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Wojtaszek Wins Dortmund After Last-Round Fireworks
July 23rd, 2017, 06:39 PM
For years he was in the background, working as a second for Vishy Anand. Today Radoslaw Wojtaszek proved how strong a player he is himself, winning his first super tournament in Dortmund, after what was the Sparkassen Chess Meeting'...
Four Draws In Dortmund; Wojtaszek Almost There
July 22nd, 2017, 06:39 PM
He had more reason not to be fully satisfied with his play, but Radoslaw Wojtaszek nonetheless leads the Sparkassen Chess Meeting in Dortmund with one round to go. The Polish grandmaster was doing well, but let Matthias Bluebaum escape i...
Wang Yue Beats Bluebaum; Wojtaszek Sole Leader
July 22nd, 2017, 06:39 PM
Drawing Dmitry Andreikin as Black, Radoslaw Wojtaszek grabbed the sole lead at the Sparkassen Chess Meeting in Dortmund. That's because co-leader Matthias Bluebaum suffered his first loss, against Wang Yue. After round five Wojtaszek is the sole...
Can Anand Be The Federer Of Chess?
July 21st, 2017, 06:39 PM
What's more impressive: spending more than 300 weeks as the world number one, or winning five separate world championship titles? We'll leave it to you to debate who's had a more historic career -- Roger Federer or GM Viswanathan Anand. More int...
Andreikin Shows Endgame Magic Beyond Move 100
July 20th, 2017, 06:39 PM
Dortmund's fourth round saw four fighting draws, with two games going beyond move 100. After a 7.5 hour battle Dmitry Andreikin managed to save an endgame with rook and two pawns vs two rooks against Matthias Bluebaum. The start of the...
Black Is OK In Dortmund
July 19th, 2017, 06:39 PM
Black was very comfortable in the third round in Dortmund. All games ended in draws, and so Matthias Bluebaum and Radoslaw Wojtaszek are still tied for first place at the Sparkassen Chess Meeting. The entrance of the Orcheste...
Andrew Paulson, 1958-2017
July 18th, 2017, 06:39 PM
Andrew Paulson, the founder of Agon Limited and the man with a vision for the growth of top-level chess, died Tuesday from cancer. He was 59. Paulson's death was reported on the web site of the Russian newspaper Kommersant. It was confirmed by c...
Defying Own Odds, Liang Wins U.S. Junior
July 18th, 2017, 06:39 PM
"Maybe 10 to 15 percent," were the pre-round chances IM Awonder Liang gave himself to win the 2017 U.S. Junior Championship without even needing a tiebreak. "It was just a lot of luck that I happened to be able to deliver it," he told Chess.c...
Wei Yi Wins In Danzhou, Climbs To World #14
July 18th, 2017, 06:39 PM
Wei Yi held on to his lead, and emerged as the winner of the Danzhou Super GM Tournament with 6.5/9. The 18-year-old Chinese prodigy finished a point ahead of Le Quang Liem and Ding Liren. Wei Yi, the tournament winner in Danzhou. | Photo: ...
Bluebaum, Wojtaszek New Leaders In Dortmund
July 17th, 2017, 06:39 PM
In round two Vladimir Fedoseev lost his game to Matthias Bluebaum, and with it his early lead at the Sparkassen Chess Meeting in Dortmund. Radoslaw Wojtaszek joined Bluebaum in first place as he beat Wang Yue. Round two starts in Dortmun...
'Mr Dortmund' Starts With A Loss Again
July 16th, 2017, 06:39 PM
"Mr Dortmund" Vladimir Kramnik is playing in the Sparkassen Chess Meeting for the 24th time, and won the tournament a record ten times. His 11th title is a bit further away after he started with a loss, to Vladimir Fedoseev. A sacrificial K...
Radjabov Wins Geneva FIDE Grand Prix
July 15th, 2017, 06:39 PM
With draws on the top six boards in the final round, Teimour Radjabov managed to keep his lead and became the sole winner of the FIDE Grand Prix in Geneva, Switzerland. Radjabov won €20,000 ($22,936) for what was his first clas...
Radjabov Draws In 9 Minutes, Maintains Lead
July 15th, 2017, 06:39 PM
The eighth round of the FIDE Grand Prix in Geneva, Switzerland saw four winners, but draws on the top two boards. Teimour Radjabov, who drew his game in just nine minutes, maintained his half-point lead going into the final round. Aronian w...
Radjabov Jumps Ahead In Geneva
July 14th, 2017, 06:39 PM
With two rounds to go, Teimour Radjabov is yet again the sole leader at the FIDE Grand Prix in Geneva, Switzerland. On Thursday he defeated Peter Svidler, who played inaccurately early on and quickly found himself in a str...
Wei Yi Impresses In Danzhou, Now 'Live' World #15
July 13th, 2017, 06:39 PM
Wei Yi is not only leading the Danzhou Super GM Tournament with 4/5. The 18-year-old is showing impressive play, and after today's splendid win vs Yu Yangyi he climbed to number 15 in the live rankings. Wei Yi started very well in Danzhou. | Pho...
Harikrishna Crushes Aronian With Beautiful Knight Maneuver
July 13th, 2017, 06:39 PM
Pentala Harikrishna's beautiful knight maneuver vs Levon Aronian was the highlight of the FIDE Grand Prix's sixth round. The Indian grandmaster joined Alexander Grischuk and Teimour Radjabov in the lead as these players drew their mutual game...
Did Anand Promote Illegally vs Kramnik?
July 12th, 2017, 06:39 PM
The new FIDE Laws of Chess are in effect since July 1. One thing that's new is that using two hands to promote a pawn is considered an illegal move, and during rapid and blitz games an arbiter is supposed to declare the game lost. Interesting...
Grischuk Joins Radjabov, Comments On Kasparov
July 11th, 2017, 06:39 PM
Besides providing a funny comment on Garry Kasparov's participation in St. Louis, Alexander Grischuk yesterday beat Pavel Eljanov to join Teimour Radjabov in the lead at the FIDE Grand Prix in Geneva, Switzerland. Tuesday ...
So Beats Anand In Final, Clinches Leon
July 10th, 2017, 06:39 PM
In a tournament where Wesley So committed one of the most bizarre blunders of recent years, he ended up winning the Leon tournament by beating Viswanathan Anand in the final. So brought his sunglasses to Leon to beat Anand in the final. | P...
Nepomniachtchi, Salem, Svidler Win In Geneva Round 4
July 10th, 2017, 06:39 PM
In round four Teimour Radjabov maintained his slim lead at the FIDE Grand Prix in Geneva, Switzerland. The winners of the day were Peter Svidler, Ian Nepomniachtchi and Salem Saleh. Teimour Radjabov made some remarks about the sli...
Eljanov-Nepomniachtchi: Was The Pawn Ending Winning?
July 8th, 2017, 06:39 PM
Pavel Eljanov won an attractive game against Ian Nepomniachtchi in Saturday's third round of the FIDE Grand Prix in Geneva, Switzerland. With a nice exchange sacrifice he ensured a free path for Delroy the d-pawn, but was it really winni...
Radjabov Sacrifices His Way To 2/2 In Geneva
July 8th, 2017, 06:39 PM
Teimour Radjabov is the sole leader after two rounds at the FIDE Grand Prix in Geneva, Switzerland. In time trouble he finished off a nice, positional game against Pavel Eljanov with a sacrificial combination. GM Alexandra Kosteniuk ma...
Agonized Grand Prix Resumes In Geneva
July 7th, 2017, 06:39 PM
Thursday the third leg of the FIDE Grand Prix started in Geneva, Switzerland. The first round saw four decisive results, including a black win for Teimour Radjabov over Anish Giri. FIDE President Kirsan Ilyumzhinov at the first round in Geneva. ...
Dmitry Andreikin Snags 5th Masterclass Titled Tuesday Victory
July 6th, 2017, 06:39 PM
Four Titled Tuesday veterans triumphed over 184 other titled contenders in an American Independence Day edition of the internet's largest regular online chess tournament. GM Dmitry Andreikin secured his fifth victory in 4 July's MasterClass T...
Kasparov To Play St. Louis Rapid, Blitz
July 5th, 2017, 06:39 PM
In 2005, Garry Kasparov retired from competitive chess. Since then, he only played exhibition games and simuls. But now he'll be back. For real. Kasparov at the Paris Grand Chess Tour Pro-Am day two weeks ago. | Photo: Maria Emelianova. T...