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  • 7 Bullet Chess Tips By Hikaru Nakamura

    Editor’s note: Hikaru Nakamura is widely considered the best speed chess player in history. A vote by titled players confirmed this last year. Nakamura will face World Champion Magnus Carlsen in the three-hour GM Blitz Ba... | Read More

  • Carlsen vs Grischuk: Blitz Battle Facts vs Feelings

    GM Magnus Carlsen has proven himself the world's best in classical, rapid, and blitz. Now it's time to face the bullet. Having won official world championships in three disciplines, there aren't many mountains left to climb, even for a Norwegian... | Read More

  • GM Blitz Battle Historical Archive's GM Blitz Battle Championship began in 2016. With Death Matches as the precursor, this championship is different in several regards. The Blitz Battles are still three hours in length, but each match does not stand alone. The... | Read More

  • Magnus Carlsen vs Tigran Petrosian: Preview

    What's the biggest underdog story in sports? What's the biggest in chess? Thursday's much-hyped GM Blitz Battle between top-seeded World Champion Magnus Carlsen and qualifier Tigran Petrosian might seem more equal if the "other Petrosian" w... | Read More

  • The Touch-Move Rule Outbreak

    At the end of last week's article I mentioned that "recently we witnessed a real outbreak of touch-move rule violations." I think we can explain this phenomenon by a huge advance in modern technology and particularly devices... | Read More

    • Tal Memorial 2016 - Round 8

      All drawn and somewhat confusing games in Moscow. I didn't understand Aronian-Li Chao before the rook endgame and Nepo-Anand was similarly weird. Kramnik really loves chess, he was a pawn up on move 24 and went to play for more than 100 moves, y... | Read More

    • Tal Memorial 2016 - Round 7

      An unusually quiet day in Moscow, they got us used to bloodshed! All draws and the main excitement was probably during the commercials of the TV show where Kramnik and Aronian were guests! And Anand probably missed a chance to beat Svidler. htt... | Read More

    • Tal Memorial 2016 - Round 6

      4 out of 5 decisive games in Moscow! I never imagined I would see Kramnik play 6 Bg5 against the Najdorf, but that is exactly what he did to beat the unfortunate Gelfand, who couldn't remember his theory. Nepo sharpened things up in the Piano to... | Read More

    • A Ruy Lopez ... without the theory?

      Everyone knows the "Ruy Lopez" ... (also called "The Spanish Torture!") ... ... ... it was GM/World Champ Bobby Fischer's favorite opening. (See some games in this opening.)   It begins with: 1.e4, e5;  2.Nf3, Nc6;  3.Bb5.  (See the diagram... | Read More

    • Interesting games from the Sinquefield Cup 2016

      Today, we analyze the most interesting games from the recent Sinquefield Cup 2016. This tournament took place in St Louis, and the most interesting point about it is that we could see ten of the strongest chess players in the world in action.... | Read More

Video Lessons

  • Adams, Michael

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    Michael Adams was born on Nov 17, 1971 in Truro, Cornwall, England.  He learned chess from his father at the age of 6. In November 1979, he played in his first chess tournament, the Cornwall Under-10 Championship, and won it.  In 1980, Adams... Read More »

  • Corus Chess Tournament

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    The Corus Chess Tournament is a major chess tournament played in the small seaside town of Wijk Aan Zee in the Netherlands. Founded in 1938 for Dutch players only, it became an international event in 1946 and has grown into one of the most presti... Read More »

  • Aronian, Levon

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    Levon Aronian, born Oct 6, 1982, is a Grandmaster (2001) from Armenia.   He learned chess at the age of 9.  In 1994, he won the World Under-12 Chess Championship with an 8 out 9 score.  He won the 2002 World Junior Chess Champi... Read More »