Upcoming Events: 2018.01-02

40 tournaments during the two worst weather months of the year!!??
Canadians may be indulging in dangerous levels of chess...

GOTW: +2 and lost!

Inspired by (and including) Magnus Carlsen's amazing hang-a-piece-and-still-beat-a-2630 on Sunday, our Game(s) of the Week are all Dragons which start from the position in the diagram and where one side had an advantage of at least +2, and yet failed to win. Games and notes include: Carlsen-Jones, Leko-Carlsen, Lugovoi-Sambuev, Ganguly-Richard Wang, as well as an opening survey on this line...

BOTW: 2018.1.12

The 80th running of the Dutch by-the-sea classic is the first major chess event of 2018, and this week's Best of the Web...

GM-Elect Hambleton Annotates

GM-elect Aman Hambleton annotates three of his games from his 2017 European campaign to gain his final Grandmaster Norm...

2017-18 Canadian Women's Champion: Maili-Jade Ouellet

Maili-Jade Ouellet won the 2017-18 Canadian Women's Chanpionship (Zonal 2.2) with 7/9 (+6 = 2 -1). Report and annotated games...

BOTW: 2017.12.27

The World Rapid and Blitz Championship, the Canadian Women's Zonal, the Carlsen - Nakamura chess.com blitz match, and The Debearding are this week's Best of the Web...

2017 Christmas Theme Puzzles

A star and a tree make the patterns in these two Christmas themed puzzles.
On the left, White to mate in 2, on the right, Black to mate in 2...

2017-18 Women's Zonal

Canada's Women's Zonal runs December 26-31, 2017 in Montréal. Full line-up. pairings, and current standings...

Canada's Next GM: Aman Hambleton!

With one round to go IM Aman Hambleton has guaranteed his final GM Norm at the Sunway Sitges International in Spain!

Tactics: (RB vs RB) X2

Round 4 of last weekend's RA December Open saw two complex endings of Rook and B vs Rook and B on the top boards. The coloured circles in the lower left corner of the diagrams indicate the player to move. Take some time to at least come up with some ideas before looking at the games and analysis...

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