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Magnus Carlsen vs Hou Yifan - World Chess Champion vs Women's World Chess Champion
January 30, 2015 07:16 AM PST

A classical game played between two current World Chess Champions is extremely rare. This happened however in the 7th round of the 77th Tata Steel Chess Tournament 2015. The current World Chess Champion and world #1 Magnus Carlsen was paired with the current Women's World Chess Champion and world #70 Hou Yifan. What happens when Carlsen and Hou enter a great positional struggle in the Kalashnikov variation of the Sicilian Defense?

World Chess Championship 2014 Live - Magnus Carlsen vs Viswanathan Anand
November 01, 2014 12:53 PM PDT

★ LIVESTREAM http://twitch.tv/ChessNetwork Defending World Chess Champion Magnus Carlsen of Norway competes against challenger Viswanathan Anand of India in the 2014 World Chess Championship match held in Sochi, Russia. Carlsen is currently ranked #1 in the world, while Anand is ranked #6. Will Magnus Carlsen defend his title, or will Anand get his revenge? This rematch is historic. It will mark the first time that the same two opponents have met in consecutive World Championship matches since Garry Kasparov and Anatoly Karpov from the 1980's. So, where to watch the World Chess Championship 2014 live? The match will be livestreamed at http://twitch.tv/ChessNetwork with Round 1 beginning November 8th at 7:00AM EST (12:00PM GMT)

Mikhail Tal vs Vasily Smyslov - 1959 Candidates Chess Tournament
July 30, 2014 08:01 PM PDT

Mikhail Tal employs the Closed Breyer variation against Vasily Smyslov's Caro-Kann Defense. Do not however be detracted by the word 'closed', as the position by move 7 is anything but. A tactical and dynamic position quickly arises where an emphasis on time/development, move order details, and precise calculation are paramount. The 1959 Candidates Tournament was held in three cities of Yugoslavia. The first 14 rounds were played in Bled, rounds 15-21 in Zagreb, and rounds 22-28 in Belgrade. This was game 30 from round 8 between Tal and Smyslov.

Norway + Houdini vs Magnus Carlsen
May 10, 2014 08:44 AM PDT

World Chess Champion Magnus Carlsen competes against a mystery man in a red morph suit. Could it be Houdini? Well not quite. The mystery man was later (after the game) revealed to be cross-country skiing legend Oddvar Brå who simply relayed the chess moves on the board. Who Magnus Carlsen was really competing against was a combination of 3 grandmasters, Simen Agdestein, Leif Erlend Johannessen, and Jon Ludvig Hammer. Each grandmaster would suggest a move for team "Norway" that would then be voted on online. Team Norway had 5 minutes for each of their moves, while Magnus Carlsen had only 1 minute. Moreover, an interesting twist to this vote-style type chess game was that each grandmaster was allowed to consult with the Houdini chess engine three times, of their choosing, during the game. This game between Carlsen and "Norway" took place at the Oslo City shopping center (kjøpesenter). Could Magnus Carlsen, having only 1 minute to decide on each move, defeat 3 grandmasters aided by the Houdini chess engine?

Chess Master gets checkmated in 4 moves and can't stop laughing
March 08, 2014 02:08 AM PST

This video's title pretty much says it all. I got checkmated by an opponent who used the Scholar's mate and I burst out laughing during a chess tournament livestreamed at http://twitch.tv/ChessNetwork. So much for trying to crack a poor math joke at the start of a chessgame and sort of being in premove mode. Math-minded chess master's beware! smiley Surprisingly enough, the second game ended with me checkmating my opponent on the exact square and with the same piece as I got checkmated in the first game. For whatever the reason, that really pushed me over the edge with laughter. This is the most candid video that'll likely ever be uploaded to this channel. Replicating such is hard to do. Hopefully it's good for a laugh or two.

Petrosian vs Fischer - 1971 Candidates Chess Match - Game 2
January 20, 2014 01:40 AM PST

This is game 2 from the 1971 candidates chess match final between Tigran Petrosian and Bobby Fischer. Fischer elects the Grunfeld Defense which leads to an opposite colored bishop position. The activation of the bishop in such a position is a top priority.

Albert Einstein vs J. Robert Oppenheimer - Chess game
September 03, 2013 09:50 PM PDT

This chess game is likely of interest to students of physics. Yes, Albert Einstein played chess, and it was in 1933, Princeton USA, where he played against Julius Robert Oppenheimer. Curiously enough, Einstein chose the Ruy Lopez or Spanish Game, the most theoretical opening, in this 24-move encounter against Oppenheimer.

Chess Traps #7: Queen Trap - French Defense: Fort Knox
July 21, 2013 04:00 PM PDT

The queen trap out of the Fort Knox variation of the French Defense can catch even a Grandmaster opponent. It's a very instructive trap since from the variation itself, one learns about a strategical concept. Moreover, the trap highlights many important ideas in chess. Namely, the importance of move order, why it's not a good idea to bring the queen out early, and accurate calculation. Lastly, do not underestimate the power of in-between moves (zwischenzug), and discovered attacks.

Bobby Fischer vs Mikhail Tal - 1961 Bled Supertournament
April 25, 2013 09:36 PM PDT

Robert James Fischer plays against Mikhail "Misha" Tal in the 1961 Supertournament held in Bled, Slovenia. This game features the Sicilian Taimanov variation of the Sicilian Defense opening, and a middlegame queen sacrifice which leads to an unbalanced and simplified endgame.

Mikhail Botvinnik vs Jose Raul Capablanca - 1938
March 17, 2013 05:13 PM PDT

Two strategic masterminds, Mikhail Botvinnik and Jose Raul Capablanca, create a legendary masterpiece out of the Nimzo-Indian Defense. This brilliant and famous game was played in the AVRO tournament in 1938.

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