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  • Sally and Misha: Epilogue March 28, 2020
    Sally Landau marries Misha Tal for love. Then she separates from him on account of his affairs with other women. While both marry again, they remain friends. For some time Sally brings up her son, Gera, alone. After a spell of estrangement a rare bonding develops between father and son. Gera becomes a doctor and […]
  • Tutorial for ChessBase online tournaments in a virtual playing room March 28, 2020
    With playchess.com you can create a virtual room for your chess club. We recently featured how to do so! The logical follow up is to organize an online tournament in your own club room. It is quite simple: All club members receive a special link, with one click the virtual tournament hall is accessed, the […]
  • Cancelled: When the war put a stop to top chess events March 27, 2020
    As many predicted, the Coronavirus outbreak has interrupted the one strong sporting event that was taking place amid the worldwide crisis, the FIDE Candidates Tournament. This is not a first, however. During the twentieth century, strong chess tournaments were taking place when war declarations — that would eventually turn global — put a stop or […]
  • Three Steps to Morphy March 27, 2020
    How close are you to Paul Morphy? Probably not that close. After all, Morphy was by far the best player of his time but he had a short life (June 22, 1837 – July 10, 1884) and a short career. Still, Bob Jones in CHESS Magazine wanted to know how close he is to Morphy, […]
  • The Power Play Show: Wrapping up the Candidates first half March 27, 2020
    Grandmaster Daniel King originally planned to be in Yekaterinburg, but instead reflects on Vachier-Lagrave's lead-tying win, and a famous line from Bobby Fischer. Power Play is live most Fridays at 17:00 UTC (18:00 CET, Noon EST) on playchess.com. You can watch the episode live for free! All the usual puzzles, games and instruction will be […]
  • "New in Chess 2020#2": Caruana sweeps Wijk aan Zee March 27, 2020
    The new issue of "New in Chess" is out and offers a wide and entertaining mix of reports, reviews, training and chess trivia but focuses on Fabiano Caruana's success at the Tata Steel Tournament in Wijk aan Zee 2020 in which Caruana scored seven wins, equalling the record scores of Carlsen and Kasparov. In an […]
  • Fat Fritz: strong, creative, original March 27, 2020
    The Fat Fritz engine of the Fritz 17 program is currently number 1 on the CCRL ELO list and has a positive score against all tested programs. Stephan Oliver Platz took a closer look at the games of Fat Fritz to find an answer to the question: How does the engine do that? Answer: Fat […]
  • The pinning bishop e4 March 27, 2020
    In the diagram position Black faces the question of how to exploit the immobilized rook d3. In the game he made the wrong choice. Can you do better?
  • Fast and Furious: Attacking ideas in the Grünfeld Exchange Variation March 26, 2020
    Looking at the games of the Candidates one could see the influence of AlphaZero on modern chess, as in various games a quick launch of the h-pawn was seen. IM Robert Ris elaborates...Live from 18:00 UTC (19:00 CET / 14:00 EDT) and free to watch on-demand for a limited time (or forever for ChessBase Premium […]
  • Best of Sasha March 26, 2020
    Alexander Grischuk, currently number four in the world, was one of the Candidates in Yekaterinburg but he nevertheless vehemently criticized the decision to go forward with the tournament in the times of Corona. During the tournament he more than once was in favour of cancelling the event. And he also had a number of memorable […]
  • Venomous as venomous can be March 26, 2020
    The Najdorf continues to be popular and White has tried a lot of moves against it. The current ChessBase Magazin #194 (March/April) offers two repertoire ideas against the Najdorf – and both are pretty dangerous for Black. IM Alexander Seyb, for one, shows why 6.a3 – a seemingly harmless pawn-move – is everything but harmless. […]
  • Abe Yanofsky: Canada's first grandmaster March 26, 2020
    Today, Canada has a number of strong players, the best-known are probably Eric Hansen and Evgeny Bareev. But in the 20th century Canada had only one really strong player: Daniel "Abe" Yanofsky, the son of Polish immigrants and Canada's first grandmaster. On March 26, 2020 Yanofsky would have celebrated his 95th birthday. Max Berchtenbreiter dedicated […]
  • FIDE postponed the Candidates: first reactions on Twitter March 26, 2020
    After Russia closed down air traffic from and to Russia the FIDE announced this morning that it will cancel and postpone the Candidates Tournament 2020 to allow players to get home. It did not take long before the first reactions followed on Twitter. Here is a small selection.
  • Breaking News: FIDE stops the Candidates Tournament! March 26, 2020
    The Candidates Tournament is postponed! In a statement from March 26, 8:42, the FIDE announced that the "FIDE President decided to stop the tournament. It will be continued later, with the exact dates to be announced as soon. ... The results of the 7 rounds played remain valid, and the tournament will be resumed in […]
  • Candidates Round 7: Vachier-Lagrave takes down Nepomniachtchi March 25, 2020
    Ian Nepomniachtchi went into the second rest day of the Candidates Tournament leading by a full point. The only other player with a plus score was Maxime Vachier-Lagrave. Today the two played each other, and Vachier-Lagrave, who had the white pieces, outplayed the Russian and caught up with him in the standings table, a full […]
  • Game of the Week: Vachier-Lagrave vs Nepomniachtchi March 25, 2020
    The FIDE Candidates Tournament is getting very interesting and IM Merijn van Delft takes a look at the highlight of the day. | The live show is free to watch, and available on-demand for ChessBase Premium account holders (but FREE for a limited time!). Merijn is live this week starting at 19:00 UTC (20:00 CET […]
  • The Candidates: Postponed after Round 7 March 25, 2020
    Ian Nepomniachtchi went into the second rest day of the Candidates Tournament leading by a full point. The tournament has been suspended. The only other player with a plus score was Maxime Vachier-Lagrave. In round seven the two played each other, and Vachier-Lagrave, who had the white pieces, outplayed the Russian and caught up with […]
  • Out-preparing the Candidates with Fat Fritz (Part 2) March 25, 2020
    What is the one thing that is common among the Gruenfeld, the Slav and the Najdorf? Well, apart from being the elite's most common choice of openings, they are lines where it is very difficult for both sides to find radical improvements! Why is this so? Well when you take any one of these venerated […]
  • FIDE moves Chess Olympiad to 2021 March 25, 2020
    Originally, the 44. Chess Olympiad was scheduled to take place from 5-17 August 2020 in Moscow and Khanty-Mansiysk. But yesterday, 24 March, the FIDE declared in a statement that it decided to postpone the Olympiad "to the summer of 2021 at the same locations".
  • Press review of the Candidates March 25, 2020
    Chess fans follow the Candidates Tournament in Yekaterinburg closely: they enjoy live-commentary of the games by top grandmasters, they read the daily reports, they check the analyses of the games and they want to know which novelties were played. However, as almost all big sport events in the world have been cancelled due to the […]
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  • Streamer Team Battle! March 25, 2020
    Join us for the third streamer's battle!We are pleased to announce another edition to begin on Saturday 28th March at 14:00 UTC. The rules are as follows: It's an arena format event - complete with berserking and streaks You join the Battle under the banner of a specific Team You play against members of all […]
    Lichess Team
  • "Covidates" Round 4 - 6; Omnibus Recap March 24, 2020
    A catch up to rounds 4 - 6 of the Candidates Tournament; video recaps by IM Alex Astaneh Lopez and GM Jon Speelman Rounds 4 and 5 were slower days of the Candidates Tournament so far, with all of the games in R4 being draws, and 3 out of 4 being draws in R5. R6 […]
    Ophi Hettalwus
  • “Covidates” Round 7 - Allez les bleus March 24, 2020
    Maxime Vachier-Lagrave eases into first place in a crucial victoryOfficially halfway through the Candidates Tournament, amid increasingly strong Russian and international actions against COVID-19, Maxime Vachier-Lagrave has unseated Ian Nepomniactchi from first place - with both on 4.5 from 7 games, but Vachier-Lagrave nudging ahead by tiebreak.  (Photo credit: Maria Emelianova for FIDE) Nepomniactchi opted […]
    Ophi Hettalwus
  • "Covidates" - Round 3 Recap; video highlights from GM Jon Speelman March 20, 2020
    Ding demolishes Fabi's (Lc0?) prep to get the full pointRound 3 of the 2020 Candidates Tournament was the quietest so far, with only one decisive result - but provided the winner of that point with much needed momentum and an excellent result against the world number two.  After today, the tournament is back to being […]
    Ophi Hettalwus
  • Titled Blitz Arena Recap March 20, 2020
    A recap of the titled 3+0 blitz tournament with a prize pool of $1000!This Saturday saw the inaugural Blitz Titled Arena on Lichess. With a leisurely 3+0 time control compared to the usual 1+0 Titled Arenas, we saw a huge number of players show up to participate. Of course, these numbers might also be related […]
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  • "Covidates" 2020, Round 2 Report March 18, 2020
    Cough into the crease of your elbow rather your hand - it's more hygienicAs the worldwide situation due to COVID-19 continued to worsen and whilst global markets appear to be headed towards a global recession, day 2 at the 2020 Candidates Tournament continued with two decisive results and a miracle save by Anish Giri. Annotations […]
    Ophi Hettalwus
  • Running Your Chess Club Online March 17, 2020
    Lichess can help with your chess needs, especially when you can't go outside!Quite understandably, and sensibly, many Lichess users have made the decision to forego their OTB clubs amid the Coronavirus outbreak. Or clubs are simply not open, again a wise decision. We know that being stuck inside can't always compare to the environment at […]
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  • “Covidates” 2020, Round 1 Report March 16, 2020
    Please remember to wash your hands thoroughly before reading.Despite safety concerns because of the ongoing Covid-19 pandemic, the 2020 Candidates tournament, which will decide a challenger for World Champion Magnus Carlsen, began yesterday and had a lively start. The games were played without spectators and the press was only allowed a moment to take pictures […]
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  • Candidates 2020 - FIDE declares "safety is our priority" March 15, 2020
    FIDE claims 'safety is our priority' but actions speak louder than wordsThe Candidates Tournament 2020 (hosted in Russia’s fourth-largest city and the capital of the Urals, Yekaterinburg), had already attracted drama and criticism of FIDE’s decision to go ahead with the event as planned. Amidst what the World Health Organisation (WHO) has now branded a […]
    Lichess Team
  • Announcing the 3+0 Blitz Titled Arena March 8, 2020
    A titled 3+0 blitz tournament with a prize pool of $1000!The 1+0 Titled Arena has been a giant success, filled to the brim with excitement and entertainment. But some find 1+0 too fast. If you are one of those that enjoy competition at a slightly slower pace, then this is the event for you. Announcing […]
    Lichess
  • A Finely Balanced Battle March 7, 2020
    Possibly the closest Titled Arena to date!After several Titled Arenas without the reigning world champion, speculation had been rife about the reason. But for March's event, Magnus Carlsen returned. How was his form? Would he be able to supplant the reigning Titled Arena champion GM Alireza Firouzja (@alireza2003)? Indeed, January's winner was also participating, GM […]
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  • Titled Arena Announcement February 28, 2020
    March's Titled Arena Edition!The next Lichess Titled Arena will be on Saturday the 7th March at 19:00 UTC! The event will as usual be preceded by a bullet 1+0 Warm-up Arena, open to all players with a minimum of 20 rated bullet games. Yes, even you. Lichess Titled Arena When: Saturday, March 7th, 19:00 UTC […]
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  • Welcome Lichess Boards February 25, 2020
    A new way to play on Lichess!2 years ago we released a public API for Bots, that allows chess engine developers to test their creations against players and other bots. While the Bot API can also be used by human players, it is restricted to challenge games, and require creating a special BOT account. As […]
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  • Regium: Extraordinary Claims Require Extraordinary Evidence February 21, 2020
    The dubious world of Kickstarters and "magical" technology.If you follow the Internet chess scene closely you will no doubt have noticed the new kid on the block: Regium. Purportedly an e-board that can connect to all the major chess websites and play seamlessly with a real physical board, over the Internet! For chess fans it's […]
    Lichess Team
  • A Hard Fought Battle February 15, 2020
    Two in a row for Crestbook Chess Club and GM Sergey Shipov!Last time out, we saw Crestbrook Chess Club cruise to victory, but this time GM Sergei Zhigalko bravely struck out on his own to challenge the reigning champions and it was a much closer affair! However, the Zhigalko fans fell just 37 points short […]
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  • Titled Arena Announcement February 14, 2020
    February's Titled Arena Edition!This month's Lichess Titled Arena will be on Saturday the 22nd February at 19:00 UTC! The event will as usual be preceded by a bullet 1+0 Warm-up Arena, open to all players with a minimum of 20 rated bullet games. Yes, even you. Lichess Titled Arena When: Saturday, February 22nd, 19:00 UTC […]
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  • Streamer Team Battle! February 9, 2020
    The rematch!After the incredible response to our first Streamer Team Battle, we are pleased to announce another edition to begin this Saturday (15th February) at 19:00 UTC. The rules are the same as previously: It's an arena format event - complete with berserking and streaks You join the Battle under the banner of a specific […]
    Lichess Team
  • Pacey Penguin Proudly Peaks Podium Pinnacle January 14, 2020
    Starting the Decade with a BangWith 448 titled players joining the first event of the decade (and 356 playing) it's one of the largest titled events we've had! It wasn't just the size that was impressive though, the performance of one player took centre stage: GM Andrew Tang (@penguingim1), the Penguin. Starting off with a […]
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  • The dust settles on the battlefield January 8, 2020
    Congratulations to Crestbook Chess Club and GM Sergey Shipov on their victory!A hush fell as the clock ticked down its final seconds, to the end of the inaugural Lichess Streamer Team Battle, which team would win... well by that point it was quite firmly decided! Congratulations to Crestbook Chess Club led by GM Sergey Shipov […]
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  • Streamer Team Battle! January 5, 2020
    Whose rallying battle cry will you answer?A horn sounds in the distance... a call to arms! This Thursday (9th January) at 19:00 UTC, some of the largest chess streamers around will be clashing head to head in a Team Battle on Lichess - and they need your support! But what is a Team Battle? You […]
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  • Duda & Abdusattorov in Banter Blitz Cup action March 28, 2020
    15-year-old Uzbekistan phenomenon Nodirbek Abdusattorov and 21-year-old Polish world no. 15 Jan-Krzysztof Duda are in action in the Banter Blitz Cup today. Abdusattorov takes on Russian GM Maksim Chigaev for a place in Round 3, while Duda goes up against Germany’s Georg Meier in Round 4 for a quarterfinal place against Alireza Firouzja.
  • Carlsen, Dvorkovich & Kramnik on ending the Candidates March 27, 2020
    Instead of Round 8 of the Candidates we got the bombshell news that the tournament was being stopped, with the players, their teams and others involved scrambling to get flights home. Rather than commentary on Caruana-MVL there was a post-mortem on the decision to start and end the tournament, with Arkady Dvorkovich joining to explain […]
  • Norway Chess postponed until October March 27, 2020
    Altibox Norway Chess was set to open in the Clarion Hotel Energy in Stavanger on June 1st, but the supertournament featuring World Champion Magnus Carlsen and 8 more of the world's top 11 players has now been moved to October due to the coronavirus situation. The new dates are October 3-17. Vladimir Kramnik and Judit […]
  • FIDE Candidates Tournament stopped at halfway March 26, 2020
    The 2020 FIDE Candidates has been stopped today after 7 of the 14 rounds, with the second half to be completed at a later date. The escalating coronavirus pandemic around the world had made the decision to play the event look increasingly anomalous, and today was the last chance for many of the players and […]
  • Ultimate Chess Championship - English vs Spanish March 25, 2020
    In this first of its kind battle between two of chess24's popular squads, members of the English language team take on the Spanish language team in a battle for bragging rights. Starting after the games of Round 8 are completed.
  • Candidates 2020, 7: MVL makes his move March 25, 2020
    French no. 1 Maxime Vachier-Lagrave crushed the French Defence of leader Ian Nepomniachtchi to join him on 4.5/7 at the halfway mark of the 2020 Candidates Tournament. Nepo’s defeat gave hope to the other players in the event, but the chasing pack of Fabiano Caruana, Anish Giri, Wang Hao and Alexander Grischuk remain a full […]
  • FantasyChess - Daily Updates March 24, 2020
    Follow the progress of the FantasyChess contest as winners are announced and interesting results are highlighted.
  • Candidates 2020, 6: Nepo ends Ding’s hopes March 23, 2020
    Ian Nepomniachtchi felt unwell and wanted to make a quick draw but instead scored a devastating win over Ding Liren that all but ended the Chinese no. 1’s hopes of earning a match against Magnus. Nepo is the clear frontrunner on 4.5/6, a point ahead of MVL and 1.5 points clear of favourite Fabiano Caruana. […]
  • Candidates 2020, 5: Nepo takes the lead March 22, 2020
    Ian Nepomniachtchi squeezed out a win against Wang Hao in Round 5 to become the first player to take the sole lead in the 2020 Candidates Tournament. The other games were drawn, but not without a real fight. Alekseenko-MVL was a spectacular Najdorf where Kirill’s 48-move think midgame proved to be time well spent, while […]
  • Candidates 2020, 4: MVL misses his chance March 21, 2020
    All four games were drawn in Round 4 of the 2020 Candidates Tournament as Maxime Vachier-Lagrave missed a gilt-edged chance to exploit Alexander Grischuk’s time trouble. The Russian had thought 53 minutes over 18…Ne7, 100% sure MVL’s next move would be 19.g4, only for 19.h4 to plunge him into deep thought again! Elsewhere the big […]
  • Jan's Opening Clinic 25: Part 5 March 21, 2020
    Grandmaster Jan Gustafsson is back for another instalment of, "the show where I answer chess24 premium users' opening questions using all the expertise I have hopefully acquired over many years of clicking buttons to look at chess openings". Jan has clicked buttons for Magnus Carlsen and here covers a wide range of openings including the […]
  • Candidates 2020, 3: Ding Liren beats Caruana March 19, 2020
    Ding Liren is right back in business in the 2020 Candidates Tournament after beating top seed Fabiano Caruana in Round 3. A 3rd loss in a row had looked more likely when Fabi blitzed out his first 17 moves while Ding got down to 25 minutes on his clock, but the Chinese no. 1 dug […]
  • Candidates 2020, 2: MVL inflicts 2nd loss on Ding March 18, 2020
    “It seems like he was poisoned in this quarantine in Moscow,” was Alexander Grischuk’s take on Ding Liren’s play as the Chinese no. 1 and world no. 3 sank to a second loss in a row, this time to Maxime Vachier-Lagrave. That was great news for world no. 2 Fabiano Caruana, who joined the leaders […]
  • Candidates 2020, 1: The unbeatables beaten March 17, 2020
    Wang Hao and Ian Nepomniachtchi won fine games with Black as Ding Liren and Anish Giri, who had both gone all 14 rounds unbeaten in their previous Candidates Tournaments, got off to a bad start in Yekaterinburg. There were tense battles everywhere, with MVL and Fabiano Caruana drawing what Peter Svidler called a “theoretically important […]
  • Candidates Tournament opens as Kramnik says it should have been postponed March 16, 2020
    The 2020 Candidates Tournament was officially opened today in Yekaterinburg, though all 8 players exercised their right not to attend the ceremony to avoid any coronavirus risk. 14th World Chess Champion Vladimir Kramnik pulled out of commentary on chess24, telling us tonight, “I strongly believe the Candidates Tournament should have been postponed considering the nowadays […]