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Svidler Wins Historic 8th Russian Championship Title

Svidler Wins Historic 8th Russian Championship Title

PeterDoggers 2 hrs ago

GM Peter Svidler and WGM Aleksandra Goryachkina are the winners of the 2017 Russian Championship's Superfinals, which finished on Thursday in St. Petersburg. Both players won a rapid playoff held after the final round. Svidler won the title for the eighth time. Since 2012, the Russian Championship's Superfinal is part of the Chess in Museums project, supported by the Russian Chess Federation and the Timchenko Charitable Foundation. This year the competition took place in the...

Akobian, Rambaldi Win Titled Tuesday

Akobian, Rambaldi Win Titled Tuesday

NM SamCopeland 1 day ago

In a tight Titled Tuesday field, GMs Varuzhan Akobian and Francesco Rambaldi, both living in St. Louis, topped Chess.com's second Titled Tuesday in December. They each achieved the critical 8.5/10 score, a half-point ahead of three players in shared third: GMs Jose Ibarra and Gabriel Sargissian and FM Max Warmerdam. Race to the Top The critical round seemed to be the eighth. In that round, Akobian and Rambaldi were each leading with 6.5/7 and were paired against each other. A nice win by Akobian...

Karjakin vs Nakamura: The Ultimate Coin Flip

Karjakin vs Nakamura: The Ultimate Coin Flip

FM MikeKlein 18 hrs ago

Never in Speed Chess Championship history, or really in any of Chess.com's head-to-head matches, have two GMs approached their face-off so soon after an over-the-board meeting. A scant five days after playing a classical game against each other in the final round of the 2017 London Chess Classic, top GMs Sergey Karjakin and Hikaru Nakamura will face off in the second Speed Chess Championship semifinal match this Saturday, December 16. The Russian is seeded number two, the American three, and the...

How To Checkmate: Kiss Of Death

How To Checkmate: Kiss Of Death

GM Ginger_GM 1 day ago

The kiss of death in chess is when a queen delivers checkmate on the square directly in front of the enemy king. It seems simple, but you'd be surprised at how often you can aim for this mate -- and you won't believe the last game.

Caruana Tops London; Carlsen Wins Grand Chess Tour

Caruana Tops London; Carlsen Wins Grand Chess Tour

PeterDoggers 3 days ago

Fabiano Caruana won the London Chess Classic after beating Ian Nepomniachtchi in a playoff. Both players had finished on 6/9. Magnus Carlsen, who beat Levon Aronian in the final round, became the overall winner of the 2017 Grand Chess Tour. Nepomniachtchi went for a very quick draw against MVL today; the game lasted just 19 moves and 22 minutes. Eventually Fabiano Caruana ground down Michael Adams to finish shared first, after Wesley So had beaten Vishy Anand on his birthday. 2017...

The Most Beautiful Chess Book

The Most Beautiful Chess Book

IM Anna_Rudolf 1 day ago

It's a chess book like no other, a visual tribute to the royal game. The book is 208 pages of Fedrigoni paper filled with tension in the eyes of silent protagonists. Club players, Olympic members, world champions. All focused, deep in thought, pondering their next move over the black and white board. I met the author, the renowned chess photographer David Llada in Madrid to ask him about his journey toward chess photography and the publication that is now called the most beautiful chess...

Nepomniachtchi Clear 1st In London By Beating Struggling Carlsen

Nepomniachtchi Clear 1st In London By Beating Struggling Carlsen

PeterDoggers 4 days ago

Winning his third game in a row against a struggling world champion, Ian Nepomniachtchi is the sole leader at the London Chess Classic with one round to go. Still under the weather, Magnus Carlsen got a nice position this time but miscalculated and blundered material. 2017 London Chess Classic | Round 8 Results Fed Name Score Fed Name Magnus Carlsen 0-1 Ian Nepomniachtchi Hikaru Nakamura 1/2 Fabiano Caruana Maxime Vachier-Lagrave 1/2 Viswanthan...

The Ugly Castle

The Ugly Castle

GM Gserper 4 days ago

Even beginners know that castling is a very important part of an opening strategy since it moves your king away from the center into a comfortable home created by a rook and three pawns. But what if the new king's house is not so cozy, since the roof provided by the three pawns has a huge hole in it? Fischer via Wikipedia.  This is exactly what happened in the following famous game by Fischer: Here is what Fischer wrote in his book My 60 Memorable Games: "Petrosian and...

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