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  • Q&A with Coach Heisman Apr 4, 2014

    "What's the going rate for selling 100 rating points?" Let's start with "It's illegal and I wouldn't do it, and neither should you or anyone else!" Now that we got that out of the way, I can then state "Interesting question! I've never had that ... | Read More

  • Paul Morphy's Chess Strength

    Paul Morphy, Spring Hill College, 1854      This is a highly unusual article for me.  I have no love for chess engines.  Additionally, I have severe reservations about trying to compare modern players with 19th cenutry players.  It h... | Read More

  • NEW: Chess Informant 119 Viking

    Drakkar boat sails through waves upwind... It's about Chess Informant 119 Viking, largely dedicated to the newly crowned world champion Magnus Carlsen. The book and the CD are just published and let me present you short intro about it. The... | Read More

  • Readers’ Games, Questions and Comments, Part 2

    WHY I WRITE ABOUT THE CHESS GREATS In my view, it’s important for chess fans to embrace a chess hero, and after studying his life and games, moving onto another chess hero. It’s fun, you learn a lot, and it makes the whole chess expe... | Read More

  • Modern day analysis – working with the computer

    Modern day analysis – working with the computer  In this article I will expand on some ideas that were presented when I wrote about preparing your opening repertoire. Many chess players have no clue on how to use the machine to their benef... | Read More


    • Robert Smith

      After this game, player Robert Smith was sending me a message accusing me of using computer assistance during the game. I answered that i do use chess engines before and after the game and my brain always. He kept accusing me. Then i sweared to hi... | Read More

      • nilshero
      • | Apr 18, 2014
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    • Taiwan Nationals 2014: part 6 -- Final day 1

       The final first day was today. The format is three 90+30 games in a day, which is almost inhuman. The allocated time per game is 4h, and if your game is still going on when the next round starts -- you are granted a 15 minute break. Not nearly e... | Read More

      • Tapani
      • | Apr 12, 2014
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    • CHEATING IN VOTE CHESS?

      Here some questions and answers about cheats in the vote chess games. This blog article is mainly addressed to regular admins and players, who do not cheating and are not so familiar with this yet.==============Do cheating exist in vote chess?Answ... | Read More

    • Morphy vs Modern, a Fair a Comparison?

      In a recent blog on "Ratings Inflation", the matter of using "chess engines" to "rate" and thus compare 1900 century players, like Paul Morphy, came up. His "play" was likened to that of a current, 2014 Player of equivalent strength of 2300! ... | Read More

      • zenomorphy
      • | Mar 19, 2014
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    • Will Engines Ruin the Royal Game?

      While my deeply felt notions effusively came out in another thread, it is entirely more appropriate that I take ownership of them here. PLEASE SHARE your thoughts! In my best assessment, it sure appear... | Read More

      • zenomorphy
      • | Mar 19, 2014
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  • 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

  • WCC Anand v Kramnik Game 7

    Commentary (most recent at top) 36...Rxc3+  DRAW AGREED!  There seems to be no way for Anand to make use of his extra pawn.  A clever idea by Kramnik to save the game! Anand now leads 5-2 with 5 games left to play.  Game 8 is tomorrow.... | 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 »

  • Rules of chess

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    Summary. White best openings..from better to the best 1. d4 Nf6 2. Bg5 1. d4 Nf6 2. c4 c5 3. d5 b5 1. e4 e5 2. Nf3 Nc6 3. Bc4 1. d4 d5 2. c4 1. e4 e5 2. Nf3 Nc6 3. Bb5 1. e4 e5 2. Nf3 Nc6 3. d4 1. e4 e5 2. Bc4 1. e4 e5 2. Nc3 1. d4 Nf6 2... 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 »