60th Gem City Open Tournament Press Release

60th Gem City Open Tournament Press Release

FM Boorchess
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22 hrs ago

Gem City Open OPEN SECTION FIDE RATED 5SS 40/90, SD/60 +10 Full Flyer: www.daytonchessclub.com/wp-content/uploads/2018/05/60th-GCO.pdf WHEN June 1-2-3 or 2-3, 2018 Registration/Entry Fee Online $ 99 through May 30, 20...

London System vs. the Benoni: 3. e3 and 3. dxc5

London System vs. the Benoni: 3. e3 and 3. dxc5

IndreRe
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1 day ago

It is widely thought by experts that the critical test of the "Neo-London" with 1. d4, Nf6, 2. Bf4 is the Benoni move 2...c5. In this two-part post I want to look at how White can play against this and to try to come to some conclusions (at least ...

Luck In Chess

Luck In Chess

GM alexcolovic
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1 day ago

Do you believe in luck when playing a game of chess? Or do you, as Bobby Fischer, think that "chess depends on you"? Or, perhaps, you ask yourself, "Do I feel lucky?" Definition of luck is "success brought by chance". In this post I discu...

Ju Wenjun World Champion

Ju Wenjun World Champion

GM alexcolovic
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4 days ago

FIDE just went too far with this. Ignoring a World Championship match that it supposed to be the pinnacle of all that is chess is atrocious. Yet they did it. Gens una sumus? I don't think so. They are just so worried about securing their posi...

My Favorite Game Of. Number 4. Louis Paulsen.

My Favorite Game Of. Number 4. Louis Paulsen.

simaginfan
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4 days ago

Well, this post might end up being a little longer than I had planned!! Hans Renette, who is FM.Like-a-Hurricane on this site, recently had an article on Paulsen published in New in Chess. He has a book on Paulsen at the editorial stage - another&...

Pawn Snatch & Two Layers of Luck

Pawn Snatch & Two Layers of Luck

philidor_position
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6 days ago

Last week in the Slow Chess League I won two games in very different fashions. In the first one, after my opponent blundered a pawn on move 3 (or perhaps, played an exteremly dubious gambit) I kept grabbing pawns until the game transformed into 'E...

London System: Dealing with ...Bg4

London System: Dealing with ...Bg4

IndreRe
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8 days ago

Two weeks ago we looked at White's best play when Black plays the copycat with ...Bf5 (see here). In the meantime I visited London for some philosophy, but now it's time to look at another way in which Black can surprise White: by playin...

Move Over, AlphaZero: There's a new girl in town

Move Over, AlphaZero: There's a new girl in town

GM smurfo
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8 days ago

By now, you've probably heard of AlphaZero, Google's incredible chess project. Last year, it took the chess world by storm. Using 'artificial intelligence'  - at least that's what the news articles claimed - AlphaZero taught itself chess in l...

Chess.com Blogs Of The Month: April 2018

Chess.com Blogs Of The Month: April 2018

News
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8 days ago

Hello chess fans, Welcome to the second edition of our new Blogs of the Month series. As many of you know, we have the privilege of hosting the best chess bloggers on the internet. This is our way of thanking them for the hard work they put in t...

Breakfast: "Houston, We Have A Problem"

Breakfast: "Houston, We Have A Problem"

EOGuel
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10 days ago

Hello, everyone! For those of you non-Americans, you are probably wondering why I chose a title such as, "Houston, we have a problem".  The saying is quite prominent, and the story is that Apollo 13, launched in 1970, was a sp...

Learn From The Masters: Tarrasch's Crystal Ball

Learn From The Masters: Tarrasch's Crystal Ball

EOGuel
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11 days ago

Full disclaimer: As much as I would like to give myself credit for this artwork you are about to read, I got this game as well as the storyline from another resource, which will be mentioned at the end of the article. Also, I may end up utilizing ...

My Favorite Game Of. Number 3. Mikhail Tal.

My Favorite Game Of. Number 3. Mikhail Tal.

simaginfan
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12 days ago

As someone who has studied just about every important chess player, I am often asked for my 'all-time lists'. You know, greatest of all time, strongest of all time, best endgame player of all time, etc. Well, I really don't do those lists!! The on...

An Idea From Cuba

An Idea From Cuba

GM alexcolovic
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13 days ago

The Capablanca Memorial is under way in Havana. Browsing through the games I noticed a very interesting idea in the Rossolimo Sicilian by GM Yuri Gonzalez. I wonder whether it was inspired by Grischuk's Bd2 from Berlin. I played in Cuba twi...

Rising Stars #3: @JMurakami

Rising Stars #3: @JMurakami

chesster3145
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14 days ago

    Before we get started, I want to talk a little bit about my last post. The mistakes I made in writing it are well-documented: I answered about ten different comments on that topic, and felt bad through all of them. In reviewing...

My favorite game Of. Number 2. Paul Keres.

My favorite game Of. Number 2. Paul Keres.

simaginfan
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18 days ago

Back again! Since Number 1.  of this series only stayed visible for about 40 minutes, most people won't have spotted it, so I will do a quick 'cut and paste' of my intro there to give the idea of what I am doing. Well, the press...

QCD-Prof Lim Kok Ann Grandmasters Invitational 2018

QCD-Prof Lim Kok Ann Grandmasters Invitational 2018

CM juniortay
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20 days ago

After months of preparation and negotiations, we are glad to announce we have finalized the details for the QCD-Prof Lim Kok Ann Grandmasters Invitational 2018 (June 7th to 12th), which is likely to be a Category 8 event with GM norm at 6.5/9 and ...

Ken Boehm, 1949-2018

Ken Boehm, 1949-2018

NM danheisman
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20 days ago

Ken Boehm loved to play the rare Sicilian Four Knights Variation for Black (1.e4 c5 2.Nf3 e6 3.d4 cxd4 4.Nxd4 Nf6 5.Nc3 Nc6). So when top Western GM Bent Larsen came to Philadelphia in 1968 to play a simultaneous exhibition, Ken was very happy w...

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