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  • U.S. Senior Championship: Benjamin in the sole lead October 19, 2020
    Despite starting off with a loss in the first game of the second day, GM Joel Benjamin managed to bounce back with two straight wins to take the sole lead with 4½/6 going into the final day tomorrow. Trailing Benjamin by half a point is the previous co-leader GM Igor Novikov, who drew all three […]
  • CBM 197: Magnus and his rivals October 18, 2020
    This issue offers coverage of three major events, Chessable Masters, Legends of Chess and Biel Chess Festival. 733 games, 11 opening surveys, demo lectures and exercises for training. It also includes games annotated by Boris Gelfand, Rustam Kasimdzhanov and Peter Heine Nielsen, just to mention a few. Our columnist Nagesh Havanur takes a look. | […]
  • When 3 is greater than 5 October 18, 2020
    Star columnist Jon Speelman explores the exchange sacrifice. Speelman shares five illustrative examples to explain in which conditions giving up a rook for a minor piece is a good trade. “As a general rule and in fact (almost all?) of the time you need other pieces on the board for an exchange sacrifice to work.” […]
  • Novikov and Benjamin lead U.S. Senior Championship October 18, 2020
    The 2020 U.S. Senior Championship kicked off today with a field packed full of legends that includes five former U.S. Champions with a combined total of 13 national titles. Leading the field at the end of the first day is GM Igor Novikov and GM Joel Benjamin, who both finished the day on 2.5/3 points. […]
  • Celebrity chess tournaments October 17, 2020
    In 1988, eight Hollywood celebrities, including Erik Estrada and William Windom, played in a Los Angeles chess tournament. Although Michał Kanarkiewicz had never heard of that 1988 celebrity chess tournament, he created the 2019 “Chess Championship of the Stars” in Poland. WIM Alexey Root tells how both celebrity chess tournaments, 31 years and thousands of […]
  • Norway Chess: Aronian beats Carlsen, Firouzja secures second place October 17, 2020
    The 2020 Altibox Norway Chess tournament came to an end on Friday. Magnus Carlsen had secured tournament victory with a round to spare, but finished the event with a loss to Levon Aronian. 17-year-old Alireza Firouzja came in second place thanks to a final-round win over Jan-Krzysztof Duda. In the only matchup that went to […]
  • The second leg of the Candidates Tournament is postponed to the spring of 2021 October 16, 2020
    The second leg of the Candidates Tournament was supposed to resume on November 1 in Yekaterinburg, but due to the “concern related to the well-being of the players in the midst of the second wave of the pandemic”, FIDE has decided to postpone the resumption of the event until the spring of 2021. “We understand […]
  • Daniel King's Power Play Show: Caruana surprises Carlsen October 16, 2020
    In this Power Play Show Grandmaster Daniel King looks at the game Fabiano Caruana and Magnus Carlsen played in round 7 of the Altibox Norway Chess tournament. Caruana came up with a strong novelty in the Rossolimo Sicilian (1.e4 c5 2.Nf3 Nc6 3.Bb5) that put Carlsen under pressure. | Power Play is on air most […]
  • Altibox Norway Chess: Live! October 16, 2020
    World numbers one and two are both present at the over-the-board Altibox Norway Chess tournament taking place on October 5-16. Magnus Carlsen and Fabiano Caruana are joined by Armenian star Levon Aronian, Polish number one Jan-Krzysztof Duda, wunderkind Alireza Firouzja and local representative Aryan Tari. All rounds start at 15:00 UTC (17:00 CEST, 11:00 ET). […]
  • Wednesday, October 21: Team Blitz on Playchess.com! October 16, 2020
    New on playchess.com: a Swiss team blitz tournament! Wednesday, October 21, on playchess! Teams of four play 8 rounds Swiss with a time limit of 3 minutes + 2 seconds increment per move. The winning team will be rewarded with an online training session with Yannick Pelletier or an online club blitz tournament with GM […]
  • Norway Chess: Carlsen clinches with a round to spare October 16, 2020
    Magnus Carlsen has secured first place at the Norway Chess Tournament with a round to spare after beating Alireza Firouzja in classical chess. The youngster first gave his opponent chances from what seemed to be destined to end in a draw; Carlsen then made a mistake and the position was balanced again; and finally Firouzja […]
  • The other day in the Playchess Café October 16, 2020
    With 18.Qb5 (diagram), White has just attacked the black pawn on d5. Can you work out why 18...Rfe8! is a very relaxed way of dealing with this threat?
  • John Burke is U.S. Junior Champion 2020! October 16, 2020
    In one of the most thrilling finishes ever, GM John Burke managed to win the 2020 U.S. Junior Championship after getting the best of GM Jeffery Xiong in an Armageddon playoff that ended with the U.S. #5 ranked player losing on time in a winning position. The final game took place after the players both […]
  • Robert Ris' Fast and Furious: Carlsen's 4...a6 against the Queen's Gambit October 15, 2020
    In this week's show, well-known Dutch trainer Robert Ris takes a look at the Armageddon game between Levon Aronian and Magnus Carlsen from round 1 of the Altibox Norway Chess Tournament. Against Aronian's Queen's Gambit Carlsen tried the Janowski variation, 4...a6!?, which led to a sharp fight and theoretically interesting complications. | "Fast and Furious" […]
  • Passed pawns are powerful October 15, 2020
    The less pieces on the board, the more complicated it is. Queen endings are especially complicated. On day 3 of their rapid match in Prague, Dai Van Nguyen and Nigel Short had to play a complicated queen ending, and with limited time they did not always find the best moves. Karsten Müller had more time […]
  • U.S. Juniors Championship, Day 2: Xiong and Burke lead October 15, 2020
    The Saint Louis Chess Club organises the U.S. Championships 2020, but due to the COVID-19 pandemic all events are played online, and this year the U.S. Junior Championship is a 10-player round-robin rapid tournament. After six of nine rounds John Burke and Jeffery Xiong (pictured) share the lead with 4.0/6. In a press release of […]
  • What gender gap in chess? October 15, 2020
    If you want to compare chess achievements between men and women, writes Professor Wei Ji Ma of NYU, given their vastly unequal numbers, it is a very bad idea to focus on the top male and female players. If you do you will need to account for the participation gap using an analysis similar to […]
  • For Art Enthusiasts: Chess in Art October 15, 2020
    "Chess in Art" is a large-format illustrated volume for all chess enthusiasts with a penchant for art. The book takes its reader on a journey through time, exploring the world of art and showing its connection with chess on over 300 colourful pages. And every single image has a story to tell.
  • Prague: Nguyen wins match against Short October 14, 2020
    Before the last day of his match against Nigel Short, the 18-year old Czech Grandmaster Dai Van Nguyen was trailing in the match, but a strong finish and two wins helped him to decide the match in his favour. The event was organised by the Prague Chess Society.
  • Game of the Week: Magnus Carlsen vs Aryan Tari October 14, 2020
    In his "Game of the Week" show, Merijn van Delft takes a look at a highlight from the Altibox Norway Chess Tournament: Magnus Carlsen's strategic textbook win against Aryan Tari in round eight. | Merijn's show is freely available at 15.00 UTC (17:00 CEST, 11:00 EDT) for a limited time, and on-demand with a ChessBase […]
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  • Announcing the Lichess Bundesliga October 14, 2020
    A not-so-new addition Lichess is very proud to announce the Lichess Bundesliga. Formerly known as the “Quarantäne Bundesliga,” it's a massive league with hundreds of teams and thousands of players, including many titled players participating every week.  League organizer FM Jens Hirneise was inspired by events like the Lichess Streamers Battle that brought together thousands […]
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  • Another Titled Arena, Another Mystery Winner October 11, 2020
    and the winner is... We can't say. Again.The Lichess Chess 960 Titled Arena took place yesterday and typically these blog posts announce the winner. Unfortunately, that won’t be possible this time... again.  Another anonymous GM has taken the top prize in a dominating performance. I’ll spare you the ruminations on anonymity like last time and […]
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  • Lichess Plays GM Peter Svidler September 30, 2020
    GM Peter Svidler will be joining us Thursday and Sunday on the Lichess Twitch channel for the first in a series we’re calling “Lichess Plays.” Peter will be taking challenges from Lichess users in whatever time control he prefers. The streams will be on Thursday (01-Oct) at 19:00 UTC and Sunday (04-Oct) at 18:00 UTC. […]
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  • Mystery Master wins September Lichess Bullet Titled Arena September 27, 2020
    Why does Lichess allow anonymous users? Or why does it allow anonymous users to play in Titled Arenas at least? The first question is very simple: everyone on the internet has the right to be anonymous and websites have the responsibility to protect their identity as far as they can- if they even know their […]
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  • Former World Championship candidate GM Boris Gelfand streams for Lichess. September 16, 2020
    Today on the Lichess Twitch channel, former World Championship challenger GM Boris Gelfand will join WFM Maria Emelianova to give commentary for the 2020 St. Louis Rapid and Blitz tournament featuring Magnus Carlsen, Hikaru Nakamura, and numerous other Super GMs. Gelfand is a six-time World Championship candidate (1991, 1994–95, 2002, 2007, 2011, 2013) and won […]
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  • Carlsen, Kasparov, Nakamura, Firouzja and more battle it out on Lichess September 10, 2020
    A pair of amazing tournaments will be taking place in the next week on Lichess with a combined $400,000 prize fund. Featuring World Champion Magnus Carlsen, former World Champion Garry Kasparov, and many other Super GMs: Vachier-Lagrave, Caruana, Nakamura, Aronian, Svidler, Firouzja, and more. We will get to see Carlsen and Kasparov play their first […]
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  • Photo Finish for Titled Arena September 6, 2020
    With 5 minutes left to go in the Lichess September Blitz Titled Arena, GM Andrew Tang’s chances to win seemed slim, he was 6 points behind GM Oleksander Bortnyk and 4 points behind GM Alireza Firouzja. However, Arena streak scoring rules increased the chance of a comeback dramatically and Tang had “fire,” i.e. he was […]
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  • Titled Arena Announcement(s) August 29, 2020
    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 and variant. Prizes unless otherwise stated: 1. $ 500, 2. $ 250, 3. […]
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  • Magnus wins Katara International Bullet Tournament Final August 27, 2020
    To paraphrase a famous football saying: chess is a board game with 64 squares and 32 pieces, and at the end Magnus wins.  The 15 qualifiers and the world champion took part in the knockout portion of the Katara International Tournament yesterday. They would play best of 12 matches of 1+0 chess to decide who […]
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  • Katara qualifiers over, who made it through? August 25, 2020
    Bullet Chess with the best in the world. The qualifier rounds for the previously announced Katara International Bullet Tournament took place today. The five top finishers from each event progress to the knockout finals featuring a $10,000 prize fund. The first of the qualifiers was a tense affair, as all three turned out to be. […]
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  • Dominant Alireza wins Lichess Bullet Titled Arena August 23, 2020
    Alireza romps, an off-day for MagnusPerformances like these make us wonder if we should just send money to Alireza every month and not waste time holding a tournament. GM Alireza Firouzja won the August Lichess Bullet Arena by a big margin yesterday, 29 points. He took the lead after about 25 minutes of play, 10 […]
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  • Announcing the Katara International Bullet Tournament with World Champion Magnus Carlsen August 21, 2020
    Bullet Chess with the best in the world. The Qatari Chess Association and Lichess are proud to announce the Katara International Bullet Tournament featuring World Champion Magnus Carlsen. Fresh off winning the Magnus Carlsen Chess Tour, Carlsen will try to keep the momentum going on Lichess in an event with a $10,000 prize fund. The […]
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  • A Marathon Event August 2, 2020
    A summary of the Summer Marathon with a little analysis.Yesterday, on August 1st, Lichess held its quarterly marathon tournament - a 24 hour event among the largest in online chess. This edition was at the 1+0 bullet time control, and boasted 20,703 entrants, with 18,488 players playing 445,635 games and 31,222,745 moves. It was also […]
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  • An increasingly common occurrence July 12, 2020
    Alireza notches up another TA winIt was only a mere two years ago when a young International Master played in his first Titled Arena ever. While already a force to be reckoned with (He placed 7th in that arena and secured his final GM norm one month later!), few could confidently predict the meteoric rise […]
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  • A Commanding Performance June 28, 2020
    Alireza takes home another gold for his collectionThis month's bullet Titled Arena saw over 600 players battling it out for their share of the $1k prize pool, but more importantly the bragging rights of being the TA Champion for a month. The usual suspects lined up, but after strong starts from GM Inventing_invention and GM […]
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  • Lichess Turns 10 Today! June 20, 2020
    Join us for your complimentary cake and chess tournament!Today (June 20th, 2020) marks a special day for Lichess - we have officially reached the double-digits! Well on our way to the terrible teens, we'll hopefully skip the more awkward and grumpy stages most teenagers go through. To celebrate, please enjoy this complimentary cake (feel free […]
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  • GM Ivanchuk v GM Kamsky June 19, 2020
    Fiona's Fight Night continues - with two more chess legends facing off across 16 blitz gamesTwo titans who have been leading players since the 80s collide tomorrow, Saturday 20 June at 8pm CEST / 2pm ET, streamed from WIM Fiona Steil-Antoni's Twitch channel. Vasyl Ivanchuk has been a leading chess player since the late eighties, […]
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  • GM Rauf Mamedov Wins Strange Chess Tournament With All the Pieces on the Wrong Squares. June 15, 2020
    Sorry about that...Running a website often requires you to swallow your pride. Having everything working perfectly simply isn’t an option; you only get to decide in what order you put your finite supply of band-aids on your infinite supply of problems. To our great embarrassment, at the start of yesterday’s Titled Arena, there was a […]
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  • Black Lives Matter June 7, 2020
    Support equality.The Lichess team stands with the Black Lives Matter movement and supports the ongoing protests against police brutality in the United States and globally. We will continue working to build an open and inclusive community through chess. We understand that this is a very small action but hope that these small actions, together with […]
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  • Konevlad vs. Mamedyarov June 2, 2020
    Titans collideRecently an unidentified player has been producing some very strong performances among very strong players in Lichess events. First, they took 3rd in the Bullet Titled Arena in April behind  Magnus Carlsen and Maxime Vachier-Lagrave. Then, after stumbling a bit and finishing 6th in the Blitz Titled Arena, they rebounded strongly to win the […]
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  • Norway Chess 10: Levon beats Magnus | Firouzja snatches 2nd October 17, 2020
    Magnus Carlsen had already wrapped up victory in Altibox Norway Chess with a round to spare, but as in 2019 his mood was spoilt by a last round loss, this time in classical chess to Levon Aronian. “Mostly I felt pretty clueless throughout the tournament,” confessed the World Champion, while 17-year-old Alireza Firouzja, who beat […]
  • Chessable Qualifier - an important spot in the Champions Chess Tour October 17, 2020
    This weekend seven grandmasters will battle it out on chess24 for a place in the Champions Chess Tour, the sequel to the Magnus Carlsen Chess Tour. The $1.5 million tour begins in November and will feature the world's top grandmasters, including the world champion himself.
  • Countdown to the Greatest Player of All Time October 17, 2020
    Levon Aronian, Boris Gelfand and Peter Leko are among the active players who have made it into the Top 50 players of all time. The exciting part begins when Jan Gustafsson and Peter Heine Nielsen begin ranking their picks for the Top 20 best players!
  • Candidates Tournament and world title match postponed October 16, 2020
    The chess world will have to wait until 2021 to find out who will challenge Magnus Carlsen in the next World Championship match. Today FIDE announced that the Candidates Tournament is postponed until the spring of 2021.
  • Magnus Carlsen wins Norway Chess with a round to spare October 16, 2020
    World Chess Champion Magnus Carlsen has won his first tournament back at what he called “the wooden screen” after beating Alireza Firouzja in Round 9 of Altibox Norway Chess. Nerves got the better of the 17-year-old prodigy, who blundered with two seconds left on his clock in what should have been an easily drawn pawn […]
  • Kramnik on seeing Carlsen was “the next Federer” October 15, 2020
    Magnus Carlsen was on the ropes against Fabiano Caruana in Round 7 of Altibox Norway Chess, but the slow-moving game was the perfect opportunity for our commentators Vladimir Kramnik and Judit Polgar to talk about just what makes Magnus so special. Kramnik in particular talked about how two encounters with 16-17 year old Magnus convinced […]
  • Norway Chess 8: Carlsen leads before Firouzja showdown October 14, 2020
    Magnus Carlsen beat compatriot Aryan Tari in a model positional game to retake the lead in Altibox Norway Chess with two rounds to go. Alireza Firouzja now trails Magnus by a point before they meet in Round 9 after surviving a tricky position in classical chess but then getting outplayed by Fabiano Caruana in Armageddon. […]
  • Norway Chess 7: Carlsen & Firouzja find a way to win October 13, 2020
    Magnus Carlsen came close to losing a classical game to Fabiano Caruana for the first time in five years, but what he admitted was “a bit of luck”, plus brilliant defence, saw the World Champion survive before going on to win in Armageddon. That kept Magnus in second place, a point behind Alireza Firouzja, who […]
  • Norway Chess 6: Firouzja leads as Carlsen hits back October 12, 2020
    17-year-old Alireza Firouzja has powered into the Altibox Norway Chess lead with four rounds to go after defeating Aryan Tari for a second day in a row. In second place is Magnus Carlsen, who got instant revenge for losing his streak with a smooth win over Jan-Krzysztof Duda. Levon Aronian had a great chance to […]
  • Banned chess cheater makes comeback under alias October 11, 2020
    Banned Latvian former grandmaster Igors Rausis made a comeback to chess on Saturday as he appeared in a tournament in Latvia. The 59-year-old was playing under an alias and the current situation with mask wearing made it easier to keep a low profile. He was only asked to leave after he had won two games […]
  • Norway Chess 5: Duda ends Carlsen’s 125-game unbeaten streak October 10, 2020
    Poland’s Jan-Krzysztof Duda beat Magnus Carlsen in Round 5 of Norway Chess, becoming the first player to defeat the World Chess Champion in a classical game since Shakhriyar Mamedyarov shocked Magnus in Biel 2 years, 2 months and 10 days ago. Duda’s win overshadowed the fact that world no. 2 Fabiano Caruana also lost, to […]
  • Aronian wins cake competition as Carlsen apologises for blindfold simul performance October 10, 2020
    We have become used to rest days during Altibox Norway Chess being something completely different. This year the six stars were invited to design their own chocolate cake. In addition, Magnus Carlsen played a 5-board blindfold simul that had to be restarted as the World Champion lost track.
  • Norway Chess 4: Magnus the merciless beats Fabi October 8, 2020
    Magnus Carlsen took the lead after four rounds of Altibox Norway Chess by beating Fabiano Caruana after the two players had drawn their previous 19 encounters. “Yeah, it’s a very good day!” said Magnus, who felt he had the best position against Fabi since Game 1 of their 2018 World Championship match. The other two […]
  • Norway Chess 3: Firouzja hits back to beat Caruana October 8, 2020
    Alireza Firouzja bounced back from losing to Magnus Carlsen to beat world no. 2 Fabiano Caruana in another Armageddon, admitting that by the end he was “only looking at the clock”. Magnus meanwhile won his first game of classical chess since March, but his now 124-game unbeaten streak had been in danger and he described […]
  • Norway Chess 2: Clock denies Firouzja vs. Carlsen October 7, 2020
    Alireza Firouzja slammed a rook down in disgust as he lost on time to Magnus Carlsen in an Armageddon game where he’d looked to be cruising to victory. That left Alireza tied for 2nd place with birthday boy Levon Aronian, who made Aryan Tari regret playing the Marshall against one of its best exponents. Out […]