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Aleksandra Goryachkina Twenty-year old Aleksandra Goryachkina won the Women’s Candidates tournament with a dominating performance and finally bringing to fruition her prodigious world championship potential. Since coming on the scene as a young prodigy she has turned in stellar performances winning three age world titles and the Girls World Junior in 2013 and 2014. She […]

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Former World Champion Veselin Topalov with Daaim Shabazz in Abidjan, Cote d’Ivoire. Photo by The Chess Drum. Veselin Topalov has seen a thing or two in chess. Known as a tremendous fighter and the master of the exchange sacrifice, he has playing many a scintillating game. However, he is a bit more relaxed and is […]

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IM Kassa Korley International Master Kassa Korley has been on a path since earning his first GM norm last June. Korley’s quest for the 2500 FIDE Elo rating took a setback after a 5.5/9 finish at the Bay Area International. A month later, he landed in Lisbon for the 2018 Open Portugal tournament with renewed […]

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The 2018 World Rapid and Blitz Championships ended a couple of weeks ago. World Champion Magnus Carlsen was in the field facing many of the elite players. It is his first event since successfully defending his title against Fabiano Caruana. While he lost his rapid title, he totally dominated the blitz event with a +13 […]

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The first super tournament will kick off in 2019 with the ever-popular Tata Steel Chess festival featuring some of the world’s top players. World Champion Magnus Carlsen will defend his title against 11 other aspirants including five others in the top 10. Santosh Vidit of India graduated into the Masters group after winning the Challengers […]

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Only a month after the World Championship (classical) was decided, the 2018 Rapid & Blitz was held in St. Petersburg to determine the world championship in the two disciplines. Indeed the raging debate on how to determine a classical World Champion to include rapid and blitz tiebreakers has its merits, but of course the main […]

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GM Pontus CarlssonPhoto by Daaim Shabazz GM Pontus Carlsson has been a regular on the Drum during the latter part of 2018 after launching his “ChessBiz” initiative and appearing on the Perpetual Podcast recently. He closes out the year competing in the World Rapid and Blitz Championships currently being held in St. Petersburg, Russia. This […]

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According to his latest podcast interview at Perpetual Chess, Pontus Carlsson has been busy lately. You may have seen him in a photo with Magnus Carlsen during the World Championship in London, but he has been promoting his “Business meets Chess & Kids” tour for the past year. GM Pontus Carlsson promoting his vision in […]

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In the aftermath of a successful hosting of the World Chess Championship that saw Magnus Carlsen defend his crown, the city of London is getting another gem of an event in the London Chess Classic. Fabiano Caruana is back in action after a valiant fight against Carlsen, losing in tiebreaks. This is the last tournament […]

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GM Pontus Carlsson in New Orleans with participantsin “Business Meets Chess & Kids” program GM Pontus Carlsson returned to Perpetual Podcast with FM Ben Johnson to get an update on his recent activities and his ongoing initiative. He was recently in New Orleans “The Big Easy” to visit the hometown (and home) of Paul Morphy […]

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2018 World Chess ChampionshipHolborn, London, England (November 9th-28th) Tiebreaks   1 2 3 4 pts. Carlsen 1 1 1 – 3 Caruana 0 0 0 – 0 Match Score: 9-6 (6-6, 3-0) Magnus Carlsen, World Champion 2018 World Chess Championship: TIEBREAKS Wednesday, 28 November 2018 Magnus Carlsen retains world title! Chess fans and commentators were […]

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2018 World Chess ChampionshipHolborn, London, England (November 9th-28th) Game 12 Caruana ½-½ Carlsen Match Score: 6-6 Official Site: https://worldchess.com/ 2018 World Chess Championship: Game 12 Monday, 26 November 2018 Carlsen faces scathing criticism after offering draw in better position.The title will be decided via tiebreaks! Carlsen offered a draw in this position. Notice the times […]

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2018 World Chess ChampionshipHolborn, London, England (November 9th-28th) Game 11 Carlsen ½-½ Caruana Match Score: 5½-5½ Official Site: https://worldchess.com/ 2018 World Chess Championship: Game 11 Saturday, 24 November 2018 Match still drawn after 11 games… Will tomorrow bring us a fierce battle or peaceful draw?? Today was a slow day and had the fans and […]

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2018 Women’s World Chess ChampionshipNovember 8th-28th, 2018 (Khanty-Mansiysk, Russia) FINAL (Ju Wenjun vs. Kateryna Lagno)   Flag 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 pts. Ju 0 ½ ½ 1 ½ ½ 1 1 – – – 4½ Lagno 1 ½ ½ 0 ½ ½ 0 0 – – – 2½ […]

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2018 World Chess ChampionshipHolborn, London, England (November 9th-28th) Game 10 Caruana ½-½ Carlsen Match Score: 5-5 Official Site: https://worldchess.com/ 2018 World Chess Championship: Game 10 Thursday, 22 November 2018 Brutal battle in London… neither side breaks Fabiano Caruana pondering after 21…b5!Photo by World Chess. Everyone weighed in on the fascinating battle at The College in […]

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2018 World Chess ChampionshipHolborn, London, England (November 9th-28th) Game 9 Carlsen ½-½ Caruana Match Score: 4½-4½ Official Site: https://worldchess.com/ 2018 World Chess Championship: Game 9 Wednesday, 21 November 2018 A record 9th draw with three remaining…games, not draws Carlsen was the subject of jokes and puns after tweeting a selfie of his black eye from […]

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2018 World Chess ChampionshipHolborn, London, England (November 9th-28th) Game 8 Caruana ½-½ Carlsen 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 Women’s World Chess ChampionshipNovember 8th-28th, 2018 (Khanty-Mansiysk, Russia) FINAL (Ju Wenjun vs. Kateryna Lagno)   Flag 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 pts. Ju 0 ½ ½ 1 ½ ½ 1 1 – – – 4½ Lagno 1 ½ ½ 0 ½ ½ 0 0 – – – 2½ […]

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