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  • Vachier-Lagrave has a brilliant day, wins Superbet Chess Classic May 15, 2022
    Maxime Vachier-Lagrave won the Superbet Chess Classic after outscoring Wesley So and Levon Aronian in rapid playoffs. MVL had caught up with the co-leaders after beating Alireza Firouzja with black in their classical, round-9 encounter. The Frenchman beat both US grandmasters in the rapid-chess single round-robin that followed to claim the title. | Photo: Lennart […]
  • ICGA: World Computer Chess Championship, Olympiad, Conference May 14, 2022
    The 2022 International Computer Games Association events are fast approaching: the World Computer Chess Championships (Vienna, July 23-29), the 2022 Computer Olympiad (online, July 23-29), and the 2022 Computers and Games conference (online, November 22-24). The ICGA has distributed full information on all upcoming events.
  • Robert Ris’ Fast and Furious: New ideas in the Bayonet Attack May 14, 2022
    This week Robert Ris focuses on the Bayonet Attack in the King’s Indian Defence. He uses model games from elite players to illustrate the potential problems Black faces when White plays 11.a4 and 12.a5. | “Fast and Furious” is available on-demand with a ChessBase Premium Account. You can register a Premium account here.
  • Ukraine vs France solidarity match in Paris May 14, 2022
    Four French champions will gather at Blitz Society (pictured), the hip new chess meeting point in the heart of Paris, for a rapid match against four champions from Ukraine. The match will take place on Saturday, May 14, starting at 17.30 CEST. Donations for Ukrainian relief efforts are being collected by UNICEF!
  • Superbet Chess Classic - Games and standints May 14, 2022
    The Superbet Chess Classic is being held in Bucharest, Romania at the Sheraton Hotel from May 5 to May 14. It includes all nine full tour players and one wildcard player, Romanian grandmaster Bogdan-Daniel Deac. After tying for first place on 5½/9, Wesley So, Levon Aronian and Maxime Vachier-Lagrave are deciding who wins the tournament […]
  • Back rank tricks in the Catalan May 14, 2022
    In the diagram position White just played 12.Rd1 to attack Black's knight on d5 and to force Black to make a difficult choice: should Black play 12...Qa5 or 12...Be6 - which move gets your okay?
  • Superbet: Aronian escapes, still shares the lead May 14, 2022
    Wesley So and Levon Aronian top the standings table with one round to go at the Superbet Chess Classic in Romania. While So had little trouble drawing Alireza Firouzja in round 8, Aronian was inches away from losing against Ian Nepomniachtchi. In the one decisive result of the day, Leinier Dominguez got the better of […]
  • Professor Barry Hymer reviews “The Human Factor in Chess” May 13, 2022
    A sceptic regarding the value of ‘learning styles’ approaches, Professor Barry Hymer feared that “The Human Factor in Chess”, a book written by GMs Karsten Müller and Luis Engel, would fall short of expectations. As he states in his review, though, the book “recognises the dynamic evolution of many players’ styles and, for the most […]
  • Trent's Tactics - Was Botvinnik strong tactically? May 13, 2022
    The sixth World Chess Champion was certainly not known for his cunning tactical manoeuvres. He actually confessed that he was relatively weak with tactics. Nonetheless, he was one of the best chess players in the world, and had to face a fair amount of tactical challenges over the board, which he solved brilliantly. Lawrence shows […]
  • All in one game! May 13, 2022
    The column "All in one" was introduced in ChessBase Magazine almost three years ago. The idea behind it: on the basis of a single extensively annotated game, you learn everything you need to know about a concrete opening line. In the new ChessBase Magazine #207, Igor Stohl and Tanmay Srinath introduce you to two concepts […]
  • Game of the Week #515: Wesley So vs Shakhriyar Mamedyarov May 13, 2022
    In his “Game of the Week” show #515, Merijn van Delft takes a look at a strategic masterpiece by Wesley So, who got a fine win with white over Shakhriyar Mamedyarov at the Superbet Chess Classic in Bucharest. | Merijn’s show is available on-demand with a ChessBase Premium Account. You can register a Premium account […]
  • Superbet: Wins for MVL, Firouzja and Mamedyarov May 12, 2022
    Levon Aronian and Wesley So continue to share the lead at the Superbet Chess Classic despite three games finishing decisively in the seventh round. After losing to Aronian on Wednesday, Maxime Vachier-Lagrave bounced back with a win over Richard Rapport — the Frenchman is now in sole third place, a half point behind the leaders. […]
  • India presents four strong teams for the Olympiad in Chennai May 12, 2022
    The All India Chess Federation has announced the biggest squad of Indian teams for the upcoming FIDE Olympiad. Vishy Anand has been named as the mentor for all four Indian teams, while the country’s third GM in history, Pravin Thipsay, will be the Head of the Delegation. | Photo: AICF
  • Svitlana's Smart Moves - The King's Indian May 12, 2022
    The King's Indian is a very straight-forward, aggressive opening. Basically, Black builds up a system in the first couple of moves, and once it is set up, the attacking begins! White tries to counter on the queenside, in most cases. But please take a look at it all for yourself in this episode of "Svitlana's […]
  • Gukesh scores a hat-trick, wins Chessable Sunway Formentera Open May 11, 2022
    Gukesh won his third consecutive tournament in Spain as he scored an unbeaten 8/10 to claim first place at the Chessable Sunway Formentera Open. After missing several tournament triumphs on tiebreaks, Gukesh got outright victory in Formentera by finishing a half point ahead of the field. Jaime Santos (Spain) and Shant Sargsyan (Armenia) completed the […]
  • Superbet: Aronian scores, shares the lead with So May 11, 2022
    Levon Aronian grabbed a 25-move win over Maxime Vachier-Lagrave to catch Wesley So in the lead of the Superbet Chess Classic. Aronian and So have a full-point lead over a 4-player chasing pack with three rounds to go at the inaugural event of this year’s Grand Chess Tour. In the other decisive game of round […]
  • Candidates to be decided in playoffs in case of a tie for first place May 11, 2022
    Much has been discussed regarding the tiebreak system used in previous editions of the Candidates Tournament. Given the controversy, FIDE decided to reconsider the regulations before this year’s edition. After consulting the participants, the rules have been updated — in case of a tie for first, a rapid (and blitz, if necessary) playoff will decide […]
  • 8-piece endgame tablebases - first findings and interview! May 11, 2022
    Endgame tablebases can only be described as "god chess" as they are perfect information on all positions they cover, and the terms 'better' or 'worse' cease to have any meaning. Marc Bourzutschky has trained and resolved a large number of the 8-piece tablebase positions and shared his results and findings, as well as insights in […]
  • Superbet: Caruana bounces back May 11, 2022
    Round 5 of the Superbet Chess Classic saw Fabiano Caruana bouncing back from his loss on Sunday by taking down defending champion Shakhriyar Mamedyarov. The US grandmaster thus went into the rest day with a fifty-percent score. The remaining games finished drawn, leaving Wesley So in the sole lead, half a point ahead of a […]
  • The Weekly Show: A nice squeeze by Caruana May 10, 2022
    In his ‘Weekly Show’ Lawrence Trent focuses on the Superbet Chess Classic currently taking place in Romania. He looks at a fine win by Fabiano Caruana over Shakhriyar Mamedyarov. | Lawrence’s show is available on-demand with a ChessBase Premium Account. You can register a Premium account here
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  • World Championship of Titled Arena Announcement April 29, 2022
    Announcing our schedule for upcoming Titled Arenas!We're pleased to announce a schedule for our upcoming World Championship Titled Arenas! All events will be preceded by a warm-up arena open to all players with a minimum of 20 rated games in the relevant time control (excluding 960 warm-up, where the minimum rated games are 10). Prizes […]
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  • Announcing the Lichess World Championship April 25, 2022
    It gives us great pleasure to announce the Lichess World Championship, an event that will be contested exclusively on https://lichess.org. With the announcement that FIDE has decided to open up the World Champion title to any organization that would like to run such a competition, it was only a matter of time until Lichess threw […]
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  • IM Minh Le wins hard fought Titled Arena April 11, 2022
    IM Minh Le won the April Blitz Titled Arena on Saturday in a very tight event where the top 4 all finished within 5 points of each other. Most of the top players berserked heavily. Le berserked in 92% of games and second-place GM Oleksandr Bortnyk berserked in 97%. Carrying the flag for anti-berserkers was […]
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  • Nakamura takes down the 2022 FIDE Grand Prix April 8, 2022
    Runner-up Rapport also qualifies for the CandidatesThe Grand Prix series Hikaru Nakamura is definitely one of a kind. After more than two years away from the classical chess board, dedicating his time to become the world’s number one chess streamer and content creator, Nakamura accepted FIDE’s wildcard nominee to join the circuit once again for […]
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  • Hackers Leak Lichess Source Code (not really) April 1, 2022
    All our inner workings exposed!EDIT: April fools! Lichess wasn't "hacked" but we do make all our source code available for everyone, and we always have. Lichess is open source which allows contributors from all over the world to collaborate on building Lichess. No personal data was included in the breach. Your Lichess account is safe. […]
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  • Photo Finish in Titled Arena Demonstrates that Chess is Fun March 21, 2022
    Whatever chess tournament format you like? Arenas are better. They just are. If you think I’m wrong your confusion is probably tied to a fundamental misunderstanding of the purpose of chess tournaments. It is not to deterministically and rigorously prove who is the best player, something that swiss, round robin and knockout tournaments can’t achieve […]
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  • Ukrainian Voices March 15, 2022
    кликните здесь, чтобы прочитать на русском языке I wanted to write an article about the war in Ukraine. There will undoubtedly be people who will skip reading the article to run to the comments and say “no politics on a chess website!” To some extent, this article was written for them. You have my word […]
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  • Lichess Statement on the War in Ukraine March 9, 2022
    “Truth is the first casualty of war” - Ethel Annakin Along with the vast majority of the world, Lichess has been watching the war waged by Russia and Belarus against Ukraine with shock and complete dismay. As a chess website, commenting on geopolitical situations is outside of our usual remit. But, such is the seriousness […]
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  • Sargsyan Wins Tight Titled Arena March 6, 2022
    The March Lichess Blitz Titled Arena was won by GM Shant Sargsyan, a young Armenian superGM who is a former World U16 champion. In what was one of the closest Titled Arenas ever, Sargsyan was only really able to clinch the tournament in the final few minutes as he won two games back-to-back. Two other […]
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  • IM Minh Le wins 7th Titled Arena and a Super GM event on Lichess today. February 21, 2022
    Vietnamese Super-IM Minh Le won his 7th Titled Arena, amassing a total of 162 points in a two-hour-long bullet format. 18 points behind him with the silver trophy was 18-year-old GM Brandon Jacobson, a student at Columbia University. GM Dmitry Andreikin took the bronze trophy with 130 points. Andreikin was leading the arena for a […]
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  • Bortnyk Takes 960 Titled Arena February 8, 2022
    GM Oleksandr Bortnyk won the Lichess 960 Titled Arena on Saturday, 4 points ahead of second place GM Dimitry Andreikin. The event's time control (3+2) and initial scrambled pieces seem especially ill-suited to berserking which gives an extra point for halving your own available time, and also, relevant for this event removes any increment. With […]
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  • Naroditsky strolls to TA win January 24, 2022
    The January Lichess Bullet Titled Arena was won by GM Daniel Naroditsky, one of the world's leading bullet specialists and well-known chess commentator and streamer. Naroditsky, in fact, put up a stunning performance that got him close to beating the all-time Titled Arena points record, which stands at 199 points (Naroditsky's 193 puts him third […]
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  • Bortnyk Wins the Titled Arena and the Agadmator Arena is ready to resume January 9, 2022
    GM Oleksandr Bortnyk won the first Lichess Blitz Titled Arena of the new year on Saturday. He finished with a 14-point lead over GM Vladislav Artemiev who took second on tiebreaks over third place GM Nihal Sarin. Bortnyk took the lead 30 minutes into the three hour event and held it until he was overtaken by […]
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  • Titled Arena Announcement(s) January 2, 2022
    Announcing our schedule for upcoming Titled Arenas!We're pleased to announce a schedule for our upcoming Titled Arenas! All events will be preceded by a warm-up arena open to all players with a minimum of 20 rated games in the relevant time control (excluding 960 warm-up, where the minimum rated games are 10). Prizes unless otherwise […]
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  • Lichess End of Year Update 2021 January 1, 2022
    Happy new year!2021 has been another big year for Lichess - with continued growth, tons of new features, and a fair bit of structural change as an organisation. Thanks to everyone who made this possible! New Features We had just released puzzles v2 at the end of 2020, so now it was time to use […]
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  • FIDE World Rapid Chess Championship - Recap December 28, 2021
    A recap from the World Rapid Championships 2021 Following the conclusion of the Classical World Championship, chess fans are treated with another two World Championships in short order. The first of these, the Rapid Chess World Championship, began on Sunday.  The Blitz Chess World Championship began today (Wednesday 29th December, 1400 UTC), which can be […]
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  • Magnus wins First Post-World Championship Titled Arena and a Big Event Tomorrow December 20, 2021
    The December Lichess Bullet Titled Arena was won by world champion GM Magnus Carlsen, who, ahead of the World Blitz and Rapid championships, was looking to add a (the?) bullet title to his name. The usual bulleteers, GM Daniel Naroditsky and GM Andrew Tang, finished in second and third place, respectively. GM David Paravyan and […]
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  • Carlsen versus Nepomniachtchi: FIDE World Championship Round 11 December 11, 2021
    Magnus Carlsen defends World Championship title for the 4th timeRound 11 of the FIDE World Championship was played today between the reigning champion, GM Magnus Carlsen and his challenger, GM Ian Nepomniachtchi. Lichess is providing a broadcast of the moves being played in real-time. Additionally, GM Nijat Abasov is providing game annotations and insights on […]
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  • Carlsen versus Nepomniachtchi: FIDE World Championship Round 10 December 9, 2021
    10th Round of 14 in the World ChampionshipsRound 10 of the FIDE World Championship was played today between the reigning champion, GM Magnus Carlsen and his challenger, GM Ian Nepomniachtchi. Lichess is providing a broadcast of the moves being played in real-time. Additionally, GM Nijat Abasov is providing game annotations and insights on the games […]
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  • Carlsen versus Nepomniachtchi: FIDE World Championship Round 9 December 8, 2021
    9th Round of 14 in the World ChampionshipsRound 9 of the FIDE World Championship was played today between the reigning champion, GM Magnus Carlsen and his challenger, GM Ian Nepomniachtchi. Lichess is providing a broadcast of the moves being played in real-time. Additionally, GM Nijat Abasov is providing game annotations and insights on the games […]
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