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A star is born

Added on 09.17.2018

This week we will have a look at some of the action from the Champions Showdown in St. Louis, where ten top grandmasters tried their hand at an interesting chess variant. But before I give my two cents about all that, let’s wrap up the World Juniors with a remarkable result from the new champion. GM Parham Maghsoodloo (Iran) Parham Maghsoodloo dominated the World Junior from start to finish.  So impressive was the 17-year-old Iranian that even a loss in the last round to 16-year-old...Full Story

The First Weekend Showdown!

Added on 09.12.2018

Playing Chess over the Net is something that can give you a lot of different feelings: satisfaction, frustration, anger, happiness. One thing is sure: it's a lot of fun and, in a way, it's addicting. Quick Time Controls have taken over, and the vast majority of played games are fast blitz. Now, what's best than sit at your desk, or on your couch, and play a streak of blitz games? And what if among your opponents you can meet a Grandmaster or an International Master? And, last but not least,...Full Story

New York State Chess Championship

Added on 09.05.2018

Lev Paciorkowski America’s longest-running chess tournament – the 140th Annual New York State Championship – was held in Albany from August 31 – September 3. 18-year-old Lev Paciorkowski took clear first with 5 points out of 6. Lev’s formative chess years were spent playing at the Rochester Chess Center and in the Rochester Interscholastic Chess League; now Lev, a Senior Master, attends Rochester Institute of Technology. The last time a Rochester-area resident won the NYS Championship was...Full Story

GM Joel Benjamin recaps the Chess week 09/04/2018

Added on 09.04.2018

Hi, guys! This week I have action from the Russian Championship, and catch you up on some title norms achieved on the West Coast. But first, let me recap the finish from the Sinquefield Cup. There were very few decisive games in the late rounds from St. Louis. Caruana took the lead with a win over Karjakin and held it going into the last round.  Carlsen and Aronian caught him in quite a different style. Carlsen squeezed a win in a probably drawn ending against Nakamura, while Aronian used a...Full Story

ICC First Weekend Showdown - September 2018

Added on 09.02.2018

The Internet Chess Club is excited to announce its new monthly tournament with cash prizes. To be played on the first Saturday of each month, September Weekend Showdown cash prize tournament was held September 2, at 11:00 AM (EST) - BLITZ 3 0 NINE ROUNDS - Chess960 (Fischer Random).  We offer cash prizes for the top finishers, as well as ICC membership time and video series giveaways for class winners!  Starting October, the ICC Weekend Showdown will be held the first SATURDAY of the month, at...Full Story

Two from the Masters - by GM Michael Rohde

Added on 08.27.2018

One of the toughest events on the circuit is the US Masters, held this year from August 17-21 in Greensboro, North Carolina. The 86 competitors included 28 GMs and numerous other titled players. In this article, I present two games, related by the opening and the resulting middlegame themes, in which I faced very tough opposition. In the very first round, I was paired up against GM Kamil Dragun, who was ranked fifth in the entire event. GM Kamil Dragun I tried the Berlin Defense to the Ruy...Full Story

Lenderman Takes Manhattan - an article by GM Michael Rohde

Added on 08.17.2018

GM Aleksandr Lenderman To rave reviews, the Manhattan Open, held August 3-5, moved this year to the luxurious Crowne Plaza on Broadway. The Crowne Plaza offers several floors worth of welcoming shops and restaurants, and with its conference rooms on the 4th floor named Act I, Act II, et seq., or otherwise named after the avenues of Manhattan, it was a fittingly glamorous scene. But any upstart with a dream of glory quickly had their hopes dashed as Aleksandr Lenderman crushed the Open section...Full Story

ICC First Sunday Showdown - August 2018

Added on 08.12.2018

The Internet Chess Club is excited to announce its new monthly tournament with cash prizes. To be played on the first Sunday of each month, August Sunday Showdown cash prize tournament was held August 5, at 11:00 AM (EST) - BLITZ 3 0 NINE ROUNDS.  We offer cash prizes for the top finishers, as well as ICC membership time and video series giveaways for class winners!  The ICC SUNDAY SHOWDOWNS is an occasion to measure your strength against super-strong players and, why not, to win one of many...Full Story

Live Events on ICC August 2018 Calendar

Added on 08.01.2018

        "Here is the August 2018 schedule for ICC TV! Join us this month and become a star on ICC and YouTube!"    - GM John Fedorowicz   08/02 Thursday 12PM GM Alex Yermolinsky GM Yermo recaps the most recent important chess events 08/08 Wednesday 10AM GM Joel Benjamin Banter Blitz! 08/11 Saturday 2PM IM Christof Sielecki SimulMaster!...Full Story

Nepomniachtchi wins Dortmund and Liang is the Junior US Champion

Added on 07.23.2018

Dortmund has traditionally belonged to Vladimir Kramnik.  He had a share of the lead after four rounds, but lost in the fifth, sixth, and nearly again in the seventh round.  Ian Nepomniachtchi won the tournament by a full point at 5-2.  GM Ian Nepomniachtchi As it turned out, he didn’t need the full point in the last round, but he got it in short order against the tough-to-beat German Georg Meier.  We’ll start with a look at that one: your web browser and/or your host do not support...Full Story

The US won the World Chess Senior Team Championship!

Added on 07.18.2018

  GM Joel Benjamin sporting his two gold medals and the ICC t-shirt GM Joel Benjamin analyzes some of the games from Dresden GM Alex Yermolinsky's report from Dresden The U.S. team made a successful journey to Dresden, Germany and scooped up the gold medals in the 50+ division. For a lot of the players, it was about getting the old gang back together.  In my long chess career, nothing has provided me with more pride and pleasure than representing my country in Olympic events,...Full Story

World Team Championship 50+ & 65+ 2018

Added on 07.09.2018

The Internet Chess Club is the proud sponsor of the U.S. Team at the World Chess Team Championship being played in Dresden, Germany. This year there is a record in participation: over 580 chess players and 127 teams are competing compete to obtain the title “World Champion” in the categories 50+, 65+ and in the women's section. The U.S. team, in the 50+ section, WON the World Championship! FINAL STANDINGS Our collaborators GM Joel Benjamin and GM Alex Yermolinsky kept us posted about...Full Story

GM Joel’s Chess Week Recap - a 12-yo GM

Added on 07.02.2018

This week I have action from the recently completed Karen Asrian Memorial and the ongoing Russian Higher League, but first let’s catch up on earlier events, including a milestone for a young Indian boy. Indian GM Praggnanandhaa Praggnanandhaa has narrowly missed Sergey Karjakin’s record as the youngest Grandmaster ever, notching his third and final GM norm in the Gredine Open in Italy.  The 12-year-old clinched the result with an eighth-round victory over Luca Moroni, which I will show in a...Full Story

Live Events on ICC July 2018 Calendar

Added on 07.01.2018

        "Here is the July 2018 schedule for ICC TV! Join us this month and become a star on ICC and YouTube!"    - GM Alex Yermolinsky   07/07 Saturday 2PM IM Christof Sielecki SimulMaster! 07/12 Thursday 4PM GM Ronen Har-Zvi Time Odds 07/19 Thursday 12PM GM Alex Yermolinsky GM Yermo recaps the most recent important chess events 07/21 Saturday 2PM GM...Full Story

ICC First Sunday Showdown

Added on 06.20.2018

The Internet Chess Club is excited to announce its new monthly tournament with cash prizes. To be played on the first Sunday of each month, we'll host our first Sunday Showdown cash prize tournament on July 1, 11:00 AM (EST) - BLITZ 3 0 NINE ROUNDS.  We'll offer cash prizes for the top finishers, as well as ICC membership time and video series giveaways for class winners!  The ICC SUNDAY SHOWDOWNS is an occasion to measure your strength against super-strong players and, why not, to win one of...Full Story

9 Chess Principles You Can Apply to Your Life

Added on 06.16.2018

Chess is a beautiful game that is considered by many an art and a sport. It’s also one of the oldest games in human history. As chess players learn and refine their chess principles through time, certain patterns begin to emerge. Chess principles often mimic life and offer valuable insights. Consider the following for a more strategic lifestyle: 1. Aim at the center. Aiming at the center of the board invites early confrontation to occupy important squares. In life, you must occupy your own...Full Story

11th Mumbai Mayor’s International Chess Tournament 2018

Added on 06.13.2018

Tajikistan’s Farrukh lifts the 11th Mumbai Mayor’s Cup [From Left to Right]  GM Amonatov Farrukh , A Category Winner, Vithhal Madhav, Secretary, Mumbai Suburban District Chess Federation, Ravindra Dongre, Organising Secretary, Bharatsingh Chauhan, Secretary, All India Chess Federation, V Anantharaman , Chief Arbiter and Nagesh G (in white), Treasurer, Mumbai City Chess Association at the Prize distribution ceremony of the  11th Mumbai Mayor’s International Chess Tournament 2018, Sponsored by...Full Story

14th EDAMI Scholastic Tournament

Added on 06.07.2018

Saturday, June the 2nd, in Barcelona, Spain, 270 kids crossed their pieces over the board for the XIV edition of the EDAMI scholastic chess tournament. It's been a success, with the famous GM Miguel Illescas - EDAMI's director - there to cheer up the kids and give them the prizes. The playing hall   GM Miguel Illescas ICC was there! The Internet Chess Club, in its continued involvement with scholastic chess, contributed with one-year free accounts to all the children. The young...Full Story

GM Joel recaps Altibox Norway Chess Tournament first six rounds

Added on 06.04.2018

GM Joel Benjamin There’s a lot of action in the chess world this week.  I’ll visit the French League Top 12, and the prestigious Karpov Poikovsky Cup.  But I’ll start with the feature event, Altibox Norway Chess. Norway started with Magnus Carlsen getting the better of one American rival, Fabiano Caruana, and has just seen a stars and stripes revenge with Wesley So taking down Carlsen to grab a share of the lead.   The players have played uneven numbers of games, and some of them won’t...Full Story

Live Events on ICC June 2018 Calendar

Added on 06.01.2018

        "Here is the June 2018 schedule for ICC TV! Join us this month and become a star on ICC and YouTube!"    - GM Joel Benjamin   06/02 Saturday 2PM IM Christof Sielecki SimulMaster! 06/08 Friday 12PM GM Alex Yermolinsky GM Yermo recaps the Norway Chess Tournament 2018 06/10 Sunday 7PM GM David Smerdon Banter Blitz 06/15 Friday 4PM GM Ronen...Full Story

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