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Tata Turmoil: Giri Beats Mamedyarov, Carlsen Blunders But Wins

Tata Turmoil: Giri Beats Mamedyarov, Carlsen Blunders But Wins

PeterDoggers 8 hrs ago

In a tumultuous eighth round in Wijk aan Zee, both Anish Giri and Magnus Carlsen caught Shakhryiar Mamedyarov in first place. It was Giri who brought down the tournament leader, whereas Carlsen blundered a full piece but won anyway. The fight for first place at the 80th Tata Steel Chess Tournament suddenly got very tense as we have three leaders at 5.5 points, with five rounds to go. A revitalized Mamedyarov seemed to be running away with the tournament but found his Waterloo today in...

Mamedyarov Wins 3rd In A Row In Tata Steel

Mamedyarov Wins 3rd In A Row In Tata Steel

NM SamCopeland 1 day ago

Had one speculated a year ago as to which elite player would be today's clear number-two by 20 (!) points, few (zero?) people would have picked Shakhriyar Mamedyarov. In the past year, Mamedyarov has collected more than 50 rating points with both accurate, creative, and exciting play. With his third win in a row, Mamedyarov is now only 17.9 Elo points behind Magnus Carlsen. He holds a larger lead over number three (Wesley So) than Carlsen does over him. Tata Steel Masters Mamedyarov was the first...

Magnus Carlsen's Biggest Secret

Magnus Carlsen's Biggest Secret

GM Gserper 22 hrs ago

Magnus Carlsen is a genius. I doubt that many people would argue about this well-established fact. It is a totally different question why we call him a genius. Is it because he is the world champion? I don't think so. Max Euwe was the world champion and an exceptionally strong player who beat the legendary Alexander Alekhine, and yet he is not frequently called a genius. From the other side, Vassily Ivanchuk was never the world champion in classical chess, and yet everyone calls him a genius!  I...

Mamedyarov Makes It 2; Korobov Not 'Too Fat' To Lead

Mamedyarov Makes It 2; Korobov Not 'Too Fat' To Lead

FM MikeKlein 2 days ago

Yesterday's first rest day in Wijk aan Zee saw the storm Friederike barrel through with 140km winds. While the gusts have dissipated, GM Shakhriyar Mamedyarov seems to just be getting going. He won again in round six of Tata Steel, breaking a logjam at the top. It seemed for much of his seven hours of work today that his best hope would be to salvage a draw to equal the three others on 4.0/6, but after 86 moves he finally blew over bottom-ender GM Baskaran Adhiban, who missed some chances. Combined...

My Favorite U.S. Chess Magazines, Part 3

My Favorite U.S. Chess Magazines, Part 3

IM Silman 2 days ago

CHESS REVIEW Chess Review (from 1933 to late 1969) was without any doubt the best American chess magazine until, in 1961, it ran into a remarkably improved Chess Life. Both tried to beat the other (interest exploded due to the advent of Tal and, of course, Bobby Fischer), though both were excellent. Al Horowitz, who was with Chess Review from the beginning, worked day and night for decades until he retired. This led to the merger of both magazines, and Chess Life and Review was born (late 1969 until,...

Carlsen Perfect In PRO Chess League Week 1

Carlsen Perfect In PRO Chess League Week 1

NM SamCopeland 2 days ago

Magnus Carlsen (Norway Gnomes), Yu Yangyi (Chengdu Pandas), Le Quang Liem (Webster Windmills), and Luka Lenic (Ljubljana Turtles) managed the impressive feat of scoring 4/4 in week one of the PRO Chess League. Each helped their team to victory in a thrilling week that showcased the parity of the league. No matches were easy, and there were very few easy games. UPDATE: Cast your votes for game and move of the week! Voting is open! Who wins the #prochess GOTW?Thorfinsson-Bacrot: https://t.co/aLZcyozVcxIzoria-Dragun:...

The Fake News Awards For Chess

The Fake News Awards For Chess

pete 4 days ago

The concept of "fake news" is itself in the news recently. While most of the fake news discussed these days is about politics, there is plenty of fake news in our favorite game. Stronger players should be able to easily debunk false chess statements, but many beginners fall into the trap of too rigid thinking when it comes to chess ideas. Here are the awards for the worst fake news in the game of chess. Let us know which chess ideas you disagree with in the comments. FAKE NEWS: You should...

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