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  • Yesterday, December 8th, 2019

  • Ding Liren is the 2019 Grand Chess Tour Champion (ChessBase News)

    Ding Liren defeated Maxime Vachier-Lagrave in the match for the title at the Grand Chess Tour in London. The Chinese star dominated the confrontation from start to finish, securing first place after the rapid stage. In the battle for bronze, Magnus Carlsen got the better of Levon Aronian despite...

  • Two Hands Aren’t Better Than One (Chess Musings)

    Was playing with both hands ever allowed in chess? You can play chess with either hand or both if you choose. The standard that you need to press the clock with the same hand that you use to move the pieces is there to keep players from touching the clock before they have finished the […]

  • CBM 192: Caissa has the last word (ChessBase News)

    ChessBase Magazine offers a window to the world of professional chess. The current issue offers a bird’s eye view of three major events, the 7th Sinquefield Cup Tournament, the 72nd Russian Championship Superfinal and the FIDE World Cup. In a previous article, NAGESH HAVANUR analysed the...

  • Monaco GP: Goryachkina misses the chance to catch up (ChessBase News)

    Humpy had a quiet draw with Kateryna Lagno to maintain her sole lead. Pia Cramling had an uneventful draw with Nana Dzagnidze. A further pair of draws, plus two decisive games leaves five players — Cramling, Dzagnidze, Goryachkina, Harika and Kosteniuk — on 3.0/5, a half point behind the leader....

  • Chess + Poker: Are the Skills Transferable? (Chess Musings)

    Can a professional chess player become a professional poker player? Are the skills transferable? Absolutely! I think the skill sets for chess and poker are closely related and I’ve been a professional in both.…

  • Saturday, December 7th, 2019

  • Getting the Lead Out (of chess pieces) (Chess Musings)

    Given the environmental effects and neurotoxicity of lead, what would be a better material to use for adding weight to plastic chess pieces?

  • GCT Finals: Carlsen's strike still alive (ChessBase News)

    Magnus Carlsen's last classical game of 2019 almost ended in defeat, as he was about to lose his (now) 107-game undefeated streak against Levon Aronian in the match for third place of the Grand Chess Tour finals. Meanwhile, in the fight for the title, Ding Liren obtained a nice win with White...

  • Nankai wins in Nankai! (ChessBase News)

    The Winner of the World Prestigious University Chess Invitational Went to Nankai University Team 1! Headed by Wang Yue (2710), the team performed amazingly against many strong universities. University tournaments are no joke, with many GMs and IMs competing in Nankai over a four day period. |...

  • Monaco GP: Humpy escapes with a draw (ChessBase News)

    Tournament leader Humpy maintained her lead after surviving quite a few missed opportunities by her opponent Nana Dzagnidze. Anna Muzychuk arguably had the most interesting game of the round against Kateryna Lagno after almost a five-hour long game. Pia Cramling finally managed to convert...

  • Friday, December 6th, 2019

  • GCT Finals: Carlsen wins, Vachier-Lagrave escapes (ChessBase News)

    Two long and exciting games kicked off the final stage of the Grand Chess Tour in London. Ding Liren had a large advantage but could not convert it into a win against a resilient Maxime Vachier-Lagrave, while Magnus Carlsen defeated Levon Aronian with the white pieces to get ahead right out of...

  • Opening training with Fritz 17: Creating a repertoire (ChessBase News)

    Fritz 17 helps you to learn and memorize your opening repertoire. But first you have to create an opening repertoire that Fritz 17 can help you learn. This is done with the "Move-by-Move" principle and the following short tutorial shows how to enter moves or previous material to create such a...

  • The Power Play Show: How to beat the Petroff (ChessBase News)

    Power Play plays on! On the show today: How to beat the Petroff. Power Play is live most Fridays at 17:00 UTC (18:00 CET, Noon EST) on You can watch the episode live for free! All the usual puzzles, games and instruction will be on offer. Puzzle and the live video...

  • Monaco GP: Anna Muzychuk halts Humpy (ChessBase News)

    Anna Muzychuk halted Humpy Koneru's winning streak by holding her to a draw. The most exciting game of the round was between Mariya Muzychuk and Kateryna Lagno. Although Muzychuk won the game with brilliant sharp play, there were moments where Lagno could have salvaged her position. Goryachkina...

  • The mysterious rook (ChessBase News)

    From the diagram position, White has a remarkable way to bring to bear his g1-rook without even moving it! Can you think of what followed?

  • Thursday, December 5th, 2019

  • NEW: Mega Database 2020 (ChessBase News)

    Welcome to the new Mega Database 2020! Learn from annotated games, enjoy top tournaments or have a look at the opening repertoire of the world’s best! The Mega Database 2020 contains more than 8 million games and with a current ChessBase program and our update service you can regularly update the...

  • Ivanchuk top fighter in Zagreb's "Peace Tournament" (ChessBase News)

    The winner of the "Peace Tournament" in the Croatian capital Zagreb was Ukrainian grandmaster Vassily Ivanchuk, who finished with a half-point more than his rivals Marin Bosiocic (Croatia), Etienne Bacrot (France) and Hrant Melkumyan (Armenia) with 7½ points. | Photos: Tournament page

  • Fast and Furious: 6.Nd5!? against the Classical Sicilian (ChessBase News)

    Recently the gambit line with 6.♘d5 against the Classical Sicilian has been seen in quite a number of games by some talented Dutch youngsters. IM Robert Ris shows some examples. Tune into the live show at 18:00 UTC (19:00 CET / 1 PM EST) which is free to watch, and available on-demand for...

  • Golden Pawn award for ChessBase (ChessBase News)

    Last Saturday the first European Golden Pawn event was held in the super-luxurious Hotel de Paris in Monte Carlo, Monaco. The host, the European Chess Union, writes: "The award ceremony will mark the beginning of a new tradition, honoring the best representatives of European chess. The chess...

  • NEW: Mastering Pattern Recognition in the Opening (ChessBase News)

    Pattern recognition is an important tool in modern chess, as it helps you to better understand the characteristics of a position. Particularly when you have been confronted with a surprise opening system played by your opponent, relying on general principles is an asset. In this video series, IM...

  • Monaco GP: Humpy continues her lead (ChessBase News)

    The second round of FIDE Women's Grand Prix at Monaco witnessed four decisive results and four game went for over four hours. Humpy continued her lead by beating Mariya Muzychuk. Harika Dronavalli scored the first victory of the round by defeating Germany no.1 woman IM Elisabeth Paehtz. Lagno won...

  • The (open) European Rapid Championships Live (ChessBase News)

    On Wednesday the open European Rapid and Blitz Championships officially got underway. The host is the Estonian Chess Federation. Rapid chess is played on Thursday and Friday, while on Saturday and Sunday the blitz tournament will take centre stage. | Photo: Estonian Chess Federation

  • Wednesday, December 4th, 2019

  • GCT Finals: Vachier-Lagrave takes Carlsen down (ChessBase News)

    Ding Liren and Maxime Vachier-Lagrave are the finalists of the GCT closing event of the year, as they overcame Levon Aronian and Magnus Carlsen at the rapid and blitz phases of the semis. While Ding won almost unopposed, Vachier-Lagrave only managed to defeat the world champion in overtime — five...

  • Game of the Week: Ivanchuk vs Palac (ChessBase News)

    Opening novelties in the Najdorf made IM Merijn van Delft stand up and take notice this week, and he focuses on a game by fan-favourite Vassily Ivanchuk. The live show is free to watch, and available on-demand for ChessBase Premium account holders (but FREE for a limited time!). Merijn is...

  • Monaco: Humpy starts with a gritty win (ChessBase News)

    FIDE's Women's Grand Prix in Monaco started with a solitary win by Skolkovo GP winner Humpy Koneru. She had to fight for over five hours against Valentina Gunina from an inferior position to score a victory after enduring the longest grind of the day. Pia Cramling made a good start against...

  • Tuesday, December 3rd, 2019

  • GCT Finals: Evenly matched (ChessBase News)

    Two more draws were signed on Tuesday at the Grand Chess Tour semi-finals in London. Magnus Carlsen once again looked to surprise Maxime Vachier-Lagrave in the opening, to which the Frenchman responded with cautious play. Meanwhile, Ding Liren found himself in an inferior position in his game...

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