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2018 World Chess ChampionshipHolborn, London, England (November 9th-28th) Game 8 Carlsen ½-½ Caruana Match Score: 4-4 Official Site: https://worldchess.com/ 2018 World Chess Championship: Game 8 Monday, 19 November 2018 Caruana misses another opportunity… 12 draws? The press room was buzzing after Fabiano Caruana was pondering over his 21st move. Then it happened… After 34 minutes […]

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2018 World Chess ChampionshipHolborn, London, England (November 9th-28th) Game 7 Carlsen ½-½ Caruana Match Score: 3½-3½ Official Site: https://worldchess.com/ 2018 World Chess Championship: Game 7 Sunday, 18 November 2018 Another draw… black is still good! Todays’ battle in Holburn, London certainly didn’t create a “Fire on Board,” but there is still a psychological battle going […]

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Play resumes today after a much-analyzed ending in game 6. The chess world was astounded by the complex ending and its intricacies were featured on multiple websites (See Danny King’s on site analysis). The lesson from that game is that there is such a small margin for error that even in calm positions there may […]

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2018 World Chess ChampionshipHolborn, London, England (November 9th-28th) Game 6 Carlsen ½-½ Caruana Match Score: 3-3 Official Site: https://worldchess.com/ 2018 World Chess Championship: Game 6 Friday, 16 November 2018 Carlsen reeling… Caruana misses mate in 36! No one knows why Fabiano Caruana didn’t see 68…Bh4!! with mate in 36 moves. It may be because he’s […]

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2018 World Chess ChampionshipHolborn, London, England (November 9th-28th) Game 5 Caruana ½-½ Carlsen Match Score: 2½-2½ Official Site: https://worldchess.com/ 2018 World Chess Championship: Game 5 Wednesday, 14 November 2018 Caruana misses with “Wing Gambit” After the second rest day, it was clear that playtime was over. We were going to see some swingin’… that’s exactly […]

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2018 World Chess ChampionshipHolborn, London, England (November 9th-28th) Game 4 Caruana ½-½ Carlsen Match Score: 2-2 Official Site: https://worldchess.com/ 2018 World Chess Championship: Game 4 Tuesday, 13 November 2018 “Screen Gate” dominates match news The main story of the fourth game of the Carlsen-Caruana match was not the 34-move draw, that occurred, but a video […]

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2018 World Chess ChampionshipHolborn, London, England (November 9th-28th) Game 3 Caruana ½-½ Carlsen Match Score: 1½-1½ Official Site: https://worldchess.com/ 2018 World Chess Championship: Game 3 Monday, 12 November 2018 Caruana gets nothing against Sicilian… another draw Weather has been awful in London since the match began, but hopefully there would be some light shone on […]

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2018 World Chess ChampionshipHolborn, London, England (November 9th-28th) Game 2 Carlsen ½-½ Caruana Match Score: 1-1 Official Site: https://worldchess.com/ 2018 World Chess Championship: Game 2 Saturday, 10 November 2018 Carlsen struggles, but holds draw Grinding chess. That may be the new term to describe what’s going on in Holburn. Both Magnus Carlsen and Fabiano Caruana […]

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2018 World Chess ChampionshipHolborn, London, England (November 9th-28th) Game 1 Caruana ½-½ Carlsen Match Score: ½-½ Official Site: https://worldchess.com/ 2018 World Chess Championship: Game 1 Friday, 9 November 2018 Match already intense after 115-move draw The first game of the 2018 World Championship match between defending World Champion Magnus Carlsen and Fabiano Caruana was officially […]

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2018 World Chess ChampionshipHolborn, London, England (November 9th-28th)   1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 pts. Carlsen ½ ½ ½ ½ ½ ½ ½ ½ – – – – 4 Caruana ½ ½ ½ ½ ½ ½ ½ ½ – – – – 4 Official Site: https://worldchess.com/ Dear Chess […]

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The World Chess Championship will begin tomorrow in Holburn, London featuring World Champion Magnus Carlsen and challenger Fabiano Caruana, the #1 and #2 players in the world, respectively. While Carlsen is the favorite and has been the champion for five years, many pundits have given Caruana a fighting chance to win the crown. Many have […]

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When Orrin Hudson informed The Chess Drum of the passing of James E. Gwyn, Sr., he recounted the mentorship that he received from the New Jersey resident. Gwyn was months shy of his 88th birthday. A U.S.C.F. Life Master, Gwyn had not played in a chess tournament since 2007, but still enjoyed playing and teaching […]

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FUNERAL SERVICES FOR PETER SIMON ROBERTS (January 18, 1952 – August 9, 2018) Funeral Information Unity Funeral Home Harlem, New York, USA 126th Street and 8th Avenue Thursday, September 6, 2018 Viewing: 5pm to 6pm (service afterwards) Recently, it was announced on Facebook Chess Connections that Peter Roberts had passed away. After friends noticed he […]

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Graphics courtesy of Spectrum Studios In a first result of its kind, the 2018 Sinquefield Cup ends in a tie… a three-way tie at that. Fabiano Caruana had led the tournament for several rounds, but was caught at the finish line by Levon Aronian and Magnus Carlsen who both won their games in thrilling fashion. […]

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With the Chess Olympiad and the World Championship coming up this fall, the Sinquefield Cup will round out the summer’s last Grand Tour event before the London Chess Classic in December. The London event will follow the Championship which is also held in London and will feature two of the GCT participants, World Champion Magnus […]

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We have lost another legend, a sage, a walking library, legal scholar and an avowed chess enthusiast. George Neves Leighton has passed away on June 6, 2018 at the age of 105 at Veteran’s Hospital in his home state of Massachusetts. The cause was pneumonia. He practiced law in the state of Illinois until the […]

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Paperback: $35.00TO ORDER NOW… CLICK HERE! FM Sunil Weeramantry’s reputation precedes him. The famed scholastic coach has gained his notoriety by his writings and coaching a generation of chess players including his stepson, Grandmaster Hikaru Nakamura. Years ago he authored the popular Best Lessons of A Chess Coach which has become a staple for chess […]

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More than 1,000 players and a few hundred spectators came to the Downtown Marriott in Philadelphia to compete in the 46th World Open. As much as journalists struggle with correctly writing the name of “Illya Nyzhnyk,” they will have plenty of practice after his topping the field at the 2018 World Open. The recent Webster […]

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The 46th edition of the World Open is currently taking place in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania the iconic home of the tournament. While the final count is unknown, the tournament typically draws about 1300 competitors from around the country and world. Philly’s newly-unveiled emancipation exhibit Some interesting new sites around Philadelphia. The Uber driver pointed out the […]

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Duke alumnus Kassa Korley went back to his stomping grounds to take a shot at a GM norm. Since his graduation the the Raleigh-Durham campus a few years ago, Korley has been seeking invitationals, both at home and in Europe. The New York native currently plays under the Danish flag, the home of his paternal […]

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The Chicago Open has become a marquee tournament in its 27-year history and the 2018 edition was about exciting as any of the previous tournaments. The tournament is traditionally held in eight sections with the Open Section drawing the “big guns.” GM Aleksandr ShimanovPhoto courtesy of SPICE (Paul Truong) A field of 128 players (28 […]

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One of the marquee tournaments starts today in Wheeling, Illinois a quiet town just outside of Chicago. The Chicago Open is in its 27th year and once drew the likes of Hikaru Nakamura and top tier players from overseas. These days the tournament is a hot ticket for hungry norm seekers, top scholastic players and […]

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Herminio Baez On yesterday I received the unfortunate news that Herminio Baez, Jr. passed away on Wednesday morning May 2nd. He was 63. The proud chess-playing father left was survived by his loving soul mate of 38 years Daniella Baez, four children including his three sons Antonio, Steven, Chris and daughter Maya. He also had […]

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FM Justus WilliamsPhoto by Daaim Shabazz FM Justus Williams of Webster University has spent the semester abroad in Thailand at the satellite campus. He is finishing his second year and appears to be having a great time thus far. He told me back in February, “Thailand has been great so far. I really like it. […]

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America is on fire once again. Another death of an unarmed man at the hand of police officers has evoked nationwide protests. In that aftermatch of numerous similar incidents, organizations are attempting to affect change to prevent these types of tragedies from recurring. Chicago’s David Heiser of Renaissance Knights Chess Foundation has launched one such […]

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