Chess.com - Play. Learn. Share. Online chess community where you can play chess, learn strategies and tactics, read chess news, see book reviews, find rules & tips, get free downloads, and more! http://www.chess.com/ 2007 Chess.com FIDE ban phones from chess venuesThe latest changes to the official FIDE laws of chess have taken the hard-line of banning mobile phones from playing venues completely. This will apply to all FIDE rated events, although there is dispensation for individual tournaments to specify...http://www.chess.com/blog/SonofPearl/fide-ban-phones-from-chess-venuesWed, 28 May 2014 11:17:08 -0700http://www.chess.com/blog/SonofPearl/fide-ban-phones-from-chess-venuesIn-Depth Magnus Carlsen InterviewLast week at the Churchill Club in Silicon Valley, California, the world champion Magnus Carlsen was interviewed before an audience by Paypal Founder and chess enthusiast, Peter Thiel. If you want to hear the champion speak at length and you have...http://www.chess.com/blog/SonofPearl/in-depth-magnus-carlsen-interviewMon, 20 Jan 2014 11:19:04 -0800http://www.chess.com/blog/SonofPearl/in-depth-magnus-carlsen-interviewCarlsen Trash Talking...OK, this is officially my new favourite chess video. Magnus Carlsen trash talks with French GM Laurent Fressinet in a friendly blitz game (during preparation for his world championship match with Anand). Carlsen wins by a surprise checkmate, but L...http://www.chess.com/blog/SonofPearl/carlsen-trash-talkingSat, 18 Jan 2014 07:07:05 -0800http://www.chess.com/blog/SonofPearl/carlsen-trash-talkingA Point Of View: The TurkThe chess Candidates Tournament currently being held in London isn't getting a lot of direct publicity, but it does seem to be sparking off chess-related articles in the media. The BBC radio show "A Point of View" has weekly reflections on topica...http://www.chess.com/blog/SonofPearl/a-point-of-view-the-turkSun, 24 Mar 2013 01:28:20 -0700http://www.chess.com/blog/SonofPearl/a-point-of-view-the-turkThe Isle of Man 'Lewis Chessmen' StampsThe Isle of Man has produced some nice stamps featuring the famous Lewis Chessmen. I've always liked the style of these 12th century pieces - an amazing historical artefact! See more here. Our Medieval Treasure Island We are pleased to presen...http://www.chess.com/blog/SonofPearl/isle-of-man-lewis-chessmen-stampsFri, 18 Jan 2013 11:56:06 -0800http://www.chess.com/blog/SonofPearl/isle-of-man-lewis-chessmen-stampsBeating a GM with the Morra Gambit!The Morra Gambit is hugely popular at amateur level despite being regarded by "theory" as insufficient compensation for a pawn. Grandmasters aren't supposed to lose against the Morra Gambit, but GM Viesturs Meijers (Elo 2479) of Latvia lost to An...http://www.chess.com/blog/SonofPearl/beating-a-gm-with-the-morra-gambitFri, 11 Jan 2013 13:34:04 -0800http://www.chess.com/blog/SonofPearl/beating-a-gm-with-the-morra-gambitExcellent Judit Polgar Interview!In a week's time Judit Polgar will be competing in the London Chess Classic against the best chess players in the world. Judit has been the strongest female chess player for two decades, and has achieved this by competing with the best men rather...http://www.chess.com/blog/SonofPearl/excellent-judit-polgar-interview2Sat, 24 Nov 2012 02:42:17 -0800http://www.chess.com/blog/SonofPearl/excellent-judit-polgar-interview2Does Katy Perry Play Chess?Pop star Katy Perry is so famous that even I have heard of her. This is no mean achievement since I pretty much stopped listening to chart music circa 1992 . Since Ms. Perry is extremely famous I have to assume that the first picture at this link...http://www.chess.com/blog/SonofPearl/does-katy-perry-play-chessFri, 10 Aug 2012 09:15:22 -0700http://www.chess.com/blog/SonofPearl/does-katy-perry-play-chessPrada's Chess Playing Models!The fashion label Prada must think that chess is cool, because they're latest advertising campaign includes models playing something that looks suspiciously like chess. I'm not sure that models are exactly the sort of people who would best promot...http://www.chess.com/blog/SonofPearl/pradas-chess-playing-models-2648Thu, 09 Aug 2012 09:37:45 -0700http://www.chess.com/blog/SonofPearl/pradas-chess-playing-models-2648The Most Exciting World Chess Championship Ever?Seville, 1987. The two greatest chess players in the world are nearing the end of a titanic struggle for supremacy. Garry Kasparov, the champion, is determined to hold onto the crown that he fought so hard to gain in 1985/6.  The former champion...http://www.chess.com/blog/SonofPearl/test-7393Tue, 17 Jul 2012 12:23:32 -0700http://www.chess.com/blog/SonofPearl/test-7393Kick Start Battle Chess!Chess.com members of a certain age may remember the early days of computer chess when the hugely popular Battle Chess software brought entertainingly gory chess set animation to the masses. In recent years there have been attempts to recreate som...http://www.chess.com/blog/SonofPearl/kick-start-battle-chess-5417Fri, 11 May 2012 12:13:24 -0700http://www.chess.com/blog/SonofPearl/kick-start-battle-chess-5417Kirsan's Rich And Famous Friends... The FIDE website posts fairly frequent updates about the "working visits" of president Kirsan Illyunzhinov to countries around the world, most of which are usually, to me at least, of little interest I must admit. But, the latest update about ou...http://www.chess.com/blog/SonofPearl/kirsans-rich-and-famous-friendsThu, 26 Apr 2012 10:40:21 -0700http://www.chess.com/blog/SonofPearl/kirsans-rich-and-famous-friendsShow Some Love For Your Favourite Chess StoreOne of the lesser known parts of Chess.com is the store directory [EDITED in 2013 - links have been updated to direct to the actual shops instead] where there are links to many online chess shops, along with reviews from Chess.com members (see bel...http://www.chess.com/blog/SonofPearl/show-some-love-for-your-favourite-chess-storeFri, 13 Apr 2012 06:12:46 -0700http://www.chess.com/blog/SonofPearl/show-some-love-for-your-favourite-chess-storeAwesome Online PGN Game ViewerWith the increasing popularity of 'cloud' computing and online applications for many kinds of tasks, I had wondered for quite a while why no-one seemed to have invented a way of opening and managing PGN files online, eliminating the need to downlo...http://www.chess.com/blog/SonofPearl/awesome-online-pgn-game-viewerSun, 11 Mar 2012 12:31:12 -0700http://www.chess.com/blog/SonofPearl/awesome-online-pgn-game-viewerKenneth Rogoff On Chess And DebtKenneth Rogoff (pictured) was a gifted young Grandmaster of the 1970s who quit being an impoverished chess player for a successful and lucrative career in economics. Now, some decades later he is the 58 year-old Professor of Economics at Harvard ...http://www.chess.com/blog/SonofPearl/kenneth-rogoff-on-chess-andMon, 06 Feb 2012 15:02:51 -0800http://www.chess.com/blog/SonofPearl/kenneth-rogoff-on-chess-andPlay Chess With Magnus Carlsen!The New York chess club Chess NYC has a very special chess camp lined up starting 20 August 2012.  From the ChessNYC website...   A lucky group of young aspiring Chess Masters and game lovers will spend an entire week of Camp with The World's...http://www.chess.com/blog/SonofPearl/play-chess-with-magnus-carlsenWed, 25 Jan 2012 12:35:14 -0800http://www.chess.com/blog/SonofPearl/play-chess-with-magnus-carlsenSuperMariov 10th Anniversary TributeToday is the 10th Anniversary of Ruslan Ponomariov winning the 2002 FIDE World Chess Championship in Moscow. Regardless of gripes about the KO format and time control (90 minutes + 30 seconds per move), it was a remarkable achievement for the (...http://www.chess.com/blog/SonofPearl/supermariov-10th-anniversary-tributeMon, 23 Jan 2012 11:30:01 -0800http://www.chess.com/blog/SonofPearl/supermariov-10th-anniversary-tributeGoogle Rained On My Picnik!I'm a big fan/user of Google services, from Gmail to Reader, Docs to Calendar, not to mention "search" obviously. So I wasn't too concerned when back in March 2010 Google bought the online photo-editing suite Picnik, which has been my photo-edito...http://www.chess.com/blog/SonofPearl/google-rains-on-my-picnikSat, 21 Jan 2012 08:15:16 -0800http://www.chess.com/blog/SonofPearl/google-rains-on-my-picnikJudit Polgar InterviewJudit Polgar is the greatest woman chess player of all-time, heading the women's ratings since 1989 and reaching #8 in the world against her male peers in 2005. After taking some time off to start a family she has been playing more regularly agai...http://www.chess.com/blog/SonofPearl/judit-polgar-interviewWed, 18 Jan 2012 10:25:16 -0800http://www.chess.com/blog/SonofPearl/judit-polgar-interviewCould You Be The Best In The World?I was absent-mindedly looking through the official FIDE chess ratings when it occurred to me that although I'm never going to be the best chess player in the world (I still wince a bit as I admit that simple fact), I could still potentially be the...http://www.chess.com/blog/SonofPearl/could-you-be-the-best-in-the-worldMon, 09 Jan 2012 12:06:38 -0800http://www.chess.com/blog/SonofPearl/could-you-be-the-best-in-the-world