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Counter-intuitive Thinking!

Added on 01.29.2020

With this new feat, GM Davorin Kuljasevic decided to do something slightly different. In his previous courses, Davorin explained how to play in Closed Positions and how to improve one's Calculation skills. Both courses, which had great success, were based on the "canonic" way of thinking. Our GM explained ideas and principles on how to play certain types of positions. In this innovative course, GM Kuljasevic will look at the exceptions to the rules. He is going to show you solutions to problems...Full Story

Fabiano!

Added on 01.26.2020

What a ride! GM Fabiano Caruana from the US, with an almost unbelievable score of 7 wins, 6 draws, and zero losses, won the prestigious Tata Steel Master 2020. In the last round, despite having already conquered the title, Fabiano went all out with Black and defeated a stunned Artemiev. Artemiev's resilience allowed him to play on, trying to calculate all the possible continuations. Still, Fabiano had all of it worked out, and the Black King's walk finished when eventually Caruana was able to...Full Story

Tata 2020 - Three to go!

Added on 01.22.2020

The King smirks in the background, as Alireza and Jeffery Xiong play - Photo by Alina L'Ami It looks like the lion came out of his den. Magnus ET Carlsen, after drawing too many games - seven for the record - decided it was time to show once again his colleagues who's the boss. In round 9, Magnus had Black against the wonder of the event, Iran Alireza Firouzja. Socials were taken away by expectancy for this game. Still, the champ destroyed his young opponent with apparent ease, and his...Full Story

Tata Steel 2020

Added on 01.10.2020

It's a tradition: January is the month of one of the most awaited and strong tournaments of the year: The Tata Steel Masters. And, traditionally, it takes place in the small town in the north of the Netherlands Wijk aan Zee. This otherwise godforsaken village is situated north-west of Amsterdam, on the North sea. In this season, it's likely to be freezing up there, despite the climate change. But starting tomorrow, for two weeks, this remote small town will be the center of the action, with...Full Story

Make the Right Decisions!

Added on 01.09.2020

GM Misa Pap   GM Misa Pap is a new contributor to the Internet Chess Club. Grandmaster since 2011, Misa has been a chess coach for 20+ years, and now he's decided to put all his invaluable experience into a brand new exciting video series! Make the right Decisions in Critical Positions! What does that mean? Isn't every move in chess a "decision"? Yes, of course! But some moves in certain positions are more critical. Typically, these vital moments happen in the middle game, which is one of...Full Story

Triple Crown Again!

Added on 12.30.2019

Happy New Year, Chess Fans! He did it again. If we don't consider the "fake chess," with the pieces randomly placed over the first two ranks, Magnus Carlsen owns all the titles a chessplayer can win. In the last five days, Magnus added to his already fantastic showcase two more World titles: Rapid and Blitz. Now he's again the owner of all the titles and the highest-rated player in the three categories.  Most people, when it comes to the end of a year, wish that the new one will be better...Full Story

Nepo strikes in Jerusalem!

Added on 12.22.2019

Ian Nepomnaichtchi of Russia is the winner of the last leg of the FIDE Grand Prix Series, played in Jerusalem, Israel, from December 12 to 22. Besides raising his earning to $29,000 in the series, and much more importantly, with this result Ian secured his seat at the Candidates' Tournament. In the semi-finals, Ian defeated his closest rival for a place in the Candidates'; Maxime-Vachier-Lagrave now is the favorite to get the wild-card, but he can't be 100% sure about his participation in the...Full Story

GM Marian Petrov - Attack the King!

Added on 12.14.2019

GM Marian Petrov, from Bulgaria, is a new ICC contributor. He's not new at making video courses for people who want to learn and improve the game. His first video course for the Internet Chess club is "Attacking Chess" or "Attack the King!". In the video lessons, you'll see a lot of different ways to attack the enemy's King: combinations, checkmates, sacrifices, and in general, you'll learn how to attack your opponent's forces in different circumstances. Studying the different patterns that...Full Story

Ding Liren wins the Grand Chess Tour in London!

Added on 12.09.2019

Photo credit: Lennart Ootes/Grand Chess Tour Ding Liren finished off a strong year by winning the Grand Chess Tour.  Here is Maurice Ashley's interview to the 2019 GCT Champion (starting at 2:37:38): Liren got to the final by defeating Levon Aronian decisively, 19-9.  The first victory in that match, coming in the first rapid game, included a truly spectacular move:   var viewer = new CHESS.PgnViewer({ pgn_uri:...Full Story

The King strikes again

Added on 11.26.2019

Another day, another tournament victory by the King, Magnus Carlsen. In what seems to be one of the best results ever for the Norwegian wizard, today in Kolkata, India, the Tata Steel Rapid and Blitz ha seen the triumph of the reigning World Champion. Only US Hikaru Nakamura was able to almost keep the impressive pace of Carlsen and finished second with an excellent result. Hikaru played phenomenally well in the blitz rounds to score an unbeaten 12.0/18 points. Photo by Lennart Ootes The...Full Story

Sasha!

Added on 11.18.2019

Alexander Grischuk won the Hamburg Grand Prix, greatly increasing his chances of qualifying for the Candidates Tournament. If he doesn’t emerge as the automatic qualifier from the Grand Prix, he will be the favorite to receive a wild card selection from the Russian Organizers. Here are the current standings of the FIDE Grand Prix, with only Jerusalem's left to play at the beginning of December: Grischuk will not play in Israel, whereas his direct opponents for the final win in the FIDE PG -...Full Story

Wesley So is the 1st ever Fischer Random World Champion!

Added on 11.03.2019

It's almost worrying when one reads a piece of news which reports about Magnus Carlsen not being the World Champion. Photo from the official website But that is: Wesley So, the American chess wizard, destroyed Carlsen in the finals of the Fischer Random World Championship, to claim the title. The Fischer random variant, also known as Chess 960, was invented by Bobby Fischer, who announced this new game variation on June 19, 1996. Fischer Random Chess employs the same board and pieces as...Full Story

November 2019 - GCT and Grand Prix

Added on 10.31.2019

In October, the chess scene has been dominated by the finals of the colossal knockout event in Khanty-Mansiysk, the FIDE World Cup,  and the FIDE Grand Swiss Tournament at the Isle of Man. Teimour Radjabov won the World Cup, defeating the super-strong Chinese GM Ding Liren. Wang Hao, the Chinese you don't expect to be there on top, won the IoM Grand Swiss. Radjabov's interview right after his brilliant feat at the World Cup With the victory, along with great prize money, Wang conquered the...Full Story

FIDE World Cup 2019

Added on 09.16.2019

The World Cup is the strongest knockout tournament of the year. 128 of the best players in the world gathered in Khanty-Mansiysk, Russia, from 9 September to 4 October, to fight in mini-matches that will eventually decide the winner. Each match lasts 2 days - with one 90 30 game per day - plus a playoff day if needed.  This is the format: The tournament is a 7-round knock-out event. The matches from round 1 to round 6 consist of two classical games with time control of 90 minutes per 40 moves...Full Story

GM Benjamin’s tribute to Pal Benko

Added on 09.04.2019

GM Joel Benjamin pays tribute to the late Pal Benko, who passed away a week ago. Here is the video with Joel's analysis of two games played by the great Pal Benko. Joel's article Pal Benko passed away last week, leaving a tremendous chess legacy. First, let’s consider his achievements as a player. He was a world-class player who twice qualified for the Candidates tournament, in 1959 and 1962. We are going to look at a game from the Curacao Candidates tournament of 1962, where he...Full Story

Sinquefield Cup 2019 - Grand Chess Tour leg 5

Added on 08.16.2019

Round 1 The first round was very quiet, and it'd have been even quieter hadn't Nepomniachtchi blundered in a dead drawn endgame, allowing Anand to take the early lead. © Grand Chess Tour All the other games ended in a draw. var viewer = new CHESS.PgnViewer({ pgn_uri: 'https://www.chessclub.com/assets/PGN/Sinq19-Rd1_Anand-Nepom.pgn', piece_set: 'https://www.chessclub.com/assets/canvaschess/img/pieces/merida/', show_screen: false,...Full Story

St. Louis Rapid and Blitz 2019 - Grand Chess Tour leg 4

Added on 08.09.2019

Day 1 Rd 1 Breaking news in Rd 1. Magnus Carlsen gets crushed by Ding Liren, losing his first Rapid game of 2019! Here is the live commentary of the endgame with GMs Yasser Seirawan and Maurice Ashley, and WGM Jennifer Shahade. The Chinese superstar literally annihilated the World Champion, who had to give up when Ding had mate in two over the board. In a round that saw only one draw, between Karjakin and Caruana, Aronian, Mamedyarov, and Rapport won their games, joining Ding in the early...Full Story

1st U.S. Senior closed Chess Championship

Added on 07.25.2019

The Participants. First row, from left to right: GM Maxim Dlugy, GM Alexander Fishbein, GM Jaan Ehlvest, GM Alex Yermolinsky, GM Alex Goldin Second row, from left to right: GM Alex Shabalov, GM Joel Benjamin, GM Gregory Kaidanov, GM Igor Novikov, GM Larry Christiansen. Watch the video GM Joel recorded for this special occasion! Hi, folks! This is Joel Benjamin, reporting from St. Louis. There was a generous $50,000 prize fund with $12,000 to the winner at the Saint Louis Chess Club. I...Full Story

Alvis Vitolins

Added on 07.15.2019

Vitolins was born on the 15th of June 1946 in Sigulda, Latvia, close to Riga. He was nine years old when his father took him to the first chess coach, Felix Tsirtsenis. Vitolins' talent emerged shortly after, and he became one of the strongest juniors in URSS. "He was the best among us," said GM Yury Razuvaev. The chess aficionados will always remember Alvis, and that is mostly due to the fertile pen of Gennadi Sosonko, the Russian GM who moved to the Netherlands in 1972. In his fantastic book...Full Story

Alone on Top of the World

Added on 07.08.2019

Photo: Lennart Ootes / Grand Chess Tour™ Eight wins in a row for the Martian who was born in Norway. Image by Tarjei Svensen Another great show by the World Champion, who appears to be playing in a different league. A league in which he's alone, there, at the top of the Chess World, unattackable, a mirage to all the rest of the super-GMs. After five years, during which commentators - including yours truly - have been writing that Carlsen was slowly declining, that he had already reached his...Full Story

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