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  • Today, April 17th, 2024

  • Are the classics necessary? (ChessBase News)

    "I am a big fan of Aron Nimzowitsch," writes IM Zoran Petronijevic, who works as a chess trainer and lives in Nis (Serbia). "In yesterday's game Firouzja-Nepo, I found some ideas by him. We can often read that the study of the classical heritage of chess is completely unnecessary for advancing in...

  • Yesterday, April 16th, 2024

  • Women’s Candidates R10: Lei wins again, shares the lead with Tan (ChessBase News)

    Lei Tingjie scored a fourth win in five rounds to join Tan Zhongyi in the lead of the Women’s Candidates Tournament in Toronto. Lei defeated direct contender Aleksandra Goryachkina with the black pieces. With four rounds to go, the Chinese leading duo stands a full point ahead of Goryachkina and...

  • Successful author Jan Markos - a portrait (ChessBase News)

    Jan Markos is a Slovakian grandmaster and successful author. In addition to several books, he has now recorded a much acclaimed Fritztrainer course. Stefan Liebig spoke to the author and trainer about the secrets of effective chess training.

  • Why Chess Players Blunder (ChessBase News)

    We have seen them, haven’t we? The howlers? Amateurs and professionals alike in the aftermath of a game, trying to explain their blunder, shaking their heads in disbelief, scratching their brows, sighing while trying to come up with a rational explanation. Blunders happen because humans are...

  • Candidates R10: Nakamura and Caruana grab crucial wins (ChessBase News)

    U.S. grandmasters Fabiano Caruana and Hikaru Nakamura collected vital wins in round 10 of the Candidates Tournament, as they now stand a half point behind co-leaders Ian Nepomniachtchi and Gukesh D. Nakamura got the better of a struggling Nijat Abasov, while Caruana defeated Alireza Firouzja out...

  • Monday, April 15th, 2024

  • Candidates R9: Vidit bounces back as Nakamura falters (ChessBase News)

    Vidit Gujrathi bounced back from his round-8 loss against Gukesh D by beating Hikaru Nakamura with the white pieces on Sunday. The remaining three games ended drawn, which means Ian Nepomniachtchi and Gukesh continue to share the lead with 5½ points each. Since Nakamura lost, now only...

  • Anish Predicts (ChessBase News)

    In this New In Chess podcast episode, after the first half of the Candidates, Super-grandmaster Anish Giri gives his take. In an hour-long interview by Dirk Jan ten Geuzendam, he candidly shares his assessment of the players so far. Anish sees Ian Nepomniachtchi as one of the top favourites to...

  • Sunday, April 14th, 2024

  • Giri's ChessBase Book on the Caro-Kann and King's Indian (ChessBase News)

    Anish Giri's Opening Fritztrainer's are available 18th of April. But we added a sneak peek to his take on the Caro-Kann and King's Indian openings. Since this is still quite a new feature, we made a video which explains the setup in just 3 minutes.

  • Candidates R8: Gukesh catches Nepo, Nakamura beats Caruana (ChessBase News)

    Two decisive games in Saturday’s eighth round had a big impact on the standings of the Candidates Tournament. Gukesh D beat Vidit Gujrathi to retake the shared lead (with Ian Nepomniachtchi), while Hikaru Nakamura defeated Fabiano Caruana to climb to shared third place, a half point behind the...

  • Saturday, April 13th, 2024

  • World Chess Hall of Fame hosts new exhibition: “Clash for the Crown” (ChessBase News)

    The World Chess Hall of Fame (WCHOF) opened “Clash for the Crown: Celebrating Chess Champions”, an all-new exhibition on April 11, 2024. The exhibition explores the histories of the World Chess Championship and Women’s World Chess Championship through a display of artifacts from the collection of...

  • Friday, April 12th, 2024

  • Anish Giri: A Supergrandmaster's Guide to Openings Vol.1 & 2 (ChessBase News)

    When you begin your journey of building an opening repertoire, how nice would it be to get a glimpse of what each opening looks like through the eyes of a super GM. It would help building your opening repertoire and understanding the vast world of chess openings. It is exactly with this thought...

  • Svitlana's Smart Moves - The Anti-Bird: Nh6!? against 1.f4 (ChessBase News)

    Arne recently played in a chess tournament, and one of his opponents played the unusual 1.f4, which was quite a surprise. Sadly, he didn't film this Smart Moves episode before the tournament, to get to know the surprising answer Nh6!? The so called - Horsefly Defence in the Bird Opening. Even the...

  • Candidates R7: Nepo sole leader as Firouzja beats Gukesh (ChessBase News)

    At the halfway mark in the Candidates Tournament, Ian Nepomniachtchi tops the standings with 4½ points to his name. Former co-leader Gukesh D was defeated by Alireza Firouzja, who came from losing 3 out of the first 6 games he played in Toronto. Gukesh is now sharing second place — a half point...

  • Thursday, April 11th, 2024

  • Candidates R6: Vital wins for Pragg and Vidit (ChessBase News)

    Praggnanandhaa R (pictured) and Vidit Gujrathi scored full points in round 6 of the Candidates Tournament. Pragg inflicted a second consecutive defeat on Nijat Abasov, while Vidit got the better of an overly daring Alireza Firouzja. The remaining two games ended drawn, which leaves Gukesh D and...

  • Wednesday, April 10th, 2024

  • The Candidates and the Eclipse (ChessBase News)

    It was all so nicely planned: during the Candidates Tournament a total eclipse of the sun was scheduled to pass over the venue in Canada, and FIDE scheduled the tournament to have a free day exactly when this happened. And they arranged a yacht cruise for players and visitors to witness this rare...

  • Switzerland celebrates chess in the city of Bern (ChessBase News)

    Switzerland is a country with a long and rich chess tradition. Living up to its chess heritage and role as a home of the International Chess Federation, the Swiss threw a big party for chess on Sunday, April 7 and celebrated the 100th birthday of FIDE. | Photos: Stev Bonhage

  • Candidates R5: Gukesh and Nakamura score in eventful round (ChessBase News)

    Two games ended decisively in round 5 of the Candidates Tournament, though all four could have easily finished with decisive results. Praggnanandhaa R and Vidit Gujrathi got superior positions but failed to make the most of their advantages against Ian Nepomniachtchi and Fabiano Caruana...

  • Tuesday, April 9th, 2024

  • Candidates Tournament 2024: A feeling of déjà vu (ChessBase News)

    Four rounds have been played in the Candidates Tournament and Ian Nepomniachtchi is in the lead with 3.0 out of 4. But, as we often hear, nothing is decided yet because, after all, 14 rounds are played in Toronto, which is still a long way to go. But the numbers tell a different story: in the six...

  • The Winning Academy 31: Nimzo is a Killer Weapon! (ChessBase News)

    In the present world, good marketing is everything. Surprisingly enough, this applies also to chess openings. For example, the Kings Indian Defence has got a phantastic PR among club players. It is considered to be fun to play, and a good weapon when it comes to playing for a win. On the contrary...

  • Yet another 12-year-old grandmaster (ChessBase News)

    He was born on 3 June 2011 in Bursa, Turkey. On April 1st (no April Fool's joke) the twelve-year-old, playing in the very strong GRENKE Chess Open, Yagiz Kaan Erdpgmus scored 7.0/9 points with a 2646 performance. With that he had fulfilled his final GM norm and become the youngest grandmaster in...

  • Monday, April 8th, 2024

  • Arjun Erigaisi wins Menorca Open, now world number 7 (ChessBase News)

    Sunday saw the end of the excellently organized Open Tournament in Menorca. In the final spurt, Arjun Erigaisi secured tournament victory thanks to his superior tiebreak score. With this triumph, Arjun climbed to number seven in the live ratings list. Kirill Alekseenko and Maksim Chigaev grabbed...

  • Women’s Candidates R4: Tan barely escapes, Salimova beats Humpy (ChessBase News)

    Despite fighting chess being the norm in round 4 of the Women’s Candidates, only one game finished decisively, with underdog Nurgyul Salimova (pictured) beating third seed Humpy Koneru. Tan Zhongyi survived a clearly inferior position against Kateryna Lagno, while Anna Muzychuk missed great...

  • One Week of Daily Chess - Did It Improve My Game or Not? (ChessBase News)

    This is a summary of the first week of Arne's daily chess studies. He enjoys the liberty to pick his learning resources as he pleases. His focus was on revisiting the foundational principles of endgames and exploring an entirely new opening that he had previously not ventured into: The Sicilian...

  • Candidates R4: Nepo beats Vidit in masterful game, leads (ChessBase News)

    Ian Nepomniachtchi scored a remarkable win over Vidit Gujrathi to become the sole leader at the Candidates Tournament in Toronto. The champion of the event’s two previous editions now has a half-point lead over Fabiano Caruana and Gukesh D, who drew their round-4 direct encounter. The players...

  • Sunday, April 7th, 2024

  • Grand Chess Tour announces wildcards and full-tour lineup (ChessBase News)

    The Grand Chess Tour, a leading global circuit of international chess tournaments featuring the world’s best players, announced the players selected to compete across the 2024 season. Wildcards this year will include world number one Magnus Carlsen, world champion Ding Liren and 5-time U.S....

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