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Chess: The Waiting Game?

Chess: The Waiting Game?

louisathomas
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The day my daughter was due was approaching. There was not much to do but wait. Another day passed. I couldn’t concentrate on work. Another day, and then another. I couldn’t write; my words were blocked. I couldn’t sleep. Another and another. When I tried to read, my attention wandered. Another, another, another. I couldn’t play chess—or shouldn’t have played chess, but I did. I played chess very badly. It had been my habit for some time to play a 30-minute rapid...

Prodigy Nihal Sarin Becomes A Grandmaster At 14

Prodigy Nihal Sarin Becomes A Grandmaster At 14

Rakesh
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At the age of 14 years, 1 month, and 1 day, the Indian prodigy Nihal Sarin became the 12th-youngest grandmaster in chess history. He scored his third grandmaster norm at the 25th Abu Dhabi Masters held at Abu Dhabi, UAE. Nihal started strongly with 3/4. His round-four win against Australian IM Ikeda Junta was particularly impressive. In round five, Nihal played GM Ivan Cheparinov, who recently switched his federation to Georgia. He was pressing but had to be...

The 10 Most Important Moments in Chess History

The 10 Most Important Moments in Chess History

pete
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There is arguably no other game with the timeless staying power and global reach of chess. Unlike most of the other games and sports played today by millions around the world, chess has a history that spans millennia. While chess has changed a lot since its invention, the basics of the game have remained recognizable throughout its long lifetime. From its ancient origins, chess has evolved to appeal to modern players of all cultures and ages. With even conservative estimates placing the total...

IM Giam Choo Kwee (1942-2018) - Fearless Tactician, Respected Organizer and Trainer

IM Giam Choo Kwee (1942-2018) - Fearless Tactician, Respected Organizer and Trainer

CM juniortay
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The game was way past its 4th hour at the 1995 Asian Teams Championships and there were only a handful of people left in the NUS tournament hall. The Singapore 2 and Malaysian representatives on board 4 were right smack into a drawish-looking ending. There was much pride at stake for the locals as we were down 1-2 against our neighbours and 53 year old IM Giam Choo Kwee kept the pressure on against young Malaysian student Abdul Haq.   After the win, I congratulated 'Giam' on winning...

Nakamura Wins St. Louis Rapid And Blitz, Holding Off Vachier-Lagrave, Mamedyarov

Nakamura Wins St. Louis Rapid And Blitz, Holding Off Vachier-Lagrave, Mamedyarov

FM MikeKlein
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Hikaru Nakamura thought he needed 5.5/9 in today's second blitz session to clinch his first Grand Chess Tour win on home soil. He scored exactly that, winning the 2018 Saint Louis Rapid & Blitz over a still-surging Maxime Vachier-Lagrave and a pesky Shakhriyar Mamedyarov. The win is his second of the season. He also won the 2018 Paris event. Chess.com conducted a video interview with Nakamura on his success. Watch Hikaru Nakamura On Winning The Saint Louis Rapid And Blitz from Chess...

Bet You've Never Heard Of This Opening

Bet You've Never Heard Of This Opening

GM Gserper
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On March 24, 1937, the leading Soviet chess magazine 64 published a theoretical article about a new opening system the magazine called the "Panov Defense."  I challenge you to identify the moves of this opening line. Yes, you can Google it if you wish! Just don't confuse the "Panov Defense" with the "Panov Attack" in the Caro-Kann defense. Give up already? OK, here is the game that started the new system: I almost can hear your protests that the opening of this game is called The...

Ding Liren Reaches 2800 Rating

Ding Liren Reaches 2800 Rating

FM MikeKlein
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It's considered bad luck in many parts of the world to break a mirror, but for Ding Liren, even breaking his hip only barely slowed him down. Just 2.5 months after falling off a bicycle in Norway and being forced to withdraw from the tournament, Ding Liren beat Veselin Topalov in a match from August 10-14 by the score of 3.0-1.0. That pushed his rating over 2800 for the first time. He becomes only the 14th player to clear the crescendo (Topalov has the fifth-highest live rating of all...

The Immortal Game | Anderssen vs Kieseritzky (1851)

The Immortal Game | Anderssen vs Kieseritzky (1851)

News
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The "Immortal Game" is one of the most famous chess games ever played! Played in 1851 as an informal match between two European math professors, Adolf Anderssen and Lionel Kieseritzky, this game has become a true showcase of classic 19th century chess where startling attacks and sacrifices were all the rage. The Game White: Adolf Anderssen Black: Lionel Kieseritzky 1. e4 e5 2.f4  The King's Gambit. This risky gambit opening was very popular in the 19th century! White sacrifices...

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