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Following games Online, the new method of chess training

Following games online is one of the newest and most effective methods of training for the busy chessplayer. When I say busy, I’m talking about people who can’t dedicate a lot of time to working on chess because of different reasons. The good thing about following games is that you can nowadays do it with ease, thus making use of all that time that is considered to be “wasted” time. For example, when traveling or when just sitting idle by the beach. In our articles for The Chess World  we have recommended this  method more than once. When you’re following a game you should not hurry and turn the engine on in order to  entertain yourself, but you should try to learn, from theory to new ideas and patterns. I was glad to find out that Jacob Aagaard also recognizes this approach in his last book Thinking Inside The Box.… Read more

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5 Chess Commercials You Have to See


Chess is not as popular on television as we’d like it to be. However, it is definitely a great selling tool. The World Chess Champion Magnus Carlsen has taken a step forward in this matter and has been the protagonist of several ads, being the G-Star image for many years. In the latest Porsche 911 commercial we can see him sharing screen with the boxing legend Muhammad Ali and the worldwide popular tennis player Maria Sharapova. The advertisment, released just a couple of days ago, made us look for more TV spots where chess is in the flashlight. Here is a list of our favorites:

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Gibraltar: Nakamura leads with 5/5.

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Nakamura continues to show he is on another level, the american is leading the tournament alone with a perfect score of 5 points out of 5 rounds. Yesterday he defeated the strong GM Adhiban B. (2630) as black, choosing a sharp variation of the queen’s gambit accepted. Nakamura’s performace so far is 3322 and he is gaining 10.6 rating points. He will face Veselin Topalov  today with the white pieces.

Topalov had to work hard to beat the young GM Anton Guijarro. He is a fighter by nature, and yesterday’s game was an example of how to play for a win and sharpen things up. After 10 moves this position appeared on the board:

Anton-Topalov1Anton Guijarro – Veselin Topalov
Position after white’s move 10.0-0

In the diagram above black has a few logical moves, castle would be the most natural thing, Qe7 can be considered too, with a ”solid position”.… Read more

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Super Saturday from Gibraltar Masters to Moscow Open

There is plenty of chess to follow for the next days. Gibraltar Masters is being as entertaining as it can be, with Hikaru Nakamura, Wei Yi, Adhiban and Renier Vazquez in the lead with 4 points out of four. Among these four, Wei Yi and Nakamura have been not just winning their games but demonstrating a consistent strength.

The 5th round is set and it looks like there could be a lot of interesting games: Bologan – Svidler / Anton Guijarro – Topalov / Adhiban – Nakamura / Vazquez – Wei Yi are just a some of them.

Round 5 pairings:
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On another note, the ”Moscow Open” beings today until february 8th. A nine round swiss tournament with the participation of 21 Grandmasters above 2600 including Ian Nepomniatchtchi, Evgeny Alekseev, Francisco Vallejo Pons, Anton Korobov and many others.… Read more

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