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Candidates’ line-up complete!

Added on 11.26.2017

Palma de Mallorca, capital of the beautiful Spanish island part of the Balearic archipelago, hosted the 4th FIDE Grand Prix, to assign the last two spots in the Candidates' Tournament, which will decide the next World Champion's challenger. Mamedyarov and Grischuk were awaiting the results as they led the standings but didn't play in Palma. As it was, Radjabov and MVL couldn't improve their scores sufficiently to catch them. Dmitry Jakovenko won the event on tiebreaks over Levon Aronian,...Full Story

GM Joel Chess week Recap 2017/11/20

Added on 11.20.2017

This week we wrap up our coverage of the St. Louis Showdowns with a look in at the World Champ, and we check out action from the early going in the Palma de Mallorca Grand Prix. Magnus Carlsen won his match in convincing fashion over Ding Liren by a score of 67-25.  I don’t know how exactly the weighted scoring system worked, but they contested 4 games at g/30, 6 at g/20, 8 at g/10, and 12 at g/5.  30 games seems like a lot to me; even spread out over a few days, there would have to be...Full Story

Ask the Master! 2017-11-14

Added on 11.15.2017

  This final show started began with the announcement that ICC is discontinuing this particular format, at least for now, and I’ll be creating video series with chess material of all sorts. Stay tuned for an announcement of the new series. I’d love to do more shows with audience participation in the future and will look into ways to do this. In the meantime, thanks to everyone for their email and chat participation. The first question this week was about the Owen Defense, 1 e4 b6 2 d4 Bb7....Full Story

GM Joel Chess week Recap 2017/11/13

Added on 11.13.2017

Chess, being for the most part a non-physical sport, rarely requires players to play through injury.  But in the Champions Showdown in St. Louis, we saw that and more in an unusual kind of tournament.     The Showdown pitted eight players in four arduous deathmatches.  The players contested games at different fast time controls—G/5. G/10, G/20, and G/30.  The match between Magnus Carlsen and Ding Liren started later, so I’ll recap that one next week.  The other three matches are completed...Full Story


Added on 11.07.2017

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 10th at 1:00 PM EST.       Download the brochure HERE for all the info and the matchups.

Live Events on ICCTV November 2017 Calendar

Added on 11.01.2017

          "Here is the November 2017 schedule for ICC TV! Join us this month and become a star on ICC and YouTube!"    - GM Joel Benjamin   11/01 Wednesday 1PM IM Vojislav "voja" Milanovic LIVE Simul vs. 20 players 11/02 Thursday 2PM GM Alex Yermolinsky Every Russian Schoolboy Knows LIVE! 11/03 Friday 4PM CM Tryfon Gavriel Let's Crush the Kings!...Full Story

Ask the Master! 2017-10-31

Added on 11.01.2017

Hi, everybody! Happy Halloween! Here is a report from my LIVE show. Tonight was All Hallows Eve, or Halloween as we say in the States. So when I was asked in an email what to do about the Halloween Gambit as Black, I couldn’t resist starting the show with it. It begins with the outrageous sacrifice 1e4 e5 2 Nf3 Nc6 3 Nc3 Nf6 4 Nxe5!?. Black has several ways to gain a nice advantage if he knows what he’s doing. Here is the game:   your web browser and/or your host do not support iframes...Full Story

GM Joel chess-week-recap-2017-10-30

Added on 10.30.2017

Watch the video! This week I have analysis of an interesting match between Vassily Ivanchuk and Wei Yi, followed by an intro to the European Team Championship. The organizers of the Hoogeveen chess festival chose wisely with the elite grandmasters in this match.  The veteran Ivanchuk is one of the most uncompromising players on the circuit.  His level can be very variable, but he can always be counted on for fighting chess.  The teenager Wei Yi has already become a favorite on my show as he...Full Story

ICC’s Halloween picture contest

Added on 10.29.2017

Participate in ICC's Halloween picture contest and win a free copy of Houdini 6, the strongest chess engine ever!  Send us a picture of yourself playing chess on ICC, Halloween costume a bonus but not mandatory, and become eligible to win a free copy of Houdini 6, the latest version of an amazingly strong chess engine.  How to participate:  Twitter Mention @chessICC with your picture and use hashtag #halloween    Facebook Visit our page at and post...Full Story

GM Yermolinsky: Spice it up!

Added on 10.28.2017

    Photo copyright Webster University   GM Alex Yermolinsky participated in the Spice Cup, a strong open held in St. Louis and organized by the famous GM Susan Polgar. GM Yermo shared 4th overall (and won the Senior section), playing a good event. Today, in his bimonthly live show, Alex told us about his 4th round game against the young and strong US GM Sam Sevian.   Photo copyright Webster University GM Alex Yermolinsky and GM Sam Sevian   The analysis provided by GM Alex is...Full Story

GM Joel’s tribute to GM Lombardy

Added on 10.17.2017

This week I have a special tribute to one of America's all-time great players. One by one, all the heroes of my childhood pass on. In the last few years on my show, I have honored Larry Evans, Robert Byrne, Walter Browne, and Arthur Bisguier. To this list, we add William Lombardy, who died recently in California, a bit before his 80th birthday.   GM William Lombardy (December 4, 1937 – October 13, 2017) Lombardy's career was full of achievements. He became, I believe, the first...Full Story

Coach Dan Heisman’s NEW video series!

Added on 10.04.2017

What is "thought process"? It's related to thinking, of course, but there is a difference between thinking and thought process. In a sense, we can break "chess thinking" into three different types, each representing a different class where you may make errors. Let's put the process in class one, knowledge in area two, and analytical in class 3. The latter usually occurs at a higher level,  but it's useful to know how errors during analysis can happen. There is also a grey area, which we can...Full Story

Live Events on ICCTV October 2017 Calendar

Added on 10.01.2017

          "Here is the October 2017 schedule for ICC TV! Join us this month and become a star on ICC and YouTube!"    - GM John Fedorowicz   10/02 Monday 6PM GM Max Dlugy Take it to the Max!  10/04 Wednesday 1PM IM Vojislav "voja" Milanovic LIVE Simul vs. 20 players 10/06 Friday 4PM CM Tryfon Gavriel Let's Crush the Kings! 10/09 Monday 4PM IM...Full Story

L. vs L.

Added on 09.22.2017

Levon and Liren are the last two men standing, after six tough rounds of the KO being played in Tbilisi.   In the next four days, the two top players will play 4 standard games, with time control 90 30. Rating-wise Aronian is favorite over Ding, but we have seen so many top-seeded players surrender during the World Cup, starting from Magnus and down to all the top ten, excluding the two final contenders, that predicting the final winner is almost impossible. The World Cup format is an...Full Story

Millions and millions of played games!

Added on 09.02.2017

"Statistics is a branch of mathematics dealing with the collection, analysis, interpretation, presentation, and organization of data. In applying statistics to, e.g., a scientific, industrial, or social problem, it is conventional, to begin with, a statistical population or a statistical model process to be studied." Mamamia, it really sounds boring beyond imagination, doesn't it? But actually, stats is something that can give us a somewhat precise idea of trends and events that happen on a...Full Story

Live Events on ICCTV September 2017 Calendar

Added on 09.01.2017

          "Here is the September 2017 schedule for ICC TV! Join us this month and become a star on ICC and YouTube!"    - GM David Smerdon   09/01 Friday 4PM CM Tryfon Gavriel Let's Crush the Kings! 09/04 Monday 6:15PM GM Max Dlugy Take it to the Max!  09/05 Tuesday 4PM IM John Watson Ask the Master! 09/06 Wednesday 1PM IM Vojislav "voja"...Full Story

World Cup 2017

Added on 08.30.2017

August has been an intense month for all the chess fans and, of course, for the elite players, who gathered in St Louis to play the Sinquefield Cup and the Rapid&Blitz Grand Chess Tour events. Maxime Vachier-Lagrave won his first top tournament, jumping again over 2800, and establishing himself in second place in the live rating list. The Rapid&Blitz event generated a lot of interest because Garry Kasparov decided to join the fray again, making the St Louis Grand Chess tour event the most...Full Story

Google Calendar!

Added on 08.28.2017

Almost everyone who uses a personal computer is, in a way, Googlized. We use our Google account to keep connected to the rest of the world, to move preferences, bookmarks, and many other things from a computer to another. Google Calendar is a powerful and versatile tool, which allows you to plan your tasks and keep them under control. You can set reminders, use it on your mobile device.  Not to mention that you can import full calendars or single events, and make yours someone else's...Full Story

A great comeback

Added on 08.19.2017

Yes, let's face it, it was just great to see Garry Kasparov sit at the board, make all the faces that those of my generation have loved and criticized - as if a chess player of his strength would need a poker-face - and join the fray again, after 12 years of chess inactivity.  Photo by Eric Rosen You can see a set of nice shots HERE I can't see anything negative in Kasparov's comeback. The result? C'mon, it doesn't matter.  Watching the games, I have seen kibitzers going for the squalid...Full Story

The King is back!

Added on 08.13.2017

It was March 2005, when the strongest player ever announced his retirement from professional chess. After 20 years at the top of the game, Garry Kimovich Kasparov declared: "Before this tournament, I made a conscious decision that Linares 2005 will be my last professional [tournament] and today I played my last professional game." He won Linares 2005, ahead of Topalov, Anand, Leko, Adams, Kasindzhanov and Vallejo Pons. Nonetheless, the decision had been taken: the greatest players of all time...Full Story

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