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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

  • Review: The Sicilian Najdorf 6 Bg5

    If you were to ask a hundred grandmasters to name the most difficult chess variation about which to write an opening book, my guess is that the 6 Bg5 Najdorf would be the frontrunner. It is perhaps the most analysed line in chess history, the pi&e... | Read More

  • The Four Most Amazing World Championship Blunders

    The chess world gasped when in game six of this year's world championship match, both Carlsen and Anand missed a simple tactical shot 26...Nxe5! (see #10 in the second part of this series). Some reporters even rushed to call it "the bi... | Read More

  • 6 Ways To Beat Magnus Carlsen

    This Sunday (Dec. 14), "10 fortunate Chess.com members will earn the right to challenge World Champion GM Magnus Carlsen in an online simultaneous exhibition," according to FM Mike Klein's press release. But I wouldn't call them "fortu... | Read More

  • The King's Gambit: A History

    With last week's column, we reached the end of my series on endgames, "Without the Lady." It has been an interesting journey through one of chess's most mysterious and underappreciated domains -- but the end has come. I now begin a new column co... | Read More


    • "Curved Rifle" Chess Playing Style

      This is the sequel to 'When Chess was Art' and a reminder that we may have forgotten the artistic side of chess in this era of robotic and uninspiring chess reigned by chess engines and a Champion who is also playing computer-like. * * * We are ... | Read More

    • Excellent Chess Channels on Youtube

      There are limitless chess videos on youtube and other video sites. Some are very instructive and informative, and others are rather silly. Still you can find lessons and games that would benefit all ranges of players. If you are in need of better ... | Read More

      • LaCiCaDa
      • | Dec 16, 2014
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    • Start your engines

      I struggled figuring out how to analyze my games with an engine. Hopefully this will help someone who's as confused as I was.   You'll need a graphic user interface (GUI) such as Arena, Tarrach, Winboard, BabaChess or Chessbase Light. Those are... | Read More

    • Playing one minute online: Easier Wins

      "I'm gonna relax with a 1 0 game!" said no one ever. Of all the time controls I've played, 1 0 is by far the most stressful. Not only do you have to beat your opponent, you also have to beat the time and computer lag. And you face the blundering ... | Read More

      • yk333218
      • | Dec 14, 2014
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    • Game by Phone

      I have yet to create a blog post. This is my first. After some time away from "competitive" chess, I had the (gratefully accepted) opportunity to play a semi-serious game over the phone with a man named Phil Heyland. We have played a couple of t... | Read More

      • mvonkeit
      • | Dec 14, 2014
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  • 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 »

  • Kasparov, Garry

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    Garry Kasparov, originally named Weinstein, was born on April 13, 1963. He is unainamously regarded as the greatest chess player of all time. In 1976, he was the strongest player in the world under age 13.  He became a grandmaster at 17, the ... Read More »

  • Joshua Waitzkin

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    Joshua Waitzkin (born December 4, 1976) is an American chess player, martial arts competitor, and author. As a child, he was recognized as a prodigy, and won the U.S. Junior Chess championship in 1993 and 1994. He is the only person to have won th... 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 »

  • Curdo, John

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    John Anthony Curdo was born on November 14, 1931 in Lynn, Massachusetts and now lives in Auburn, Massachusetts.  He is a FIDE master (current Elo rating  2275, maximum Elo rating 2305).  He has won the Massachusetts state championship 18 times ... Read More »