Levon Aronian clinched clear 1st in the St. Louis Rapid and Blitz with a dominating 24.5 score, 3 points ahead of his closest competitors. Here are a few of the tactical highlights from the action-packed blitz segment.
After 9 captivating rounds of rapid chess, Levon Aronian is the clear leader with 5 impressive victories.
Here are a few of the most interesting tactical, positional, and endgame moments that have occurred in the event so far.
The Sinquefield Cup, the strongest tournament in the country, begins tomorrow. This year’s field features the return of World Champion Magnus Carlsen to the Grand Chess Tour, 7 players from the world’s top 10, and a 2788 average rating.
This unexpected result left a wide open opportunity for Awonder Liang to clinch the championship, without even needing a playoff—if he could win his last round game.
Round 5 featured a key match-up: Emily Nguyen – the tournament leader entering the round – vs. Akshita Gorti – who trailed by half a point in clear 2nd place.
The US Junior Championship is an iconic part of US Chess. American players as prominent as Bobby Fischer, Hikaru Nakamura, and Ray Robson have all won the title.
Follow along in So’s footsteps by solving tactical puzzles from his games.
The winner’s name mirrors the 9th World Champion, Tigran V. Petrosian, nicknamed “Iron Tigran”, a great player known for his nearly impenetrable defensive playing style and his brilliant positional exchange sacrifices.
Most of us of have seen Mikhail Tal’s daring yet inaccurate sacrifices blow his opponents off the board. We’ve seen Fischer’s “Sac, sac, mate!” to tame the once fire-breathing Sicilian Dragon. We’ve seen the mind-boggling calculation abilities of Garry Kasparov in his attacking brilliancies. Yet, when it comes to our own games, attacking play can be a different story. What brilliant attackers seem to do effortlessly can be unimaginable to most chessplayers.
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