Muzychuk Cruises To Final, Tan Zhongyi Wins Armageddon
IM JovankaHouska 5 hrs ago

The two ways Anna Muzychuk and Tan Zhongyi reached the final of the Women's World Championship couldn't be more different. Whereas Muzychuk beat Alexandra Kosteniuk 2-0 in classical games, Tan had the strongest nerves and defeated Harika Dronavalli eventually in the Armageddon game. The last four:  Survival of the fittest In my last article, I rather cheekily complained about the lack of drama in the quarter-finals. Things for the winners had seemed just so efficient.  Well,...

Wins For Li, Salem As Draw Fest Continues

Wins For Li, Salem As Draw Fest Continues

PeterDoggers 1 day ago

With draws on the top seven boards in round seven, the field remains closely packed at the Grand Prix in Sharjah. On Saturday Salem Saleh won his first game and Li Chao his second. Photo: Maria Emelianova. "It's safety first," said commentator Viktor Bologan today, when four games ended in draws after about two hours: Ding Liren vs Hikaru Nakamura, Richard Rapport vs Levon Aronian, Maxime Vachier-Lagrave vs Dmitry Jakovenko and Shakhriyar Mamedyarov vs Ian Nepomniachtchi. The drawing...

How Not To Hate Endgames

How Not To Hate Endgames

GM Gserper 6 hrs 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...

Black's Knightmare In The Catalan

Black's Knightmare In The Catalan

GM GeorgMeier 2 days ago

GM Georg Meier's masterful series on the Catalan continues as he shows how Black can easily fall prey to positional disaster as White's knight leap to incredible outposts. These lines are quite popular so learn them now before Black is scared away!

ChessCenter: Hou Yifan Throws A Game?

ChessCenter: Hou Yifan Throws A Game?

ChessCenter 15 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.

Grischuk Survives Epic Battle vs Nakamura

Grischuk Survives Epic Battle vs Nakamura

PeterDoggers 2 days ago

Ian Nepomniachtchi and Richard Rapport were the two winners in round six of the Sharjah Grand Prix, where Maxime Vachier-Lagrave and Shakhriyar Mamedyarov continue to lead. Hikaru Nakamura came very close to beating Alexander Grischuk. On Thursday there was no chess. The Sharjah Chess Club had come up with an extensive program starting from 10 a.m. that included a visit to several museums, a lunch, a visit to Dubai and a boat trip in the evening. The turn-up was rather disappointing; only...

Predict The Pro Chess League And Win!

Predict The Pro Chess League And Win!

pete 3 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...

Mamedyarov Beats So; Carlsen's Gnomes Eke Into PRO Playoffs

Mamedyarov Beats So; Carlsen's Gnomes Eke Into PRO Playoffs

NM SamCopeland 3 days ago

Wesley So lost his first game (excluding blitz) since his defeat by Carlsen in Bilbao last summer. In a game-of-the-week candidate, Shakhriyar Mamedyarov tapped into the game's chaos more efficiently than Wesley So, finally overmatching So's queen with a rook and minor pieces in the endgame. So's classical streak remains unbroken at 56 games without defeat, and it is perhaps even more impressive that he managed to get through almost the entirety of his regular season in a rapid tournament...

Pete's Pathetic Chess: The Worst Move Imaginable

Pete's Pathetic Chess: The Worst Move Imaginable

pete 4 days 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...

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