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Riga GP: Vachier-Lagrave and Mamedyarov are the finalists Alexander Grischuk needed a change of perspective - Photo: Niki Riga / World Chess. Meanwhile, in the other semi-final, Wesley So was looking for ways to create holes in the Queen's Gambit Accepted structure put forth by Shakhriyar Mamedyarov.

Once More, for all the Marbles It all comes down to the final day. Awonder Liang and Nicolas Checa are tied for first place in the 2019 U.S. Junior Championship entering tomorrow's final round action. Both players are at 6.5/8, a point ahead of the field. Joshua Sheng will be hoping both lose, so that with a win he can grab a share of the first place price.

PRO Chess League Summer Series: Race Intensifies; Armenia, Sao Paulo In Trouble PRO Chess League Summer Series action resumes on Saturday as the Armenia Eagles, Moscow Wizards, Mumbai Movers and the Sao Paulo Capybaras each look to take a step closer to the Summer Series Championship this August.

Edo Won't Be 'A Pawn In Anybody's Political Chess Game' - Obaseki Edo Won’t Be ‘A Pawn In Anybody’s Political Chess Game’ – Obaseki.

Mitigating Brain-Aging Disease Risk… with Chess? "You'll never see a chess player with dementia." This is an old saying among chess players 'of a certain age,' and while it is certainly false, it turns out that the link between "cognitive stimulation" and protection against brain-aging diseases may have some factual basis.

Xiong Beats Maghsoodloo To Reach Junior Speed Chess Final Jeffery Xiong qualified for the final of the Junior Speed Chess Championship on Thursday as he beat Parham Maghsoodloo 14.5-10.5 in their semifinal match. Xiong will face either Wei Yi or Alireza Firouzja for the title. The first semifinal was a very close match in both the 5+1 and 3+1 segments.

9th Chess President Cup held The 2019 edition of the Ghana Chess President's Cup has been held at the Accra Sports Stadium. The event, sponsored by Reiss and Co, saw the first two of seven scheduled rounds completed on day one, which set the tone for a fine event. It also saw participants from Nigeria, Sierra Leone and Cote d'Ivoire.

Two Rounds to Go in U.S. Junior, Girls, and Senior Championships Junior, Girls, and Senior Championships are narrowing as today's Round 8 action kicks off at 1pm CDT. Nicolas Checa continues to lead in the Junior with 6/7, having already played his two closest competitors, Awonder Liang and Joshua Sheng, and defeating the latter yesterday.

The signing of Neymar is a three-way game of chess Barcelona's signing of Neymar this summer is a delicate game of chess, that demands every move made to be measured to its finest detail. The complications have already shown themselves.

The Power Play Show: Grischuk-Vitiugov That's the aim of the game. There are numerous ways to checkmate the enemy king, but there are common patterns that recur over and over again, and having these at our mental fingertips is essential for when we want to finish the game.

Chess: Rausis's cheating puts rankings rise and Sunningdale 2011 in spotlight The 58-year-old grandmaster Igors Rausis admitted guilt after being caught consulting a phone in a toilet at the Strasbourg Open, and now an earlier game is receiving closer scrutiny.

Josh Colas on ’19 European Tour IM-elect Josh Colas: Photo courtesy of Webster University. Josh Colas just finished his junior year at Webster University and has begun a series of tournaments in Europe. Colas has a GM norm and two IM norms needing only to reach 2400 to have the IM title conferred.

Dortmund 2-4: Dominguez up to world no. 7 Leinier Dominguez swept aside defending champion Ian Nepomniachtchi in just 25 moves to not only take the sole lead in Dortmund but climb above Nepo into the world no. 7 spot on the live rating list.

Riga Grand Prix: Mamedyarov Lone Winner On Day 1 Semifinals The semifinal matches commenced on day seven of the FIDE Grand Prix in Riga, Latvia. Shakhriyar Mamedyarov has one foot in the final as he beat Wesley So in a wild Catalan while Maxime Vachier-Lagrave vs Alexander Grischuk started with a draw.

When the dust has cleared The diagram saw a board hoovering sequence: 22…Bxa3 23.Qxg6 hxg6 24.Bxa6 Bxb2 25.Bxb2 bxa6 26.Rxa6. Your first task is to imagine this final position. The second — to then see Black's win!

Glasgow schoolboy set to compete at chess world championships in China A Glasgow schoolboy has been selected to represent Scotland at the World Cadets Chess Championship in Weifang, China. Aryan Munshi, a pupil at Kelvinside Academy, will compete for his country at under-12 level next month, after his incredible gift was spotted by national team selectors.

Children test strategies and skill at holiday chess tournament - Photos "What a fantastic standard we've had with at least 30 excellent standard players out of 54," Mr Cummins said.

Algorand Partners with World Chess to Become the Official Blockchain Partner of the FIDE Grand Prix Series. Together, the leading organizations are driving mainstream adoption and popularity in two rapidly growing, synergistic fields: blockchain and chess.

Riga GP: Mamedyarov beats So On day one of the semi-finals, Shakhriyar Mamedyarov uncorked a nice novelty in the Catalan to get a comfortable win over Wesley So, while Alexander Grischuk got himself in trouble from the black side of a Berlin Defence against Maxime Vachier-Lagrave, but managed to save a draw in the end.

Egypt’s Adly, Wafa are 2019 African Champions! In what has become somewhat of a tradition on the continent of Africa, the Egyptian's major haul in continental championships continued in Hammamet, Tunisia. The Republic of Egypt took five of the six medals in the Open and Women's African Individual Championships over the past week and cemented their status as the African Lion.

Bogdanovich, Sebag Qualify For FIDE Isle Of Man Grand Swiss On Wednesday, the Ukrainian GM Stanislav Bogdanovich and the French GM Marie Sebag qualified for the 2019 FIDE Grand Swiss in Isle of Man. The two grandmasters each defeated three other men and women who all earned their way to the qualifier with top performances in the four previous Titled Tuesday events.

Just The Rules: 10 Rulebook Hacks You Can Use Right Now! Simple rulebook concepts get bogged down in confusing language-language that is difficult to comprehend and remember. Here are ten rulebook hacks that are easy to use and easy to remember. Will they have exceptions? Yep, but on a practical level those exceptions will rarely ever be seen.

Yip Overtakes Wu in Girls; Sheng Joins Checa in Junior Lead Once again two-thirds of the games played in Wednesday's Round 6 action at the U.S. Junior, Girls, and Senior Championships featured decisive results, setting up some key matchups as today's Round 7 gets under way. Nicolas Checa entered yesterday's play in clear first place in the Junior.

Fast and Furious: The Yates variation of the Ruy Lopez Find the right combination! ChessBase 15 program + new Mega Database 2019 with 7.6 million games and more than 70,000 master analyses. Plus ChessBase Magazine and CB Premium membership for 1 year! More… This week Dmitry Andreikin won a match against Ding Liren in Wenzhou.

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