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World Championship Round 8: Game Analysis

GM RLH2 Nov 21, 2016

WOW! Karjakin at first accepts passivity, then obtains an edge after overeager Carlsen play. Sergey's advantage becomes huge after Carlsen played 35. c5?, but then Karjakin returns the advantage when he erred with 37...Qd3? in time trouble. Carlse...

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A Post for Students (II)

FM like-a-hurricane Nov 21, 2016

Dear Chess Friends, This post entry is the follow-up of the previous one, released two days ago. As this post is of an instructional nature, you may want to read that one first. If so, please look HERE. I am glad to find some people...

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Check Your Blind Spot

NM CoachJKane Nov 21, 2016

Hi Chess Friends, One of the most common topics I touch on when teaching chess classes and individual lessons is the importance of examining forcing moves (checks, captures and threats). These are the moves most likely to completely alter a line ...

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World Championship 2016 - Games 3-4 Critical Moves

deepkimo Nov 20, 2016

Games 3 and 4 of the Carlsen-Karjakin 2016 World Championship were more exciting than the first two games, but still ended in draws. In both games, Carlsen reached a winning endgame but couldn't convert after a long and strong defense by Karjakin....

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World Championship Round 7: Game Analysis

GM RLH2 Nov 20, 2016

Another short day at the office! This time Magnus Carlsen uses a rare line to unsettle Sergey Karjakin. The challenger got absolutely no advantage, wasting his second straight game with the white pieces. For the seventh time in seven games, team C...

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Swedish league match - a tough Sunday

NM HustleTime Nov 20, 2016

Hello Dear Reader! Today I had the privilege to travel to a lovely Swedish town called Helsingborg and help my chess club from Malmo to fight with Helsingborg's team. This was the second round in Swedish league this season, but first game for me...

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Chess Lessons from GM Yasser Seirawan!

IM TigerLilov Nov 19, 2016

World Junior Champion, 4 times US Champion and a FIDE Senior Trainer, GM Yasser Seirawan is a US chess legend. Famed for his expert commentary on top events, Yasser is well respected for his ability to explain complex ideas in a way people just g...

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A Post for Students

FM like-a-hurricane Nov 19, 2016

This post is a re-entry of one I did two years ago. Now that I have time again to give chess lessons (by game analysis) it seems relevant to repost it, and finish the query I posed back then. So, below is a fragment of a game of mine, played at a ...

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World Championship Round 6: Game Analysis

GM RLH2 Nov 18, 2016

A boring - but quick - day at the office for me. Magnus Carlsen has now won the opening battle in all six contests, successfully surprising his challenger by mixing it up with 9...d5. Sergey Karjakin found nothing, and with his white pieces neutra...

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World Championship Round 5: Game Analysis

GM RLH2 Nov 17, 2016

In the most topsy-turvy game of the match, Carlsen surprised Karjakin in the opening. The challenger handled it well, and even became a bit aggressive. 20...Bxc5 was criticized, as it handed Carlsen a slight but steady advantage with no risk. Howe...

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How World Champions Did It

Spektrowski Nov 17, 2016

The classical "did it" joke with chess champions. I'm probably not the first one to come up with a variation on this theme, but still. Steinitz did it strategically. Lasker did it by partner analysis. Capablanca did it with such ease...

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Carlsen-Karjakin 2016 - Game 4

GM alexcolovic Nov 16, 2016

Carlsen has only himself to blame for not winning, his lack of belief in fortresses costing him much. Karjakin will have to deal with his inferiority complex and Carlsen with his negligence. Interesting times ahead! Full analysis - http://www.al...

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World Championship 2016 - Games 1-2 Critical Moves

deepkimo Nov 15, 2016

The first two games of the Carlsen-Karjakin 2016 World Championship were quiet draws, as both players were cautious starting the match. We will look at a couple key positions and the critical moves selected there: In game 1, Karjakin with blac...

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World Championship Round 4: Game Analysis

GM RLH2 Nov 15, 2016

Today felt eerily familiar. An excruciating defensive task for Sergey Karjakin after an opening gone wrong. A seemingly winning position that had its tricks and traps. But unlike yesterday, today I had a busy day, live on the official broadcast an...

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Game of the Week: ​It Ain't Over 'Til...

ijgeoffrey Nov 15, 2016

In my time playing chess, I have learned a lot, and my skills have developed in ways I never expected. One area in particular where I have shown some skill is the endgame. Whether you're one of those people who love the endgame or one ...

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Carlsen-Karjakin 2016 - Game 3

GM alexcolovic Nov 15, 2016

A grandiose battle and a wonderful example that 0.00 doesn't mean an "easy draw." In an extremely difficult position to play both players erred, but the fight was amazing. Details and analysis of their match strategies at http://www.alexcolovic....

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Bird of Prey - Learn from the Classics

FM like-a-hurricane Nov 15, 2016

During the past weekend I played in my first chess competition since I abandoned the practice of OTB chess nearly three years ago. My decision back then to withdraw from the tournament arena was mainly influenced by the heavy workload I experience...

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Grandmaster Flash Loves Chess

HipHopChess Nov 14, 2016

I had an amazing trip to DC to the Words Beats and Life Teach In. It was in many ways a test of focus and will. Essentially, I got on a plane Thursday at midnight, and touched down on Friday about 11 AM. Right before I got on the plane, I lear...

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World Championship Round 3: Game Analysis

GM RLH2 Nov 14, 2016

Wow!!! What a game!! Seriously looked like Carlsen had just a little edge after surprising Karjakin early on with 10. Re2 only to go 11. Re1. Karjakin defended admirably before Carlsen seized the initiative and improved his position. Magnus obtain...

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How does an amateur beat a top GM?

WGM Natalia_Pogonina Nov 14, 2016

Publisher: Chess Evolution, 2016Author: Peter ZhdanovEdition: Paperback mediumPages: 256Language: EnglishPrice: € 24.95ISBN: 978-83-945362-1-3 How does an amateur beat a top grandmaster? "David vs Goliath" features 111 remarkable upsets suffered ...

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My Coverage Of The 2016 World Chess Championship

IM DanielRensch Nov 13, 2016

In addition to ChessCenter shows, airing after every game at 5pm Pacific on chess.com/tv - I am also reviewing GM Robert Hess' analysis (definitely follow his blog), adding my own "educational tips for beginners points" to Robert's analysis, and t...

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Carlsen-Karjakin 2016 - Game 2

GM alexcolovic Nov 13, 2016

Similar to G1, white tried a bit, didn't achieve anything and then simplified to a draw. The warm-up phase is over, the real battle will start in the next game. A bit surprising though that Karjakin failed to pose problems in a line that Carlsen...

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World Championship Round 2: Game Analysis

GM RLH2 Nov 12, 2016

Round two saw Carlsen avoid the Berlin Defense, which is immensely popular at the elite level. Karjakin spent 15 minutes early, only for Carlsen to do the same on the next move. Both players were familiar with the structure, and after careful play...

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