Nakamura Defeats So To Repeat As Speed Chess Champion

Nakamura Defeats So To Repeat As Speed Chess Champion

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On Friday, GM Hikaru Nakamura won his second-straight Speed Chess Championship title, defeating GM Wesley So by the score of 19.5-14.5. So came back from a four-game deficit early in the match and at one point was even leading the defending champion. Nakamura showed his class in the bullet segment, outscoring the reigning Fischer Random World Champion by a full four points in that time control. Chess.com's own SmarterChess had predicted the match would end closely, even calling for an overtime...

Firouzja Wins Prague Chess Festival Masters

Firouzja Wins Prague Chess Festival Masters

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GM Alireza Firouzja won the Prague Chess Festival's Masters tournament after beating GM Vidit Gujrathi 2-0 in a playoff. The two had the best tiebreak in a group of five players finishing on 5/9. GM Jorden van Foreest emerged as the sole winner of the Challengers after beating GM Hannes Stefansson, while GM Andrey Esipenko drew his last game and GM Kacper Piorun lost. The last day in Prague was another dramatic affair especially in the Masters group, with no less than four decisive...

How Chess Helped Alisa Melekhina Become A Successful Attorney

How Chess Helped Alisa Melekhina Become A Successful Attorney

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Many American chess enthusiasts regard FM Alisa Melekhina as one of the strongest female players in the United States. Melekhina has participated in eight different U.S. Women's Championships and has represented the country abroad in two different Women's World Team Championships. While the 28-year-old has achieved a myriad of accomplishments in the chess world, she has been extremely successful off the board as well. While she was at the peak of her chess career, she was pursuing a J.D....

Kings of the Chessboard

Kings of the Chessboard

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Our BOOK OF THE WEEK is Kings of the Chessboard by Paul van der Sterren.  This book is about the greatest chess players who ever lived, who dominated their era and were looked upon as World Champions even at a time when this term, this very concept, did not yet exist. On the basis of a short biography, a selection of their most famous games and a brief characteristic of their playing style I will attempt to illuminate what made these great players great and what their significance is for...

Prague Chess Festival R8: Vidit Loses Won Game, Still Leads

Prague Chess Festival R8: Vidit Loses Won Game, Still Leads

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In an incredible turnaround, GM Vidit Gujrathi spoiled a winning position and ended up losing to GM David Navara in round eight of the Prague Chess Festival's Masters tournament. Instead of winning the tournament with a round to spare, the Indian grandmaster now leads by half a point. GM Hannes Stefansson suffered his first loss and now shares the lead in the Challengers with GM Andrey Esipenko, GM Kacper Piorun, and GM Jorden van Foreest. You can follow the tournament here in our live...

FIDE Candidates Tournament 2020: All The Info

FIDE Candidates Tournament 2020: All The Info

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The FIDE Candidates Tournament is one of the most important events of 2020. Eight players will fight for a chance to play Magnus Carlsen in the World Chess Championship later in the year. Here's all of the information currently available. Results Watch on Chess.com Dates Location Players Pairings Prize fund Regulations History Results Results will be available here during the match. Watch on Chess.com You can watch the games live at Chess.com/events with computer...

Prague Chess Festival R7: Firouzja Wins Again, Shankland Scores 1st

Prague Chess Festival R7: Firouzja Wins Again, Shankland Scores 1st

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With a second win in round seven GM Alireza Firouzja moved to shared second place in the Prague Chess Festival's Masters, where GM Vidit Gujrathi still leads by a full point. GM Sam Shankland scored his first win. GM Hannes Stefansson tops the standings in the Challengers, where Dutch GM Jorden van Foreest won two games in a row after drawing five. You can follow the tournament here in our live portal. The tournament runs February 12-21 with a rest day on February 17....

Why Don't I Play Serious Chess?

Why Don't I Play Serious Chess?

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josephyossi: “Why don’t you play games?” JS: Almost everyone has some sort of job. My job is chess. For decades I played in many tournaments, winning the American Open, the National Open, the U.S. Open, and other events. And there just wasn’t any money there. Strong chess people just love the game and accept the fact that they will live on a park bench forever. I quit tournaments in 1999 and decided to write; writing is less stressful than playing. So my answer is easy;...