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  • Latvian
    Online Sep 28, 2007

    dario man | cluj romania, Romania

    Joined: Sep 28, 2007

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    Online Jun 14, 2009

    latvian joseph | shabwago, United States

    Joined: Jun 14, 2009

  • LatvianGambitMaster
    Online Nov 16, 2015

    Latvian Gambit | United States

    Joined: Nov 16, 2015

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  • 2017 PRO Chess League: Teams

    We are proud to welcome 48 teams, over 400 players and over 100 grandmasters to this inaugural season of the PRO Chess League! Listed here are all of the team rosters in rating order as well as links to social media...

  • Mikhail Tal And The Modern Benoni

    Botvinnik had regained the title from Smyslov in their 1958 rematch, but soon he had a new challenger: the fiery Latvian player Mikhail Tal. Tal had appeared out of nowhere, and within a few years went from an...

  • Goose-Stepping Down Under

         This is the story of Kārlis Ozols that should be called, "When Chess Players Go Bad."   The story is one of amazement, puzzlement and disgust.      Kārlis Ozols had been a chess player in his native Latvia. ...

  • Can You Still Specialize In An Opening?

    In today's world of competitive chess, it is easy to imagine that you have to surprise your opponent every time. That you have to continually rotate your openings to avoid preparation. That you cannot develop a...

  • Another Crazy Pawn Lunge By Shirov

    The article I wrote last week, "The Shabalov-Shirov Gambit" reminded me of another, more radical g2-g4 move, also largely developed by the aggressive Latvian player Alexei Shirov. 1.e4 d6 2.d4 Nf6 3.Nc3 e5 4.Nf3...

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  • The Innovation of Mikhail Tal

    Widely regarded as the greatest attacking player ever, Mikhail Tal was known for his unpredictability and daring style at the board.  Tal made his mark on the chess world through pure ingenuity and innovation, and...

  • Riga Magicians - PRO league here we come!!

    Hello there! I have some exciting news to share with you - I have the honor to be a part of an extremely strong team in the PRO league, which starts on Wednesday this week (11 January) here on! Why is...

  • Paul Keres IV: The War Years by chess24 staff

    In our previous article marking the centenary of the great Paul Keres, we saw him win the Avro Tournament but have his hopes of a World Championship match with Alexander Alekhine thwarted by the outbreak of World...

  • Mind Over Matter-Queen Sacrifices!

    Hi, chess lovers! I am inspired by the following games....looking at Emanuel Lasker's win against Euwe in 1934, where Lasker sacrifices his Queen and beats Euwe, one year before Euwe wins the World Championship...

  • The Chess Gambit - Use it or lose it

    In 1561 Ruy Lopez de Segura, arguably the greatest player before the computer age, began experimenting with a suicidal novelty. With a feather in hand, soaked in ink only as bold as his courage he wrote "dare il...

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  • Oparin Beats Shirov In Playoff, Qualifies For Zurich

    GM Grigoriy Oparin qualified for the 2017 Kortchnoi Zurich Chess Challenge. The 19-year-old grandmaster defeated GM Alexei Shirov 1.5-0.5 in a playoff at the Nutcracker tournament in Moscow. The Nutcracker...

  • Shirov To Bring Fire On Board To Iceland

    GM Alexei Shirov is one of the stars at the 2017 Reykjavik Open. The annual open tournament in Iceland will be held in April. Harpa, the venue for the 2017 Reykjavik Open. Before the end of the year, the organizers...

  • Monte Carlo Supreme In Novi Sad; Hou Yifan Goes 6/6

    Cercle d'Echecs Monte-Carlo won the European Club Cup in Novi Sad most convincingly. The team won all their seven matches, and Hou Yifan, playing on top board, won all her games.'s latest addition to the...

  • Shirov Wins, Takes Day Off, Leads Isle Of Man

    GM Alexei Shirov has gone from "Fire on Board" to "Smoldering on Board" at the Isle of Man International. Despite the lower temperatures, the veteran still can't be stopped, but his games have taken...

  • Sorry, 2700s And 2800s: Vidit, Shirov Lead In IOM

    How does a tournament go from 16 perfect scores down to just two in one day?  You can thank some tenacious and resourceful defense from a few underdogs, the top-seeded 1.5 defeating the low-seeded 2.0, and...


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