GRENKE Chess Classic 2017 / Round 3

by National Life Master Loal DavisImages courtesy of Derrick Bartotto   The “One That Got Away”. “GRENKE Chess Classic 2017″Round “3″White “Hou, Yifan”Black “Carlsen, Magnus”1. e4 c5 2. Nf3 d6 3. d4 cxd4 4. Nxd4 Nf6 5. Nc3 a6 6. a4 e5 7. Nf3 Be7 8. Bg5 Be6 9. Bxf6 Bxf6 10. Nd5 … Continue reading

U.S. Chess Championship 2017 / Round 10

by National Life Master Loal Davis       Wesley So   Alexander Onischuk  Varuzhan Akobian It is now a three way tie for first place going into the last round of the U.S. Championship for 2017.   Varuzhan Akobian, Alexander Onischuk, and Wesley So are all tied at 6.5.  Fabiano Caruana and Hikaru Nakamura … Continue reading

U.S. Chess Championship 2017 / Round 8

by National Life Master Loal Davis  Varuzhan Akobian [Event "U.S. Championship 2017"] [Site "?"] [Date "2017.04.06"] [Round "8"] [White "Zherebukh, Yaroslav"] [Black "Akobian, Varuzhan"] [Result "0-1"] [PlyCount "56"] [EventDate "2017.03.29"] [SourceDate "2017.04.06"]1. e4 e6 2. d4 d5 3. Nd2 c5 4. exd5 Qxd5 5. dxc5 Nf6 6. Ngf3 Qxc5 7. Bd3 Nbd7 … Continue reading

2017 U.S. Championship

The 2017 U.S. Championship being held at the Chess Club and Scholastic Center of Saint Louis is an elite national championship event, featuring 12 of the strongest chess players in America.   They will play eleven rounds, and try to earn $194,000 in prize money, Qualification into the World Championship cycle, and the coveted … Continue reading

Champions Showdown 2016 / Day 3 / Rnds 5 & 6

 Hikaru Nakamura Not a good tournament so far for Fabiano Caruana.  He tried Lasker’s Defense in the Queen’s Gambit against Hikaru, played what appeared to be a dubious gambit of the ‘b’ Pawn, and then suffered trying to make something out – well – not much.  There was no real initiative … Continue reading

Champions Showdown 2016 / Round 1

    The Champions Showdown is now being played ( 10-14  November, 2016 ) in St. Louis between Fabiano Caruana, Hikaru Nakamura, Viswanathan Anand and Veselin Topalov.  They are competing in three different formats. Two classical round-robins (60 min. + 5 sec. delay) Two rapid round-robins (15 min. + 5 sec. for each move) Four blitz round-robins … Continue reading

Professional Rapid Online (PRO) Chess League

 Professional Rapid Online (PRO) Chess LeagueWorld Champion GM Magnus Carlsen will lead the Norway Gnomes, while world number-two GM Fabiano Caruana will play for Montreal Chessbrahs.Matches are slated to begin January 11, 2017 with most competitions on Wednesdays (league night) and a few inter-league matches on Saturdays. After a 10-week regular season, the playoffs … Continue reading