Chess News
Naroditsky Wins Arena Kings Final, Tang Wins Season Two
Sat, 15 Dec 2018 13:13:05 -0800
Grandmasters Daniel Naroditsky and Andrew Tang (two of the fastest flag kings in chess) put their firm stamp on the Arena Kings Season Two by winning the finals (Naroditsky) and overall season (Tang). Naroditsky won the finals on Wednesday, Decemb...
Carlsen, Anand To Defend Rapid, Blitz Titles In St. Petersburg
Sat, 15 Dec 2018 00:32:00 -0800
Magnus Carlsen and Viswanathan Anand, the winners of last year's world rapid (Anand) and blitz (Carlsen) championships, will be defending their titles this year, from December 26–30. Although the main sponsor didn't change, the tournament wa...
MVL, Nakamura To Play London Grand Chess Tour Final
Thu, 13 Dec 2018 14:02:00 -0800
In today's rapid and blitz games, Hikaru Nakamura and Maxime Vachier-Lagrave defeated their opponents—Fabiano Caruana and Levon Aronian respectively—to reach the final of the London Chess Classic. It was a long and fun last day ...
London Grand Chess Tour Semis To Be Decided Tomorrow
Wed, 12 Dec 2018 14:26:00 -0800
With two draws again on the second day of the London Chess Classic, both semifinals—Levon Aronian vs Maxime Vachier-Lagrave and Hikaru Nakamura vs Fabiano Caruana—will be decided in the rapid and blitz segment on Thursday. Last ...
London Grand Chess Tour Takes Off With Fighting Draws
Wed, 12 Dec 2018 00:09:00 -0800
Both the games Caruana-Nakamura and MVL-Aronian were drawn on the first day of the London Chess Classic, the final leg of the 2018 Grand Chess Tour. Meanwhile, the British Knockout Championship is underway as well. The Grand Chess Tour ends in L...
Caruana Back In Action For 4-Man London Chess Classic
Sat, 08 Dec 2018 00:00:00 -0800
Fabiano. London. Classical match. Then rapid. Sound familiar? No, it's not a continuation of the world championship, it's the new format of the 2018 London Chess Classic, which will take place December 11-17. This 10th edition will be split up...
Vachier-Lagrave Wins Star-Studded December Titled Tuesday
Fri, 07 Dec 2018 11:32:00 -0800
December's Titled Tuesday was a thoroughly star-studded holiday blast. With 353 players, it was our third-largest Titled Tuesday ever. The field was so packed with talent and skill that it could easily be mistaken for a prestige open or swiss. H...
AlphaZero Crushes Stockfish In New 1,000-Game Match
Thu, 06 Dec 2018 11:00:00 -0800
In news reminiscent of the initial AlphaZero shockwave last December, the artificial intelligence company DeepMind released astounding results from an updated version of the machine-learning chess project today. The results leave no question, on...
On The Ground And In The Air: Fabiano The Dog Walker, Skydiving Chess
Tue, 04 Dec 2018 08:52:00 -0800
After a month dominated by the world championship, many chess stories remained on the periphery. This edition of "In Other News" tries to bring them back into the light. Skydiving chess Rex Sinquefield stars on HBO Caruana, the guy next door...
Nakamura Beats So In Bullet, Wins Speed Chess Championship
Mon, 03 Dec 2018 04:30:00 -0800
Making the difference in the bullet portion, Hikaru Nakamura defeated Wesley So on Sunday to win his first Speed Chess Championship title. The final score was 15.5-12.5 for Nakamura. This Speed Championship event started with an invitationa...
Nakamura Beats Aronian In Speed Chess, Loses In Bullet
Sat, 01 Dec 2018 16:18:00 -0800
Hikaru Nakamura has only ever been defeated in the Speed Chess Championship by Magnus Carlsen. In the Grandmaster Blitz Battle Championship and the first season of the Speed Chess Championship, he was defeated by Carlsen in the finals. In today'...
So Ends Duda Fairy Tale, Reaches Speed Chess Final
Sat, 01 Dec 2018 03:48:00 -0800
After eliminating Sergey Karjakin and Alexander Grischuk, Jan-Krzysztof Duda couldn't score another upset in yesterday's Speed Chess semifinal. In fact, Wesley So was way too strong and won with a big 20-7 score. At the start of the match, few w...
WIM Ruth Haring, 1955-2018
Fri, 30 Nov 2018 13:36:00 -0800
After a life in chess, the former US Chess Federation president WIM Ruth Inez Haring died Thursday, November 29. She was 63. Haring was also the current FIDE zonal president for the United States. Haring lived in Chico, California an...
Computer Chess Championship To Play Out Caruana-Carlsen Game 12
Fri, 30 Nov 2018 12:06:00 -0800
UPDATE, Nov. 30:  The bonus tournament has now ended. Of the 56 games played from the position where Carlsen offered a draw, the computers had the following results: White wins: 3 games Black wins: 27 games Draw: 26 games &nbsp...
Carlsen Wins 2018 World Chess Championship In Playoff
Wed, 28 Nov 2018 16:09:00 -0800
Magnus Carlsen convincingly retained his world chess champion title by beating Fabiano Caruana 3-0 in the rapid match at today's tiebreak in London. All 12 classical games had ended in draws. Carlsen won 550,000 euros ($625,100); Caruana got ...
World Chess Championship Game 12: Carlsen Offers Draw In Better Position To Reach Tiebreaks
Mon, 26 Nov 2018 12:40:00 -0800
Twelve games and 12 draws. Now the 2018 world chess championship between Fabiano Caruana and Magnus Carlsen is in the books as the first in history without a single decisive game. Despite universal agreement from the chess engines and grand...
World Chess Championship Game 11: Good Prep Gets Caruana Easy Draw In Petroff
Sat, 24 Nov 2018 12:01:00 -0800
Thanks to excellent preparation, Fabiano Caruana easily neutralized Magnus Carlsen's 5.Nc3 move in the Petroff today. The shortest game of the world championship match (in time, not moves) ended in a draw, and now there's just one classi...
Ju Wenjun Beats Lagno In Playoff, Wins Women's World Chess Championship
Sat, 24 Nov 2018 02:01:00 -0800
As only the second woman to retain her title in a knockout tournament, Ju Wenjun of China won the 2018 World Championship by beating Kateryna Lagno of Russia in the final. It must be said that there is a sad poignancy to every knockout final. In...
World Chess Championship Game 10: Draw Streak Continues Despite Wild Game
Thu, 22 Nov 2018 15:38:00 -0800
In the movie Children of Men, the U.K. goes 20 years without anyone being able to conceive a child. So far in the 2018 world chess championship, London has experienced a similar dearth. Two weeks in, and nobody has been able to birth a win. Ther...
Computer Chess Championship Back For Rapid Redux
Wed, 21 Nov 2018 21:00:00 -0800
After two successful tournaments in the Chess.com Computer Chess Championship, we're ready to power up the world's best chess engines again in CCC 3: Rapid Redux. Based on fan feedback, the new championship will feature a smaller field of 16 str...
World Chess Championship Game 9: Another Draw Sets Record
Wed, 21 Nov 2018 12:26:00 -0800
Magnus Carlsen will definitely not be celebrating the record that was set today at the world championship match in London. He let an opening advantage slip away versus Fabiano Caruana, and now the first nine games have all ended in draws...
Puzzle Rush: Chess.com's New Addictive Feature
Wed, 21 Nov 2018 10:40:00 -0800
What if you took the satisfaction of solving puzzles and mixed it with the intensity of blitz chess? You'd have Puzzle Rush—Chess.com's new feature that has everyone with early access going crazy.  The rules are simple:  Solv...
Carlsen To Defend Tata Steel Chess Title
Wed, 21 Nov 2018 04:49:00 -0800
Magnus Carlsen will once again be playing in the Tata Steel Chess Tournament, January 11-27, 2019 in Wijk aan Zee, the Netherlands. The two external rounds will be played in Alkmaar and Leiden. Carlsen, who is currently defending his world champ...
Stockfish Wins Computer Chess Championship Blitz
Mon, 19 Nov 2018 22:12:00 -0800
The highest-rated chess engine of all time added another title to its resume this week as Stockfish decisively won the Chess.com Computer Chess Championship 2: Blitz Battle. The victory comes six weeks after Stockfish won the first revamped CCC:...
World Chess Championship Game 8: Carlsen Dodges Bullet In Sveshnikov Sicilian
Mon, 19 Nov 2018 13:11:00 -0800
"It kind of felt like I got away with murder," Magnus Carlsen said about game six. In game eight, he dodged a bullet. After another draw in their world championship match, this time in a Sveshnikov Sicilian where Fabiano Caruana had good chances, ...

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