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2018 Aeroflot Open

2018 Aeroflot Open “A” Moscow, Russia Feb. 20-28, 2018 Final Top Standings 1. GM Vladislav Kovalev BLR 2641, 7.0/9 2-3. GM SP Sethuraman IND 2646, GM Dmitry Gordievsky RUS...

2018 Aeroflot Open

2018 Aeroflot Open “A” Moscow, Russia Feb. 20-28, 2018 Final Top Standings 1. GM Vladislav Kovalev BLR 2641, 7.0/9 2-3. GM SP Sethuraman IND 2646, GM Dmitry Gordievsky RUS...

New ways to attack

Back in the ’70s almost every other game was a Sicilian, and out of that nearly half is a Najdorf. Nowadays there are very...

Wesley So’s secrets

I wrote last week that Wesley So has recently authored two DVD’s in the Chessbase shop: My Secret Weapon: 1.b3, and My Black Secrets in the...

Jewels from Gibraltar

Gibraltar Masters 2018 Caleta, England Jan. 22-Feb. 1, 2018 Final Top Standings 1-7. GM Hikaru Nakamura USA 2781, GM Richard Rapport HUN 2700, GM Maxime Vachier-Lagrave FRA 2793,...

The Old and The New

Gibraltar Masters 2018 Caleta, England Jan. 22-Feb. 1, 2018 Final Top Standings 1-7. GM Hikaru Nakamura USA 2781, GM Richard Rapport HUN 2700, GM Maxime Vachier-Lagrave FRA 2793,...

Gibraltar Masters 2018

Gibraltar Masters 2018 Caleta, England Jan. 22-Feb. 1, 2018 Final Top Standings 1-7. GM Hikaru Nakamura USA 2781, GM Richard Rapport HUN 2700, GM Maxime Vachier-Lagrave FRA 2793,...

Games from Wijk aan Zee

80th Tata Steel Masters Wijk aan Zee, Netherlands Jan. 12-28, 2018 Final Standings 1-2. Magnus Carlsen NOR 2834, Anish Giri NED 2752, 9.0/13 3-4. Vladimir Kramnik RUS 2787, Shakhriyar...

Quo vadis Hou Yifan?

80th Tata Steel Masters Wijk aan Zee, Netherlands Jan. 12-28, 2018 Final Standings 1-2. Magnus Carlsen NOR 2834, Anish Giri NED 2752, 9.0/13 3-4. Vladimir Kramnik RUS 2787, Shakhriyar...

Games from Wijk aan Zee, Netherlands

80th Tata Steel Masters Wijk aan Zee, Netherlands Jan. 12-28, 2018 Final Standings 1-2. Magnus Carlsen NOR 2834, Anish Giri NED 2752, 9.0/13 3-4. Vladimir Kramnik RUS 2787, Shakhriyar...

Magnus Carlsen again

80th Tata Steel Masters Wijk aan Zee, Netherlands Jan. 12-28, 2018 Final Standings 1-2. Magnus Carlsen NOR 2834, Anish Giri NED 2752, 9.0/13 3-4. Vladimir Kramnik RUS 2787, Shakhriyar...

Wesley’s journey

80th Tata Steel Masters Wijk aan Zee, Netherlands Jan. 12-28, 2018 Final Standings 1-2. Magnus Carlsen NOR 2834, Anish Giri NED 2752, 9.0/13 3-4. Vladimir Kramnik RUS 2787, Shakhriyar...

Wesley’s miracle win

80th Tata Steel Masters Wijk aan Zee, Netherlands Jan. 12-28, 2018 Current Standings (9 out of 13 rounds) 1. Anish Giri NED 2752, 6.5/9 2-3. Magnus Carlsen NOR 2834,...

The rise of Mamedyarov

Shakhriyar Mamedyarov (born April 12, 1985 in Sumqayit, Azerbaijan) will be playing in the Candidates Tournament this March in Berlin. He has a lot...

Best Endgame of 2017

The Chessbase Web site (www.chessbase.com) has announced the results of their poll on the 2017 Endgame of the Year. The Chessbase editors came up...

The best of 2017

The Chessbase Web site (www.chessbase.com) has announced the results of their poll on the 2017 Player of the Year, Female Player of the Year,...

Tata Steel starts today

The first super tournament of the year, the Tata Steel Masers to be held in the historic seaside resort in Wijk aan Zee, will...

World Top Ten

WORLD TOP TEN FIDE Rating List January 2018 World Top 10 1. Magnus Carlsen NOR 2834 2. Fabiano Caruana USA 2811 3. Shakhriyar Mamedyarov AZE 2804 4. Levon Aronian ARM 2797 5....

World Rapid Championship

World Rapid Chess Championship Riyadh, Kingdom of Saudi Arabia Dec. 25-30, 2017 Final Top Standings 1-3. Viswanathan Anand IND 2758, Vladimir Fedoseev RUS 2771, Ian Nepomniachtchi RUS 2780,...

Anand is Rapid King

World Rapid Chess Championship Riyadh, Kingdom of Saudi Arabia Dec. 25-30, 2017 Final Top Standings 1-3 Viswanathan Anand IND 2758, Vladimir Fedoseev RUS 2771, Ian Nepomniachtchi RUS 2780,...

Miciano gets IM norm

9th Penang Heritage City Open Red Rock Hotel, Penang, Malaysia Dec. 4-9, 2017 Final Top Standings 1-2. IM K Rathnakaran IND 2307, GM Karen H Grigoryan ARM 2571,...

2017 Russian SuperFinals

70th Russian Chess SuperFinal 2017 St. Petersburg, Russia Dec. 3-15, 2017 Final Standings 1-2 Peter Svidler 2765, Nikita Vitiugov 2722, 7.0/11 3-4 Daniil Dubov 2683, Vladimir Fedoseev 2718, 6.5/11 5-7...

2017 London Classic

9th London Classic 2017 London, England Nov. 29-Dec. 11, 2017 Final Standings 1-2. Fabiano Caruana USA 2799, Ian Nepomniachtchi RUS 2729, 6.0/9 3-5. Magnus Carlsen NOR 2837, Maxime Vachier-Lagrave...

Chess is solved? (Part 2)

Last Thursday we were discussing AlphaZero, a program which was taught the moves of chess and, after four hours, relying on its self-learning algorithm,...

Chess is solved?

Last October, I went to Thailand on a business trip and on a free day went to the Pattaya Crocodile Farm to watch the...

Torre vs Ribli 1983

Torre vs Ribli Candidates Match Alicante, Spain April 4-26, 1983 1 GM Zoltan Ribli HUN 2595 +3 -1 = 6 2 GM Eugene Torre PHI 2580 +1 -3...

Radjabov misses

Palma de Mallorca Grand Prix Palma de Mallorca, Balearic Islands, Spain Nov. 16-25, 2017 Final Standings 1-2. Levon Aronian ARM 2801, Dmitry Jakovenko RUS 2721, 5.5/9 3-9. Hikaru Nakamura...

The Aronian year

Palma de Mallorca Grand Prix Palma de Mallorca, Balearic Islands, Spain Nov. 16-25, 2017 Final Standings 1-2. Levon Aronian ARM 2801, Dmitry Jakovenko RUS 2721, 5.5/9 3-9. Hikaru Nakamura...

World Senior Championship

World Seniors +50 Championship Acqui Terme, Italy Nov. 7-18, 2017 Final Top Standings 1. GM Julio Granda Zuniga PER 2650, 9.5/11 2-3. GM Rogelio Antonio, Jr. PHI 2431, GM...

The bad and the good

In the Nov. 17, 2017 issue of The Wall Street Journal there is this thing about a chess novice challenging Magnus Carlsen. The novice...

Hugo Villanueva

Three weeks ago we discussed the 2017 Piaya Network Negros Open International Chess Tournament held in Bacolod and I failed to mention who the...

Torre versus Cardoso 1972

Earlier I wrote about the Short vs Torre match held in 1988. It was not in any of the major databases of the world...

Short vs Torre, part 2

Two weeks ago I wrote about a six-game match between grandmasters Nigel Short and Eugenio Torre, dubbed as the Carlsberg Chess Classic, held in...

NCAA Junior wars

93rd NCAA Athletic Season 2017 NCAA Chess Team Championship Juniors 1. Colegio de San Juan de Letran (CSJL), 25.0/36 Bd01 Christian Mark Daluz 8.0/9, Bd02 Melito Ocsan, Jr....

NCAA chess wars

93rd NCAA Athletic Season 2017 NCAA Chess Team Championship Seniors San Beda College (SBC), 30.0/36 Lyceum of the Philippines University (LPU), 26.0/36 DLS-College of Saint Benilde (DLS-CSB), 25.5/36 Arellano University...

NCAA chess wars

93rd NCAA Athletic Season 2017 NCAA Chess Team Championship Seniors Champion. San Beda College (SBC), 30.0/36 Bd01 FM Mari Joseph Turqueza 6.5/7, Bd02 McDominique Lagula 6.5/7, Bd03 Marc...

A tale of two Antonios

2017 Piaya Network Negros International Open Ikthus Osbrown Hall, Bacolod City, Oct. 11-19, 2017 FINAL TOP STANDINGS 1. GM Nigel Short ENG 2698, 8.0/9 2-3. GM Karen Grigoryan ARM...

Negros Open 2017

2017 Negros International Open Ikthus Osbrown Hall, Bacolod City Oct. 11-19, 2017 Final Top Standings 1. GM Nigel Short ENG 2698, 8.0/9 2-3. GM Karen Grigoryan ARM 2586, GM...

Short is tall

2017 Negros International Open Ikthus Osbrown Hall, Bacolod City Oct. 11-19, 2017 Final Top Standings 1. GM Nigel Short ENG 2698, 8.0/9 2-3. GM Karen Grigoryan ARM 2586, GM...

The young ones

2017 National Chess Championship Grand Finals Alphaland Makati Place Sept. 6-13, 2017 Final Standings 1. IM Haridas Pascua 2427, 7.5/10 2-3. GM John Paul Gomez 2463, IM Paulo Bersamina...

Philippine National Chess Championship

The FIDE World Cup occupied all our attention last September that we forgot to report on an important event -- the Philippine National Chess...

The hero of Douglas

Isle of Man Masters 2017 Sept. 23-Oct. 1, 2017 Douglas, England Final Top Standings (all GM) 1. Magnus Carlsen NOR 2827, 7.5/9 2-3. Viswanathan Anand IND 2794, Hikaru Nakamura...

All is well Isle of Man

The Isle of Man is a self-governing British Crown Dependency located between Great Britain and Ireland. Its capital city is Douglas, Queen Elizabeth II...

New stars

The Tbilisi World Cup saw some failures. As early as the second round Vishy Anand, Sergey Karjakin and Michael Adams were out. The reigning...

Baadur Jobava reloaded

GM Baadur Jobava was interviewed by New in Chess (NIC) Magazine last year after he won the gold medal on Board 1 for Georgia...