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  • The 7 Weirdest Chess Openings

    Everyone knows the popular, "normal" openings played at the top level of chess. The Ruy-Lopez, the Sicilian, the French: thousands of pages have been written about these world-championship-level openings.  But what if you're not playing a... | Read More

  • What If Death Match 31 Were Competitive Eating?

    What if Chess.com added a food consumption element to its Death Matches? On which meal would GMs Sam Shankland and Georg Meier prefer to gorge? For this and other pressing and non-pressing questions, we caught up with the players. You can read b... | Read More

  • Little Mother

         In the 1890s women's chess in England, as in most places, was considered nearly inconsequential.  To bring this arena to the forefront required dedication, energy and persistance.  It so happened that many of the women who had those re... | Read More

  • The Two Rook Endings You Must Know

    The study of theoretical endgames is a necessary evil. For most players, it is a rather torturous experience simply because there is no room for innovation or creativity. However, as any strong gandmaster will tell you, there are several th... | Read More

  • You Can Play Hikaru Nakamura This Saturday

    Have you ever wanted to take on the best chess player in the United States and one of the top players in the world? You'll get your chance this Saturday, as GM Hikaru Nakamura joins Chess.com for a very special online event. Nakamura, currentl... | Read More


      Chess Statistics: Top 10 Best Openings for White and Black     There are many games of chess being played each minute and even each second. There are players who play online blitz chess for fun and there are those who play standard 2 hour time... | Read More

      • MEV_d_LM
      • | Mar 28, 2015
    • Rd. 1 - 2nd Annual FM Ron Simpson Memorial

      Tonight started a bittersweet weekend as we remember our fallen friend FIDE Master Ron Simpson in a tournament named in his honor. Ron has been deeply missed in our community as he was a positive influence on everyone he met on the chess circuit. ... | Read More

      • PigJones
      • | Mar 27, 2015
    • A big upset at the Marshall chess club!

      W:Frank Bloise (1493) vs. B:Ted Belanoff (2242), Marshall Chess Club, Rd.1, Bd. 7, 3/26/15 1.e4 c5 2.Nf3 Nc6 3.c3 e6 4.Bb5 a6 5.Ba4 b5 6.Bc2 Bb7 7.d3 Nge7 8.d4 cxd4 9.cxd4 Rac8 10.Be3 Ncb4 11.Bd3 g6 12.a3 NxBd3+ 13.QxNd3 d5 14.Nbd2 Bg7 15.0-0 0-0 ... | Read More

      • micaman994
      • | Mar 27, 2015
    • Is it too early for another Rook Sacrifice?

      I played this game years back and recently stumbled on it.  It shows up as my best win to date, initially my opponent was ranked 2210 and I forget what I was ranked then but probably under 1600.  Although I was on the ropes I remembered that fee... | Read More

    • Schematic thinking in the endgame (Capablanca v Ragozin)

      In the middle game due to the attacking and defensive possibilities, calculation and variations are paramount as we concern ourselves with looking at and evaluation forcing lines.  In the endgame technique becomes of primary importance and in so ... | Read More

Video Lessons


  • 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 »

  • Pawn

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    The new pawn move, advancing two squares on its first move instead of one, was first introduced in Spain in 1280.  Starting a game by making two pawn moves before the opponent moved was common in Germany and Holland up to the 16th century, and st... Read More »

  • Mating Patterns

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    Hi! This is Chessking47 (or CK47) writing about Mating Patterns. First, Anastasia's Mate.              I hope you enjoyed that cute mate. Now, the mate can be applied more strikingly. Combine decoy and clearance sacrifice. ... Read More »

  • Chess960

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    Chess960 (Fischer random) is a chess variant created by Bobby Fischer where the pieces on the back rank are randomized, there are 960 possible starting possitions, hence the name Chess960 As you can see the pawns a still on rank 2/7 but the piece... Read More »

  • Checkmate

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    Checkmate (frequently shortened to mate) is a situation in chess in which one player's king is in check and there is no way to remove that threat; it is a check from which there is no legal move to remove check through either capturing the pie... Read More »