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Anand Still Leads With Draws Galore At Sinquefield Cup

Anand Still Leads With Draws Galore At Sinquefield Cup

IM Rakesh
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Round two of the Sinquefield Cup leg of the Grand Chess Tour saw all six games end in a draw. Anish Giri and Ian Nepomniachtchi had the biggest chances but slipped. Viswanathan Anand still leads the event as he is the only player to win in St. Louis in over 12 games. Anish Giri was focused but faltered in the end. | Photo: Justin Kellar/Grand Chess Tour. Anish Giri and Levon Aronian played the longest game of the round. Interestingly, the game started with both players blitzing...

Late Blunder Gives Anand Early Lead At Sinquefield Cup

Late Blunder Gives Anand Early Lead At Sinquefield Cup

FM MikeKlein
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In several recent tweets, Viswanathan Anand explained that his son has taken quite a liking to the instructional videos on ChessKid.com. Well, Akhil, turns out your dad can teach you about winning tactics, too. "I'll show him the position and see what he says!" Anand joked to Chess.com about whether or not Akhil knows about discovered attacks. "He's progressing nicely and soon hopefully he will understand some of my positions. I think he solves slightly harder ones than this." Viswanathan Anand...

The Unusual Side Of Blitz Chess

The Unusual Side Of Blitz Chess

GM Gserper
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When we talk about blitz chess, we usually think about tactics, blunders and opening surprises that force our opponents to spend their precious seconds. I doubt that many people would mention good endgame technique as an integral element of blitz. Indeed, most times when a blitz game reaches an endgame, both players have just seconds on their clocks and usually have only two rules to play by: Do not lose on time and do not blunder too much. Here is a very recent example. Just watch the last...

Chess in 1960

Chess in 1960

introuble2
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1960... Edith Piaf is singing Je ne regrette rien from Paris. Hitchcock's Psycho is released in cinema halls. The world is in some tension... Wrong start! As this blog isn't a review of what happened in chess in 1960. I couldn't just find a more appropriate head title... Recently came in my hands the 9th volume [1960] of the greek chess magazine "MAT". A small monthly magazine of around 16 pages, published during the years 1952-1965 by Spyros Bikos [full title: Το Ματ:...

PRO Chess League Summer Series: Montreal A Lock As 3 Teams Vie For Last Playoff Spot

PRO Chess League Summer Series: Montreal A Lock As 3 Teams Vie For Last Playoff Spot

IsaacSteincamp
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The PRO Chess League Summer Series group stage comes to an end on Saturday, and with the Montreal Chessbrahs clinching first place in Group D, the Minnesota Blizzard, Norway Gnomes and the Cannes Blitzstreams enter the fight for the group's final automatic qualifying spot in the Summer Series Championship. Fans will get their last chance to play in the Summer Series in Saturday's Live Club Matches (August 17, 8 a.m. PDT) to compete for the final $250 best...

New Mastery Course: Learn The Trompowsky Attack

New Mastery Course: Learn The Trompowsky Attack

NM SamCopeland
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Do you want to learn an excellent and diverse opening without a lot of theory? IM Keaton Kiewra teaches the course for you! The Trompowsky Attack (1.d4 Nf6 2.Bg5) is an excellent try for an advantage that can easily throw Black into shark-infested waters. IM Kiewra is a theoretical player who has long relied on the "Tromp" as one of his core weapons. He shows you the ideas that have worked for him, presenting you with many lines, traps, strategic weapons that you can deploy in your next game at...

Join ChessKid And Judit Polgar To Set A World Record!

Join ChessKid And Judit Polgar To Set A World Record!

FM MikeKlein
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Young chess fans from all over the world now have a chance to become a world-record holder. ChessKid and GM Judit Polgar are teaming up to set the all-time record for the world's largest online chess tournament. To achieve this, we need as many kids as possible to participate. You can start by joining the CK/Polgar World Record Club. This will be an official Guinness World Record if more than 20,000 individual kids compete. Read this article to find out how kids can join this once-in-a-lifetime...

Titled Ladies

Titled Ladies

batgirl
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     At one time there were no official titles in chess.  In 1950 FIDE created the Grandmaster, the International Master and the International Women Master titles.  The first two sets of titles weren't based on ratings, which were almost non-existent at that time anyway, but on other criteria:   Of the 27 Grandmasters, one was the world champion and 14 were qualifiers (not participants) in the 1950 Candidates Tournament.  These were:Mikhail Botvinnik, Isaac...

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