Most opening innovations these days are in heavily analyzed variations and are often discovered with the help of a computer. The following game also features an opening innovation, but its subtlety suggests that it was discovered the old-fashioned way — by simple human ingenuity.
To win the Candidates tournament and become the challenger for the World Championship, Sergey Karjakin had to come back from defeat, or near defeat, time and again. It is a similar path that Alexander Khalifman took 17 years ago.
The second-oldest club in the United States is celebrating its centenary with a series of events this fall, including commemorating its past champions — some of whom were the best players in the world.