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8-Year-Old Refugee Wins New York State Championship

8-Year-Old Refugee Wins New York State Championship

PeterDoggers
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Although he is living in a homeless shelter and only learned to play chess a year ago, Tanitoluwa Adewumi, an eight-year-old Nigerian refugee, won the New York State Championship earlier this month. The story has been covered by major news outlets all over the world. Tanitoluwa was seven years old when he, his parents and his older brother reportedly fled from Nigeria in search for a safer place. Threatened by terrorist group Boko Haram, which is attacking Christians like themselves, they...

In Other News: Chess Growing Across The Globe

In Other News: Chess Growing Across The Globe

IsaacSteincamp
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While chess fans worldwide may have had their eyes glued to PRO Chess League action, the World Team Championship or Prague, here are some stories you may have missed this past month: Chess Therapy for Panic Disorders Catching Up with the Queen of Katwe Chess in Namibia Chess in Detroit World Chess Survey Ennio Morricone Plays Chess Chess Therapy For Panic Disorders A recent study from the Asian Journal of Psychiatry suggests that chess therapy may help individuals with panic...

Do You Believe Your Lying Eyes In Chess?

Do You Believe Your Lying Eyes In Chess?

GM Gserper
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In his famous comedy routine, Richard Pryor tells a story about being caught cheating with another woman by his wife. Since the wife entered the room at the worst possible moment, it was pointless to deny the fact of cheating and yet, he tried his best. As his last argument, he asks: "Who are you going to believe, me or your lying eyes?" Richard Pryor. Photo by Alan Light / Wikipedia. While that was just a comedy performance, I've seen many chess players who trust anything but their own eyes! Some...

My Favorite Reads This Quarter: Tons Of Openings

My Favorite Reads This Quarter: Tons Of Openings

IM IM_Kgwm
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My book reviews for Chess.com have generally been favourably received but one of the feedback that I've gotten is that my work is over-detailed and hence I will be doing more concise reviews but hopefully cover significantly more ground. Chess books come thick and fast these days and I think readers will prefer this somewhat traditional structure of coming up with a list of reads in one post.  I have just finished two tournaments in Austria, the excellently organised Lienz Open and Graz Open...

PRO Chess League Playoffs Take Off For Atlantic, Pacific Divisions

PRO Chess League Playoffs Take Off For Atlantic, Pacific Divisions

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It's playoff time for the PRO Chess League, and the teams from the Atlantic and Pacific Division aim to get one step closer to the live esports final in San Francisco. Play starts Tuesday at 1:20 p.m. PDT (4:20 p.m. EDT, 8:20 p.m. GMT). The Eastern and Central divisions play on Saturday. Preview by IM Greg Shahade. After 10 weeks of exciting battles, 16 teams are left in this season's PRO Chess League. The knockout phase is starting today with the Atlantic and Pacific divisions. Play Fantasy! Just...

Chess Tournaments Calendar: Archive

Chess Tournaments Calendar: Archive

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This is our archive of older, completed chess tournaments and events. Click here for our calendar of current chess events! DECEMBER 2018 Date Event Location December 9-16 London Chess ClassicHikaru 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. News report. (Classical, rapid,...

PRO Chess League To Play Live Esports Final On Twitch

PRO Chess League To Play Live Esports Final On Twitch

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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: Chess.com brings Professional Rapid Online (PRO) Chess League championship to Twitch.  San Francisco, March 18, 2019—Chess.com, the world's largest chess site, and Twitch, the leading service and community for multiplayer entertainment, announced today that some of the world's top chess players will travel to San Francisco to compete in a live championship. The event will be the culmination of Chess.com's Professional Rapid Online (PRO) Chess League, a groundbreaking,...

Join The Study To Evaluate Chess.com Lessons

Join The Study To Evaluate Chess.com Lessons

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Chess.com is looking to recruit volunteers for a study on the effectiveness of Chess.com lessons and training.  Participants will be randomized into three groups: (1) members who complete exactly one Chess.com lesson per day; (2) members who complete as many lessons as they want every day; (3) members who are not selected to be in the study. Eligibility:To be eligible for the study, participants must meet the following criteria: Chess.com member for more than six months Rated below 1000...

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