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So Wins At U.S. Championship To Start Title Defense

So Wins At U.S. Championship To Start Title Defense

FM MikeKlein 7 hrs ago

He's young, but he's got some experience with defending titles. And it hasn't gone well. By his own admission, GM Wesley So has struggled the year after winning an event. London, Grand Chess Tour, Tata Steel—you name it, and as best he can recall, he hasn't ever won back-to-back titles in his career. GM Wesley So, sporting his new Italian jacket. | Photo: Lennart Ootes. So's next opportunity, these upcoming two weeks in St. Louis, is off to the right start to reverse that futility....

U.S. Chess Championships Begin In St. Louis

U.S. Chess Championships Begin In St. Louis

FM MikeKlein 1 day ago

The U.S. Championship and U.S. Women's Championship both return to St. Louis tonight through April 30. The events are being hosted by the Saint Louis Chess Club, now for the 10th straight year. The opening ceremony is tonight, and round-one games start tomorrow. Much is new, yet so much is the same. The club has a new name (gone is the clunky "Chess Club and Scholastic Center of Saint Louis"). After a few experimental and creative organizational efforts in the early years, the format is now...

Wesley So Teaches Chess

Wesley So Teaches Chess

GM Gserper 4 days ago

In an old article, I expressed the opinion that some games played by really strong grandmasters shouldn't be studied by inexperienced players. Therefore I suggested to assign chess games ratings similar to movies. The article claimed that according to this classification, "Magnus Carlsen's games are definitely NC-17 and not suitable for players rated under 1500."  Naturally, I got a question in the comments about which chess player's games are suitable for less experienced players. Thank...

Da-da-da-dancing

Da-da-da-dancing

batgirl 14 hrs ago

    For many years I used this blog for expounding upon my many explorations into the culture and history of chess. For just as many years I abandonned this blog in favor of publishing those explorations in the more popular article section. The article section has indeed proven to be, by far, the better medium.      My blog has been sitting here like a boxed-up relic of times past rather than a vital, active reflection of myself and my interests, as a blog should be. ...

Nakamura Proteges To Compete In Europe

Nakamura Proteges To Compete In Europe

FM MikeKlein 2 days ago

If you win a game in a simul, sometimes your prize is an autograph. Or a book. Maybe even a picture with the master. One lucky South African won a summer chess tour of Europe. Although not officially a prize, CM Khanya Mazibuko's victory against GM Hikaru Nakamura in a 101-board simul in January impressed the world-class GM. Nakamura decided he'd give back by announcing at the end of the South African Junior Chess Championship that he'd like to sponsor the 16-year-old.  Nakamura...

Frank Marshall, Part 4: St. Petersburg 1914 And The Gods Of Chess

Frank Marshall, Part 4: St. Petersburg 1914 And The Gods Of Chess

IM Silman 5 days ago

In part 3 we left Frank Marshall playing in one tournament or match after another. Nothing changed in 1912. The guy seemed to live for chess and he continued to compete all over Europe, Russia, and the U.S. Since he couldn’t fly to all those places, one wonders how much of his time was taken on ships and trains.  Personally, I would be exhausted since once you get to where you want to be, you have to play in a tournament for a couple weeks or a month or even longer. Then, when it’s...

Carlsen, Mamedyarov Top Seeds In Shamkir

Carlsen, Mamedyarov Top Seeds In Shamkir

PeterDoggers 2 days ago

If you experienced some chess withdrawal symptoms in the days after Grenke, we have good news. This week two top events start: the Gashimov Memorial in Shamkir, Azerbaijan and the U.S. Championships in St. Louis. Tomorrow we'll look at the U.S. Championships; in this post we focus on the Gashimov Memorial, also called Shamkir Chess. The fifth edition starts on Thursday. The tournament honors the memory of the talented grandmaster (who made it to world number-six!) and wonderful personality of Vugar...

Maxime Vachier-Lagrave: Master Of Trapped Rooks

Maxime Vachier-Lagrave: Master Of Trapped Rooks

GM Gserper 11 days ago

In the end of October 2000, I played a traditional chess tournament: Cap d'Agde. It was a memorable event for me. First, it is not every day you mingle with such legends as Anatoly Karpov. Also, the way we entered the stage was quite remarkable. Right before the start of my semifinal match vs. GM Mikhail Gurevich the master of ceremonies announced his name and the crowd started chanting "Misha, Misha!"  That was expected since by some reason GM Gurevich was the local favorite and this is exactly...

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