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  1. Game of the Week: Torre, Byrne
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    Game of the Week: Torre, Byrne Tournament: 1973 Leningrad Iterzonal ECO: A00: Benko 1.g3 f5 Robert Byrne has passed away, one week short of his 85th birthday. One of the legends of U.S. chess history, Byrne was inducted into the US Chess Hall of Fame in 1994. Byrne spearheaded nine US teams in the Olympiad and won seven medals. He won the US Championship in 1972. He surely would have won a few more if not for Bobby Fischer dominating the Sixties. That title in 1972 was significant for me; it was the year I learned how to play chess, and the tournament book, “Title Chess,” was one of the first chess books I owned. Byrne followed with a top finish in the Leningrad Interzonal which made him a championship candidate. Alas, he went down at the hands of his friend and frequent tennis opponent, Boris Spassky. This week I will examine a game from Leningrad, in which Byrne defeats Eugenio Torre. Forty years later Torre is still playing at a good level, but back then he was just starting his long career. Robert Byrne was a good friend, and I will miss him dearly. Learn More
  2. Game of the Week: Rodshtein, Nepomniachtchi
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    Game of the Week: Rodshtein, Nepomniachtchi Tournament: 14th European Individual Chess Championship ECO: E60: King's Indian: Unusual lines and Fianchetto Variation without Nc3 The European Individual Championship, as always, reeled in an enormous number of grandmasters hoping to qualify for the World Cup. When Alexander Moiseenko, the leader for nearly the entire event, was toppled in the last round by Ian Nepomniachtchi, an extraordinary ten way tie for first ensued, with all players on 8/11. Special kudos has to go to Alexander Beliavsky, who will now supplant our own Larry Christiansen as the oldest player in the World Cup. Most of the decisive games I played over seemed to be technical affairs. A notable exception was Nepomniachtchi’s encounter with Israeli grandmaster Maxim Rodshtein. A cutting edge opening variation led to an unusual unbalanced position that was quickly mishandled by one of the players. It’s short, but it’s sweet. Let’s take a look. Learn More
  3. Game of the Week: Pelletier, Hagen
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    Game of the Week: Pelletier, Hagen Tournament: 14th European Individual Chess Championship ECO: E97: King's Indian:Classical Main Line In a tournament as big as the European Individual Championship it’s possible to overlook incredible games played on the lower boards. The battle between the experienced Swiss grandmaster Yannick Pelletier and the unknown Danish IM Andreas Hagen was in many ways a typical King’s Indian, but when you see the position after move fifty, you will surely agree that it is anything but typical. Watch and be prepared for an explosion in the latter stages of the game. Learn More
  4. Game of the Week: Areshchenko, Karpov
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    Game of the Week: Areshchenko, Karpov Tournament: Sberbank Rapid Kiev ECO: B01: Scandinavian Defense It’s good to see Anatoly Karpov play chess, even if he is a long way from the great player he used to be. In the Sberbank Rapid tournament in Kiev, Karpov tried out some new opening strategy. In our featured game, he finds himself under heavy pressure from Ukrainian grandmaster Alexander Areshchenko. Areshchenko sacrificed a pawn early for long-term pressure, forcing Karpov to try to resuscitate his old defensive skills. Learn More
  5. Game of the Week: Ponomariov, Eljanov
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    Game of the Week: Ponomariov, Eljanov Tournament: 82nd ch-Ukraine 2013 Kiev ECO: C91: Closed Ruy-Lopez: 7…d6 8 c3 0-0 9 d4 It’s good to see Anatoly Karpov play chess, even if he is a long way from the great player he used to be. In the Sberbank Rapid tournament in Kiev, Karpov tried out some new opening strategy. In our featured game, he finds himself under heavy pressure from Ukrainian grandmaster Alexander Areshchenko. Areshchenko sacrificed a pawn early for long-term pressure, forcing Karpov to try to resuscitate his old defensive skills. Learn More
  6. Game of the Week: Andreikin, Karjakin
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    Game of the Week: Andreikin, Karjakin Tournament: Russian Superfinals 2013 ECO: E12: Queen's Indian: Unusual White 4th moves It’s a cool time for chess fans as three major events are taking place simultaneously. The Russian Superfinal boast most of the usual suspects, including Kramnik and multiple champion Svidler. In the first round two grandmasters representing Russia’s present and future squared off. Dmitry Andreikin and Sergey Karjakin explored new wrinkles in an opening that was highly favored by a former king of Russian chess, Garry Kasparov. Let’s see how it turned out. Learn More
  7. Game of the Week: Matlakov, Eljanov
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    Game of the Week: Matlakov, Eljanov Tournament: Chigorin Memorial St Petersburg 2013 ECO: E35: Nimzo-Indian: Classical: 4…d5 5.cxd5 exd5 Pavel Eljanov was first among equals at the Chigorin Memorial, besting ten other players on tiebreak with 7/9. Eljanov is a solid player, which we will see in his approach from this week’s featured game. But when his opponent, the strong young grandmaster Maxim Matlakov, is lulled into a false sense of security, Eljanov strikes with a lightning attack. It just goes to show that to play attacking chess, one does not necessarily need to steer into sharp channels in the opening. Learn More
  8. Game of the Week: Goudriaan, Timmann
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    Game of the Week: Goudriaan, Timmann Tournament: Tata Steel tournament ECO: E53: Nimzo-Indian The Tata Steel tournament is one the celebrated events on the calendar, but I always enjoy watching the B Group, too. It always has an interesting mix of not quite A-level players, young rising stars, and still competitive veterans. In that last category we find 62-year-old Jan Timman turning back the clock with a fine score of 8 ½-4 ½, a 2686 performance. Timman finished a point and a half behind first place finisher Ivan Saric (whose performance was quite noteworthy, too), but could have made it more interesting if he hadn’t faltered late in games down the stretch. Anyone who has ever read Timman’s deep analysis in books or magazines knows that he welcomes complications. In his victory over young IM Etienne Goudriaan, Timman deflected the kitchen sink and other pieces thrown at him with accurate calculation. Learn More
  9. Game of the Week: Quingnan, Yangyi
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    Game of the Week: Quingnan, Yangyi Tournament: Chinese Chess championship 2014 ECO: B47: Sicilian: Taimanov The Chinese Championship lacked some of China’s biggest stars like Wang Hao, Wang Yue, and Li Chao. But the favorites delivered, with second-seeded Yu Yangyi taking the title on tiebreaks over top seed Ding Liren. The winning score was a relatively modest 7/11. The 19-year-old went undefeated and notched a nice win over Liu Qingnan. Yu pounced on a mistake to initiate tactics, obtaining a winning advantage with some very aesthetic moves. Learn More
  10. Game of the Week: Hou yifan, Girya
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    Game of the Week: Hou yifan, Girya Tournament: Women’s Grand Prix ECO: B49: Sicilian: Taimanov As the dominant male in the chess world, Magnus Carlsen, racked up another tournament victory in the Gashimov Memorial, World Champion Hou Yifan confirmed that she is the dominant female with a convincing victory in the Women’s Grand Prix in Khanty Mansiysk. Her score of 8 ½ out of 11 put her a point and a half clear of the field. The result of the second place finisher, however, was a surprise. Despite being one of the tournament’s lowest rated competitors, the 22-year old Russian WGM Olga Girya notched 7 points and an apparent grandmaster norm. With a highly successful youth career behind her, Girya looks to have a promising future. But in this week’s feature game, Hou Yifan sends the message that she herself owns the present. Learn More
  11. Game Of the Week: GM Daniel Fridman vs. GM Arkadij Naiditsch
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    GM Daniel Fridman vs. GM Arkadij Naiditsch Opening: E97: King's Indian, Orthodox, Aronin-Taimanov Variation (Yugoslav Attack / Mar del Plata Variation) Player(s): Fridman, Naiditsch Learn More
  12. Game Of the Week: GM Nils Grandelius vs. GM Alexander Ipatov
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    GM Nils Grandelius vs. GM Alexander Ipatov Opening: B60: Sicilian Richter-Rauzen Player(s): Grandelius, Ipatov Learn More
  13. Game Of the Week: GM Maxime Vachier-Lagrave vs. GM Etienne Bacrot
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    GM Maxime Vachier-Lagrave vs. GM Etienne Bacrot Opening: A13: English opening Player(s): Vachier-Lagrave, Bacrot Learn More
  14. Game Of the Week: IM Anna Ushenina vs. GM Antonaeta Stefanova
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    IM Anna Ushenina vs. GM Antonaeta Stefanova Opening: D15: QGD: Slav 4Nc3 Player(s): Ushenina, Stefanova Learn More
  15. Game Of the Week: GM Alexander Morozevich vs. GM Shakhriyar Mamedyarov
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    GM Alexander Morozevich vs. GM Shakhriyar Mamedyarov Opening: D10: QGD: Slav Defense Player(s): Morozevic, Mamedyarov Learn More
  16. Game Of the Week: GM Yu vs. GM Bruzon
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    GM Yu vs. GM Bruzon Opening: C45: Scotch Player(s): Yu, Bruzon Learn More
  17. Game Of the Week: GM Jobava vs. GM Nepomniachtchi
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    GM Jobava vs. GM Nepomniachtchi Opening: B22: Sicilian Alapin Player(s): Jobava, Nepomniachtchi Learn More
  18. Game Of the Week:  IM Bluebaum vs. GM Naiditsch
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    IM Bluebaum vs. GM Naiditsch Opening: E15: Queen's Indian Player(s): Bluebaum, Naiditsch Learn More
  19. Game Of the Week:  Grischuk vs. Rodshtein
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    Grischuk vs. Rodshtein Opening: A07: King's Indian Attack Player(s): Grischuk, Rodshtein Learn More
  20. Game Of the Week: GM Short vs. GM Howell
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    GM Short vs. GM Howell Opening: E47: Nimzo-Indian Player(s): Short, Howell Learn More
  21. Game Of the Week: GM Naroditsky vs. GM Holt
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    GM Naroditsky vs. GM Holt Opening: C03: French: Tarrasch Player(s): Naroditsky, Holt Learn More
  22. Game Of the Week: GM Grischuk vs. GM Leko
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    GM Grischuk vs. GM Leko Opening: D58: QGD: Tartakower Player(s): Grischuk, Leko Learn More
  23. Game Of the Week: GM Benjamin vs. GM Hernandez
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    GM Benjamin vs. GM Hernandez Opening: E17: Queen's Indian Player(s): Benjamin, Hernandez Learn More
  24. Game Of the Week: GM Nunn vs. FM Voekler
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    GM Nunn vs. FM Voekler Opening: B90: Sicilian: Najdorf Player(s): Nunn, Voekler Learn More
  25. Game Of the Week: WGM Sandu vs. GM Stefanova
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    WGM Sandu vs. GM Stefanova Opening: B06: Robatsch defense Player(s): Sandu, Stefanova Learn More
  26. Game Of the Week:Shabalov vs. Macieja
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    Dubov vs. Jakovenko Opening: E15: Queen's Indian: Nimzovich variation Player(s): Dubov, Jakovenko Learn More
  27. Game Of the Week:Izoria vs. Dlugy
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    Izoria vs. Dlugy Opening: B01: Scandinavian Player(s): Izoria, Dlugy Learn More
  28. Game Of the Week:  Sutovsky vs. Shirov
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    Sutovsky vs. Shirov Opening: B90: Sicilian: Najdorf - Adams attack Player(s): Sutovsky, Shirov Learn More
  29. Game Of the Week: Tomashevsky vs. Mchedlishvili - European Team Championship
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    Tomashevsky vs. Mchedlishvili - European Team Championship Opening: D16: QGD Slav Player(s): Tomashevsky, Mchedlishvili Learn More
  30. Game Of the Week: Mamedyarov vs. Lenderman - Qatar Masters Open
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    Mamedyarov vs. Lenderman - Qatar Masters Open Opening: E21: Nimzo-Indian: three knights variation Player(s): Mamedyarov, Lenderman Learn More
  31. Game Of the Week:Movsesian vs. Liang - Reykjavik Open 2016
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    Game Of the Week: Movsesian vs. Liang - Reykjavik Open 2016 Opening: A22: English: Carls' Bremen system Player(s): Movsesian, Liang Learn More
  32. Game Of the Week: Wojtaszek vs. Ter Sahakyan - European Championship 2016
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    Game Of the Week: Wojtaszek vs. Ter Sahakyan - European Championship 2016 Opening: D11: QGD Slav: 4.e3 Player(s): Wojtaszek, Ter-Sahakyan Learn More
  33. Game Of the Week: Jingyao vs. Salem - Asian Continental Championship
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    Game Of the Week: Jingyao vs. Salem - Asian Continental Championship Opening: E97: King's Indian Player(s): Jingyao, Salem Learn More
  34. Game Of the Week: Lenderman vs. Shabalov - US Open
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    Game Of the Week: Lenderman vs. Shabalov - US Open Opening: D12: QGD Slav: 4.e3 Bf5 Player(s): Lenderman, Shabalov Learn More
  35. Game Of the Week: Nguyen vs. Jones - 42th Chess Olympiad
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    Game Of the Week: Nguyen vs. Jones - 42th Chess Olympiad Opening: E90: King's Indian: 4.e4 Player(s): Nguyen, Jones Learn More
  36. Game of the Week: Solak, Grischuk
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    Game of the Week: Solak, Grischuk Tournament: European Team Championship ECO: B30 : Sicilian: Nimzovich-Rossolimo attack (without ...d6) We occasionally see the Russian team get off to a slow start, but the second round upset at the European Team Championship suffered by the Russians at the hands of Turkey was still quite a shock. Even when you consider that the Turkish team is not particularly…Turkish. The decisive point was scored by a Serbian import, Dragan Solak, who has represented Turkey since 2011. The 33-year-old grandmaster defeated Alexander Grischuk in a rough game that showed that chess matches are not played on paper. Let’s see how it happened. Learn More
  37. Game Of the Week: GM Mamedyarov vs. GM Vallejo Pons
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    GM Mamedyarov vs. GM Vallejo Pons Opening: D39: QGD Player(s): Mamedyarov, Vallejo Pons Learn More
  38. Game Of the Week: GM Bindrich vs.GM Tregubov
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    GM Bindrich vs.GM Tregubov Opening: A30: English opening, Symmetrical Variation Player(s): Bindrich, Tregubov Learn More
  39. Game Of the Week: GM Georg Meier vs. GM Ding Liren
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    GM Georg Meier vs. GM Ding Liren Opening: E94: King's Indian, Orthodox Variation Player(s): Meier, DingLiren Learn More
  40. Game Of the Week:Katz vs. Kacheishvili - US Chess League 2015
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    Zhao vs. Batsiashvili - Women’s FIDE GP Theran Opening: D37: QGD: 4.Nf3 Player(s): Zhao, Batsiashvili Learn More
  41. Game Of the Week: Joel’s tribute to Viktor Korchnoi
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    Game Of the Week: Joel’s tribute to Viktor Korchnoi Opening: E12: Queen's Indian: Petrosian system Player(s): Benjamin, Korchnoi Learn More
  42. GM Joel’s Chess Week Recap - Espisode 80
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    GM Joel’s Chess Week Recap - Episode 80 Opening: C10, B29, A04, B75 Player(s): Nepomniachtchi, Meier, Giri, Kovalev, Liang. Bian, Balakrishnan, Patel, Li Learn More
  43. GM Joel’s Chess Week Recap - Espisode 81
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    GM Joel’s Chess Week Recap - Episode 81 Opening: : D38, B90, A34, A17, D41, C91: Player(s): Carlsen, Navara, Vachier-Lagrave, Mamedyarov, Andersen, Agdestein, Hammer, Keymer, Andreikin, Tar Learn More
  44. GM Joel’s Chess Week Recap - Espisode 82
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    GM Joel’s Chess Week Recap - Episode 82 Opening: :C54, E16, A18, E35, C72, C54, B80: Player(s): Vachier-Lagrave, Navara, Le, Shankland, Duda, Wei, Fodor, Adams, Howell, McShane, Fishbein, Cori Learn More
  45. GM Joel’s Chess Week Recap - Espisode 83
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    GM Joel’s Chess Week Recap - Episode 83 Opening: :D24, D22, A00, B13 Player(s): Gareev, Stukopin, Forcen Esteban, Jones, Banusz, Adhiban, Fedoseev, Fier, Aronian, Caruana Learn More
  46. GM Joel’s Chess Week Recap - Espisode 84
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    GM Joel’s Chess Week Recap - Episode 84 Opening:C10, D46, E16, B30, D90, C78: Player(s): Burke, Gareev, Niemann, Stukopin, Postny, Gabuzyan, Wei Yu, Inarkeiv, Robson, Ganguly Learn More
  47. GM Joel’s Chess Week Recap - Espisode 85
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    GM Joel’s Chess Week Recap - Episode 85 Opening: :D37, E61, A48, C67, C07, C18 Player(s): Carlsen, Nakamura, Inarkiev, Dubov, Khismatullin, Sarana, Sheng, Holt, Yoo Learn More
  48. GM Joel’s Chess Week Recap - Espisode 86
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    GM Joel’s Chess Week Recap - Episode 86 Opening: :E12, D45, D37, E11, B94: Fedoseev, Andreikin, Jarmula, Maghsoodloo, Marsha, Malatsilava, Tsolakidou Learn More
  49. GM Joel’s Chess Week Recap - Espisode 87
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    GM Joel’s Chess Week Recap - Episode 87 Opening:B90, A13, C11 Vavulin, Maghsoodloo, Thybo, Tabatabaei, Lobanov, Christiansen, Shankland, Vachier-Lagrave, Aronian, Dominguez Learn More
  50. GM Joel’s Chess Week Recap - Espisode 88
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    GM Joel’s Chess Week Recap - Episode 88 Opening:E15, A13, E32, C11, B01: Gleizerov, Gareev, Artemiev, Harutyunian, Baules, Nakamura, Nepomniachtchi, Kawuma, Al-Subaihi, Bauer Learn More

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