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Yelena Dembo, Yelena Dembo's Blog

Friday Quiz 22.1.21

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Dennis Monokroussos, The Chess Mind Blog

Tata Steel Wijk aan Zee: Grandelius Back in Clear First After Five Rounds

He's still hanging in there. I'm waiting for Nils Grandelius to remember that he's one of the lowest seeds, and to his great credit, he's treating the ratings as if they're meaning..

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Yelena Dembo, Yelena Dembo's Blog

Thursday Quiz 21.1.21

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Dennis Monokroussos, The Chess Mind Blog

The 2021 Grand Chess Tour: Events and Participants

There will be five tournaments in this year's Grand Chess Tour, all planned as live, in-person, over-the-board events. Two - the first and last - feature classical time controls, and the rest are ..

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ChessBase

Game of the Week: Caruana vs Duda

This week Merijn van Delft takes a look at a the fascinating encounter between Fabiano Caruana and Jan Jan-Krzysztof Duda from round 3 of the Tata Steel Tournament in Wijk aan Zee. A game with stunnin..

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ChessBase

Tata Steel R4: Missed opportunities

On the fourth day of play in Wijk aan Zee, all games finished drawn. In a number of games, especially the players with the black pieces had better positions but could not convert their advantage into ..

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Chessexpress

The tournament bulletin

 With the rise of the chess database, the tournament bulletin has fallen by the wayside. I spent a lot of time in the 1980's, 90's and 00's producing them for tournaments I organised ..

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ChessBase

Erwin lAmi takes a look at the games of Beth Harmon

Frank Scott's The Queen's Gambit with Anya Taylor-Joy as Beth Harmon is the most successful Netflix series of all time, and despite small inaccuracies it convincingly shows how exciting and ..

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ChessBase

FIDE approves hybrid competitions valid for rating

A few weeks ago, the FIDE Council approved a new set of rules to be applied to official online chess competitions. The document also established the framework for hybrid events, a format where the g..

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Dennis Monokroussos, The Chess Mind Blog

Lubomir Kavalek, 1943-2021

Those of you under the age of 50 probably won't remember him, those of you over the age of 50 probably will at least if you've been playing since your youth. Lubomir Kavalek was a top player..

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Dennis Monokroussos, The Chess Mind Blog

Tata Steel Wijk aan Zee: Five Tied for First after Four Rounds

As expected, Nils Grandelius was quickly caught; as wasn't expected, he remains in a tie for first. Granted, it's still very early - there are nine rounds left in Wijk aan Zee - but Grandelius..

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Yelena Dembo, Yelena Dembo's Blog

Wednesday Quiz 20.1.21

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Chess.com

Tata Steel Chess Tournament: Fighting Draws Before 1st Rest Day

The five-way tie for first place did not change as all games in the Tata Steel Chess Tournament's fourth round ended in draws, although there was a lot of fighting chess. Wednesd..

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Lubomir Kaválek, 1943-2021

Lubomir Kavalek was born in Prague in 1943. He left his country in 1968 and found a new home in the USA. In the 1970s he was one of the world's best players and also successful as a second and coa..

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Lubomir Kavalek, 1943-2021

The Czech-American grandmaster, former number-10 in the world, coach, organizer, trainer, commentator, author, columnist, and member of the U.S. Chess Hall of Fame Lubomir Lubosh Kavalek di..

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ChessBase

Tata Steel Chess - Live!

The Tata Steel Chess Tournament is taking place on January 16-31 as an over-the-board 14-player single round robin. Five players are sharing the lead after three rounds. Co-leaders Pentala Harikrishna..

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Chessexpress

More castling with check

 The latest instalment in this long running series comes from a just completed CC game.Maylott,Peter S. 2136 - Roberts,Greg 1809 A702020AUS5249 AUS ICCF, 31.08.2020 new PgnViewer { boa..

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Valer Eugen Demian, The Chess Improver

The Great Ones

“You always admire what you really don’t understand” Blaise Pascal This past week I rediscovered, again, the greatness of Capablanca. One of my students had to go over one of his gam..

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King against pawns

Pawn endings require precise calculation. Here, Black's king is stronger than White's outside passed pawn. Black to play and win...

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Daily Chess Ratings And Daily960 Ratings Adjusted

Today, Chess.com made two significant changes to our Daily Chess rating system. First, all Daily Chess Standard ratings above 1500 have been increased by different amounts. Second, all Daily9..

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