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  • Ups And Downs In Life And Chess: Zalakaros Open

    It has been some time since I wrote about my own tournaments or annotated my own games. In general, it seems more legitimate and honest to annotate one's own games. You know precisely what was going on in your head, you remember your emotions, wha... | Read More

  • The 12 Most Interesting Chess Players Ever

    Who are the most interesting chess players of all time? It’s an interesting question. Are we talking about the best players ever? Even that’s a tricky thing to define. Are the best players the most accomplished? We could go by supe... | Read More

  • Did Hollywood Get 'Pawn Sacrifice' Right?

    By now many Chess.com members have seen the first trailer for Pawn Sacrifice, the Hollywood movie based on the rise of Bobby Fischer to world chess champion. We've known for a while that Spiderman, or rather Tobey Maguire, was to play the fiv... | Read More

  • Manny

     Chess often forms a juncture with various disciplines such as literature, poetry, music, painting or films.  The point where they meet can be symbolic, thematic or just a hook meant to reel in the audience.  Certain artists or writers are, in... | Read More

  • Is Magnus Carlsen The LeBron James Of Chess?

    Who is the LeBron James of chess? The National Basketball Association playoffs are in full swing, and the best players in the world are battling it out, hoping to win an NBA championship. LeBron James fell just short of a championship last sea... | Read More

    • Just A Romantic Story

                      Prashant recline on the bed. Isitha lying next to him. There is only six inch distance between them. But what’s the use? He could not reach her. This is happening since year. Since year, he has been on starvation. Prasha... | Read More

      • K_Hitesh
      • | Jul 26, 2015
    • Making Use of Key Squares

      Today I want to talk about the idea of key squares and how to make the most of them. Many times it is simply a matter of being aware of these key squares than enables us to see these possibilities. For example, a couple months ago, I gave a very ... | Read More

      • PaulEChess
      • | Jul 14, 2015
    • More on Learning Openings

      In an earlier post, I went into some detail about how to use Lucas Chess to help learn openings.  Two other tools are very useful in learning openings for me: Chess Position Trainer and Scid vs. PC.  The latter is free, the former is not, but ha... | Read More

    • Confessions of a Chess Addict: Fumbling Towards Fide

      Original entry date 13 April   After all of these years, I'm finally flirting with the fact that I need to seek out some "real people ratings".  Playing on line for fun is a marvelous thing, but I'm now finding that when people hear ... | Read More

    • Confessions of a Chess Addict: I, alone

      Original entry date 10 April 2015   It's 3am and I've found myself craving a face to face game of chess. Unfortunately, since my transcontinental "visit" (which I might say is a joke because my time in the US has far outweighed visit stat... | Read More

  • Fredkin Prize

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    A $100,000 prize created in 1980 by computer science professor Edward Fred kin, for the first computer to beat a reigning world chess champion.  The prize was awarded to the inventors of the Deep Blue machine in 1997.  Deep Blue beat wor... Read More »