Grischuk, Mamedyarov, MVL Share 1st At Sharjah GP
PeterDoggers 17 hrs ago

In the final round of the Sharjah Grand Prix Shakhriyar Mamedyarov defeated Hou Yifan (on her birthday!) and caught Maxime Vachier-Lagrave and Alexander Grischuk. The latter won the first prize on tiebreak. More fast draws were likely to appear in the final round, but eventually only two games went that way. The all-Russian encounter between Dmitry Jakovenko and Ian Nepomniachtchi on board three was the first to end in a draw. Soon tournament leaders Maxime Vachier-Lagrave and Alexander...

Muzychuk Cruises To Final, Tan Zhongyi Wins Armageddon

Muzychuk Cruises To Final, Tan Zhongyi Wins Armageddon

IM JovankaHouska 1 day ago

The two ways Anna Muzychuk and Tan Zhongyi reached the final of the Women's World Championship couldn't be more different. Whereas Muzychuk beat Alexandra Kosteniuk 2-0 in classical games, Tan had the strongest nerves and defeated Harika Dronavalli eventually in the Armageddon game. The last four:  Survival of the fittest In my last article, I rather cheekily complained about the lack of drama in the quarter-finals. Things for the winners had seemed just so efficient.  Well,...

How Not To Hate Endgames

How Not To Hate Endgames

GM Gserper 1 day ago

"I detest endgames!" said Dawid Janowski more than 100 years ago. He elaborated further by saying that a good chess game should be decided in the middlegame. Today such an opinion would make most professional chess players smile, but please remember that Janowski was one of the leading players of his time, who even played in a world championship match!  It shouldn't come as a surprise that many of Janowski's opponents would deliberately go into the endgame at every opportunity.   Janowski...

2017 PRO League Bracket Show

2017 PRO League Bracket Show

ChessTV 17 hrs ago

Who's going to win it all in the PRO Chess League playoffs? IM Danny Rensch gives you his extremely studied predictions. Don't agree? Submit your own bracket and win!

ChessCenter: Hou Yifan Throws A Game?

ChessCenter: Hou Yifan Throws A Game?

ChessCenter 16 days ago

Did Hou Yifan lose a game on purpose? The ChessCenter team gives you the full story. Plus Magnus Carlsen and some of the world's top grandmasters play in an exciting array of Chess.com events you don't want to miss.

Endgame Technique Yields Grischuk Shared First

Endgame Technique Yields Grischuk Shared First

PeterDoggers 1 day ago

With some great endgame play Alexander Grischuk today defeated Shakhriyar Mamedyarov, who was one of the leaders at the Grand Prix in Sharjah. With one round to go Grischuk now leads with Maxime Vachier-Lagrave, who held the draw against Ian Nepomniachtchi. He's one of the players who played some quick draws, but with two excellent endgame victories Grischuk is now a co-leader in Sharjah. After his good win vs Eljanov, today he also outplayed Mamedyarov in the endgame. "Shakhriyar...

Predict The Pro Chess League And Win!

Predict The Pro Chess League And Win!

pete 4 days ago

After a thrilling conclusion to the regular season, the playoff field is set for the inaugural PRO Chess League.  While the world's best players vie for big cash prizes and pride for their cities, you too can get in on the action by predicting the winners—and win some prizes of your own. All you have to do is predict five rounds of PRO playoff madness. Do you think the world champion, Magnus Carlsen, can lead his Norway Gnomes to playoff profit? Or will Maxime-Vachier...

Wins For Li, Salem As Draw Fest Continues

Wins For Li, Salem As Draw Fest Continues

PeterDoggers 2 days ago

With draws on the top seven boards in round seven, the field remains closely packed at the Grand Prix in Sharjah. On Saturday Salem Saleh won his first game and Li Chao his second. Photo: Maria Emelianova. "It's safety first," said commentator Viktor Bologan today, when four games ended in draws after about two hours: Ding Liren vs Hikaru Nakamura, Richard Rapport vs Levon Aronian, Maxime Vachier-Lagrave vs Dmitry Jakovenko and Shakhriyar Mamedyarov vs Ian Nepomniachtchi. The drawing...

Pete's Pathetic Chess: The Worst Move Imaginable

Pete's Pathetic Chess: The Worst Move Imaginable

pete 5 days ago

Back after truly underwhelming reader demand, Pete's Pathetic Chess is the "instructional" column where I subject my awful moves and chess ideas to analysis by an actual grandmaster and the best chess-playing computer in the world. It looks like everyone's taking notice of my poor play. Joining these shenanigans with his own annotations will be GM Alex Yermolinsky, the respected Chess.com/TV host and old-school grandmaster. Photo: Wikipedia.  Also...

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