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ICC First Sunday Showdown - August 2018

Added on 08.12.2018

The Internet Chess Club is excited to announce its new monthly tournament with cash prizes. To be played on the first Sunday of each month, August Sunday Showdown cash prize tournament was held August 5, at 11:00 AM (EST) - BLITZ 3 0 NINE ROUNDS.  We offer cash prizes for the top finishers, as well as ICC membership time and video series giveaways for class winners!  The ICC SUNDAY SHOWDOWNS is an occasion to measure your strength against super-strong players and, why not, to win one of many...Full Story

Nepomniachtchi wins Dortmund and Liang is the Junior US Champion

Added on 07.23.2018

Dortmund has traditionally belonged to Vladimir Kramnik.  He had a share of the lead after four rounds, but lost in the fifth, sixth, and nearly again in the seventh round.  Ian Nepomniachtchi won the tournament by a full point at 5-2.  GM Ian Nepomniachtchi As it turned out, he didn’t need the full point in the last round, but he got it in short order against the tough-to-beat German Georg Meier.  We’ll start with a look at that one: your web browser and/or your host do not support...Full Story

The US won the World Chess Senior Team Championship!

Added on 07.18.2018

  GM Joel Benjamin sporting his two gold medals and the ICC t-shirt GM Joel Benjamin analyzes some of the games from Dresden GM Alex Yermolinsky's report from Dresden The U.S. team made a successful journey to Dresden, Germany and scooped up the gold medals in the 50+ division. For a lot of the players, it was about getting the old gang back together.  In my long chess career, nothing has provided me with more pride and pleasure than representing my country in Olympic events,...Full Story

World Team Championship 50+ & 65+ 2018

Added on 07.09.2018

The Internet Chess Club is the proud sponsor of the U.S. Team at the World Chess Team Championship being played in Dresden, Germany. This year there is a record in participation: over 580 chess players and 127 teams are competing compete to obtain the title “World Champion” in the categories 50+, 65+ and in the women's section. The U.S. team, in the 50+ section, WON the World Championship! FINAL STANDINGS Our collaborators GM Joel Benjamin and GM Alex Yermolinsky kept us posted about...Full Story

GM Joel’s Chess Week Recap - a 12-yo GM

Added on 07.02.2018

This week I have action from the recently completed Karen Asrian Memorial and the ongoing Russian Higher League, but first let’s catch up on earlier events, including a milestone for a young Indian boy. Indian GM Praggnanandhaa Praggnanandhaa has narrowly missed Sergey Karjakin’s record as the youngest Grandmaster ever, notching his third and final GM norm in the Gredine Open in Italy.  The 12-year-old clinched the result with an eighth-round victory over Luca Moroni, which I will show in a...Full Story

Live Events on ICC July 2018 Calendar

Added on 07.01.2018

        "Here is the July 2018 schedule for ICC TV! Join us this month and become a star on ICC and YouTube!"    - GM Alex Yermolinsky   07/07 Saturday 2PM IM Christof Sielecki SimulMaster! 07/12 Thursday 4PM GM Ronen Har-Zvi Time Odds 07/19 Thursday 12PM GM Alex Yermolinsky GM Yermo recaps the most recent important chess events 07/21 Saturday 2PM GM...Full Story

ICC First Sunday Showdown

Added on 06.20.2018

The Internet Chess Club is excited to announce its new monthly tournament with cash prizes. To be played on the first Sunday of each month, we'll host our first Sunday Showdown cash prize tournament on July 1, 11:00 AM (EST) - BLITZ 3 0 NINE ROUNDS.  We'll offer cash prizes for the top finishers, as well as ICC membership time and video series giveaways for class winners!  The ICC SUNDAY SHOWDOWNS is an occasion to measure your strength against super-strong players and, why not, to win one of...Full Story

9 Chess Principles You Can Apply to Your Life

Added on 06.16.2018

Chess is a beautiful game that is considered by many an art and a sport. It’s also one of the oldest games in human history. As chess players learn and refine their chess principles through time, certain patterns begin to emerge. Chess principles often mimic life and offer valuable insights. Consider the following for a more strategic lifestyle: 1. Aim at the center. Aiming at the center of the board invites early confrontation to occupy important squares. In life, you must occupy your own...Full Story

11th Mumbai Mayor’s International Chess Tournament 2018

Added on 06.13.2018

Tajikistan’s Farrukh lifts the 11th Mumbai Mayor’s Cup [From Left to Right]  GM Amonatov Farrukh , A Category Winner, Vithhal Madhav, Secretary, Mumbai Suburban District Chess Federation, Ravindra Dongre, Organising Secretary, Bharatsingh Chauhan, Secretary, All India Chess Federation, V Anantharaman , Chief Arbiter and Nagesh G (in white), Treasurer, Mumbai City Chess Association at the Prize distribution ceremony of the  11th Mumbai Mayor’s International Chess Tournament 2018, Sponsored by...Full Story

14th EDAMI Scholastic Tournament

Added on 06.07.2018

Saturday, June the 2nd, in Barcelona, Spain, 270 kids crossed their pieces over the board for the XIV edition of the EDAMI scholastic chess tournament. It's been a success, with the famous GM Miguel Illescas - EDAMI's director - there to cheer up the kids and give them the prizes. The playing hall   GM Miguel Illescas ICC was there! The Internet Chess Club, in its continued involvement with scholastic chess, contributed with one-year free accounts to all the children. The young...Full Story

GM Joel recaps Altibox Norway Chess Tournament first six rounds

Added on 06.04.2018

GM Joel Benjamin There’s a lot of action in the chess world this week.  I’ll visit the French League Top 12, and the prestigious Karpov Poikovsky Cup.  But I’ll start with the feature event, Altibox Norway Chess. Norway started with Magnus Carlsen getting the better of one American rival, Fabiano Caruana, and has just seen a stars and stripes revenge with Wesley So taking down Carlsen to grab a share of the lead.   The players have played uneven numbers of games, and some of them won’t...Full Story

Live Events on ICC June 2018 Calendar

Added on 06.01.2018

        "Here is the June 2018 schedule for ICC TV! Join us this month and become a star on ICC and YouTube!"    - GM Joel Benjamin   06/02 Saturday 2PM IM Christof Sielecki SimulMaster! 06/08 Friday 12PM GM Alex Yermolinsky GM Yermo recaps the Norway Chess Tournament 2018 06/10 Sunday 7PM GM David Smerdon Banter Blitz 06/15 Friday 4PM GM Ronen...Full Story

GM Joel recaps the Capablanca Memorial and the Women World Chess Championship

Added on 05.21.2018

GM Joel Benjamin This week I have the conclusion of the Women’s World Championship, the Polish Championship, and our feature event, the Capablanca Memorial from Havana Cuba. The great Capablanca The traditional Capablanca Memorial was a six-player event, like the recently completely Sigeman tournament, but more challenging for the players with a double round-robin format. This proved especially favorable for Sam Shankland, who torched the field with 4/5 in the second leg.  Sam’s 7.5/10 total...Full Story

GM Joel wraps up the Russian Team Championship and recaps the Women Championship match

Added on 05.15.2018

GM Joel Benjamin This week I’ll wrap up the Russian Team Championship, give the lowdown on the Sigeman tournament, and check in on the Women’s World Championship. The Russian Team title was not decided until the last round, when the Bronze Horsemen of St. Petersburg took a lead into the last round over Legacy Square Capital of Moscow.  Legacy took on the tailenders and duly crushed Zhiguli Samara by a near maximum score.  The pressure was on Miedny Vsadnik to defeat the underachieving but...Full Story

Live Events on ICCTV May 2018 Calendar

Added on 05.01.2018

        "Here is the May 2018 schedule for ICC TV! Join us this month and become a star on ICC and YouTube!"    - GM Alex Yermolinsky   05/03 Thursday 3PM GM Alex Yermolinsky Every Russian Schoolboy knows LIVE! 05/12 Saturday 2PM IM Christof Sielecki SimulMaster! 05/13 Sunday 7PM GM David Smerdon Banter Blitz 05/17 Thursday 3PM GM Alex...Full Story

2018 U.S. Championships

Added on 04.17.2018

Round 11 It's a S(l)am Dunk! With a whopping +6 (+6=5-0) Sam Shankland is the 2018 US Chess Champion. In the last round, both Sam and Fabiano won. It's quite remarkable that Caruana, with a massive +5, got second place. Shankland played a convincing game against the youngest GM of the tournament, Awonder Liang, to secure the title,m no matter Caruana's result. Sam showed to be totally focused on the game, and with a somewhat killer-like attitude, he went on to destroy Liang. These are a...Full Story

GM Joel recaps the Dubai Open and the Sharjah Masters, in the UAE. And a final word on the GRENKE Classic.

Added on 04.16.2018

This week I’ll have a final tidbit from the GRENKE Masters, as well as a couple of major open tournaments from a country that might surprise you. I watched Alex Yermolinsky’s GRENKE video recap to see if he was covering what I might include in some final thoughts, and I saw he spoke at length about Hou Yifan’s missed endgame opportunity against Caruana, as well as Fabi’s last round win over Vitiugov.  BTW, I found Yermo’s insights, not only about hard chess but about players and approaches to...Full Story

GM Joel recaps the GRENKE Open and Classic

Added on 04.09.2018

This week we will focus on the GRENKE Chess Classic from Germany, but first, we will take note of a major surprise in the strong open tournament which concluded last week. Many big names took part, but first place went to the unheralded 13-year-old German IM Vincent Keymer.  Keymer’s 8-1 score had many fans remembering Sofia Polgar’s “Sack of Rome, where she notched a 2900 performance rating at age 14 nearly thirty years ago.  Keymer beat several grandmasters and went into the last round tied...Full Story

Tricks and Traps everywhere!

Added on 04.06.2018

IM John Watson John's back! After some months of hiatus, IM John Watson is back, with a new, fantastic videos series for ICC's members! Tricks 'n Traps in the Opening. How many tricks and traps are there in the sea of opening theory? From the simplest ones to the more advanced, IM John Watson in this amazing video series shows you how to fool (or not be fooled by!) your opponent, who might not know the intricacies of an opening. The course is organized by general opening, and in 15 videos...Full Story

GM Joel recaps the European Individual Championship and the first rounds of the GRENKE Classic

Added on 04.02.2018

This week we wrap up the European Individual Championship and get started on the GRENKE Chess Classic. GM Ivan Saric Ivan Saric took clear first in the European Individual Championship by winning his last two games to finish on 8.5/11.  The last round is often played conservatively by those who want to ensure qualification into the World Cup—23 spots were given out in Batumi.  Saric defeated David Navara in the last round but started to make his move in the previous round against Rasmus...Full Story

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