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World Cup Semifinals: Was So Winning?

World Cup Semifinals: Was So Winning?

PeterDoggers 11 min ago

Both games on the first day of the FIDE World Cup's semifinals were drawn. Levon Aronian and Maxime Vachier-Lagrave split the point quickly in a very theoretical line of the Gruenfeld Defense. Wesley So built up serious pressure vs Ding Liren in an Italian game, but allowed a move repetition just after the time control. Wesley So leaving the playing hall after drawing a good position. | Photo: Chess.com/Maria Emelianova. Only four players are left in the tournament, but the most important...

Chess.com Isle Of Man, By The Numbers

Chess.com Isle Of Man, By The Numbers

FM MikeKlein 21 hrs ago

The Isle of Man is not big, but it will be plenty big enough to capture the chess world's attention as it expands its annual world-class open tournament. From September 23 to October 1, the Chess.com Isle of Man International revisits the crown dependency. Some ambitious growth is in the works for this fourth edition, which is the second under the auspices of Chess.com. How does the isolated land mass stack up with the tournament that continues to out-punch its weight? Let's preview the tournament...

The Top 3 Chess Insults

The Top 3 Chess Insults

GM Gserper 2 days ago

The 2017 World Cup is one of the most important events of the year and a real feast for the true chess enthusiast. It is even covered by the mainstream media, which usually ignores chess. Unfortunately the media got interested in chess for the wrong reason as all the exciting games and unexpected results were overshadowed by an ugly incident.   I bet you've already read dozens of reports and opinions from both professional and non-professional chess players, so you know that the vast majority...

Hikaru Plays To Win: vs MVL

Hikaru Plays To Win: vs MVL

GM Hikaru 1 day ago

How did Hikaru Nakamura beat Maxime Vachier-Lagrave at this year's Norway Chess? Why don't we let Hikaru explain the game himself?

ChessCenter: Return Of Kasparov

ChessCenter: Return Of Kasparov

ChessCenter 17 days ago

Garry Kasparov's return to professional chess highlighted one of the busiest months of top-flight chess ever. Get caught up on the best and worst of the month, and find out all you need to know about Magnus Carlsen and the upcoming World Cup.

Vachier-Lagrave Knocks Out Svidler At World Cup

Vachier-Lagrave Knocks Out Svidler At World Cup

PeterDoggers 1 day ago

In today's tiebreak of their quarterfinal match, Maxime Vachier-Lagrave eliminated Peter Svidler from the FIDE World Cup. On what was the shortest day in Tbilisi so far, the Frenchman won the second rapid game after the first had ended in a draw. MVL and Svidler chatting after their tiebreak match. | Photo: Chess.com/Maria Emelianova. With Svidler, the last Russian participant leaves the World Cup. Of the many top GMs who played, he is one of the few who goes home actually gaining Elo in classical...

Noticing Change Or Opportunity On The Chessboard

Noticing Change Or Opportunity On The Chessboard

IM Silman 4 days ago

At the beginning of a game the professional chess player understands the ins and outs of the opening he plays which, of course, has been deeply studied. He knows where his pieces should be, he is well-versed about the pawn structure’s needs, and he’ll know if it’s going to be a slow positional battle or a raw, vicious, tactical war. Of course, if his opponent makes a mistake or somehow changes the position’s dynamics, then that slow positional battle might be tossed away...

Win With White; Draw With Black; Aronian, So, Ding Advance

Win With White; Draw With Black; Aronian, So, Ding Advance

NM SamCopeland 2 days ago

Three victories with White secured semi-final slots for Levon Aronian, Wesley So, and Ding Liren in the World Cup. Aronian was the only player to win yesterday; a draw today (though not quickly achieved) was sufficient for him. Rapport leaves the World Cup after an impressive and exciting run. | Photo: Chess.com/Maria Emelianova Both Wesley So and Ding Liren had drawn comfortably with Black yesterday, so today they made the most of their white pieces, convincingly outplaying Vladimir Fedoseev and...

Chess.com Announces Computer Chess Championship

Chess.com Announces Computer Chess Championship

pete 5 days ago

The world's strongest computer engines will compete in a first-of-its-kind speed chess tournament on Chess.com this November, the site announced today. As computer engines have claimed the undisputed title as the best chess-playing entities on earth, interest in the machines has risen among chess fans. The first annual Chess.com Computer Chess Championship (CCCC) will decide which engine is the best at the format of chess most played online: speed chess. The Computer Chess Championship is scheduled...

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