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  • Mysterious GM Moves

    When you hear the word "brilliancy," what comes to mind? A dazzling combination with multiple sacrifices? A captivating tactical melee in which both players display their calculational expertise? Without a doubt, brilliancy has a tactical connotat... | Read More

  • The Rock Scrapbook

    Scrapbook Prologue:      The U.S. Open chess tournament has been around since 1900 when it was called the Western Chess Association Championship and first won by Louis Uedemann, the creator of the Uedemann Code which was used to send chess m... | Read More

  • The Shortest Checkmate

    Today we'll talk about the positions with the shortest possible checkmates. I almost hear your question: “Are you talking about checkmate in one move?” No, we actually discussed this kind of checkmates here, but today we will talk abou... | Read More

  • Q&A with Coach Heisman Jul 5, 2013

    My Top Tips for Chess Improvement included hanging out with strong players and reviewing your games with them, ala The Improvement Feedback Loop, consistently trying your best on every move (since it only takes one bad move to lose a game), and u... | Read More

  • Is Chess a Sport?

    It never fails; in time with Magnus’ chessploits, the debate in Norwegian newspapers’ commentary fields rages red hot over whether chess is a sport or athletics, with no surprising conclusions: one agrees to disagree, definitions do not dimini... | Read More

    • Outgrowing Chess Idiot: The Experience

      This is not a how to guide; it’s part of relating a personal chess experience that’s in progress, therefore hard to put into words. Is it relevant to the chess enthusiast? It may be, but more so to the enthusiast part; to put it differently, n... | Read More

      • Radu1306
      • | Apr 21, 2014
    • Chess moves (No comments on diagram).

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    • Forgetting Bobby

      The March 2014 FIDE rating list has Magnus Carlsen at a new record rating of 2881. A phenomenal milestone for our new World Champion, though one should not forget that the world's number two also achieved a personal best this period. Levon Aronian... | Read More

      • smurfo
      • | Mar 4, 2014
    • Chess definitions of tems

      Accept To take an offered piece, as in the King's Gambit Accepted opening 1. e4 e5 2. f4 exf4. See also "Decline". Active An aggressive move, line of play, or position. When mentioned in regards to a playing style, it indicates sharp or tactical t... | Read More

    • How do Chess Engines work ?

        Computers and Chess The current state-of-the-art in computer chess is fairly intricate, but all of it involves blind computation that is very simple at the core. Let's say you start with a chess board set up for the start of a game. Each pla... | Read More

      • Chandler_1
      • | Feb 10, 2014

  • So Wins 7th Blitz "Death Match"!

    Grandmaster Wesley So jumped out to a commanding 6-0 lead against Grandmaster Ray Robson in's 7th Blitz Death Match, and he never looked back! In arguably the most lopsided Death Match yet, the Filipino #1 dominated the entire match, fin... | Read More

  • US Champs: Logjam At The Top

    By FM Mike Klein Saint Louis, May 17, 2010. With the top four players battling to draws on the top two boards, a trio of other players used the fourth round of the 2010 U.S Championship to draw even. On board one, GM Hikaru Nakamura and GM Alex ... | Read More

  • Why Your Brain Makes You Play Worse

    Let's face it: 99% of us don't play chess as well as we would like to, and the other 1% needs to learn some humility. One of the worst feelings in chess is missing those clearly winning moves that would have ended the game, but instead you... | Read More

  • Building Part 10 - The Team

    Today was featured in a great video news piece in which I (Erik) had a few embarrassing interview clips. In the video I was referred to as the "creator" of, and I just wanted to let everyone know how far from true tha... | Read More

    • erik
    • | Feb 29, 2008
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  • Computers have Solved Checkers: Is Chess Next?

    After roughly 1,000 years of total computing time (~50 computers working for last 20 years), the game of checkers is no longer a game: it is simply a puzzle. Professor Jonathan Schaeffer has proven that with perfect play from both sides, checkers ... | Read More

Video Lessons

  • tablebase

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    An endgame tablebase is a computerized database that contains precalculated exhaustive analysis of a chess endgame position. It is typically used by a computer chess engine during play, or by a human or computer that is retrospectively anal... Read More »

  • Chajes, Oscar

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    Oscar Chajes was born in Brody, Galacia, Austria-Hungary (what is now Ukraine) on December 14, 1873.  In 1909 he was the winner of the U.S. Open in Excelsior, Minnesota.  He became secretary of the Isaac L. Rice Progressive Chess Club.  In 1... Read More »

  • 2 rooks checkmate

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    A checkmate is where you force the enemy in such a way that the enemy king has nowhere to go. Now, a two rook checkmate is an easy way of winning. First, you block the escapade route of the enemy king with one of your rooks. Then you give check t... Read More »

  • Fool's Mate

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    Fool's mate, also known as the "two-move checkmate," is the quickest possible checkmate in the game of chess. One example consists of the moves leading to the position shown... There are eight slight variations on the pattern — White might p... Read More »

  • Tempo

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    In chess, tresesponded to. In this case, since both players have "lost" a tempo, the net result in terms of time is nil, but the change brought about in the position may favor one player more than the other.   Gaining tempo may be achieved, for... Read More »