Predict The Pro Chess League And Win!
pete 2 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...

Ju Wenjun Knocked Out Of Women's World Championship

Ju Wenjun Knocked Out Of Women's World Championship

IM JovankaHouska 1 day ago

The women's world championship in Tehran saw a huge sensation with the elimination of Ju Wenjun. The top seed was defeated by her compatriot Tan Zhongyi.  Harika Dronavalli, Anna Muzychuk and Alexandra Kosteniuk are the other semi-finalists. Tan Zhongyi eliminated the top seed. | Photo David Llada. The quarterfinals: With the disappearance of more players round by round, the tournament has ceased to resemble a mad dash to the next post; it's now a slow long drawn out...

Pete's Pathetic Chess: The Worst Move Imaginable

Pete's Pathetic Chess: The Worst Move Imaginable

pete 1 day 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...

Double Bishop Sac Insanity

Double Bishop Sac Insanity

GM Ginger_GM 1 day ago

Where did the legendary double-bishop sac come from? GM Simon Williams shows you the roots and all the crazy permutations that have since arisen.

ChessCenter: Hou Yifan Throws A Game?

ChessCenter: Hou Yifan Throws A Game?

ChessCenter 12 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.

3 Winners, 1 Blunder In Sharjah Grand Prix

3 Winners, 1 Blunder In Sharjah Grand Prix

PeterDoggers 1 day ago

The Sharjah Grand Prix today saw a blunder in the "very rare" category. Alexander Riazantsev's mistake was huge, and he could resign immediately against Dmitry Jakovenko. In the fifth round, Michael Adams and Alexander Grischuk scored good wins. This may start to sound like a broken record, but yet again this round saw very quick draws on the top boards. The Sharjah Grand Prix was already suffering from (Twitter) attention from the start, and this won't help much. But the World Chess...

When Chess Players Protest

When Chess Players Protest

GM Gserper 4 days ago

One of the biggest open tournaments of the year (Gibraltar) was marred by a bizarre incident that happened in the last round. The women's world champion, Hou Yifan, lost her game in just five moves! Media instantly spread the news throughout the world, and in many reports about the tournament they didn't even bother to mention that the event was won by Hikaru Nakamura! Here is this notorious "game": This is the women's world champion's explanation: Apparently...

PRO Chess League Week 7 Playoff Push: Who's In, Who's Still Alive?

PRO Chess League Week 7 Playoff Push: Who's In, Who's Still Alive?

FM MikeKlein 2 days ago

Unlike many sports leagues where all or most of the playoff berths are decided before the final games of the regular season, the Professional Rapid Online (PRO) Chess League has everything to play for in week seven. This is what you've been waiting for. The excitement is driven even higher by the league rules, which allow for this week's matchups to be formed based on standings (a "Hou Yifan" controversy this is not -- a human hand has stepped in to create drama). For this Wednesday's final...

The Opening That Didn't Like Bobby Fischer

The Opening That Didn't Like Bobby Fischer

IM Silman 7 days ago

Chess players are always looking for new openings. But picking an opening isn’t easy since there are so many to choose. Sometimes the choice is made by using the openings of your favorite chess hero. And other times the opening choice is based on your desire to attack, attack, and attack again. And sometimes you look at an opening, say to yourself, “wow, that’s really cool!” and you and that opening fall in love with each other. Though you are singing love songs to your...

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