Rapport Beats Carlsen; Aronian Bounces Back
PeterDoggers

Richard Rapport was the sensation of the day as he defeated Magnus Carlsen beautifully in round eight. Wesley So still leads the Tata Steel Chess Tournament's masters group going into the second rest day. Photo: Alina l'Ami. New York wasn't too convincing. Doha was disappointing, and now in Wijk aan Zee, it's not going great for Magnus Carlsen either. Today he suffered his first loss, to Richard Rapport. The Hungarian player found a beautiful finish to a game where Carlsen's play...

Carlsen Misses Mate In 3 vs Giri

Carlsen Misses Mate In 3 vs Giri

PeterDoggers

Today Magnus Carlsen missed a checkmate versus Anish Giri, and with it, a great opportunity to move to "plus three." Wesley So drew his game as well and continues to lead the masters section. It's quite rare, but it happened today: a world champion missing a mate in three. (Strictly speaking it wasn't a forced mate in three, but if one doesn't take into account Black giving up lots of material, it was.) Magnus Carlsen had built up a winning position and seemed to be on his way to...

Even More Secrets Of A Blitz Master

Even More Secrets Of A Blitz Master

GM Dlugy

GM Maxim Dlugy is back to present one of the finest games played in a Titled Tuesday. How did he win this beautiful squeeze against GM Siana? Dlugy gives you all the thoughts motivating his supremely speedy decisions.

ChessCenter: MVL, The Perfect PRO

ChessCenter: MVL, The Perfect PRO

ChessCenter

Maxime Vachier-Lagrave started out perfect in the PRO Chess League. Can he keep it up as more of the world's best join the event? Find out what to watch this week in chess as you get the best moves and news from the ChessCenter team.

Giri Wins In Tata Steel

Giri Wins In Tata Steel

NM SamCopeland

After 14 consecutive drawn games, Anish Giri emerged with a win in round six at Tata Steel. As commentator Yasser Seirawan noted, if Giri had won all of his winning positions, he would be leading in Tata Steel. Also winning was Wei Yi, who beautifully refuted an over-eager sacrifice from Richard Rapport whose innovative play continues to inspire spectators. Meanwhile, Bhaskiran Adhiban attempted the King's Gambit against the tournament leader, Wesley So! Photo Alina l'Ami. Against...

Chess And Presidential Elections

Chess And Presidential Elections

GM Gserper

During the 2016 presidential election, many Americans got caught between a rock and a hard place. Indeed, since both candidates had flaws, it was very difficult to make a choice. I wish we had an objective criteria that would allow us to compare candidates. Since this is a chess website, I bet you already know where I am going. Yes, I wish that besides the actual requirements to be U.S. president (one must be at least 35 years old, be a natural-born U.S. citizen, and...

So Grabs Tata Lead; Carlsen Plays Football

So Grabs Tata Lead; Carlsen Plays Football

PeterDoggers

Wesley So is the new leader of the Tata Steel chess tournament masters group. Today he defeated Pentala Harikrishna and took over pole position from Pavel Eljanov, who lost to Levon Aronian. The fifth round, which was played at the Feyenoord Stadium in Rotterdam, saw two more winners. Baskaran Adhiban surprised everyone by convincingly beating Sergey Karjakin as Black, whereas Loek van Wely suffered his fourth consecutive loss, to Radoslaw Wojtaszek. Photo Alina l'Ami. Before...

How To Understand Chess Openings

How To Understand Chess Openings

IM Silman

The Chess.com member alaskan asked:  “I would like to focus more on understanding rather than on lines, but almost all the opening books I can find focus on lines rather than on general ideas, so where to get this understanding from? The one book I know is Fundamental Chess Openings by Van der Sterren but that only covers each opening to a limited extent.” JS: I feel for you since players want to know what in the world this or that opening is all about, but they rarely...

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