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Today: Speed Chess Championship Match Aronian-Artemiev

The 2019 Chess.com Speed Chess Championship resumes Thursday with the start of the quarterfinals. The legendary veteran Levon Aronian will face the rising star Vladislav Artemiev to advance in the Speed Chess bracket, which has a total prize fund of $50,000. Three quarterfinal matches have been scheduled so far. The encounter between Hikaru Nakamura and Jan-Krzysztof Duda will soon be announced. Thursday, November 14 at 9 a.m. Pacific (noon Eastern, 18:00 CET): Levon Aronian vs Vladislav Artemiev Monday, November 18 at 7 a.m. Pacific (10 a.m. Eastern, 16:00 CET): Ian Nepomniachtchi vs Ding Liren Tuesday, November 19 at 9 a.m. Pacific (noon Eastern, 18:00 CET): Maxime Vachier-Lagrave vs Wesley So

Duda Beats Dubov, Reaches Hamburg Grand Prix Final

Despite losing the first rapid game in Wednesday's tiebreak Jan-Krzysztof Duda knocked out Daniil Dubov to reach the final of the FIDE Grand Prix in Hamburg. That starts on Friday. It was an exciting semifinal tiebreak between two of today's most promising rising stars—especially in speed chess: Dubov, the reigning world rapid champion and Duda, the runner-up at the world blitz championship. It goes to show that both of them were invited to the 2020 Tata Steel Chess Masters. Dubov got extremely close to victory as he won the first rapid game (with 25 minutes on the clock and 10 seconds increment), and reached a drawn rook endgame. Duda had to gamble there, and won. The first encounter was also decided in the endgame. The Russian player outplayed his opponent with a more active king:

Carlsen, Caruana, Giri To Play 2020 Tata Steel Chess

The top two players in the world, Magnus Carlsen and Fabiano Caruana, will meet in January for the 2020 Tata Steel Chess Tournament. With Anish Giri and Ian Nepomniachtchi, the field of the masters has four players from the current world's top 10. For Carlsen it will be the 16th (!) time that he'll play in Wijk aan Zee, the small town at the Dutch coast that has been hosting the tournament since 1968. Before that, the tournament was held in Beverwijk between 1938 and 1967. Carlsen has won the tournament a record seven times. The five-time winner Viswanathan Anand is also playing again, and the 2017 winner Wesley So will be back. Recently, in a league game in Norway, Carlsen improved his undefeated streak to 102 games. It looks like the Grand Chess Tour's playoffs in London will be Carlsen's next classical event, which has four classical games. Then Tata Steel will be next, and as long as he doesn't lose, he will beat Sergey Tiviakov's streak of 110 games in Wijk aan Zee in round five, on Thursday, January 16.

OK, Boomer: The Best Chess Players Of A Generation?

The generational meme wars are heating up as 'OK, boomer' (often with the necessary comma omitted) is now a catch-all reply to trump any disagreement between the young and old. This unstoppable meme has made its way across the Internet, all over Twitch, and even (dare we say it?) into 'real life.'

PRO Chess League Qualifiers: 8 Teams Clash For Final 2020 Season Berth On Saturday?

The PRO Chess League Qualifiers are right around the corner, and the event will determine which team earns the final spot in the upcoming season. All eight teams are set to square off on Nov. 16, 2019, at 9 a.m. Pacific. After an intensive application process, the PRO Chess League committee made their final team selections last week:'

First You Smile, Then You Resign??

Chess is a very complicated game that requires utmost concentration. Therefore most of the time chess players have a very serious facial expression. I doubt that a fianchettoed bishop or a semi-open file would make many people laugh. Yet there is a certain positional element that inevitably makes chess players smile. Regardless of the rating or age, chess players start grinning whenever such a situation appears on a chessboard. I am talking about tripled pawns. I remember the first time I had tripled pawns in my game. I was a little kid who cared more about joy of playing chess rather than the result of the game. So when my opponent threatened to triple my pawns I didn't prevent it, thinking lets just see what happens. Indeed, I had never seen such positions before and was curious to try something new. I dont remember the exact moves, but I believe that the game started like this:

The Secret Ingredient of winners : BANANAs !!!!

Breaking news, Bananas are good for the brain ! ... therefore good for chess ! You're hella going to need your brain for chess.