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Gunina Wins Inaugural Cairns Cup

Gunina Wins Inaugural Cairns Cup

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In the all-decisive and all-Russian clash, Valentina Gunina held Alexandra Kosteniuk to a draw and won the $40,000 first prize of the inaugural Cairns Cup in St. Louis. Irina Krush came third thanks to beating Harika Dronavalli. "I’m so happy but I didn’t realize it yet, so I need time!" said Gunina after her last game. She seemed to be suppressing a smile when she shook hands with Kosteniuk, confirming the draw, but her victory at the first Cairns Cup simply hadn't sunk...

Watch The 4 Player Chess Championship Sunday

Watch The 4 Player Chess Championship Sunday

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This Sunday, two teams will fight for the inaugural championship of Four Player Chess, a new Chess.com variant where each game is contested by four sets of pieces. Watch the Four Player Chess championship this Sunday, Feb. 17, live on Twitch.tv/chess at 9 a.m. PST / 12 p.m. EST. New to Four Player Chess? Read our guide to the game for rules and strategy, and then jump in to play. The two finalist teams won their way through a field of 16 in earlier play to reach the finals. The championship...

Time Controls And The Grand Chess Tour

Time Controls And The Grand Chess Tour

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In a continuation from the last article, Is Classical Chess Dead From Draws, we will be comparing different time controls in the Grand Chess Tour (GCT).  Mike Klein just wrote a recent piece highlighting the new 2019 format and the players on the invite list. Last month we analyzed the classical chess draw rate by year when both players were rated over 2750.  In the past couple of years, that rate has increased above 70%! Data CollectionThe data for this article contains all Grand...

Road to the Grandmaster title - Mastering basic checkmates

Road to the Grandmaster title - Mastering basic checkmates

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Yesterday I finished reading and solving the puzzles from the book Chess Tactics for the tournament player. I was very happy. Finishing a book was always a big challenge for me. Tempting to start a new one before finishing the other. I did it this time! I started to study the 1st book of puzzles from Iosif Slavin. It is a collections of basic checkmates of 1, 2, 3 or more moves. I decided to go over and solve the checkmate puzzles to refresh my patterns and be ready to give checkmates and attack...

PRO Chess League Sees Upsets, Comebacks, Heartbreak In Week 6

PRO Chess League Sees Upsets, Comebacks, Heartbreak In Week 6

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With many late-stage comebacks across the PRO Chess League, fans will remember everything that week 6 had to offer—the New York Marshalls' incredible win over Webster, Cannes' upset over the Baden-Baden Snowballs, and Estonia just missing out on the upset of the year.  While half of this week's action went down to the wire, 8 teams scored 9.5 points or more in their match wins. Upsets from London, Moscow, and Marseilles, created additional intrigue as teams vie for playoff spots heading...

2019 Bullet Chess Championship

2019 Bullet Chess Championship

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The Bullet Chess Championship will run from April 3-7, and will be broadcast live on www.Twitch.tv/Chess. The total prize pool is $15,000. Below you will find a breakdown of the rules, prizes, confirmed players and the complete schedule.  Players Prizes Schedule Rules and Format Players: Hikaru Nakamura — Chess.com #1 Bullet player at time of invitation. Maxime Vachier-Lagrave — World #2 blitz (FIDE) at time of invitation. Alexander Grischuk — Three-time world...

Ju Wenjun Beats Lagno With 60 Million People Watching

Ju Wenjun Beats Lagno With 60 Million People Watching

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Repeating the result of the 2018 World Championship knockout final, Ju Wenjun beat Kateryna Lagno in a short rapid match in Beijing, China earlier this week. It was a historic moment for chess in China, as part of it was broadcast on national television. At least for two top grandmasters we know why they are not playing in the Cairns Cup in St. Louis. Albeit briefly, Ju and Lagno met again at the chess board during China's traditional Spring Festival. On February 11 and 12, they played a match...

Even More Little Things To Help Your Chess Game

Even More Little Things To Help Your Chess Game

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Yes, I did another “Little Things” article (highlighting IM Cyrus Lakdawala again). Why another? Because I think it’s very instructive. See (and understand) a ton of these and your chess IQ should skyrocket. Once again, I am giving you another five puzzles. And, once again, do your best to solve them. Then look at the copious notes hiding behind the board. As always, if you fail to solve them, DO tweak that little “?” mark and all the goodies will fall at your feet. PUZZLE...

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