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Book Review: The Hyper Accelerated Dragon by Raja Panjwani

Book Review: The Hyper Accelerated Dragon by Raja Panjwani

IM IM_Kgwm 3 days ago

In the weeks to come, I will be covering several recent books on the opening in this column. While there are many experienced trainers out there who demand that us amateurs stop looking at openings and focus on the real chess, the fact of the matter is that opening books continue to sell far better than any other genre in the chess world. Well, I will not go into a debate on why this is so but as an opening junkie myself, I am starting to adjust my approach to be a little more balanced. These days,...

Gold For Granda, Sveshnikov, Berend, Khmiadashvili At World Seniors

Gold For Granda, Sveshnikov, Berend, Khmiadashvili At World Seniors

The 27th FIDE World Senior Championship took place November 7-18 in Acqui Termi, Italy. Top seed GM Julio Granda Zuniga clearly dominated the World Senior 50+ Open with 9.5/11. GM Evgeny Sveshnikov, a frequent participant in the World Senior Championship, won first place in the 65+ Open with 8.5/11. WGM Elvira Berend, of Luxembourg, won the Women 50+ Open 7/9 and WGM Tamar Khmiadashvili, of Georgia, won the Women 65+ Open 7.5/9 on tiebreaks over the legendary GM Nona Gaprindashvili. Since 2014,...

Were Players In The 1800s Terrible?

Were Players In The 1800s Terrible?

IM Silman 1 day ago

The Chess.com member LittlePawn988 wrote: Something really bugs me. I often hear players, of every level, talking about the strength of masters of the past and sometimes I find them really arrogant and disrespectful. Even lower-rated players say Steinitz and players of his era like Zuckertort, Blackburne, or Chigorin were basically patzers and barely play like 2000-rated players. People write about how an IM can easily defeat Capablanca or Alekhine and how Lasker was world champion just because...

Time: Attack The King Now

Time: Attack The King Now

GM Ginger_GM 13 hrs ago

How do you use time in chess to defeat the world champion, and maybe the best player ever? Find out how even Magnus Carlsen's king can be vulnerable to a quick attack.

ChessCenter: The Best Chess Of October

ChessCenter: The Best Chess Of October

ChessCenter 14 days ago

It was a big month for chess, with Magnus Carlsen, Hikaru Nakamura, Sergey Karjakin, and Vladimir Kramnik all making big news. Find out the top stories and moves on and off the chessboard with the full ChessCenter team.

Radjabov Bounces Back While Aronian, MVL Fail To Pull Away

Radjabov Bounces Back While Aronian, MVL Fail To Pull Away

FM MikeKlein 10 hrs ago

Shortly after GM Teimour Radjabov was born, the band De La Soul opined that "Three, that's the magic number." He's certainly hoping it is for him too. For a man who just recently won his third European Team Championship, and who previously was the first player ever to beat three world champions as Black in the same year, Radjabov entered round seven at the FIDE Grand Prix in Mallorca probably needing three wins to participate in his third Candidate's Tournament. He got the first one today,...

How To Watch Carlsen vs Grischuk Speed Chess Champs Today

How To Watch Carlsen vs Grischuk Speed Chess Champs Today

pete 3 days ago

The 2017 Speed Chess Championship is down to its final four combatants, and today the semifinals begin with a matchup of two decorated champions.  The world chess champion, Magnus Carlsen, will take on the three-time world blitz champion Alexander Grischuk in a rematch of the 2016 GM Blitz Battles semifinal that Carlsen won on his way to the championship.  Follow the action live at Chess.com/TV and Twitch.tv/chess today, Nov. 21 at 10 a.m. Pacific time (1 p.m....

Radjabov's Qualification Chances Take Hit After Second GP Loss

Radjabov's Qualification Chances Take Hit After Second GP Loss

FM MikeKlein 1 day ago

The two men attempting to qualify for the next Candidates' tournament tried the hardest today. The hardest not to lose. Only one was successful. GMs Maxime Vachier-Lagrave and Teimour Radjabov played the two longest games of round seven of the FIDE Grand Prix in Palma de Mallorca, Spain. The Frenchman had some chances to win or lose, but the Azeri player was mostly just trying to keep any hopes alive. In the end, Vachier-Lagrave held to remain in the hunt, while Radjabov lost his second game of...

The Deadly Pawn Sacrifice

The Deadly Pawn Sacrifice

GM Gserper 3 days ago

In last week's article we learned some of the favorite chess patterns of super-GM Ding Liren. As you probably remember, he loves to play for domination when his opponent's pieces can barely move. His most common recipe to get this kind of a position is an exchange sacrifice.  However, in the next game he achieved his goal by a mere pawn sacrifice. Nevertheless, by move 23 he controlled all the key squares of the board. Judge for yourself: I recommend you remember this pawn sacrifice...

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