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London Chess Classic Live
Sat, 07 Dec 2019 14:50:00 GMT
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. The $350,000 London Chess Classic provides a satisfying big-money climax to the 2019 Grand Chess Tour Finals as Magnus Carlsen seeks to round off a memorable year, while Ding Liren looks to put down a marker for a possible first-ever Chinese World Championship challenge in 2020. This year’s 11th Classic also represents a remarkable milestone: 10 successive years of top-class chess festivals in the British capital, organised by the UK charity Chess in Schools and Communities. Live games and commentary from 16:00 UTC (17:00 CET, 11:00 EST).
Women's Grand Prix in Monaco Live
Sat, 07 Dec 2019 14:45:01 GMT
Monday was the official start of the 2nd Grand Prix of 2019/20 Tournament Series for women, with the opening ceremony at the Yacht Club of Monaco. The first round was played on Tuesday. FIDE's Women's Grand Prix in Monaco started with a solitary win by Skolkovo GP winner Humpy Koneru. Live games and commentary starting at 14:00 UTC (15:00 CET / 9:00 AM EST).
Monaco GP: Humpy escapes with a draw
Sat, 07 Dec 2019 11:54:37 GMT
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 advantage into a victory after her opponent Elisabeth Paehtz blundered and made a few inaccuracies under time pressure. Valentina Gunina's tough luck at the tournament continues as this time she made a huge error in the opening against Zhao Xue after which she could not recover for the rest of the game. Goryachkina beat Harika, after the latter made a wrong exchange which resulted in an isolated pawn and advanced king for her opponent. Kosteniuk and Mariya Muzychuk made a grandmaster draw in just 23 moves. | Photo: Karol Bartnik / FIDE
The (open) European Blitz Championships Live
Sat, 07 Dec 2019 09:45:07 GMT
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
GCT Finals: Carlsen wins, Vachier-Lagrave escapes
Sat, 07 Dec 2019 05:45:00 GMT
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 the gate in the match for third place. The duels continue on Saturday, starting two hours earlier than usual. | Photo: Lennart Ootes / Grand Chess Tour
Opening training with Fritz 17: Creating a repertoire
Fri, 06 Dec 2019 21:00:00 GMT
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 repertoire.
The Power Play Show: How to beat the Petroff
Fri, 06 Dec 2019 16:42:00 GMT
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
Fri, 06 Dec 2019 10:00:00 GMT
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 got back to winning ways by beating Zhao Xue, Nana Dzagnidze scored her first win of the tournament and jumped to tied second position, Gunina also made a comeback by staying true to her style and beating Alexandra Kosteniuk, after suffering two losses in the first two rounds. Harika had a tepid draw with Pia Cramling. | Photo: Karol Bartnik / FIDE
The mysterious rook
Fri, 06 Dec 2019 09:37:25 GMT
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?
NEW: Mega Database 2020
Fri, 06 Dec 2019 06:00:00 GMT
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 database with new games – around 5,000 every week! Here’s a short tutorial how to update the database and download new games.
Ivanchuk top fighter in Zagreb's "Peace Tournament"
Fri, 06 Dec 2019 02:00:00 GMT
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
Golden Pawn award for ChessBase
Thu, 05 Dec 2019 19:12:16 GMT
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 world — people for whom chess is not just a sport, but an outstanding, intellectual and royal game — has been waiting for this high-scale event." We are proud to report that ChessBase got the prize for the "Best European Chess Project."
Fast and Furious: 6.Nd5!? against the Classical Sicilian
Thu, 05 Dec 2019 18:39:30 GMT
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 ChessBase Premium account holders (but FREE for a limited time!). To chat, please visit or login via Playchess for Windows. In the diagram, it's Black to play!
NEW: Mastering Pattern Recognition in the Opening
Thu, 05 Dec 2019 15:20:55 GMT
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 ROBERT RIS explores ten key elements of opening play. While these themes are found throughout chess literature this time you will get actively involved yourself as well!
Monaco GP: Humpy continues her lead
Thu, 05 Dec 2019 11:00:00 GMT
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 All-Russian battle and handed Gunina her second consecutive defeat. Newly crowned European Individual Rapid and Blitz champion Alexandra Kosteniuk continued her momentum and broke Goryachkina's mystique by defeating her convincingly. Both Anna Muzychuk and Pia Cramling missed wonderful winning opportunities against Nana Dzagnidze and Zhao Xue respectively. A detailed report of round 2. Photo: Karol Bartnik / FIDE
GCT Finals: Vachier-Lagrave takes Carlsen down
Thu, 05 Dec 2019 03:40:00 GMT
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 draws were followed by an exchange of blows that led to the playoffs. Vachier-Lagrave won a wild game out of a Sicilian Najdorf and drew the last 10-minute game to get match victory. | Photo: Lennart Ootes / Grand Chess Tour
Game of the Week: Ivanchuk vs Palac
Wed, 04 Dec 2019 18:00:00 GMT
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 on-demand this week starting at 19:00 UTC (20:00 CET / 4 PM EST).
Monaco: Humpy starts with a gritty win
Wed, 04 Dec 2019 09:30:00 GMT
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 Alexandra Kosteniuk but she missed capitalizing on good opportunities and eventually ended up making a draw. The World Championship Challenger Aleksandra Goryachkina held World Blitz Champion Kateryna Lagno, Harika Dronavalli met her match in the form of Nana Dzagnidze, FIDE GP 2019-20 debutant Zhao Xue held Elisabeth Paehtz and the Muzychuk sisters made a peaceful draw in round 1. Photo: Karol Bartnik / FIDE
GCT Finals: Evenly matched
Wed, 04 Dec 2019 01:20:00 GMT
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 with White, but Levon Aronian was not in physical conditions to push for more. Rapid and blitz games will decide the finalists on Wednesday. | Photo: Lennart Ootes / Grand Chess Tour
The Weekly Show at the London Chess Classic
Tue, 03 Dec 2019 18:00:00 GMT
From London IM Lawrence Trent is on the scene at both the Grand Chess Tour Finals and the London Chess Classic ancillary events, and brings you his take in this Weekly Show. | Puzzle time: In the diagram, it's Black to move! | Lawrence is on-demand this week beginning at 17:00 UTC (18:00 CET / Noon EST) and free for a limited time, or forever on-demand with a ChessBase Basic Account. You can register a free 90-day account to watch.