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The first major tournament has begun and marks the first classical tournament for Magnus Carlsen since he defended his title. He will be one of the 14 competitors in the 79th edition of the Tata Steel Chess tournament in Wijk aan Zee (Netherlands). Pea soup will not be the only thing served up as the […]

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Ray “Dragon” Robinson February 22, 1959 – December 18, 2016 Ray Robinson at the 2006 World Open. Photo by Daaim Shabazz Ray “Dragon” Robinson of Philadelphia was a man of many names, full of passion and excelled in chess, air hockey and pool. In addition to his chess exploits, he competed in air hockey tournaments […]

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1 Aronian, L ARM 0-1 Topalov, V BUL 2 Anand, V IND ½-½ Kramnik, V RUS 3 Giri, A NED ½-½ Caruana, F USA 4 So, W USA ½-½ Vachier-Lagrave, M FRA 5 Adams, M ENG ½-½ Nakamura, H USA Official Site Round #9: Sunday, 18 December 2016Wesley wins London Classic and Grand Chess Tour!Topalov […]

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1 Nakamura, H USA ½-½ Aronian, L ARM 2 Vachier-Lagrave, M FRA ½-½ Adams, M ENG 3 Caruana, F USA ½-½ So, W USA 4 Kramnik, V RUS ½-½ Giri, A NED 5 Topalov, V BUL 0-1 Anand, V IND Official Site Round #8: Saturday, 17 December 2016Wesley So clinches Grand Chess Tour! Congratulations to […]

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1 Aronian, L ARM ½-½ Anand, V IND 2 Giri, A NED ½-½ Topalov, V BUL 3 So, W USA ½-½ Kramnik, V RUS 4 Adams, M ENG ½-½ Caruana, F USA 5 Nakamura, H USA 1-0 Vachier-Lagrave, M FRA Official Site Round #7: Friday, 16 December 2016London is hosting an 1.e4 theme tournament with […]

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1 Vachier-Lagrave, M FRA 1-0 Aronian, L ARM 2 Caruana, F USA 1-0 Nakamura, H USA 3 Kramnik, V RUS ½-½ Adams, M ENG 4 Topalov, V BUL 0-1 So, W USA 5 Anand, V IND ½-½ Giri, A NED Official Site Round #6: Thursday, 15 December 2016Blockbuster games… heavyweight battles and trash-taking accent exciting […]

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1 Aronian, L ARM ½-½ Giri, A NED 2 So, W USA ½-½ Anand, V IND 3 Adams, M ENG 1-0 Topalov, V BUL 4 Nakamura, H USA ½-½ Kramnik, V RUS 5 Vachier-Lagrave, M FRA ½-½ Caruana, F USA Official Site Round #5: Tuesday, 13 December 2016Adams gets the “W” … Topalov in free […]

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1 Caruana, F USA ½-½ Aronian, L ARM 2 Kramnik, V RUS ½-½ Vachier-Lagrave, M FRA 3 Topalov, V BUL 0-1 Nakamura, H USA 4 Anand, V IND ½-½ Adams, M ENG 5 Giri, A NED ½-½ So, W USA Official Site Round #4: Monday, 12 December 2016Is this it for Topalov? Different day… same […]

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1 Aronian, L ARM ½-½ So, W USA 2 Adams, M ENG ½-½ Giri, A NED 3 Nakamura, H USA 1-0 Anand, V IND 4 Vachier-Lagrave, M FRA ½-½ Topalov, V BUL 5 Caruana, F USA ½-½ Kramnik, V RUS Official Site Round #3: Sunday, 11 December 2016Hikaru rebounds… continues domination of Anand The only […]

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1 Kramnik, V RUS ½-½ Aronian, L ARM 2 Topalov, V BUL 0-1 Caruana, F USA 3 Anand, V IND 1-0 Vachier-Lagrave, M FRA 4 Giri, A NED ½-½ Nakamura, H USA 5 So, W USA 1-0 Adams, M ENG Official Site Round #2: Saturday, 10 December 2016Boards blaze! Wesley So sizzles; Caruana swindles After […]

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1 Aronian, L ARM 1-0 Adams, M ENG 2 Nakamura, H USA 0-1 So, W USA 3 Vachier-Lagrave, M FRA ½-½ Giri, A NED 4 Caruana, F USA ½-½ Anand, V IND 5 Kramnik, V RUS 1-0 Topalov, V BUL Official Site Round #1: Friday, 9 December 2016London bridges falling down! Three decisive games in […]

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With a recently-concluded World Championship match coronation of Magnus Carlsen, the other elite players will be pawning off in London, England for the last leg of the Grand Chess Tour beginning today, December 9th. The field will feature staple players in these elite events and mostly likely the next contender to challenge Carlsen in 2018. […]

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The Gateway ArchAll photos by Daaim Shabazz (unless otherwise stated) I have been to St. Louis, Missouri many times. In fact, while I was a child, my parents would drive to East St. Louis, Illinois where their parents grew up. It was on this trip that we rode on Route 66 and saw the “Arch” […]

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TIEBREAKSCarlsen beats Karjakin 9-7 to defend crown! Carlsen hoists champion’s trophy.Photo by chess24 After beating Karjakin in Game #10, Magnus Carlsen said that he was able to “break” Sergey Karjakin. It was a pivotal moment of the match as the champion decided that with new life, he would head for the tiebreaks. “The idea was […]

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Game 12: WTF? With tension in the air at the Fulton Market Building, both Carlsen and Karjakin were preparing for a pivotal game in the match. It was, in effect, a “sudden death” match. Many anticipated an epic battle, but were shocked at the outcome. The game lasted less than an hour. Jonathan Tisdall had […]

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Game 11: Another fighting draw! Carlsen-Karjakin will go the distance. Another Ruy Lopez…. the theoretical theme of the match! This match has had its share of twists and turns and the penultimate round was no different. A Ruy Lopez repeated from Game #2, the game took on a type of classical feel with all the […]

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Game 10: We have a match!!Carlsen gets the equalizer after Karjakin breaks! Anticipation was high before the 10th game of the World Chess Championship. There were many questions being asked before today’s game. What would be the strategy for Magnus Carlsen? What opening would he play? Would he be under pressure to win with white? […]

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Game 9: Carlsen at the brink… holds for another day VG's sport front page today #vgsjakk pic.twitter.com/thoeOW6lhh — Jon Ludvig Hammer (@gmjlh) November 23, 2016 “The King’s Choice: A Chess Drama” In Norway, five million people have been staying up late at night following the championship match featuring their native son Magnus Carlsen and Russian […]

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Game 8: Karjakin shocks Carlsen… goes up +1! The Trump analogies will start flying again if Sergey Karjakin wins the ongoing championship match. Karjakin stormed to victory today in a tense, yet error-filled game. Magnus Carlsen pressed with white in an unbalanced position, had an edge, misjudged the position and later blundered. Karjakin got confident […]

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Game 7: Draw… Fischer’s ghost stirring Today was another short game, but the players granted a longer press conference. Some of the questions asked have been rather off-putting, but today packed room enjoyed a bit of levity and good cheer from the players. Perhaps this is an effort to stay loose for what will be […]

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Game 6: Calm draw before pending storm While outsiders may look at the score of the ongoing championship match, they would say that it seems to lack action because no one is scoring wins. If one could, for one moment, think of this match like a 12-round boxing bout where each boxer is judged on […]

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Game 5: Another draw, but momentum to Karjakin! Is Carlsen becoming unraveled? Photo by Peter Doggers (chess.com) Magnus Carlsen started a social media trend #Trumpowsky with his first round 1.d4 Bg5 2.Bg5. When asked if the opening had to do with the election victory of Donald Trump, he said, “A little bit.” Well… the next […]

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Game 4: Karjakin: Minister of Defense! Superlatives were bandied about to describe Sergey Karjakin’s defensive prowess after holding Magnus Carlsen in a 94-move bout. Peter Doggers of chess.com quipped that Vladimir Putin should hire him as “Minister of Defense” after which Karjakin said (with a wry smile) he’d be honored. Certainly Karjakin was glad to […]

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Game 3: Battle Royale! Video by World Chess (Facebook). After two rather humdrum affairs in Carlsen-Karjakin match, the third round of the World Championship match had about as many twists and turns as … you guessed it … a roller coaster. While the cliche was a bit overused in social media, it was certain an […]

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WCC signposts outside of Fulton Market.Photo by Albert Silver The match continued today with a regularity that only chess players would recognized. The initial pre-tournament excitement has worn off only to be replaced by the excitement of the twists and turns of the match. What would it be today? Sergey Karjakin was playing white, but […]

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