Some moves that are dismissed by experienced players as “obviously bad” moves that beginners would make, turn out to be very good, and sometimes crop up in the games of the world’s elite.
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Aug 26
There are many openings that aren’t played much and don’t get much respect, but that does not mean they are necessarily bad.
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Francisco Vallejo Pons is no longer a chess professional, but he is still among the world’s best players, as he demonstrates in the following game.
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The 15-year-old American becomes the second-youngest champion in the history of the championship.
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Aug 22

Never Give Up

Sam Shankland won the recent Biel Masters with an undefeated score, but he was in deep trouble in Round 2. He did not give up though, he kept fighting, and he was rewarded with a sudden and dramatic reversal of fortune.
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Young players sometimes play moves that older, more experienced players would never try or would reject as too wild. But the results can be fun, as in this example from the World Junior Championship.
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Two consultation games nearly 160 years ago may have scuttled the chess match that everyone wanted to see.
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Aug 18

Winning Biel

A couple of weeks ago, Sam Shankland, one of the regular writers for World Chess, won the Masters Open in Biel — one of the year’s top tournaments. In this article, he walks readers through how he did it.
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The Scheveningen Variation is the opening of choice of Loek van Wely in the Sicilian Defense. Even when he gets into trouble playing it, he finds resources that make him a dangerous opponent.
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Wesley So has won the 2016 Sinquefield Cup. He finished a half point ahead of four players after a last round filled with tension and drama.
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Parimarjan Negi is one of the grandmasters who regularly writes for World Chess. In this wild and crazy game from a recent tournament, he describes what was going through his head.
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