79th Tata Steel Masters / Round 3

 by National Life Master Loal Davis  Sergey Karjakin Karjakin played the White pieces against Van Wely’s Pirc Defense arriving at a position where White was slightly better, but then made a very interesting move of maintaining the tension on the e5 square instead of exchanging.  This was rife with tactical opportunities and not … Continue reading

79th Tata Steel Masters / Round 2

All Images Courtesy Of Derrick Bartotto.  There were three decisive games in the second round of the 79th Tata Steel Masters. Carlsen was already better by Wojtaszek’s 29th move, but White’s next (Diagram Below) put Black in dire straights with too many targets on the fire.  This is why it is good … Continue reading

 SCRABBLE® in Saint Louis

North American Scrabble Players Association – NASPAwww.scrabbleplayers.org/SCRABBLE® in Saint Louis!Saint Louis, MO Saturday, February 11th, 2017 One-day tournament at Maryville University’s Donius University Center Meeting Room.  The address is 650 Maryville University Drive in Saint Louis, MO For those traveling, one recommendation for accommodations is La Quinta Inn and Suites – Saint … Continue reading

79th TATA STEEL CHESS TOURNAMENT/Pairings

79th TATA STEEL CHESS TOURNAMENT/Pairings:  Tata Steel Masters Playing Schedule Round 1 – Saturday the 14thHarikrishna, P. – Aronian, L. Adhiban, B. – Van Wely, L. Eljanov, P. – Rapport, R. Karjakin, S. – Giri, A. So, W. – Carlsen, M. Wojtaszek, R. – Nepomniachtchi, I. Andreikin, D. – Wei, Y. Round 2 – Sunday the 15thAronian, L. – … Continue reading

Top Of 2017 / Top Ten

   The Top Ten Players at the top of 2017 are as follows.Of note is that Fabiano Caruana is thirteen points below the World Champion, Magnus Carlsen.  RankNameTitleCountryRating B-Year 1 Carlsen, Magnus GM NOR 2840  1990 2 Caruana, FabianoGM USA 2827 1992 3 Kramnik, Vladimir GM RUS 2811  1975 4 So, Wesley GM USA 2808 1993 5 Vachier-Lagrave, Maxime GM FRA 2796 1990 6 Anand, Viswanathan GM IND 2786  1969 7 Nakamura, Hikaru GM USA 2785 1987 8 Karjakin, Sergey GM RUS 2785 1990 9 Aronian, Levon GM ARM 2780 1982 10 Giri, Anish GM NED 2773 1994 

PRO Chess League

The U.S. Chess League is coming back to Chess.com, but it will have a new name and different format. In January, the site will play host to a brand new form of organized chess competition: The PRO Chess League.Unlike its predecessor, the USCL, the PRO Chess League will have faster time controls, provide more … Continue reading