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Happened Today in the Chess World - Sep 22, 2023

Added on 09.22.2023

THE SWISS SYSTEM GM Yannick Pelletier - Photo: Niklesh Jain / chessbaseindia - Source: Today is the birthday of Grandmaster Yannick Pelletier, born in Biel, Switzerland, on September 22, 1976. Yannick is a six-time National Champion between 1995 and 2017. Pelletier has been the first Swiss to get a rating over 2600, with his best of 2624 elo points in January 2003. He is one of the most appreciated commentators, and Yannick obtained a prestigious victory over Magnus Carlsen in...Full Story

Case closed

Added on 09.22.2023

IM Malcolm Pein September 19, 2023   TO THE general relief of the chess world, the lawsuit between world number one Magnus Carlsen and the American GM Hans Niemann has been settled. The terms have not been disclosed. Niemann sued Carlsen last October, after the then world champion appeared to accuse him of cheating, following his defeat at Niemann’s hands at the Sinquefield Cup. Carlsen withdrew from the tournament the following day. then weighed in with a dossier alleging...Full Story

Happened Today in the Chess World - Sep 21, 2023

Added on 09.21.2023

THE BRIGHTEST STAR IN THE PLEIADES Paul Rudolf von Bilguer  Source: Today, we remember Paul Rudolf von Bilguer, born in Ludwigslust, Germany, on September 21, 1815. Lieutenant of the Prussian army, he left the service to write the first real Chess encyclopedia, that is the "Handbuch des schachspiel." He could not finish his masterpiece because of his premature death when he was only 25 years old. His work was finished by Tassilo von der Lasa, another member...Full Story

Kasparov back in action

Added on 09.21.2023

IM Malcolm Pein September 19, 2023   GARRY Kasparov made a rare return to the board earlier this month at the Saint Louis Chess Club and led after the first day of the 2023 Champions Showdown: Chess 9LX (Chess960 or Fischer Random). The 13th world champion scored excellent victories over Wesley So and Ray Robson and drew with Hikaru Nakamura to end the day in clear first place with 2.5/3. Thereafter, the 13th world champion faded and ended eighth in the 10-player all-play-all, as Sam...Full Story

Happened Today in the Chess World - Sep 20, 2023

Added on 09.20.2023

FRIEND FRITZ Praga 1942: Cenek Kottnauer-Friedrich Sämisch  Photo: British Chess News - Source: Today, we remember Grandmaster Friedrich (Fritz) Sämisch, born in Charlottenburg, Germany, on September 20, 1896. Fritz was German champion in 1920 and Austrian Champion in 1921. He was one of the first chess professionals.  Famous is his "lucky" 1929 win over Capablanca in Karlsbad. Sämisch has tied his name to two important opening variations: one in the East Indian and the second...Full Story

Never give up

Added on 09.20.2023

IM Malcolm Pein September 20, 2023   OCCASIONALLY, the maxim “never give up” pays dividends, even at the top level. Black is comprehensively outplayed right from the opening but hangs in before swindling the 2021 world title challenger in this online game. In opposite-bishop middlegames, it’s the side with the more active pieces and more potent bishop who usually prevails; a pawn or two does not always matter. I Nepomniachtchi – V Fedoseev Julius Baer Cup Division 2 Petroff...Full Story

Happened Today in the Chess World - Sep 19, 2023

Added on 09.19.2023

THIRTY FOR TER GM Samvel Ter-Sahakyan - Source: Today is the birthday of GM Samvel Ter-Sahakyan, born in Vanadzor, Armenia, on September 19, 1993. Samvel is one of the strongest players in Armenia. He won the World Championship U10 in 2003, the European Championship U18 in 2009, and the World Championship U18 in 2011.  Ter-Sahakyan won the Armenian Championship in 2020. His peak rating was 2645, reached in 2021. Levon Babujian (2474)-Samvel Ter Sahakyan (2569), Yerevan (campionato...Full Story

England’s top team

Added on 09.19.2023

IM Malcolm Pein September 19, 2023   THE England Women’s team for the European Team Championships to be staged at Budva in Montenegro this November has been announced. The squad is the strongest ever assembled since England’s women secured bronze medals at the European Team Championships in 1997 and 2001. IM Jovanka Houska 2340; IM Harriet Hunt 2316; WIM Lan Yao 2315; WGM Katarzyna Toma 2224; FM Akshaya Kalaiyalahan 2168; Captain GM Stuart Conquest. At the last European Team...Full Story

Happened Today in the Chess World - Sep 18, 2023

Added on 09.18.2023

THE TALENT OF TASHKENT Nodirbek Abdusattorov - Photo: Maria Emelianova Today is the birthday of GM Nodirbek Abdusattorov, born in Tashkent, Uzbekistan, on September 18, 2004. Nodirbek was the World Champion Under 8 in 2012 and defeated a GM when he was nine years old.  Abdusattorov became a GrandMaster at 13. In 2021, he won the World Rapid Championship in Varsavia, and in 2022, he unexpectedly led his country team to win the Olympiad in Chennai, India, winning the Silver medal on board...Full Story

Pillsbury’s play

Added on 09.18.2023

IM Malcolm Pein September 18, 2023   ALEXANDER Grischuk triumphed at the Tata Steel India Blitz Open in Kolkata. The Russian world number 18 racked up a healthy 12/18, losing only once to Arjun Erigaisi, while defeating the Indian’s compatriots, Vidit Gujrathi, Dommaraju Gukesh and Rameshbabu Praggnanandhaa, as well as Vincent Keymer and the winner of the Rapid event, which preceded the Blitz, Maxime Vachier-Lagrave.   Nodirbek Abdusattorov and Praggnanandhaa tied for second, a...Full Story

Great players are hard to beat

Added on 09.17.2023

IM Malcolm Pein September 17, 2023   “Great players are hard to beat” is a well-worn cliché. From time to time, one comes across an example of what that means in practice. Fabiano Caruana was faced with elimination from the World Cup at the hands of Leinier Dominguez. The world number two defended superbly in a lost endgame. L Dominguez – F Caruana   var viewer = new CHESS.PgnViewer({ pgn_uri: '', piece_set:...Full Story


Added on 09.16.2023

IM Malcolm Pein September 16, 2023   IDEAS to counter Queens Pawn systems with a Bishop on f4 or g5 are a key part of any aspiring player’s repertoire or that of the casual player online, since so many players like to open with the London System, the Torre Attack, or a variant of either. A counter-attacking option is to try and exploit the early departure of the white Bishop from the queenside, either by harassing it or trying to exchange it for the king’s knight. 1.d4 Nf6 2.Bg5 c6...Full Story

Levitov Chess Week

Added on 09.15.2023

The second Levitov Chess Week presents 10 Super-GMs on the starting blocks: GM Viswanathan Anand GM Levon Aronian GM Daniil Dubov GM Boris Gelfand GM Alexander Grischuk GM Vladimir Kramnik GM Shakhriyar Mamedyarov GM Ian Nepomniachtchi GM Wesley So GM Peter Svidler The event starts on September 22 in Amsterdam, Netherlands. Here is the schedule: Date Round Time Sep 22, 2023 1 9:00 AM ET   2 10:00 AM ET   3 11:00 AM...Full Story

Happened Today in the Chess World - Sep 15, 2023

Added on 09.15.2023

LUNATIC Praga 2019: GM Peter Michalik Photo: Vladimir Jagr - Source: Today is GM Peter Michalik's birthday, born in Bojnice, Slovakia, on September 15, 1990. Three times Slovak champion, in 2017, Michalik placed second - tied with Luke Mcshane - in the European Blitz Championship, behind Sergey Zhigalko.  In 2023 Michalik participated in the FIDE World Cup, losing to Ivanisevic. Michalik reached his peak rating in 2020 with a respectable 2605 points. On the online chess...Full Story

A fine swindle

Added on 09.15.2023

IM Malcolm Pein September 15, 2023   MAXIME Vachier-Lagrave was the winner of the 5th Tata Steel India Rapid at Kolkata, remaining undefeated to score 7/9 against a 2700+ rated field. The Indian top five, Vishy Anand excepted, were involved, as well as former Candidates Alexander Grischuk of Russia and Azeri number one Teimour Radjabov. The Frenchman finished a full 1.5 points clear of Rajdabov. Even if he had not pulled off this fine swindle, MVL would still have won the...Full Story

Happened Today in the Chess World - Sep 14, 2023

Added on 09.14.2023

THE COUNTER-GAMBIT MAN Adolf Albin - source: @olimpiuurcan Today, we remember Master Adolf Albin, who was born in Bucharest, Romania, on September 14, 1848  Albin got his best result in New York in 1893, placing second behind Emanuel Lasker. He is wrongly considered a second-tier player; in his career, he defeated monsters such as Steinitz, Pillsbury, Tarrasch, Janowski, Teichmann, and Blackburne.  Albin is the author of the first chess book in Romanian, and his name being famous in the...Full Story

Carlsen’s cruise control

Added on 09.14.2023

IM Malcolm Pein September 14, 2023   MAGNUS Carlsen’s winning streak continued, as he defeated Alireza Firouzja in the final of the Julius Baer Generation Cup to secure his third victory on the $2 million Champions Tour and augment his winnings with the $30,000 first prize. Carlsen is odds on favourite to win the Champions Chess Tour a third time at the concluding event in Toronto in December where his opponents will include Hikaru Nakamura, Nodirbek Abdusattorov, Fabiano Caruana, and...Full Story

Happened Today in the Chess World - Sep 13, 2023

Added on 09.13.2023

EL SANTO HAPPY BIRTHDAY - GM Marco Santo-Roman  Source: Today, we celebrate the birthday of GM Marc Santo-Roman, who was born in Toulouse, France, on September 13, 1960. He was three times Champion of France (1990, 1991, and 1994) and represented his country in three Chess Olympiads. Santo-Roman got his peak rating in 1991, with 2500 ELO points. During his career, he got a draw with the great Kasparov in the 1997 U17 World Championship and a win over Spassky in the 1992 French...Full Story

Dynamite from Divya

Added on 09.13.2023

IM Malcolm Pein September 13, 2023   THERE was a major upset in the Tata Steel Chess India Women’s Rapid in Kolkata, as the lowest-rated player, Indian WGM Divya Deshmukh, triumphed with 7/9 to edge out women’s world champion Ju Wenjun by half a point. Divya, 17, was a late replacement and started well. 3/3 on the second day left her the clear leader on 5.5/6. She suffered her first defeat against Polina Shuvalova in the penultimate round but recovered to outplay compatriot and...Full Story

Happened Today in the Chess World - Sep 12, 2023

Added on 09.12.2023

THE GENIUS OF THE ABSURD HAPPY BIRTHDAY! Chess Olympiad in Salonicco, 1988: GM Constantin Ionescu (Brasov 12/09/1958) Photo: Archiv Jacoby Source: Today is GM Constantin Ionescu's Birthday. He was born in Brasov, Romania, on September 12, 1958. In his career, he's been eight times on the podium of the Romanian Championship: First, tied with Mihail Marin in 1999, he then got four second places and three bronze medals. Between 1986 and 2000, Ionescu participated in eight...Full Story

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