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  • St. Petersburg wins Russian Team Championship

    Chess News Nov 30, 2020 | 15:35 P

    Медный Всадник, the "Bronze Horseman" from St. Petersburg, convincingly won the Russian Team Championships 2020 in Sochi. The "Horsemen" won eight of their nine matches and finished three points ahead of their closest rivals. Top scorer of the team was Maxim Matlakov (pictured), European Champion 2017. FSM Moscow won the women's event. | Photo: Lennart Ootes (Archive)

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  • Skilling Open Final: White wins

    Chess News Nov 30, 2020 | 14:05 P

    Magnus Carlsen and Wesley So go into the last day of the Skilling Open with the score tied after trading wins with white in the first four games of the final match. It all comes down to the second 4-game mini-match, while another tied score will lead to a blitz tiebreaker. The deciding confrontation will be played on Carlsen’s 30th birthday. | Photo: Lennart Ootes

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  • The preposterously fast ChessBase search booster

    Chess News Nov 30, 2020 | 11:34 P

    Our new database program, ChessBase 16 has, as you know, a blindingly fast search. If you ask the program whether, and how often, a particular position has occurred in a collection of eight million games, and which were the moves played in that position, with what success, then you get an answer in less than one second! How is this possible? The author of this search booster function is Jeroen van den Belt, and he explains how he implemented the new search booster.

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  • Carlsen and So share the spoils on day one of the final of the Skilling Open - Day 8

    The Week in Chess Nov 29, 2020 | 21:07 P

    Wesley So came back twice against Magnus Carlsen in order to tiethe first set 2-2 of the Skilling Open the first event in the newonline Champions Chess Tour.Carlsen won a delicate endgame in game one. So could have traded rookswith 23....Rc1 and this should have simplified his defensive task, asit was he was under pressure for a long time and 33...Rf5 turned outto be the losing move but the finish was very nicely done winning the Queen.In game two Carlsen was dead lost out of the opening but he generatedsome great counter play which meant So had to be accurate, after 36.e5? (36.Bd3 was theway) the game was suddenly equal again and this remained the case for a verylong time, Carlsen tried to avoid a perpetual check with 89...Kf8?? and gothimself checkmated. Game three was Carlsen's smoothest win - he put Sounder pressure with some very direct attacking play and converted toa winning endgame, even here So briefly equalised after 28.g5?! (28.Kg3 is winning)but had to find 30...c5 instead 30...Rd8 led to a lost endgame. In thefinal game it was So who put the pressure on surprising Carlsen, putting himin time trouble right out of the opening and then playing[…]

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  • Carlsen and Wesley So reach the final of the Skilling Open - Day 7

    The Week in Chess Nov 28, 2020 | 22:17 P

    Magnus Carlsen and Wesley So meet in the final of the SkillingOpen after both defeated their opponents in the first setand then made sure they drew the second set. The final takes placeon November 29th and 30th and is the first event in the ChampionsChess Tour that has an online event every month until it finishes on October 3rd in2021.Wesley So's online form has improved throughout the year recentlywinning a strong US Championships and he also shared first with Carlsenin the Saint Louis Rapid and Blitz. Hikaru Nakamura has also had a stellaronline season but he found this match against So a bit of a struggle.Nakamura saved two lost positions in the first couple of games earning a perpetual checkin game one and fighting his way back in game two - after a another draw in game 3Nakamura was in a must win situation if he wanted to take the match to a tie-break.Nakamura found complications but missed an importanttactical point which lost his dangerous passed pawnafter which if So had wanted he could have won but instead he chose to draw.Ian Nepomniachtchi won a wild first game against Magnus Carlsen wherehis King was wandering around in the middle of[…]

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  • Carlsen and Wesley So lead their Skilling Open semifinals - Day 6

    The Week in Chess Nov 27, 2020 | 21:20 P

    Magnus Carlsen took a lead in his semifinal tie against Ian Nepomniachtchiby winning the first set of games 2.5-1.5. Carlsen. In game one the playersfollowed a couple of previous Giri games against Nepomniachtchi until14.Bh3 which was new from Carlsen, there then follow 14...Kg8 15. Qc3 Qb8? (15...Qc7 isabsolutely fine for black) 16. d6! just won a piece for Carlsen mid-board and soon the game.In game two Carlsen drifted into trouble after a good opening and when he exchangedQueens he entered a lost knight and pawn endgame, but then within sight of the winningline Nepomniachtchi blundered with 50.Ng6 (50.a5 or 50.Ke4 won) and Carlsen liquidated all the pawns.Carlsen experienced some technical problems during game three, it's unclear if ithad an impact but with 21.Bf4 he started to go very wrong and by move 30 he was dead lost.Carlsen took the game into a lost Rook endgame and after move 50 Nepomniachtchi startedto make mistakes and by move 55 Carlsen had equalised. Nepomniachtchi didn't evenseem to try very hard in the final fourth game which was drawn without incident.Wesley So played a very controlled set against Hikaru Nakamura winning 2.5-1.5. After a quiet drawin game one So slowly outplayed Nakamura in a[…]

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  • Hikaru Nakamura wins thriller to storm into Skilling Open semis

    Chessdom Nov 27, 2020 | 00:24 P

    The Champions Chess Tour, launched by the Play Magnus Group, replaces the hugely-popular Magnus Carlsen Chess Tour put on earlier this year.

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  • Italian Open, Women and Junior Championships

    Chessdom Nov 25, 2020 | 01:04 P

    The Italian Chess Federation organised the Open, Women and Junior Individual Online Chess Championships in the period from 13th-23rd November 2020, and announced the respective winners: Valsecchi Alessio, Zimina Olga, Di Benedetto Edoardo and Raccanello Marianna. The event consisted of three stages: Qualification stage played within 2 groups whose winners proceeded to Semifinals and eventually [...]

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  • Sanal Vahap defends the title of Turkish Champion

    Chessdom Nov 25, 2020 | 00:45 P

    22-years old Grandmaster Sanal Vahap defended the title of the Turkish Chess Champion, in the recently played Turkish Chess Championship, which took place from 13-21 November 2020 in Kemer, Antalya. Sanal Vahap won the event convincingly, as the top seed, scoring 7 points out of 9 played games. Second place came to IM Melih Yurtseven [...]

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  1. Our new database program, ChessBase 16 has, as you know, a blindingly fast search. If you ask the program whether, and how often, a particular position has occurred in a collection of eight million games, and which were the moves played in that position, with what success, then you get an answer in less than one second! How is this possible? The author of this search booster function is Jeroen van den Belt, and he explains how he implemented the new search booster.
  2. Медный Всадник, the "Bronze Horseman" from St. Petersburg, convincingly won the Russian Team Championships 2020 in Sochi. The "Horsemen" won eight of their nine matches and finished three points ahead of their closest rivals. Top scorer of the team was Maxim Matlakov (pictured), European Champion 2017. FSM Moscow won the women's event. | Photo: Lennart Ootes (Archive)
  3. Magnus Carlsen and Wesley So go into the last day of the Skilling Open with the score tied after trading wins with white in the first four games of the final match. It all comes down to the second 4-game mini-match, while another tied score will lead to a blitz tiebreaker. The deciding confrontation will be played on Carlsen’s 30th birthday. | Photo: Lennart Ootes