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  • Women's World Team Chess Championship: Part I

    The World Team Chess Championship is one of the most prestigious team events, although women’s championships have a very short history. This year’s edition in Mardin, Turkey was only the third. The previous two tournaments ended in the same wa... | Read More

  • The “Chinese” Championship

    The WWCC started at the beginning of December in Antakya, Turkey. The sacred chess number of players-- 64-- were to take part in the event, but two of them did not appear, and lost by forfeit. The first round saw the first surprises. Some of th... | Read More

  • It is all the Bull's Fault.

    Tatiana Kosintseva, being one of the top seeds of the Women’s World Championship, was eliminated in the second round by Yelena Dembo being more than one hundred points lower rated. The endgame that we will look at happened in the first game of t... | Read More

  • One Slip and the Win Takes a Dip

    Once again, we see an endgame that is more equal than winning, or heavily advantageous for one side or the other. I am interested in the endgames that have this almost-balance but where one side has a slight advantage. You start to feel the pressu... | Read More

  • A Rare Line in the Grunfeld

    razorblade12 asked: Ever since I have started playing chess over a year ago, I have always come unstuck when playing against 1.d4 as Black. Is there any defense that you recommend I could use that would suit my style of play? Dear razorblade: T... | Read More

    • One Summer with the Gruenfeld

      In recent years an old side-line has gained considerable popularity against the Gruenfeld: the move 7.Qa4+ in the classical exchange variation has appeared with increasing frequency at the top level since 2011. It has been played by Kramnik agains... | Read More

    • Finding Home in the Grunfeld Defense

      A short list of systems I've attempted against the Grunfeld: Exchange Variation The Russian System Qa4+ System Bf4 System The Solid e3 When I first learned of the Grunfeld, I read something to the effect of “just exchange on d5 a... | Read More

      • jdcannon
      • | Jan 17, 2015
    • Hot Stuff - Informant 118 Cobra edition

      CHESS INFORMANT 118 COBRA EDITION THE PERIODICAL THAT PROS USE AND CREATE Countdown - 3 more days until Chess Informant 118 Launch By FM Josip Asik, CEO of Chess Informant  Only shortly after the end of the dramatic fourth game of the Wor... | Read More

    • FIDE November 2012 Ratings - A Dominating Magnus!!

      [Blog History]    The mighty Norweigian GM Magnus Carlsen, who is 33 points ahead of the World's #2 chessplayer Armenian GM Levon Aronian, sits on the cusp of breaking history according to the November 2012 FIDE rankings. There have also been... | Read More

    • Surviving in the World of

      Lately, I have some doubts about's anti-cheating system. I will present you a case where an account closure was IMO done in haste, probably by an automatic system of The account macidm was closed and the account name ca... | Read More

      • HappyMrT
      • | Apr 11, 2012

  • Caruana Officially #3 on July 1st Rating List

    Fabiano Caruana is officially the world's number 3 player. The Italian, who also has an American passport, gained 22 ratings in the July 1st FIDE rating list and surpassed Vladimir Kramnik, who lost 19 points. World Champion Viswanathan Anand lost... | Read More

    • News
    • | Jul 1, 2013
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  • June 2013 Fide Rating List

    FIDE have published the official rating list for June 2013. Magnus Carlsen, Lev Aronian and Vladimir Kramnik are still the top 3 ranked players, all in the 2800 Elo+ club. World champion Vishy Anand climbs back to #4 in the world after some impr... | Read More

  • May 2013 FIDE Rating List

    FIDE have published the official rating list for May 2013.  The ratings include the very recently finished Zug Grand Prix, and as a result Veselin Topalov has soared up to #4 in the rankings, gaining a whopping 22 rating points.  This is Topalo... | Read More

  • April 2013 FIDE Rating List

    FIDE have published the latest official rating list, for April 2013. Since the lists are now published monthly, there are sometimes very few changes from one list to the next, and this is certainly one of those occasions. The Candidates Tourname... | Read More

  • March 2013 FIDE Rating List

    Right on time as usual, FIDE have published the official chess rating list for March 2013.  There are not many changes the top since the February list after a relatively quiet month. Vishy Anand's return to form at the Grenke Chess Classic gaine... | Read More