Chess News
Rapport On Full Throttle At Champions Showdown Day 1
Thu, 21 Feb 2019 05:40:13 -0800
U.S. champion Sam Shankland couldn’t get much from his home advantage against Richard Rapport in an intense opening day of the 2019 Champions Showdown in Saint Louis. The 22-year-old Hungarian superstar had it all too easy in the first four ...
Aeroflot Open Round 1 Called Off After Bomb Threat
Tue, 19 Feb 2019 08:49:00 -0800
Shortly after the start, the first round of the Aeroflot Open has been canceled due to a bomb threat at the venue, Hotel Cosmos in Moscow. The round has been postponed until tomorrow. The traditional Aeroflot Open, the super-strong open tourname...
Giri, Ponomariov To Debut In PRO Chess League Week 7
Mon, 18 Feb 2019 14:10:00 -0800
Anish Giri and Ruslan Ponomariov are among the players to make their debut in the 2019 season of the PRO Chess League. Week seven is another Battle Royale week, played on Tuesday beginning at 8:00 a.m. PT and on Thursday beginning at 7 a...
Isle of Man To Host FIDE Grand Swiss Tournament
Sat, 16 Feb 2019 11:12:00 -0800
The recently announced FIDE Grand Swiss tournament, where the winner will qualify for the 2020 Candidates', will be played October 9-20, 2019 in Isle of Man and organized in cooperation with Chess.com. This became official today. The news was ju...
Gunina Wins Inaugural Cairns Cup
Sat, 16 Feb 2019 01:46:00 -0800
In the all-decisive and all-Russian clash, Valentina Gunina held Alexandra Kosteniuk to a draw and won the $40,000 first prize of the inaugural Cairns Cup in St. Louis. Irina Krush came third thanks to beating Harika Dronavalli. "...
Watch The 4 Player Chess Championship Sunday
Fri, 15 Feb 2019 18:56:00 -0800
This Sunday, two teams will fight for the inaugural championship of Four Player Chess, a new Chess.com variant where each game is contested by four sets of pieces. Watch the Four Player Chess championship this Sunday, Feb. 17, live on Twitch.t...
PRO Chess League Sees Upsets, Comebacks, Heartbreak In Week 6
Fri, 15 Feb 2019 18:12:00 -0800
With many late-stage comebacks across the PRO Chess League, fans will remember everything that week 6 had to offer—the New York Marshalls' incredible win over Webster, Cannes' upset over the Baden-Baden Snowballs, and Estonia just missing ou...
Ju Wenjun Beats Lagno With 60 Million People Watching
Fri, 15 Feb 2019 07:19:00 -0800
Repeating the result of the 2018 World Championship knockout final, Ju Wenjun beat Kateryna Lagno in a short rapid match in Beijing, China earlier this week. It was a historic moment for chess in China, as part of it was broadcast on national tele...
Gunina Maintains Lead, Clash With Kosteniuk To Decide Cairns Cup
Thu, 14 Feb 2019 19:29:00 -0800
Russia vs. Russia. One board. The inaugural Cairns Cup will be on the line tomorrow and there will be no playoff. After the two leaders drew today, albeit with wildly different methods, GMs Valentina Gunina (6.5/8) and Alexandra Kosteniuk (...
Batavia Amsterdam Chess Tournament Fights Against Draws With Blitz Before Classical
Thu, 14 Feb 2019 09:07:00 -0800
The upcoming dMP Batavia Amsterdam Chess Tournament (March 1-10) will experiment with a revolutionary format. In this 10-player GM norm tournament, the players will play a blitz match before each round that will decide on the score in case they wi...
Cairns Cup: Gunina Overtakes Kosteniuk For Lead
Wed, 13 Feb 2019 20:09:00 -0800
GM Valentina Gunina cannot be stopped. Well, she could be, were it not for the 30-move draw rule. Now winner of four consecutive games at the inaugural Cairns Cup, she explained today that she was only trying to make a draw after equalizing out of...
Chess Put Forward To Join Paris 2024 Olympic Games
Wed, 13 Feb 2019 11:07:00 -0800
A campaign was launched on Tuesday to have chess included as a sport at the Paris Olympic Games 2024. The official launch took place in Paris, in the presence of FIDE President Arkady Dvorkovich. Members of the World Chess Federation and th...
Cairns Cup: Gunina Catches Kosteniuk After 'Insane' Round
Wed, 13 Feb 2019 01:17:52 -0800
Valentina Gunina defeated Elisabeth Paehtz in what has been described as an "insane" round six of the Cairns Cup in St. Louis. Gunina is now tied for first place with Alexandra Kosteniuk, who drew with Irina Krush.  The rest...
Research Finds Chess More Beneficial In Lower Grades
Tue, 12 Feb 2019 12:32:22 -0800
The preliminary findings of a multi-year study across the state of Alabama seem to indicate that chess instruction may improve student performance, especially amongst younger students. The study, conducted by researchers at Tennessee Tech and the ...
New York Marshalls vs Webster Windmills Top Clash In PRO Chess League Week 6
Tue, 12 Feb 2019 02:46:26 -0800
The New York Marshalls and the Webster Windmills top the standings in the Atlantic Division and face each other on Tuesday. It's week six for the PRO Chess League, with the Atlantic and Pacific Divisions playing on Tuesday beginning at 1:30 p.m. P...
Chess.com Announces Bullet Chess Championship
Mon, 11 Feb 2019 09:46:00 -0800
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: Chess.com announces Bullet Chess Championship Palo Alto, Calif., Feb. 11, 2019—The best and fastest chess players in the world will compete this April in the Chess.com Bullet Chess Championship, the site announced ...
Cairns Cup: Kosteniuk Leads, Gunina Shines
Mon, 11 Feb 2019 02:47:00 -0800
With a score of 4.5/5 Alexandra Kosteniuk is the sole leader during the rest day at the Cairns Cup in St. Louis. Valentina Gunina scored a sparkling win in round five against Marie Sebag. Three more rounds have been played in St. Louis sinc...
Titled Tuesday Breaks 400; Grischuk Wins With Near Perfect Score
Sun, 10 Feb 2019 08:36:00 -0800
In yet another record-breaking Titled Tuesday held last Tuesday on Chess.com it was Russian top grandmaster Alexander Grischuk who swept the field with a superb 9.5/10 score. GM Federico Perez Ponsa of Argentina and IM Vugar Asadli of Az...
PRO Chess Teams Score Big In Week Five
Sat, 09 Feb 2019 15:08:31 -0800
The Mumbai Movers won one of the most exciting matches of the week as the PRO Chess League's two Indian teams clashed. Elsewhere, carnage ensued as the league saw a surprising number of blowouts as the Pittsburgh Pawngrabbers, New York Marshalls...
2019 Grand Chess Tour Participants Announced
Fri, 08 Feb 2019 06:57:00 -0800
After a year of absence, Magnus Carlsen is back as a participant of the Grand Chess Tour. The other 11 main players are Hikaru Nakamura, Maxime Vachier-Lagrave, Fabiano Caruana, Shakhriyar Mamedyarov, Ding Liren, Levon Aronian, Wesl...
Cairns Cup Slows Down In Results, Not In Content
Fri, 08 Feb 2019 03:39:00 -0800
The second round of the Cairns Cup in St. Louis was less spectacular in terms of results, but the 10 participants once again provided very interesting games. Bela Khotenashvili bounced back with a win over Elisabeth Paehtz. Bela Khote...
Inaugural Cairns Cup Takes Off With 4 Decisive Games
Thu, 07 Feb 2019 04:00:00 -0800
Some top women grandmasters tend to say that their chess is more exciting because they play fewer draws. That theory was supported some more in the first round of the inaugural Cairns Cup in St. Louis, with four out of five games ending decisively...
Grand Swiss, Grand Prix, Women's Candidates: Recapping Recent FIDE News
Wed, 06 Feb 2019 08:40:00 -0800
The World Chess Federation limited its cooperation with Agon/World Chess, announced the new Grand Prix series and provided details on the new Women's Candidates' tournament. Here's a round-up of recent FIDE news. Since Arkady Dvorkovich was elec...
Windmills, Chessbrahs Clash In PRO Chess League Wednesday-Thursday
Tue, 05 Feb 2019 02:15:00 -0800
After a shake-up of the standings in last week's Battle Royale, the PRO Chess League returns to its regular format for week five. The Atlantic and Pacific Divisions play on Wednesday beginning at 1:30 p.m. PT, while the Eastern and Central Di...
Gentlemen Dominate As Battle Royales Shake Up PRO Chess
Sat, 02 Feb 2019 13:50:22 -0800
The PRO Chess League debuted its new Battle Royale format in week four. The different format and large number of points available significantly shook up the standings in most divisions. Some teams like the Webster Windmills and the Baden-Baden Sno...

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