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  • AVRO 1938, Round 4 - Live June 5, 2020
    Round 4 of the AVRO Tournament promises exciting games. José Raúl Capablanca will play against Mikhail Botvinnik, Max Euwe will try to stop Reuben Fine, Paul Keres will try to exploit Samuel Reshevsky's time-trouble, and Salo Flohr will try to hold against Alexander Alekhine. Transmission of all rounds starts at 17:00 CEST (16:00 UK, 10:00 […]
  • Start chess in your late teens and become a grandmaster? June 5, 2020
    Today, young kids are becoming very strong very early and some even become grandmasters at the age of twelve and thirteen. They take to chess like a fledgling bird learning to fly. But can you start a serious chess career at the ripe old age of seventeen? Yes, you can, says one player, who managed […]
  • AVRO 1938, Round 3: Alekhine and Botvinnik impress June 5, 2020
    Round 3 of the AVRO Tournament 1938 brought a number of remarkable games. Mikhail Botvinnik convincingly outplayed Samuel Reshevsky, and Alexander Alekhine showed against Max Euwe why he is considered to be one of the best attacking players in chess history. Reuben Fine and José Raúl Capablanca drew after both had missed good chances. With […]
  • Anniversary Chess Match: Space – Earth June 5, 2020
    On June 9, a chess match between Space and Earth is scheduled to take place in the main hall of the Moscow Museum of Cosmonautics. The event is co-organized by the Moscow Museum of Cosmonautics, the Roscosmos State Corporation, and the Chess Federation of Russia. The match is timed precisely to celebrate the half-century anniversary […]
  • Do you have an eye for tactics? (1) June 5, 2020
    In the diagram position White played 36.Kh3 and after 36...Qd3 37.Kh4 Qc2 37.Kh3 the game ended in a draw. Trying to continue the fight with 36.h3? (instead of 36.Kh3) is not a good idea - do you see why?
  • Throwback Thursday: Anand shines at Amber Tournament 2005 June 5, 2020
    A memorable and dearly missed event for chess fans — the Melody Amber Tournament took place each year since 1992 until 2011. In its fourteenth edition, Vishy Anand won both sections outright, blindfold and rapid. This was the second time a player managed to do it. But who was the first one to do it? […]
  • Computer Chess: Longest-Running Experiment in Computing Science June 4, 2020
    On August 31, 1970, an experiment began that continues to this day. The first chess tournament for computers was held as part of the ACM’s National Conference. The interest generated was tremendous, leading to ACM sponsoring an annual event until 1994. Professor Jonathan Schaeffer has provided us with a retrospect of what it was like […]
  • Fast and Furious: Alekhine Defense Four Pawns Attack June 4, 2020
    This week Robert Ris takes a look at the Four Pawns Attack in the Alekhine Defense, a variation that can lead to fascinating positions. "Fast and Furious" is available from 17:00 UTC (19:00 CEST / 15:00 EDT) on-demand with a ChessBase Premium Account. You can register a Premium account here. | Photo: Lennart Ootes
  • NEW: ChessBase Magazine Extra #195 June 4, 2020
    The new ChessBase Magazine Extra #195 offers a lot of chess highlights, including a review by Ju Wenjun who talks about her narrow victory against Aleksandra Goryachkina in the last Women's World Championship match. Georgios Souleidis shows the power of the "Firouzja-Express" and opening surveys, endgame and middlegame columns and lots of other training materials […]
  • The best I saw in chess - by Stuart Rachels June 4, 2020
    In the early 1990s, International Master Stuart Rachels was one of the very best US chess players. He played games against Garry Kasparov, Viswanathan Anand, Nigel Short, Anthony Miles and Boris Spassky, only to name a few. His chess adventures are funny, beautiful, interesting and honest. His book "The Best I Saw In Chess" which […]
  • AVRO 1938, Round 2: Reuben Fine starts with 2.0/2 June 4, 2020
    Reuben Fine started well into the AVRO tournament. After his win against Mikhail Botvinnik in round 1 Fine also defeated his old rival Samuel Reshevsky in round 2. Max Euwe outplayed Salo Flohr and scored the second win of the round. José Raúl Capablanca and Alexander Alekhine drew as did Paul Keres and Botvinnik. With […]
  • Optimistic organisers at 53rd Biel International Chess Festival June 4, 2020
    The preparations for the 53rd International Chess festival Biel continue and take into account the Corona requirements. In a press release the organisers said that they are preparing for the key event, the Grandmaster Tournament (GMT), a main tournament (C-HTO) and a youth tournament, including Swiss championships. However, some tournaments and events including the Master […]
  • Daniil Dubov bags Lindores Abbey Rapid Challenge June 4, 2020
    Daniil Dubov defeated Hikaru Nakamura to become the champion of the Lindores Abbey Rapid Challenge. In the third, deciding rubber of the final, Dubov was the first to score a full point, in game two. Nakamura bounced back with an impressive win and, after a draw in game four, Armageddon was all that was left. […]
  • Game of the Week: Carlsen vs Nakamura June 3, 2020
    In this show Merijn van Delft takes a look at the match between Hikaru Nakamura and Magnus Carlsen at the Lindores Abbey Chess Challenge tournament. | Merijn's show is available at 15.00 UTC (17:00 CEST, 11:00 EDT) on-demand with a ChessBase Premium Account. You can register a Premium account here.
  • Getting the most out of ChessBase 15: a step-by-step guide #4 – The Board June 3, 2020
    You are raring to get started with some of the amazing functions of ChessBase 15. But there is one last thing we need to consider before we dive into the substance – and that is style! ChessBase 15 is fantastically customisable and here Nick Murphy will show you step by step how to get the […]
  • Lindores Abbey Final: Dubov wins in Armageddon! June 3, 2020
    Daniil Dubov defeated Hikaru Nakamura to become the champion of the Lindores Abbey Rapid Challenge. In the third, deciding rubber of the final, Dubov was the first to score a full point, in game two. Nakamura bounced back with an impressive win and, after a draw in game four, Armageddon was all that was left. […]
  • How sound was the endgame Spielmann-Rubinstein? June 3, 2020
    1909, Saint Petersburg: in one of the strongest tournaments in history Akiba Rubinstein defeated Rudolf Spielmann in a dramatic endgame. After the game Spielmann said: "Akiba, if you lived in the Middle Ages you would have burned at the stake: what you do in rook endgames can only be called witchcraft!" Was that really the […]
  • AVRO 1938, Round 1: Fine beats Botvinnik June 3, 2020
    The first round of the AVRO Tournament 1938 brought the first surprise: Reuben Fine outplayed and defeated Mikhail Botvinnik. The games Euwe vs Keres, Flohr vs Capablanca and Alekhine vs Reshevsky were all drawn but Euwe and Alekhine missed good chances. | Photo: The first official move of the tournament
  • Lindores Abbey Final: Dubov wins, ties the score June 3, 2020
    The winner of the Lindores Abbey Rapid Challenge will be decided on Wednesday, as Daniil Dubov beat Hikaru Nakamura in the final's second rubber to tie the overall score. Dubov won game one and drew the remaining three. Hard-pressed to win in game four, Nakamura tried the Leningrad Variation of the Dutch Defence, but to […]
  • The eight best players in the world meet at the AVRO Tournament June 2, 2020
    Today, the AVRO Tournament starts in Amsterdam. The eight best players in the world play a double-round-robin tournament in ten different Dutch cities. With Alexander Alekhine, José Raúl Capablanca and Max Euwe no less than three world champions start but maybe there's also a future world champion in the field. After all, Salo Flohr, Paul […]
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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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  • Streamer Team Battle! May 25, 2020
    Join us for a new streamer's battle!We are pleased to announce another edition to begin on Sunday 7th June at 19:00 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 […]
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  • Who is GM Konevlad? May 24, 2020
    Mystery GM takes home the gold in May's Titled ArenaSpeculation was rife in this month's Titled Arena as to the identity of GM @Konevlad, only fuelled by their stellar performance. All we can confirm is that they are still not the basketball player, with suggestions in various chats of their identity being Vladimir Kramnik, Alexander […]
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  • FIDE announces "Checkmate Coronavirus" Prize Arenas May 22, 2020
    Running until 16 June, FIDE initiative raffles 1500 prizes based on participation in official FIDE arenas“FIDE is pleased to launch the Checkmate Coronavirus project which I hope will attract more people to our game.” FIDE President Arkady Dvorkovich commented as the first events began on partner sites, including on Lichess.  Any user playing in these […]
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  • Grischuk topples Kramnik to win Play for Russia Charity Tournament May 14, 2020
    A rollercoaster event with the ultimate winner being charity - 24,670,000 roubles raised to aid the battle with coronavirusThe Play for Russia Charity Tournament, played on https://lichess.org, ended today with a determined Grischuk overcoming first Kramnik and then Tomashevsky to win the event.  Initially facing Vladimir Kramnik, Alexander Grischuk seemed to have his work cut […]
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  • Grischuk leads; Kramnik chases - Day 1 Recap May 13, 2020
    Grischuk takes the lead on day one, but Kramnik is hot on his heelsThe first day of the Play for Russia charity event left chess fans spoilt for choice, with firework matches like Grischuk v Riazantsev, to classic match ups like Kramnik v Svidler. English commentary for the entire day's play was provided from Lichess' […]
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  • Kramnik on Fire in Day 2 May 13, 2020
    Kramnik, Svidler, Tomashevsky and Grischuk through to semifinals, to be played tomorrow on lichess.orgA hugely eventful day for the Play for Russia charity blitz event where Kramnik overtook Grischuk to win the double round-robin overall with a dominating 10.5 / 14, winning five of his seven encounters in today's leg.  Tomorrow, the four best performers […]
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  • Play for Russia tournament: 12 - 14 May May 11, 2020
    Some of the strongest Russian chess players and legends to battle it out on lichess.org over three days of blitz. Kramnik, Nepomniachtchi, Grischuk, Karjakin, Svidler, Tomashevsky, Inarkiev and Riazantsev will all be playing a charity blitz tournament on https://lichess.org from 12 - 14 May. The pairings for the first two days (a double round-robin) has […]
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  • Berserkers Blast Rivals May 10, 2020
    Vladimir Fedoseev (@Feokl1995) found victory in the biggest and one of the most ferociously fought Lichess Titled Arenas to date.1,160 titled players battled it out over three hours of blitz action - at a 3+0 time control.  Many of the world’s top players played the event, with GM Anish Giri streaming the event for the […]
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  • A New Streamer Team Battle Champion May 2, 2020
    Andrew Tang's fan club overthrows the reigning champions Crestbook!In this fourth edition of the Streamer Team Battle, we saw a few new challengers and a few familiar teams battle it out in the 7,000+ player event. It was hard fought and to start with it seemed that Crestbook would run away with their third victory […]
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  • Super-GM Charity Tournament to be held on lichess.org: 12 - 14 May May 1, 2020
    The “Play for Russia” Charity Tournament sees some of Russia’s strongest players raise money for hospitals and health workers fighting the COVID-19 pandemic. Eight of Russia's strongest players will compete against each-other in a blitz double round-robin, hosted by https://lichess.org. The charity event aims to raise funds which will be equally shared and distributed among […]
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  • Titled Arena Announcement(s) April 28, 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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  • Star-Studded Struggle Sees Supremacy Secured April 25, 2020
    Served up with superb Sasha stream!Magnus Carlsen clinched first place in the last minutes of the thrilling April Titled Arena, in what must have been one of the most competitive to date.  1,093 FIDE titled players battled it out over two hours of bullet action, including many of the best players in the world. GM […]
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  • Streamer Team Battle! April 24, 2020
    Join us for a new streamer's battle!We are pleased to announce another edition to begin on Saturday 2nd May at 19:00 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 […]
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  • A post-mortem of the 2020 Candidates Tournament April 23, 2020
    Postponed halfway through due to safety concerns caused by COVID-19, the fallout from the Candidates may be the least of FIDE’s worriesControversial from the start, the 2020 Candidates Tournament promised to be like no other when GM Teimour Radjabov was unceremoniously removed from the line-up after sharing doubts that FIDE could guarantee his safety. Exactly […]
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  • Titled Arena Announcement April 15, 2020
    April's Titled Arena Edition!The next Lichess Titled Arena will be on Saturday the 25th April 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, April 25th, 19:00 UTC […]
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  • Horsey Has Swag April 11, 2020
    As if we didn't already knowThe response to our brand new logo was overwhelming! You asked - we listened. And then, after listening, we made merch - Horsey swag has galloped into the Lichess store, available at the EU and North American shops. It has taken some time for Horsey to be recognised as the […]
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  • Announcing our new logo! (not really) April 1, 2020
    A new era begins for Lichess[EDIT - 2/4/2020] We were just kidding! April fools! Full credit to the artist who actually produced the beautiful "horsie" artwork at the center of this project, Cham. It is with great pride that Lichess announces our brand new logo! Many organizations try to go for a slick, professional aesthetic, […]
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  • Streamer Team Battle! March 26, 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 25, 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
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  • Dubov wins the Lindores Abbey Rapid Challenge June 3, 2020
    Daniil Dubov has beaten Hikaru Nakamura in Armageddon to win the 2020 Lindores Abbey Rapid Challenge, claiming not just the $45,000 top prize but also a place alongside Magnus in the $300,000 Magnus Carlsen Chess Tour Grand Final. After losing on the first day of the final the Russian grandmaster hit back on Day 2 […]
  • Chess in Scotland June 3, 2020
    Scotland's greatest claim to chess fame may be the 12th Century Lewis chessmen that were discovered on the Isle of Lewis in the Outer Hebrides in 1831, while in the 1480s an inventory of Lindores Abbey mentioned "twa pairs of thabills wt thair men" ("two chessboards with their pieces"). It took until 1992 for Scotland […]
  • Lindores Abbey Rapid Challenge Final Day 2: Dubov strikes back June 2, 2020
    Many had written Daniil Dubov off after he lost Day 1 of the final against Hikaru Nakamura, but he proved the doubters wrong by storming back to level the tie on Day 2. Once again the first game of the day was vital, with Daniil outpreparing Hikaru with the black pieces and going on to […]
  • Alireza Firouzja & Iranian Chess Heritage June 2, 2020
    Iran is deeply embedded in the history of chess, as attested by a number of Persian-derived phrases such as "checkmate". It's not just distant history, however, since in recent years Iran has followed India as one of the countries producing the greatest young talents. Parham Maghsoodloo won the 2018 World Junior Championship while 16-year-old Alireza […]
  • Lindores Abbey Rapid Challenge Final Day 1: Nakamura takes the lead June 1, 2020
    Hikaru Nakamura has one foot in the Grand Final of the Magnus Carlsen Chess Tour after beating Daniil Dubov 2.5:1.5 on Day 1 of the Lindores Abbey Rapid Challenge final. Hikaru commented, “I did what Daniil does against everybody, I played the man more than I played the position” about his decision to “make the […]
  • Singapore victorious in charity match vs NYC! June 1, 2020
    On Sunday, May 31st, a team from NYC battled a team from Singapore to raise relief funds for #ChessAgainstCovid - a drive initiated by GM Kevin Goh of Singapore.The match was played on 36 boards, on chess24:Seven top players, two veteran playersFive boys U20, 5 Boys U15, 5 Boys U12Three top women, three girls U20, […]
  • Something from nothing? Magnus Carlsen & Norwegian Chess June 1, 2020
    Magnus Carlsen has dominated chess rating lists, tournament victories and headlines for a good decade now, so most of his story has been told. Fans and followers feel like they know him - after all, he is high profile and continues to answer questions with almost worrying honesty. People even have an impression of the […]
  • Lindores Abbey Rapid FantasyChess Contest June 1, 2020
    Enter our FantasyChess Contest for the Lindores Abbey Rapid Challenge. Semifinals contest now ready!
  • Lindores Abbey Rapid Challenge SFs Day 3: Nakamura beats Carlsen May 30, 2020
    Hikaru Nakamura will play Daniil Dubov in the final of the $150,000 Lindores Abbey Rapid Challenge after a thrilling final day of his semifinal against Magnus Carlsen was decided by a blunder in Armageddon. It completed an amazing comeback for Hikaru, who had lost 3:0 on the first day and was close to starting the second […]
  • chess24 to host Charity match between Singapore and NYC May 30, 2020
    On Sunday May 31st, chess24 will host a match between Singapore and NYC played on 36 boards featuring two very strong teams!
  • Lindores Abbey Quiz Winners Round 4 May 30, 2020
    The Lindores Abbey Rapid Challenge Quiz is over. Check out the winners!
  • Lindores Abbey Rapid Challenge SFs Day 2: Hikaru hits back | Dubov in final May 29, 2020
    Daniil Dubov is in the Lindores Abbey Rapid Challenge final after demolishing Ding Liren 2.5:0.5, but we still don’t know who he’ll play. Hikaru Nakamura came back to beat Magnus Carlsen 2.5:1.5 and set up a decider on Saturday after the fate of the match turned on the first game of the day. Hikaru ran […]
  • Nakamura, Caruana, So and American Chess Heritage May 29, 2020
    From unofficial World Chess Champion Paul Morphy, to 11th World Champion Bobby Fischer, to the triumvirate of Hikaru Nakamura, Fabiano Caruana and Wesley So who won the 2016 Chess Olympiad, the United States has a rich chess history. Sean Robinson takes us on a tour, paying particular attention to the role of immigrants, from Wilhelm […]
  • Lindores Abbey Rapid Challenge SFs Day 1: Carlsen crushes Nakamura May 28, 2020
    World Chess Champion Magnus Carlsen scored a 3:0 clean sweep against Hikaru Nakamura on Day 1 of the Lindores Abbey Rapid Challenge Semifinals. The other clash was much tighter, with Daniil Dubov and Ding Liren trading wins before Armageddon seemed inevitable. Suddenly, however, Dubov found a way to win the final game. That leaves Ding […]
  • Lindores Abbey Rapid Challenge QFs Day 5: Dubov & Ding Liren reach semis May 28, 2020
    Daniil Dubov beat Sergey Karjakin 3:0 for the 2nd time in three days to set up a Lindores Abbey Rapid Challenge semifinal against Ding Liren. The world no. 3 and Chinese no. 1 had to dig himself out of a hole after losing the 2nd game of the day to Yu Yangyi, but he hit […]