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BOTW: 2017.02.20

The first stage of the 2017 FIDE World Chess Grand Prix in UAE, the Women's World Championship in Tehran, the 15th Aeroflot Open in Moscow, and the Winter Invitational in Saint Louis are in this week's underwhelming Best of the Web.

Tactics: Penguin eats Dragon

This week's Canadian Tactic comes from the round 6 PRO Chess League game between Toronto Dragons' FM Shiyam Thavandiran and the Patgoniai Penguins' GM Fernando Peralta. Black has just played ...Nd4. What should White do? (very complex)

2017 WWCh Rd.1.2: Zhou - Pogonina

Game 2 between Canadian Champion WIM Qiyu Zhou and Russian WGM Natalia Pogonina from the Women's World Championship in Tehran, Iran.

2017 WWCh Rd.1.1: Pogonina - Zhou

Round 1.1 of the 2017 Women's World Championship was played today in Tehran.
Canadian Champion Qiyu Zhou was responsible for one of the upsets: holding 2014 runner-up Natalia Pogonina to a draw with Black. Game with notes...

BOTW: 2017.01.23

More than half of the world's 2700+ players are competing this week, and you can watch their games live online
Gibraltar, TATA Steel, and round 3 of the PRO Chess League are this week's Best of the Web.

Chess Canada - 2016 Olympiad

The latest issue of Chess Canada is here!
It's free for everyone, and it's BIG...

BOTW: 2016.12.09

This week's Best of the Web: 8 of the world's top 10 play in the London Classic (Dec. 9-18, 2016); interviews with the late Mark Dvoretsky; videos of the late Mark Taimanov; and an excerpt from "Dvoretsky's Endgame Manual" where he analyzes an excellent rook ending played by Taimanov.

Lefong Hua scores first IM Norm

Canadian FM Lefong Hua earned his first IM Norm in the 2016 Autumn Invitational at the St.Louis Chess Club, November 17-22, 2016.
Lefong scored 6.5/9 to tie atop the IM Norm group with US FM Konstantin Kavutskiy, each earning an IM Norm.

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.

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