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FIDE's African Gambit

FIDE's African Gambit

Alessandro_Parodi
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October 3 will not only see the elections for a new FIDE president, but also that of the leadership of the chess continents Africa, America, Asia, and Europe. Alessandro Parodi reports on the situation in Africa. Ahead of the FIDE presidential elections in Batumi, Georgia on October 3, all eyes are on candidates Kirsan Ilyumzhinov, Georgios Makropoulos, Nigel Short and Arkady Dvorkovich. Meanwhile, national and continental federations are ready to make their moves to secure a comfortable spot...

Nakamura 'Adopts' Komodo On Fathers Day: 20.5-2.5

Nakamura 'Adopts' Komodo On Fathers Day: 20.5-2.5

PeterDoggers
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On Sunday, Hikaru Nakamura played all 20 levels of Komodo available on Chess.com followed by three odds-chess games, and scored 20.5-2.5 in total. It was the first man-machine match since Chess.com acquired Komodo, and made full use of its latest features. Nakamura started by playing a game against each of the 20 skill levels currently available in Live Chess, which have some of the most human-like play ever seen from engines at the lower ratings. This is where you can try out the 20...

How To Watch The Speed Chess Knockout Qualifier

How To Watch The Speed Chess Knockout Qualifier

pete
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The most-awaited online chess event is back for 2018 as the Speed Chess Championship kicks off its season next week with a new invitational knockout qualifier.  Follow the action live at Chess.com/TV and Twitch.tv/chess on Tuesday, June 26 at 10 a.m. Pacific time (1 p.m. Eastern, 5 p.m. UTC). The following viewing options will be available: Twitch.tv/chess: the official broadcast with IM Daniel Rensch and GM Robert Hess—watch here to see the Twitch chat. Chess.com/TV:...

A Judge's Sentence: 25 Hours Of Chess

A Judge's Sentence: 25 Hours Of Chess

FM MikeKlein
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Bye bye chain gang. Hello pawn chains. A new youth offenders program in Alberta, Canada, has an innovative way to get young people back on the right track: chess. Read on for that story and other chess cornucopia in this edition of "In Other News." Canada Tries Chess Instead Of Jail This is hardly a life sentence; instead it's "Chess for Life." A 25-hour program in Alberta is a new alternative sentence to juveniles caught doing wrong. According to the article, the idea is an outgrowth of recent...

Do You Know This Rare Chess Tactic?

Do You Know This Rare Chess Tactic?

GM Gserper
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Some chess tactical ideas are very common. For example, I cannot imagine any experienced chess player who never had back-rank problems in his games. Interference is pretty much at the opposite end of chess spectrum. Here is how Wikipedia describes it: "In the game of chess, interference occurs when the line between an attacked piece and its defender is interrupted by sacrificially interposing a piece. It is a chess tactic which seldom arises, and is therefore often overlooked." Here is a simple...

Wesley So Wins Your Next Move Grand Chess Tour

Wesley So Wins Your Next Move Grand Chess Tour

PeterDoggers
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Wesley So won the $37,500 first prize at the Your Next Move tournament in Leuven, Belgium. He was the only player to score 22/27 after a thrilling final round in which all key contestants lost. So started the day with a 1.5-point lead over Levon Aronian and Sergey Karjakin, and the latter was his opponent in today's first round. With 1.b3, recently named as a great opening for blitz by specialist GM Maxim Dlugy, Karjakin outplayed his opponent in great style. The bishop pair! Karjakin...

The Art Of Time Management

The Art Of Time Management

GM DanielNaroditsky
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"We work 25 hours a day."  "But there's only 24 hours in a day!" "We just wake up an hour earlier."  —Eternal Call, a Soviet TV series (1973-83) Our society's obsession with time knows few bounds. It is the golden age of atomic watches, appointments, alarm clocks, reminders, digital calendars, and $100 planners. "Alarmy," the app which has prevented me from oversleeping through countless morning exams, forces its masochistic possessor to photograph a pre-specified location in...

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