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Happened Today in the Chess World - Nov 30, 2023

Added on 11.30.2023

NUMERO UNO European Team Championship, Budva 2023: Magnus Carlsen Photo: Anna Shtourman / FIDE - Source: Today is the birthday of former World Champion Grandmaster Magnus Carlsen, born in Tønsberg, Norway, on November 30, 1990. Magnus became a grandmaster at 13 and World Champion in 2013 - beating Anand to defend the title four times: in 2014 against Anand, in 2016 against Karjakin, in 2018 against Caruana, and in 2012 against Nepomniachtchi. In July 2022, Magnus announced his...Full Story

Chess News: Your Daily Update - Howell’s secret weapon

Added on 11.30.2023

IM Malcolm Pein November 30, 2023   THE computer has come up with a new weapon against the Classical Sicilian and, after saving up the idea for several years, David Howell used it to score an important win for England against Netherlands in the recent European Team Championships in Budva. Like many computer innovations, the move 6.Bb5 looks at best innocuous, yet when analysed concretely it causes serious problems for Black. Howell’s opponent Max Van Warmerdam countered with a...Full Story

Chess News: Your Daily Update - Caruana in control

Added on 11.29.2023

IM Malcolm Pein November 29, 2023   FABIANO Caruana won the Saint Louis Rapid & Blitz after defeating Maxime Vachier-Lagrave in a winner-takes-all last-round Blitz game. Caruana ended with 21/36 points, Vachier-Lagrave was second with 20.5. Liem, Nepo and Caruana top scored in the Blitz with 11/18. Ray Robson, the surprise winner of the Rapid section, finished bottom with 6/18. Caruana’s Tour earnings jumped to $160,000, with MVL second in the prize money list with $72,250. Caruana’s...Full Story

Happened Today in the Chess World - Nov 29, 2023

Added on 11.29.2023

THE GIANT Georg Marco - Source: Today, we remember Master Georg Marco, born in Chernivtsi, Bukovina (today Ukraine), on November 28, 1863. Marco was the second Romanian chess player - after Albin - to enter the big international tournaments circuit. He was often remembered for his colossal figure, nor proportional to his results over the board. This kind of irony seems not to be confirmed by facts since Marco defeated the future World Champion Euwe, five world title contenders...Full Story

Happened Today in the Chess World - Nov 28, 2023

Added on 11.28.2023

BATTLE BETWEEN PEERS GM Rustem Dautov - Source: Today is the birthday of Grandmaster Rustem Dautov, born in Ufa, Russia, on November 28, 1965. Dautov was Soviet Champion U18 in 1983 and Belarussian Champion in 1986. Later, Dautov gained German citizenship and became German Champion in 1996. He represented Germany in five Olympiads, with a Team Silver and two Individual Bronze medals. Dautov reached his peak rating of 2636 Elo points in January 2002. Shirov, Aronian,...Full Story

Chess News: Your Daily Update - Robson wins Rapid

Added on 11.28.2023

IM Malcolm Pein November 28, 2023   RAY Robson was the surprise winner of the Rapid section at the Saint Louis Rapid & Blitz. The US international triumphed with a score of just +2, or 11/18 over the nine games heading into the Blitz section. There are also 18 points at stake in the Blitz, in which the 10 players face each other with both colours. Fabiano Caruana and Maxime Vachier-Lagrave tied for second on 10/18, with Alireza Firouzja, Ian Nepomniachtchi, Anish Giri, and Le Quang...Full Story

Happened Today in the Chess World - Nov 27, 2023

Added on 11.27.2023

THE CAPTAIN'S MUSCLES IBM Tournament, Amsterdam 1974: Jan Timman vs. Vlastimil Jansa Photo: Rob Croes / ANEFO Source: Today is the birthday of Grandmaster Vlastimil Jansa, born in Prague, Czech Republic, on November 27, 1942. Jansa played soccer in his youth; then, he got a degree in sports sciences and joined the army, becoming Captain.  A student of Emil Richter's, Jansa won the Czechoslovakia Championship thrice between 1964 and 1984. He represented his country in ten...Full Story

Chess News: Your Daily Update - Brilliance from Berry

Added on 11.27.2023

IM Malcolm Pein November 27, 2023   A NEW season of the 4NCL got under way on Saturday, November 11, at Kent’s Hill Park, Milton Keynes. Defending champions Manx Liberty edged past Blackthorne 5-3, with potential title challengers Cheddleton, Chessable White Rose and The Sharks all enjoying good wins. Despite their name, Celtic Tigers hail from Hammersmith Chess Club at London’s MindSports Centre. They narrowly lost the ‘Celtic’ derby, going down 4.5-3.5 to Scottish side Alba, who...Full Story

Chess News: Your Daily Update - A young super-talent

Added on 11.26.2023

IM Malcolm Pein November 26, 2023   Daniel Dardha became the youngest player ever to win the Belgian Chess Championship in 2019 at the age of 13. Now 18, he plays on top board for his country and won the bronze medal for his individual performance at the European Team Championship that concluded last Monday. It’s been pretty much established that you can play h2-h4 in almost any position after 1.d4, but playing both a2-a4 and h2-h4 in an open game seems a bit of a stretch. N...Full Story

Chess News: Your Daily Update - Super sacrifices

Added on 11.25.2023

IM Malcolm Pein November 25, 2023   TWO magnificent queen sacrifices from the European Team Championships by the rising stars of women’s chess, Nurgyul Salimova of the gold medal winning Bulgarian team and Stavroula Tsolakidou of Greece. S Tsolakidou – N Buksa Sicilian Sveshnikov   var viewer = new CHESS.PgnViewer({ pgn_uri: '', piece_set: '', show_screen:...Full Story

Happened Today in the Chess World - Nov 24, 2023

Added on 11.24.2023

A PROMISING LITHUANIAN  Polish Team Championship, Legnica 2021: GM Paulius Pultinevicius - Photo: Krzysztof Szelag / wikimedia commons Today is the birthday of Grandmaster Paulius Pultinevicius, born in Marijampolė, Lithuania, on November 24, 2001. Paulius placed second at the Lithuanian Championship in 2018 and got his GM title the following year. Pultinevicius participated in the World Cup in 2019 and reached his peak rating of 2600 Elo points in October 2022. He's an excellent Blitz...Full Story

Chess News: Your Daily Update - England crumble

Added on 11.24.2023

IM Malcolm Pein November 24, 2023   A SECOND match defeat meant that England missed out on a medal at the European Team Championship in Budva, Montenegro. Although Nikita Vitiugov and David Howell pressed a little, their Armenian opponents defended stoutly and, towards the time control, Michael Adams, under a little pressure, blundered and lost. England dropped from third to sixth, with the Armenians taking the bronze medals. The tie-break system at the European Teams is rather...Full Story

Chess News: Your Daily Update - England falter

Added on 11.23.2023

IM Malcolm Pein November 23, 2023   ENGLAND’S chances of securing the gold medals receded when they suffered their first defeat in the penultimate round of the European Team Championship in Budva, Montenegro. England lost to Serbia 1.5-2.5 after Ravi Haria replaced Luke McShane, who was unwell. Haria was outplayed by Velimir Ivic, who found a hole in his opening preparation and quickly outplayed him. David Howell nearly ground down European Individual champion Alexey Sarana, but the...Full Story

Happened Today in the Chess World - Nov 23, 2023

Added on 11.23.2023

ENDSPIELZABAUER GM Karsten Müller - Source: Today is the birthday of Grandmaster Karsten Muller, born in Amburg, Germany, on November 23, 1970. Muller got a degree in Mathematics and obtained the GM title in 1998. Muller participated several times in the German Chess championship, with his best result being in 1997 when he placed second. Karsten reached his peak rating of 2558 Elo points in 1998. He retired from competitive chess long ago. His notoriety is mostly due to his...Full Story

Happened Today in the Chess World - Nov 22, 2023

Added on 11.22.2023

A PLAYING LIFE Mar del Plata 1991: Mikhail Tal analyzes with Oscar Panno and Miguel Najdorf. Among the spectators Hugo Spangenberg, second from left, and Julio Granda Zuniga, fourth. Source: @davidllada Today is the birthday of Grandmaster Hugo Spangenberg, born in Buenos Aires, Argentina, on November 22, 1975. Hugo was the Argentinian champion at age 17 and became a GM at 20. He was a member of his country's Olympic team three times. Spangenberg abandoned competitive chess early in his life...Full Story

Chess News: Your Daily Update - Three at the top

Added on 11.22.2023

IM Malcolm Pein November 22, 2023   A TENSE seventh-round match for England against Germany ended with four draws at the European Team Championship in Budva, Montenegro. The two teams shared the lead with Serbia on 11/14 match points, with two rounds remaining. David Howell managed the unusual feat of creating some pressure with black in the symmetrical line of the Ruy Lopez Berlin Defence but, as the time control approached, there was no way to progress. Luke McShane overcame his...Full Story

Happened Today in the Chess World - Nov 21, 2023

Added on 11.21.2023

THE HERO OF THE TARTARS Moscow-Leningrad Match, Moscow 1984: Evgeny Bareev (left) and Igor Glek Photo: Boris Dolmatovsky / - Source: @dgriffinchess Today is the birthday of Grandmaster Evgeny Bareev, born in Yemanzhelinsk, Russia, on November 21, 1966. Evgeny was World Champion U16 in 1982 and Soviet Champion in 1990; with the Russian Team won four Olympiads, with an individual Silver medal. Bareev was a candidate several times and reached the semifinals in 2004, losing to the...Full Story

Chess News: Your Daily Update - England on the rampage

Added on 11.21.2023

IM Malcolm Pein November 21, 2023   ENGLAND scored one of their finest ever results in the sixth round of the European Team Championship in Budva, Montenegro, as they defeated Netherlands 3.5-0.5. The match could not have started better, as new recruit Nikita Vitiugov crushed fellow 2700+ player Jorden van Foreest with black. David Howell ground out a win, and Luke McShane outplayed his opponent in a double-knight endgame. It reminded me of our worst ever performance at the Chess...Full Story

Sinquefield Cup 2023

Added on 11.20.2023

Round 7 Fabiano Caruana scored a vital victory over Wesley So, leveling the tournament standings and securing the overall triumph in the 2023 Grand Chess Tour! Leinier Dominguez won over Rapport, marking his second consecutive win and positioning himself favorably to potentially secure a qualification spot for the 2024 FIDE Candidates based on rating. As the Sinquefield Cup enters its final two rounds, the competition remains intense for both the tournament title and the two qualifying spots,...Full Story

Chess News: Your Daily Update - England in contention

Added on 11.20.2023

IM Malcolm Pein November 20, 2023   TWO match wins over Turkey and Greece, both by a margin of 2.5-1.5, sent England up the table going into the rest day at the European Team Championships in Budva, Montenegro. Luke McShane scored the win over Turkey, and Michael Adams played a lovely endgame, below, to secure victory over Greece in the sixth hour. England were equal second on 8/10 and drawn against Netherlands in round six, four rounds remained. Germany moved into the sole lead on...Full Story

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