After 9 captivating rounds of rapid chess, Levon Aronian is the clear leader with 5 impressive victories.
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Okay, perhaps it’s by now passé to bring up GM Aleksandr Lenderman’s unbridled 2009 victory dance (ranking alongside Elaine’s famous Seinfeld gyrations) at the Copper State International, celebrating his third GM norm. But this Sunday night in Norfolk, Virginia, Lenderman did have another reason to cut loose, as he took clear first ahead of nearly 400 others at the U.S. Open.
Here are a few of the most interesting tactical, positional, and endgame moments that have occurred in the event so far.
Follow along in So’s footsteps by solving tactical puzzles from his games.
In 1977, inspiration struck. Dr. Robert Ferguson, an avid player and chess philanthropist started Castle Chess Camp in Bradford, Pennsylvania.
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.
Kick off the summer with these checkmate puzzles composed by GM Pal Benko. Can you solve all six?
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.
Congrats to 14-year-old Awonder Liang, who earned his second GM norm on the way to winning his section of the 2017 Spring Chess Classic. A trio of…
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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