Eljanov Ahead of Carlsen, So At Tata Steel
PeterDoggers

Also during the first rest day Pavel Eljanov will be the sole leader of the Tata Steel Chess Tournament. Today the Ukrainian grandmasters defeated Baskaran Adhiban. He finds Wesley So and Magnus Carlsen, the other winners today, at half a point behind him. Photo Alina l'Ami. Few would have predicted that Pavel Eljanov would be in sole first place after four rounds. 3.5/4 is a fine score, but it's not going to be easy for the Ukrainian to maintain the lead much longer. Eljanov has...

PRO Chess League: Week 2 Results

PRO Chess League: Week 2 Results

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Please find below week two match results for week two of the PRO Chess League. For the as-it-happens action and up to the minute results, tune in to the PRO Chess League Wednesdays on Chess.com/TV and follow the games in Chess.com/live. Action starts at 8 a.m. PST. Eastern Division Delhi Dynamite 5 11 Mumbai Movers Amaravati Yodhas 7 9 Odisha Express Gorky Stormbringers 9.5 6.5 Shymkent Nomads Belgrade Sparrows 6.5 9.5 Budapest Gambit Riga...

How To Understand Chess Openings

How To Understand Chess Openings

IM Silman

The Chess.com member alaskan asked:  “I would like to focus more on understanding rather than on lines, but almost all the opening books I can find focus on lines rather than on general ideas, so where to get this understanding from? The one book I know is Fundamental Chess Openings by Van der Sterren but that only covers each opening to a limited extent.” JS: I feel for you since players want to know what in the world this or that opening is all about, but they rarely...

Tata Steel 2017: Magnus Carlsen vs Wei Yi

Tata Steel 2017: Magnus Carlsen vs Wei Yi

IM DanielRensch

Magnus Carlsen, the most accurate world champion of all time, takes on one of the great lights of the next generation. Can he put his experience to good use and outplay the young Wei Yi, or will the latter's tactical genius dominate? Find out as Daniel Rensch breaks down this thrilling clash.

ChessCenter: MVL, The Perfect PRO

ChessCenter: MVL, The Perfect PRO

ChessCenter

Maxime Vachier-Lagrave started out perfect in the PRO Chess League. Can he keep it up as more of the world's best join the event? Find out what to watch this week in chess as you get the best moves and news from the ChessCenter team.

Chess Stars Clash In PRO Rivalry Week

Chess Stars Clash In PRO Rivalry Week

FM MikeKlein

If you see two neighboring dots in the map above, chances are they're going head-to-head in week two of the PRO Chess League. It's rivalry week, and it begins tomorrow. The clashes may not be El Clásico yet, but give it time; the league is only seven days old (and we trust the players won't behave this badly toward each other). We will also see the first appearances of some of the league's world-class players. Grandmasters rated 2700+ like Li Chao (a perfect 4-0 in week one for...

American Woman - Part III

American Woman - Part III

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  Preface:      An official U.S. Women's Chess Championship has existed for nearly 80 years.  The USCF lists 1937 as the first year.  There have been many strong and important women players over the early years but when Diane Savereide appeared and dominated the women's chess arena for almost a decade, women's chess stated taking monumental strides.       With this series of essays I hope to detail at the development of women's chess...

Rapport Spoils Brilliancy, Loses To So

Rapport Spoils Brilliancy, Loses To So

PeterDoggers

Richard Rapport was on his way to scoring a great win versus Wesley So, but then he blundered away the game. In round three of the Tata Steel Chess Tournament, Sergey Karjakin and Wei Yi scored their first wins, versus Loek van Wely and Ian Nepomniachtchi respectively. Photo Alina l'Ami. "I don't know what is worse: to be on the losing side of a brilliancy, or to spoil one." Whereas commentator Yasser Seirawan hadn't decided yet, today Richard Rapport...

Who Will Win PRO Chess League Week 2?

Who Will Win PRO Chess League Week 2?

FM MikeKlein

The PRO Chess League's panel of pundits is back for week two. The second week of action is rivalry week (amongst the teams, not the panel, we think)! For more on who the quintet comprising the illustrious panel, click back to week one's predictions. How did they fare in the opener? Four of the five panelists predicted more than half right, with the early leader sitting on 75 percent. Tarjei Svensen got 16 of the 24 match outcomes correct. He also got two exactly right, which we will track for...

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