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Queen Beats Rook: Aronian, Ding To Final & Candidates
September 21st, 2017, 01:37 PM
Levon Aronian and Ding Liren have qualified for both the final of the FIDE World Cup and for the 2018 Candidates' Tournament. Ding beat Wesley So in the 10+10 games whereas Aronian eliminated Maxime Vachier-Lagrave by winning the Ar...
Aronian-MVL, Ding-So Go To Tiebreaks
September 20th, 2017, 01:37 PM
The second day of the FIDE World Cup's semifinals was identical to the first. Whereas Maxime Vachier-Lagrave and Levon Aronian played a quick draw in a Ruy Lopez, Ding Liren and Wesley So were involved in a long, Catalan fight that ...
World Cup Semifinals: Was So Winning?
September 19th, 2017, 01:37 PM
Both games on the first day of the FIDE World Cup's semifinals were drawn. Levon Aronian and Maxime Vachier-Lagrave split the point quickly in a very theoretical line of the Gruenfeld Defense. Wesley So built up serious pressure vs Ding Liren...
Chess.com Isle Of Man, By The Numbers
September 18th, 2017, 01:37 PM
The Isle of Man is not big, but it will be plenty big enough to capture the chess world's attention as it expands its annual world-class open tournament. From September 23 to October 1, the Chess.com Isle of Man International revisits the crown ...
Vachier-Lagrave Knocks Out Svidler At World Cup
September 17th, 2017, 01:37 PM
In today's tiebreak of their quarterfinal match, Maxime Vachier-Lagrave eliminated Peter Svidler from the FIDE World Cup. On what was the shortest day in Tbilisi so far, the Frenchman won the second rapid game after the first had ended in a draw. ...
Win With White; Draw With Black; Aronian, So, Ding Advance
September 16th, 2017, 01:37 PM
Three victories with White secured semi-final slots for Levon Aronian, Wesley So, and Ding Liren in the World Cup. Aronian was the only player to win yesterday; a draw today (though not quickly achieved) was sufficient for him. Rapport leaves th...
Ivanchuk Implodes On 1st Day Quarterfinals
September 15th, 2017, 01:37 PM
He spent 42 minutes on his 10th move and resigned as early as move 24. Vassily Ivanchuk imploded after misplaying the opening and lost quickly to Levon Aronian as the quarterfinals of the FIDE World Cup took off in Tbilisi. Just f...
Fedoseev, MVL, Rapport, So, Svidler To Quarterfinals
September 14th, 2017, 01:37 PM
Vladimir Fedoseev, Maxime Vachier-Lagrave, Richard, Rapport, Wesley So and Peter Svidler have joined yesterday's qualifiers to reach round five of the FIDE World Cup in Tbilisi. The deciding moment where MVL eliminates Grischuk. | Phot...
Aronian, Ding Liren, Ivanchuk Through To Quarterfinals
September 13th, 2017, 01:37 PM
Levon Aronian, Ding Liren and Vassily Ivanchuk have qualified for the quarterfinals of the FIDE World Cup. Ivanchuk had a winning position but forced a draw vs Anish Giri, Ding Liren slowly ground down compatriot Wang Hao and Aronian won a di...
Ivanchuk, Fedoseev Start Round 4 With Wins
September 12th, 2017, 01:37 PM
The first day of the FIDE World Cup's fourth round saw two winners. Vassily Ivanchuk beat Anish Giri in a Petroff, and Vladimir Fedoseev refuted a mistake by Maxim Rodshtein brilliantly. Vassily Ivanchuk defeated Giri in a Petroff. | Photo:...
PRO League Qualifiers Set For Oct. 28
September 12th, 2017, 01:37 PM
October 28 might have more titled players than ever playing on Chess.com. If nothing else, there will be more at stake than ever. That's because many qualification spots for teams to earn spots in the Professional Online Rapid (PRO) Chess League...
Caruana, Li Chao, Nepomniachtchi Leave World Cup
September 11th, 2017, 01:37 PM
One more top-10 player was knocked out of the FIDE World Cup today. Fabiano Caruana lost his second rapid game to Evgeniy Najer. Other small rating upsets were Richard Rapport beating Li Chao, and Baadur Jobava winning against Ian Nepomn...
World Cup Shock: Carlsen, Kramnik, Nakamura Out
September 10th, 2017, 01:37 PM
A huge shock was felt at the FIDE World Cup today as some of the biggest names in the tournament got knocked out: Magnus Carlsen, Vladimir Kramnik and Hikaru Nakamura. Carlsen couldn't beat Bu, and is packing his bags. | Phot...
Bu Brilliancy Beats Carlsen At World Cup
September 9th, 2017, 01:37 PM
Bu Xiangzhi defeated Magnus Carlsen in a brilliant first game of the FIDE World Cup's third round. The world champion needs to win as Black tomorrow to stay in the tournament. Carlsen resigns and loses his first game in Tbilisi. | Photo: Ch...
Dress Code Incident At World Cup: Kovalyov Forfeits [UPDATED]
September 9th, 2017, 01:37 PM
Anton Kovalyov today forfeited his game with Maxim Rodshtein in round three of the FIDE World Cup in Tbilisi, after being asked to change his attire. Upset about how he was treated, the 25-year-old Canadian grandmaster decided to le...
Harikrishna, Mamedyarov, Radjabov, Wei Yi, Wojtaszek Exit World Cup
September 8th, 2017, 01:37 PM
On the second tiebreak day in Tbilisi, Boris Gelfand, Pentala Harikrishna, Shakhriyar Mamedyarov, Teimour Radjabov, Wei Yi and Radoslaw Wojtaszek were among the players who got knocked out of the FIDE World Cup. Duda vs Ivanchuk, ...
Favorites Falter: Adams, Anand, Karjakin Knocked Out
September 7th, 2017, 01:37 PM
On a dramatic day in Tbilisi, three big names had to leave the FIDE World Cup after the second game of round two. The reigning champion Sergey Karjakin lost his black game to his compatriot Daniil Dubov, Vishy Anand got eliminated a...
Anand Starts With Loss In World Cup Round 2
September 6th, 2017, 01:37 PM
Round two of the FIDE World Cup in Tbilisi started with a shocking loss for Vishy Anand. The five-time world champion "brilliantly overpressed" in a good position against Anton Kovalyov of Canada, and needs to win his second game to stay in t...
Ibarra Jerez, Oparin Triumph In Titled Tuesday
September 6th, 2017, 01:37 PM
Two Titled Tuesday regulars, GMs Jose Ibarra Jerez and Grigoriy Oparin, employed experienced and steady play to reach 8.5/10 surmount a field of 189 players in September's monthly tournament. It was Ibarra Jerez who had the hot start, racking up...
Amin, Howell, Fressinet, Nisipeanu Exit World Cup
September 5th, 2017, 01:37 PM
Bassem Amin, David Howell, Laurent Fressinet and Liviu-Dieter Nisipeanu are the biggest names that were eliminated on day three of the FIDE World Cup in Tibilisi. In the longest tiebreak match of the day, the local hero Baadur Jobava man...
Lenderman Knocks Out Eljanov At World Cup
September 4th, 2017, 01:37 PM
Pavel Eljanov is among the 42 players who got eliminated from the FIDE World Cup at the earliest possible moment. The Ukrainian grandmaster also lost his second game to Aleksandr Lenderman (USA). 22 matches went into tiebreaks, including Sergey Ka...
Eljanov, Fedoseev, Harikrishna, Wei Yi Upset At World Cup
September 3rd, 2017, 01:37 PM
The FIDE World Cup took off today in Tbilisi, Georgia. Strong grandmasters such as Pavel Eljanov, Vladimir Fedoseev, Pentala Harikrishna and Wei Yi lost, and are in danger of early elimination. Among the players upsetting higher rated players...
Carlsen Draws White For 1st Game World Cup
September 2nd, 2017, 01:37 PM
Magnus Carlsen will start with the white pieces in his first game on Sunday at the FIDE World Cup in Tbilisi, Georgia. This was the result of the drawing of lots, performed today during the opening ceremony. The technical meeting after the ...
Averbakh (95), World's Oldest GM, Plays 4-Year-Old
September 1st, 2017, 01:37 PM
Last Tuesday, a small chess festival was held at the famous Ostankino tower in Moscow. Among the participants were chess legends Boris Spassky and Yuri Averbakh, but also Sergey Karjakin and Russia's latest star, Misha Osipov.  Maria E...
MVL Overwhelms Xiong In Speed Chess Champs
August 31st, 2017, 01:37 PM
The closest match featuring a speed chess qualifier turned into a rout in the second half. The world junior champion, Jeffery Xiong, actually took the lead in this tight match as late as game 14, but that seemed to serve only to awaken the "Lyon B...