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Arica, Chile! - An article by GM Alex Yermolinsky

Added on 01.13.2019

You know how you asked to choose a security question when you make an account online? One of the options is often, “what is the country you'd like to visit the most?” I chose that one with the answer, “Chile”. It took me until December 2018 to make my dream come true. As usual it was my long-time friend Alex Shabalov who made it possible. Alex played in the same tournament a couple of years ago, and when the organizers asked him to come back he mentioned my name. In case you wonder what makes...Full Story

Tata Steel 2019

Added on 01.11.2019

It's the 81st time that the best players in the world gather in a little town situated in the north of the Netherlands, to cross bishops and knights and have the famous pea soup when the war is over. It's not a tournament with big bucks for the winners if compared with other events, yet Wijk Aan Zee remains the most important tournament of the year. Every year, in January, when it's as cold as it can get up there, the like of Carlsen, Kramnik, Mamedyarov, and all the elite of chess move to the...Full Story

ICC First Weekend Showdown - January 2019

Added on 01.06.2019

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, January Weekend Showdown cash prize tournament was held January 5, at 2:00 PM (EDT) - BLITZ 3 0 ELEVEN ROUNDS.  We offer cash prizes for the top finishers, as well as ICC membership time and video series giveaways for class winners!  The ICC WEEKEND SHOWDOWN is an occasion to measure your strength against super-strong players and, why not, to win one of...Full Story

London Chess Classic 2018

Added on 12.10.2018

HIKARU NAKAMURA is the winner of the Grand Chess Tour. Analysis by GM Joel Benjamin The final event of the 2018 Grand Chess Tour decided the ultimate winner, Hikaru Nakamura. It made 2018 a remunerative year for Nakamura, as he took home the Tour first prize of $120,000, and a total of $225,000.  Not bad for a year that did not go well at all in Classical Chess for Hikaru. Nakamura’s first-round opponent was Fabiano Caruana, fresh off his frustrating loss in the World Championship...Full Story

GM Joel Benjamin’s analysis of the match AlphaZero vs. StockFish

Added on 12.10.2018

I’ll look into an important phenomenon on the chess landscape, AlphaZero, who just released more match games played against the powerhouse publicly available program, Stockfish. The games were from a private match of 1,000 games that resulted in 155 wins for Alpha Zero, 6 for Stockfish, and 839 draws. The parameters of the match were somewhat arbitrary; AlphaZero played a somewhat older Stockfish 8 version, the allotted time for the competitors was chosen by AlphaZero’s operators, and it’s not...Full Story

Fast & Furious

Added on 12.06.2018

A magnificent view of St. Petersburg at sunset It looks like the chess world is moving fast towards quicker time controls. There is a hunger for rapid and blitz chess. FIDE, the wholly renovated governing body of Chess, with a swift move, moved the Rapid and Blitz chess Championship to St. Petersburg, giving a strong signal. No venues will be allowed if any of the players are denied a Visa to enter the guest country. Such an initiative is a big step ahead, considering that last year one of the...Full Story

World Championship Match 2018

Added on 11.04.2018

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13th SVETOZAR GLIGORIC TRANSATLANTIC CUP

Added on 11.03.2018

The University of Texas at Dallas vs. The University of Belgrade The Internet Chess Club is honored to host, once again, the Gligoric Transatlantic Cup, a chess tournament played on ICC's chess server between The University of Texas at Dallas and The University of Belgrade. The match is scheduled for November the 9th at 12:00 PM (noon) EST.   Download the brochure HERE for all the info and the matchups.

ICC First Weekend Showdown - November 2018

Added on 11.03.2018

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, November Weekend Showdown cash prize tournament was held November 3, at 2:00 PM (EDT) - BLITZ 3 0 NINE ROUNDS - Thematic, with a new initial position for each round.  We offer cash prizes for the top finishers, as well as ICC membership time and video series giveaways for class winners!  The ICC WEEKEND SHOWDOWNS is an occasion to measure your strength...Full Story

CHIHUAHUA!

Added on 10.25.2018

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GM Joel Benjamin’s Final Recap of the 43rd Chess Olympiad

Added on 10.08.2018

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ICC First Weekend Showdown - October 2018

Added on 10.06.2018

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, October Weekend Showdown cash prize tournament was held October 6, at 2:00 PM (EDT) - 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 WEEKEND SHOWDOWN is an occasion to measure your strength against super-strong players and, why not, to win one of...Full Story

Chess Olympiad - One round to go and USA in the lead!

Added on 10.04.2018

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GM Joel Benjamin recaps the first 7 rounds of the Olympiad

Added on 10.01.2018

The Olympiad is heating up, as they have completed round seven today. So far the U.S. is delivering. The top seeds have six match victories with a lone drawn match versus Israel. The stars and stripes have received a bit of a break on the pairings in the last two rounds, beating Bosnia and Herzegovina and Croatia handily, 3.5-.5 and 3-1 respectively. With only four rounds, the Americans have still not faced Russia, China, and Azerbaijan (seeds 2-4), and the way things are shaping up, at least...Full Story

FIDE Chess Olympiad - The first five rounds

Added on 09.28.2018

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Where in the World is the peripatetic GM Timur Gareev?

Added on 09.24.2018

It was a pretty quiet week in the chess world because the Olympiad has been gearing up to start in Batumi, Georgia. Today was the first round, and I’ll have some early highlights, but first, we will travel to Kazan for a tribute to a much-beloved player from history, Rashid Nezhmedinov. Before we get to the proper Nezmedinov Memorial, we will play “where in the world is Timur Gareev?”  GM Timur Gareev in Kazan, 2018 (Photo from Instagram) Answer: tying for first in the rapid tournament...Full Story

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

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