Caruana grabs the lead at the Tata Steel 2016 Round 3

GM Fabiano Caruana defeated GM Michael Adams in today’s 3rd round of the Tata Steel Chess Tournament being held in Wijk aan Zee.  The center was locked in by pawns and both players struggled to get a favorable position starting from the 10th move.  Adams tried to exploit his pawn-less g-file but […]

Tata Steel Chess 2016 Round 3

Tata Steel Chess 2016 Round 2

Round 2 of the Tata Steel Chess Tournament 2016 is now book

The 2nd round of the Tata Steel Chess Tournament 2016 shows Fabiano Caruana, Wesley So and Ding Laren leading the Tata Steel Masters with 1.5 points each.  The Tata Steel Challengers meanwhile have both Alexey Dreev and Adhiban Baskaran sitting ahead of everyone else with 2.0 points.  The reigning World Chess […]

Tata Steel Chess Tournament 2016 Round 1

This year’s Tata Steel Chess Tournament at Wijk aan Zee, North Holland has just concluded the first round.   In the Masters group, Grandmasters Wesley So, Ding Liren and Fabiano Caruana won against their opponents for the day.  Meanwhile, half of the players in the Challengers group posted their 1st full […]

Tata Steel Chess 2016 Round 1

Queen's Gambit Accepted at the Paul Keres Memorial 2016

The Queen’s Gambit at the Paul Keres Memorial 2016

Here is a notable game from the recently concluded 25th Keres Memorial at the ACP Open 2016 held in Tallinn, Estonia. An entertaining and educational game from both GMs on opposite sides of the board.  Black resigned after White’s 40th move. Can you find the mating attack? Let me know […]

Magnus Carlsen wins at Sochi, retains World Championship Title

Magnus Carlsen defeated Viswanathan Anand in their 11th game at Sochi, Russia thereby remaining the World Chess Champion. Anand once more tried to play a drawn game by going for the Ruy Lopez, Berlin Defense much to the dismay of the fans watching the match being broadcast live from Sochi via web […]

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World Chess Championship 2014 now 5.4 – 4.5 in favor of Carlsen

Round 10 of the year’s World Chess Championship was a draw between challenger Viswanathan Anand and champion Magnus Carlsen. This time playing as white, Anand faced the Gruenfeld Defense and was partly successful in establishing dominance in the center early in the game.  However, Carlsen fought back admirably and, after the […]

Carlsen still leads 2014 World Chess Championship with Round 9 a draw

After only 20 moves, Game 9 between the current world champion GM Magnus Carlsen and his challenger GM Viswanathan Anand ended in a draw. Playing with the black pieces, Anand once again employed the Berlin Defense in the Ruy Lopez and was successfully able to fend off any attacks from […]

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5th Draw Between Carlsen versus Anand

Compared to their previous games, Game 8 was a relatively quick and easy draw between Carlsen and Anand in the 2014 World Chess Championship. After their 122-move game the day before, Carlsen looked tired and this probably influenced him to push for a draw during this round. With the black pieces, Carlsen […]

World Chess Championship Game 7 a draw

Viswanathan Anand drew against Magnus Carlsen in Round 7 of the World Championship match in Sochi.  In what is so far the longest game of the event, Seeing that Anand chose to play the Berlin Defense, a variation in the Ruy Lopez opening known for drawn games, Carlsen sacrificed a pawn […]

2014 World Chess Championship Round 7 Final Position

2014 World Chess Championship Round 6 Final Position

Carlsen defeats Anand in Round 6 of the World Chess Championship

Magnus Carlsen has taken the lead a point ahead of Viswanathan Anand after the latter made some terrible decisions in the middle game. Wielding the white pieces, Carlsen chose to veer the game to the Sicilian Kan Variation and set up the Maroczy Bind.  The champion held on to his […]