The Reykjavik open chess tournament

Reykjavik open
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One of the most prestigious international tournaments in the world takes place every spring in Reykjavik known as Reykjavik open. Most of the strongest chess players of the world have participated the competition, many more than once. Association of professional chess tournament has chosen as the best open chess tournaments held in recent years. But the tournament is a very entertaining mix of professional and amateur chess as well as young and promising skákmanna rapidly moving up the ladder chess.

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7th London chess classic; 9th round

Carlsen vs Maxime Vachier-LagraveTo adapt Gary Lineker’s famous football quote (and not for the first time): chess is a simple game. The players play longplay, rapidplay and blitz and in the end Magnus Carlsen wins. The final day of the London Classic had the lot – a mind-numbing, eight-hour extravaganza of chess in three different formats, brilliant moves, crazy strategies,

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7th London chess classic; 8th round

Aronian, Vachier-LagraveRound eight and we were back to the standard 1:4 ratio of decisive games to draws. But very good quality draws, let it be said. The one winner was Anish Giri, who inflicted a second successive defeat on the unlucky Hikaru Nakamura. Scores with one round to go are: 1-2 Anish Giri (NED), Maxime Vachier-Lagrave (FRA) 5/8, 3-5 Levon Aronian (ARM), Magnus Carlsen (NOR), Alexander Grischuk (RUS) 4½, 6-7 Mickey Adams (ENG), Fabiano Caruana (USA) 4, 8 Hikaru Nakamura (USA) 3½, 9 Vishy Anand (IND) 3, 10 Veselin Topalov (BUL) 2. As regards the Grand Chess Tour standings: the estimates going into the final round are Giri 24, Vachier-Lagrave 23, Aronian 22, Carlsen 21, etc. These can of course change quite drastically depending on results.

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7th London chess classic ; round 5

Aronian vs Carlsen smiling at 1.Nh3!?As usual we started with some children making moves for the grandmasters. This time the children in question had travelled all the way from Gloucestershire. That’s around 200 kilometres due west of London for those readers unfamiliar with our green and pleasant land, and our adherence to Imperial units of measurement. They brought with them some innovative opening ideas. The little boy from Slimbridge Primary School deputed to make Levon

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London chess classic; 4 round

Anand first moveAs some wit commented on Twitter, the Berlin Chess Classic is over and the London Chess Classic has started. Well, very nearly. In fact, one of the fourth round games did feature this unpopular but highly effective Ruy Lopez variation but it was a long and interesting struggle. There was plenty of

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London chess classic; 3 round

Carlsen vs Anand - and the little girl, Anum Sheikh, presses the clock too!At the start of every round at the London Classic we always have at least one special guest on stage to make the first move for one or more of the super-GMs. Sometimes it’s a sponsor or a celebrity but more often than not it is one of the many children learning to play the game courtesy of the Chess in Schools and Communities charity. Children make great ‘honorary movers’ because you can never be quite sure what they are going to do! Today was a delightful

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London chess classic; round 2

Grischuk vs TopalovALL DRAWS… … in today’s second round. That makes the scores Giri 1½/2; Grischuk, Vachier-Lagrave, Caruana, Anand, Adams, Aronian, Carlsen, Nakamura 1; Topalov ½. Most of the games were well contested, but elite, classical chess gravitates towards a drawn result and there’s no point getting hung up about it. One of the dangers of a stellar field is

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7th London chess classic; round 1

Mickey Adams, Fabiano Caruana, Anish Giri
Mickey Adams, Fabiano Caruana, Anish Giri (John Saunders))

The seventh London Chess Classic – bigger and even stronger than its six predecessors – got under way on Friday 4 December 2015 with some tense chess, and just the one decisive result, as Anish Giri of the Netherlands recovered from a dubious position to defeat Veselin Topalov and snatch an early lead.

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Improve your chess using 20 minutes on day!

improve your chessYou can improve your chess a lot without spend so much time each day. Just use it wisely! Here is a very good video of one way to do it, similar to the ideas we mention in the article where the interview with Anand was.

It´s best to mix the games with your favorite players but also other players wich have a different style than your

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Chess interview with Anand

Chess interview with AnandOne of the greatest chess players in the world is without a doubt the former World Chess Champion, Viswanathan Anand. Knowing of hard work, deep understanding of chess and enjoyable chess style, he is one the most popular chess player in the world. On younger years, he was too famous for play very fast, and many of his opponents was it

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Rook & Pawn Endgames

Endgames are one of the most important parts of chess. If you know and play endgame well, the middle game will always be much easier to play because you understand what you want in the endgames. Rock and pawn endgames are one of key endgame because so many games are decided with that type of endgame. 

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Psychological preparation for chess

One vital part to be a strong chess player are psychological preparation for chess. Stay focus and calm no matter what is going on around you or on the board will help you are lot. Martin Hagger is Professor of Psychology at Curtin University and is excellent in exercise psychology. Here he shows how the techniques might be used by

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How to judge a chess position

One of the most important things in chess is to judge a chess position. All players are judge in it through the game more or less. But what is the best way to do it. We will talk about it many times here on because it´s important to development it.

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Strategic Ideas for Beginners

WGM Jennifer Shahade had very good lecture about in Strategic Ideas for Beginners in The Chess Club and Scholastic Center of Saint Louis 2013. Here you can see the lecture, great value for beginners.

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