The first three games in the World Championship Candidates' final match in Kazan, Russia, between Alexander Grischuk and Boris Gelfand have all been drawn games - two of which being epic struggles that Muscovite Grischuk came close to winning, and the other, a big opening novelty (9...b5!!) from Gelfand, as black in the Queen's Gambit Declined that had all the fans following on ICC ready excited to follow what was going to happen in this adventurous gambit....only for the game to end in a 14 move draw!?!
All three games have been expertly annotated in our Game of the Day service - and even the 14 move draw proved worthy of watching, as Larry Christiansen expertly broke-down all the ramifications of a pawn sacrifice that's sure to of keen interest to the chess fans.
It's now come down to the crunch of the final final three games that will be played on Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday of this coming week. If still tied at 3-3 after that, the match will move into a nerve-jangling series of a four-game rapid match (G/25+10); if the tie is still not broken, then up to to five two-game blitz matches will be followed if necessary by a sudden-death final deciding Armageddon game.
All of which will put additional pressures on both players, as the winner will go forward to play a 12-game World Title match against the current world champion Vishy Anand, scheduled to be played April/May of next year.
So which will emerge as Anand's challenger: Will it be Grischuk or will it be Gelfand? You can find out here on ICC, as play gets underway for the final three games on Monday, 23 May at 7:00AM ICC Server Time with Chess.FM commentary from GMs Ronen Har-Zvi and Gregory Kaidanov (and then with Yasser Seirawan joined by Jan Gustafsson and Alex Yermolinsky for the final two games). We'll also have our Game of the Day service and the New In Chess trivia contest, where each day an ICC member can win a 1-year subscription to New In Chess magazine. Join ICC today by clicking here for all the best in live coverage of the deciding games in the Grischuk-Gelfand Candidates Final clash.
1st ICC Open
Due to the global financial troubles that has impacted many economies, ICC is sad to officially announce that this year the popular 'Dos Hermanas' tournament will not be taking place. The tournament was successfully run on ICC for 12 years, but the Spanish organizers had to take a 'timeout' this year. We would like to take this opportunity on behalf of the ICC community to thank them for all the tournaments that they have sponsored in the past, and we sincerely hope to see Dos Hermanas back once again in its rightful place, running here on ICC!
Despite the loss, ICC felt that a replacement event was needed to curb the ever-insatiable playing appetite of our thriving online chess community - so we decided to organize our own tournament: the 1st ICC Open that will take place 3rd-5th June!
This will be a members-only, $3,5000 cash-prize class tournament (click here to join and play in it), split between an Open, U2200, U2000, U1800 and U1600 rating bands. The time control will be 3 0 throughout the whole tournament. There will be four qualifiers. You can play in as many qualifiers as you like. All qualifiers will have 11 rounds, swiss pairings.
| Friday, June 3, at 3pm
|Friday, June 3, at 8pm|
|Saturday, June 4, at 3pm|
|Saturday, June 4, at 8pm|
|Sunday, June 5, at 3pm|
All times are server time (EDT, New York Time, UTC/GMT -5 hours).
For the full schedule, playing rules and condition of entry, go to our webpage for the 1st ICC Open by clicking here. Remember: this tournament is for ICC members-only, so click here to join and play for cash prizes!
Android Invasion of ICC!
First it was the iPhone and then it was the iPad - and now adding to our winning-stable of mobile applications comes the new release of Chess at ICC for the Android! Join our vibrant and continually growing community of players, ranging from beginners to Grandmasters - who are all ready for you to watch, play or learn from, 24 hours a day!
The Android Invasion of ICC is taking place now - and you can get the app today tounlock a free 1-month trial membership! Current members can also use their username without needing to open a further account, but you are still eligible to take advantage of the 1-month free offer by creating a second username to play and experiment on!
- Play: Seek/offer rated and unrated. Also view seeks posted by other users. Sort seek list by username, rating or game time. Able to filter the seek list.
- Chat with Friends, in the lobby and other popular channels
- Observe top-rated grandmaster games on ICC and sort by category, showing only rating categories you are interested in observing.
- Events: Participate in official events on ICC; including watching top relayed elite tournaments from around the world, playing in the rating pools, playing TrainingBot and ProblemBot games, and much, much more!
- Fully functional console, for more control on the playing server
- Timestamp to avoid lag problems
- Confirm move feature to help avoid mouse-slips.
- AND MUCH, MUCH MORE
The ICC Network
ICC has now revamped its Facebook page - and we've had a great response from members and non-members looking to take part in the activities there, where we'll shortly be offering prizes and special membership offers.
On offer will be free Chess.FM video content and ICC membership extensions - and for non-members who have enjoyed in the past free ICC trials that have expired, look to our Facebook page for exclusive extra free trial times! We'll also have all the latest ICC news and tournament results as well as some fun caption competitions. And all coming soon as we continually update our Facebook page!
Go to Facebook now and click on our "like" button now - and what's not to be liked about ICC!
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