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Strong Finish by Murx in 28th EMT     
1 day, 19 hours ago

A brace in round 8 and 9 decided the day for Murx (Clemens Keck, Germany) with Komodo 11 and Houdini 6, which earned him $ 500 USD. This tour was not a Stockfish party, but rather in favour of Houdini 6, which had been released recently.
Soloman's Solo     
1 month, 8 days ago

After some months break we finally took up our series of Rapid Engine Masters Tournaments, issue no. 27 on 27th August 2017. Time did not stop during the last months, and what we had to realizeat this new event was once again the dramatically increasing draw rate from 85% to now 90%.
Ultimate Challenge: Three sharp draws     
4 months, 19 days ago

Looking at the final results of the Ultimate Challenge 2017, the reader might notice the high percentage of drawn games.
Zor Winner in an Exciting Photo Finish      
5 months, 2 days ago

The last night was the longest of the whole tournament. A couple of decided games (7!) - not at top, but at the mid-table - reshuffled all Buchholz and SB points. An unbelievable photo finish at the end of this unique chess marathon!
The Day of Decision     
5 months, 4 days ago

Three players in the lead after 20 rounds, and only one round to goo... How could a half marathon be more exciting! It was the last game on Friday night, running until move 126, when Coco69 (Candada) resigned and congratulated Thomas_A_Anderson (Germany) to his brillant victory, which in fact was a hard-earned victory (like shoveling briquettes as someone said on chat).
Situation normal as usual...     
5 months, 5 days ago

The closer the end, all the more the tension is increasing, even though we haven't seen any decided games at top lately. As already reported, did Woodrun (Finland) promote to the group with +2 in round 18, and he hold his position in round 19 by a draw with Black against the mighty Zor (United Arab Emirates).
Number of Wins as Tie-break Factor     
5 months, 8 days ago

After 18 of 21 rounds tie-break matters come into focus, especially because the automatically generated server tables do not consider the number of wins (same as the number of Black wins). So the final table according to our more complete tie-break criteria might be slightly different from the server table, if players are level on total points, Buchholz and Sonneborn-Berger points.
The Future has already started     
5 months, 9 days ago

Draw, draw, draw... The closer it comes to the end, the more carefully get all players with a positive score. No one wants to miss the chance to promote to the prize ranks or staying there, if already on +2 or +3. Even two players with +1 are currently ranked 9th und 10th, but with a remarkable high Buchholz score.
Best Games Awards - Ultimate Challenge Tour 2017     
5 months, 11 days ago

We like to encourage players to try out new or unusual moves, to take risks and to be creative. Even though such games may end up in a draw same as other games, they might be worth an extra applause by the audience. For this reason Infinity Chess will give „best games awards“ to two players after each round. The player(s) with the highest number of such awards at the end of the tournament will rec
The Quiet before the Storm?     
5 months, 12 days ago

It might look like this, but regarding the high rate of draws it might also be "business as usual" - no storm gathering at all. At least the tension is increasing round by round.

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