rounds the 19-year-old Chinese player eliminated both GMs Valentina Gunina and WGM Natalija Pogonina. The first round in the women’s world championship left us with the feeling that we were watching a typical blockbuster movie: lots of action, some surprising twists but a not entirely surprising ending. First of all, let’s recap the results. Round 2:  The classical...

The Opening That Didn't Like Bobby Fischer

The Opening That Didn't Like Bobby Fischer

IM Silman 5 days ago

Chess players are always looking for new openings. But picking an opening isn’t easy since there are so many to choose. Sometimes the choice is made by using the openings of your favorite chess hero. And other times the opening choice is based on your desire to attack, attack, and attack again. And sometimes you look at an opening, say to yourself, “wow, that’s really cool!” and you and that opening fall in love with each other. Though you are singing love songs to your...

Vachier-Lagrave On 2/2 At Sharjah Grand Prix

Vachier-Lagrave On 2/2 At Sharjah Grand Prix

PeterDoggers 2 days ago

Maxime Vachier-Lagrave is the only player with a 100 percent score after two rounds at the Sharjah Grand Prix. The French grandmaster beat Richard Rapport today, who started the game with 1.b3. In this second round again some games ended in draws rather quickly; something we kind of have to get used to again after seeing so many top tournaments with anti-draw rules. The first to split the point were Dmitry Jakovenko and Alexander Grischuk, after about an hour in fact. The latter...

American Woman - Part V

American Woman - Part V

batgirl 6 days ago

  Preface:      An official U.S. Women's Chess Championship has existed for nearly 80 years.  The USCF lists 1937 as the first year.  There have been many strong and important women players over the early years but when Diane Savereide appeared and dominated the women's chess arena for almost a decade, women's chess stated taking monumental strides.       With this series of essays I hope to detail at the development of women's chess...

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