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London Chess Classic R7

GM dbojkov Dec 18, 2016

Hikaru Nakamura felt that there were a lot of problems in the Najdorf. And decided to try the line from the opposite side of the board against Maxime Vachier-Lagrave. This was the game of the day at the London Chess Classic's round seven: T...

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London Chess Classic 2016 - Round 7

GM alexcolovic Dec 17, 2016

It seems Najdorf players should switch lines. The Vachier-preferred line with ...h6 and ...Qb6 is busted at the moment. But that's the good thing with the Najdorf, almost all the lines are good for black! Full report - http://www.alex...

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The Art of the Positional Sacrifice

IM TigerLilov Dec 16, 2016

As you become a better player you start to get paired with other strong players. It’s not so easy to beat these guys, they know most of the tricks you do. Games can easily reach even positions where it’s hard to create winning chances. One techniq...

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London Chess Classic 2016 - Round 6

GM alexcolovic Dec 16, 2016

A wonderful round. The key game Caruana-Nakamura was decided by what engine black didn't use, in this case Houdini 5.01. Topalov is out of the elite and Anand correctly asked Giri when he was going to win a game. Full report at&...

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London Chess Classic R6

GM dbojkov Dec 16, 2016

A lot of excitement after the free day in London! Once more three decisive games, and the draws were very interesting too. Wesley So keeps the lead with a sharp win over Veselin Topalov with the black pieces. Vachier-Lagrave got into fifty per...

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Game of the Week: Giveaway Game

ijgeoffrey Dec 14, 2016

Though as chess players (and really in all areas of life) we hope to bring our best game to the table every single time, sometimes we can fall drastically short of that dream. Perfection is a goal that most players will never achieve, and yet, at ...

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Incredibly Satisfying Checkmate

erik Dec 14, 2016

There is something fun about knights. Quirky. Playful. So to get a swarming knight checkmate in the middle of the board against an egregiously stubborn opponent who should have resigned long ago was just too much fun. 

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Chess Life Preview - December 2016

USChessFederation Dec 14, 2016

Check out the articles in our latest issue, including the cover story, featuring Jeffery Xiong's impressive World Junior victory!  Don't subscribe to the print version? US Chess members can access the digital edition of Chess Life Magazine. Tabl...

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London Chess Classic R5

GM dbojkov Dec 14, 2016

Another tough day for Veselin Topalov in London. Once again the only decisive game of round five was his own. But not in his favor. The local hero Michael Adams showed superb preparation to score his first win: Here is the png, do not miss Pe...

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London Chess Classic 2016 - Round 5

GM alexcolovic Dec 13, 2016

Topalov loses again for the only decisive game in Round 5. But kudos to Adams for successfully navigating the complications! Nakamura pushed Kramnik all the way, but the Russian stood solid and managed to stalemate himself in the end. Carua...

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London Chess Classic 2016 - Round 4

GM alexcolovic Dec 13, 2016

Nakamura won again, beating another ex-World Champion. But Topalov is just in horrible form... And Giri and Latin proverbs, of course. Full analysis at http://www.alexcolovic.com/2016/12/london-chess-classic-2016-round-4.html

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London Chess Classic R4

GM dbojkov Dec 13, 2016

Deja vu in London. Once more Hikaru Nakamura was the only trouble maker and winner in round four. His victim- the former world champion Veselin Topalov: Here is the pgn:

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Celebrating 100k Subscribers on YouTube Party!

IM DanielRensch Dec 12, 2016

...and YOU'RE invited! On Wednesday, December 14th at 10am Pacific, I'll be hosting a party on chess.com/tv. It will be my party. So I can cry if I want to. Laugh if I want to. Play Bullet chess until we drop, if I want to. #yougetit In honor o...

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London Chess Classic 2016 - Round 2-3

GM alexcolovic Dec 12, 2016

A very exciting tournament in London. A mixture of high-quality chess and wild time scrambles the results are very promising that we will see an exceptional tournament! And in Round 3 I got a confirmation of my theory that only Carlsen can pl...

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London Chess Classic R3

GM dbojkov Dec 12, 2016

Just one decisive game today in London. Hikaru Nakamura proved once again to be extremely unpleasant opponent to Vishy Anand:   Pgn is here:

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London Chess Classic R2

GM dbojkov Dec 11, 2016

London is very friendly towards the chess fans around the globe. Yesterday we saw another excellent round. Once again three games proved decisive, but after a long and interesting fight. Wesley So outsmarted Michael Adams to grab the tournament ...

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Sudbury Rapid Ch 2016

NM ih8sens Dec 10, 2016

A couple games from the Sudbury Rapid Ch completed today.  The official Sudbury Ch had to be postponed until January 28/29, but most of the top players will be there, so I suppose it'll be worth the wait. I've included a few notes.&nbs...

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London Chess Classic R1

GM dbojkov Dec 10, 2016

Round one of the LCC kicked off yesterday. Three games were decisive. Aronian was somewhat lucky to win slightly worse position to Adams, Nakamura went down as White against So (his position was already bad after the opening.) The battle of the ...

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London Chess Classic 2016 Starts

GM alexcolovic Dec 9, 2016

Eventful start of the final leg of the Grand Chess Tour. Nakamura reminded us that playing on one's birthday is not a good idea (no matter what Carlsen may think about it) while Kramnik and Topalov continued the mutual bloodshed. Adams blun...

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How to Play Chess Openings!

IM TigerLilov Dec 8, 2016

As any competitive player knows, getting the opening right is essential if you want to be successful. While the goal may be to reach “a playable middlegame position”, achieving that goal requires a solid understanding of the ideas behind the chess...

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An Amateur Looks at the WCC 2016

ijgeoffrey Dec 6, 2016

The chess world spent the last month with their eyes fixed on one main event—the World Chess Championship. Emotions ran hot and many were disappointed with the outcome. Some are claiming it was the death of classical chess. Still others wish...

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Another fun game in the Swedish league

NM HustleTime Dec 6, 2016

Hi there, It has been 2 weeks since my last post, so it was time to have another chess encounter to keep my journey on the right track. This time the occasion was to help my Malmo chess club in the match against Lund. For all the games I ca...


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