In the 1990s, a fight between Garry Kasparov, the World Champion, and the World Chess Federation led to a split in the chess world and, ultimately, competing claims for the title.
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Jul 25
All three games on the last day of the tournament were drawn.
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Ian Nepomniachtchi is one of a cadre of strong Russian players who sometimes are overlooked because there is so much talent in Russia. But at a recent super tournament in China, he reminded everyone of how well he can play.
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He clinched the title in the penultimate round and did something he had never done before — beat Anish Giri at a classical time control.
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A match between Boris Gelfand, 48, and Ernesto Inarkiev, 30, was dominated by the older grandmaster.
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After an easy draw in Round 8 with Black, Carlsen retained his lead in the Bilbao Masters Final.
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Harika Dronavalli has been a bit overshadowed in her career by Humpy Koneru, a compatriot, but in the recent Grand Prix in Chengdu, China, Dronavalli had a breakthrough game against her rival.
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Magnus Carlsen was unable to make headway against Wei Yi in Round 7, but the other games were also drawn so none of his rivals gained any ground.
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The Russian Higher League has become a showcase for up-and-coming players. The following complex fight turned out to be the difference between the players who finished first and second in the recent competition.
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After a relatively uneventful draw in Round 6, the World Champion continues to lead the Bilbao Masters Final.
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The tournament finished Sunday and included most of China’s top players and a few elite foreign players.
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