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  • Today, October 19th, 2020

  • Simon Says: Lessons from recent Endgames (ChessBase News)

    In this "Simon Says" the Ginger GM takes a look at a number of interesting endgames from recent tournaments. | Watch "Simon Says" on-demand and with a ChessBase Premium account). (Normally 18:00 UTC (20:00 CEST / 14:00).

  • Maksim Chigaev and Valentina Gunina win Russian "Higher League" (ChessBase News)

    The Russian "Higher League" is a qualifying tournament for the "Superfinal" of the Russian Championship, and this year it was played in Sochi. Maksim Chigaev won the "Open" section with 6½/9, while Valentina Gunina dominated the "Women's" tournament and won with 8.0/9. The five best players from...

  • The science behind combinations (ChessBase News)

    GM Vishnu Prasanna, the trainer of the second youngest GM in history, D. Gukesh, recently launched a new chess blog. In it he discusses various themes, like the positional background of combinations, which players use to win or defend themselves against impending doom. How and when can you spot a...

  • U.S. Senior Championship: Benjamin in the sole lead (ChessBase News)

    Despite starting off with a loss in the first game of the second day, GM Joel Benjamin managed to bounce back with two straight wins to take the sole lead with 4½/6 going into the final day tomorrow. Trailing Benjamin by half a point is the previous co-leader GM Igor Novikov, who drew all three...

  • Yesterday, October 18th, 2020

  • CBM 197: Magnus and his rivals (ChessBase News)

    This issue offers coverage of three major events, Chessable Masters, Legends of Chess and Biel Chess Festival. 733 games, 11 opening surveys, demo lectures and exercises for training. It also includes games annotated by Boris Gelfand, Rustam Kasimdzhanov and Peter Heine Nielsen, just to mention a...

  • When 3 is greater than 5 (ChessBase News)

    Star columnist Jon Speelman explores the exchange sacrifice. Speelman shares five illustrative examples to explain in which conditions giving up a rook for a minor piece is a good trade. “As a general rule and in fact (almost all?) of the time you need other pieces on the board for an exchange...

  • Saturday, October 17th, 2020

  • Novikov and Benjamin lead U.S. Senior Championship (ChessBase News)

    The 2020 U.S. Senior Championship kicked off today with a field packed full of legends that includes five former U.S. Champions with a combined total of 13 national titles. Leading the field at the end of the first day is GM Igor Novikov and GM Joel Benjamin, who both finished the day on 2.5/3...

  • U.S. Chess Championships 2020 (Chessdom)

    The U.S. Chess Championships for 2020 are being organised online for the first time ever featuring five national events: Junior, Senior and Elite National Championship. US Junior Chess Championships concluded on 15th October and the winners are GM John Burke in the Open section and IM Carissa Yip...

  • Altibox Norway Chess concluded (Chessdom)

    Altibox Norway Chess concluded yesterday in Stavanger and although the Winner was known before the last round, the games were contested for the second and third place. Firouzja Alireza won Duda-Jan Krzysztof and took the second place, lagging behind the Winner of the event for only one point. The...

  • Celebrity chess tournaments (ChessBase News)

    In 1988, eight Hollywood celebrities, including Erik Estrada and William Windom, played in a Los Angeles chess tournament. Although Michał Kanarkiewicz had never heard of that 1988 celebrity chess tournament, he created the 2019 “Chess Championship of the Stars” in Poland. WIM Alexey Root tells...

  • Norway Chess: Aronian beats Carlsen, Firouzja secures second place (ChessBase News)

    The 2020 Altibox Norway Chess tournament came to an end on Friday. Magnus Carlsen had secured tournament victory with a round to spare, but finished the event with a loss to Levon Aronian. 17-year-old Alireza Firouzja came in second place thanks to a final-round win over Jan-Krzysztof Duda. In...

  • Friday, October 16th, 2020

  • The second leg of the Candidates Tournament is postponed to the spring of 2021 (ChessBase News)

    The second leg of the Candidates Tournament was supposed to resume on November 1 in Yekaterinburg, but due to the “concern related to the well-being of the players in the midst of the second wave of the pandemic”, FIDE has decided to postpone the resumption of the event until the spring of 2021....

  • Candidates Tournament OFFICIALLY postponed (Chessdom)

    Would FIDE announce the reschedule, postponement or venue movement anytime soon altogether with explanations or we need to wait for player’s private social media announcements? Not much time left to be seen, the clock is ticking out and the event is supposed to be continued on 1st of November....

  • Carlsen wins Alitbox Norway (Chessdom)

    After a direct encounter between Magnus Carlsen and Firouzja Alireza in the penultimate 9th round of Altibox Norway Chess, Carlsen claimed the top and became the Winner with a round to spare! The dramatic game ended as Carlsen’s victory after Firouzja’s huge blunder in basic drawn...

  • Daniel King's Power Play Show: Caruana surprises Carlsen (ChessBase News)

    In this Power Play Show Grandmaster Daniel King looks at the game Fabiano Caruana and Magnus Carlsen played in round 7 of the Altibox Norway Chess tournament. Caruana came up with a strong novelty in the Rossolimo Sicilian (1.e4 c5 2.Nf3 Nc6 3.Bb5) that put Carlsen under pressure. | Power Play is...

  • Wednesday, October 21: Team Blitz on Playchess.com! (ChessBase News)

    New on playchess.com: a Swiss team blitz tournament! Wednesday, October 21, on playchess! Teams of four play 8 rounds Swiss with a time limit of 3 minutes + 2 seconds increment per move. The winning team will be rewarded with an online training session with Yannick Pelletier or an online club...

  • Norway Chess: Carlsen clinches with a round to spare (ChessBase News)

    Magnus Carlsen has secured first place at the Norway Chess Tournament with a round to spare after beating Alireza Firouzja in classical chess. The youngster first gave his opponent chances from what seemed to be destined to end in a draw; Carlsen then made a mistake and the position was balanced...

  • The other day in the Playchess Café (ChessBase News)

    With 18.Qb5 (diagram), White has just attacked the black pawn on d5. Can you work out why 18...Rfe8! is a very relaxed way of dealing with this threat?

  • John Burke is U.S. Junior Champion 2020! (ChessBase News)

    In one of the most thrilling finishes ever, GM John Burke managed to win the 2020 U.S. Junior Championship after getting the best of GM Jeffery Xiong in an Armageddon playoff that ended with the U.S. #5 ranked player losing on time in a winning position. The final game took place after the...

  • Thursday, October 15th, 2020

  • Chess on Norwegian TV (Chessdom)

    Play Magnus Group has entered into an agreement with NRK and TV 2 for the Norwegian broadcasting rights for the new digital chess tour The Champions Chess Tour in 2021. “Our vision is to develop chess into an international TV sport,” Arne Horvei, Tour Director in Play Magnus Group,...

  • Robert Ris' Fast and Furious: Carlsen's 4...a6 against the Queen's Gambit (ChessBase News)

    In this week's show, well-known Dutch trainer Robert Ris takes a look at the Armageddon game between Levon Aronian and Magnus Carlsen from round 1 of the Altibox Norway Chess Tournament. Against Aronian's Queen's Gambit Carlsen tried the Janowski variation, 4...a6!?, which led to a sharp fight...

  • Passed pawns are powerful (ChessBase News)

    The less pieces on the board, the more complicated it is. Queen endings are especially complicated. On day 3 of their rapid match in Prague, Dai Van Nguyen and Nigel Short had to play a complicated queen ending, and with limited time they did not always find the best moves. Karsten Müller had...

  • U.S. Juniors Championship, Day 2: Xiong and Burke lead (ChessBase News)

    The Saint Louis Chess Club organises the U.S. Championships 2020, but due to the COVID-19 pandemic all events are played online, and this year the U.S. Junior Championship is a 10-player round-robin rapid tournament. After six of nine rounds John Burke and Jeffery Xiong (pictured) share the lead...

  • London Chess Classic also cancelled (Chessdom)

    “Due to the practical difficulties of organising an OTB London Chess Classic this December amid the Covid-19 crisis, we have taken the unavoidable decision to cancel this year’s event. However, we’re planning an outdoor London Chess Festival in Summer 2021!” London Chess Classic website

  • FIDE World Rapid & Blitz Chess Championships 2020 postponed (Chessdom)

    FIDE World Rapid and Blitz Chess Championships 2020 initially scheduled for the end of December 2020 are postponed to 2021. Due to present circumstances and covid-19 pandemic situation, health and logistic challenges for organisation of such event couldn’t be resolved. In view of the...

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