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Urschel Talks Retirement; CryptoCurrency 'Chesscoin' Anyone?
February 20th, 2018, 05:48 AM
The ex-NFL lineman John Urschel mostly wanted his recent retirement news to pass through the media glare quietly and quickly. Recently, he opened up about his reasoning to Sports Illustrated, and then another feature on Huffington Post talked abou...
Carlsen Tops Grenke Chess Classic Field
February 19th, 2018, 05:48 AM
Magnus Carlsen's next big tournament will be the Grenke Chess Classic, held from March 31 to  April 9 in the German cities of Karlsruhe and Baden-Baden. Yesterday the field of participants was announced by the organizers. Half of the field ...
Swiss Bank To Close FIDE Account Over Ilyumzhinov
February 16th, 2018, 05:48 AM
The Swiss department of UBS bank has informed the World Chess Federation that it will close its bank account, in April at the latest, due to FIDE President Kirsan Ilyumzhinov's presence on the sanctions list of the U.S. Department of the Trea...
Anand Leads High-Scoring Indian Contingent In PRO Chess Round 6
February 16th, 2018, 05:48 AM
What do GMs Avital Boruchovsky, Yaroslav Zherebukh, Oleksandr Bortnyk, and Alexey Dreev have in common? They all scored 4/4 in round six of the PRO Chess League and led their teams to victory. Both Boruchovsky and Bortnyk, by virtue of the ...
Carlsen Wins Fischer Random Chess Championship
February 13th, 2018, 05:48 AM
Magnus Carlsen is the new unofficial Fischer Random world champion after beating Hikaru Nakamura 14-10 today in their match in Norway.  Taking into account the positive reception of the NRK TV show over the last five days, and the v...
Carlsen Wins, Then Flags vs Nakamura In Fischer Random Day 4
February 12th, 2018, 05:48 AM
After a dramatic day at the Fischer random (chess960) world championship match Magnus Carlsen still leads by two points. He started with a convincing win vs Hikaru Nakamura but then lost Monday's second game, trying to win a RB-vs-R endgame until ...
Carlsen vs Nakamura: 'Black Sunday' Delivers Exciting Fischer Random Chess
February 12th, 2018, 05:48 AM
Magnus Carlsen continues to lead in the unofficial Fischer random (chess960) world championship match against Hikaru Nakamura after both games on Sunday ended in a win for the black player. The score is now 7-to-5 in favor of Carlsen. Th...
Fischer Random Chess Day 2: Nakamura Blunders Queen
February 11th, 2018, 05:48 AM
At the end of the second day, Magnus Carlsen took the lead in the unofficial Fischer random (chess960) world championship match versus Hikaru Nakamura. The American grandmaster was defending a theoretically drawn endgame but with little time ...
Nakamura-Carlsen Fischer Random Chess Tied After Day 1
February 9th, 2018, 05:48 AM
The unofficial Fischer random (chess960) world championship match between "reigning champion" Hikaru Nakamura and "challenger" Magnus Carlsen started with two draws. In the first half of the match the games count double and so the score ...
Liang Defeats Caruana In Thrilling Day Of PRO Chess Upsets
February 8th, 2018, 05:48 AM
There's no such thing as an easy PRO Chess League match. Yet again in round five, many top teams and top players were nicked for half- or full-point upsets, and the biggest winner of the week, the Amsterdam Mosquitoes, came completely out of lef...
$2,000 Crazyhouse Championship Returns On Chess.com
February 6th, 2018, 05:48 AM
Chess.com announced today the return of its official Crazyhouse Championship this month with a total prize pool of $2,000. The championship will feature a week of qualifiers and a live-streamed final tournament to crown the crazyhouse champion. ...
Chess.com To Cover Carlsen-Nakamura Match
February 6th, 2018, 05:48 AM
This coming Friday a Fischer Random (Chess960) match between Magnus Carlsen and Hikaru Nakamura will start at Høvikodden outside Oslo, Norway. The (impressive) prize fund is just under $200,000. The English-language commentary,&nb...
Magnus Carlsen Streams PRO Chess Super Sunday
February 4th, 2018, 05:48 AM
What could make the PRO Chess League's Super Saturday and Sunday, a rapid event with five of the world's top ten players, even more exciting? World Champion Magnus Carlsen streaming his games! Carlsen decided to stream his play on longtime frien...
Aronian Wins Gibraltar Chess In Playoff
February 1st, 2018, 05:48 AM
GM Levon Aronian is two-for-two in his last open events. They just happen to have come 13 years apart. He won the £25,000 first prize at the 16th Tradewise Gibraltar Chess Festival on Thursday after drawing with the reigning cham...
Carlsen, Caruana Perfect PRO Chess Players After Round 3
February 1st, 2018, 05:48 AM
After three weeks of PRO Chess League play, there are two players (Magnus Carlsen on 8/8 and Fabiano Caruana on 4/4) and one team (Minnesota Blizzard) with a perfect score. Two players aside from Carlsen and Caruana achieved perfect scores this we...
5 For Fighting: Handful Of GMs Tied Entering Last Round Of Gibraltar Chess
January 31st, 2018, 05:48 AM
After nine rounds of the 16th Tradewise Gibraltar Chess Festival, the top players have regressed to the mean. GM Hikaru Nakamura has slowed down with four straight draws after opening with five straight wins, and that has allowed the other two top...
2018 Grand Chess Tour Invitees, Dates Announced
January 30th, 2018, 05:48 AM
Magnus Carlsen, the winner of the 2017 Grand Chess Tour, headlines the list of invitees for the 2018 tour. The organizers have announced the 10 invited players and the dates in a press release. The tour organizers explained their criteria f...
Can Howell Be James Bond At Gibraltar Chess?
January 29th, 2018, 05:48 AM
In 2015, GM Hikaru Nakamura threatened to run away with the Tradewise Gibraltar Chess Festival, starting 6-0. Just when it looked like his seventh win was coming, a late slip allowed GM David Howell to draw. Fast forward to 2018 and three s...
Carlsen Beats Giri In Playoff, Wins Tata Steel Chess
January 28th, 2018, 05:48 AM
On Sunday Magnus Carlsen won the Tata Steel Chess Tournament for a record sixth time. The Norwegian grandmaster tied for first place with Anish Giri and then beat the local hero 1.5-0.5 in a blitz playoff. Vidit Santosh Gujrathi won...
Tata Steel Chess: Carlsen Or Giri?
January 27th, 2018, 05:48 AM
As both Magnus Carlsen and Anish Giri won their games in the penultimate round of the Tata Steel Chess Tournament, one of them will likely be crowned as the winner tomorrow. Shakhriyar Mamedyarov, who drew very quickly today, has a chance too...
Nakamura 4-for-4 In Quest For 4th Straight Gibraltar Title
January 26th, 2018, 05:48 AM
Here's a pro-tip: Don't try to outcalculate GM Hikaru Nakamura. With seven players sitting on 3/3 going into today's round four of the Tradewise Gibraltar Chess Festival, the American used his nonpareil calculation skills to navigate through an ...
Tata Steel Chess: Anand Moves Closer To Leading Trio
January 26th, 2018, 05:48 AM
The 11th round of the Tata Steel Chess Tournament saw three decisive games, but the leaders are still Magnus Carlsen, Anish Giri and Shakhriyar Mamedyarov. Thanks to his win today, Vishy Anand is only half a point behind this t...
Nearly 600 Play In Bikfoot's Prize Arena
January 26th, 2018, 05:48 AM
Chess.com and Partner Streamer Wouter Bik hosted the first ever co-sponsored arena tournament on January 21, and nearly 600 chess players competed for "prime number glory"! Per the event rules, only those finishing (by a combination of skill and...
PRO Chess Round 2: Nakamura Falters In Final Game
January 26th, 2018, 05:48 AM
For the second week in a row, only four PRO Chess League players managed a perfect 4/4 score. In an amazing turn of events, two of the four weren't even board ones! GMs Gawain Jones and Eduardo Iturrizaga scored for their team, but then second boa...
Carlsen, Giri, Mamedyarov Lead Tata Steel Chess
January 24th, 2018, 05:48 AM
Anish Giri's sole lead at the Tata Steel Chess Tournament was short-lived as both Magnus Carlsen and Shakhriyar Mamedyarov rejoined him back in first place the next day. The 10th round of the tournament was held in Groningen. ...