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08.12.2016 18:43 Is Magnus Carlsen a Chess Artist?
Magnus Carlsen became known to the world as a chess artist. Nearly 13 years ago he began a sparkling attacking victory in a Dutch tournament with sacrifices on a single square: first the Bishop, then the Rook. I dubbed him the Mozart of chess in the Washington Post and soon the moniker spread around the globe. On November 30, on his 26th birthday Carlsen found the same square again, this time to sacrifice his Queen. This artistic stroke won him the World Chess Championship match in New York against the Russian challenger Sergey Karjakin. Chess artists can suffer when they try to play too creatively. Carlsen knows that. Chess is a sport for him and the results count. “I want to win. No one’s interested in excuses if I lose,” said the late world chess champion Bobby Fischer in 1969. Winning becomes more than ...
07.12.2016 23:45 English, Flank
High-level battles in Reversed Sicilian setups
07.12.2016 11:01 King Pawn
New ideas from the World Championship match
05.12.2016 19:04 Nerves of steel: Chess Grandmasters prove their mettle
Preparing for victory means nothing if you’re not prepared to win. Without self-belief and a winning mentality, all the money in the world will not prepare you to be first across the finish line, the recent Karjakin-Carlsen battle shows. Mental strength and the ability to translate this into action is the most important part of any sport. Physical fitness is important, though, when you reach the deciding moments of a hard-fought match, if your brain and heart don’t work as one and you step out of the moment, you lose. You can be afraid, fearful even, though not of victory. This is not psychology, it’s simple logic. The conclusion of the World Chess Championship this week illustrated that perfectly. Sergey Karjakin came into the showdown having only ever beaten Magnus Carlsen once in 21 classical chess matches. Even removing ...
05.12.2016 15:27 Dragon Sicilians
White gets into the Xmas spirit!
03.12.2016 18:21 Magnus Carlsen's dramatic fightback from 'certain' defeat cements his chess legend
Magnus Carlsen looked spent. It was Thursday morning in New York, less than a full day after he had survived the sternest test of his career to successfully defend the world chess championship on his 26th birthday. He’d celebrated into the night with dinner and a champagne shower at the BLT Prime steakhouse in Gramercy surrounded by family, sponsors and hangers-on. It was a catharsis hard-won. Now the task was accomplished, and he could finally offer a sober assessment of the three-week psychodrama which had nearly cost him everything. He spoke deliberately from a brown leather wraparound couch at the Ritz-Carlton in Battery Park, where sleep had come so sparingly during those interminable nights last week when the Norwegian chess champion, bruised by self-doubt after falling behind his Russian challenger Sergey Karjakin in ...
03.12.2016 18:21 Chess Champion Magnus Carlsen Successfully Defends His Title In Thrilling Finale
When the dust had settled at the World Chess Championship in Manhattan on Wednesday night, the expected had happened. In his second defense match since winning the title in 2013, Magnus Carlsen of Norway vanquished the most difficult foe of his still-young chess career: 26 year-old Sergey Karjakin of Russia. For the first time since Nigel Short faced off against Garry Kasparov in 1993, this month’s match has offered us the spectacle of a western chess player facing down a representative of the former Soviet Union. Those media outlets that have deigned to cover the chess championship have gleefully slotted it into the old Cold War template; from the first lines of this New York Times piece you’d think the Kremlin had deployed troops to lower Manhattan - or that we were living a real-life version of Okkupert, the Norwegian TV series in ...
01.12.2016 17:16 Magnus Carlsen retains world chess title after quickfire tie-breaker
Twenty days ago, on the eve of a world chess championship match that would prove more gruelling and arduous than many observers had expected, Magnus Carlsen described his forthcoming title defence against Russia’s Sergey Karjakin in pugilistic terms. “For me, it’s a matter of when I get the chance, I’ll try to punch him until he finally knocks over,” Carlsen said. For nearly three weeks, Carlsen tried and tried, but made little progress against the painstakingly resolute defensive play of his Russian rival, who time and again was able to salvage results from seemingly impossible positions. But then on Wednesday, the 26-year-old Russian finally toppled to the canvas. The world’s top-ranked chess player saw off his dogged challenger to retain his world title after winning Wednesday’s four-game rapid playoff with ...
01.12.2016 17:16 Magnus Carlsen wins third world chess title
Magnus Carlsen of Norway has won the World Chess Championship for the third consecutive time after defeating challenger Sergey Karjakin of Russia. Carlsen sealed victory following three weeks of play and a series of tiebreakers in New York. Karjakin tied against Carlsen in 12 regular rounds but was beaten in the final phase of four quickfire games. Organisers said the event was followed by about six million chess fans around the world. Hundreds of spectators paid between $100 and $500 to watch the games at a former fish market in Manhattan, separated from the two chess grandmasters by soundproof glass. After his victory, Carlsen's supporters greeted him by cheering and singing "Happy Birthday", to mark his 26th birthday. The prize of $1.1m (£879,000) is divided between the two chess players with ...
01.12.2016 01:35 Nimzo, Benoni
Tricky Nimzo options for Black
30.11.2016 18:47 Mark Taimanov, World-Class Chess and Piano Player, Dies at 90
Mark Taimanov, a virtuoso pianist and former Soviet chess champion whose lopsided loss to Bobby Fischer in 1971 in the quarterfinals of a major chess tournament cost him his government salary, died on Monday in St. Petersburg, Russia. He was 90. Andrey Filatov, the president of the Russian Chess Fed...
30.11.2016 16:37 Open Sicilians
A Najdorf special, featuring Bartel's 6.Nb3 line
21.11.2016 19:15 Nothing between Magnus Carlsen and Sergey Karjakin in world title match
The world title match in New York stands level, 2.5-2.5, after the first five games (of 12) all ended in draws. For Sergey Karjakin, the Russian challenger and long-odds outsider, opportunity comes knocking as soon as this weekend, when games six and seven are played on Friday and Sunday. The normal...
21.11.2016 19:15 Norwegian and Russian tied in battle for world chess crown
After seven games that all ended in draws, suspense is mounting at the World Chess Championship, where Norway's reigning world champ Magnus Carlsen and Russian grandmaster Sergei Karyakin are tied in an epic battle. Experts say Carlsen, who is favored to win, was put in difficult positions during th...
20.11.2016 02:25 Magnus Carlsen: The making of a chess genius
There is a small part of every parent that secretly hopes their child is a genius. A flash of preternatural brilliance is all it takes to persuade that your little darling might just be the next Einstein, Beethoven or Hawking. Henrik Carlsen was never convinced that any of his children could be cons...
18.11.2016 18:46 World Chess Championship: political intrigue lurks as battle reaches midway
Chess has dropped almost completely from the public eye in the four decades since Bobby Fischer and Boris Spassky waged their Cold War proxy battle in Reykjavik. This month’s world chess championship match in New York City will do little to reverse that course despite the organizers’ best intent...
17.11.2016 18:33 Norway's Carlsen and Russia's Karyakin even after four games
Magnus Carlsen failed to capitalize on a mistake by Russian grandmaster Sergey Karjakin as the duo’s fourth game in the their world title match ended in a draw in New York City. Karjakin began game four aggressively before making a mistake that sent Carlsen on the warpath. The Norwegian pushed har...
17.11.2016 18:32 On Chess : Anand 'blitz'ed his opponents to win Champions Showdown title
The most exciting chess event in November so far has been the Champions Showdown, the four-player exhibition round robin that finished Monday at the Chess Club and Scholastic Center of Saint Louis. Fabiano Caruana started as the favorite but failed to meet expectations and ended up having to settle ...
17.11.2016 01:15 Queen's Gambit, Slav
A Slav and QGA special
16.11.2016 14:03 Caro Pirc Alekhine
The Caro-Kann under fire in recent tournaments
15.11.2016 23:29 d-Pawn Specials
Fireworks in the Jobava-Prie Attack!
15.11.2016 14:33 French Defence
Battles in the main-line Winawer!
14.11.2016 19:05 Chess Cold War? Magnus Carlsen v Sergey Karjakin
Russia's Sergey Karjakin faces reigning world chess champion Magnus Carlsen from Norway on Friday in a matchup which has brought back memories of one of the sport's famous Cold War duels. The duo are two of the sport's youngest-ever grandmasters – Karjakin achieving the title aged just 12 years an...
14.11.2016 01:17 King's Indian
Topical lines, rare lines, and a couple of queen sacrifices!
05.11.2016 17:33 Vishy Anand, world champion before Magnus Carlsen, loses in Corsica
Magnus Carlsen and Sergey Karjakin are making final preparations for their 12-game, $1.25m world title series which starts in New York on 11 November. Meanwhile the man who competed in all the chess championship events for much of the previous decade has just been beaten in a rapidplay in Corsica. I...
04.11.2016 17:47 Inside the brain of the man who would be 'Blindfold King' of chess
Even by world record standards, it sets a high bar for human performance. Next month in Las Vegas a chess player named Timur Gareyev plans to take on nearly 50 opponents at once. But that is not the hard part. While his challengers will play the games as normal, Gareyev himself will be blindfolded. ...
04.11.2016 01:59 Daring Defences
The Stonewall Dutch and the Blumenfeld
01.11.2016 11:09 Anti-Sicilians
Boris Gelfand against the Anti-Sicilians
28.10.2016 18:22 Alexander Riazantsev wins Russian Chess Championship title
In Soviet times the USSR chess championship was the most closely watched national contest in the world. The grandmaster elite saw the event as a passport to sought after hard currency tournaments in the west and it sometimes acted as a zonal eliminator for the world title. Its history and its partic...
24.10.2016 19:42 Rameshbabu Praggnanandhaa chases world grandmaster age record at 11
An 11-year-old Indian boy with a very long name is changing chess history. Already the youngest ever international master, the Chennai chess prodigy is likely to eclipse Sergey Karjakin’s long-standing world record as the only pre-teen player to achieve the grandmaster title. His early career is o...
18.10.2016 18:18 Isle of Man international open pushing for a place among the elite events
The Isle of Man has staged its annual international open for some 20 years but the 2016 version at Douglas was by far the strongest of the series. America’s trio of Chess Olympiad gold medallists, all ranked in the world top 10, faced a tough field including the England No1, Michael Adams, China...
15.10.2016 19:09 Honoring Chess Beauty
The world chess champion Misha Tal (1936-1992) was to chess what the saxophonist Charlie Parker was to jazz. Both flying high with no barriers, no limits to their intuition, imagination and improvisation. The traditional Tal Memorial chess tournament recently finished in Moscow. The Russian grandmas...
09.10.2016 18:52 Evolution of chess: moves, captures, and checkmates; data analysis
For the 4th installment in my series of blog posts exploring a data set of over 650,000 chess tournament games ranging back to the 15th century, I wanted to look at how chess moves have changed over time. Again, I only have reliable data on chess games back to 1850, so 1850 will be my starting point...
07.10.2016 18:39 Female chess players protest wearing hijab at Iran world championship
Some of the world's top female chess players are upset that the next world chess championship will be held in Iran, where players are expected to wear head scarves. The US women's chess champion, Nazi Paikidze-Barnes, will not be taking part in the event in Tehran next February due to her concern ov...
02.10.2016 19:14 Mikhail Tal a creative genius despite short reign as world champion
Mikhail Tal, the “magician from Riga”, was world chess champion for one year but he has become one of the greatest chess legends, a true genius. Tal had creative imagination in abundance, helped by a fantastic memory. As a five-year-old he went to his father’s medical lecture and repeated most...
30.09.2016 19:28 Chess game lengths and outcomes, data analysis
Exploring a data set of over 650,000 chess tournament games ranging back to the 15th century, I wanted to look at how chess has changed over time. Nobility and scholars alike have played chess for over 1500 years, and chess has changed considerably since its inception in the 6th century AD. Since I ...
29.09.2016 19:26 Inside Battle of Issus, A $1.65-Million Chess Set That Took 10 Years to Make
Attention chess lovers and history buffs, there’s now a chess set at M.S. Rau Antiques in New Orleans on sale for $1.65 million. Named Battle of Issus after the second battle Alexander the Great fought against the Persian army (and first clash with Darius III) on November 5, 333 BCE , this impress...
25.09.2016 19:03 Georgia's Baadur Jobava stuns the big names to strike Chess Olympiad gold
The coveted board one individual gold medal in the 170-nation Chess Olympiad at Baku went to a surprise outsider. In an online poll just before play began the world chess champion, Magnus Carlsen, the US No1, Fabiano Caruana, and France’s world No2, Maxime Vachier-Lagrave were the popular choices....
19.09.2016 19:01 US Chess Team Wins Olympic Gold in Baku
The United States bested 170 teams and won the 42nd World Chess Olympiad in Baku, Azerbaijan. At the closing ceremony last Tuesday, they received the gold medals and the traditional Azerbaijani hats - the papaqs. Sam Shankland raised the Hamilton-Russell trophy that travels with every winning team u...
17.09.2016 18:43 United States capture Chess Olympiad gold in controversial circumstances
The all-star United States team, fielding three of the world’s top 10 chess players, were the favourites at the 170-nation Chess Olympiad in Baku. They duly captured the gold medals and the Hamilton-Russell Cup but it was a close call which almost ended in disaster and controversy. Both the US and...

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