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Are Bad Openings Good For Your Chess?

Are Bad Openings Good For Your Chess?

GM Gserper
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In past articles we've discussed why people play bad openings and how to deal with such dubious lines.  Are these openings really that bad for your chess? While the answer might seem quite obvious, the reality is not that simple. Let me give you an example: Just five moves have been played so far, but Black managed to achieve a lot already. He fell seriously behind in development, damaged his center and effectively ruled out castling kingside. Let's look at another position from the same...

Wang Hao Wins FIDE Chess.com Grand Swiss, Qualifies For Candidates

Wang Hao Wins FIDE Chess.com Grand Swiss, Qualifies For Candidates

PeterDoggers
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Wang Hao defeated David Howell today and edged out Fabiano Caruana on tiebreak to win the FIDE Chess.com Grand Swiss in Isle of Man and qualify for the 2020 Candidates' Tournament. The Candidates' Tournament will determine the next challenger for Magnus Carlsen and the world chess championship. Caruana drew his game with Hikaru Nakamura, while Levon Aronian and Carlsen  also split the point. With that, Carlsen is now unbeaten for 101 games and improved on Ding Liren's streak...

5 Sports Plays That Are Like Chess

5 Sports Plays That Are Like Chess

pete
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Sports commentators love to mention chess during their broadcasts of football, basketball and baseball games, but often these shallow metaphors don't show a true understanding of chess. IM Daniel Rensch recently observed, while watching a sports game, that it would be interesting if announcers used more realistic chess comparisons in their commentary. Instead of spouting the cliche that "it's a chess game between the coaches," announcers who actually knew chess could use more relevant references. Which...

The Knight’s Tour Problem - Chess and Math Combined

The Knight’s Tour Problem - Chess and Math Combined

Lord_Hammer
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When I was around 11 or 12, I went to a chess camp during the summer, and on the last day, our teacher made us do a knight's tour. Every time I tried, I failed it. I kept getting my knight trapped, and no one could do it. My best try was my first and I couldn't beat 50 squares.  Let's back up a little. What IS the knight's tour?  The knight's tour is a famous chess puzzle in which the objective is to move the knight around the board using only valid L-shaped movements, and so that each...

FIDE Chess.com Grand Swiss: Caruana Sole Leader; Candidates Spot Up For Grabs

FIDE Chess.com Grand Swiss: Caruana Sole Leader; Candidates Spot Up For Grabs

PeterDoggers
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With one round to go Fabiano Caruana is the sole leader at the FIDE Chess.com Grand Swiss in Isle of Man. The American GM defeated David Anton in a bloody penultimate round with seven decisive games on the top eight boards. Seven players are trailing Caruana by half a point. In order of first tiebreak—which is likely to decide the fight for the spot in the Candidates' tournament—they are Wang Hao, Kirill Alekseenko, Magnus Carlsen, Levon  Aronian, Nikita Vitiugov,...

Something Old, Something New

Something Old, Something New

batgirl
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Something Old      Deep into the 19th century chess was still characterized by match play.       The idea of tournaments was slow to catch on.  Prior to the London International Tournament of 1851 (the first international tournament), the number of tournaments could have been counted on one hand with fingers left over.  London 1851 was a clumsy match-tournament, but a catalyst nonetheless.  The decade-plus between the 1851 and the second international...

Nakamura Joins Leaders At FIDE Chess.com Grand Swiss

Nakamura Joins Leaders At FIDE Chess.com Grand Swiss

PeterDoggers
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Hikaru Nakamura had a slow start but after a convincing win against Vladislav Kovalev, the American grandmaster now finds himself tied for first place with David Anton, Levon Aronian and Fabiano Caruana at the FIDE Chess.com Grand Swiss in Isle of Man. There are just two rounds to go. You can follow the games here as part of our live portal, Chess.com/events. There's daily coverage by GM Daniel King and IM Anna Rudolf, joined by WIM Fiona Steil-Antoni for interviews,...

Is Chess A Sport, Science Or Art?

Is Chess A Sport, Science Or Art?

GM Gserper
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When we learn the rules of chess and start playing, we never ask ourselves the question in the title of the article. We just enjoy the process of playing, that's all! But almost any person who has played chess for a long time is going to ask: "What is chess?" The answer depends on the time this question is asked. For example, after last year's world championship tiebreak, Fabiano Caruana might have answered something like: "What is chess? Magnus don't hurt me, don't hurt me no more." Fabiano...

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