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Carlsen, Caruana To Debut Saturday In PRO Chess

NM SamCopeland Feb 9, 2017

Evidently this week's overpowered Titled Tuesday was a warm-up. This Saturday, Magnus Carlsen and Fabiano Caruana are making their PRO (Professional Rapid Online) Chess League debuts. What's more, they will be playing each other as the Norway...

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Carlsen, MVL Winners In Star-Studded Titled Tuesday

NM SamCopeland Feb 8, 2017

February's Titled Tuesday was the strongest yet with five of the world's top six (!) grandmasters in the field. GMs Magnus Carlsen and Wesley So both played for the first time; they were joined by Hikaru Nakamura, Maxime Vachier-Lagrave, and Fab...

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Joop van Oosterom 1937-2016

PeterDoggers Feb 6, 2017

Former Correspondence Chess World Champion and the man behind the famous Melody Amber tournaments Joop van Oosterom died at the end of last year. This was confirmed to Chess.com by the Association Max Euwe in Monaco. In the year 2016 the ch...

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Wesley So Wins 4 In PRO Chess Week 4

NM SamCopeland Feb 2, 2017

What is the new world number-two Wesley So up to after winning Tata Steel? He's continuing his winning streak with a perfect 4/4 score playing for the Saint Louis Arch Bishops in the Professional Rapid Online (PRO) Chess League. The Arch Bishops...

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Nakamura Wins 3rd Straight Gibraltar Title In Playoff

FM MikeKlein Feb 2, 2017

In the year of the rooster, GM Hikaru Nakamura just scored a turkey. By winning yet another playoff, he scored his third straight strike at the Tradewise Gibraltar Chess Fesitival and became the first man to win three in a row. Maybe he is ...

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Carlsen, So In Grand Chess Tour; Kramnik Declines

PeterDoggers Feb 1, 2017

Magnus Carlsen and Wesley So, the world number one and two in the live ratings, will be playing the 2017 Grand Chess Tour. Vladimir Kramnik could not play in all events and therefore had to decline. In a press release on Tuesday the Grand C...

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6 PRO Teams Undefeated Entering Week 4

FM MikeKlein Jan 31, 2017

If you had the teams from Budapest, San Diego, Philadelphia, Cannes, and Montclair all 3-0 in the Professional Online Rapid (PRO) Chess League before the season began, congratulations, you are crushing our panel of pundits (see below). But yo...

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Nakamura, MVL Among Gibraltar Leaders

FM MikeKlein Jan 30, 2017

It took a week, but the cream has risen to the top at the 2017 Tradewise Gibraltar Chess Festival. Since our last report in round four, some of the pretenders have fallen off after angering the gods of chess. Photo Sophie Triay. Three-time cha...

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Wesley So Wins 79th Tata Steel Chess Tournament

PeterDoggers Jan 29, 2017

Wesley So beat Ian Nepomniachtchi straight from the opening, avoided a playoff and became the winner of the 79th Tata Steel Chess Tournament in Wijk aan Zee today. Gawain Jones won the challengers and will play the top guns in next ...

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Carlsen, Aronian Win; Join Wei In Final-Round Chase

NM SamCopeland Jan 28, 2017

The penultimate round in Tata Steel featured plenty of action and set up an even more tense final day tomorrow. The premier match today was between Wesley So (clear first) and Wei Yi (clear second), but that game petered out into a draw relatively...

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Wei Yi Moves To Clear 2nd At Tata Steel

PeterDoggers Jan 27, 2017

Thanks to a win against Sergey Karjakin, Wei Yi is suddenly in clear second place at the Tata Steel Chess Tournament. In the challengers, Jeffery Xiong defeated Ilia Smirin to grab clear first with two rounds to ...

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So Wins Again, Increases Tata Steel Lead

PeterDoggers Jan 25, 2017

Wesley So defeated Radoslaw Wojtaszek today and increased his lead to a full point at the Tata Steel Chess Tournament. In the challengers, Jeffery Xiong joined Ilia Smirin and Markus Ragger in the lead. Ev...

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Carlsen Closing In On So After Beating Van Wely

PeterDoggers Jan 24, 2017

Magnus Carlsen was the only winner in the ninth round of the Tata Steel Chess Tournament's Masters. The World Champion defeated Loek van Wely and is now half a point behind Wesley So. Ilia Smirin joined Markus Ragger in the lead in the...

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70s Life: Gibraltar Chess Festival Hosts 72 GMs

FM MikeKlein Jan 23, 2017

For those that don't watch ChessCenter regularly (shame on you!), in the latest episode, this author/commentator predicted the continued rise of open events. Evidence number one might be the Tradewise Gibraltar Chess Festival, which&nb...

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Rapport Beats Carlsen; Aronian Bounces Back

PeterDoggers Jan 22, 2017

Richard Rapport was the sensation of the day as he defeated Magnus Carlsen beautifully in round eight. Wesley So still leads the Tata Steel Chess Tournament's masters group going into the second rest day. Photo: Alina l'Ami. New York wasn...

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Carlsen Misses Mate In 3 vs Giri

PeterDoggers Jan 21, 2017

Today Magnus Carlsen missed a checkmate versus Anish Giri, and with it, a great opportunity to move to "plus three." Wesley So drew his game as well and continues to lead the masters section. It's quite rare, but it happened today: a&n...

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Giri Wins In Tata Steel

NM SamCopeland Jan 20, 2017

After 14 consecutive drawn games, Anish Giri emerged with a win in round six at Tata Steel. As commentator Yasser Seirawan noted, if Giri had won all of his winning positions, he would be leading in Tata Steel. Also winning was Wei Yi, who ...

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