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  • Q&A with Coach Heisman Aug 3, 2012

    Hi! Glad to be able to communicate with the chess.com members! Tonight was our first show, and after each I will be providing a quick summary, including the best question or two and the most pertinent answers. Since this our first summary, it mig... | Read More


    • Love The Knight. Sac Him Anyway.

      A combination of a memorized combination and luck (at least a bit of luck) Okay a bit more commentary: 1)  Remember.  Castling puts you in a corner to get mated.  See here how White castles but Black does not. 2) Never take knights that loo... | Read More

    • How to Get Better in Chess

      I have been watching the Dan Heisman Q & A for a while now and have seem a very frequently asked question: I'm a 1600, and play frequently in tournaments. How can I get better? Well, there is one simple answer. Practice! Practice always makes... | Read More

    • QUERY

      Is it easier comparitively easier to beat a 2000r or computer 4?  i feel it is 2000r with as little experience i do posess Having watched many 2000rs play computer 4 i find them so perfect beating it and mind you so frequently and these same very... | Read More

      • giru-sp
      • | Oct 16, 2012
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    • Strategy, tactics, the psychological and the logical

      Banjoman writes in response to a blog claiming that strategy guides tactics: "Sorry, but if the goal of chess is to checkmate your opponent, and if checkmating your opponent is a tactical operation, then tactics guides strategy, rather than the o... | Read More

    • The Kings of iPhone Chess

      I've long been a bit nuts for hand-held chess technology...  Back in the 20th, I played so many games on my Novag Sapphire that I eventually blew out the LCD.  More recently, I got a Palm Z22 PDA exclusively as a hand-held chess computer.  Nowa... | Read More

      • DeepGreene
      • | Nov 9, 2009
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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 »

  • Scandinavian Defense not always a good opening?

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    it is true! i personally usually play nc6 instead of c6,but in some cases i must play c6. by 9OOO7OOO Read More »

  • ALL IN vs FRENCH DEFENCE

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    A lot of players choose to play the french defence in order to slow down the action in the center and hope to play a quiet position. Ladies and gents, here's how you can go ALL IN against the french, especially in blitz! Read More »

  • TOUCH PIECE

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    The 'touch-move' rule is [particularly] used in live 'face-to-face'-type (OTB [Over The Board]) tournament- and/or match-format play.  Its use is less common in most formats of internet-chess.  It most likely evolved not only from 'formal'-... Read More »