Young Blood

A Tense Titled Arena and a Titillating Twist
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Yesterday's Titled Arena got off to a quick start, and to no-one's great surprise Magnus Carlsen (@DrNykterstein) took an early lead, stringing together 13 wins - maybe this is what happens when you forsake 1. g4? Also with a strong start was GM Daniel Naroditsky (@RebeccaHarris), with 11/11. The anticipated meeting of the two leaders was a very surprising King's Gambit - a theme to continue throughout the tournament for this pairing. The second of their pairings lead to the impressive victory including 14. Kxe4. However, their first result was a draw, extinguishing both leaders' fire and giving the rest of the field a chance to catch up. After the first 30 minutes, Carlsen was out in front, followed by Naroditsky and the 16 year old Iranian GM Alireza Firouzja (@alireza2003).

 
Titled Arena Announcement

The bullet chess masterclass!
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Another instalment of the Lichess Titled Arena! Come and watch some high-octane chess on Saturday the 13th July at 19:00UTC.

 
Lichess Montréal Meetup Recap

Chess fun in the sun (and rain)
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This past Saturday, Lichess held its second Montréal meetup in the beautiful Mount Royal Park. The sun was shining and the chess fans were out in force, playing some casual blitz, rapid and even bughouse, as well as a 3+2 tournament organised by @Toscani (who also kindly provided most of the boards and clocks). Over the course of the afternoon, around 60 people stopped by, until eventually the forecast rain drove us inside towards the end of the schedule.

 
2019 Summer Marathon

Annoucing the Summer 2019 edition of our biggest chess event!
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The largest blitz chess tournament on earth is starting soon!

 
Don't Try This At Home

Magnus cruises to another TA victory with an unusual repertoire
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Now that we're past the longest day of the year, we needed something to help us survive as the nights are drawing in. Fortunately, there was a Titled Arena to occupy our attention as 325 titled players gathered to duke it out in 1+0. The usual suspects were there in force such as: GMs Magnus Carlsen (@DrNykterstein), Andrew Tang (@penguingim1) and Oleksandr Bortnyk (@Night-King96); as well as a scattering of very strong mystery masters and some less frequent participants like GM Eric Hansen (@chessbrahs) and new participant GM Rameshbabu Praggnanandhaa (@Praggnanandhaachess).

Speculation was rampant as there was no Magnus when things kicked off, but he was just being fashionably late - allowing GM @msb2 to take an early lead with three quick wins. A lead not fated to last however, and 30 minutes in Eric Hansen was out in front, closely followed by IM Saveliy Golubov (@Boss1005), the anonymous GMs @LyinTed and @Watneg, and speed-master GM Andrew Tang. Just a few minutes later though, the standings were completely rearranged - needless to say things were close at the top. Magnus was closing in now though, with some masterclasses in having an active king.

 
Lichess Meetup: Montreal, June 29th

A community event
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Do you want to hang out with other Lichess community members? Meet the Lichess team and convince them to bring back version 1? Find your way to Montreal on the afternoon of Saturday, June 29th. Bring a chess set and clock or just hang out with food and drinks available. We will be meeting at the picnic tables near Smith House in Mount Royal park from 2pm to 5pm. Stay tuned to Lichess social media and this blog post for updates and a possible last minute back-up plan in case of rain.

 
Norway Chess – Armageddon Master Carlsen Moves Ahead

Carlsen 5/5 in armageddon games
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Six classical games, five draws, five Armageddon wins, tournament domination.

 
Titled Arena Announcement

Another episode of the world famous tournament!
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It's back again, the Lichess Titled Arena! Join us for some world class bullet fun on Saturday the 22nd June at 19:00UTC.

 
Anand Retains Norway Chess title – at cooking

The rest day cooking competition and more.
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The seventh edition of the Norway Chess tournament in Stavanger is no ordinary super-tournament.

 
Norway Chess Round 2: A Miraculous Save

We got two classical wins today!
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I arrived at Clarion Hotel Energy, the playing venue of Norway Chess 2019, at 17:07. The games start at 17:00, and missing the first seven minutes normally doesn't mean much. The players are usually still in deep theory, far from anything spectacular going on. What met me when I arrived, however, were a bunch of confused people – some organizers, journalists and chess fans – wondering what happened between Alexander Grischuk and Wesley So. Apparently they had both left the playing hall together, something that doesn't make sense happening minutes into the game. It quickly became clear that they had already drawn the game! Could the introduction of Armageddon games have the exact opposite consequence as intended? If the White player is happy with Armageddon, they could steer the game towards a draw from the very beginning. Alexander Grischuk later explained to the Norwegian TV channel TV2 that he didn't feel like playing because he was so disappointed after his Round 1 loss.

 
Norway Chess Round 1: Armageddon Party

All games ended in Armageddon!
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The main tournament of the Altibox Norway Chess kicked off yesterday and it brought with it Armageddon! In an attempt to make chess more interesting to the audience and to encourage players to play harder for a win, Armageddon games were introduced in case of a drawn classical game. Therefore, there will always be a winner, either in the classical or in the Armageddon game.

 
Vachier-Lagrave Blitzes His Way To the Top

Norway Chess's preliminary blitz tournament was won by Maxime Vachier-Lagrave!
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This year's edition of one of the world's strongest chess tournaments, Altibox Norway Chess, started Monday with the preliminary Blitz tournament. Like previous years, the results in this tournament decide the starting numbers in the main tournament. The players showed great fighting-spirit, as the four first rounds all had 4 decisive games, with only one draw. Maxime Vachier-Lagrave got ahead early, winning the four first games to take the sole lead. Fabiano Caruana put an end to his streak in Round 5, but the lead was already too big to be overtaken.

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Kriegspiel (chess) - Wikipedia

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Kriegspiel is a chess variant invented by Henry Michael Temple in 1899 and based upon the original Kriegsspiel (German for war game) developed by Georg von Reiswitz in 1812.[1][2][3][4][5] In this game each player can see their own pieces, but not those of their opponent. For this reason, it is necessary to have a third person (or computer) act as ...
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Le città invisibili

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Esattezza vuol dire per me soprattutto tre cose: Se focalizziamo il percorso di Calvino all’interno dell’Esattezza scopriamo un’incongruenza, anzi una serie di incongruenze che lasciano sconcertati, fino a far gridare che la conferenza versasse ancora in un precario stato di provvisiorietà, altro che pronta nelle cartellette per la trasferta...
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Italo Calvino: Le città invisibili e gli scacchi
Pubblicato nel 1972, Le città invisibili  è un romanzo di Italo Calvino in cui l'autore ricorre alla tecnica della letteratura combinatoria....


"Tornando dalla sua ultima missione Marco Polo trovò il Kan che lo attendeva seduto davanti a una scacchiera. Con un gesto lo invitò a sedersi di fronte a lui e a descrivergli col solo aiuto degli scacchi le città che aveva visitato. Il veneziano non si perse d’animo. Gli scacchi del Gran Kan erano grandi pezzi d’avorio levigato: disponendo sulla scacchiera torri incombenti e cavalli ombrosi, addensando sciami di pedine, tracciando viali diritti o obliqui come l’incedere della regina, Marco ricreava le prospettive e gli spazi di città bianche e nere nelle notti di luna. Al contemplarne questi paesaggi essenziali, Kublai rifletteva sull'ordine invisibile che regge le città, sulle regole cui risponde il loro sorgere e prender forma e prosperare e adattarsi alle stagioni e intristire e cadere in rovina. Alle volte gli sembrava d’essere sul punto di scoprire un sistema coerente e armonioso che sottostava alle infinite difformità e disarmonie, ma nessun modello reggeva il confronto con quello del gioco degli scacchi. Forse, anziché scervellarsi a evocare col magro ausilio dei pezzi d’avorio visioni comunque destinate all'oblio, bastava giocare una partita secondo le regole, e contemplare ogni successivo stato della scacchiera come una delle innumerevoli forme che il sistema delle forme mette insieme e distrugge. Ormai Kublai Kan non aveva più bisogno di mandare Marco Polo in spedizioni lontane: lo tratteneva a giocare interminabili partite a scacchi. La conoscenza dell’impero era nascosta nel disegno tracciato dai salti spigolosi del cavallo, dai varchi diagonali che s’aprono alle incursioni dell’alfiere, dal passo strascicato e guardingo del re e dell’umile pedone, dalle alternative inesorabili d’ogni partita. Il Gran Kan cercava d’immedesimarsi nel gioco: ma adesso era il perché del gioco a sfuggirgli. Il fine d’ogni partita è una vincita o una perdita: ma di cosa? Qual era la vera posta? Allo scacco matto, sotto il piede del re sbalzato via dalla mano del vincitore, resta un quadrato nero o bianco. A forza di scorporare le sue conquiste per ridurle all'essenza , Kublai era arrivato all'operazione estrema: la conquista definitiva, di cui i multiformi tesori dell’impero non erano che involucri illusori, si riduceva a un tassello di legno piallato: il nulla... "
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The Life and Chess of Vera Menchik

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In our lectures on Capablanca, Botvinnik, and Alekhine, one name stood out as a curiosity on crosstables:  Vera Menchik.  Easily the strongest female player in the world at the time, Menchik was begrud
  
Thank you!
I didn't know her story
  
Alekhine is known to be the only world chess champion who died being the champion. People don't know that Vera Menchik was the Women Chess Champion when she died!
 
As 10 piores partidas da história do xadrez

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As 10 piores partidas da história do xadrez  Quer aprender a jogar xadrez ou melhorar seu nível de jogo? Conheça a Academia Online Xadrez Brasil: https://xadrezbrasil.com.br  --------------------------

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Two of them you already now, the third is a new entry! (At least for me)

The Life and Chess of Rudolf Charousek, Mir Sultan Khan, and Rashid Nezhmetdinov

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In this lecture, given at Center64 (www.center64.com) on June 24, 2015, Lucas Anderson presents the biographies of three highly requested players.  These players exhibiited tremendous potential but eac
  

In the last round of the great 1896 Nürnberg tournament, World Champion Emanuel Lasker was beaten by an almost totally unknown player: 23 year old Hungarian Rudolf Rezső Charousek. This was the stunning start to one of the shortest, and most brilliant, careers in all chess history.

Charousek proceeded to beat every single strong master of his era and to finish first or second in every tournament he played after Nürnberg. Mikhail Chigorin gave him the appropriate nickname "The New Morphy."

Like a comet, Charousek flared across the chess firmament, shone with an incandescent brilliance, and was gone.
  
Who was Rudolf Charousek?

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Today in 1900, Rudolf Charousek, the Czech-Hungarian master, died at the age of 26. Charousek learnt to play chess when he was 16 but in the course of his short career managed to beat a number of strong players — among them World Champion Emanuel Lasker. The writer Gustav Meyrink immortalised Charousek in his novel "The Golem", one of the classics of fantastic literature.
  
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Charousek:  The First Hungarian Superstar The entire chess world wept at his untimely passing on April 18, 1900.  Just 26 years old. 10 years after first learning how to move the pieces. Rudolf Cha…



Charousek: The First Hungarian Superstar

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Rudolf Charousek: Part II Soon afterwards, a big international tournament was held in Budapest. Both Charousek and Tchigorin tied for first in a strong field, ahead of both Pillsbury and Schlechter…
Rudolf Charousek: The First Hungarian Superstar
  
Wow !!
Very nice!
I hope in some little interesting story of Sultan Khan here on Hubzilla from you ! :-)
I would like to know more about him
  
I hope I have the time to read them in less than a year ;)
  
Time is very patient on Hubzilla ;-)
One of his greats

 
Carlsen finishes in style to win May Titled Arena

Closer than it looked.
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Magnus was in trouble! You have to believe me! He really was!