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  • Daniel King’s Power Play Show: Tricks with rooks and pawns August 19, 2022
    In his Power Play Show, Daniel King finds inspiration in a game from the Women’s Olympiad. Tournament sensation Oliwia Kiolbasa defeated Indian rising star Vaishali after converting her advantage in a fascinating rook endgame. This is the starting point for a discussion with related games. | Power Play is on air most Fridays. Watch it […]
  • FTX Crypto Cup: Live August 19, 2022
    The FTX Crypto Cup kicked off on Monday with world champion Magnus Carlsen and new rival Alireza Firouzja topping a stellar line-up. The all-play-all tournament is the Meltwater Champions Chess Tour’s second Major of the season and is taking place on-site at the Eden Roc Miami Beach in Miami, Florida, from August 15 to 21. […]
  • Meet The Fritztrainer - Sipke Ernst August 19, 2022
    Sipke Ernst has made a successful Fritzrainer last year, tackling the "flexible Open Spanish". The Dutch Grandmaster is back again, with "3.h4 against the King's Indian and Grünfeld". Time to ask him about when he started to play chess, his feeling when reaching the Grandmaster title, a rating of over 2600, and one of his […]
  • Trent's Tactics - Cute tactics by Kupreichik August 19, 2022
    Viktor Kupreichik was a top chess player. The Grandmaster won the Belarusian Championship in 1972, and 31 years later as well, in 2003. His four tactics, which Lawrence has found for us to solve, are fun puzzles. Furthermore, when Lawrence and Arne try to solve the ChessBase tactics, you can witness their worst fail ever! […]
  • Death Match: Anish defeated Vidit August 19, 2022
    High-stakes 1v1 competition is pretty rare in the chess world. But just before the Olympiad in Chennai top Dutch grandmaster Anish Giri faced off against India's Number Three Vidit Gujrathi in the first ChessBase India Original Death Match: Blindfold, Blitz and Bullet. You can follow all the action in a six-hour Death Match video – […]
  • Looking back to Chennai: Juniors impress at the Olympiad August 19, 2022
    The junior players impressed at the Chess Olympiad in Chennai. 13 of the world's top 20 juniors played on their countries' national teams. And ten of these 13 juniors improved their ratings significantly. But a few "oldies" also had remarkable results.
  • Robert Ris’ Fast and Furious: A model game in the Sveshnikov August 19, 2022
    This week Robert Ris will have a look at a model game in the Sveshnikov, played by Fabiano Caruana (with Black) against Greek GM Dimitris Mastrovasilis at the Chess Olympiad 2022 in Chennai. | "Fast and Furious" is available on-demand with a ChessBase Premium Account. You can register a Premium account here.
  • FTX Crypto Cup: Carlsen and Pragg runaway leaders August 19, 2022
    With three rounds to go at the FTX Crypto Cup in Miami, Magnus Carlsen and Praggnanandhaa Rameshbabu continue to dominate the field, as they both won a fourth consecutive match on Thursday. Carlsen defeated Le Quang Liem, while Pragg got the better of Levon Aronian. Alireza Firouzja, who beat Jan-Krzysztof Duda, stands in sole third […]
  • 50 years ago: Fischer leads 9:6 August 18, 2022
    Fischer leads by three points. The Match of the Century was coming to a head, with Spassky, despite all his efforts, unable to reduce the deficit. "I felt that Fischer was like a large fish in my hands," he lamented, "one that was slippery and hard to hold on to. At certain moments I let […]
  • Svitlana's Smart Moves - Svitlana rocks Chennai (London System & Papa-Ticulat Gambit) August 18, 2022
    Finally, the beloved WIM from Canada is back, and shows us a couple of games from the Olympiad in Chennai. In the first game, she crushed the strong female Dutch GM Peng Zhaoqin with the London system. In preparation, she discovered the interesting manoeuvre 11. Qa4!?, which you can add to your repertoire now. In […]
  • FTX Crypto Cup: Pragg keeps pace with Carlsen August 18, 2022
    Praggnanandhaa and Magnus Carlsen are sharing the lead with perfect scores at the FTX Crypto Cup in Miami. In Wednesday’s third round, Pragg defeated Hans Niemann while Carlsen got the better of Levon Aronian. Le Quang Liem and Alireza Firouzja were the remaining winners of the day, with the latter climbing to shared third place […]
  • Game of the Week #529: Raunak Sadhwani vs Leinier Dominguez August 17, 2022
    In his “Game of the Week” show #529 Merijn van Delft looks at another impressive game played at the Chess Olympiad in Chennai: Raunak Sadhwani's win against Leinier Dominguez, in which the young Indian managed to make the of life the American top player surprisingly difficult. | Merijn’s show is available on-demand with a ChessBase […]
  • The young guns who ruled the Olympiad - Team Uzbekistan August 17, 2022
    After the closing ceremony, well past midnight, IM Sagar Shah made his way to the Grand Sheraton hotel where the Uzbekistan team was staying. Youngsters - Nodirbek Abdusattorov, Nodirbek Yakubboev, Javokhir Sindarov, Shamsiddin Vokhidov, and Jakhongir Vakhidov had just won the gold medal at the Chess Olympiad 2022. The Uzbek team was kind enough to […]
  • FTX Crypto Cup: Carlsen and Pragg in the lead August 17, 2022
    Magnus Carlsen and Praggnanandhaa Rameshbabu are the only players who have collected three points in each of the first two rounds at the FTX Crypto Cup in Miami. With 6 out of 6 points, they have a 1-point lead over Levon Aronian in third place. In Tuesday’s second round, Carlsen lost the first game against […]
  • This week’s summer special offer - Gold medal winner Ivan Sokolov August 16, 2022
    Now that the Uzbekistan team has won the gold medal at the 2022 Chess Olympiad in Chennai, Ivan Sokolov may reflect on his greatest accomplishment as a coach. For ChessBase, the Grandmaster created the Fritztrainer series "Understanding Middlegame Strategies." This week, we offer a summer bundle that includes all 4 episodes for only 69.90!
  • Ding Liren: “I suddenly got a chance” August 16, 2022
    Ding Liren had a very tough start at the 2022 Candidates Tournament. He lost his first game, and a series of seven draws ensued. At that point, the world number two began to score one win after another, ending with a very impressive 8/14 in second place. We conducted an interview with him, discussing his […]
  • Pragg's powerful pawns August 16, 2022
    In the diagrammed position White is a pawn up and has two powerful passed pawns that are supported by his king. However, White still needs to be precise to win the game. How should he proceed?
  • FTX Crypto Cup: Pragg beats Firouzja August 16, 2022
    The FTX Crypto Cup, the second Major of this year’s Meltwater Champions Tour, kicked off at the Eden Roc Miami Beach Hotel in Florida. Magnus Carlsen, Praggnanandhaa, Jan-Krzysztof Duda and Levon Aronian all started strong, beating their respective opponents ‘in regulation’ — i.e. within the first four rapid games of each match. Notably, Pragg defeated […]
  • Endgame Magic #207 with Karsten Müller and Lara Schulze: Highlights from the Olympiad August 15, 2022
    In the Endgame Magic Show #207 Karsten Müller has a guest: Lara Schulze, one of Germany's most promising female talents, who in 2021 won the European Women's Championship U20 and the German Women's Rapid Championship. In this episode of the Endgame Magic Show Lara and Karsten look at endgame highlights from the Chess Olympiad in […]
  • Recognizing chess positions August 15, 2022
    How fast and how reliably can strong chess players recognize chess positions? How good are world-class grandmasters at identifying games? And how do they compare with amateurs in this respect. The very successful science and engineering channel Veritasium has picked up this subject and made a very interesting video on it. To which we add […]
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  • Play in a Chess World Championship August 18, 2022
    Take part in a World Championship qualifier held on Lichess for free, and take your shot at eternal glory – and part of a $400,000 prize fundLichess announces global entry paths to the FIDE World Fischer Random Finals, with anyone eligible for entry, entirely for free The 2022 edition of the FIDE World Fischer Random […]
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  • Lichess Half-Year Update & New Feature Sneak Preview August 2, 2022
    August is the perfect time for a June update :)As we move into August the Lichess team started to curate the improvements, new features, and work your donations and support has allowed us to do. In only the six months from January to June, we have already accomplished so much this year! Read on to […]
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  • A first time Grandmaster Titled Arena winner and Nakamura's forbidden platform July 25, 2022
    Sometimes arenas can be cruel. The second place score in Saturday’s Bullet Titled Arena would have been enough to win June’s bullet arena by 19 points. Instead, it was enough to lose to IM Minh Le by 24 points. Minh was absolutely dominant, starting out by winning an incredible 22 games in a row. From […]
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  • Stockfish vs ChessBase, Round 1 July 22, 2022
    On July 4th this year, after a lot of waiting, Stockfish and Chessbase finally got their first day in court. The battle between the two software makers began when ChessBase released a chess engine called “Fat Fritz 2” that was allegedly a repackaged version of Stockfish. This led to some significant recrimination, including on this […]
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  • Candidates Day 14: Nakamura and Ding battle for... possibly nothing? July 5, 2022
    The Candidates Tournament 2022 concluded yesterday with the last round. It was a day full of action and three decisive results out of for. Ian Nepomniachtchi, having already won the tournament, secured a draw and an impressive 9.5/14 overall score. Ding Liren seized the coveted second place spot at the finish line. Nepomniachtchi joins an […]
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  • Candidates Day Thirteen: Nepomniachtchi triumphant July 3, 2022
    Credits: Stev Bonhage / FIDE The twelfth round of the Candidates Tournament in Madrid has concluded. Ian Nepomniachtchi clinched his tournament victory today, and will soon play a World Championship match, although his opponent remains to be decided. In clear second place after a victory today is Hikaru Nakamura. He sits a half point ahead […]
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  • Candidates Day Twelve: Nepomniachtchi almost home July 2, 2022
    The twelfth round of the Candidates Tournament in Madrid has concluded. Ian Nepomniachtchi has all but mathematically sealed the win in this tournament with an easy draw today. He sits 2 points ahead of the field with 2 rounds remaining. The fight for second place, and the possibility of a hand-me-down World Championship spot from […]
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  • Candidates Day Eleven: Hyper-Bullet, the Breakfast of Champions July 1, 2022
    The eleventh round of the Candidates Tournament in Madrid has concluded. Ian Nepomniachtchi extended his lead to an almost insurmountable 1.5 points with 3 rounds remaining by beating Alireza Firouzja, who prepared for the game in an unusual way. Daily, Lichess is providing a broadcast of the games played in real-time. We also have a […]
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  • Lichess Celebrates Pride Month June 30, 2022
    On the 28th June 1969, in the early hours of the morning, the New York City Police raided The Stonewall Inn, a gay bar in Manhattan’s Greenwich Village. This single action galvanised the LGBT+ community for decades, and the ripples continue today. The ensuing riots were a pivotal moment in the fight for LGBT+ rights, […]
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  • Candidates Day Ten: Maybe Second Place Isn't So Bad. June 29, 2022
    Credits: FIDE/Stev Bonhage The tenth round of the Candidates Tournament in Madrid has concluded. Ian Nepomniatchi took his third straight draw, which has somehow expanded his lead to 1.5 points. Usually such a lead in this event would mean less excitement because of how meaningless second place is. This year there is an excellent chance […]
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  • Candidates Day Nine: The Turns Have Tabled June 28, 2022
    Credits: FIDE/Stev Bonhage The ninth round of the Candidates Tournament in Madrid has concluded. With three wins and one draw, Nepomniachtchi solidified his lead, while Firouzja, Radjabov and Ding scored their first wins, and the era of the Berlin Defense as a drawing weapon seems to be coming to an end… Daily, Lichess is providing […]
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  • Candidates Day Eight: Nepomniachtchi Sneaks Further Ahead June 26, 2022
    The Eighth round of the 2022 Candidates Tournament is over with Ian Nepomniatchi pushing his lead to a full point over Fabiano Caruana, who stumbled today against his countryman Hikaru Nakamura. Daily, Lichess is providing a broadcast of the games played in real-time. We also have a selection of annotated games by GM Nijat Abasov/GM […]
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  • Candidates Day Seven: Nepomniatchi and Caruana Rocket Past the Field. June 25, 2022
    The Seventh round of the 2022 Candidates Tournament is over with Fabiano Caruana and Ian Nepomniatchi winning to increase their lead on the rest of the field. Nepomniatchi is leading the event with 5.5 / 8 with Caruana a half point behind. The #3 player, Hikaru Nakamura, is 2 full points behind the leader. Daily, […]
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  • Candidates Day Six: Nepomniachtchi and Caruana push ahead June 24, 2022
    The sixth round of the Candidates Tournament in Madrid has concluded with two wins and two draws - including a missed opportunity. This leaves, almost halfway through the tournament,  Nepomniachtchi sole leader with 4.5/6 closely followed by Caruana with 4/6; Nakamura and Rapport have 3/6 each, Ding, Radjabov and Duda 2.5/6  while Firouzja is last […]
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  • Candidates Day Five: Fighting Tooth and Draw June 22, 2022
    The fifth round of the Candidates Tournament in Madrid has concluded with four draws — some pretty quick and painless, others more hard-fought and drawn out. Daily, Lichess is providing a broadcast of the games played in real-time. We also have a selection of annotated games by GM Nijat Abasov and video recaps by WGM-elect […]
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  • Candidates Day Four: Nepomniachtchi Takes The Lead June 21, 2022
    The 4th day of the Candidates Tournament in Madrid has concluded - with the highlight of the day being Ian Nepomniachtchi’s win against Alireza Firoujza - a win which makes him the sole leader, and Berlin Defense reclaiming (for now) it’s reputation as a reliable draw weapon.  Daily, Lichess is providing a broadcast of the […]
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  • Candidates Day Three: No Luck on The Draw June 20, 2022
    Credits: FIDE/Stev Bonhage The third day of the Candidates Tournament in Madrid has concluded with four draws - but don’t be fooled, it wasn't a day with absolutely no action! Daily, Lichess is providing a broadcast of the games played in real-time. We also have a selection of annotated games by GM Nijat Abasov and […]
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  • Candidates Day Two: For whom the Berlin tolls June 18, 2022
    The second day of the Candidates Tournament in Madrid has concluded with a slightly topsy-turvy day. PHOTO: Stev Bonhage / FIDEDaily, Lichess is providing a broadcast of the games played in real-time. We also have a selection of annotated games by GM Nijat Abasov and video recaps by WGM-elect Jesse February, further below.  https://youtu.be/eV_tUISW9BQ Game […]
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  • Candidates Day 1: Half decisive, half drawn June 17, 2022
    A good day for previous candidate winners...Credits: Stev Bonhage / FIDE The first day of the Candidates Tournament in Madrid has concluded with an action-packed first day. Daily, Lichess is providing a broadcast of the games played in real-time. We also have a selection of annotated games by GM Nijat Abasov and video recaps by […]
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  • FIDE Candidates 2022 Kicks off in Madrid June 16, 2022
    credits: Maria Emelianova / FIDE The Candidates Tournament kicks off in Madrid, with the opening ceremony taking place at the Palacio de Santona on June 16th, 17:00 UTC, and the first round to be played on June 17th, 13:00 UTC. Other than the 500,000€ prize fund distributed amongst the eight players, the winner of the […]
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