Zurich Chess Challenge 2014 Round 1 Games

Carlsen – Gelfand 1-0

Here are the exciting Round 1 games from the Zurich Chess Challenge 2014. Two games were decisive out of the three played. Magnus Carlsen and Levon Aronian began with wins by beating Boris Gelfand and Levon Aronian respectively. Fabiano Caruana missed a win against Hikaru Nakamura and settled for a draw. You can read a report on Chess Blog. Replay the Round 1 games below. Read more…

Magnus Carlsen wins Zurich Chess Challenge 2014 Pairing Blitz (All Games)

The Zurich Chess Challenge 2014 is the strongest chess tournament ever held in history. A special opening ceremony included a blitz chess tournament to decide the pairings for the main tournament. World chess Champion Magnus Carlsen won the five-round event despite a first-round loss to Fabiano Caruana. Both Magnus Carlsen and Levon Aronian scored three points, but Carlsen was better on tiebreak score. Nakamura, Caruana, and Anand scored 2.5 and Boris Gelfand scored 1.5. Here are all the exciting games. Read more…

Easy Chess Puzzle: White Checkmates in Two

Here’s an easy chess puzzle where white checkmates in two. Give it a try to take away the mid-week stress. Read more…

Focus-Now Chess Puzzle: White Checkmates in Two

Time for a refreshing chess puzzle. Question’s easy, answer’s not! White to play and checkmate in two? How fast can you pull this off? Read more…

76th Tata Steel Chess 2014 R11 Games: Levon Aronian blunders against Loek van Wely

Armenia’s Levon Aronian has won the 76th edition of the Tata Steel Chess 2014 despite a last round blunder-loss to Loek van Wely in time trouble. Meanwhile, Anish Giri, managing one of his best career performances was second and Sergey Karjakin was third. Boris Gelfand picked up a last round victory beating Pentala Harikrishna. Read a full report on Chess Blog. Replay the games below with Chess King. Read more…

76th Tata Steel Chess R10: Aronian wins Title in Penultimate Round

Dominguez – Aronian 0-1 White resigns on Black’s 42. … Rd3. White’s game falls as does the c3 pawn.

76th Tata Steel Chess 2014 Round 10: Levon Aronian of Armenia has won the Masters group with one round to go. Playing some carefree, steady, and precise chess this last fortnight, the Grandmaster needed one round less to take the title for the second time. Here are all the games of Round 10. You can read a full report on Chess Blog. Read more…

76th Tata Steel Chess R9: Aronian Extends Lead by 1.5 Points

Howzzat: Naiditsch – Harikrishna 0-1

It’s definitely not as easy as World No. 2 Levon Aronian is making it look at the 76th edition of Tata Steel Chess in Wijk aan Zee. He beat the nearest player on the standings – Sergey Karjakin – in Round 9 to take a 1/5point lead over the rest of the field. Naiditsch self-destructed before Harikrishna in what is surely an unbelievable game by a 2700+ Grandmaster. Read a full report on Chess Blog. Replay the games with Chess king. Read more…

Super-Smart Chess Puzzle: White Checkmates in Two

This chess puzzle’s a real challenge… or, is it? White to play and checkmate in two. Read more…

76th Tata Steel Chess R8: Aronian Retains Lead, Harikrishna beats Nakamura

Hikaru Nakamura embarks on a losing plan with 29. …Qc5 versus Pentala Harikrishna.

After eight rounds at the 76th edition of the Tata Steel Chess Tournament, World No. 2 Levon Aronian keeps lead with a 1/2 point adrift of the others. There was only one game that ended in a draw: Anish Giri – Levon Aronian. Here are all the games of Round 8. Read a full report on Chess Blog. Read more…

76th Tata Steel Chess R7: Hikaru Nakamura loses to Loek van Wely, Richard Rapport beats Pentala Harikrishna

Loek van Wely plays 33….d2 and there’s no saving Hikaru Nakamura

76th Tata Steel Chess 2014 Round 7: Levon Aronian consolidated his lead despite a draw with Boris Gelfand and the game of the day was Loek van Wely beating Hikaru Nakamura. The other decisive game was Richard Rapport beating Pentala Harikrishna. Read a full report on Chess Blog and replay all the games with Chess King. Read more…

76th Tata Steel Chess R6: Levon Aronian Extends Lead with 3013 Performance!

… And So blunders with 32…. Nd8 versus Aronian

World No. 2 Levon Aronian is running away with the 76th edition of the Tata Steel Chess in Wijk aan Zee. He beat Wesley So in Round 6 and leads 5.0/6 and a 3013 performance. Giri, Dominguez, Van Wely, and Harikrishna all missed wins. Read a full report on Chess Blog. You can replay the games below with Chess King. Read more…

76th Tata Steel Chess 2014 Round 5 Games: Levon Aronian Retains Lead with Win Over Naiditsch

Playing his usual steady and strong chess, World No. 2 retained his lead at the 76th edition of the Tata Steel Chess (Masters Group) in Round 5. A full report is available on Chess Blog. Meanwhile, replay the games of Round 5 with Chess King and enjoy some strong chess this weekend. Read more…

Solve-in-Your-Sleep Chess Puzzle: Easiest Checkmate in Six

The only sure way to stay warm this winter is to play chess. So, without bothering you much, here’s the easiest checkmate in six you are ever likely to find. White plays. Read more…

76th Tata Steel Chess 2014 Round 4 Games: Levon Aronian beats Hikaru Nakamura, Takes Lead

The most exciting game of the week figured in the fourth round at the 76th Tata Steel Chess 2014 with World No. 2 Levon Aronian defeating one of his main rivals, Hikaru Nakamura, in a sharp set-up of the King’s Indian Defense. Check out the game in the Chess King applet below. You can read a full report on the round at Chess Blog. Read more…

Master Chess Class: Bent Larsen – Boris Spassky 0-1

White has just played 14.Rg1 How does Boris Spassky win as Black?

Here is a position from an immortal chess game: Bent Larsen vs Boris Spassky, Belgrade, 1970 USSR vs Rest of the World. White has just played 14.Rg1. How do you think Spassky won this game? You can replay the game below with Chess King. You can use the game search feature in Chess King to find any game or position in the huge database Gigaking that has all the chess games since the beginning of time. Check it out in the Chess King shop. Read more…

76th Tata Steel Chess 2014 Round 3 Games: Caruana, Harikrishna Win

The third round at the 76th Tata Steel Chess Masters Group witnessed two decisive games allowing six players to be in joint lead. Aronian, So, Harikrishna, Caruana, Nakamura, and Giri lead with 2 points each. Read a Round 3 report on Chess Blog. Replay below the games of Round 3 with Chess King. Read more…

76th Tata Steel Chess 2014 Round 2 Games: Aronian, Giri, Rapport Win

The second round of the 76th edition of Tata Steel Chess 2014 witnessed three wins by Rapport, Giri, and Aronian. Here are all the games of Round 2. You can read a full report on the round at Chess Blog. Boris Gelfand suffered his second loss in as many rounds and Giri checkmated his opponents King in the open at f4. Aronian played a steady game coming out with a plus after the opening. Read more…

76th Tata Steel Chess 2014 Round 1 Games: Four Decisive Games, Only Two Draws

The 76th edition of the traditional 76th Tata Steel Chess tournament has begun in Wijk aan Zee. Here are the first round games. Enjoy replaying them in the Chess King applet. You can pick your own copy of Chess King to use in both your chess training and chess blog publishing from the Chess King shop. For a full report on the first round at Tata Steel Chess 2014, read Chess Blog. Read more…

Master Chess Class: Alexandra Kosteniuk – Zhu Chen 1-0

White finds the killer chess combination

Studying chess games analysed by world-class Grandmasters is one of the easiest ways to improve your chess. Here’s an annotated chess video. 12th Women’s World Chess Champion, Chess Queen™ Alexandra Kosteniuk comments on her first game of the semi-final of the 2005 Golden Blitz Chess Tournament. Game: Kosteniuk – Zhu Chen 1-0 Read more…

Crazy Chess Puzzle: White Checkmates in Two

Get that hot mug of coffee and sit back to solve this chess puzzle. It’s a bit crazy and might take some time… or, then might not! 😉 White to play and checkmate in two. Yes, yes, it’s possible. Your computer might not be much help though. Read more…