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Mamedyarov Bamboozles Eljanov, Steals Lead In Shamkir
April 23rd, 2017, 01:04 PM
Shakhriyar Mamedyarov has long been renowned for his skill in sharp, complex positions. He drew on his talents today to defeat Pavel Eljanov, but he also needed a bit of luck as Eljanov missed a clear win. Consequently, Mamedyarov passes Eljanov i...
Aronian Misses 5th Win In A Row
April 22nd, 2017, 01:04 PM
Having won the Grenke Chess Classic already, Levon Aronian missed an excellent chance to finish with another win today, vs Fabiano Caruana. Eventually all games in the final round ended in draws. The top three with organizers Sven Nopp...
Topalov Wins A Brilliancy In Shamkir
April 22nd, 2017, 01:04 PM
Pavel Eljanov won his second game in a row to start The Gashimov Memorial in Shamkir in clear first place after two rounds, but the main story of the day was Veselin Topalov's beautiful win as Black against Radek Wojtaszek in which a rook sacrific...
So's Unbeaten Streak Ended By Mamedyarov
April 21st, 2017, 01:04 PM
After 67 consecutive classical games without a loss, GM Wesley So's streak ended today in the opening round of Shamkir Chess 2017, colloquially known as the Vugar Gashimov Memorial. The streak dated back to last summer and ended when he blundered ...
Aronian Wins Grenke Chess With Round To Spare
April 21st, 2017, 01:04 PM
With a fourth win in a row Levon Aronian, reached a 5/6 score today, winning the Grenke Chess Classic with a round to spare since the other games ended in draws. Tournament victory for Levon Aronian. | Image courtes...
Aronian New Leader At Grenke
April 19th, 2017, 01:04 PM
Hou Yifan missed a draw and lost an instructive endgame to Maxime Vachier-Lagrave today at the Grenke Chess Classic. The new leader is Levon Aronian, who won against Matthias Bluebaum. Levon Aronian, the new leader at Grenke | Photo: G...
World Junior Champ Xiong Qualifies For Speed Chess Champs
April 19th, 2017, 01:04 PM
The reigning world junior champion, Jeffery Xiong, was the unlikely winner of Chess.com's third Speed Chess Championship qualifier. How could such a noted talent be an unlikely winner? First, he was seeded 25 in the 166 player event, but second, h...
Ilyumzhinov To Run For FIDE President In 2018
April 18th, 2017, 01:04 PM
In a statement to Chess.com, Kirsan Ilyumzhinov today announced that he will be running for FIDE president again in 2018. "One billion people playing chess" continues to be his motto. "Today I was analyzing everything that has happen...
Nakamura Wins 3rd Straight Zurich Chess Challenge
April 17th, 2017, 01:04 PM
The third time is really quite charmed for Hikaru Nakamura. Today, he won his third Zurich Chess Challenge in a row. Additionally, he won all three formats in Zurich, the opening blitz, the "new classical," and the final blitz. In February, Nakamu...
Hou Yifan Pressures Carlsen, Maintains Lead At Grenke
April 17th, 2017, 01:04 PM
Hou Yifan had the better chances but drew with Magnus Carlsen to keep her lead at the Grenke Chess Classic today. Again there were three winners: Levon Aronian, Fabiano Caruana and Arkadij Naiditsch. Hou Yifan vs Carlsen&nbs...
Nakamura, Nepomniachtchi Top Zurich's Classical; Tight Race Entering Blitz Tomorrow
April 16th, 2017, 01:04 PM
Entering the final day of the "classical" portion of the Zurich Chess Challenge, Hikaru Nakamura and Peter Svidler held the lead. Svidler had earlier beaten Nakamura in great style, but today Nakamura drew as White against Viswanathan Anand while ...
Carlsen Again Spoils At Grenke; Hou Yifan On 2/2
April 16th, 2017, 01:04 PM
For the second day in a row Magnus Carlsen spoilt a promising (in this case winning) position at the Grenke Chess Classic in Karlsruhe. Hou Yifan moved to 2/2, while both Fabiano Caruana and Maxime Vachier-Lagrave bounced back with wins. Hou...
Grenke Classic: Caruana, MVL Drop Below 2800
April 15th, 2017, 01:04 PM
Both Fabiano Caruana and Maxime Vachier-Lagrave dropped below 2800 in the live ratings today. In round one of the Grenke Chess Classic Caruana lost to Hou Yifan, while Maxime Vachier-Lagrave was defeated by Arkadij Naiditsch. Sporti...
Nakamura, Svidler Lead After Fighting Chess In Zurich
April 15th, 2017, 01:04 PM
If one prerequisite to a great sporting event is the lead changing hands several times, then the 2017 Korchnoi Zurich Chess Challenge is for you. Consider: After the opening round, GM Hikaru Nakamura and GM Vladimir Kramnik led. One mo...
Svidler Beats Nakamura; 4-Way Race In Zurich
April 14th, 2017, 01:04 PM
Everything looked primed for GM Hikaru Nakamura to jump out to sole first place at the end of the second day of "new classical" games at the Korchnoi Zurich Chess Challenge. Then GM Peter Svidler interjected. He had not defeated the America...
Kramnik, Nakamura Early Leaders In Zurich's 'New Classical'
April 13th, 2017, 01:04 PM
Does the "new classical" time control work in making more decisive games? It's early in Zurich, but so far the limited sample size has given good returns, especially if your "science vs. sport" pendulum swings toward the latter. Both GMs Vladimi...
Nakamura Can't Stop, Crosses Ocean To Win Zurich Blitz
April 13th, 2017, 01:04 PM
GM Hikaru Nakamura can't stop playing chess. Even an ocean can't hold him back. Just after the closing ceremony of the U.S. championship, he played in Chess.com's Titled Tuesday from the airport (and the plane!), then took off and a few hou...
Meier Wins 2nd Speed Chess Qualifier Amid Nakamura Drama
April 12th, 2017, 01:04 PM
Tuesday's Speed Chess Championship Qualifier 2 (with two more on April 18 and 25!) featured one of the most remarkable finales in Chess.com's history as Hikaru Nakamura entered the last round a half-point ahead of the field but ineligible to quali...
Ilyumzhinov Loses Even More Power As FIDE President
April 11th, 2017, 01:04 PM
Kirsan Ilyumzhinov is still the FIDE president, but all major powers are in the hands of deputy president Georgios Makropoulos. Yesterday's extraordinary presidential board meeting in Athens, described as "peaceful" by attendants, furthe...
So Beats Onischuk To Win 1st U.S. Championship
April 10th, 2017, 01:04 PM
It turns out, the PRO Chess League was just the warmup. After winning the MVP award last month for scoring the highest league performance rating, today GM Wesley So continued his rapid brilliance in the Monday playoff for the 2017 U.S....
Foisor Wins U.S. Women's While So, Onischuk Head To Playoff
April 9th, 2017, 01:04 PM
On her ninth attempt, it was mate in nine. WGM Sabina Foisor's elegant winning combination continues the legacy of a legend. Less than three months removed from the unexpected loss of her mother, a five-time Romanian Women's Champion, ...
'Dinosaur' Onischuk Joins Akobian, So For U.S. Champs Finish Sunday
April 8th, 2017, 01:04 PM
Stop me if you've heard this one: "A 20-something, a 30-something, and a 40-something lead the U.S. Championship..." It's not the setup to a joke, but it is the setup to a unpredictable finish at the 2017 U.S. Championship, which (may) conclude ...
U.S. Champs Round 9: "I can't believe what I just witnessed"
April 7th, 2017, 01:04 PM
On Chess.com's Tactics Trainer you can solve by the theme: e.g. "attacks on f2/f7." GM Wesley So doesn't need the practice. A year removed from the scintillating cruncher 20. Nxf7!, at today's 2017 U.S. championship round nine, he one-upped...
Organizers Expel Suspected Cheater In Dubai
April 7th, 2017, 01:04 PM
An amateur player was suspected of cheating and was removed from the Dubai Open. The Indian player Jeel Shah, 21 years old and rated 1764, was removed from the tournament after he was suspected of cheating. The organizers didn't provide a c...
Akobian Wins To Become So's Newest Co-Leader
April 6th, 2017, 01:04 PM
The players' fortunes at the 2017 U.S. championship have resembled more of a bingo hopper than any linear path. Just when you think one player has the best trajectory to the title, everything is thrown into chaos again. Round eight of the tourna...