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The last but not decisive round

The last but not decisive round

Fabiano Caruana entered the Tatasteel Chess Masters tournament's last round one and a half points ahead of the runner-up, the reigning World champion Magnus Carlsen. An interesting, double-edged, psychological situation, allowing one to reveal his deep inner character...

“We all are wiser afterwards…”

“We all are wiser afterwards…”

Each World title match has its own history, built up by the confrontation between the opponents' mutual strength and hidden weaknesses. After losing his Candidates' match to Tal in 1965, Larsen laconically commented "We all are wiser afterwards". He added that after...

Brief thought on the Women World Championship match 2020

Brief thought on the Women World Championship match 2020

Many decades ago, Botvinnik expressed the curious thought that one of Spassky’s psychological Handicaps against Fischer in 1972 had been playing the match with a big prize fund in western currency. Indeed, all the post war world title matches had been disputed between...

The European Rapid Chess Championship, Skopje 8th-9th of December 2018

The European Rapid Chess Championship, Skopje 8th-9th of December 2018

The European Rapid Chess championship took place between December 8th-9th in Skopje. Four players finished tied for first with 10½ points out of 13: Valerij Popov (Russia), Andrey Esipenko (Russia), Vahap Sanal (Turkey) and Luca Moroni (Italy), in the respective order...

The European blitz championship, Skopje 2018

The European blitz championship, Skopje 2018

The European blitz championship took place in Skopje between December 6th-7th. The 20 year old Russian grandmaster Vladislav Artemiev won with the impressive score of 18,5/22.Blitz games are known to be exciting yet full of inaccuracies, mistakes or just blunders. On...

The World championship match Carlsen-Caruana

The World championship match Carlsen-Caruana

The World championship match between the reigning champion, Magnus Carlsen and his challenger Fabiano Caruana, disputed between November 9th-28th in London, established an undesired record: all games at normal (classical) time rate ended in draws! But this was only...