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World Champions Ranked by CAPS

Chess.com has recently developed a tool that evaluates the strength of play for any chess player, or the quality of moves of any chess game. They call it the Computer Aggregated Precision Score (or CAPS).

Essentially, what CAPS does is evaluate a player’s game (or set of games) and assess its moves for its accuracy against what the computers think are the best moves in each given position.

Now, since world champions of different eras have no way to prove their worth against each other, CAPS is a good way to evaluate and compare the quality of their games, and thus will give us a “rough estimate” of how well world champions will fare against each other should they face over the chessboard.

Indeed, Chess.com did just that.

Now, let’s find out how your favorite world champion fared using the CAPS system below:

CAPS World Champions
CAPS World Champions

What do you think? Do you agree with the CAPS system? Put your comments below.

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Isle of Man International Chess Tournament 2016

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The Chess.com Isle of Man International Chess Tournament is happening next weekend, from Sat 1st to Sun 9th October 2016. The Masters section is a 138-player 9-round Swiss system of play.

Rate of play (Masters): 100 minutes for 40 moves, followed by 50 minutes for 20 moves, then 15 minutes for the remaining moves, with 30 seconds added per move from the start.

The top 20 participants in the Masters section follow:

TitleSurnameFirstnamesCountryRating
GMCaruanaFabianoUnited States2808
GMNakamuraHikaruUnited States2789
GMSoWesleyUnited States2782
GMEljanovPavelUkraine2739
GMAdamsMichaelEngland2738
GMWangHaoChina2710
GMLekoPeterHungary2709
GMNaiditschArkadijAzerbaijan2696
GMSafarliEltajAzerbaijan2688
GMRodshteinMaximIsrael2687
GMMovsesianSergeiArmenia2677
GMShirovAlexeiLatvia2673
GMMelkumyanHrantArmenia2671
GMSargissianGabrielArmenia2670
GMViditSantosh GujrathiIndia2669
GMHowellDavidEngland2665
GMFressinetLaurentFrance2664
GM HouYifanChina2658
GMMeierGeorgGermany2654
GMGranda ZunigaJulioPeru2648
 

Check out the rest of the Masters participants here.

Official website.

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Breaking Down Philippines’ Performance in World Junior Chess Championships 2016

Breaking it down game by game.

Paulo Bersamina

Paulo Bersamino is a Filipino International Master (IM) rated 2402 as of August 2016. He’s a member of the Philippine team going to the Baku 2016 Chess Olympiad.

In the recently concluded World Junior Chess Championships 2016, he played 13 games against opponents with average rating of 2376, and scored 7.5 points.

Paulo Bersamina in Round 13 of World Junior Chess Championships 2016. Photo credit: wjcc2016india.com.
Paulo Bersamina in Round 13 of World Junior Chess Championships 2016. Photo credit: wjcc2016india.com.

He had a 3-game winning streak from Rounds 9 to 11, so that at the end of Round 11, Bersamina was actually running tied at 4th to 7th place. But he lost to the ultimate champion, Jeffery Xiong, in Round 12 and to Yinglun Xu of China in Round 13, and thus settled for 19th place at the end of the tournament.

The following is the breakdown of the games of IM Paulo Bersamina in World Junior Chess Championships 2016:

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World Junior Chess Championship 2016 Final Results

Jeffery Xiong bags home the title, and he’s the youngest who did it so far.

Jeffery Xiong dominates the Open Section

Leading to the final round, Round 13, Jeffery Xiong of the United States was already a clear winner of the event.

He dominated the event all throughout with eight wins and five draws. Thus, he is now the youngest player to win the World Junior Chess Championship title.

The top-seeded Russian GM Vladislav Artemiev came in closest with 1 full point behind, 9.5 points.

Replay all the games in the Open Section.

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The winners of World Junior Chess Championships 2016 Open Division: Vladislav Artemiev (Runner Up), Jeffery Xiong (Champion), and Narayanan Sunilduth Lyna (2nd Runner Up). Photo credit: wjcc2016india.com.

Final ranking of the Open section follows: Continue reading “World Junior Chess Championship 2016 Final Results”

Maxime Vachier-Lagrave wins Dortmund 2016 with One Round To Go

Maxime Vachier-Lagrave (MVL) is slated to win the Dortmund’s Sparkassen Chess Meeting after 6 rounds and a round more to go. Chess.com writes:

Maxime Vachier-Lagrave continued to look nigh untouchable in round six of Dortmund’s Sparkassen Chess Meeting. Victory (against Ruslan Ponomariov) moved him to 5.0/6 and clinched first place with a round to go. Clinching first would be a remarkable achievement in any tournament, but it is especially impressive in a seven-round tournament like Dortmund.

This enabled MVL to chart his way up in second place in the current Live Ratings list:

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Standings after round 6 follows: Continue reading “Maxime Vachier-Lagrave wins Dortmund 2016 with One Round To Go”