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FIDE Claims Ilyumzhinov's Resignation; President Denies
March 27th, 2017, 10:25 PM
Kirsan Ilyumzhinov denies that he will step down as FIDE President. Today the FIDE website brought this remarkable news, which was confirmed to Chess.com by Executive Director of FIDE, Nigel Freeman. However, Berik Balgabaev, I...
St. Louis Arch Bishops Win Inaugural PRO League Title
March 26th, 2017, 10:25 PM
GM Wesley So carried his team all season in the first year of the Professional Rapid Online (PRO) League. Today, his teammates sealed the win. The top Saint Louis Arch Bishops player won his first three games in the championship match to he...
Carlsen To Face So In Sunday's PRO Chess League Final
March 26th, 2017, 10:25 PM
The Professional Rapid Online (PRO) Chess League will see a magnificent final, with world number one Magnus Carlsen and world number two Wesley So leading their teams. The final, on Sunday 26 March at 10 a.m. PDT (6 p.m. CET), will be played bet...
Ding, Giri Lead In Shenzen, Where Bishops Rule
March 25th, 2017, 10:25 PM
GMs Ding Liren and Anish Giri are the leaders after three rounds at the Shenzhen Longgang Chess Masters in Shenzhen, China. The other participants are GMs Michael Adams, Peter Svidler, Pentala Harikrishna, and Yu Yangyi. A new and stro...
Sharjah Masters: Prodigies Score Big
March 24th, 2017, 10:25 PM
Only a month after the FIDE Grand Prix the Sharjah Cultural and Chess Club is hosting another tournament. The start of the first Sharjah Masters was somewhat chaotic, but the conditions for the players are excellent. "The first pancake...
Carlsen, Caruana, So Vie For PRO Chess Champs This Weekend
March 23rd, 2017, 10:25 PM
Kill your TV but double-check your internet connection. This weekend will decide which four teams will advance to college basketball's "Final Four," but the Professional Online Rapid (PRO) Chess League is one week ahead in its own version of Mar...
Howell 'Victorious Veteran' At Winter Chess Classic
March 22nd, 2017, 10:25 PM
At 26 he was the oldest player in the field, but ended up winning the $5,000 first prize. GM David Howell of England won the top group of the Winter Chess Classic in St. Louis, ahead of GMs Dariuz Swiercz of Poland and Vladimir Fedo...
"Borislav Ivanov Arrested In Bulgaria"
March 21st, 2017, 10:25 PM
Borislav Ivanov, the Bulgarian chess player who was strongly suspected of cheating in chess a few years ago, has been arrested in Bulgaria for forging documents. This was reported by Chessdom. Remember Borislav Ivanov? The name might ring a bell...
Top GMs Star In German Bundesliga
March 19th, 2017, 10:25 PM
After the fifth weekend of the 2016-2017 season, the Bundesliga has a familiar face again: it's full of top stars, and Baden Baden is in the lead. Photo: Georgios Souleidis. Read his Bundesliga report (in German) here. You might remember that ...
Caruana, Nakamura, So To Compete In U.S. Champs
March 17th, 2017, 10:25 PM
Yet again, the U.S. Championship will see a super strong field. GMs Fabiano Caruana, Hikaru Nakamura and Wesley So, America's top three grandmasters, will all be playing. The dates of the tournament are 28 March-10 April. For the ninth cons...
Carlsen, So, Caruana Advance To PRO Chess Championship Weekend
March 16th, 2017, 10:25 PM
The top three players in the world (Magnus Carlsen, Wesley So, and Fabiano Caruana) have helped drive their teams (The Norway Gnomes, the Montreal ChessBrahs, and the St. Louis Arch Bishops) to the semi-finals in the inaugural season of the P...
Will This Position Help Understand Human Consciousness?
March 15th, 2017, 10:25 PM
It's a position computers struggle with, but chess players might solve instantly. Sir Roger Penrose from the Mathematical Institute of Oxford has started a public challenge that involves chess, in order to learn more about the uniqueness of t...
Carlsen, So, Caruana, MVL In PRO Chess 1/4 Finals
March 14th, 2017, 10:25 PM
With Magnus Carlsen, Wesley So, Fabiano Caruana, and Maxime Vachier-Lagrave, four of the world's top five grandmasters will be competing this Wednesday in the quarterfinals of Chess.com's Professional Rapid Online (PRO) Chess League. It started ...
Chess Restaurants, Trains, And The End Of Chess Mysteries
March 13th, 2017, 10:25 PM
If there's such a thing as an "ice hotel" then surely a chess-themed restaurant can't be too outlandish, right? This month's "In Other News" has the usual smörgåsbord of offerings, including the next iteration of the famous "Chess ...
Giri, Kramnik, Ivanchuk Among Grand Chess Tour Wild Cards
March 13th, 2017, 10:25 PM
GMs Anish Giri, Vladimir Kramnik, Vassily Ivanchuk, Shakhriyar Mamedyarov, Alexander Grischuk, Baadur Jobava, Veselin Topalov, and Etienne Bacrot are the wild cards for this year's Grand Chess Tour events in Paris and Leuven. Thes...
Giri, Andreikin, Jobava Favorites At Reykjavik Open
March 11th, 2017, 10:25 PM
This year's Reykjavik Open will see three 2700 GMs in action: GMs Anish Giri, Dmitry Andreikin and Baadur Jobava. The annual open tournament in Iceland will be held April 19-27. Reykjavik as seen from the Hallgrímskirkja. ...
Does Chess Improve Cognitive Skills? What Science Says
March 10th, 2017, 10:25 PM
It is commonly believed that teaching chess at schools will improve the cognitive skills of pupils in other areas, such as math. But is this actually true? What is the current scientific consensus on the topic? In February 2015 the Spanish ...
Carlsen, Top Teams Win In PRO League Playoff
March 9th, 2017, 10:25 PM
How often do chess players get a chance to play one of the world's super-grandmasters? How often then do they get a chance to win? In the second playoff week of the Professional Rapid Online (PRO) Chess League, the answer was surprisingly often....
Nakamura Almost Perfect At Titled Tuesday
March 8th, 2017, 10:25 PM
Yesterday, GM Hikaru Nakamura was almost perfect in Chess.com's Titled Tuesday blitz tournament. The American grandmaster finished on 10.5/11 and a full point ahead of GM Gadir Guseinov, the only player he drew with. Nobody has won Tit...
5 Of World's Top 6 To Contest PRO Chess Sweet 16
March 8th, 2017, 10:25 PM
Going into the Professional Rapid Online (PRO) Chess League's round of 16, which stat is more impressive to you: that five of the world's top six players will compete, or that a total of 49 GMs will occupy the 64 roster positions? Full disc...
Carlsen, So, Caruana To Play Chess.com Speed Chess Champs
March 7th, 2017, 10:25 PM
if you liked Chess.com's Grandmaster Blitz Battle Championship in 2016, we're about to double your pleasure in 2017. Forget March Madness; this is the bracket you'll be obsessing over. The inaugural Speed Chess Championship has enhanced&nbs...
Norms Galore At Batavia Tournament
March 5th, 2017, 10:25 PM
No less than three norms we scored at this year's Batavia Tournament in Amsterdam, the Netherlands: Grandmaster results for winner IM Bobby Cheng and IM Lucas van Foreest, and an IM norm for FM Barry Brink. Players analyzing and playing bli...
And The Winner Is... Women's World Champion Tan Zhongyi
March 4th, 2017, 10:25 PM
Hou Yifan lost her world title, but China did not. Beating favorite Anna Muzychuk in the final's playoff (and top seed Ju Wenjun earlier in the tournament), Tan Zhongyi of China became the new Women's World Champion. IM Jovanka Houska re...
Blunders, Brilliancies As Carlsen's Gnomes Survive PRO Playoff Opener
March 4th, 2017, 10:25 PM
With tensions high as 16 teams strove to advance and join the top seeds in the round of 16 in the PRO Chess League, the games delivered with plenty of high drama. Aggressive and decisive play from players throughout the league produced p...
Fedoseev Wins Aeroflot, Qualifies For Dortmund
March 2nd, 2017, 10:25 PM
Vladimir Fedoseev won the strong Aeroflot Open tournament on Wednesday. The 22-year-old Russian grandmaster was the only player to finish on 7/9, and qualified for the Dortmund super-tournament later this year. The annual Aeroflot Open in Moscow...