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  2. I'm often asked which app I use to follow online tournaments. The question does surprise me a little: there is nothing better than "Followchess", a FREE application and available for Android, Iphone (or any other operating system if you access their site directly from a browser: www.followchess.com). Among the great virtues of the program is its ease of use and the speed of transmission of games. In addition, they cover tournaments which nobody else pays any attention to: Open tournaments from all over the world -sometimes even the ones with an average rating of 1800- or Live World Championships, you name it! You can modify the settings, you can select colors, sounds, etc. and of course you can add analysis engine at any time for live evaluation. There is a "pro" version, for less than 5 euros, which also allows you to download all games in .pgn format and a few other extra features, but the free version works fine. There are other online platforms that relay tournaments with commentary, etc. but the truth is that they are very slow, you only see a couple of games, the comments are usually not particularly useful and you do not choose which games to see, etc. With Followchess, everything much faster. You get to choose which tournaments and which games you wanna follow and the touch of a screen. Here are some screenshots of their mobile version and another from their browser version for PC:
  3. A new edition of the Sinquefield Cup has just started, the St. Louis tournament with $ 300,000 in prizes. One of thh tournament highlights will no doubt be the match between Carlsen and Caruana, a pretty significant game considering the these two will meet again in November for the World Championship! In the first round, Mamedyarov (who, by the way, thanks to this victory climbs to second place on the Elo lis) caused some turmoil thanks to his interesting opening choice on move six of his Queen's Gambit (6.Qc2!?) Participants: Magnus Carlsen, Alexander Grischuk, Fabiano Caruana, Hikaru Nakamura, Levon Aronian, Maxime Vachier-Lagrave, Shakhriyar Mamedyarov, Sergey Karjakin , Viswanathan Anand and Wesley So. Please find attached all the games from round 1, including the notes to the Mamedyarov game! [pgn3][Event "Sinquefied Cup (EN)"] [Site "?"] [Date "2018.08.18"] [Round "1.3"] [White "Mamedyarov, Shakhriyar"] [Black "So, Wesley"] [Result "1-0"] [ECO "D30"] [WhiteElo "2801"] [BlackElo "2780"] [Annotator "I.M. Javier,Gil"] [PlyCount "101"] [EventDate "2018.??.??"] 1. d4 Nf6 2. c4 e6 3. Nf3 d5 4. Bg5 Be7 5. e3 O-O 6. Qc2 {This is a very unusuarl move order in the Queen's Gambit, and hardly ever seen at GM level. There is a game played by Andrikin from 2017, but it transposed into well known variations. And there's another game played by Predke, which is included here. Possible now are ...c5, ...b6, ...Nbd7, or the move played in the game.} h6 (6... Nbd7 7. Nc3 h6 8. Bh4 c5 9. dxc5 Nxc5 10. Rd1 Qa5 11. Nd2 Rd8 12. a3 d4 $2 13. exd4 Rxd4 14. b4 Qxa3 15. Bxf6 Bxf6 16. bxc5 {Black doesn't have enough compensation.} Bd7 17. Be2 Bc6 18. Nb5 Bxb5 19. cxb5 Rad8 20. O-O Qb4 21. Nb3 {1-0 (21) Predke,A (2601)-Vunder,A (2161) St Petersburg RUS 2017}) 7. Bxf6 $5 Bxf6 8. h4 g6 9. Nc3 (9. g4 Bg7) 9... c5 10. dxc5 dxc4 11. h5 $1 g5 12. Bxc4 Qa5 13. Rc1 Nd7 (13... Qxc5 14. Ne4 $5 (14. Qe2 Nc6 15. O-O Bg7 16. Rfd1 $14) 14... Qa5+ 15. Ke2 Bg7 16. Nfxg5 $1 $16) 14. O-O Bxc3 (14... Nxc5 15. Rfd1 (15. Nd4 $5) 15... Bd7 16. Qb1 $5) 15. Qxc3 Qxc3 16. Rxc3 Nxc5 17. Ne5 b6 18. f4 (18. Rd1 Bb7 19. Ra3 $5 $16) 18... Ne4 19. Rd3 Ng3 20. Rf3 Ne4 (20... gxf4 21. exf4 Nxh5 22. Rh3 $1 Nxf4 23. Rdg3+ Kh7 24. Rh4 Ng6 25. Bd3 $18) 21. Rd4 Bb7 22. f5 $1 Nf6 23. Rf1 Rae8 24. fxe6 fxe6 25. Ng6 Rf7 26. Ne5 Rff8 27. Rd6 Bd5 $2 {The resulting endgame after this move is just lost for Black.} (27... Nd5 28. Rxf8+ Kxf8 29. Rd7 $18) (27... Kg7 28. Bxe6 $16) 28. Rxf6 Rxf6 29. Bxd5 exd5 30. Rxf6 Rxe5 31. Rxh6 Rxe3 32. Rg6+ Kh7 33. Rxg5 Re2 34. Rxd5 Rxb2 35. Kh2 Rxa2 36. Kh3 a5 (36... Kh6 37. g4 a5 38. Rd6+ Kg5 39. Rg6+ Kf4 40. Rf6+ ( 40. h6 Ra1 $11) 40... Kg5 41. Rf5+ Kh6 42. Rb5 Ra1 43. Rxb6+ {And White wins.}) 37. g4 a4 38. g5 a3 39. Rd7+ Kg8 40. Rd8+ Kh7 41. Rd7+ Kg8 42. Rd8+ Kh7 43. g6+ Kh6 44. Rh8+ Kg7 45. Rh7+ Kg8 46. Ra7 Ra1 47. Kg2 $1 $18 Rc1 48. h6 Rc8 49. Rxa3 b5 50. Ra7 Rb8 51. Kg3 (51. Kg3 b4 52. Kg4 b3 53. h7+ Kh8 54. Kg5 b2 55. Kh6 $1) 1-0[/pgn3] sinqfield1EN.pgn
  4. The best chess server in the world, Lichess (www.lichess.org), has just broken a new record this week by routinely having over 34,000 live online players, a figure that far surpasses other chess servers: chess.com, ICC and chessbase's playchess.com. Lichess already has a base of more than one million users who regularly connect to their server and the speed of play far exceeds its competitors: speed is such that games at 60, 30 or even 15 seconds without time increments are becoming ever more popular. In addition to its technical virtues, lichess is TOTALLY FREE and already has more than 1 million users who use the site regularly.
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