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  • Overprotection, Decoded

    The concept of overprotection, invented and verbalized by Nimzowitsch in My System, is defined by IM Jeremy Silman as "a strategically important pawn or square that is given more protection than it seemingly needs. Essentially a prophylactic ... | Read More

  • 5 Great Chess Books For Beginners

    Like it or not, holiday gift-shopping season is now upon us, at least according to the ubiquitous calendar of commerce.  Instead of being trampled by unruly deal-seekers at big box retail stores, you can shop online and still get somet... | Read More

  • The All-Time World Chess Champion Bracket: Finals

    Who is the greatest world chess champion ever? Magnus Carlsen defeated Vishy Anand yesterday in the 2014 world chess championship in Sochi to defend his title. Meanwhile, the All-Time World Chess Championship... | Read More

  • Play Magnus App Review

    Review by Christine VanCott Play Magnus is a free chess smartphone app available for Apple iOS (and recently) Android. It includes 99 game levels, training videos, and an interactive tournament feature. The app runs quickly ... | Read More

  • The All-Time World Chess Champion Bracket: Elite 8

    Who is the strongest world chess champion ever? As Magnus Carlsen and Vishy Anand battle it out for the 2014 world chess championship in Sochi, the All-Time World Chess Championship Tournament continues here on Chess.com.  After an e... | Read More


    • The amazing Karpov-Kasparov face-off 1984-85

      The 1984 title match between challenger Kasparov and reigning world champion Karpov started off in September, with Karpov winning at regular intervals, until after game 9, he was leading 4-0. Needing just two more wins to register victory, Karpov ... | Read More

    • WAS CHESS...

      WAS CHESS INVENTED... a few minutes ago · Quote · Edit · Delete · #1 ZeeghamShaarih Was Chess Invented in Ireland or China or India or…? November 5, 2012 Author: Beach Combing | in : Ancient, Medieval , trackback       Th... | Read More

    • Live Chess and Group Chat - Some (Possibly) Active Ones

      With the changes to Live Chess chat, members are looking for actively chatting groups to join. I will provide a list of some that I see are active or that people have been advertising in Live Chess.   English-speaking, relatively lax rules on s... | Read More

      • DrawMaster
      • | Dec 22, 2014
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    • 20 Year Anniversary

      In early August 1994 I walked into the Chicago Chess Club at 1149 W. Lunt Avenue in Chicago. The club resided on the first floor of an old greystone apartment building just a few hundred feet from Lake Michigan's shores, in a quiet neighborhood ... | Read More

      • Chessmo
      • | Dec 21, 2014
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    • The Principles of the Opening -- for Beginners!

      Top Ten Rules to the Opening!  There are many rules and principles for the three different stages of a chess game, but the focus of this article is how to "get out of the gates" in a hurry!    Rule #1 - Develop Your Pieces! Development mean... | Read More

      • Krish_01
      • | Dec 21, 2014
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  • Chess

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    Chess is a world-famous game played between two players using 32 pieces (16 each of two distinct colors) on a 64-square board of alternating colors (black and white, or, most commonly, light and dark). The earliest known ancestor of modern chess ... 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 »

  • The Stare

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    In chess, as in other games that promote gamesmanship, "The Stare" is a common tactic used by players to intimidate, annoy, confuse and otherwise put an opponant out of his or her comfort zone. It is generally done when a player is trying to thi... Read More »

  • Queen

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    Originally called mantri (a minister or counselor), it could only move to one adjacent diagonal square.  When chess came to Europe, the Queen could leap three squares.  By 1475 the Queen obtained its present power of moving along the ranks and f... Read More »

  • Crazyhouse Chess

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    Crazyhouse chess is a chess variant similar to Bughouse chess but played with 2 players and no teams. Each player has a "pocked" or "reserve" for pieces. Every time a piece is captured the capturing player gets a piece of the same type and of thei... Read More »