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So Knocks Out Giri In Nail-Biting Speed Chess Duel
May 26th, 2017, 08:33 AM
The very last bullet game (Chess960!) had to bring the decision. Wesley So defeated Anish Giri 15.5-14.5 in yesterday's Speed Chess match, one of the most exciting battles ever seen on the Chess.com live server. Find all Speed Chess informa...
Karjakin Squeezes Meier In Speed Chess
May 25th, 2017, 08:33 AM
Sergey Karjakin and Georg Meier are renowned for their similar python-like style of play. Each has regularly demonstrated the ability to patiently maneuver and press from a superior position until their opponent suffocates for lack of moves. In th...
Asian Continental: Wang Hao Wins, Wei Yi Disappoints
May 24th, 2017, 08:33 AM
GM Wang Hao edged out his compatriot GM Bu Xiangzhi on tiebreak to win the Asian Continental Championship in Chengdu, China. Both players finished on 7.0/9 and qualified for the 2017 FIDE World Cup together with GMs Vidit Santosh Gujrath...
Giri, So To Face Off Thursday In Speed Chess Match
May 23rd, 2017, 08:33 AM
A day after the battle between Sergey Karjakin and Georg Meier there's an even higher profile matchup for the 2017 Chess.com Speed Chess Championhip. World number two Wesley So will be facing world number nine Anish Giri this Thursday. Find...
Speed Chess Championship Resumes With Karjakin vs Meier
May 22nd, 2017, 08:33 AM
It's Speed Chess week! Our online championship will resume on Wednesday this week the match between Sergey Karjakin and Georg Meier. On Thursday there's Anish Giri vs Wesley So, which we'll preview tomorrow. Find all information about the 2017 S...
Ding Beats Gelfand, Wins Moscow Grand Prix
May 21st, 2017, 08:33 AM
Ding Liren became the sole winner of the FIDE Grand Prix in Moscow. Boris Gelfand went for a "very optimistic sacrifice" (as described by Hikaru Nakamura) which turned out to be incorrect. With strong play Ding won the game and also...
Moscow GP: 'Hari' Beats 'Nepo' In Dramatic Game
May 20th, 2017, 08:33 AM
Pentala Harikrishna was the only winner at the FIDE Grand Prix in Moscow today. The Indian grandmaster was first losing, but eventually defeated Ian Nepomniachtchi in what was one of the most dramatic games of the tournament. Hari went...
Giri, Hou Score In Moscow Grand Prix Round 7
May 19th, 2017, 08:33 AM
Anish Giri scored his first win at the FIDE Grand Prix in Moscow today. The Dutch GM defeated Salem Saleh. Beating Jon Ludvig Hammer, Hou Yifan scored her second win of the tournament. Nepomniachtchi gives autographs to children (see text)....
Wim Andriessen, Founder Of New In Chess, 1938-2017
May 19th, 2017, 08:33 AM
Wim Andriessen was one of those figures who, while remaining mostly in the background, changed the chess world significantly. The founder and publisher of New In Chess died on Sunday among family at his home in Alkmaar, The Netherlands. He was 78....
3 Winners In Moscow; Rolex For Nakamura
May 18th, 2017, 08:33 AM
The top of the standings didn't change much despite three decisive games in round six of the FIDE Grand Prix in Moscow. The winners were Hikaru Nakamura, Boris Gelfand, who both moved to plus-one, and Michael Adams, who recovered after three ...
Youth Chess Project Wins 2nd In World Press Photo Awards
May 17th, 2017, 08:33 AM
One of the award-winning projects of 2017 World Press Photo involved chess. Czech photographer Michael Hanke earned the prize for his pictures from several youth chess tournaments in his country. Hanke was born in 1972 in Kladno, Czech...
MVL, Grischuk, Harikrishna Win In Moscow GP R5
May 16th, 2017, 08:33 AM
Ding Liren and Shakhriyar Mamedyarov continue to lead the FIDE Grand Prix in Moscow going into the rest day. On Tuesday the winners were Maxime Vachier-Lagrave, Alexander Grischuk and Pentala Harikrishna. Sergey Karjakin, who gave a simul a...
Mamedyarov Breaks 2800, Catches Ding In Moscow
May 15th, 2017, 08:33 AM
With yet another win, Shakhriyar Mamedyarov not only caught Ding Liren in first place at the FIDE Grand Prix in Moscow; the Azerbaijani also became the 13th player in history to break 2800 in the live ratings. Shakhriyar Mamedyarov, now 280...
Grandelius, Jobava Win Revived Tepe Sigeman & Co Tournament
May 15th, 2017, 08:33 AM
Thanks to sponsorship of Sweden's leading manufacturer of dental products, the Tepe Sigeman & Co Tournament was revived after two years. Nils Grandelius and Baadur Jobava shared first place in a single round robin with also Pavel Elj...
Ding Leads After Dramatic Day At Moscow GP
May 14th, 2017, 08:33 AM
In what was the most spectacular round of the whole 2017 FIDE Grand Prix so far, five games ended decisively. Sunday's winners in Moscow were Ding Liren (now the sole leader), Shakhriyar Mamedyarov, Peter Svidler, Salem Saleh and Jo...
Two Chinese Leaders After Moscow GP Round 2
May 13th, 2017, 08:33 AM
Ding Liren defeated Ernesto Inarkiev to join his compatriot Hou Yifan in the lead at the FIDE Grand Prix in Moscow. First-round loser Ian Nepomniachtchi today defeated Jon Ludvig Hammer. Ding Liren is on "plus one" now, like Hou Y...
Hou Yifan Sole Winner In Moscow GP Round 1
May 12th, 2017, 08:33 AM
Hou Yifan was the only winner in the first round of the FIDE Grand Prix in Moscow. The number-one female player from China defeated the Russian player Ian Nepomniachtchi with the black pieces. Ian Nepomniachtchi resigns his game vs Hou...
Ethics Commission Proposes 3-Month Ban For Zhukova
May 11th, 2017, 08:33 AM
GM Natalia Zhukova has sent a document* in which she objects against the FIDE ethics commission's provisional decision to ban her for three months as a result of cheating allegations against WGM Mihaela Sandu at the 2015 European Women's...
Mamedyarov Scores Big For Winning Siberia, Now World #6
May 11th, 2017, 08:33 AM
Having lost their title to St. Petersburg last year, star-studded Siberia-Sirius reclaimed the top prize of the Russian Team Championship's Premier League this week in Sochi, Russia. Anish Giri and Vladimir Kramnik were pa...
Is There Good Money In Chess?
May 8th, 2017, 08:33 AM
Money, war, politics. It's going to be a heavy edition of "in other news," Chess.com's collection of all the stories tangentially related to the game. This may be the most contentious compilation yet, so get your typing hand ready for the com...
Carlsen At Milken Institute: 'I Don't Presume To Know Much At All'
May 4th, 2017, 08:33 AM
What does GM Magnus Carlsen have to do with Kareem Abdul-Jabbar? Honestly, not much (there are 3189 blocks and 2832 rating points between them). But such is the nature of the Milken Institute's Global Conference 2017, which took place earlier this...
Nakamura Wins Convincingly In Speed Champs Opener
May 3rd, 2017, 08:33 AM
No one signed up to play GM Hikaru Nakamura, but somebody had to. In the opening match of the 2017 Speed Chess Championship (rebranded from Blitz Battle Championship last year), Nakamura easily defeated qualifier GM Sergey Grigoriants 20.5-7.5. ...
Magnus Carlsen Dominates May Titled Tuesday
May 3rd, 2017, 08:33 AM
He's not the world champion for nothing. Magnus Carlsen won the May Titled Tuesday with a huge score of 9.5/10. The second-place finishers, GM Hikaru Nakamura and IM Bilel Bellahcene, were a full 1.5 points back on 8/10. It's hard for grind-it-o...
Mamedyarov Repeats; Wins Shamkir 2nd Year In A Row
April 30th, 2017, 08:33 AM
Despite yesterday's slip, Shakhriyar Mamedyarov successfully defended his title in the 2017 Vugar Gashimov Memorial today after a last round draw with Veselin Topalov; a draw by his only other rival, Wesley So, clinched first place for the to...
Brilliant Wojtaszek Surging In Shamkir
April 29th, 2017, 08:33 AM
Shakhriyar Mamedyarov played with fire and lost today to an excellently prepared Radoslaw Wojtaszek in Round 8 of the Vugar Gashimov Memorial in Shamkir, Azerbaijan. This cut his full point lead to just half a point, as both Wesley So and Veselin ...