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Fireworks in the Final Round

Fireworks in the Final Round

NM SmarterChess
| 3 days ago

The FIDE Chess Olympiad 2022 has finished! Coach JD and I highlight Armenia's Gabriel Sargissian against Spain's Alexei Shirov.  We have ChessGoals courses that are currently 25% off during the olympiad with coupon code olympiad. We have a ...

Future Champions Square Off

Future Champions Square Off

NM SmarterChess
| 4 days ago

Round 10 of the FIDE Chess Olympiad 2022 has finished! Coach JD and I highlight India's Gukesh D versus Uzbekistan's Nordibek Abdusattorov. These are the 2nd and 3rd highest-rated juniors, only behind Alireza Firouzja. Gukesh D is only 16, and Nor...

Fabiano Caruana Tossing Pieces to Attack

Fabiano Caruana Tossing Pieces to Attack

NM SmarterChess
| 5 days ago

Round 9 of the FIDE Chess Olympiad 2022 has finished! I highlight America's Fabiano Caruana versus Greece's Mastrovasilis, Dimitrios. The game starts with a Sicilian Sveshnikov, and Fabiano plays aggressively out of the gates. Dimitrios misses a f...

8 Consecutive Wins Against World's Best

8 Consecutive Wins Against World's Best

NM SmarterChess
| 6 days ago

Round 8 of the FIDE Chess Olympiad 2022 has finished! Coach JD & I highlight America's Fabiano Caruana versus India's prodigy Gukesh D. The game starts with a Sicilian, and Fabiano chooses a positional sideline. Caruana was able to get a good ...

Wesley So Sacrifices How Many Rooks?

Wesley So Sacrifices How Many Rooks?

NM SmarterChess
| 7 days ago

Round 7 of the FIDE Chess Olympiad 2022 has finished! Coach JD & I highlight America's Wesley So versus Armenia's Melkumyan, Hrant. The game starts with a Caro-Kann Two Knights variation. An excellent offbeat system that is gaining popularity ...

16-Year-Old Improves on Magnus Carlsen's Opening

16-Year-Old Improves on Magnus Carlsen's Opening

NM SmarterChess
| 9 days ago

Round 6 of the FIDE Chess Olympiad 2022 has finished! Coach JD & I highlight India 2's Gukesh D game against Armenia's Gabriel Sargissian. Gukesh D is a perfect 6/6 on board 1, and he's only 16! His rating has increased to 2719, ranking him 26...

Magnus Stonewalls the Stonewall

Magnus Stonewalls the Stonewall

NM SmarterChess
| 10 days ago

Round 5 of the FIDE Chess Olympiad 2022 has finished! Coach JD & I highlight the Magnus Carlsen game against Zambia's Gillan Bwalya. The game is similar to yesterday's, with colors reversed for Magnus. We have ChessGoals courses that are curre...

Carlsen's Carlsbad MasterClass: SMASHTOWN

Carlsen's Carlsbad MasterClass: SMASHTOWN

NM SmarterChess
| 11 days ago

Round 4 of the FIDE Chess Olympiad 2022 has finished! Coach JD & I want highlight the Magnus Carlsen game against Mongolia's Dambasuren Batsuren. The game starts out as a Ragozin and looks similar to a Queen's Gambit Declined: Exchange Variati...

This team is a perfect 12-0!

This team is a perfect 12-0!

NM SmarterChess
| 12 days ago

Round 3 of the FIDE Chess Olympiad 2022 has finished! I want to highlight the India 2 team today and their dominance thus far. Nihal Sarin played an interesting line in the Catalan with an early Qd3. I'd like to implement this in my games with the...

Can Leinier Dominguez Save the USA?

Can Leinier Dominguez Save the USA?

NM SmarterChess
| 13 days ago

Round 2 of the FIDE Chess Olympiad 2022 has finished! I want to focus on the USA team today and their close match-up against Paraguay. Three of the four games were draws, leaving only Leinier Dominguez left to earn the USA team a victory. Check ou...

Aronian is a Chicken

Aronian is a Chicken

NM SmarterChess
| 14 days ago

The FIDE Chess Olympiad 2022 event has begun! The top teams had a considerable rating advantage in the first round, with no big team vs. team upsets. The USA team did well but should have swept Angola 4-0. Coach JD and I went through the game Davi...

A win earns me $333!

A win earns me $333!

NM SmarterChess
| 27 days ago

The fifth and final round in the Open section of the Rochester Open 2022. I'm reviewing all of the games on the ChessGoals YouTube channel. The final game was against WFM and NM Nastassja Matus. She went for a Catalan, and I brought out the Stonew...

Marathon Leads to Beautiful Endgame Geometry

Marathon Leads to Beautiful Endgame Geometry

NM SmarterChess
| 30 days ago

This past weekend I played in the Open section of the Rochester Open 2022. I'm reviewing all of the games on the ChessGoals YouTube channel. The second round was against Eric Bell, an expert who I've played multiple times. We played the Catlan and...

I Got Lucky! Round 1 Rochester Open Recap.

I Got Lucky! Round 1 Rochester Open Recap.

NM SmarterChess
| Jul 12, 2022

This past weekend I played in the Open section of the Rochester Open 2022. I'm reviewing all of the games on the ChessGoals YouTube channel. The first round was against Cub Noble, an expert from Iowa. We played the Caro-Kann Advance Variation with...

FIDE Candidates 2022 Final Recap!

FIDE Candidates 2022 Final Recap!

NM SmarterChess
| Jul 4, 2022

Recap of the final four games and overview of the standings. How did things turn out compared to how you expected? Do you think Magnus will play in the next WCC? The ChessGoals Candidates sale is ending soon, so make sure to check out the link i...

NEW 2nd Place Odds & Round 11 Recap

NEW 2nd Place Odds & Round 11 Recap

NM SmarterChess
| Jun 30, 2022

A huge game in Caruana vs Ding Liren! One of these players notches the win to try to either Catch Nepomniachtchi or secure second place in the event that Magnus Carlsen doesn't battle for the title.  Firouzja also goes at Nepomniachtchi hard ...

3 Decisive Games! Round 10 Recap and Odds Update

3 Decisive Games! Round 10 Recap and Odds Update

NM SmarterChess
| Jun 29, 2022

What a round! Lots of excitement and a shake-up in the odds. I go through the odds before the games, recap all four games, and review the odds after today's round. Check it out, leave a comment and share with your chess friends :-) Who do you...

Fabi vs. Nepo! Round 9 Recap and Odds Update

Fabi vs. Nepo! Round 9 Recap and Odds Update

NM SmarterChess
| Jun 27, 2022

Can Fabiano Caruana beat Ian Nepomniachtchi with the white pieces? Can Hikaru Nakamura beat the struggling Teimour Radjabov to get back into the hunt? We get a lot of exciting games today including 3 chess.com Brilliant moves by one player! W...

Let's go Hikaru! Round 8 Recap and Odds Update

Let's go Hikaru! Round 8 Recap and Odds Update

NM SmarterChess
| Jun 26, 2022

Wowza! Hikaru Nakamura vs. Fabiano Caruana was a can't-miss game! We also had some excitement in the Rapport vs. Duda matchup. Check out the odds going into the round, the game recaps, and the odds going into tomorrow's round in today's recap. ...

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