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So, Akobian Still Perfect At U.S. Champs In Decisive Day 2

So, Akobian Still Perfect At U.S. Champs In Decisive Day 2

FM MikeKlein 13 hrs ago

Talk about a whitewash. In round two of the 2018 U.S. Championships, more games produced wins than draws, and White had seven wins and no losses. The women fought much longer, but the men had more kills. When all of the games had finished in the open championship, two-thirds of the dozen ladies were still battling. That group took a few more hours to lay down their arms.  No women remain perfect, but the $64,000 "Fischer Prize" for a perfect score is still available to two men. Both...

Gunina Wins European Women's Championship

Gunina Wins European Women's Championship

IM JovankaHouska 6 hrs ago

GM Valentina Gunina won her third European gold at the women's championship in Vysoké Tatry, Slovakia. The Russian grandmaster finished ahead of GMs Nana Dzagnidze (Georgia, silver) and Anna Ushenina (Ukraine, bronze). IM Jovanka Houska reports. It seems that the European Chess Union certainly know how to make a European women’s championship memorable. In 2016, the theme was “Romanian beach party” while in 2017 “Riga city chic” was the order of the...

Wesley So Teaches Chess

Wesley So Teaches Chess

GM Gserper 5 days ago

In an old article, I expressed the opinion that some games played by really strong grandmasters shouldn't be studied by inexperienced players. Therefore I suggested to assign chess games ratings similar to movies. The article claimed that according to this classification, "Magnus Carlsen's games are definitely NC-17 and not suitable for players rated under 1500."  Naturally, I got a question in the comments about which chess player's games are suitable for less experienced players. Thank...

Da-da-da-dancing

Da-da-da-dancing

batgirl 1 day ago

    For many years I used this blog for expounding upon my many explorations into the culture and history of chess. For just as many years I abandonned this blog in favor of publishing those explorations in the more popular article section. The article section has indeed proven to be, by far, the better medium.      My blog has been sitting here like a boxed-up relic of times past rather than a vital, active reflection of myself and my interests, as a blog should be. ...

Mamedyarov-Carlsen Headlines 5 Draws At Shamkir Chess

Mamedyarov-Carlsen Headlines 5 Draws At Shamkir Chess

PeterDoggers 18 hrs ago

The first round of the Gashimov Memorial in Shamkir, Azerbaijan saw five draws, including the top encounter between Shakhriyar Mamedyarov and Magnus Carlsen. Ding Liren missed a nice chance to convert his endgame vs Radoslaw Wojtaszek. This year for the fifth time, the memorial for GM Vugar Gashimov is taking place. Today some of the participants spoke about him, and...

Frank Marshall, Part 4: St. Petersburg 1914 And The Gods Of Chess

Frank Marshall, Part 4: St. Petersburg 1914 And The Gods Of Chess

IM Silman 6 days ago

In part 3 we left Frank Marshall playing in one tournament or match after another. Nothing changed in 1912. The guy seemed to live for chess and he continued to compete all over Europe, Russia, and the U.S. Since he couldn’t fly to all those places, one wonders how much of his time was taken on ships and trains.  Personally, I would be exhausted since once you get to where you want to be, you have to play in a tournament for a couple weeks or a month or even longer. Then, when it’s...

Grigoriants Among 3 Winners Of Largest Titled Tuesday Ever

Grigoriants Among 3 Winners Of Largest Titled Tuesday Ever

NM SamCopeland 20 hrs ago

GMs Sergey Grigoriants, Aram Hakobyan and IM Zhamsaran Tsydypov won the April 17 Titled Tuesday, the biggest ever, with 373 entrants and $5,000 in prizes. FM Santiago Zapata equaled their score of 8.5/10 but was disqualified for fair-play violations. The early leader in the event was super-GM Maxime Vachier-Lagrave who racked up seven (!) wins in a row before being sniped by GM Akshat Chandra and Grigoriants for draws and losing in the final round to the victorious Hakobyan (mukhin1)...

Maxime Vachier-Lagrave: Master Of Trapped Rooks

Maxime Vachier-Lagrave: Master Of Trapped Rooks

GM Gserper 12 days ago

In the end of October 2000, I played a traditional chess tournament: Cap d'Agde. It was a memorable event for me. First, it is not every day you mingle with such legends as Anatoly Karpov. Also, the way we entered the stage was quite remarkable. Right before the start of my semifinal match vs. GM Mikhail Gurevich the master of ceremonies announced his name and the crowd started chanting "Misha, Misha!"  That was expected since by some reason GM Gurevich was the local favorite and this is exactly...

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