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World Chess Championship 2018: Carlsen-Caruana

World Chess Championship 2018: Carlsen-Caruana

PeterDoggers
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Magnus Carlsen and Fabiano Caruana drew their eighth game of the 2018 world chess championship. Caruana got excellent chances in a Sveshnikov but after a few non-critical moves in the middlegame he allowed Carlsen to equalize. The game lasted 38 moves. The score is now 4-4 after eight games. Game nine will be played on Wednesday. The world championship match between Magnus Carlsen and Fabiano Caruana is underway...

World Chess Championship Game 7: Another Queen's Gambit, Another Draw

World Chess Championship Game 7: Another Queen's Gambit, Another Draw

FM MikeKlein
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To do a "Caruana" is an eponym meaning winning seven games in a row in a tournament. The world champ has done many amazing things in his career, but to do a "Carlsen" might mean to draw seven games in a row on chess's highest stage.  For the second consecutive world chess championship, the Norwegian has opened his title defense with seven draws. In today's round seven, he repeated the first nine moves from his round-two game, but Caruana's Queen's Gambit Declined held easily. At least...

How To Watch The World Chess Championship: Carlsen vs Caruana

How To Watch The World Chess Championship: Carlsen vs Caruana

pete
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It's the biggest chess event of the year as World Champion Magnus Carlsen will try to defend his title against the American challenger Fabiano Caruana. The 2018 world chess championship will run November 9-28, and you can follow it all on Chess.com. Game eight will start Monday, November 19 at 7 a.m. Pacific time (10 a.m. Eastern, 3 p.m. London/GMT. Your local time: ). Caruana will play White and Carlsen will play Black in game eight. The match is scheduled for 12 games plus...

Carlsen-Caruana,WCh 2018 - Game 7

Carlsen-Caruana,WCh 2018 - Game 7

GM alexcolovic
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Perhaps I shouldn't have taken the World Champion too seriously. After all he is making everybody laugh at the press conferences. Carlsen said that having two Whites in a row was an advantage and one he was looking forward to. With these two White games behind us, I am not sure what exactly he meant by "advantage." In Game 6 he was happy to save a draw and today he said he played too "soft." I think that word perfectly describes Carlsen's state of mind. Even looking at him how he makes the moves,...

Women's World Chess Championship: Ju Wenjun, Lagno In The Final

Women's World Chess Championship: Ju Wenjun, Lagno In The Final

IM JovankaHouska
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The final of the women's world championship will be played between Ju Wenjun of China and Kateryna Lagno of Russia. Ju will be defending her crown in a match over four classical games. "A fight is not won by one punch or kick, so either learn to endure or hire a bodyguard" was something Bruce Lee might have told our semi-finalists of the women's knockout world championship in Khanty-Mansiysk. As there is no bodyguard substitute for the game of chess, enduring was all our semi-finalists could do. For...

2018 World Chess Championship: Halftime

2018 World Chess Championship: Halftime

GM JonathanTisdall
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GM Jonathan Tisdall shares his reflections on the Carlsen-Caruana world championship at halftime. (You can read his preview of the match here.) For convenience, we've copied the games with GM Sam Shankland's annotations from our news reports. I arrived in London for Game 5, exchanging the weird sense of omnipresent national fervor for the long absent joy of experiencing this most intense of all chess events live and up close. Yes, in many ways watching from the comfort of your home with a plethora...

Shenzen Masters: Vachier-Lagrave Wins, Ding's Streak Ends

Shenzen Masters: Vachier-Lagrave Wins, Ding's Streak Ends

PeterDoggers
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A plus-one score was enough for Maxime Vachier-Lagrave to win the 2018 Shenzen Masters in China. The French GM edged out Anish Giri and Ding Liren on tiebreak after all finished on 5.5/10. It was Vachier-Lagrave's victory over Ding Liren, from round six, that got him the better tiebreak—a special game indeed. After Ding had remained undefeated for exactly 100 games, thereby improving Mikhail Tal's streak in the 1970s by five games, he went down in a spectacular encounter with MVL. Maxime...

Garry Kasparov's Brilliancy Prizes

Garry Kasparov's Brilliancy Prizes

IM Silman
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In March 2017, I looked to see who made the most official brilliancy prizes. This led to three articles. Mikhail Tal was number one with 15 brilliancy prizes: Tal's brilliancy prizes Anatoly Karpov and Rashid Nezhmetdinov both had 10, putting them in a tie for second-third: Karpov's brilliancy prizes Nezhmetdinov's brilliancy prizes I had intended to write an article about Kasparov, who came in second with 12, but for some reason (old age?) I completely forgot to do it. Now it’s...

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