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Ilyumzhinov To Run For FIDE President In 2018's Thumbnail

Ilyumzhinov To Run For FIDE President In 2018

PeterDoggers Apr 18, 2017

In a statement to Chess.com, Kirsan Ilyumzhinov today announced that he will be running for FIDE president again in 2018. "One billion people playing chess" continues to be his motto. "Today I was analyzing everything that has happen...

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Nakamura Wins 3rd Straight Zurich Chess Challenge

NM SamCopeland Apr 17, 2017

The third time is really quite charmed for Hikaru Nakamura. Today, he won his third Zurich Chess Challenge in a row. Additionally, he won all three formats in Zurich, the opening blitz, the "new classical," and the final blitz. In February, Nakamu...

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Carlsen Again Spoils At Grenke; Hou Yifan On 2/2

PeterDoggers Apr 16, 2017

For the second day in a row Magnus Carlsen spoilt a promising (in this case winning) position at the Grenke Chess Classic in Karlsruhe. Hou Yifan moved to 2/2, while both Fabiano Caruana and Maxime Vachier-Lagrave bounced back with wins. Hou...

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Grenke Classic: Caruana, MVL Drop Below 2800

PeterDoggers Apr 15, 2017

Both Fabiano Caruana and Maxime Vachier-Lagrave dropped below 2800 in the live ratings today. In round one of the Grenke Chess Classic Caruana lost to Hou Yifan, while Maxime Vachier-Lagrave was defeated by Arkadij Naiditsch. Sporti...

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Svidler Beats Nakamura; 4-Way Race In Zurich

FM MikeKlein Apr 14, 2017

Everything looked primed for GM Hikaru Nakamura to jump out to sole first place at the end of the second day of "new classical" games at the Korchnoi Zurich Chess Challenge. Then GM Peter Svidler interjected. He had not defeated the America...

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So Beats Onischuk To Win 1st U.S. Championship

FM MikeKlein Apr 10, 2017

It turns out, the PRO Chess League was just the warmup. After winning the MVP award last month for scoring the highest league performance rating, today GM Wesley So continued his rapid brilliance in the Monday playoff for the 2017 U.S....

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Organizers Expel Suspected Cheater In Dubai

PeterDoggers Apr 7, 2017

An amateur player was suspected of cheating and was removed from the Dubai Open. The Indian player Jeel Shah, 21 years old and rated 1764, was removed from the tournament after he was suspected of cheating. The organizers didn't provide a c...

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Akobian Wins To Become So's Newest Co-Leader

FM MikeKlein Apr 6, 2017

The players' fortunes at the 2017 U.S. championship have resembled more of a bingo hopper than any linear path. Just when you think one player has the best trajectory to the title, everything is thrown into chaos again. Round eight of the tourna...

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GM Arthur Bisguier, 1929-2017

FM MikeKlein Apr 6, 2017

GM Arthur Bisguier, one of America's greatest chess players of the 20th century, died on Wednesday at the age of 87 while in a care facility in Framingham, Massachusetts. The cause of death was respiratory failure. Cover photo of GM Arthur Bisgu...

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Upset, Game Of Tournament In U.S. Champs R7

FM MikeKlein Apr 5, 2017

In January, GM Babu Lalith beat a reigning world champion in five moves when GM Hou Yifan played a protest game in Gibraltar. Surely that's a record for brevity, right? Well, today at the 2017 U.S. championship, GM Alex Shabalov only needed four...

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Grigoriants Wins 1st Speed Chess Champs Qualifier

NM SamCopeland Apr 5, 2017

GM Sergey Grigoriants was a surprise sole winner in Chess.com's inaugural April Speed Chess Championship Qualifier. With 8.5/10, he bested 231 players (a new record) including GMs Dmitry Andreikin, Vladimir Fedoseev, Georg Meier, Evgeny Tomashevsk...

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Caruana Breaks Through As So Nearly Falters

FM MikeKlein Apr 4, 2017

Round six of the 2017 U.S. championship was a countdown of sorts: three, two, one, zero. The world number three's gap to the world number two was one point going into the day (while the ladies played zero draws!). That's more of a chasm tha...

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So Grabs Lead At U.S. Chess Champs

NM SamCopeland Apr 3, 2017

Is Wesley So the strongest player in the world? He's got a big mountain to climb named Carlsen, but every day he makes his case a little more compelling though he would never say it out loud. To recap: he hasn't lost a classical game since Jul...

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