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16.12.2017 17:22 Magnus Carlsen under the weather and out of form at London Classic
Magnus Carlsen won only twice in nine games, and survived several perilous moments, at this week’s London Chess Classic. He even suffered an embarrassing defeat in the puzzle diagram, but Norway’s world chess champion still came away with the four-event Grand Tour trophy and £245,000 in prize money. Carlsen dominates global chess in its faster forms, half-hour rapid and 10-minute blitz. Nowadays, though, something often goes wrong in classical slow tournaments, the arena where historic chess champions like José Raúl Capablanca, Bobby Fischer and Garry Kasparov strutted their stuff with only a few setbacks. Carlsen failed to finish first in any of his five classical all-play-alls in 2017, and a few weeks ago was eliminated in an early round of the World Chess Cup knockout. The 27-year-old had a heavy cold at the Classic, complained of ...
15.12.2017 18:12 English, Flank
Positional squeezes and crushing mating attacks!
15.12.2017 17:45 On Chess : Grandmaster Caruana wins 2017 London Chess Classic
The last leg of the 2017 Grand Chess Tour, the London Chess Classic, produced not one, but two winners. For the first time, the winner of the London tournament wasn’t also the overall tour winner. After a dramatic last round, St. Louis resident Fabiano Caruana won the playoff against Ian Nepomniachtchi from Russia to be crowned the winner of the London Chess Classic. World Chess Champion Magnus Carlsen, winner of the 2017 Grand Chess Tour, tied for third place in London. The tournament got off to a slow start, with 19 draws in 20 games. In no way did the slow start set precedence to how the chess tournament would end. Caruana was first to score a full point by defeating last year’s World Chess Championship candidate, Sergey Karjakin. He did the same the next day, this time defeating former World Chess Champion Viswanathan Anand. Being ...
14.12.2017 23:59 Dragon Sicilians
Classic hot off the press Dragons!
11.12.2017 11:23 Daring Defences
Developments in the Grunfeld Defence, Russian System
09.12.2017 17:30 Fabiano Caruana climbs rankings after draw epidemic at London Classic
This week’s London Chess Classic at the Olympia Conference Centre has produced an epidemic of draws, with only two decisive games out of 25 in the first five rounds. Yet it also featured a significant swing at the top of world chess. The US No1, Fabiano Caruana, won in rounds four and five, established a clear one point lead going into this weekend’s closing rounds, jumped to No2 in the rankings behind the world chess champion, Magnus Carlsen, and now looks a potential winner of the 2018 candidates event which will decide Carlsen’s next challenger. Many elite chess grandmasters reckon that a loss in a short nine-round contest will put them out of the running. They therefore adopt a cautious style, especially with the black pieces. Even Carlsen was affected with the general malaise, and failed to clinch his favourable positions against ...
05.12.2017 20:29 King Pawn
Super GMs playing the Falkbeer Counter-gambit!
04.12.2017 01:44 Nimzo, Benoni
Going King Hunting!
03.12.2017 17:48 London confirmed as venue for Magnus Carlsen's world title defence in 2018
Magnus Carlsen’s next defence of his world chess crown will be a 12-game series in London from 9-28 November 2018. The decision, already widely rumoured, was formally announced at an Evening Standard co-hosted function in London on Wednesday. George Osborne made the announcement and Carlsen, who turned 27 on Thursday, also spoke, in excellent English but with a jest way too subtle for the many non-chessplayers present. The Norwegian said that he hoped to become the first world chess champion to win a title match game in London since 1993. That was when Garry Kasparov defeated Nigel Short, the joke being that Kasparov later lost his title to Vlad Kramnik in London during 2000 without winning a game. The actual venue has yet to be announced although the organisers say they have several short-listed options. The prize fund is ...
01.12.2017 18:22 On Chess : Final stop on Grand Chess Tour to produce new champion
The nine annual London Chess Classic will take place in the Olympia Exhibition Center in London from Dec. 1-11. Once again, it will be the final stop of the 2017 Grand Chess Tour and will produce this year’s winner. It has all come down to this event as the chess players will battle it out one last time for tour points, a $300,000 prize fund and a $150,000 bonus for the top two finishers of the tour. Of course, the much coveted titles of tournament winner and GCT champion will be on the line as well. What is special about the London Chess Classic is the fact that is not just an exclusive tournament for the top players but rather a chess festival. There are enough events to engage players of all levels, including a strong FIDE open, rapid and blitz events, simultaneous exhibition, and events for children. Those who are not tournament players but simply ...
30.11.2017 17:45 London to host Magnus Carlsen's world chess championship defense in 2018
Magnus Carlsen will make his third defense of the world chess championship next year in London, which was officially named as the host city for the biennial tournament on Wednesday. The World Chess Federation (Fide) made the announcement at a launch event at Kensington Roof Gardens hosted by Carlsen...
25.11.2017 18:31 Contest for candidates places heats up at the Fide Grand Prix in Palma
The Fide Grand Prix has its final round in Palma de Mallorca on Saturday, with two of the eight candidates to challenge for Magnus Carlsen’s world chess crown still to be decided. France’s Maxime Vachier-Lagrave and the Azeri Teimour Radjabov could qualify by a final spurt in Spain while his fel...
24.11.2017 22:39 King's Indian
A horror month for Black!
18.11.2017 21:00 Anti-Sicilians
Attacking masterpieces!
17.11.2017 14:12 French Defence
The French Defense in the hands of super-GMs
16.11.2017 17:41 3 Americans and World Chess Champion Carlsen dominate showdown in St. Louis
Eight of the top chess players in the world headlined the recently completed Champions Showdown in Saint Louis. The Saint Louis Chess Club has been hosting exhibition matches each November for the past few years as a more experimental and fun scenario, having formats that are not the traditional way...
16.11.2017 11:56 Queen's Gambit, Slav
The Queen's Gambit in the Champions Showdown matches
12.11.2017 23:31 Open Sicilians
Sicilian novelties, some good, some bad!
12.11.2017 17:26 Hungary hammering leaves England wondering where the young talent is
England’s woeful performance at this week’s European team chess championship in Crete began with a 2-2 draw against the minnows from Moldova and ended with a brutal defeat, 0.5-3.5, by Hungary. They were the No4 seeds but finished 16th in a field of 40 countries. Meanwhile the favourites, Russia...
11.11.2017 19:01 On Chess : The history of the United States in Chess Olympiads
The biennial Chess Olympiad, the most important competition in the chess world outside the World Chess Championship, has been held continuously since 1927, interrupted only by World War II. American teams have participated in 38 of the 42 competitions and won six. Although the United States didn’t...
11.11.2017 00:38 Caro Pirc Alekhine
Ideas endorsed by Carlsen
06.11.2017 17:57 England blunders prove costly at European team chess championship in Crete
England were close to a medal last year at the 150-nation Baku Chess Olympiad, so there were hopes as No4 seeds at the current European team championship in Crete. The chess event reaches its final rounds this weekend. Results started to go wrong in the very first round, when Nigel Short’s endgame...
02.11.2017 16:56 On Chess : World Champion Carlsen returns to St. Louis for unique exhibition matches
The Champions Showdown has become a staple in each year's chess calendar. The best chess players in the world return to the Chess Club and Scholastic Center of Saint Louis — but with a twist! The two world-renowned, rock-star events that St. Louis hosts are the Sinquefield Cup and the new Saint Lo...
27.10.2017 18:36 On Chess : The blueprint of a chess professional
Becoming a professional in chess takes years of practice, of course. But there are also some key skills that can help someone go from amateur to pro. Today, I'm going to give an outline of what those skills are. Being versatile as a chess professional is probably one of the most important aspects of...
21.10.2017 18:31 William Lombardy's exceptional performance in 1960 often overlooked
William Lombardy, who has died aged 79, was a chess legend who in 1957 won the junior (under-20) world title with 11 out of 11, a 100% score which remains a record for this prestigious event whose later champions include Anatoly Karpov, Garry Kasparov and Vishy Anand. In 1972 Lombardy became even mo...
20.10.2017 19:20 On Chess : Through coaching, elite college players overcome flaws
Working on chess at higher levels is definitely a different experience than when you first experience the magic of the sport. The leaps and bounds that a beginner can make are quickly rewarded. Learning simple concepts such as common checkmating patterns, tactical devices, even the relative value of...
15.10.2017 07:54 Vlad Kramnik adopts curious strategy for Globus at European Club Cup
The European Club Cup in Antalya, Turkey, has its seventh and final round on Saturday. Matches are decided over six boards and, as has become traditional, the 36 competing teams are a mismatch. Genuine clubs fielding mostly amateur experts face an unequal battle against the handful of sponsored elit...
07.10.2017 18:16 Magnus Carlsen extends gap at top of world rankings with Isle of Man win
Magnus Carlsen has seen off his rivals, at least for the moment. Following his early elimination from the World Chess Cup in Tbilisi the 26-year-old world chess champion made the bold decision to travel to Douglas for the Isle of Man Open. He left behind his normal entourage of parents, manager and ...
06.10.2017 19:12 On Chess : Race to the Candidates Tournament
Levon Aronian, from Armenia won the 2017 FIDE World Chess Cup, defeating his Chinese rival Ding Liren in the finals. The World Cup was held in Tbilisi, Georgia, between Sept. 2-27. The World Cup was a unique chess event this year as the world chess champion, Magnus Carlsen, chose to participate. He ...
06.10.2017 19:10 Banned for not wearing hijab, Iranian chess champion will play for US
A leading Iranian chess player, barred from her homeland’s team after refusing to wear a headscarf, will now compete as a player for the United States, the US Chess Federation said. Dorsa Derakhshani, 19, who was born in Tehran, was forbidden from playing by the Iranian Chess Federation following ...
30.09.2017 18:21 Levon Aronian secures World Cup victory to accompany Candidates place
Levon Aronian, the 34-year-old Armenian world No2 who has dominated recent chess tournaments, took the $120,000 first prize at the World Chess Cup in Tbilisi by beating China’s Ding Liren 4-2 in the final. Both qualified for the eight-player Candidates in Berlin in March 2018 which will decide who...
30.09.2017 18:21 Children who play chess have moves mapped out to the boardroom, says Lord Price
He has spent decades at the helm of Britain’s biggest companies and most recently, representing the nation’s trade interests on the global stage. Now Lord Price, the former managing director of Waitrose who is affectionately known in retail as the “Chubby Grocer”, has revealed the secret of ...
23.09.2017 19:16 Ding Liren secures historic 2018 Candidates place by beating Welsey So
Levon Aronian and Ding Liren will meet in the four-game final of the $1.6m World Chess Cup in Tbilisi, starting at midday on Saturday. For both the Armenian and the Chinese grandmaster the final may be an anticlimax after their desperate semi-final battles which ensured that both qualified for the 2...
22.09.2017 19:29 On Chess : Can chess prevent memory loss?
Dr. Lauren Schwarz and colleagues at Saint Louis University School of Medicine are conducting a research study examining the effect learning and playing chess has on memory loss. The researchers are using neuroimaging to measure whether or not a specified program of playing chess results in function...
17.09.2017 02:43 Cull of the grandmasters as World Cup quarter-final lineup is completed
The $1.6m, 128-player knockout World Chess Cup in Tbilisi reaches its quarter-finals this weekend, still reeling from its bizarre Shortsgate scandal and a drastic early cull of elite grandmasters. The world chess champion, Magnus Carlsen, his predecessors Vishy Anand and Vlad Kramnik, and his rivals...
10.09.2017 05:37 Canadian chess player accuses tournament organizer of bullying him over his shorts
Canadian chess grandmaster Anton Kovalyov entered the FIDE World Cup in Tbilisi, Georgia, on Saturday wearing the same plaid shorts he wore two years ago at the tournament. But this time, his wardrobe choice caused the 25-year-old trouble after the new tournament organizer, European Chess Union Pres...
09.09.2017 18:56 Mikhail Osipov, aged three, takes on former world champion Anatoly Karpov
The game was televised and the remarkable footage is available to watch on YouTube, making the youngster Russia’s best-known chess player after Sergey Karjakin. The World Cup in Tbilisi reaches its third round this weekend with most of the big names surviving into the last 32. Vishy Anand and Serg...
08.09.2017 19:22 Viswanathan Anand crashes out of Chess World Cup
Five-time world champion Viswanathan Anand crashed out of the Chess World Cup after playing out a draw in a must-win game against Anton Kovalyov of Canada in the second round. Playing in this knockout chess event after a gap of 15 years, Anand had lost the first game against Kovalyov and had to win ...
08.09.2017 19:22 On Chess : Building the future chess elite
The path to becoming world class in any endeavor isn’t always perceptible to those who would like to travel down it. Certainly those who have made it to the end of the path can look back and tell others how he or she got there. Recently, a group of young nationally-ranked chess players from the Un...
02.09.2017 18:27 Magnus Carlsen facing strong World Cup field packed with grandmasters
The 128-player, $1.6m World Cup starts in Tbilisi, Georgia, at midday on Sunday and is a mighty event, a must-watch for chess fans. Magnus Carlsen, the world chess champion, is competing, along with 35 of the top 40 elite grandmasters. Its format of two-game mini-matches followed by speed tie-breaks...

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