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October 20th, 2021
Wesley So Wins His Third US Chess Championship.
Wesley So came back to win an impressive 3rd US Chess Championship after a tense three way tie-break. Read the article below from kasparaovchess.com for a complete analysis.
September 22nd, 2021
Maxime Vachier-Lagrave On Preparation For Competition.
Maxime gives some useful tips in this article on Kasparovchess.com considering preparation for chess competition.
September 10th, 2021
Dominquez Secures First Tournament Victory Since Becoming Part Of the US Chess Federation.
Summary article of the the events of the tourney in St. Louis.
August 28th, 2021
MVL Wins Sinquefield in St. Louis
In a real close finish, MVL held on to win the tourney holding off Wesley So and others to becomes this year’s champion.
August 11th, 2021
St. Louis Rapid/Blitz Tourney.
Starting Wednesday the 11th, 2021 The St. Louis Rapid/Blitz Tourney will begin. The tourney will feature some of the best rapid/blitz players in the world. I am excited Sam Shankland will be in the tourney, as he did so well in the World Cup. Wesley So who just came off a tournament victory in the Chessable Tourney will be on the roster of players as well. It is going to be a fantastic get together in St. Louis, I can’t wait for it to start.
Here is a review of the Tourney.
August 3rd, 2021
Fide World Cup In Sochi.
It is down to two competitors in both the Men’s and Women’s final of the World Cup. Duda and Karjakin will face off tomorrow on the first leg of the Men’s final, but the Women’s was completed today as the Chessqueen Alexandra Kosteniuk won the Women’s championship in a wonderful tactical battle.
July 2nd, 2021
Goldmoney Asian Rapid Sees Ding and Carlsen Knocked Out.
There will be more details later, but here is a link to a Chessbase.com article posted just a little while ago.
July 1st, 2021
Wesley So Dominates And Wins A Major Tournament.
Here is a definitive article by Ian Rogers on the event for Kasparovchess.com.
May 18th, 2021
PlayMagnus Group Purchases AimChess As Part Of Its Platform.
AimChess has been purchased by the PlayMagnus Group. I have Play Magnus, Tactics Frenzy, Magnus Trainer & Chessable. I like Magnus Trainer and Chessable the best of the group. AimChess I have never had the privilege to use.
I already have such fantastic programs I use such as Chess Assistant 21, Shredder Chess 5 and others. I recommend these for those who seriously want to learn and play though. They are complete and very helpful.
- Shredder Chess Chess Tutor for basics.
- Chess King Platinum for leaning and practicing skills.
- Chess King Learn which has 84 english programs teaching every level imaginable using for the most part from the original Soviet Chess system to modern day. Brought to us by former Women’s Grandmaster Chess Champion Alexandra Kosteniuk.
Here is the link to an article talking about the purchase of AimChess by PlayMagnus.
May 1st., 2021
Ian To Face Magnus In Fide World Championship in Dubai.
Here is a nice article concerning the Candidates and upcoming World Championship.
February 9th, 2021
Read this article about the three time Soviet Champion Leonid Stein. With so many great players in the 50’s Thru the 70’s like Tal, Bronstein, Keres, Botvinnik, Spassky and others. It is easy to miss one of the greatest players to have played the game.
January 4th, 2021
Teimour Radjabov was methodical and very much so technically savvy in winning this tourney. He picked his spots and exploited opportunities in a extraordinary way.
December 25th, 2020
Ivan Cheparinov wins the Sunway Sitges Tourney. This is a very competitive event played in Europe and has been going on for a couple of years now. It is one of the few over the board tourneys we have seen since the pandemic outbreak. I truly had my money on Anton Korobov whom I thought had an advantage. However, a variety of players placed ahead of Anton, whom I thought would be battling for the top. There were some nice matches.
October 4th, 2020
Fair Play And The Queen’s Gambit.
Here is an excellent article on fair play and recognizing the popular new Netflix hit ” The Queen’s Gambit. ” Enjoy it, it’s a great article.
Sept. 29th, 2020
Paul Keres vs. Boris Spassky
Just always looking for games that intrigue me, and with Paul Keres being one of my favorites, this match even though a loss to Spassky is amazing in the accuracy of the two players.
Sept. 21st, 2020
Magnus & Wesley Tie For First in Rapid & Blitz Title In St. Louis.
August 27th, 2020
Summer Chess And Covid.
Magnus continues to astound us all by pulling through online tourney victories with gritty determination. Hikaru Nakamura proves again that when it come to Blitz or Bullet he is second only to Magus. Anish Giri has played some fine tourney played play as well this summer, and is quite the online twitter guru as well. Peter Svidler put together some fine online tourneys, but not able to get to the finals as he would have liked, unfortunately he ran into a guy named Magnus in the semis, otherwise he could have had that final challenge he was striving for.
All in all chess has given us some great summer tourneys despite the classical approach of onsite chess being put aside during Covid concerns. We appreciate all those who worked to make this possible. From our current World Champ to Chess24, Chess.com and Lichess.org and various FIDE organizers. We all have benefited from some creative individuals during these past few months.
July 16th, 2020
A Great Article & Beginning Interview With Former Champion Legend Vishy
June 11th, 2020
Grandmaster Chess Champion Who Sees Racism in Chess Or Otherwise In A Very Personal Way.
Here is an article concerning GM Pontus Carlsson on racism in our age. A very powerful article to say the least, and it may catch you offguard.
Here is the link to that article:
June 6th, 2020
Behind On Updates. However, Chess Hasn’t Taken A Hiatus, its ONLINE.
With all the Covid issues, live tourneys have been taking a back door. However, special events on Lichess.org, Chess.com and Chess24 have filled a lot of that void. There have been some wonderful blitz and other tourneys. On my live events page here on patrickvossen.com you can see some of those results.
Great victories by Carlsen, Grischuk, Dubov and Nakamura and others have been viewed by thousands. There even has been anonymous winners on Lichess.org, that have intrigued many online. Anyways, chess is not gone, but just gone ONLINE. LOL.
April 16th, 2020
Events All Over The World Are Canceled Because Of The Covid Virus. Online Chess Explodes To Fill In The Gaps.
With hundreds of chess events or opens cancelled. Chess has taken advantage of a huge opportunity with online chess. Even though there are concerns how they can truly secure a safe, or non-cheating environment in such venues. Nevertheless, Blitz and Rapid events are happening, with Classical matches for main events or super GM’s being proposed. Whatever is in the making will be fine with me. The proliferation of new online events, and all these super GM’s interacting with us regular joes. Well, its been fun to watch.
Chess24 has had two remarkable tourneys. A long running blitz tourney and the latest, the Pepe Cuenca Invitational.
Yesterday, in the Banter Blitz Championship it went right down to the wire with Magnus Carlsen the reigning champion losing to the young promising star Alireza Firouzja. It was a fabulous give and take match.
One of my favorite players of all time the 8 time Russian Champion Peter Svidler will face Jan Duda the promising young player from Poland in the Pepe Cuenca invitational shortly as well. I am looking forward to watching that match.
All this online activity I believe is for the best, and will see us develop a new world of opportunities for the Chess community in the years to come.
Here is the most recent article on the tourney and upcoming match with Svidler and Duda forthcoming.
March 12th, 2020
Coronavirus Affecting Various Chess Events.
March 6th, 2020
Teimour Radjabov Withdraws From Candidates. Protesting The Tourney Should Be Postponed.
January 31st, 2020
Gibraltar Tournament was wild, with a myriad of players with the potential to win the tourney. Awesome ending!
January 24th, 2020
Will be starting a live Tourney page of Chess Events, or at least major ones on the website for fun. Check it out.
December 30th, 2019
Rapid and Blitz Champions in Moscow Shine.
Magnus won both the Rapid and Blitz. Hikaru had a great chance in tiebreaks to win in the Blitz side of the tourney, but couldn’t pull it off. Rapid was dominated by Magnus.
Ladies Rapid Champion was Humpy Koneru. She did a fabulous job. I haven’t got the results of the woman’s Blitz Champion yet.
December 5th, 2019
Grand Chess Tour Final. MVL Faces Off With Ding Liren After Unusual Loss By Magnus.
Here is a link to one of the articles summarizing the event.
Fischer Random World Championship
Four great challengers are facing off in a unique and popular form of chess. The world champion and three others are competing for the big prize. A fun event, where you see more real depth of humanity from the players, and less perfect lines worked out by studying computer variations to calculate. Its really an intriguing format to say the least.
Here is a link to a Chessbase article about the event.
Vladimir Kramnik’s Illuminating Interview With Boris Gelfand’s wife.
GM Whose Rating Had Climbed Exponentially Is Found Cheating.
In an unfortunate incident, a gentleman many were applauding for his great success in his 50’s has been found to be cheating. FIDE had been alerted, and had setup a situation with the arbiter to try to protect the game’s integrity. They found exactly what they thought they would.
At Bangkok Open Jan Gustafsson And Nigel Short Face Off.
April 12, 2019
In an excellent tug and war match. Jan and Nigel played to a tie. Jan one of the owners of Chess24 and Nigel former World Champion Challenger ( VP President of FIDE ) gave a fine display of chess.