Levon Aronian recently won the Grenke Classic, which featured a top-notch field, including Magnus Carlsen, Fabiano Caruana, Maxime-Vachier-Lagrave, and Hou Yifan.
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After winning the exceptionally strong Gibraltar Open for the third consecutive time in February, Hikaru Nakamura has now also managed to win the Zurich Chess Challenge 3 years in a row.
In round 7, Sevian faced second seed GM Vladmir Belous on board 1. Sevian had the black pieces and trailed Belous, who led the tournament by half a point. Sevian won the game, taking over clear 1st, and he never relinquished the lead!
Wesley So, our new US Champion and current World #2 ranked player, dazzled with his queen sacrifice against Jeffery Xiong, one of the most brilliant…
GM Pal Benko recently contributed Apri Fools problems to the April edition of Chess Life Magazine, in which you are challenged to construct checkmates. Here…
When I first started playing chess, I spent a lot of time studying the opening. Inspired by the World Champion at the time, Garry Kasparov, I spent hours memorizing lines in the Sicilian and King’s Indian and dreamed of catching my opponent with my opening “preparation.”
However, twenty years later, older and perhaps a little wiser, I find myself preferring to study the endgame.
As Alejandro Ramirez explained in his March 2016 US Chess News article, the round robin format is a rarity in the United States. American swiss tournament grinders are used to doing most of their opening preparation before each open event, having at most 30 minutes to prepare for specific opponents once pairings are posted.
GM Li had white against Gorovets and needed the win in order to tie for 1st. He brought home the full point.
Having directed tournaments for over 35 years, there is a tendency to believe I’ve seen just about everything that could occur at a tournament. Every once in a while I am proved wrong!
As the U.S. Championships pass the midway point, test your own abilities with the critical moments and key tactics in the event so far.
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