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Ding Liren Beats A 2800 To Become One Himself

Ding Liren Beats A 2800 To Become One Himself

FM MikeKlein
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It's considered bad luck in many parts of the world to break a mirror, but for GM Ding Liren, even breaking his hip only barely slowed him down. Just 2.5 months after falling off a bicycle in Norway and being forced to withdraw from the tournament, Ding Liren beat GM Veselin Topalov in a match from August 10-14 by the score of 3.0-1.0. That pushed his rating over 2800 for the first time. He becomes only the 14th player to clear the crescendo (Topalov has the fifth-highest live rating of all time,...

Vachier-Lagrave Shines In St. Louis As Nakamura, Mamedyarov Still Lead

Vachier-Lagrave Shines In St. Louis As Nakamura, Mamedyarov Still Lead

NM SamCopeland
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To begin day one of the St. Louis blitz, Hikaru Nakamura and Shakhriyar Mamedyarov led the field. To end day one, they were still tied for the lead. However, the day could not have been more dramatic as the lead changed hands in eight of the day's nine rounds.  Both players missed key opportunities and Mamedyarov's blunder in his game with Nakamura was a brutal oversight. Here's the round-by-round lead for today's 1st day of blitz at #STLRapidBlitz #grandchesstour with @GMHikaru and @ShahriyarMamedy...

Bet You've Never Heard Of This Opening

Bet You've Never Heard Of This Opening

GM Gserper
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On March 24, 1937, the leading Soviet chess magazine 64 published a theoretical article about a new opening system the magazine called the "Panov Defense."  I challenge you to identify the moves of this opening line. Yes, you can Google it if you wish! Just don't confuse the "Panov Defense" with the "Panov Attack" in the Caro-Kann defense. Give up already? OK, here is the game that started the new system: I almost can hear your protests that the opening of this game is called The...

Fortress

Fortress

FM Michel2426
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Hello my chess friends. What is a fortress and how can a fortress help you in your own games? In this post we’re going to talk about this. First I’ll try to explain it with my own words, and then we’ll see some practical examples. Let’s begin. We have a fortress when we’re in obvious material disadvantage, but we can find a position for our pieces where our opponent doesn’t have a way to make any real progress. We’re going to see fortresses mostly in endgames,...

Nakamura, Mamedyarov Lead As St. Louis Turns To Blitz

Nakamura, Mamedyarov Lead As St. Louis Turns To Blitz

FM MikeKlein
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There's a good chance you can name a world elite sprinter, and there's some chance you can even name a marathoner. But when it comes to middle-distance runners, not many are illustrious. Ditto for chess. Classical chess ratings are scrutinized to the decimal point, and blitz videos and streams are consumed in Netflix-type binges. But where's the love for the middle discipline, rapid chess? In the latest event to attempt to establish the Steve Prefontaine of chess, the 2018 Saint Louis Rapid &...

The Immortal Game | Anderssen vs Kieseritzky (1851)

The Immortal Game | Anderssen vs Kieseritzky (1851)

News
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The "Immortal Game" is one of the most famous chess games ever played! Played in 1851 as an informal match between two European math professors, Adolf Anderssen and Lionel Kieseritzky, this game has become a true showcase of classic 19th century chess where startling attacks and sacrifices were all the rage. The Game White: Adolf Anderssen Black: Lionel Kieseritzky 1. e4 e5 2.f4  The King's Gambit. This risky gambit opening was very popular in the 19th century! White sacrifices...

St. Louis Rapid & Blitz Day 2: Caruana In Stasis As Shark Pool Grows

St. Louis Rapid & Blitz Day 2: Caruana In Stasis As Shark Pool Grows

FM MikeKlein
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If chess had off-board-betting facilities, today would have ended with tickets strewn over the floor. It was that unpredictable in day two of America's chess capital. GM Fabiano Caruana still leads the 2018 Saint Louis Rapid & Blitz by two points after drawing all of his games today. He again got black twice, and was never in much trouble, although now the number of players only one two-point win back has grown to four: GMs Maxime Vachier-Lagrave, Hikaru Nakamura, Sergey Karjakin, and Shakhriyar...

Can You Pass This Positional Chess Test?

Can You Pass This Positional Chess Test?

IM Silman
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Welcome again to another learning chess experience. You will look at eight positional puzzles and, as you finish each one, you will click the question mark (“?”) underneath the board next to the light bulb. This will allow you to see all the instructive prose. If you fail the puzzle, don’t worry! This isn’t a contest, it’s just an enjoyable way to learn new things. PUZZLE ONE DIAGRAM (Black to move) Black, who has a small edge, has a couple interesting...

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