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Radjabov's Qualification Chances Take Hit After Second GP Loss
November 23rd, 2017, 08:00 AM
The two men attempting to qualify for the next Candidates' tournament tried the hardest today. The hardest not to lose. Only one was successful. GMs Maxime Vachier-Lagrave and Teimour Radjabov played the two longest games of round seven of the F...
Carlsen In Speed Chess Final After Beating Grischuk
November 22nd, 2017, 08:00 AM
Magnus Carlsen is the first player to reach the final of the 2017 Chess.com Speed Chess Championship. On Tuesday the world champion beat Alexander Grischuk with a five-point margin despite losing the bullet segment. This week's match was the com...
Naked Chess, Snoop Dogg, And Best Chess Ad Ever
November 21st, 2017, 08:00 AM
In this month's "In Other News" mashup, we ask if you would play naked chess? Rapper Snoop Dogg asks why the world isn't woke to a girls chess team? And make sure to read until the end for a remembrance of a national championship chess player who ...
Rest Day Before The Rest Day: All Grand Prix Games Drawn
November 20th, 2017, 08:00 AM
One afternoon before the FIDE Grand Prix in Mallorca, Spain entered its only rest day, all 18 players decided they preferred nearly a 48-hour break instead. All nine games finished drawn, with the two that are most relevant to Candidates' qualific...
Bloody Sunday Produces Six Winners, Aronian As Sole Leader
November 19th, 2017, 08:00 AM
Who is GM Simon Williams seconding? In today's round four of the final leg of the FIDE Grand Prix in Palma de Mallorca, Spain, six of the nine players of the white pieces played h4, many with aggressive intentions. Despite that being the Ginger ...
Carlsen Dominates Speed Chess; Defeats So
November 18th, 2017, 08:00 AM
"Magnus Carlsen dominates speed chess" is a fairly accurate description of chess in 2017. Carlsen has destroyed multiple fast chess formats. After shared firsts (but no title on tiebreak) in the World Rapid and Blitz Championships in December, he ...
Svidler Moves To Shared First Place At Palma GP
November 18th, 2017, 08:00 AM
Winning as Black today Peter Svidler moved to a plus one score at the FIDE Grand Prix in Palma de Mallorca. The Russian GM joined leaders Levon Aronian, Teimour Radjabov, Anish Giri and Maxime Vachier-Lagrave. The other win was sc...
Stockfish Wins Chess.com Computer Championship
November 18th, 2017, 08:00 AM
The powerful, open-source chess engine Stockfish narrowly beat out two strong commercial engines to win the first Chess.com Computer Chess Championship this week. Stockfish placed clear first in the 10-engine round robin to reach the superfin...
Aronian, Radjabov Join Leaders At Palma GP
November 17th, 2017, 08:00 AM
Levon Aronian and Teimour Radjabov won their games in round two of the FIDE Grand Prix in Palma de Mallorca, Spain. The two are tied for first place with Anish Giri and Maxime Vachier-Lagrave. Ernesto Inarkiev was one of the winners yesterday, b...
Giri, MVL, Inarkiev Start With Wins At Palma Grand Prix
November 16th, 2017, 08:00 AM
Anish Giri, Ernesto Inarkiev and Maxime Vachier-Lagrave were the winners on the first day of the FIDE Grand Prix in Palma de Mallorca, Spain. Teimour Radjabov, who is hoping to qualify for the Candidates' (like MVL), started with a quick draw. T...
Carlsen-Ding Biggest Champions Showdown Win
November 15th, 2017, 08:00 AM
By scoring 8.5-3.5 on the final day, Magnus Carlsen beat Ding Liren 67-25 which was the biggest margin of all four Champions Showdown matches in St. Louis. Carlsen won $60,000 (€50,800) for his win, and Ding got $40,000 (€33,870). Comm...
Can So Upset Carlsen, The Speed Chess Champ?
November 14th, 2017, 08:00 AM
So-so won't be good enough for GM Wesley So. On Saturday, November 18, he will face the world champion and reigning Speed Chess Champion GM Magnus Carlsen for the final spot in the quarterfinals. The underdog won't just need to score his first...
Carlsen Demolishes Ding, Wins With Day To Spare
November 14th, 2017, 08:00 AM
The two will definitely play chess on Tuesday, but by crushing his opponent 6.5-1.5 on the third day of the Champions Showdown in St. Louis Magnus Carlsen secured match victory vs. Ding Liren with a game and a day to spare. "He's not t...
American Trio, One Bleeding, Sweeps Champions Showdown
November 12th, 2017, 08:00 AM
Thanks to two blitz comebacks, one large and one small, the three U.S. players successfully defended their home turf at the 2017 Champions Showdown. The world champion had a pretty good day too in his rapid games. For the Americans, the "Miracle...
Carlsen Wins His Day One As Caruana, So Make Their Move
November 11th, 2017, 08:00 AM
Just when it seemed all the matches would be runaways before the final day of the 2017 Champions Showdown, a trio of trailers reinvigorated their battles. Three matches played eight games of G/10 with plenty of storylines from the 24 games. Mean...
Milliseconds Sacred In Showdown's 2nd Day
November 10th, 2017, 08:00 AM
It was supposed to be a rapid and blitz match, but it's turning into a theme match. Good reflexes don't hurt either. The 2017 Champions Showdown doesn't actually require specific openings to be played over the quartet of 30-game matches, but so ...
FIDE Criticized For Hosting World Rapid, Blitz In Saudi Arabia
November 10th, 2017, 08:00 AM
The World Chess Federation (FIDE) has received strong criticism for its decision to host this year's World Rapid & Blitz Championships in Saudi Arabia.  "The fact that certain people will not be able to [participate] means it really sho...
No Increment, No Problem For Nakamura, Dominguez
November 9th, 2017, 08:00 AM
In day one of the 2017 Champions Showdown, it was a case of addition by lack of addition. Despite the G/30 time control, the longest of the four days of play, the event's lack of increment already factored in to several games. First there was ...
How Did 'Champions Showdown' Players Pick Their Opponents?
November 8th, 2017, 08:00 AM
Every November the Chess Club and Scholastic Center of Saint Louis (CCSCL) lets its hair down with their "Showdown" event. This year it will be four concurrent Showdowns, and like the Wild West, only one man will survive from each battle. Unlike...
Magnus Carlsen Wins Titled Tuesday By Full Point
November 8th, 2017, 08:00 AM
It's always a wonderful surprise at Chess.com (and for all chess fans) when the world champion, Magnus Carlsen, gets the itch for online blitz. Yesterday, Titled Tuesday provided the perfect outlet. Also competing with the world champion? Hikaru N...
Russian Women Rule At European Team Championship
November 8th, 2017, 08:00 AM
The Russian women's team dominated the European Team Championship in Crete, Greece and won the event with a round to spare. IM Jovanka Houska, who played for the English team, reports. Sometime in the 1950s some wise bods got together and i...
Twitch, Chess.com Partner To Promote Chess Streaming
November 8th, 2017, 08:00 AM
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: Chess.com and Twitch Announce Multi-Year Partnership to Increase Chess Engagement Worldwide Palo Alto, Calif., Nov. 8, 2017 — Chess.com and Twitch today announced a multi-year partnership to benefit chess stre...
Azerbaijan Wins Gold Amidst Controversy
November 6th, 2017, 08:00 AM
Azerbaijan played 2-2 vs Ukraine and had some scary moments as Russia beat Germany 3-1 and reached the same amount of match points. At the end of the day the tiebreak worked out well for the Azerbaijani, who won gold at the European...
Azerbaijan Beats Russia, Takes Lead In Crete
November 5th, 2017, 08:00 AM
With a convincing 3-1 score Azerbaijan beat Russia today, and took a big step towards gold at the European Team Championship in Greece. Ukraine beat Hungary and is now tied for second place with Russia. It was the clash everyone had be...
Did Ding Liren Play The Game Of The Year?
November 5th, 2017, 08:00 AM
Besides all the action at the European Team Championship, some more top grandmasters are active this week, in the Chinese League. Yesterday World Cup runner-up Ding Liren played a mesmerizing game of the kind that you see only once a year. ...