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GOTW: Martinez - Zhou, 2016 Women's Continental Ch.

Our Game of the Week is Canadian Women's Champion Qiyu Zhou's crazily complicated Ruy Lopez from round 6 against WIM Ayelen Martinez from Argentina.
It is White to move in the diagram. White had played a strong Novelty on move 19 to improve on a Judit Polgar game, and Black (Qiyu) has just played 21...d5 to get some counterplay in the center. What should White play now?

Happy Birthday Magnus Carlsen ...and still WC!

Magnus Carlsen celebrated his 26th birthday by winning the four-game tie-breaks over Sergei Karjakin in New York, and so retains his World Championship title.

The position is from game 4 of the Rapid tie-breaks. Karjakin had been forced to overpress as Black to win and tie the match. Here it is White to move. Can you find the way to end the match in style the way Magnus Carlsen did here as White?

BOTW: 2016.11.30

The World Championship tie-break -- Wed. Nov. 30, 2 pm EST -- is the Best of the Web.

Happy 50th Birthday: Evgeny Bareev

Evgeny Bareev turns 50 today: November 21, 2016.
To mark the occasion, we have a sort of "reverse present": a gift from the birthday boy to you. Evgeny Bareev annotates one of his wins from the 2016 Baku Olympiad.

BOTW: 2016.11.18

Houdini Returns from the Dead (sort of), Stockfish 8 released, and the top two computers and humans continue to battle it out in the biggest matches of 2016... in this week's Best of the Web.

GOTW: Marin - Sambuev, National Capital Open, 2016

The Canadian Game of the Week is Marin - Sambuev, from the 2016 National Capital Open in Ottawa.
Elias Oussedik explains how the former Canadian Champion gave up his Queen, avoided a repetition, and still won with R+N vs Q against a 2100+ opponent.

GOTW: Shimanov-Hambleton, Millionaire Chess, 2016

The third Millionaire Open was held in Atlantic City in August. It promised large prizes for section winners -- even the U1600 winner would pocket over $10,000 -- topped by a chance to win a 1/64 chance to win $1,000,000. 

BOTW: 2016.11.07

There's a super-abundance of world class chess this week: with the Carlsen-Karjakin World Championship match being the highest profile, but perhaps only the second-strongest match this week.

GOTW: Morozov - Cao, 2016 BC Championship

FM Jason Cao won his third consecutive BC Championship in October, 2016.
Jason annotates his fascinating 6th round win over the third seed, Grigoriy Morozov, for the CFC Newsfeed.

November 2016 Events

11 chess events from Halifax to Victoria are on the calendar this November.

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