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Caruana Tops London; Carlsen Wins Grand Chess Tour

Caruana Tops London; Carlsen Wins Grand Chess Tour

PeterDoggers 5 hrs ago

Fabiano Caruana won the London Chess Classic after beating Ian Nepomniachtchi in a playoff. Both players had finished on 6/9. Magnus Carlsen, who beat Levon Aronian in the final round, became the overall winner of the 2017 Grand Chess Tour. Nepomniachtchi went for a very quick draw against MVL today; the game lasted just 19 moves and 22 minutes. Eventually Fabiano Caruana ground down Michael Adams to finish shared first, after Wesley So had beaten Vishy Anand on his birthday. 2017...

Nepomniachtchi Clear First In London By Beating Struggling Carlsen

Nepomniachtchi Clear First In London By Beating Struggling Carlsen

PeterDoggers 1 day ago

Winning his third game in a row against a struggling world champion, Ian Nepomniachtchi is the sole leader at the London Chess Classic with one round to go. Still under the weather, Magnus Carlsen got a nice position this time but miscalculated and blundered material. 2017 London Chess Classic | Round 8 Results Fed Name Score Fed Name Magnus Carlsen 0-1 Ian Nepomniachtchi Hikaru Nakamura 1/2 Fabiano Caruana Maxime Vachier-Lagrave 1/2 Viswanthan...

The Ugly Castle

The Ugly Castle

GM Gserper 1 day ago

Even beginners know that castling is a very important part of an opening strategy since it moves your king away from the center into a comfortable home created by a rook and three pawns. But what if the new king's house is not so cozy, since the roof provided by the three pawns has a huge hole in it? Fischer via Wikipedia.  This is exactly what happened in the following famous game by Fischer: Here is what Fischer wrote in his book My 60 Memorable Games: "Petrosian and...

Playoffs To Decide 2018 Grand Chess Tour

Playoffs To Decide 2018 Grand Chess Tour

PeterDoggers 1 day ago

The 2018 Grand Chess Tour will be decided in a four-player playoff final to be held at the London Chess Classic. This was announced at a press meeting today in London. The 2017 Grand Chess Tour events—Paris, Leuven, Sinquefield Cup, St. Louis Rapid & Blitz and London—have all been confirmed for next year. The last one will be significantly different. Instead of a 10-player classical event there will now be a playoff for the top four players in the GCT standings before London. They...

The 7 Most Amazing Chess Records

The 7 Most Amazing Chess Records

NM SamCopeland 2 days ago

Records inspire us all to strive for greatness. The long legacy of chess has birthed some records which have stood for decades, and some that may well stand for centuries. Here are seven of the most amazing chess records ever etched into history. Longest Winning Streak: World Champion Bobby Fischer – 20 (or 19?) Games Bobby Fischer, world-record holder for most consecutive victories in master chess. | Photo: Wikipedia. In the title run that ultimately culminated in his match with Boris...

Another Escape Gets Carlsen First Win In London

Another Escape Gets Carlsen First Win In London

PeterDoggers 2 days ago

Magnus Carlsen was again on the verge of losing at the London Chess Classic today, again came back into the game and this time even won, vs. Michael Adams. Maxime Vachier-Lagrave, who is chasing him in the Grand Chess Tour, also won his first game, vs Sergey Karjakin. The third winner was Ian Nepomniachtchi, who played sharply and won a nice game against Vishy Anand. The Russian GM is now sharing first place with Fabiano Caruana, who drew with Wesley So.  2017 London Chess Classic | Round...

How Can An Expert Become A Master?

How Can An Expert Become A Master?

IM Silman 3 days ago

The Chess.com member Animaul7 (his real name is Anthony Maulucci) wrote: “I’m a 16-year-old who has been stuck at an expert rating for some time now, which I know is pretty normal. One question I have for you is what juniors like myself can do to maintain passion for the game as we get older and our focus branches off to other aspects of life, such as school and new hobbies.” SILMAN: Your query is purely personal; there is no definitive answer. I’ve had students in the 2000-to-2200...

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