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New Chess.com Navigation Rolling Out In Coming Weeks

New Chess.com Navigation Rolling Out In Coming Weeks

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Navigating around Chess.com is obviously an essential part of the site; what good are a million new features if you can't navigate to them? To that end, we are releasing a brand new navigation slowly to a few members (roughly 1 percent) at a time. Our new nav is a mix of technical and design improvements with some new features tossed in for good measure. On the technical front: we gutted the entire nav and rewrote it using as much plain HTML, CSS and JS as possible while removing frameworks, which...

European Chess Club Cup: Carlsen 4.3 Points Ahead Of Caruana

European Chess Club Cup: Carlsen 4.3 Points Ahead Of Caruana

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After drawing two games in a row at the European Club Cup, Magnus Carlsen saw his lead over Fabiano Caruana in the live ratings decrease to just 4.3 points. Alkaloid and Padova lead the championship after four rounds. It shouldn't be the main story of the European Club Cup, but it is definitely one that a lot of fans are keeping an eye on. Carlsen playing the event, and putting his number-one status on the line, is something to follow now that the gap between the world number-one...

The Cursed Knight In The Petrov

The Cursed Knight In The Petrov

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Petrov's Defense is not a common opening in club tournaments. It almost doesn't exist in scholastic tournaments, either. The reason is the opening is not very exciting, and in most lines leads to slow, positional play. Therefore, as Wikipedia puts it: "The Petrov has a reputation of being dull and uninspired." If White manages to win, it usually happens after a long positional grind, like the next game: Short, decisive games are uncommon in Petrov's Defense. Nevertheless, I have noticed a...

How Carlsen Will Beat Caruana

How Carlsen Will Beat Caruana

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Magnus Carlsen has been one of the most dominant world chess champions ever. Will he continue his historic run in the upcoming world championship match vs Fabiano Caruana? FM Mike Klein looks at how Carlsen can defeat the challenger.

Distant Opposition (+ Video)

Distant Opposition (+ Video)

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Hi everyone. Probably, you have already heard about distant opposition in chess. But maybe you are not so clear about what it is, or what is it good for, or how to use it. In this post we are going to try to learn about it and answer those questions. In pawn endgames, a side takes distant opposition when moves the king to a place where there is an odd number of squares between both kings. It is so important, because usually, if you take distant opposition, you will be able to take frontal (common)...

Carlsen Starts With Win At European Club Cup

Carlsen Starts With Win At European Club Cup

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Magnus Carlsen is active at the European Club Cup, where he started with a win against Vladimir Potkin in round two. Earlier in the week, Carlsen had some PR activities and spoke about his match with Fabiano Caruana. The European Club Cup is underway in Porto Carras, a well-known Greek seaside resort in Halkidiki that has hosted many chess events before. It is a one-week event, played over seven rounds. The general ECC, held for the 34th time, has 61 teams that consist of six players, with two...

Speed Chess Championship 2018 | Official Information

Speed Chess Championship 2018 | Official Information

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The 2018 Chess.com Speed Chess Championship will feature 16 of the world's best chess players in an innovative eSports bracket tournament and a guaranteed prize pool of $55,000. See the round two results here. NEXT MATCH:  Speed Chess final four, Nov. 30-Dec. 2 You can find important information on the event below.  Broadcast and streaming Bracket Matchups and pairings Fantasy prediction contest SmarterChess predictions Schedule Results Event prizes Detailed format List...

The Olympiad Tiebreaks Have To Change, Grandmasters Say

The Olympiad Tiebreaks Have To Change, Grandmasters Say

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Both the Open and Women sections of the Batumi Olympiad were decided by tiebreaks. Like just about every two years, this led to criticism on chess forums. According to grandmasters Peter Heine Nielsen and David Smerdon, the time has come to actually do something about it. In the open group of the Olympiad, China and USA went into the last round with 17 match points, and were paired against each other for the final round. A dream scenario, you would say—but not without a decisive result. As...

How To Watch Hikaru Nakamura vs Maxime Vachier-Lagrave Speed Chess Today

How To Watch Hikaru Nakamura vs Maxime Vachier-Lagrave Speed Chess Today

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The next match of the Speed Chess Championship quarterfinals is Thursday as Hikaru Nakamura (@hikaru) faces Maxime Vachier-Lagrave (@lyonbeast). The match winner will play Levon Aronian in the Speed Chess final four.  Nakamura is the top seed in the bracket and has never lost a Speed Chess match to anyone except Magnus Carlsen. MVL was bounced out of the 2016 version of the Speed Chess Championship by Nakamura, and also lost a "Death Match" to the American...

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