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Nakamura Wins 2018 Grand Chess Tour

Nakamura Wins 2018 Grand Chess Tour

PeterDoggers
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Hikaru Nakamura won the 2018 Grand Chess Tour and its $120,000 first prize after beating Maxime Vachier-Lagrave in the fourth blitz game of the final at the London Chess Classic. Fabiano Caruana came in third as he defeated Levon Aronian in their match. Gawain Jones won the British Knockout. The four GCT contestants before the first game. | Photo: Maria Emelianova/Chess.com. It was an incredibly close affair today at the London Chess Classic. MVL and Nakamura drew no fewer than seven games...

Chessbrahs vs Chess.com In New Team Chess Match Monday

Chessbrahs vs Chess.com In New Team Chess Match Monday

pete
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Who will win in a battle of online chess titans? On Monday, the Chessbrahs will take on the faces of Chess.com in a new team chess match format. You can watch this groundbreaking event live on Twitch.tv/chess and Twitch.tv/chessbrah on Monday, December 17 at 11 a.m. PST (2 p.m. EST, 8 p.m. CET).  GM Eric Hansen and GM Aman Hambleton (Chessbrahs) will face GM Robert Hess and IM Daniel Rensch (Chess.com) in a three-game rapid match where both players on each team will decide every...

Can You Solve Our 2018 Holiday Chess Puzzler?

Can You Solve Our 2018 Holiday Chess Puzzler?

pete
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Your favorite annual chess quiz tradition is back for the 2018 holidays. Enjoy this year's quiz, and see if you can win one of our prizes for a top score. Play the puzzler here. Rules: All ties will be resolved by the earliest received submission, so send in your answers as soon as you know them. But try to be as accurate as possible—it usually takes close to a perfect score to win.  Answers will be accepted until 11:59 p.m. (Pacific Time) on Tuesday, Jan....

The Philidor Defense: Exchange Variation

The Philidor Defense: Exchange Variation

GM CCSCATL
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It's more Philidor as GM Ben Finegold teaches you the important exchange variation of this opening. Learn from one of the world's foremost opening expert grandmasters in this comprehensive series.

The Ultimate King March!

The Ultimate King March!

NM FLchessplayer
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I recently did a blog ... "Just the Basics." In that blog, I compared chess to war ... in reality, that is all chess is, it is a board game that is based on warfare, and it maybe several thousand years old.  A friend, @Christopher_Parsons, came up with a completely different analogy ... he likened chess to American Football. (NFL) "Match-ups is where its at," he said; and it is difficult to disagree with him.  One of the most amazing chess games of all time, has to be the following...

London Chess Classic: Jones Scores With Bishop Sac

London Chess Classic: Jones Scores With Bishop Sac

PeterDoggers
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With two more draws in the classical games, the Grand Chess Tour matches Nakamura-Vachier-Lagrave and Caruana-Aronian at the London Chess Classic will be decided tomorrow in the rapid and blitz games. Gawain Jones scored a nice victory against Luke McShane to take a six-point lead in the final of the British Knockout Championship. Photographer Lennart Ootes shared a remarkable statistic with this author on Sunday: the player who will be crowned as the winner of the 2018 Grand Chess...

Are You A Good Chess Player?

Are You A Good Chess Player?

GM Gserper
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Last week's article about Puzzle Rush provided great feedback, so I would like to thank you for your comments. When I see that people from different countries, different political views and different playing strength share passion for chess, I feel that the FIDE's slogan "Gens una sumus," which is Latin for "We are one people," is actually true. One of the most common comments can be summarized like this: According to the scale I am supposed to be a strong tournament player, but I am rated only...

London Grand Chess Tour Finals Start With Draws

London Grand Chess Tour Finals Start With Draws

PeterDoggers
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Both games Hikaru Nakamura vs Maxime Vachier-Lagrave and Fabiano Caruana vs Levon Aronian, in the London Chess Classic finals for first and third place of the Grand Chess Tour, ended in draws on Saturday. The British Knockout Championship saw two draws as well. After a rest day on Friday, used by the organizers and the St Louis crew to move the boards, pieces, cameras and other equipment to the traditional venue Olympia in Kensington, play resumed on Saturday with the final,...

How To Calculate Long-Term Advantages In Chess

How To Calculate Long-Term Advantages In Chess

IM Silman
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The Chess.com member kurniadigautama asked: Something has been bothering me since I saw the game between GM Vidit Santosh and GM David Eggleston in The Chess.com Isle of Man international open tournament (round 1). In the game, we see that Vidit sacrificed a queen for two minor pieces claiming that the white pieces are not in sync and hence White’s king will be mated if Black can bring all his forces towards the king. The problem is, though we can understand the principle, calculations are...

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