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  • Could A Chess Computer Take Over The World?

    Chess-playing computers are almost unfathomably strong, and they are improving faster than even the best human players. Three months ago, we took a look at the top five computer chess engines, and today the best two programs on that li... | Read More

  • Reader Questions: Agenda, Study, And Analysis

    From time to time I put together various reader questions and comments (while ignoring the, “Die Silman Die!” raves) and share them with the good folks on Chess.com. I try to give a heady mix of subjects so that there will be a bit of ... | Read More

  • 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


    • How to Cheat at Chess

      Cheating in chess is widely deemed to be the greatest threat to the future of chess. Many amateurs and even many professionals regularly state that cheating is rampant. Accusations pervade every level of chess from the lowest levels of online ches... | Read More

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    • My Own Top 10

      I've had plenty of people ask me, "Who is/was the best chess player ever?" If I had to pick one person... Oh, but that is difficult! Considering modern chess and eliminating the non-chessboard-related actions of the person, my answer would probab... | Read More

      • smith8800
      • | Jul 11, 2015
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    • Tournament of the Engines

      This is my first blog, and will probably be pretty boring, but to all those who are still reading... I have started a tournament in Lucas chess with its 34 default chess engines, and in this tournament each side gets 120 minutes. As my computer s... | Read More

      • Hamguy123
      • | Jun 29, 2015
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    • Chess Engines: A personal look (part 2)

      In this post I’ll follow on from my previous post and introduce an engine which is perhaps my favorite engine for training games. It has highly tweakable parameters, a refined and realistic human-like playing style and best of all, is 100% FREE... | Read More

    • 1 0 Rating List For Engines

      I searched the internet for a 1 0 rating list of chess engines, what I did find were rating lists for standard time controls or blitz time controls but engines perform different under bullet time controls by that I mean engines that are very stron... | Read More

      • innocuent
      • | Jun 22, 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 »