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Topalov Breaks Draw Spell In Shamkir

Topalov Breaks Draw Spell In Shamkir

PeterDoggers 7 hrs ago

The fourth round of the Gashimov Memorial in Shamkir, Azerbaijan saw the first decisive game of the tournament. With his win over Shakhriyar Mamedyarov, it's Veselin Topalov who grabbed the lead today.  Just like at the 2017 London Chess Classic, Shamkir's draw curse was broken in round four. And, the third time was a charm for Veselin Topalov, who had missed wins against Ding Liren and Anish Giri earlier in the tournament. It...

After Scorching Start, U.S. Championships Cool Down

After Scorching Start, U.S. Championships Cool Down

FM MikeKlein 2 hrs ago

Today in Azerbaijan, the field scored its first win. Meanwhile in St. Louis at the 2018 U.S. Championships, they recycled the result. It was, after all, Earth Day. Despite tallying 27 wins over the first four rounds, today the field mustered a solitary win. The other 11 games ended drawn and all leaders stayed the same. Nobody said recycling was exciting. Earth Day celebrations in Forest Park, where the Saint Louis Chess Club also had a booth. | Photo: Mike Klein/Chess.com. Despite...

Wesley So Gets His Revenge

Wesley So Gets His Revenge

GM Gserper 22 hrs ago

One of the most shocking games in the history of the U.S. chess championship was played in 2015. Can you imagine one of the world's strongest players losing his game in just six moves playing White? This is exactly what happened! I was really puzzled when the live transmission of the game brought this: My first thought was that Wesley So forgot to turn off his cell phone and forfeited his game after an unexpected call from one of his well wishers. But of course, as you know, it wasn't the case....

Sunday Show with IM Kostya Kavutskiy

Sunday Show with IM Kostya Kavutskiy

GeniusKJ 10 hrs ago

IM Kostya Kavutskiy will be analyzing games and providing free instruction through Chess University's Sunday show today. Tune in today (April 22nd) at 2:00 PM Pacific Time (PDT) here: https://twitch.tv/chessuniversity

Izoria Shocks Caruana At U.S. Champs Round 4

Izoria Shocks Caruana At U.S. Champs Round 4

FM MikeKlein 1 day ago

No one is safe in St. Louis. Not even would-be world champions. With a certain super-tournament in the Caucuses netting a combined zero wins in three rounds, the fighting chess in America's Heartland is counterbalancing that. In the first three days in St. Louis, the players produced a fecund crop of 19 wins at the 2018 U.S. Championships. In today's round four, eight more wins came, including six-for-six by the ladies, making the tally an astounding 27 full points from 48 games. No result...

Frank Marshall, Part 5: A Radical Change

Frank Marshall, Part 5: A Radical Change

IM Silman 1 day ago

Frank Marshall played quite a bit in 1915, but all his games were in the U.S. There were two reasons for this: First, World War I. Second: Marshall opened the Marshall Chess Club in New York! With new responsibilities and an inability to go to Europe, one might think that his chess would lose a bit of his strength. That wasn’t the case. He still had his attacking flare and he was also extremely hard to beat. Marshall via Wikipedia.  The New York National tournament was a great example....

All Players Tied For 1st/Last After 3 Rounds In Shamkir

All Players Tied For 1st/Last After 3 Rounds In Shamkir

NM SamCopeland 1 day ago

And on the third day, no one rose again in Shamkir. Three rounds and fifteen games have resulted in a perfect fifteen draws. Each player in the event therefore has the distinction of being on both shared first and shared last place. The first player to draw his game was Radek Wojtaszek who improved on a game he lost to Anish Giri by sacrificing a pawn for sufficient play against David Navara. The game was soon drawn thereafter. Wojtaszek, Anand's second and a renowned theoretician, improved...

Wesley So Teaches Chess

Wesley So Teaches Chess

GM Gserper 7 days ago

In an old article, I expressed the opinion that some games played by really strong grandmasters shouldn't be studied by inexperienced players. Therefore I suggested to assign chess games ratings similar to movies. The article claimed that according to this classification, "Magnus Carlsen's games are definitely NC-17 and not suitable for players rated under 1500."  Naturally, I got a question in the comments about which chess player's games are suitable for less experienced players. Thank...

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