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Congratulations to Jorge Vega on his 82nd Birthday!

Friday, August 18th, 2017
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FIDE congratulates American Continental President on his 82nd Birthday!

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Kasparov in the St Louis rapid and blitz (blitz day 5) LIVE!

Friday, August 18th, 2017

GM Garry Kasparov is coming out of retirement for the Saint Louis Rapid & Blitz is new to the Grand Chess Tour in 2017. This $150,000 event will feature six of the 2017 Grand Chess Tour players and four wildcard picks. Held just after the Sinquefield Cup, the Saint Louis Rapid & Blitz promises to be an exciting affair that fans can enjoy live with Commentators, GM Yasser Seirawan, GM Maurice Ashley, and WGM Jennifer Shahade.

Please note that the drawing of lots will be done during the opening ceremony which is scheduled to take place at 18.30 St Louis time (CDT) on the evening of Sunday 13 August 2017. The opening ceremony will be broadcast on Chessdom.com

Join us live for the Kickoff of the Grand Chess Tour Saint Louis Rapid & Blitz. This is going to be exciting as GM Garry Kasparov is coming out of retirement and he will be on hand for comments.

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Blitz day 4

Kasparov in St Louis rapid (video)

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e3 Poison: A 21st Century Opening Repertoire

Friday, August 18th, 2017

e3 Poison by Axel Smith
A 21st Century Opening Repertoire

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When Axel Smith was chasing his final Grandmaster norm, he decided he needed a change in his White opening repertoire. Instead of his usual approach of memorizing many concrete moves to try to force an advantage, he would focus on pawn structures and typical plans. The result was a repertoire based on a set-up with the moves d4, Nf3, c4 and e3. It helped Axel Smith to the GM title, and led to the creation of e3 Poison.

This repertoire can be played using many different move orders, and Smith explains their pros and cons. The reader will not have to memorize many moves, but hard work is still essential to understand the themes, so many exercises are provided to test the reader. Smith shows that a practical repertoire can also be a grandmaster repertoire – it is all about understanding the positional themes and plans.

Grandmaster Axel Smith from Sweden is a successful player and coach. Using his methods on himself, in the space of ten years he improved from a rating of 2093 to becoming a Grandmaster. His previous book for Quality Chess, Pump Up Your Rating, won the ChessCafe Book of the Year prize.

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European Youth Team Chess Championship 2017 LIVE!

Friday, August 18th, 2017

The European Youth Team Chess Championship takes place in Rymanow Zdroj, Poland. A total of 39 teams coming from 17 European federation will participate the event, 18 teams in Girls section and 21 in the Open section.

All of them will play according to the Swiss system in 7 rounds with time control 90 min for 40 moves + 30 min for the rest of the game + 30 sec increment for every move played starting from the first move.

The first three teams in Open and Girl’s section as well will receive trophies. Each member of the winning team (players, reserves and captain) will receive a gold medal. The members of the second and third placed teams will each receive a silver and bronze medal respectively. Additionally, all medalists receive in-kind prizes. For the best placed teams and for the individual results for the best board result, the organizer will provide medals, trophies and in-kind prizes to the value of 5.000 Euros.

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Korchnoi Memorial 2017 LIVE!

Friday, August 18th, 2017

The Korchnoi Memorial takes place 15-25 August in St. Petersbur, Russia. Top players include GM Gata Kamsky, GM Shimanov, GM Kokarev, GM Alekseev, etc.

Live games with analysis will be daily on Chessdom and you can follow the event on the ChessArena android application for mobile phones.

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Saint Louis Rapid & Blitz – Day 4

Friday, August 18th, 2017

After day one of the blitz, Levon Aronian extended his lead to two points over his closest rival, Hikaru Nakamura.

Fabiano Caruana and Hikaru Nakamura entered the day tied for second place only a point behind Aronian, but Nakamura had a more solid day; whereas Caruana had more decisive results, but also too many losses.

It is worthy to remember that in the Paris leg of the tour, Magnus Carlsen also had a two point lead but Vachier-Lagrave actually leapfrogged him in round eight of day two.

Although a two point lead is significant, the tournament is far from over as there are still nine more games to go.

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Saint Louis Rapid & Blitz - Day 4

Levon Aronian

Levon Aronian started his day excellently by slowly extending his lead first to 1.5 points then to 2.5 points by round seven after defeating Garry Kasparov.

He had an extremely strong showing in the middle of the tournament by winning three games in a row only to stumble in round eight against Fabiano Caruana. He quickly recovered in the last round by defeating Leinier Dominguez and maintaining his lead.

Hikaru Nakamura

Hikaru Nakamura had a similar result to Aronian’s with only one loss against Sergey Karjakin but he had too many draws. In the middle of the tournament, he made four draws in a row, including against Anand and Kasparov.

As one of the fastest players on the planet, he still has every chance to catch the leader, especially since the two will meet in the first round tomorrow. Nakamura will have the black pieces.

Sergey Karjakin

Sergey Karjakin had an incredible day by scoring a phenomenal 8/9. The current World Blitz Champion completely annihilated the field by giving away only two draws against Garry Kasparov and Levon Aronian.

The rapid portion was not kind to him, but this remarkable result allowed him to climb up in the standings to the number three spot, only half a point behind Nakamura.

Ian Nepomniachtchi

Ian Nepomniachtchi had the fourth best result today with 5/8. He started the day in fourth place, only two points behind Aronian and ended the day in the same spot. He is now 3.5 points behind the leader.

Fabiano Caruana

Fabiano Caruana entered the day only a point behind Aronian and tied for second with Nakamura but now finds himself in the number five spot.

Even so, two of his wins were against Kasparov and Aronian. He will have the white pieces against Aronian tomorrow and might be able to spoil the Armenian’s tournament.

Quang Liem Le and Leinier Dominguez

Quang Liem Le and Leinier Dominguez are tied for sixth and seventh places. The Vietnamese superstar got revenge for his embarrassing blunder against Kasparov by defeating him in a fine game.

His only other win was against Caruana. Dominguez, who was quite solid in the rapid, suffered five losses today and dropped by one spot in the standings.

Garry Kasparov and Viswanathan Anand

The two legendary players, Garry Kasparov and Viswanathan Anand, find themselves on the bottom of the standings, tied for eighth and ninth places.

Just as in the rapid, Garry Kasparov scored only one win, this time against Leinier Dominguez. On the other hand, Viswanathan Anand scored no wins. He lost three games and drew six.

David Navara

David Navara stayed in the last place after a tumultuous day. He lost four games in a row and scored only one victory against Le.

Even so, he is one of the most approachable and humble players, always happy to give interviews and talk to anyone even after having a bad day.

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Karjakin Nearly Perfect But Aronian Extends Lead In St. Louis

Friday, August 18th, 2017

Today was a day for short sleeves and short memories.
At day four of the inaugural St. Louis Rapid and Blitz, the time control shrank to five minutes per side with a three-second delay. That means, unlike increment, once in time pressure, always…

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Kasparov in the St Louis rapid and blitz (blitz day 4) LIVE!

Thursday, August 17th, 2017

GM Garry Kasparov is coming out of retirement for the Saint Louis Rapid & Blitz is new to the Grand Chess Tour in 2017. This $150,000 event will feature six of the 2017 Grand Chess Tour players and four wildcard picks. Held just after the Sinquefield Cup, the Saint Louis Rapid & Blitz promises to be an exciting affair that fans can enjoy live with Commentators, GM Yasser Seirawan, GM Maurice Ashley, and WGM Jennifer Shahade.

Please note that the drawing of lots will be done during the opening ceremony which is scheduled to take place at 18.30 St Louis time (CDT) on the evening of Sunday 13 August 2017. The opening ceremony will be broadcast on Chessdom.com

Join us live for the Kickoff of the Grand Chess Tour Saint Louis Rapid & Blitz. This is going to be exciting as GM Garry Kasparov is coming out of retirement and he will be on hand for comments.

More

Grischuk: What do you know, you never played Kasparov / Kasparov vs USA live / Kasparov and Carlsen promote chess in the Norwegian parliament / Kasparov in Tokyo promoting chess, shogi and artificial intelligence / Replay Sinquefield Cup 2017

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Rapid day 3

Kasparov in St Louis rapid (video)

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Aronian Leads After Rapid; Dramatic 3rd Day For Kasparov

Thursday, August 17th, 2017

On a dramatic third day at the Saint Louis Rapid tournament Garry Kasparov lost a won game vs David Navara, was given a full rook by Le Quang Liem, and then was beaten by Fabiano Caruana in a difficult endgame. Levon Aronian leads t…

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Saint Louis Rapid & Blitz – Day 3

Thursday, August 17th, 2017

Levon Aronian emerged as the winner of the rapid portion of the Saint Louis Rapid and Blitz. He is being closely chased by Fabiano Caruana and Hikaru Nakamura, who are only a point behind him.

Ian Nepomniachtchi, who entered day three tied with Aronian, lost his last round game to Hikaru Nakamura and is two points behind the leader.

There are still eighteen games of blitz to be played over the next two days, so anything can happen!

All eyes, as usual, will be on Garry Kasparov as the chess world awaits to see his tactical skills in even shorter time controls.

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Saint Louis Rapid & Blitz - Day 3

Round 7

The round started positively for Garry Kasparov who played aggressively against David Navara, achieving a winning position. In the postgame interview, Navara revealed that he never once thought about resigning and his resilience paid off as Kasparov blundered a tactic and lost in the endgame.

Levon Aronian took the lead in this round by defeating Sergey Karjakin in a fine game where he slowly built up his attack, which left him with a decisive material advantage.

His closest rival, Ian Nepomniachtchi, only drew his game against Fabiano Caruana by sacrificing a piece to force a perpetual.

Quang Liem Le versus Viswanathan Anand and Hikaru Nakamura versus Leinier Dominguez were solid draws.

Round 8

Finally, Garry Kasparov got his lucky break when his opponent, Quang Liem Le, inexplicably blundered a rook in an equal position and resigned. David Navara was not able to keep the momentum from his earlier win and he sacrificed two pawns against Leinier Dominguez to build an attack; the defensive resources of his opponent were enough to stop the initiative and score the full point.

Ian Nepomniachtchi made another draw with a threefold repetition, this time against his countryman, Sergey Karjakin. Levon Aronian was unable to extend his lead as his slight advantage against Hikaru Nakamura was not enough.

The two drew after most of the pieces came off the board. Viswanathan Anand and Fabiano Caruana drew their solid game as soon as they reached the required move 30.

Round 9

This was the bloodiest round of the entire event with all decisive games! Garry Kasparov was on the losing side against Fabiano Caruana when he played too passively at the critical points and allowed his opponent’s passed pawns to become too dangerous.

Sergey Karjakin scored his first win of the event by punishing Viswanathan Anand for his only mistake. Quang Liem Le was on the winning side of the endgame, but as his opponent David Navara pointed out, in a rapid everyone makes mistakes. Le’s mistake was costly as he found his opponent’s passed pawns march down the board.

Ian Nepomniachtchi suffered his first loss of the tournament after he misplayed the drawn endgame and lost both of his pawns.

Levon Aronian took the lead by defeating Leinier Dominguez also in a rook endgame where his technique was flawless.

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