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The short answer is: white's making it difficult for black to challenge the center with their central pawns. But that's not really revealing much, so let us dig deeper into this beautiful middlegame. The rook doubling is in fact part of a grander scheme that Kramnik has in mind. Once black commits to d6, Kramnik targets a very concrete objective: To ...


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The Candidates will be held in Berlin, Germany, on 10-28 March 2018 (source). According to FIDE's Rules & Regulations for the Candidates Tournament of the FIDE World Championship cycle 2016-2018, the following will qualify, in order of priority: 1. The loser of the previous World Championship Match -- Sergey Karjakin. 2. The 2 finalists of the FIDE ...


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It is very common in top tournament that a local celebrity or other people who like attention such as politicains, people from FIDE, etc, make the ceremonial first move. This is purely for the photographers, and of course it is perfectly fine to take back this move and make your own move. In the game you mention however Aronian chose to stick with 1. e4 ...


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According to Agon (who owns the rights), it will take place from March 8 to March 29, 2018. I don't think anything else is known at this point in time.


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The reason behind 25. Bh4 is very concrete, namely: With Rf8 coming next for black, white's bound to play Kg2 to unpin and cover f3 but without preparing it with Bh4 it leads to the following forcing variation: [title "25. Kg2 without Bh4"] [fen "r5k1/p5p1/2p1b2p/2b4P/5q2/5B2/P7/1R1QBK1R w - - 0 1"] 1. Kg2 Qg5+ 2. Bg3 Rd8 3. Qxd8+ Qxd8 4. Rb8 Bc8 5. Bg4 ...


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What is the idea behind 4... c5? Basically the same ideas as behind playing c4 in the Queen's gambit: challenging the center, potentially exchanging the c-pawn for a valuable central pawn, opening the c file for a rook, giving the knight a square on c6 (which is often a better square for the knight if the pawn has moved to c5 already) potentially ...


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Having a celebrity make the ceremonial first move of a chess match is a PR thing, similar to a ceremonial first pitch in baseball. It got interesting when Mikhail Gorbachev made the ceremonial first move in an exhibition match between Anatoly Karpov and Judith Polgar in Lindsborg, Kansas, in 2005, and then insisted that Karpov leave the move 1.g4 on the ...


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When and where is the next world championship? It will take place in 2020 at the end of the year. The exact date and location have not been revealed nor decided yet. When is the Candidates? In 2020, the same year as the world championship match. It usually takes place in March, but no official information about it has been released yet. Where can I ...


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(this is my opinion, this is a purely opinion-based that some would say should be closed but I prefer to just give my answer) It seems unfair and discriminatory to allow someone into the Candidates just because they are a woman or junior. The recent winners of both championships are also so far off the level of the Candidates that they just wouldn't belong ...


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I entered the position in ChessBase and got Komodo 9 to analyze it -- it says 70...Rb3+ was Black's best move by far, only giving White a +0.64 advantage (which means the engine thinks White is "64% of a pawn" better). The reason Rb3+ is a good move is that Black needs counterplay -- if he sits and does nothing, White will win easily (due to being up 2 pawns)...


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I never played Sicilian Defense as Black for this reason. A quote from Larsen: Had I not played the Sicilian with Black I could have saved myself the trouble of studying for more than 20 years all the more popular lines of this opening, which comprise probably more than 25 percent of all published opening theory! Constantly following updates and ...


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Where can I find the important chess tournaments online? Tournaments like the Candidates and World Championships are FIDE events. News about them will appear first on the FIDE website. FIDE also have a Twitter account which you can follow which will also make shorter announcements usually with links back to stories on the FIDE website.


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White wants to move his King to g2, but if he does so right away then Black can play ...Qg5+. By playing Bh4, White covers the g5-square, allowing his King to seek haven on g2. Also, playing Bh4 activates the Bishop (it was extremely passive on e1), and allows White to connect his 3 major pieces after playing Kg2. Overall, just a great multi-purpose move in ...


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"Hiding prep'" is a well known cliche in the chess world. When Anand had a slump in form a few years back, it was joked that he has been hiding his preparation for several years now. I believe there are two sides to this phenomenon: Especially going into world championship matches, players sometimes revamp complete parts of their opening repertoire. For ...


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This is not exactly the same thing, but on chess.com, they have allowed the women and the junior speed chess champion to be seeded into the open tournament. Well, the two women, who have played, Hou Yifan, and Elena Danielian have both been crushed by record scores, 27.-2.2 and 27-2 respectively. The other day, Wei Yi got destroyed by Maxime Vachier-Lagrave ...


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Yes, finalist from the previous cycle is one of the candidates; two more spots go to the latest World Cup winner and runner-up, a couple of spots are determined by Grand Prix results, one spot is the host's choice (that's how Aronian got into the last Candidates), and the rest are determined by the FIDE rating list. That is, more or less, what was used for ...


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http://web.archive.org/web/20100605121529/http://www.dnevnik.bg/sport/2010/05/31/909514_organizatorite_na_macha_topalov_-_anand_ochakvat_pone/ It says (in Bulgarian): "The match Topalov - Anand (2010) made an absolute record on the Internet. For all 12 games together recorded 2 million links to the live broadcast of individual computers, but for just the ...


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Black's idea is to try to neutralize White's center pressure by making the situation appear equal. One idea for both sides is to take the c-pawn after their opponent has moved the King's Bishop. For example, if White plays Bd3, Black may play ...dxc4, causing White to lose a tempo by having to move the Bishop again. This mutual dilemma makes development ...


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Is it going to be any delay or any other anti-cheating measure that affects the broadcasting of the games applied in the Candidates? It is mostly Agon protecting their commercial rights to the event. They forbid rebroadcasting and require users / viewers to login and click agreement to a complicated piece of lawyer-speak which is unintelligible to normal ...


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The doubled rooks on the d-file prevent black's pawn activity in the center (e6, e5 and d5). This reduces black's counterplay. It also allows white to post a knight on d5 or d4 without having to worry about a pawn kicking it out of there, as this would create a weakness on d6, if not lose the pawn. In the game we see white establish a knight on d5, but also ...


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