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17.05.2019 18:05 Chess : Magnus Carlsen sets another record despite 'playing badly'
Magnus Carlsen won the $150,000 Grand Tour opening speed event in Abidjan, Ivory Coast, with two rounds to spare last weekend, and the world chess champion broke another record when he became the first player ever to reach a stratospheric 2900 rating at one-hour rapid chess. Carlsen’s current surge was previously in longplay elite tournaments, where he won Tata Steel Wijk, Shamkir and Grenke earlier this year to take his classical rating to 2875, just short of his own record which he will try to break on home ground in Stavanger next month. The Norwegian, the first reigning world chess champion to play in Africa, continued his winning streak with an unbeaten 7.5/9 in the Abidjan rapid, before some setbacks in the five-minute blitz games. Disappointed fans had optimistically hoped for a massive total and ...
17.05.2019 18:04 On Chess : First Stop Of Grand Chess Tour Brings World Champion Fifth Major Win In 2019
The 2019 Grand Chess Tour (GCT) kicked off in Abidjan, Côte d’Ivoire. The best chess players from all over the world assembled in the coastal city to fight for a $150,000 prize fund and GCT points. The most brilliant minds in the game battled it out in nine rapid and 18 blitz games to determine the winner of the prestigious event. In the end, it was world champion Magnus Carlsen who bested players from seven countries for the Ivory Coast title, thus marking his fifth consecutive tournament win this year. Grand Chess Tour: Ivory Coast was also the first event a reigning world chess champion played on the continent of Africa. Not only have his results been exceptional, but Carlsen’s level of play has reached new heights. He was no different in Abidjan, even though he was consistently critical of his play and lack of “flow.” Carlsen dominated ...
16.05.2019 13:29 Daring Defences
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13.05.2019 15:12 Open Sicilians
Caruana versus Caruana in the Sveshnikov!
10.05.2019 19:22 Dragon Sicilians
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10.05.2019 13:37 Anti-Sicilians
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08.05.2019 14:09 French Defence
Traditional variations in the Tarrasch, Steinitz and Winawer
05.05.2019 17:42 Chess : Supreme Magnus Carlsen targets his own world record after Grenke win
The world chess champion, Magnus Carlsen, will target his own all-time performance record when he starts the Altibox Norway elite chess event on home soil at Stavanger on 4 June. The 28-year-old has just triumphed in three major tournaments in a row, triggering a debate on whether he, Bobby Fischer or Garry Kasparov is the greatest of all time. Just as he did at Wijk in January and at Shamkir in early April, Carlsen swept the closing rounds of the Grenke Classic in Germany last week, winning his final four games. Leading scores were Carlsen 7.5/9, Fabiano Caruana (US) 6, Maxime Vachier-Lagrave (France) and Arkadij Naiditsch (Azerbaijan) 5. Carlsen’s defeated rivals were left wondering what had hit them and the commentator called it “scary” when Levon Aronian’s apparently level position fell apart. Fischer and Kasparov in their pomp both radiated ...
27.04.2019 17:59 Chess : Magnus Carlsen becomes marathon man in battle for Grenke title
Magnus Carlsen became marathon man this week as the world chess champion battled through five long games at the Grenke Classic in Germany. Carlsen averaged 69 moves and 5hr 18min of playing time for each of his five games, yet still could not dominate the opposition. Entering Friday’s sixth round (of nine) the Norwegian, 28, was in a bunch of five grandmasters separated by just half a point. It all seemed set up this week at Karlsruhe for the world chess champion to continue his splendid form of Wijk aan Zee and Shamkir where he stormed to first prizes. Sure enough, Carlsen confidently won his first two rounds in Germany with the black pieces, grinding down the 14-year-old prodigy Vincent Keymer and then Francisco Vallejo Pons in patient endgames. His encounter with the Spaniard eventually reached the very rare endgame of king, rook, and ...
24.04.2019 22:44 d-Pawn Specials
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21.04.2019 15:04 Caro Pirc Alekhine
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21.04.2019 00:19 King's Indian
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20.04.2019 17:05 Chess : Gawain Jones shines at Reykjavik and becomes England's new No 1
Gawain Jones battled through two marathon final round games in Iceland this week to achieve a career-best world chess elite rating of over 2700, and the 31-year-old Yorkshireman also laid down a marker as a definitive new England No 1. Jones, the 2012 and 2017 British chess champion, was a double si...
16.04.2019 14:50 Queen's Gambit, Slav
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13.04.2019 17:50 Chess : Magnus Carlsen dominates in Shamkir with two-point victory margin
Magnus Carlsen unleashed a true chess champion’s performance in Shamkir this week. The Norwegian, 28, surged at the finish, crushed three major rivals with impressive attacks, won with a round to spare, and set himself up for a tournament treble after winning at Wijk in January and with Germany’...
11.04.2019 02:36 King Pawn
More popular than the Spanish?
09.04.2019 03:22 On Chess : Teen Dominates US Women's Championship While Veteran Claims Fifth Title In Open ...
The U.S. Chess Championship and U.S. Women’s Championship are the marquee events of American chess and for the last 11 years, the St. Louis Chess Club has been hosting both events at their illustrious club. This year’s edition has been the strongest chess championship in history, with a record f...
06.04.2019 17:51 Chess : Magnus Carlsen struggling to find his best form in Azerbaijan
Magnus Carlsen is fighting hard for a strong result this weekend at Shamkir, Azerbaijan, as the world chess champion, 28, struggles for peak form and a high place in the all-time chess legends pantheon where chess fans compare him with Bobby Fischer and Garry Kasparov. Three months ago Carlsen ended...
30.03.2019 16:26 Chess : Fabiano Caruana ends winless run after Magnus Carlsen's taunt
Fabiano Caruana is fighting back in the final rounds of the $194,000 US title contest this weekend after the world No 2, and defeated title challenger, endured a record run of 27 classical games stretching back five months without a victory, plus a taunt from Magnus Carlsen, who tweeted, “When you...
28.03.2019 17:31 On Chess : Chess And Mathematics
As a professional chess player and Ph.D. in applied mathematics, I have always been fascinated by the relationship between the two disciplines. What does chess require? Concentration, planning, patience, self-control (playing fast does not pay off), conduct rules, mistake learning, etc. Therefore, l...
21.03.2019 17:15 A homeless 8-year-old, who learned to play a year ago, is now a New York chess champion
Against the odds, a young Nigerian immigrant proved that hard work pays off. Tanitoluwa (Tani) Adewumi, a third grader at P.S. 116 in New York, has won the New York State Scholastic Chess Championship in his age bracket. That's already an impressive feat in itself, but 8-year-old Tani only learned t...
15.03.2019 16:56 Chess : England win first major medal in 22 years with silver at world teams
England’s silver medals on Thursday at the World Team Championship in Astana, Kazakhstan, were the team’s first of any colour in major competition since 1997. European gold in that year seemed the last hurrah of a generation which had proved itself No 2 to the former Soviet Union. Before that En...
13.03.2019 16:49 Chess: England start well at World Team Championship and draw 2-2 with Russia
England made a fine start at this week’s World Team Championship in Astana, Kazakhstan, where they beat the host nation and Azerbaijan in the opening rounds, then drew with both the United States and, on Friday, the top-seeded Russians. These impressive results have put England in contention for s...
02.03.2019 17:53 Chess : Fabiano Caruana shines at speed and crushes his opponent in St Louis
Fabiano Caruana, whose challenge for the world title failed when Magnus Carlsen whitewashed the American 3-0 in their rapid tie-break games, improved his speed play dramatically at last week's Champions Challenge in St Louis. The world No 2 crushed his Indian opponent Pentala Harikrishna, ranked sec...
28.02.2019 18:12 On Chess : Blunders And Brilliancies At The Champions Showdown In St. Louis
The top five American chess players headlined the recently completed Champions Showdown at the St. Louis Chess Club. As per tradition, each player chose their opponent for the unique head-to-head matches. The opponents varied from young, up-and-coming chess talents to a former World Champion. Each y...
23.02.2019 18:20 Chess : England to take on superpowers at world team championship in Astana
England have been confirmed as one of the 10 finalists in next month’s world team chess championship in Astana, Kazakhstan, where China, Russia and the US are expected to fight it out for the gold medals. Last year, England finished fifth, the squad’s best performance since 1998, at the 184-nati...
16.02.2019 02:02 On Chess : Chess Kings Come To St. Louis For Champions Showdown Matches
The chess season has officially kicked off at the St. Louis Chess Club with the ongoing Cairns Cup, featuring some of the top female chess players in the world, and will continue on with another staple on the calendar, the Champions Showdown. As a standalone chess event, the Showdown has historicall...
09.02.2019 18:55 Rise of the machines: is AI program AlphaZero ready to take on the best?
The eye-catching victory of AlphaZero, the artificial-intelligence program that taught itself to play chess, over the No 1 computer chess engine Stockfish, has evoked comparisons with human legends. Garry Kasparov has written a foreword for a newly published book in which he says AlphaZero’s “dy...
02.02.2019 18:01 Magnus Carlsen On The Ancient Appeal Of Chess And The Opportunities Of A More Modern Game
On November 28, I won my fourth straight World Chess Championship, a hard-fought victory to defend my position as the leading chess player in the world. At the top level, chess is both rewarding and quite demanding. Always having a chess position running in the back of my mind is the only way I know...
01.02.2019 17:37 On Chess : World's Best Women Players Flock To St. Louis For Cairns Cup
It is well known that if you are a big chess fan, St. Louis is a great place to be. Since 2009, the best chess players in the country have gathered at the St. Louis Chess Club to fight for the U.S. Championship and U.S. Women’s Championship titles. From 2013 onward, the club has hosted the Sinquef...
31.01.2019 17:48 'My motivation has dropped:' chess legend Vladimir Kramnik announces retirement at 43
Prominent Russian chess grandmaster Vladimir Kramnik has decided to end his professional chess career explaining that he wants “to try doing something else” since his motivation as a chess player has “significantly dropped.” The 43-year-old former chess champion publicly announced his retire...
26.01.2019 18:39 Chess : Magnus Carlsen shares the lead at Wijk but needle game looms large
Magnus Carlsen, the world chess champion, has recaptured his vintage form in an impressive response to his unwelcome record of halving 21 consecutive games, and now shares the lead going into this weekend’s final two rounds at Wijk aan Zee. From 2.5/5 and a mid-table place a week ago Carlsen’s t...
24.01.2019 17:28 On Chess : Will The Speed Of Chess Help Make The Game More Popular?
Chess is one of the oldest sports in the world. Although it has a long, time-honored history, it, like all sports, is due for some change. To bring the sport into the new millennium, chess should be more accessible for the audience, and, at the same time, more entertaining. The classical format (90 ...
19.01.2019 18:40 Chess : Magnus Carlsen halves 21 games in a row to set unwelcome record
It will be a sore statistic with Magnus Carlsen for years to come. The world chess champion has just emerged from a run of 21 consecutive draws which threatened to derail his achievement of staying No 1 in the global rankings since July 2011. Carlsen halved his final five rounds at the European Club...
18.01.2019 17:33 On Chess : Tata Steel Chess Returns With Youngest Field Ever
The Wimbledon of chess commenced again this January and will last through Jan. 30, in Wijk aan Zee, Netherlands. Tata Steel, as it is currently known, has been a mainstay among top international chess events for the past 81 years. Located on the North Sea, Wijk aan Zee is a seaside resort town in th...
11.01.2019 18:28 Chess : Six-way tie at Hastings after Danny Gormally misses victory chance
Hastings is the grandaddy of international chess tournaments, first staged in 1895 and held annually since 1920 apart from war years. Its vintage periods were in the 1930s, 50s and 70s when chess legends including almost all the world chess champions were eager to compete while Sir George Thomas and...
10.01.2019 17:55 On Chess : The Importance Of Structuring A Chess Curriculum
Like many other titled chess players, I have had the opportunity to be a long-term coach for many young chess talents. Shaping a new generation of players is an honor and an important responsibility. Hence, I am often searching for ways to communicate complex ideas in the simplest possible form. My ...
05.01.2019 04:04 Chess : Magnus Carlsen retains world blitz title with dominant performance
It was back to business as usual for Magnus Carlsen in last weekend’s world blitz chess championship at St Petersburg. Norway’s world No 1, 28, had earlier made a dreadful start of two losses in the 15-minute rapid chess championship, and his subsequent recovery fell half a point short of the yo...

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