We Survived! Tournament Report

November 24, 2018

On the way to the November 2018 Houlton Open, five Bangor-area players drove off an ice and snow covered road in Old Town, Maine. Unable to travel to the tournament but undaunted, they decided to create their own impromptu tournament at John Bapst Memorial High School in Bangor. The tournament was dubbed We Survived! Here's the tournament report with a few photos and US Chess crosstable.

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WCC R11: Game 11 Draw 11

November 24, 2018

The World Chess Championship Match being contested in London by the current World Champion, Magnus Carlsen, and the second-highest rated player in the world, Fabiano Caruana, will enter the final game in an eleven-game-deadlock tie at 5.5 points apiece. In Game 11, Carlsen played a low-risk opening variation of the Petroff and steered the game into the safe harbor of a bishops-of-opposite-color draw on move fifty-five.

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Ju Wenjun Retains Women's World Chess Champion Title

November 23, 2018

In a dramatic finale at the Women's World Champion Match in Khanty-Mansiysk, Russia, Ju Wenjun won two games in the G/10 +10 tiebreak phase of the Match and retained her title. The players were still tied after the first two games of the tiebreak which necessitated the exciting G/10 speed games. Congratulations to Ju Wenjun!

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WCC R10: A Match of Two Equals

November 22, 2018

Game 10 of the World Championship Match has ended in a draw. This marks the tenth consecutive draw in a Match between two equally skilled gladiators. There remain two classical time control games. If the Match is tied after Game 12, the tiebreak portion of the Match will commence.

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Women's World Chess Championship Goes to Tiebreaks

November 22, 2018

In the forth and final game of the Women's World Championship Match between Katarina Lagno and Ju Wenjun, Lagno, playing the white pieces needing only a draw to secure the title. The Challenger made two critical inaccuracies and that's all the current Women's World Champion needed to force checkmate. The Match now enters the tiebreak phase.

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WCC R9: A World Record (for Draws)

November 21, 2018

Game 9 at the World Chess Championship Match ended in a draw which set the record for the most draws to begin a World Championship Match in history. The game began as an English Opening in which Carlsen had a decent position with some chances but the Challenger held steady and the game evaluation went to triple zeros just before the first time control when the queens came off.

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Nova Scotia Chess Association Newsletter November 2018

November 20, 2018

Lloyd Lombard, Secretary and Treasurer of the Nova Scotia Chess Association and Editor of the NSCA Newsletter shares with us another edition of this informative publication. Also included in this post is Lloyd's cover letter which is itself chock full of interesting chess-related material. We hope you enjoy the Newsletter and we encourage you to get on Lloyd's email list.

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Fall Chess @ UMA Tournament Report

November 19, 2018

The Fall Chess @ UMA Tournament was played on Saturday, November 17, 2018 at the University of Maine in Augusta. The event attracted thirty-nine players including twenty-six scholastic players, eleven in the Open section, and two who played in a non-rated match.

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WCC R8: A Promising Position for Caruana Ends in a Draw

November 19, 2018

Using an information advantage and 7.Nd5 in the Sveshnikov Variation of the Sicilian, Caruana got a great position in Game 8 of the World Chess Championship Match with a big lead on the clock. If he played 24.Qh5, Caruana would have had complete control over the position. However, Caruana played the slower 24.h3 and lost most of his advantage. A near miss for the Challenger and the eighth straight draw in the Match tying the record held by Anand-Kasparov 1995. Going into a rest day, the Match is tied at 4-4.

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WCC R7: An-Out-of-Book-at-All-Costs Draw

November 18, 2018

The seventh game of the World Championship Match ended in a draw after a 40-move Queen's Gambit Declined. This game marked the seventh straight draw of the Match--one game shy of the most consecutive draws to open a World Championship Match which happened during Anand-Kasparov 1995. Another bellwether from this game is the realization that, at the top level, getting one's opponent out of their preparation is more important than playing the most principled lines. The Match score is locked at 3.5 points apiece.

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