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  • A Chess Engine Is NOT Your Friend!

    Several years ago I was visiting a friend and he was online looking at live games in a team match event. One game was between a grandmaster (who had the Black pieces) and an international master. A zillion people were using a zillion chess engin... | Read More

  • The All-Time World Chess Champion Bracket: Elite 8

    Who is the strongest world chess champion ever? As Magnus Carlsen and Vishy Anand battle it out for the 2014 world chess championship in Sochi, the All-Time World Chess Championship Tournament continues here on Chess.com.  After an e... | Read More

  • Chess.com University's College-like Chess Courses

    Chess.com University's courses offer a college-like chess learning experience. Unlike in Chess.com University seminars, only 10% to 15% of instruction in courses is delivered live. Previously taught courses are available in the independent-study f... | Read More

  • Review: Playing the Trompowsky

    I recently took a train from Amsterdam to the quaint little Belgium town of Bruges. Looking for a book to keep me occupied for the four hour ride, I remembered my review copy of Richard Pert’s Playing the Trompowsky, which is certainly thinner t... | Read More

  • Can a GM and Rybka beat Stockfish?

    About two months ago, Rubik's Cube extraordinaire and chess aficionado Tyson Mao approached me with a fascinating proposal. Together with his friend Jesse Levinson, Tyson was exploring the current state of computer chess engines. It is well... | Read More


    • Prodigy Program - March 2015 Registration Open!

      This is a fully updated article regarding Chess.com University's Prodigy Program. Please read this post in its entirety if you are a new student or a prospective student wanting to join the program in February. Most importantly, registration for a... | Read More

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    • To Some Extent, Chess IS Your Thought Process

      "How do you improve your analytical and evaluation skills?" This is a big question, in my mind almost equivalent to "How do you improve at chess?" since the single biggest factor correlating to your playing strength is your analytical ability. Mo... | Read More

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    • Beat the Losing Streak

      This has been a rough few weeks for me in online and correspondence chess. I recently matched my live chess losing streak of eight games in standard time control (15|10), which was incredibly disappointing given that I had improved so much over t... | Read More

    • Magnus Carlsen and Death of Chess Ideas

      Where have ideas gone? With giant technological advances, human abilities are being pushed to new heights. Magnus Carlsen, the “hero of the computer era,” has found smart ways of how to use computers to become the world’s #1.[1] On the othe... | Read More

    • The Sad State of Chess on Mac

      Read the original version at Campfire Chess. Prior to 2009, I was a die-hard Windows user. Once a year I would order a collection of parts from NewEgg and Tiger Direct to build myself a custom PC or upgrade an older system with new memory or... | Read More


  • Stockfish Outlasts "Rybkamura"

    In yesterday's four-game match between GM Hikaru Nakamura and the computer Stockfish, the world's top chess engine won 3-1. Nakamura, the world's fifth-best human, managed two draws in the four games but lost twice, both times pressing instead o... | Read More

  • 3 Reasons Why Viswanathan Anand Will Defend His Title

    Editor's Note: This is the second of two special world championship preview pieces - take a look at yesterday's piece by GM Jon Ludvig Hammer of Norway here. Published as "News" to keep our regularly featured article content on the homepage, here ... | Read More

  • Rybka Banned And Stripped Of Titles!

    The computer chess engine Rybka has been sensationally stripped of its multiple World Computer Chess Champion titles and banned from competing in future events. The International Computer Games Association (ICGA) took the action after an investig... | Read More

  • Magnus Carlsen v The World - LIVE!

    If you've been a living in a cave for the last few weeks you might have missed the fact the Magnus Carlsen is playing a chess match versus the world. The match is sponsored by G-Star and is powered by Chess.com. Magnus has the white pieces and t... | Read More

  • Linares Round 7

    Francisco Vallejo Pons had an excellent opportunity to record his first win in round 7 at the Linares 2010 tournament.  Playing black against Lev Aronian (pictured), he gained a clear advantage but failed to put the game away. Even as the draw w... | Read More

Video Lessons



  • Fried Liver Attack

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     The Fried Liver Attack is a continuation of the Two Knights Defense. It is an aggressive gambit where white gives up a knight in exchange for poor king safety for black. This attack has not been proven decisive, especially under slower time cont... Read More »

  • Values

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    Each of the pieces in chess has a different value indicating its usefulness relative to other pieces. Under most systems, including that used in the "Details" section of Chess.com games, a pawn is worth one point, a knight is worth three points, a... Read More »

  • Chess Engines

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    A chess engine is a computer program which is capable of playing a game of chess.  Chess engines do not usually have a GUI (Graphical User Interface) and are designed to be used with a separate GUI.  Commercial chess programs normally ha... Read More »

  • Kempelen, Farkas

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    Farkas Kempelen (1734-1804) was the Inventor of the first automaton, The Chess Playing Turk, in 1769.  He built it for the sole purpose of entertaining and mystifying the Empress Maria Theresa of Austria.  It was not a true mac... Read More »