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The Saint Louis Rapid & Blitz tournament seems to be a two-horse race between GM Magnus Carlsen and GM Wesley So, who have separated themselves from the field. Carlsen is half a point ahead with nine rounds of blitz to go.
Their closest riva…

So Leads Saint Louis Tournament Before Blitz Games

As the only undefeated player, GM Wesley So leads the Saint Louis Rapid & Blitz tournament after nine rounds of rapid chess. Going into the blitz, the American grandmaster is a point ahead of GM Magnus Carlsen, who lost to …

Rapport Attacks Brilliantly As Bundesliga Gets Underway

It’s been a while since we heard the name of GM Richard Rapport, but today the Hungarian grandmaster reminded the chess world of his creative talent in a wonderful attacking game. It was played in the Bundesliga which is underway in Karlsruhe, Ger…

Carlsen Wins All On Saint Louis Rapid Day 2

GM Magnus Carlsen bounced back from his unfortunate loss by disconnect as he won all three games on the second day of the Saint Louis Rapid tournament. The world champion is now the sole leader with 9 points out of a possible 12.
GMs I…

Jobava Wins 16th Speed Chess Championship Grand Prix

GM Baadur Jobava won the 16th Speed Chess Championship Grand Prix, his first in the series. The Georgian grandmaster beat GM Le Quang Liem of Vietnam 2-1 in the knockout final.
The next Speed Chess Championship Grand Prix will be played on Septe…

Carlsen Loses By Disconnect On Saint Louis Rapid Day 1

GM Magnus Carlsen shockingly lost his round-two game of the Saint Louis Rapid on time as he lost his internet connection. GM Levon Aronian and GM Pentala Harikrishna are leading with 2.5/3.
Only two days after the Chess9LX tournament f…

Haik Martirosyan Beats Vincent Keymer In Junior Speed Chess Championship

GM Haik Martirosyan comfortably reached the quarterfinals of the Junior Speed Chess Championship sponsored by ChessKid. In a match on Monday, the talented Armenian beat Germany’s Vincent Keymer with the biggest score so far in the competition…

Sam Sevian Beats Amin Tabatabaei In Junior Speed Chess Championship

GM Sam Sevian is the third player to qualify for the quarterfinals of the Junior Speed Chess Championship sponsored by ChessKid. In a match on Sunday between two 19-year-olds, the American grandmaster beat GM Amin Tabatabaei 15.5-9.5.
For t…

Carlsen, Nakamura Share Chess9LX Victory

GM Magnus Carlsen and GM Hikaru Nakamura both won $31,250 as they shared the first prize in the online Chess9LX tournament. The two grandmasters scored 6/9 in a tournament that had no tiebreak regulations.
GM Levon Aronian, who was lea…

Arjun Erigaisi Beats Gukesh D. In Junior Speed Chess Championship

In an all-Indian clash on Saturday, GM Arjun Erigaisi defeated Gukesh D. with a big score: 18-8. It was the second match in the Junior Speed Chess Championship sponsored by ChessKid. 
This second edition of the junior championship has …

Aronian Leads Chess9LX After Perfect 2nd Day

GM Levon Aronian is the new leader of the online Chess9LX tournament after winning all of his games on day two. GM Garry Kasparov managed to score only half a point from three promising positions.
Kasparov’s play was influenced by a tragic …

Nihal Beats Tang In Junior Speed Chess Championship

In the first match of the Junior Speed Chess Championship sponsored by ChessKid, GM Nihal Sarin (India) defeated GM Andrew Tang (U.S.) 16-8. Tang had entered the tournament by winning the eight-player Knockout Qualifier tournament on Wednesda…

Kasparov Escapes Vs Carlsen In 1st Clash In 16 Years

GM Magnus Carlsen failed to take revenge for his loss in 2004 vs. GM Garry Kasparov. When they played for the first time in 16 years, Carlsen spoiled a winning endgame and let his legendary opponent off the hook in the second round of the online C…

[UPDATED] 10 Minute Chess Now Rapid Rated, Bullet Ratings Increased

Today, Chess.com made two significant changes to our rating system. First, all 10-minute games (10|0) are now rapid rated instead of blitz rated. Second, all bullet chess ratings have been increased by 150 points.
10-Minute Chess Now Rapid Rated…

Andrew Tang Wins Junior Speed Chess Championship Qualifier

Andrew Tang won the Junior Speed Chess Championship qualifier. The American grandmaster emerged as the winner in an eight-player bracket and will now play a match against GM Nihal Sarin on Friday.
The qualifier was a knockout tournamen…

Today: AlphaZero Roundtable Discussion With Kramnik, Rensch, Deepmind Researchers

On Friday, September 18 at noon Pacific time (21:00 Central Europe) Chess.com is hosting a round-table discussion streamed live on Chess.com/TV with GM Vladimir Kramnik, IM Danny Rensch and researchers of Deepmind discussing their latest paper in …

Nakamura Wins 15th Speed Chess Championship Grand Prix

GM Hikaru Nakamura won the 15th Speed Chess Championship Grand Prix, his second week straight and already his fourth win since the start of the series. The American grandmaster beat his compatriot GM Sam Sevian 1.5-0.5 in the knockout final and co…

FIDE Candidates Tournament Resumes November 1

The FIDE Candidates Tournament will resume on November 1, 2020, in Yekaterinburg, Russia, or Tbilisi, Georgia. This was announced moments ago by the International Chess Federation.
Earlier today, the Russian news agency TASS broke the news, quot…

Chess.com Month In Review: August 2020

Hey, chess fans! September is here, and it’s time to review our accomplishments from last month! So let’s consider August 2020 with respect to product development, support, and fair play.
Web Developments

If you want to learn from y…

Chess.com Partners With World Leader In Gaming Chair Design Secretlab

Palo Alto, Calif., September 3, 2020—Chess.com is pleased to announce a partnership with Secretlab, the world leader in gaming chair design and manufacturing. This partnership combines Secretlab’s expertise in designing quality esports produ…

PogChamps Final: Hafu Is Champion

In an exciting set of matches, itsHafu played Gripex90 in the championship match, and easywithaces took on Cizzorz for the top spot in the consolation bracket.

easywithaces vs. Cizzorz
itsHafu vs. Gripex90

In case you missed it, here’s how…

Andrew Tang Wins Knockout, Qualifies for Junior Speed Chess Championship

The Chess.com Junior Speed Chess Championship, presented by ChessKid, kicks off today with the Knockout Qualifier. Eight players will be fighting for the last available spot in the championship.
The 2020 edition of the Chess.com Junior Spee…

Today: PogChamps 2 Finals

The PogChamps 2 semifinals were all hard-fought matches! Gripex played dogdog, and itsHafu played TFBlade in the championship bracket. Meanwhile, the consolation bracket saw TSM_Zexrow against easywithaces and Cizzorz against QTCinderella.
Make …

PogChamps 2: itshafu, TSM_Zexrow Qualify For Semifinals

In the final two quarterfinal matches in PogChamps 2, itshafu and TSM_Zexrow grabbed the remaining slots in the semifinals that begin tomorrow, September 5. itshafu overcame Forsen, a fearsome foe, in a tense match with plenty of high drama while …

Stockfish 12 Released, 130 Elo Points Stronger

Version 12 of the popular open-source chess engine Stockfish was released on Thursday. It is a major update that includes an efficiently updatable neural network and is significantly stronger than earlier versions.
According to the official…



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