Certainly, Smith had to be regarded as one of the contenders for a top prize, but given that he was over 200 points lower rated than the top few seeds, winning clear first has to be regarded as a bit of a surprise and a significant accomplishment.
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It is extremely important to have the ability to work by yourself without the help of engines; otherwise they will simply give you evaluations and variations without giving you an actual understanding of the position.
Happy Thanksgiving from US Chess! We reiterate our thanks from an email sent yesterday to our membership for being the best part of who we…
“I’m really looking forward to the faster time controls. It’s fun. There are no excuses. It adds another dimension, another challenge.”
After four rounds, IMs Keaton Kiewra and Joshua Sheng were the only players at 4-0.
The Champions Showdown is a unique event, featuring many of the top players in the world (including Carlsen and all of the top 3 American players), an increasingly faster time control, and the controversial choice of no increment or delay.
The nature of the Swiss system pretty much requires the higher rated players to play for a win, especially in the early rounds when the rating differences are the greatest.
Last week one of my favorite yearly events, the Spice Cup Open, concluded in Saint Louis, Missouri. With both Webster University and Saint Louis University now fielding powerful rosters of Grandmasters, the Spice Cup had a total of 22 GMs, many of them representing foreign federations, which makes the Spice Cup a great tournament for norm seekers.
Excitement is ramping up for National Chess Day on October 14, 2017. GM Pal Benko preps the celebrations with some mates in honor of our…
Magnus Carlsen captured clear 1st at the Chess.com Isle of Man Masters with 7.5 points out of 9 games. Surprisingly, this is Carlsen’s first classical tournament victory in over a year.
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