Fabiano Makes Forbes, Newspaper Editor Commits Blunder
FM MikeKlein 12 hrs ago

"In Other News" has been on a little bit of a hiatus, which means this column is overflowing with chess tidbits to share. Today we have a world elite gracing a business magazine's "top" list, while a newspaper doesn't fact check that two elite sisters share the same last name. In between there's a chess-crazed town, American football, and sadly some chess deaths to note. Caruana Is Top "Gamer" Sure, "Forbes" magazine produced no less than twenty "30 Under 30" lists for young professionals,...

Carlsen, Mamedyarov Gather For PRO Playoffs Opener

Carlsen, Mamedyarov Gather For PRO Playoffs Opener

FM MikeKlein 1 day ago

You watched the dramatic end of the regular season. You struggled over your playoff predictions. You hopefully didn't read the world's worst short story. You wasted more than an hour of your perfectly good weekend watching IM Danny Rensch dance like an Indian woman and give some quasi-scientific prognostications. (Former U.S. president Barack Obama needed only five minutes to get through his bracket.) Whoever you penciled in, the finale of the first year of the Professional Online Rapid...

American Woman - Part VI

American Woman - Part VI

batgirl 12 hrs ago

  Preface:      An official U.S. Women's Chess Championship has existed for nearly 80 years.  The USCF lists 1937 as the first year.  There have been many strong and important women players over the early years but when Diane Savereide appeared and dominated the women's chess arena for almost a decade, women's chess stated taking monumental strides.       With this series of essays I hope to detail at the development of women's chess...

ChessCenter: Hou Yifan Throws A Game?

ChessCenter: Hou Yifan Throws A Game?

ChessCenter 18 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.

Ousted Iranian Player: 'My Wardrobe Should Not Be Anyone's Business!'

Ousted Iranian Player: 'My Wardrobe Should Not Be Anyone's Business!'

FM MikeKlein 1 day ago

Last week the Iranian Chess Federation removed two players from being able to represent their national team, or playing future events inside Iran. IM Dorsa Derakhshani, the number-two female in Iran, and her younger brother FM Borna Derakhshani were both punished for separate actions that had occurred weeks earlier at the Tradewise Gibraltar Chess Festival. Borna's "indiscretion" seems to have sparked the reaction. In round one, the 15-year-old was paired with GM Alexander Huzman from...

How Not To Hate Endgames

How Not To Hate Endgames

GM Gserper 3 days 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...

Grischuk, Mamedyarov, MVL Share 1st At Sharjah Grand Prix

Grischuk, Mamedyarov, MVL Share 1st At Sharjah Grand Prix

PeterDoggers 2 days 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...

Predict The Pro Chess League And Win!

Predict The Pro Chess League And Win!

pete 6 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...

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