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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.

2016 World Cadet Results

The 2016 World Cadet Chess Championship ended today in Batumi, Georgia.
India, the USA and Russia each won multiple medals. Top Canadians were Anthony Atanasov (5th in U8), and Nameer Issani (9th, U10).
Details and links.

GOTW: Atanasov - Ansat, World Cadet, 2016.

Our Canadian Game of the Week comes from the 2016 World Cadet Chess Championship, now on in Batumi, Georgia until October 30.
The position is Black to play from the game Atanasov (CAN) - Ansat (KAZ), U8 round 4.
Try to play as well as these Under 8 boys and figure out what happens after 16...d4 17.Bh6...

BOTW: 2016.10.26

It's a choice between 20th century and 21st century chess this week.
The Russian Superfinal continues, but the men's event might set a record for most draws: after 9 rounds, Alexander Riazantsev leads with +2, 1/2 a point ahead of four players who have each scored 1 win and 8 draws.
At the cutting edge of 21st century chess is the ultimate online blitz match: World Champion Magnus Carlsen plays GM Hikaru Nakamura for online blitz bragging rights.

GOTW: Le Siège - Massé, Varennes 2016

Our Canadian Game of the Week is Alexandre Le Siège's annotations to his win over Hugues Massé at October's Varennes Open, which Alexandre won with 4.5/5.

The diagrammed position arose at move 17. Neither King can be attacked and there are no tricky tactics, but this is a critical position: White has a slight development advantage but has to find a plan which turns that into a long-term positional/endgame advantage. Alex's notes show how both sides should play.

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