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2017 World Cup Final Four… big guns locked and loaded!

2017 World Chess CupSeptember 2nd-27th, 2017 (Tbilisi, Georgia)SEMI-FINALS Levon Aronian vs. Maxime Vachier-Lagrave Wesley So vs. Ding Liren Drum Coverage| Round 1 | Round 2 | Round 3 | Round 4 | Round 5 || Semifinals | Finals | Photos by Maria Emelianova (, Anastasia Kharlovich (, Lennart Ootes. 2017 World Cup Final Four… big […]

An Introduction and an Opportunity

I’m glad to make a two-part announcement today. First, my blog is going to start partnering with Susan Polgar’s blog, “Chess Daily News.” Don’t worry, my posts will continue to appear here as they always have, but they will also be cross-linked at CDN. That is actually only part one of a two-part announcement. The […]

Netherlands’ Sebastian Halfhide marking a mark

Sebastian Halfhide at 2015 Groningen OpenPhoto by Harry Gielen( The Netherlands is one such country that has a sizeable segment of its population from Asia, Africa and the Caribbean. Another significant group of migrants come from Suriname, a Dutch-speaking country that lies in northern part of South America. Show More Summary

Return of the favor

It was first round of a new tournament and I got the same young guy I blundered to 3 weeks ago. This time I had White and played Moscow variation of Sicilian. Soon it started to look like some variation of French defense. On move 14 I thought about playing Rfc1, but then decided that […]

One Little Pebble

Every landslide begins with one little pebble. And then another, and then a few rocks, and then a boulder, and then a whole hillside is moving … That’s what it must have felt like for Alexander Grischuk when he was on the receiving end of an overwhelming, out-of-the-blue attack by Maxime Vachier-Lagrave in the fourth […]

Chess is Not Math

People who know I have a Ph.D. in math often think that mathematics must help me in chess. But I have to tell them: not really. Having a mathematical mind is somewhat useful: in both subjects, it’s good to be able to hold in your mind long strings of “if this, then that.” But it […]

2017 World Cup — Round 3 Complete

The 2017 World Cup fashion show… er, chess tournament… has now finished three rounds, and the upsets continue! Fabiano Caruana went down to defeat at the hands of Evgeny Najer, and both Levon Aronian and Anish Giri lost games to their lower-rated opponents before coming back to defeat them. The final 16 are now set, […]

Tbilisi Memories

The FIDE World Cup is going crazy with upsets! Just look at the world’s top players on the September rating list and how they are doing so far, after the “classical” part of round 3. Carlsen — OUT Vachier-Lagrave — Tied, 1-1 Kramnik — OUT Aronian — Tied, 1-1 Caruana — Tied, 1-1 Mamedyarov — […]

FM Shane Matthews win Jamaican Seniors!

FM Shane Matthews When the curtains came down on the 2017 Jamaica Seniors and Veterans Championships (William Roper Memorial trophies) on Sunday, August 20 at the Jamaica Olympic Association there was a new Jamaica Veterans Champion. Seven-time Jamaica (Absolute) Champion and favourite FM Shane “The Magician” Matthews notched 7 points from a possible 8 (with […]

Martinez rallies, beats Jones 8-6 in NYC-CHI blitz

Brooklyn Master Shawn Martinez had mentioned that he battled with Daniel X Jones years ago. Martinez said that he got the better of Jones, who was rated 1700 at the time. Since then Jones has gotten noticeably stronger and is helping to lead a movement of team blitz chess. Coming off of a win against […]

Blitz Battles in the Brooklyn! New York vs. Chicago

Get ready… two legendary cities… two gladiators… one winner! Shawn Martinez vs. Daniel X Jones Video by Johnny Strapp The time has arrived. After months of banter and trashtalk, this evening will mark a hotly-contest blitz battle featuring two marquee cities. Chicago Chess Blitzers, who are sponsored by the Chicago Chess Club, have begun the […]

Scandal Ruins World Cup’s Best Day

In a fairer world, we would all be talking about Xiangzhi Bu today. At the World Cup, he just defeated the World Champion, Magnus Carlsen, in a game straight out of the nineteenth century. Bu played a daring bishop sacrifice on move 15; Carlsen accepted his challenge instead of meekly heading for a draw by […]

Oquendo is 2017 Florida Champ

FM Jorge Oquendo2017 Florida State Champion Jacksonville lies at the northern tip of the state of Florida in the eastern corner. It is two hours from the capitol city of Tallahassee, but eight hours from Miami. So when the Florida State Championship was hosted, many players chose not to make the long trek northward. Despite […]

2017 World Cup – Round 2 Complete

The playoffs of round 2 in the World Cup happened today, and as you’d expect with closer matchups and faster time controls, there were a few upsets. Probably the most notable one was Hao Wang over Boris Gelfand. Even though the rating difference wasn’t so big, Gelfand is one of those people whose reputation is […]

2017 World Chess Cup (Tblisi, Georgia)

Let the Games Begin! Tbilisi Mayor Davit Narmania, First Deputy Minister of Sports and Youth Affairs Akaki Lodia, Director of Organizing Committee of the 2018 World Chess Olympiad and President of European Chess Union Zurab Azmaiparashvili,...Show More Summary

Daniil Dubov — a young Tigran?

In round two of the 2017 World Cup, two more big names went down to defeat: former World Champion Viswanathan Anand (the #10 seed) and the most recent World Champion challenger, Sergei Karjakin (who was seeded #12 here). Things are getting real! Anand was completely outplayed by Canadian grandmaster Anton Kovalyov, who won the first […]

2017 World Cup — Round 1

One of my favorite events of the chess calendar is here, and in fact the first round nearly got by me before I realized it. Yes, it’s the month-long chess orgy known as the World Cup. What I don’t like about the World Cup: It’s not a world championship, and should never have been marketed […]

Drum Interviews @ St. Louis 2017 Rapid & Blitz

Drum Interviews @ St. Louis 2017 Rapid & Blitz The inaugural event was launched in St. Louis on the tailend of the 2017 Sinquefield Cup won by Maxime Vachier-Lagrave. It is hard to top such a strong field, but the intrigue was heightened when the 13th World Champion decided to play in the Grand Chess […]

Another Rip Van Winkle Story

In 2014, GM James Tarjan returned to tournament chess after an absence of three decades, and I wrote a post about him called Rip Van Winkle Returns. Last week a friend’s Facebook post reminded me of another, less well-known “Rip Van Winkle” chess player — the terror of Ohio chess in the early 1990s, Boris […]

Thompson -- Morphy, New York 1857

3 weeks agoHobbies / Chess : Chess Skills

Paul Morphy's first opponent at the First American Chess Congress was James Thompson. He had been born in England and emigrated to the United States as a child. After completing his education, he established himself in business in New York City, where he came to be known as a formidable chess player. Show More Summary

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