Top American Players

CL 06.2022 Nakamura opener
Hikaru Nakamura on the Candidates, streaming, and the future of American chess. A Chess Life exclusive. Read More »
While he might be a few years away from qualifying for the U.S. Senior Championship, 32-year-old American GM Sam Shankland was the "old man out" atop… Read More »
We often are told of ways the chess of today's great players differs from their predecessors. With superior defensive technique, opening knowledge,… Read More »
After drawing his first three games in the masters section of the inaugural Dubai Police Global Chess Challenge, American GM Hans Niemann won four of… Read More »
Two Americans are bringing home first-place trophies from the 2024 World Cadet Rapid and Blitz Championships held April 25 through 29 in Durres,… Read More »
Mesgen simul
Almost 1,600 students from grades kindergarten through sixth grade begun their chess-filled weekends on Friday, April 26 in Columbus for the 2024… Read More »
Wednesday Workout
This week's Wednesday Workout concludes a series from the Grenke Chess Festival with some crafty, tactical, and even defensive moments from games… Read More »
For the better part of Sunday's last-round games in Toronto, at least one of the 2024 FIDE Candidates events appeared headed to a playoff match.… Read More »
Gukesh, Round 13, 2024 Candidates
The penultimate round of the 2024 FIDE Candidates’ Tournament and Women’s Candidate Tournament took two divergent paths on Saturday in Toronto.… Read More »
Salimova Tan
“Only” half of the eight games played during Thursday’s 12th round of the 2024 FIDE Candidates and Women’s Candidates tournaments ended in decisive… Read More »
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