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  • Today, October 15th, 2019

  • A strong rook and a powerful pawn (ChessBase News)

    Every beginner knows that a rook is better than a bishop. However, when passed pawns race things often get complicated.

  • Yesterday, October 14th, 2019

  • Grand Swiss: McShane lets Caruana off the hook (ChessBase News)

    Round five of the FIDE chess.com Grand Swiss was as exciting as could be, with the game on board one lasting almost seven hours and seeing world number two Fabiano Caruana miraculously saving a half point against Luke McShane. The point was also split in Wang Hao v Parham Maghsoodloo on board two...

  • Hans-Walter Schmitt says goodbye with simuls by Anand and Keymer (ChessBase News)

    For 25 years Hans-Walter Schmitt has been organising prestigious and attractive chess events with the world's best players. Now he has retired, HARTMUT METZ reports, following two exciting simultaneous exhibitions by former World Champion Vishy Anand and the 14-year old German talent Vincent...

  • Simon Says: Recent Games from the Grand Swiss (ChessBase News)

    GM Simon Williams selects his favourite examples from the high-stakes Candidates qualifier ongoing on the Isle of Man. Watch for free (for a limited time) starting at the usual hour: 16:00 UTC (18:00 CEST / 12 Noon EDT).

  • World Chess Grand Prix Series to resume in Hamburg (ChessBase News)

    While all eyes are on the Isle of Man, here in Hamburg, Germany, the next leg of the 2019 FIDE World Chess Grand Prix is set to open in three weeks time. Sixteen players will compete for Grand Prix points in the penultimate tournament of the series from November 5th to November 17th. Shakhriyar...

  • Grand Swiss: Maghsoodloo and McShane join the leaders (ChessBase News)

    Parham Maghsoodloo and Luke McShane won their round four encounters at the FIDE chess.com Grand Swiss to join co-leaders Fabiano Caruana and Wang Hao at the top of the standings table. With no more perfect scores at the Isle of Man, the chasing pack has grown and now includes sixteen players....

  • Sunday, October 13th, 2019

  • 14-year-old R Praggnanandhaa crowned under-18 chess champion (Chess Musings)

    “Praggnanandhaa scored an impressive and unbeaten 9/11 and he ended with a performance rating over 2700.” — Read on www.google.com/amp/s/www.deccanchronicle.com/amp/sports/in-other-news/131019/14-year-old-r-praggnanandhaa-crowned-under-18-chess-champion.html Advertisements

  • Praggnanandhaa and Polina dominate World Youth 2019 (ChessBase News)

    Six new World Youth Champions were crowned on October 12th 2019: Aydin Suleymanli and Meruert Kamalidenova won the under-14 open and girls section respectively, under-16 was won by Rudik Makarian and Leya Garifullina and under-18 titles went to Praggnanandhaa and Polina Shuvalova. How tense was...

  • Chess icon Nana Alexandria turns 70 (ChessBase News)

    She was the Women's World Championship Challenger twice, losing once and then drawing to the title holder. Before reaching the age of twenty she had won the national women's championship of the most powerful chess nation three times, and became one of the contributing players of the Soviet Union...

  • Saturday, October 12th, 2019

  • Grand Swiss: Caruana and Wang Hao still perfect (ChessBase News)

    Fabiano Caruana and Wang Hao won their round three games to maintain a perfect score at the FIDE chess.com Grand Swiss. The chasing pack on 2½ out of 3 consists of ten players, nine of which won on Saturday — only Adhiban, who was one of the co-leaders after round two, drew and stayed close...

  • World Youth Rd 10: High voltage penultimate round (ChessBase News)

    From Mumbai, AMRUTA MOKAL updates on the penultimate round of the World Youth Championship, where Praggnanandhaa is poised to take the prestigious Under-18 Open section and Polina Shuvalova continues to lead the Under-18 Girls. | Photos: Amruta Mokal

  • NATO Chess Championship: A special victory (ChessBase News)

    The victory in this year's NATO chess championships had a special significance for the German team. For one, the team was not the favourite this time, and they missed a teammate, IM Lorenz Drabke, who tragically died in an accident. ULRICH BOGN reports.

  • Friday, October 11th, 2019

  • Grand Swiss: Five-player leading pack (ChessBase News)

    Fabiano Caruana, Wang Hao, Bu Xiangzhi, Alexei Shirov and Adhiban Baskaran are the only five players left with a perfect score after two rounds at the FIDE chess.com Grand Swiss. World champion Magnus Carlsen was held to a draw by Alexey Sarana and is now one of forty-five players on 1½ out of 2....

  • World Youth Rd 9: Aronyak halts Niemann's momentum (ChessBase News)

    Aydin Suleymanli is the sole leader in the under-14 open with 7½/9, while Eline Roebers has been the surprise of the tournament as she leads the under-14 girls section. The under-16 open section saw a huge upset on board one when the top-seeded Hans Niemann lost his game to Aronyak Ghosh. In the...

  • Global Chess Festival returns in Budapest (ChessBase News)

    Judit Polgar's Global Chess Festival culminates on Saturday in a colourful finale at the Hungarian National Gallery in Budapest after a series of side events and an online record attempt. In addition to the three Polgar sisters, Vladimir Kramnik will be a guest. Here's a brief preview. | Photos:...

  • Touch and go (ChessBase News)

    The diagram (after 23...b3!) shows a parade example for a Sicilian position with opposite castlings and both sides using their "battering ram" (g-pawn/b-pawn) to open lines against the enemy king. No matter how White plays, Black's attack will come first. Enjoy!

  • Thursday, October 10th, 2019

  • Grand Swiss: Najer upsets Anand (ChessBase News)

    Formerly known as the Isle of Man Open, the FIDE chess.com Grand Swiss kicked off Thursday at the COMIS Hotel and Golf Resort in Douglas. A total 154 players are participating, with no less than 110 of them rated above 2600. The biggest upset of day one was Evgeniy Najer's 30-move victory over...

  • FremontChess.com Saturday Quads (Chess Musings)

    October 19, November 16, & December 21 The Torres Chess and Music Academy and the Learning Bee Learning Center Present: FremontChess.com Saturday Quads Where: Learning Bee Learning Center, 39977 Mission Blvd., Fremont, CA 94539 When: 10/19, 11/16, & 12/21 R1 @ 1:00 pm What: Scholastic ...

  • World Youth Rd 8: Pragg beats Iniyan (ChessBase News)

    In Mumbai, Praggnanandhaa beat Iniyan to join Aryan Gholami in the lead in under-18 open section. Hans Niemann is unstoppable in the under-16 open. The American chalked up yet another victory. Shuvalova maintains her lead in under-18 girls, while there is very little to choose between Nurgali and...

  • FIDE chess.com Grand Swiss LIVE (ChessBase News)

    Yesterday was the opening of the Grand Swiss on the Isle of Man. Today play begins with the first round. Magnus Carlsen starts with White against Yuriy Kozubov. Live games and commentary by GM Daniel King and IM Anna Rudolf from 14:00 UTC (16:00 CEST / 10:00 EDT). | Photo: John Saunders/Official...

  • Britannica: The Evolution of Chess Theory (Part 1) (ChessBase News)

    A Britannica Special Feature: ChessBase has received special permission from Encyclopaedia Britannica to highlight several sections from the classic article by Grandmaster ANDREW SOLTIS on chess, aimed at newcomers to the game. Chess theory consists of opening knowledge, tactics (or combinations)...

  • So I was just playing a game of chess and then this happened! 32 (Chess Musings)

    White to move and mate in two. Advertisements

  • Wednesday, October 9th, 2019

  • Start of the "Grand Swiss" (ChessBase News)

    The annual Isle of Man Open has become a top tournament in recent years and has now been "promoted" by FIDE into the "Grand Swiss", a tournament that is now one of the qualification routes for the 2020 Candidates Tournament. The elite field is led by World Champion Magnus Carlsen. Today is the...

  • Game of the Week: Bacrot vs Iturrizaga (ChessBase News)

    Today IM Merijn van Delft covers the latest on the Caro-Kann, featuring a win by Etienne Bacrot. The show is free to watch, and available on-demand for ChessBase Premium account holders (but FREE for a limited time!). Merijn is on-demand this week starting at 18:00 UTC (20:00 CEST / 2 PM EDT).

  • Fat Fritz: Small differences, big effect (ChessBase News)

    Sometimes seemingly innocuous questions can lead to the most interesting discoveries, and such was the case after deep analysis by ChessBase 15's “Tactical Analysis” with Fat Fritz on one of the best games from the World Cup. The positional masterpiece played by Nikita Vitiugov over Wesley So was...

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