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25.03.2015 02:10 Busted bracket: U.S. women bounced from chess tournament
If you picked the American women, your bracket is already busted. March madness — the non-trademarked kind — is underway in Sochi, Russia, where FIDE is holding a knockout tournament for 64 of the world's best female chess players, including three former women's world chess champs. Awaiting the winner is Chinese titleholder GM Hou Yifan, who is not competing in Sochi but earned a spot in the upcoming title match because of her victory in the FIDE Grand Prix tournament series. Unfortunately, none of the three U.S. hopefuls in Sochi — GM Irina Krush, WGM Tatev Abrahamyan and WGM Camilla Baginskaite — made it past the round of 32. Krush, perhaps the best U.S. hope, was the last American standing, losing a tough Round 2 match to 12th-seeded Indian GM Dronavalli Harika. The two drew both of their games at classical time controls before ...
25.03.2015 00:39 d-Pawn Specials
Especially for fans of bloodthirsty games!
22.03.2015 17:00 Young grandmasters Gawain Jones and David Howell facing crucial period
2015 is proving to be a critical year for England’s youngest chess grandmasters, Gawain Jones, 27, and David Howell, 24. The pair are both established above a 2640 rating, equal to a place in the world top 100 grandmasters, and have set their sights on the 2700 elite yardstick, the level of the world top 40-50, which gives chances of a place in invitation tournaments. Beyond 2700 is the UK No1, Michael Adams, securely established in the top 20 and who at 43 still has a steady rating around 2740, close to his all-time best mark. Adams rarely plays a bad tournament and it could be at least three to five years before Jones or Howell can hope to challenge him. Statistics show that the majority of GMs reach 2700 in their teens or early 20s, and it becomes progressively harder after that age to make the necessary improvement. Still, Howell has ...
21.03.2015 13:05 King's Indian
Tomashevsky vs. The World!
20.03.2015 22:10 King Pawn
A wide variety of openings
19.03.2015 22:38 Open Sicilians
Important novelties and sharp Sicilian battles!
19.03.2015 02:05 Nimzo, Benoni
Recent Nimzo-Indian games
18.03.2015 17:07 Bring me your tired, your poor and your top-rated chess grandmasters
The New York Times last week gave front-page treatment to the under-the-radar machinations now being used to "persuade" top grandmasters to change the flag for which they play. Reporter Dylan Loeb McClain, who wrote The Times' now-discontinued chess column, looks at the subtle campaign underway to get world No. 2 GM Fabiano Caruana — born in Florida, raised in Brooklyn, but now playing for the Italian chess federation — to consider coming home to play for the U.S. As McClain notes, American chess just got a major boost with the decision by Manila-born GM Wesley So, 21, to play for the U.S. Chess Federation. A potential Olympiad team headed by So, now ranked seventh in the world, Caruana and U.S. No. 1 Hikaru Nakamura (ranked third behind only Caruana and world chess champion Magnus Carlsen of Norway) would instantly rate as one of ...
18.03.2015 14:12 French Defence
An emphasis on the Tarrasch Defence
17.03.2015 22:12 Queen's Gambit, Slav
A Semi-Slav special!
11.03.2015 17:05 After 26 years at the top, Judit Polgar surpassed by Chinese chess challenger
She hasn't exactly been dethroned, but Hungarian GM Judit Polgar's reign as the ratings queen of women's chess has finally come to an end after an astonishing 26 years of supremacy. Young Chinese women's world chess champion GM Hou Yifan, like Polgar a onetime chess prodigy who can hold her own with...
11.03.2015 12:08 Caro Pirc Alekhine
Milos is back!
11.03.2015 00:28 English, Flank
Hikaru Nakamura is the star!
09.03.2015 21:22 Daring Defences
Time for a Dutch special
07.03.2015 17:40 England fail to live up to billing at over-50 senior team championship
This week England came to the world over-50 senior team championship in Dresden with a top-seeded squad rated 90 points or more ahead of their chess rivals. Three of them – Nigel Short, John Nunn and Jonathan Speelman – had played in 1986 at the Dubai Olympiad, when England missed gold by just h...
06.03.2015 17:55 The joys of kibitzing by computer in chess
They've made some things a bit more complicated — problem-solving contests and correspondence chess, to name two — but superstrong computer programs have not proved the death of competitive chess that some feared. The rising generation of grandmasters incorporate computer analysis and opening bo...
04.03.2015 00:28 Anti-Sicilians
High-level action in the 2.c3 Sicilian
03.03.2015 18:25 Anish Giri's world chess championship hopes dented
With big guns Anish Giri and Shak Mamedyarov failing to catch Evgeny Tomashevsky at the FIDE Grand Prix in Tbilisi, the world chess championship cycle is wide open. The recently-concluded FIDE Grand Prix at Tbilisi left a dent in the ambitions of several top chess players hoping to qualify for the w...
02.03.2015 15:36 Dragon Sicilians
A Dragon Anti-Sicilian?
28.02.2015 17:47 Wesley So overcomes tough opposition to triumph at Bunratty weekender
Ireland’s annual Bunratty chess tournament is only a weekender but it has built an international reputation due to its ability to attract big names and its convivial ambience. Bunratty 2015 last weekend even boasted a world top-10 grandmaster. America’s Wesley So, 21, has shot up the chess ratin...
24.02.2015 17:09 Chess Gems From Zurich
The Zurich Chess Challenge was a festive six-grandmaster extravaganza played this month in the posh Savoy hotel. The American grandmaster Hikaru Nakamura benefitted from the last-minute change in the rules and blitzed his way to win the title. The rules of the chess competition were confusing. Four ...
21.02.2015 18:15 Magnus Carlsen has record rating but is not as dominant as Bobby Fischer
Bobby Fischer never achieved 2800, the super-elite chess rating for the very strongest grandmasters. At his 1972 peak during his match with Boris Spassky at Reykjavik Fischer reached 2785, which reflected his record run of 20 consecutive games won and put him 120 points ahead of Spassky. Garry Kaspa...
19.02.2015 17:31 Hikaru Nakamura and Anish Giri join FIDE's elite 2,800 club
Fascinating chess matches in Tbilisi and Zurich propel two of the world's best chess players into the top rank of Super GMs. Two new members of the 2800 club were inducted this week. Anish Giri’s defeat of Peter Svidler at Tbilisi and Hikaru Nakamura’s canny demolition of Sergey Karjakin at Zuri...
17.02.2015 17:52 Chess is a wonderful game, but it’s no life coach
Chess is to be made a compulsory subject in Spanish schools. There is cross-party agreement that the move is a good one, with the Socialist party MP who proposed it claiming the game “improves memory and strategic capacity, teaches students to make decisions under high pressure and develops concen...
14.02.2015 18:34 Magnus Carlsen pushed all the way by Arkadij Naiditsch at Grenke Classic
Magnus Carlsen, the world chess champion, scored another tournament victory this week in the Grenke Classic at Baden-Baden, Germany, but it could hardly have been closer. Carlsen tied with the German No1, Arkadij Naiditsch, who won their individual game and had also beaten the Norwegian at the 2014 ...
13.02.2015 18:12 Spain to teach chess in schools
Introducing chess as a compulsory subject in school is one of the precious few issues that all Spanish political parties seem to agree on. A non-binding resolution discussed in Congress on Wednesday met with rare support from almost everyone in the room. The congressional education committee is “a...
11.02.2015 17:56 Nakamura rocks Gibraltar, reclaims top U.S. rating slot in chess
Top-ranked U.S. GM Hikaru Nakamura rules the Rock, having just won this year's edition of the strong Tradewise Gibraltar open chess tournament on the British Mediterranean outpost with an 8½-1½ score. Nakamura, now being challenged by rising GM Wesley So as the top-rated American chess player, did...
11.02.2015 17:54 GRENKE Chess Classic goes down to the wire as Magnus Carlsen lets superior position slip
World chess champion Magnus Carlsen goes into a play-off at Baden-Baden after being held to a draw by Etienne Bacrot. The 3rd GRENKE Chess Classic at Baden-Baden went to a play-off, as the leaders at start of play, Magnus Carlsen and Arkady Naiditsch, spoilt superior positions in the seventh and fin...
08.02.2015 17:53 Wei Yi breaks Magnus Carlsen's rating record at Tradewise Gibraltar
Tradewise Gibraltar has become a byword for quality fields, smooth organisation and generous prize funds, plus a fine venue at the Caleta Hotel, and its 2015 version this week maintained its high status. Gibraltar 2015 began two days after the big Dutch chess event at Wijk aan Zee ended rather than ...
04.02.2015 17:46 How David Howell hung on for a draw against Super GM Hikaru Nakamura to go second at the Gibraltar Masters
England international David Howell exploits a superior pawn structure against US number 1 Hikaru Nakamura at the Tradewise Gibraltar Masters. David Howell is in second place after seven rounds at the 13th Tradewise Gibraltar Masters. The England international scored a magnificent win over the Chines...
01.02.2015 18:09 Magnus Carlsen generation on top of world chess after Tata Steel Wijk
The Magnus Carlsen generation has stormed to the top of international chess. Norway’s world chess champion won the elite Tata Steel Wijk tournament last week with 9/13, while half a point behind him were four grandmasters from China, France, the Netherlands and United States, all under 25. And fir...
30.01.2015 17:19 Carlsen Wins Dutch Chess Fest
Rising young chess stars, falling legends, deflated chess computers, clumsy soccer games, brilliant attacks, a commentator faux-pas, chess hungry spectators, windy beaches -- all this was present during the Tata Steel traditional chess tournament (Jan. 9-25) in the coastal Dutch town of Wijk aan Zee...
28.01.2015 18:47 Magnus Carlsen streaks to win in first major chess tourney of 2015
Remarkably, his last chess tournament win came April, but world chess champion Magnus Carlsen was back in a familiar place — first — at the just-concluded Tata Steel Masters chess tournament in Wijk aan Zee, Netherlands, the first elite super GM gathering of the year. Riding a midtournament six-...
25.01.2015 16:54 Late surge carries Magnus Carlsen to brink of victory at Wijk aan Zee
Magnus Carlsen is on the brink of victory this weekend at Tata Steel Wijk aan Zee. Norway’s world chess champion, 24, began the Dutch elite chess tournament slowly but then hit a purple patch of six consecutive wins which shot him into the overall lead with three games to go. After 10 of the 13 ro...
23.01.2015 22:21 Saemisch eBook
King's Indian subscribers can now download the new-style playable Saemisch eBook, with over 180 annotated games!
23.01.2015 18:00 Magnus Carlsen's charge halted by Tata's old master Vassily Ivanchuk
Eccentric Russian Grandmaster Vassily Ivanchuk brings a halt to Magnus Carlsen’s impressive run at the 2015 Tata Steel chess tournament. Magnus Carlsen’s winning run was halted by the veteran Vassily Ivanchuk at Tata Steel. The chess tournament decamped to the Mauritshuis art museum in The Hague...
22.01.2015 14:01 King's Gambit eBook
1 e4 e5 subscribers can now download the new-style playable King's Gambit eBook, with over 100 annotated games!
20.01.2015 17:45 Ivanchuk takes charge: Ukrainian Grandmaster is surprise leader at Tata Steel chess
The eccentric Ukrainian Vassily Ivanchuk moves into the lead at the 2015 Tata Steel chess as Magnus Carlsen also wins. Vassily Ivanchuk was the surprise leader going into the rest day at Tata Steel Wijk aan Zee. The Ukrainian is the oldest player in the field, but reached 3.5/4 with a smooth victory...
18.01.2015 16:32 Magnus Carlsen shows class under pressure from rivals at Wijk aan Zee
The world chess champion, Magnus Carlsen, made a bad start even before the first pawn was pushed at Tata Steel Wijk aan Zee this week, before recovering strongly. Dancers performed at the opening ceremony, then the grandmasters chose a dancer whose dress concealed a pairing number. The Norwegian, 24...
15.01.2015 17:04 Master of the attack: a look back at a Yugoslav Grandmaster's dangerous line against the Sicilian
Yugoslav chess Grandmaster Dragoljub Velimirovic was a superb tactician who invented a line against the Sicilian that is still going strong. Here it is in action. The Yugoslav Grandmaster Dragoljub Velimirovic invented a line against the Sicilian Scheveningen 40 years ago that has stood the test of ...

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