Caruana Expands Lead At Tata Steel Chess

Caruana Expands Lead At Tata Steel Chess

PeterDoggers
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Fabiano Caruana goes into the final two rounds of the Tata Steel Chess tournament a full point ahead of the pack. The American player scored an easy win against Vladislav Kovalev and saw his main rival Magnus Carlsen draw his game with Jan-Krzysztof Duda. It was the same story in the challengers group, where tournament leader David Anton increased his lead to a full point as well. How to follow Tata Steel ChessYou can follow the live games here as part of our live...

Ju Wenjun Defends Women's World Championship Title

Ju Wenjun Defends Women's World Championship Title

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Ju Wenjun has successfully defended her title against the challenger Alexandra Goryachkina in the 2020 Women's World Championship in Vladivostok, Russia, following a dramatic 2.5-1.5 finish in the rapid tiebreaks. After her game-12 win, momentum seemed to be on Goryachkina's side, as she built a commanding advantage with Black. Just as things seemed dire, the Chinese grandmaster escaped as time pressure became a significant factor:  The Russian challenger nearly won...

The Chess Investigator: Analyze Your Mistakes

The Chess Investigator: Analyze Your Mistakes

GM DanielNaroditsky
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When I reflect on the earliest stages of my chess career, it's not the thrill of victory, the five-foot trophies that I could barely lift from the ground, or even the accolades, certificates and triple-digit rating gains that dominate my recollections. The moments that I remember clearest begin with me flicking over my king, haphazardly signing the scoresheet and sulking away from the board, unable to contain the tears. Even after a decade and a half, these memories are so fresh that I still experience...

How To Be Lucky In Chess: Blitz Tactics

How To Be Lucky In Chess: Blitz Tactics

GM DanielNaroditsky
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What's the best way to be a so-called "lucky" player in blitz chess? It's not your favorite four-leaf clover...it's about giving yourself the opportunity to take advantage of your opponent's weaknesses and play GM Naroditsky's blitz tactics.

Stamped Out

Stamped Out

batgirl
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  As early as 1982 the USCF had already started making preparations for the upcoming events commemorating the centennial of the death of Paul Morphy (1837-1884).  Paul Morphy, as most chess enthusiasts realize, was the most celebrated chess player of the 19th century.  During his peak years his name was plastered in newspapers and discussed in secular periodicals as well as in the chess-specific ones.  His then-unrivaled celebrity along with the fact that he was American born...

Goryachkina Wins Last Game To Force Playoff At FIDE Women's World Chess Championship

Goryachkina Wins Last Game To Force Playoff At FIDE Women's World Chess Championship

IM Rakesh
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The 2020 women's world championship match will be decided in a playoff on Friday as the challenger Aleksandra Goryachkina (Russia) won on demand against the reigning world champion Ju Wenjun (China) in the last classical game.  The score is now tied with six points apiece. Both players were leading at some point and were close to match victory. In this highly competitive match, we saw six decisive games and six draws.  2020 Women's World Championship | Scores # Fed Name Rtg Perf 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 Score 1 Ju...

The Forgotten Chess Masters: Ossip Bernstein

The Forgotten Chess Masters: Ossip Bernstein

Santero13
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The chess world is full of intriguing players and intriguing stories going all the way back to the enigmatic Paul Morphy—but even among this hallowed, august company, Ossip Bernstein manages to stand out. Bernstein's career is noteworthy for many reasons—not only did he stand on the shoulders of giants; he was one of them. When IM Jeremy Silman, in a recent article, lamented the lack of awareness today regarding not just the giants of music but also chess, I pulled up a chair right...

Tata Steel Chess: Caruana Keeps Lead, Carlsen Close Behind

Tata Steel Chess: Caruana Keeps Lead, Carlsen Close Behind

PeterDoggers
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Fabiano Caruana is still the sole leader of the masters group at the Tata Steel Chess tournament in Wijk aan Zee after beating Alireza Firouzja on Wednesday. In second place is Magnus Carlsen, who scored his third win in a row. David Anton leads the challengers group thanks to a win against co-leader Pavel Eljanov. Thursday is the third and final rest day. How to follow Tata Steel ChessYou can follow the live games here as part of our live portal. Live commentary is provided on...

What Can Checkers Teach Us About Chess?

What Can Checkers Teach Us About Chess?

GM Gserper
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Even though chess and checkers have the same checkered board, these two games are completely different. Chess is much more complex and therefore it is chess, not checkers, that is frequently used in commercials to underline the depth of a business strategy. Moreover, common praise to a politician goes like this: "He is playing chess, while others are playing checkers." I even titled one of my old articles "Chess Is Not Checkers!" Nevertheless, we can still learn a very beautiful tactical idea...