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European Club Cup – Magnus Carlsen On Board

European Club Cup – Teams and Players Announced

European Club Cup – Magnus Carlsen On BoardBefore the World Chess Championship Match between Magnus Carlsen and Fabiano Caruana in November, we’re going to see a lot of world class team events this fall.

The 43rd Chess Olympiad takes place from September 23 to October 6 (including Fabiano Caruana playing for Team USA) and we have the European Club Cup (including Magnus Carlsen, surprisingly) taking place from October 11 to 19 in Chalkidiki in Greece.

The European Club Cup is a 7-round team event with teams playing on 6 boards. 63 teams are involved so far. The 6 top seed teams all boast an impressive line-up. Let’s take a look:

  • Globus (average rating: 2742): Giri, Karjakin, Nepomniachtchi, Grischuk, Wei Yi, Khismatulin
  • Alkaloid (average rating: 2738): Ding Liren, Yu Yangyi, Jakovenko, Kryvoruchko, Andreikin, Eljanov, Nedev, Panceski
  • Odlar Yurdu (average rating: 2722): Mamedyarov, Radjabov, Naiditsch, Mamedov, Safarli, Guseinov, Durarbayli, Abasov
  • AVE Novy Bor (average rating 2713): Navara, Harikrishna, Wojtaszek, Vidit, Ragger, Sasikiran, Laznicka, Bartel
  • Mednyi Vsadnik St. Petersburg (average rating: 2698): Svidler, Vitiugov, Fedoseev, Matlakov, Rodshtein, Alekseenko, Goganov
  • Valerenga Sjakklubb (average rating: 2673): Carlsen, Howell, Grandelius, Romanov, Predojevic, Aryan Tari, Kjetil Lie, Christiansen

Blog Article of The Week

European Club Cup – Magnus Carlsen On BoardOur blog article of the week deals with a special type of chess move. Every chess player knows that some moves are harder to spot than others: backwards moves, horizontal moves, moving a piece to an apparently protected square, quiet moves in sharp positions, positionally undesirable moves and so on.

Moves like these don’t easily enter our mind. Therefore, many chess players miss key tactical opportunities and lose valuable rating points.

This article is devoted to these special chess moves. Why are these moves so hard to see? And what can be done to spot these objectively simple moves in your own games more frequently? We reveal the secret of these moves with plenty of examples from real games!

This Week’s Exclusive FREE Video

Ever run out of good moves but don’t know where you went wrong? Chances are you’ve misunderstood the pawn structure.

Understanding how pawn structures influence chess games is the hallmark of a strong player but it’s often a mystery to club players. There is much to consider, and it doesn’t always come naturally to club players. The positional knowledge that comes with understanding pawn structures is key to taking your game to the next level.

In this video, IM Valeri Lilov reveals how your pawns affect every other piece on the board and the typical plans that accompany the different structures. Valeri specifically takes a look at pawn chains, which are some of the most important attacking structures in chess. How can you build and use pawn chains to your advantage?

Last Week’s Puzzle:

This Week’s Puzzle:

European Club Cup – Magnus Carlsen On BoardIt is Black to move in this week’s chess puzzle. How can he seal the deal immediately?

Answer next week.

One Comment

Julian Cornman says:

1. … Nf3+ 2. gxf3 (forced, otherwise, if 2. Kh1, then Rh2 ++) Bxf3 and there is no defence against the double mate threat, either 3… gxh2 or (if 3. Kh1) Rh2. The checks by 3. Bb5+ Kd8 and the queen sacrifice 4. Qh6 Rxh6 just delays being mated for two more moves. The ultimate try would be 3. hxg3 then Rh1 ++ and 3. h3 or h4 is followed by Rxh3 (or Rxh4) and after the delaying by the same Bf5+ and the queen sacrifice on h6, the mating blow by Rh1++ is anavoidable.

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