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  • A review: The Saemisch Variation by Jan Werle October 23, 2021
    The Saemisch Variation is a very stable response to the King’s Indian Defence. And the Benoni can also be answered with the same setup and the same underlying ideas. Jan Werle presents the white setup thoroughly on his DVD. Philipp Hillebrand has looked at the FritzTrainer just as thoroughly!
  • Icelandic isolani October 23, 2021
    In the diagram position White's knight is about to occupy the blockade square in front of the pawn d5. How would you react with Black?
  • DuoBeniaján wins Spanish Team Championship October 22, 2021
    The Spanish Team Chess Championship ‘División de Honor’ took place on October 11-17 in Toledo. DuoBeniaján, a team from Murcia headed by David Antón and Parham Maghsoodloo, got first place after obtaining 12/14 match points in the 8-team single round robin. Bosch Serinsys (Anton Korobov, Alexei Shirov) and Andreu Paterna (Paco Vallejo, David Howell) finished […]
  • Daniel King’s Power Play Show: Tactics October 22, 2021
    In this week’s show, GM Daniel King, looks at tactical positions from the recent Bundesliga rounds. | Power Play is on air most Fridays. Watch it on-demand with a ChessBase Premium account. All the usual puzzles, games and instruction will be on offer.
  • Were Tal, Korchnoi and Geller 2200 rated players? October 22, 2021
    This was the question that a friend, grandmaster Alex Yermolinsky, posed after being inquired about a comment by another grandmaster. It was meant as irony, but was the logical result of a series of questions and comments that led to him posing this. He had explained with hard data how one could even ask this. […]
  • Mongolian team wins Online Chess Championship for prisoners October 22, 2021
    Team Mongolia became the winner of the first Intercontinental Online Chess Championship for Prisoners after defeating Team Zimbabwe in the final of the biggest ever chess event among correctional facilities. In the women’s section, the Georgian team won all three matches and finished in clear first place.
  • Interview with Jovanka Houska October 21, 2021
    In an exclusive interview with Tatiana Flores, Jovanka Houska talks about her career as a chess player, author and commentator. She also talks about some of her most important and memorable games and reveals how it feels to get free chess lessons from Judit Polgar. | Photo: Alina l'Ami
  • Robert Ris’ Fast and Furious: The Improved Milner-Barry Gambit October 21, 2021
    This week, well-known Dutch trainer Robert Ris takes a look at the improved Milner-Barry Variation (1.e4 e6 2.d4 d5 3.e5 c5 4.c3 Nc6 5.Nf3 Qb6 6.Bd3!? cxd4 7.0-0, an interesting and aggressive way to fight the French Defense that has recently become more and more popular. | "Fast and Furious" is available on-demand with a […]
  • Annotating in ChessBase: Variations, moves, and more October 21, 2021
    Adding symbols, evaluations and comments may be important, but without variations and moves to depict the possibilities that could have taken place or should have taken place, describing chess as a science would have no meaning. Yet knowing how to organize and re-organize those variations and moves sensibly and efficiently is no less essential. Learn […]
  • Grand Swiss in Riga will take place despite lockdown October 21, 2021
    On Monday, 25 October, the Grand Swiss Tournament in Riga is scheduled to begin. 114 players have registered, the two best qualify for the Candidates Tournament 2022. But due to a sharp rise in the numbers of COVID-19 cases, the Latvian authorities have introduced a strict four-week lockdown, from Thursday 21 October until 15 November. […]
  • Svitlana's Smart Moves - "Material Imbalances": S. Shankland vs F. Caruana, St. Louis 2021 October 21, 2021
    Recently, Svitlana came to Hamburg to record her new Fritztrainer: "Understanding Material Imbalances". The DVD will appear soon, probably in a couple of weeks. But this is a good opportunity for a preview, including some recent examples of the themes Svitlana presents, e.g. the entertaining topic of "Material Imbalances". At the US Championship 2021 that […]
  • Nikita Vitiugov and Valentina Gunina are the 2021 Russian champions October 20, 2021
    All but one game in both sections of the Russian Superfinals finished drawn in Wednesday’s final round, and the one decisive game (which was played in the open section) did not alter the situation at the top of the standings table. Thus, Nikita Vitiugov and Valentina Gunina, who were the sole leaders after the penultimate […]
  • Game of the Week 486: A. Lenderman vs F. Caruana October 20, 2021
    This week, Merijn van Delft takes another look at the US Championship and analyses the encounter between Alekandr Lenderman and Fabiano Caruana, a tactically and positionally rich battle, in which Caruana showed great fighting spirit. | Merijn’s show is available on-demand with a ChessBase Premium Account. You can register a Premium account here.
  • Wesley So dominates playoffs, wins 2021 US Championship October 20, 2021
    Wesley So beat both Fabiano Caruana and Sam Sevian in the playoffs of the 2021 US Championship to win the national title for a third time, since his transfer to the United States in 2014. A hard-fought tournament saw the three players sharing first place on 6½ points after 11 rounds. A round robin with […]
  • Nick Pert wins British Championship October 20, 2021
    This year, the British Chess Federation organised two national championships, an online championship in July/August, and an "Over-the-Board" championship at the beginning of October. Nicholas Pert (pictured) won the Open Championship, Harriett Hunt became Women's Champion. | Photos: John Stubbs (Tournament page)
  • Superfinals - Round 11 October 20, 2021
    All but one game in both sections of the Russian Superfinals finished drawn in Wednesday’s final round, and the one decisive game (which was played in the open section) did not alter the situation at the top of the standings table. Thus, Nikita Vitiugov and Valentina Gunina, who were the sole leaders after the penultimate […]
  • Baden-Baden wins Bundesliga October 20, 2021
    Last weekend, Baden-Baden won the German Team Championship, the Bundesliga. Again. In fact, since 2006 the team from Baden-Baden, sponsored by GRENKE Leasing, only failed to win the league in 2016, when Solingen finished first. This year, at the end of a season that due to the pandemic lasted from 2019 to 2021, Baden-Baden was […]
  • Superfinals: Matlakov joins the fight for the title October 20, 2021
    Going into Wednesday’s final round in the Russian Superfinals, both the open tournament and the women’s championship have a sole leader with a half-point edge over two players sharing second place. In the open, Nikita Vitiugov leads, with Maxim Matlakov and Vladimir Fedoseev standing close behind; among the women, Valentina Gunina is the frontrunner, with […]
  • US Championship - Playoffs October 19, 2021
    Fabiano Caruana, Wesley So and Sam Sevian finished the 2021 US Championship sharing first place on 6½/11 points. A rapid round robin tournament (10 minutes plus 2-second increments) will decide the winner. In case of a tie, blitz and Armageddon will follow. | Follow the action live with commentary starting at 13.00 local time (14.00 […]
  • US Championships: Sevian, Caruana and So go to playoffs October 19, 2021
    The last round of the US Championship was played on Monday. The US Champion, however, has not yet been decided, as Fabiano Caruana, Wesley So and Sam Sevian finished tied on points atop the standings and will play a rapid-chess tiebreak to find the winner of this year’s national event. | Photos: Lennart Ootes
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  • FIDE Grand Swiss Will Proceed Despite Lockdown in Latvia October 22, 2021
    FIDE announced on Thursday that the Grand Swiss and Women’s Grand Swiss tournaments will proceed as planned despite a strict lockdown order from the host country of Latvia. The Lockdown order includes shutting down all schools, stores and other places where people might gather. Between the hours of 20:00 and 05:00 all people are required […]
  • IM Minh Le Wins October Bullet Titled Arena October 18, 2021
    The October Lichess Bullet Titled Arena was won on Saturday by IM Minh Le from Vietnam. A very solid performance put him 9 points clear of US Grandmaster Andrew Tang, who is a legend for his bullet and hyper bullet speed. In the end, Tang was just one point ahead of former European Blitz champion […]
  • Anonymous IM Wins Titled Arena in Climactic Final Game October 4, 2021
    The October Lichess Chess960 Titled Arena was won on Saturday by anonymous IM "Mlchael". They were only 2 points ahead of GM Rasmus Svane in 2nd, and 3 points ahead of GM Nihal Sarin in 3rd. Sarin started the 3 hour event 2 hours late and still almost won it by amassing an incredible score. […]
  • FIDE Picks Breast Implants as a Sponsor for Women's Chess September 30, 2021
    Last year, the FIDE Council decided that 2022 would be the “Year of Women in Chess”. And a few months before this banner year, they announced their sponsorship deal with a “global medical technology company” - words carefully chosen, presumably, so as not to have to type out the words “a company specialising in breast […]
  • Sparrow Chess Catches Streamers Team Battle Victory September 22, 2021
    The September edition of the Streamers Team Battle with all of Lichess' top streamers ended the day before yesterday with a surprising and close victory for the Spanish team Sparrow Chess with 1106 team points and its 167 team players. For every team, the best 20 player results of each team counted for the final […]
  • Nihal Sarin Wins Titled Arena September 19, 2021
    GM Nihal Sarin won the Lichess Bullet Titled Arena on Saturday, his second overall Titled Arena victory. With so many promising Indian juniors it can be hard to remember that Nihal is at the top of the “next generation,” and with Anand still sitting at #1 it could be said that there is more than […]
  • Norway Chess Kicks Off Despite Nepomniachtchi Niggle September 8, 2021
    The 9th edition of Norway Chess kicks off - despite Nepomniachtchi missing his flightNorway Chess, the closed invitational which takes place in Norway’s third largest city - Stavanger - started at 17:00 local time today. The tournament has been played annually since 2013, and has quickly developed a reputation for being one of the strongest […]
  • Anonymous GM wins Titled Arena, again. (...and Shakhriyar Mamedyarov!) September 6, 2021
    The anonymous GM Arka50 won the September Lichess Blitz Titled Arena on Saturday by a comfortable 9 point margin. Another anonymous GM, Feeglood finished in 2nd. Arka50 took the leader’s position 30 minutes into the three hour event, and with an hour left their lead had grown to 20 points. They faltered slightly in the […]
  • Titled Arena Announcement(s) August 28, 2021
    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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  • European Women Championship - Elina Danielian Wins, Upcoming Players Impress August 24, 2021
    The 21st European Individual Women Chess Championship, which started on 9th August was concluded on the 20th. With 11 rounds played, or just a little less than 640 games, this event treated us with a lot of thrills, brilliant games, and upsets. You can find all the games here. [Title image credit - Vlad Ghita] […]
  • Titled Arena won by Penguins and Hot Tubs August 22, 2021
    In this blog post you will see the most discussion of the #193rd ranked player that you will ever see in one of these reports. But first! Let's discuss the winner. GM Andrew Tang won the August 2021 Bullet Titled Arena yesterday by a comfortable 25 point margin. Others kept pace with Tang, until he […]
  • Penguin Takes Time out From the Marathon to win the Titled Arena. August 9, 2021
    GM Andrew Tang held off a late rally from GM Magnus Carlsen on Saturday to win the August Lichess Blitz Titled Arena. Tang is making a habit of beating Magnus recently, having also come out on top during their Match in the Katara Knockout finals. The 2 players used very different strategies and somehow never […]
  • FIDE World Cup - Delight for Duda as Carlsen crushes Fedoseev August 8, 2021
    Duda wins the World Cup, as Karjakin comes second and Carlsen wins the play-off for thirdAfter a month of playing, over 200 participants have been whittled down until only four remained. And, having played their final rounds, the podium places of the top 3 are now known:Winner: GM Jan-Krzysztof DudaRunner-up: GM Sergey KarjakinThird: GM Magnus […]
  • FIDE World Cup - Carlsen out of Final as Kosteniuk Wins Women’s August 4, 2021
    Women's winner is known as Carlsen is knocked out of the Open final Much like busses, you wait for one surprise and then two come at once. In the Open World Cup, World Champion GM Magnus Carlsen was knocked out in the rapid tiebreaks by Jan-Kryzsztof Duda. [Title image credit - Anastasiia Korolkova / FIDE]Meanwhile, […]
  • FIDE World Cup - Karjakin Circumvents Shankland; Vidit Vexed by Duda August 2, 2021
    Semifinalists and finalists known as tournament approaches endWith another three days of games and tiebreaks played in the Open World Cup and Women’s World Cup, the number of players has once again been whittled down.  [Title image credit - Eric Rosen / FIDE] For some players, the road to the semifinals (for the World Cup) […]
  • FIDE World Cup - Round 5 Report: 6 of 8 Games go to Tense Tiebreaks July 28, 2021
    Excitement in the tiebreaks as Carlsen narrowly holds onAfter a tense and edgy round in both the World Cup and Women’s World Cup, the quarter-finalists and semi-finalists are now known:World Cup (Quarter-finals):Magnus Carlsen (2847) v. Etienne Bacrot (2678)Jan-Krzysztof Duda (2738) v. Santosh Gujrathi Vidit (2726)Vladimir Fedoseev (2696) v. Amin Tabatabaei (2613)Sergey Karjakin (2757) v. Sam […]
  • FIDE World Cup - Round 4 Report: Dubov, Andreikin, and Artemiev Whittled Down July 25, 2021
    With 32 players left in the Open World Cup, and 16 players in the Women’s edition, there’s everything to play for - especially as many of the world’s strongest players were eliminated in round 3. [title image: Anastasiia Korolkova / FIDE] But round 4 was not without its surprises - such as Polish GM Radosław […]
  • FIDE World Cup - Round 3 Report: Caruana, Mamedyarov, Giri Out July 22, 2021
    Round 3 of the FIDE World Cup finished yesterday with a series of surprises, upsets and interesting games. The current World Champion - GM Magnus Carlsen (2847) - beat his Norwegian countryman GM Aryan Tari (2639) to get through to round 4. However, Carlsen appeared to have an uphill struggle in the first game against Tari […]
  • Fat Fritz is not the Only Ripoff and now ChessBase is Getting Sued July 20, 2021
    The developers of the popular chess engine Stockfish formally filed a lawsuit against ChessBase GmbH this week. Due to repeated violations of Stockfish’s software license, the Stockfish devs have ultimately revoked ChessBase’s right to distribute Stockfish and derivative software. ChessBase has ignored orders to cease and desist and continues to sell software containing code that […]
  • Andrew Tang wins Titled Arena July 19, 2021
    With a 50 points lead!GM Andrew Tang (@C9C9C9C9C9) won his 4th Titled Arena very convincingly. He was followed by IM Minh Le (@mutdpro) and GM Daniel Naroditsky (@RebeccaHarris). In 4th place was NM Jasugi99 and 5th was GM Sergei Zhigalko (@Zhigalko_Sergei). Tang did not let any doubt come up that he was going to win […]
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  • Vitiugov and Gunina win Russian Championship titles October 21, 2021
    Nikita Vitiugov has won the Russian Championship Superfinal at his 15th attempt, after playing in all but one event since he made his debut as a 19-year-old in 2006. Nikita scored an unbeaten +3 to finish half a point above Maxim Matlakov in 2nd place and a point ahead of Vladimir Fedoseev and Dmitry Andreikin […]
  • Wesley So wins his 3rd US Chess Championship October 20, 2021
    Wesley So beat Fabiano Caruana and Sam Sevian in rapid playoffs to win the 2021 US Chess Championship, becoming the first player to defend the title since Gata Kamsky in 2014. “I think Fabi should have won today considering how well he played,” said Wesley, but despite getting into a close to lost position against […]
  • US Chess Champs 11: Caruana miss means 3-way playoff October 19, 2021
    Quick draws for Wesley So and Sam Sevian meant that Fabiano Caruana could complete a fairytale US Chess Championship comeback if he beat Sam Shankland in the final round. When Sam gave up his queen based on what he later admitted was a miscalculation glory beckoned for Fabi, but in the end he had to […]
  • US Chess Champs 10: Carissa triumphs | Fabi hits the front October 18, 2021
    18-year-old Carissa Yip has won her first US Women’s Chess Championship, with a round to spare, after scoring a 5th win in row while Irina Krush was held to a draw. The Open event sees six players go into the final round with a chance of clinching the title, with Fabiano Caruana suddenly leading alongside […]
  • Praggnanandhaa wins Challengers Chess Tour with stunning 8.5/9 October 17, 2021
    16-year-old Indian prodigy Praggnanandhaa was in supreme form as he defeated Christopher Yoo 3:0 to win the Julius Baer Challengers Chess Tour, taking the top prize of $12,500 and earning a regular spot on the 2022 Meltwater Champions Chess Tour. 14-year-old Christopher Yoo took the $7,500 second prize and impressed by making each game of […]
  • US Chess Champs 8-9: Caruana back in the hunt October 17, 2021
    Fabiano Caruana moved to within just half a point of the leaders with two rounds of the US Chess Championships to go after defeating Dariusz Swiercz in Round 9, while his key rivals only drew. Wesley So missed a great chance to take the sole lead by beating Daniel Naroditsky, while Leinier Dominguez was a […]
  • Praggnanandhaa and Yoo storm into final October 17, 2021
    Praggnanandhaa and Christopher Yoo both needed just three games to reach the final of the Julius Baer Champions Chess Tour. Praggnanandhaa had Vladimir Kramnik comparing him to Hikaru Nakamura and then World Champion Magnus Carlsen as he played an almost perfect match against Vincent Keymer. Christopher Yoo’s 3:0 victory over Awonder Liang was less convincing, […]
  • The resilience of Wesley So: 2-time US Chess Champion October 16, 2021
    Resilience is the ability to stand strong against adversity and bounce back from stressful or tragic life events... and it's a trademark of the two-time US chess champion Wesley So. Wesley was ranked number two in the world and a mainstay in the top ten... while his peak rating of 2822 FIDE made him the […]
  • It’s Keymer-Pragg & Liang-Yoo in the Semis! October 16, 2021
    Vincent Keymer will take on his key rival Praggnanandhaa in the Julius Baer Challengers Chess Tour semi-finals after coming from behind to defeat Leon Mendonca 3.5:2.5 in a blitz playoff. The other semi-final on Saturday will be an all-American clash between Awonder Liang and Christopher Yoo, after Awonder emerged the 3:1 winner of a topsy-turvy […]
  • Pragg & Yoo reach Challengers Chess Tour semi-finals October 14, 2021
    Praggnanandhaa will face Vincent Keymer or Leon Mendonca in Saturday’s semi-finals of the Challengers Chess Tour after powering to a 3:0 victory over Volodar Murzin, with Vladimir Kramnik describing the Indian prodigy's play as being at the level of a 2700-player. The other quarterfinal on Thursday was an absolute thriller, with Christopher Yoo coming back […]
  • US Chess Champs 7: So strikes as Fabi makes comeback October 14, 2021
    Wesley So and Sam Sevian both won in Round 7 of the US Championship to join Alex Lenderman in the lead with four rounds to go. Fabiano Caruana is back at 50% and just a point off the pace after taking down co-leader Ray Robson in a 90-move game featuring an endgame sacrifice and an […]
  • US Chess Champs 6: Caruana in free fall October 13, 2021
    Fabiano Caruana has dropped 15 rating points and is in danger of falling out of the Top 5 after losing a second game in a row, this time to 20-year-old, 2654-rated Sam Sevian. The lead was unchanged after Round 6 of the US Championship as Ray Robson and Aleksandr Lenderman contested a very hard-fought draw, […]
  • Young stars back for Julius Baer Challengers Chess Tour Finals October 13, 2021
    The knockout Finals of the ground-breaking Julius Baer Challengers Chess Tour kick off on Thursday with German chess prodigy Vincent Keymer favourite to be crowned champion, though he'll face stiff competition from the likes of India's Praggnanandhaa and Uzbekistan's Nodirbek Abdusattorov. The 16-year-old won two of the Tour’s four “Challenge” events to top the leaderboard […]
  • US Chess Champs 5: Naroditsky beats Caruana October 12, 2021
    “It’s an amazing, euphoric feeling” said Daniel Naroditsky after defeating world no. 2 Fabiano Caruana, who lost 7.3 rating points after his luck at this year’s US Championship finally ran out in Round 5. Big guns Wesley So and Leinier Dominguez got nothing, allowing Alex Lenderman to join Ray Robson in the lead with a […]
  • Goryachkina’s dream start to Russian "Men’s" Superfinal October 11, 2021
    23-year-old Aleksandra Goryachkina scored the only win of Round 2 of the Russian "Men’s" Superfinal to join Kirill Alekseenko and Vladimir Fedoseev in the lead. The first woman ever to play in the top Russian event comprehensively outplayed Alexander Motylev in Round 2 and could easily have been on 2/2 after dominating her first round […]