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  • The 5 Best Computer Chess Engines

    Computers are the future of chess. Almost everyone agrees on that. But the statement doesn’t go far enough. By and large, computers are also the present of chess. With the question of man vs. machine long-ago settled over the chessboard,... | Read More

  • Can A GM And Rybka Beat Stockfish?

    Around June, 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 establis... | Read More

  • Classic Combinations: Historic Attacks

    This new series is all about attacking chess, combinations and fun. And all of them are in puzzle form (some easy, some difficult) so you can see how your tactical IQ stands up to the old, sometimes forgotten greats. And, if you learn a tiny bit... | Read More

  • 5 Dumb Things Your Non-Chess Friends Say

    GM Serper recently performed an in-depth criticism of the popular chess movie “Searching For Bobby Fischer,” pointing out bad habits you could pick up if the film were your only source of chess education. Serper also mentions that th... | Read More

  • 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


    • Why Calculation in Chess Sucks

      I passed a comment on Calculation Practice for the Weekend, posted here on chess.com by NM CoachJKane, that I wanted to share with you. It's not all about System 2, guys, System 1 is even more important! * * * Calculation is important in chess,... | Read More

    • Should You Hate Chess Engines?

      Here is my comment passed on "Ghosts," the latest post on one of the most popular chess blogs (Google "chess blog" and Dana's Chess Blog will come up as #4) that I wanted to share with you. It is just an idea about technology and "smart" chess eng... | Read More

    • Ten Etiquette Guidelines for Online Chess

      These Guidelines were originally posted by Jayant Ahuja. One should not take the assistance of a chess engine to explore next best moves. Chess engines are for pre-match preparations or for post-match analysis, not for use as a cheating tool. On... | Read More

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    • Not All Chess is Equal: Computer Influence and Historical Development of Two Chess Formats

      Not all chess is equal, nor does time treat it as such. Correspondence chess and over-the-board (OTB) chess, while similar to each other in some respects, are dissimilar in many other respects. For example, the time limit is a more pressing consid... | Read More

    • How to Read Engine Evaluations

      I encourage all readers to help me expand this post by contributing more examples! Note: This post is meant to be scientific. Obviously, it's not a treatise on the subject matter, but I wanted to have a few original statistical insights to help... | Read More

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      • | Apr 29, 2015
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  • 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 »