Chess News
Stranded in Budapest (2) – Balaton
Tue, 14 Jul 2020 12:00:00 GMT
We want you to find a caption for this picture. It shows the Balaton tournament director IM Janos Rigo congratulating winner IM Leon Luke Mendonca, who is fourteen years old. Due to the pandemic Leon has been trapped in Budapest, together with his father, for almost four months now. Fortunately it is one of the most beautiful cities in Europe, and fortunately the legendary Judit Polgar has helped make their stay more pleasant – this time by sharing a culinary adventure.
The Weekly Show: Magnus Carlsen vs Anish Giri
Tue, 14 Jul 2020 19:00:00 GMT
In his weekly show IM Lawrence Trent takes a look Magnus Carlsen's convincing win of the Chessable Masters. The focus will be on Carlsen's win with White against Giri in the Semi-Tarrasch, a spectacular game which, to quote Lawrence, "might be the best game ever seen in such a tournament at these time controls". | Lawrence' show is available at 17:00 UTC (19:00 CEST, 13:00 EDT) on-demand with a ChessBase Premium Account. You can register a Premium account here. | Photo: Lennart Ootes (Archive)
Three books from Olomouc
Tue, 14 Jul 2020 16:00:00 GMT
Vlastimil Fiala's second love, besides his duties as a professor of political science, is chess history. In his Moravian Chess Publishing House he presents, in various series, relatively unknown events of chess history with astonishing depth.
A prize for everyone: the ACP-ChessBase Knock-Out
Tue, 14 Jul 2020 13:53:00 GMT
From July 23 to July 28 the ACP, the Association of Chess Professionals, organises an interesting event on the ChessBase server the ACP-ChessBase Knock-Out, including an open knock-out tournament and a knock-out tournament for women. The participants play 4-games matches in slow blitz (10+5). All members of the ACP are invited and eligible to play and almost all players will win a prize. Registration is open until July 15.
Too many pawns, too strong a king
Tue, 14 Jul 2020 09:00:00 GMT
Usually an extra bishop can easily draw against two pawns. But if the two pawns are supported by their king things might get tricky for the defender. Especially if his own king is too far away to help.
Hou Yifan youngest-ever full professor at Shenzhen University
Tue, 14 Jul 2020 04:50:00 GMT
Four-time women’s world champion and current highest-rated woman player in the world Hou Yifan has become the youngest-ever full professor at the University of Shenzhen. The 26-year-old is now a professor at the School of Physical Education where she will be heading the institution’s chess program. Another great achievement for one of the most talented chess players in the circuit! | Photo:
Simon Says: Alekhine's influence on modernising attacking play - Part 2
Mon, 13 Jul 2020 17:55:00 GMT
In this "Simon Says" English Grandmaster Simon Williams continues to look at some of Alekhine's best attacking games and discusses how attacking play developed due to his influence on the game. | Watch "Simon Says" for free and on-demand (for a limited time, or forever with a ChessBase Premium account). (Normally 16:00 UTC (18:00 CEST / 12 Noon EST). | Photo: Portrait of Alekhine by Man Ray
"Karpov, not Kasparov" - Chess and music
Mon, 13 Jul 2020 14:36:50 GMT
Valeriu Borcos and Eduard Gabia from Bucharest make music that often alludes to chess, and it is no coincidence that the duo calls itself "Karpov, not Kasparov". In an interview the two Romanian musicians, who describe their music as "optimistic-oriental-intellectual-dancefloor nostalgia", talk about music and chess which "is an obsession for us". | Photo: Karpov, not Kasparov
Raunak beats Fabiano
Mon, 13 Jul 2020 11:43:42 GMT
Most of the top players cannot take part in over-the-board tournaments, due to the pandemic. But they are often seen in various titled online events. Like in an online blitz tournament on, where only titled players from all over the world are allowed to take part. Indian GM Raunak Sadhwani made the most of the opportunity and beat the former World Championship Challenger Fabiano Caruana. The game is instructively commented by a video by IM Sagar Shah - with quiz questions and points.
Leinier Dominguez wins Leon Masters
Mon, 13 Jul 2020 06:25:00 GMT
The Leon Masters came to an end on Sunday, with Leinier Dominguez beating Jaime Santos in the final of the three-day knockout to win the event. Dominguez and Santos came from defeating Parham Maghsoodloo and Alexei Shirov in the semifinals. Dominguez won game 3 in the deciding matchup and drew the rest to get the title. | Photo: Justin Kellar
A quick chat with Rustam Kasimdzhanov
Sun, 12 Jul 2020 20:00:00 GMT
Leading opening expert Rustam Kasimdzhanov recently launched a FritzTrainer DVD on the Benoni. In a short interview, the former FIDE world champion answers seven questions, about the Benoni, his work as a second and the new challenges he has faced during the coronavirus pandemic. | Photo: Lennart Ootes
Teach someone how to play chess on #InternationalChessDay
Sun, 12 Jul 2020 15:20:00 GMT
International Chess Day will be celebrated next week, on July 20th, a date that also marks FIDE’s 96th anniversary. The International Chess Federation has a simple but ambitious plan: we want to make an appeal to the members of our chess community and ask you to teach someone how to play chess to mark this day.
Giants of Modern Studies - Steffen Nielsen Part II
Sun, 12 Jul 2020 08:45:00 GMT
In this second article about the life and work of the prominent study composer Steffen Slumstrup Nielsen, we will go through five of his studies, from a light miniature to his most outstanding creation till date. Sit back and enjoy! | See Part I | Photo: Niels Jørgen Jacobsen, Silkeborg
Grandmaster Chef: Boris Gelfand
Sat, 11 Jul 2020 19:30:00 GMT
Boris Gelfand is currently the top-ranked chess player in Israel. In the early 1990s, Gelfand was ranked third in the world. To show appreciation for Gelfand, this article has two recipes for dishes that he likes to eat and two of his wins. WIM Alexey Root tells why Gelfand is a Grandmaster Chef honoree. | Photo: Vladimir Jagr
It’s so easy to start a simul on!
Sat, 11 Jul 2020 14:00:00 GMT
You probably already know how to create your personal virtual room on If not, we have a link included in this article on how to do it. In your virtual room, you can challenge friends, organize tournaments for your chess club, give valuable coaching lessons and play simultaneous games. The last point is what the 5-minute video in this article is all about!
Mamedyarov beats Sanal in hard-fought match
Sat, 11 Jul 2020 07:30:00 GMT
The 16-game match between Shakhriyar Mamedyarov and Vahap Sanal, played from Tuesday to Friday on the PlayChess platform, was won by the rating favourite, but not by a big margin. Mamedyarov defeated his Turkish colleague 9:7 in a hard-fought battle that saw Sanal winning four games against his famed opponent. | Photo: Niki Riga / World Chess
Donchenko wins Clarion Congress GM Tournament
Fri, 10 Jul 2020 23:40:00 GMT
Alexander Donchenko was the rating favourite at the ten-player single round-robin GM tournament in České Budějovice, and he convincingly won the event. The German grandmaster secured tournament victory in style by defeating Jan Mikes in the last round. GM Peter Michalik and IM Karel Malinovsky, both from the Czech Republic, finished second and third respectively. | Photo: Amruta Mokal
Daniel King’s Power Play Show: Spassky attacks
Fri, 10 Jul 2020 19:45:00 GMT
In this Power Play Show, grandmaster Daniel King focuses on an exciting attacking game played by tenth world champion Boris Spassky when he was merely 18 years old. He also looks at a mate-in-three problem that even had him confused for a while! | Power Play is on air most Fridays at 17:00 UK (18:00 CEST, 11:00 EST) on All the usual puzzles, games and instruction will be on offer.
Logic Riddles for Chess Players (5)
Fri, 10 Jul 2020 14:00:00 GMT
Part five of our “Logic Riddles” series is here! This time it is all about a chess-related riddle, pertaining colours. We recently posted a philosophical brain-teaser which can be solved in more than one way. One of the many possible answers is shared in this article!
Well in advance
Fri, 10 Jul 2020 10:00:00 GMT
In the diagram, Black's blockade construct Qd8/Bh4 on the kingside looks artificial, but White rightly decided not to rush and calmly strengthened his position. How?