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Praggnanandhaa Becomes 2nd Youngest GM In History

Praggnanandhaa Becomes 2nd Youngest GM In History

Rockyk02
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At the age of 12 years, 10 months, and 13 days, Indian prodigy Rameshbabu Praggnanandhaa became the second-youngest grandmaster in chess history. He scored his third grandmaster norm at the fourth Gredine open in Ortisei, Italy. After a steady start, he was on 5.5/7 and would need 1.0/2 or 1.5/2 from his final two games depending on the rating of his opposition. In round eight, he held the white pieces against the Italian GM Luca Moroni Jr., rated 2549. He won a fine attacking...

Nakamura Wins Paris Grand Chess Tour

Nakamura Wins Paris Grand Chess Tour

PeterDoggers
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Hikaru Nakamura won the $37,500 first prize at the Paris Grand Chess Tour after a dramatic day with more blunders than ever. Sergey Karjakin collapsed a few rounds before the end, while Wesley So drew too many games. On the fifth day in Paris, the number of big mistakes, blunders or howlers, however you want to call them, was rather high. It was probably a combination of starting two hours earlier, and having played four days of chess in a row, shortly after the Leuven tournament...

Is Tal's Queen Worth 12 Pawns?

Is Tal's Queen Worth 12 Pawns?

GM Gserper
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At the very end of my article about MVL's trapped rooks, I mentioned that Tal was famous for his queen play. There was even a joke that a regular queen is worth nine pawns and Tal's queen is worth 12 pawns! The Chess.com member "fiercebadger" asked in the comment section: "Perhaps you can show us these classic Tal 12-pt queen games?" Thank you for a very good suggestion, fiercebadger!  If a beginner tries to determine a queen's value based on Tal's games, he will be confused for sure....

Chess Psychology: How To Defend

Chess Psychology: How To Defend

IM LawrenceTrent
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It's fun to play from a winning position, but do you have the stomach -- and strong will -- to defend a worse position in chess? Learn from some of the best players ever on how to put up the best possible resistance on the chessboard, and the mindset required to do so.

Paris Grand Chess Tour Blitz: Karjakin Takes Over

Paris Grand Chess Tour Blitz: Karjakin Takes Over

PeterDoggers
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With one day of blitz to go at the Paris Grand Chess Tour, Sergey Karjakin is one point ahead of Hikaru Nakamura. Wesley So, who lost two games today, is half a point further down.  Today the Paris tournament switched to the blitz time control of five minutes and three seconds delay per move. In this type of chess, Karjakin and Nakamura are known to be specialists, and it showed. The playing hall during today's fourth round. | Photo: Maria Emelianova/Chess.com. Karjakin's inspiration...

Steinitz: The Official World Chess Champion

Steinitz: The Official World Chess Champion

IM Silman
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1886 was an epic year. Though past players were viewed as the world chess champion, there never was an official title. Now the two best players in the world (Zukertort and Steinitz) would butt heads and the fans of both players would have to accept that the victor was the real deal. The match was played in three cities: New York, St. Louis, and New Orleans (in honor of Morphy, who died in 1884). It started badly for Steinitz, who won the first game but then lost four games in a row. After...

So 1st In Rapid At Paris Grand Chess Tour

So 1st In Rapid At Paris Grand Chess Tour

PeterDoggers
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Despite drawing all his games today, Wesley So retained his lead at the Paris Grand Chess Tour. Before the start of the blitz, Sergey Karjakin and Hikaru Nakamura are trailing him by one point. "So" mostly stood for "solid" today, as the tournament leader split the point with three of his closest rivals: Nakamura, Karjakin, and Anand. Asked whether he was happy with his score, So replied: "I don't think it could have gone any other way." Wesley So (2851.8) after winning...

'His Pawn Cheated And Killed My Pawn!'

'His Pawn Cheated And Killed My Pawn!'

erik
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Every day at Chess.com we get a lot of suggestions, feedback and bug reports—and we really appreciate it! One of the most common bug reports looks something like this:  In my game, I moved my pawn to h4 and somehow his pawn from g4 managed to kill it and jump to h3. Smells suspiciously like hacking. Or... During my last game, I moved the pawn forward double space. Which places it beyond the enemy's pawn reach. But his pawn illegally cheated and killed my pawn. Hit replay and you will...

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