WCC 2018 Game 1: Missed Opportunity for Carlsen

The opening round of the World Chess Championship 2018 may seem to have concluded unceremoniously, but that Magnus Carlsen missed a winning line if he instead just played 38… Rg3.

Let the following video explain how it could have ended differently:

Replay the full game below:

APECC Chess Tournament – November 2018

The Ayala Paseo Executive Chess Club (APECC), in coopoeration with MGC New Life Christian Academy, invites you to the upcoming APECC Non-Master Executive Chess Tournament:

When: Saturday, November 17, 2018 9:00 AM (round 1 starts at 10:00 AM)
Where: MGC New Life Christian Academy, Block 18 University Park, Bonifacio Global City, Taguig City
Rating Limit: Not Higher than 2055 NCFP Rating as of October 1, 2018
Format/Time Control: 7 Round Swiss System, 22 Min with 3 Sec increment

See the poster below for more details:

Closing Gambit


Forty years ago, on July 18th 1978, Victor Korchnoi sat opposite his hated rival, world champion Anatoly Karpov, and slowly pushed his c-pawn forward by two squares. It was a quiet opening move to start the most controversial world championship match in chess history. Spassky versus Fischer in 1972 was simply the entrée for what became the staple diet of Soviet loyalist Anatoly Karpov defending the Motherland’s honour against defectors and dissidents in the guises of Korchnoi and Kasparov.

If the claim that the 1978 World Championship was more controversial than the 1972 were true, I can’t wait to watch this movie. After all, the championship was staged in the Philippines.

Watch the trailer here.

Mates – the Chess Dating App


Three weeks before the start of the FIDE world championship, organizer World Chess launched chess dating app Mates. Billed as a way to find an opponent for a game of chess, the app came with a press release that doesn’t shy away from a sexual connotation.

Available both for iOS and Android, the app uses dating technology to help find “a chess playing partner near you.” Users post a selfie to create a profile that remains online for just one hour. If there’s a “match,” they can agree on a location to play chess.

Chess players are often billed as nerds or geeks. It’s interesting to see if indeed they can find hook ups using this app.

The Olympiad Tiebreaks Have To Change

Chess.com discusses how tiebreaks are done in the Chess Olympiad:

Both the Open and Women sections of the Batumi Olympiad were decided by tiebreaks. Like just about every two years, this led to criticism on chess forums. According to grandmasters Peter Heine Nielsen and David Smerdon, the time has come to actually do something about it.

The Olympiad-Sonneborn-Berger-Tie-Break without lowest result system allows scores by each team’s previous opponents determine who wins the gold — and they are very much volatile until all the scores are in.

For me, in order to solve this dilemma, TB3, which is game points, should just instead be exchanged with TB2. That way, it is clearer how much should the top teams vying for the top post should win in order to win it all going into the final round.