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London Grand Chess Tour Finals Start With Draws

London Grand Chess Tour Finals Start With Draws

PeterDoggers
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Both games Hikaru Nakamura vs Maxime Vachier-Lagrave and Fabiano Caruana vs Levon Aronian, in the London Chess Classic finals for first and third place of the Grand Chess Tour, ended in draws on Saturday. The British Knockout Championship saw two draws as well. After a rest day on Friday, used by the organizers and the St Louis crew to move the boards, pieces, cameras and other equipment to the traditional venue Olympia in Kensington, play resumed on Saturday with the final,...

Chessbrahs vs Chess.com In New Team Chess Match Monday

Chessbrahs vs Chess.com In New Team Chess Match Monday

pete
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Who will win in a battle of online chess titans? On Monday, the Chessbrahs will take on the faces of Chess.com in a new team chess match format. You can watch this groundbreaking event live on Twitch.tv/chess and Twitch.tv/chessbrah on Monday, December 17 at 11 a.m. PST (2 p.m. EST, 8 p.m. CET).  GM Eric Hansen and GM Aman Hambleton (Chessbrahs) will face GM Robert Hess and IM Daniel Rensch (Chess.com) in a three-game rapid match where both players on each team will decide every...

How To Calculate Long-Term Advantages In Chess

How To Calculate Long-Term Advantages In Chess

IM Silman
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The Chess.com member kurniadigautama asked: Something has been bothering me since I saw the game between GM Vidit Santosh and GM David Eggleston in The Chess.com Isle of Man international open tournament (round 1). In the game, we see that Vidit sacrificed a queen for two minor pieces claiming that the white pieces are not in sync and hence White’s king will be mated if Black can bring all his forces towards the king. The problem is, though we can understand the principle, calculations are...

The Philidor Defense: Shirov Gambit

The Philidor Defense: Shirov Gambit

GM CCSCATL
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Gambits in chess openings are not only fun to play, but can be very effective if your opponent is not familiar with the line. Here GM Ben Finegold teaches you the Shirov Gambit in the Philidor.

Naroditsky Wins Arena Kings Final, Tang Wins Season Two

Naroditsky Wins Arena Kings Final, Tang Wins Season Two

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Grandmasters Daniel Naroditsky and Andrew Tang (two of the fastest flag kings in chess) put their firm stamp on the Arena Kings Season Two by winning the finals (Naroditsky) and overall season (Tang). Naroditsky won the finals on Wednesday, December 12th with a gaudy score while Andrew Tang's season-long performance kept him ahead in total Arena Kings points. The Arena Kings season two took place over two stages, first a regular season, then a qualifier and finals. Regular Season The regular season...

Vishinsky

Vishinsky

batgirl
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Maria Theresa and Frederick II play chess as Ares watches in an allegory for the Seven-Years War      In a kind of Cold War allegory,  the Sept. 29, 1947 issue of "Time" featured the Soviet Minister of Foreign Affairs (who had been accusing the USA of warmongering) behind whom the artist, Ernest Hamlin Baker—who designed over 300 "Times" covers—used a position from a game between a youthful American and a older Russian in which the overconfident Russian...

Carlsen, Anand To Defend Rapid, Blitz Titles In St. Petersburg

Carlsen, Anand To Defend Rapid, Blitz Titles In St. Petersburg

PeterDoggers
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Magnus Carlsen and Viswanathan Anand, the winners of last year's world rapid (Anand) and blitz (Carlsen) championships, will be defending their titles this year, from December 26–30. Although the main sponsor didn't change, the tournament was moved from Saudi Arabia to St. Petersburg, Russia. It was a controversial championship last year in Riyadh, where the total prize fund was a record U.S. $2 million, but players from Israel (due to visa issues) and Iran did not participate, and players...

Carlsen vs Caruana: Who Played Best By CAPS?

Carlsen vs Caruana: Who Played Best By CAPS?

NM SmarterChess
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[What is CAPS? Read the explanation here.] All 12 classical games are in the books for the 2018 world chess championship match between Magnus Carlsen and Fabiano Caruana. Spectators are divided on their opinion of who deserves to be world champion. All draws, not many opportunities for victory, and a three rating point difference between the players... Should they be co-champions?  To continue our Chess.com Computer Aggregated Precision Score (CAPS) series, we will take a look at what CAPS...

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