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 »
GM Ian Nepomniachtchi
GM Ian Nepomniachtchi is one of only six players (as noted by @Eyal_P_Sto_) to win two Candidates cycles after Sunday’s draw with GM Richard Rapport… Read More »
First move in Nepo-Nakamura
With a 14-move draw today against GM Hikaru Nakamura, it’s another step closer to returning to a World Championship match for GM Ian Nepomniachtchi,… Read More »
2022 FIDE Candidates Round 11, Nepomniachtchi-Firouzja
With a big win against Alireza Firouzja in round 11, Ian Nepomniachtchi’s smile is almost wider than his lead. GM Jacob Aagaard provides his daily… Read More »
2022 FIDE Candidates, Ian Nepomniachtchi walks through the playing hall
After the round 10 games today for the 2022 FIDE Candidates Tournament, Ian Nepomniachtchi is floating further forward from the pack. GM Jacob… Read More »
2022 FIDE Candidates, Round 9, Nepo Looks On
Round after round, Ian Nepomniachtchi is proving to be an immovable object. Today, while he held his lead with a draw against second-place Fabiano… Read More »
2022 FIDE Candidates, Hikaru Nakamura
The game that garnered most of the attention this round was Nakamura-Caruana, a complicated slugfest which also had the biggest effect on the… Read More »
2022 FIDE Candidates Round 8
Here are annotations provided by GM Jacob Aagaard of the games from Round 8 of the 2022 FIDE Candidates Tournament. See our full coverage here and… Read More »
2022 Candidates, Round 7, Fabiano Caruana
Quite a round today. We’re at the halfway point and, to everyone’s amazement, Ian Nepomniatchi just keeps winning. With 5½ points out of seven rounds… Read More »
2022 FIDE Candidates Round 7
Here are annotations provided by GM Jacob Aagaard of the games from Round 7 of the 2022 FIDE Candidates Tournament. See our full coverage here and… Read More »
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