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New Mastery Course: Using Time In Chess

New Mastery Course: Using Time In Chess

NM SamCopeland
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Do you find that you sometimes miss opportunities to punish your opponent when leading in development? This week we are proud to release our new Mastery course, Using Time In Chess by GM Simon Williams.  GM Williams shows you how to smell opportunity knocking and take the pawn by the horns. Learn how to speed up the game and punish your opponents for their incautious play! Try This Course Course Outline This course features four lessons dissecting different aspects of tempo it...

Junior Speed Chess: Xiong Beats Smirnov 19-10

Junior Speed Chess: Xiong Beats Smirnov 19-10

PeterDoggers
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Despite losing the five-minute portion, Jeffery Xiong defeated Anton Smirnov by a wide margin in their Junior Speed Chess Championship match on Friday. The score was 19-10 for the American GM. The presage was there. Boasting an impressive 2684 FIDE rating vs. 2567 for his opponent and having beaten Smirnov (@AntonSmirnov) 12-2 in earlier blitz games on Chess.com, Xiong (@jefferyx) went into the match as the clear favorite. The result was, therefore, not a big surprise. Playing...

New Feature: Top Chess Players

New Feature: Top Chess Players

davidkaufmann
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This year, Chess.com has been working on new resources to help you connect with the chess community. Our latest project, Top Chess Players, is now in alpha mode, and you can start learning about your favorite players and giving us feedback. Let's take a look at this feature: Presentation Current status Next steps Feedback Presentation At the beginning of this year, we decided that it was time to finally start working a on a curated selection of top chess players from the past and...

Improve Your Puzzle Rush Score: Loose Pieces

Improve Your Puzzle Rush Score: Loose Pieces

GM Ginger_GM
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One of the quickest ways to get better at Puzzle Rush is to recognize loose pieces, both yours and your opponent's. Learn how to quickly scan the board for these opportunities and work your way up the Puzzle Rush leaderboard.

4NCL with the Celtic Tigers (Part 2)

4NCL with the Celtic Tigers (Part 2)

FM HustleTime
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Hi All, Finally I have pulled myself together to write another blog-post to share my experience in 4NCL. You can see the first part of this blog-series here. P.s. thank you for your comments and messages regards the first blog-post. Your interest in the games certainly is what motivates me to write more   February weekend in 4NCL February in UK is not great - cold and wet - in my opinion the worst weather possible. Now and then it makes me rethink all my life choices and how I ended...

Norway Chess: Caruana Beats Carlsen In Last Round Armageddon

Norway Chess: Caruana Beats Carlsen In Last Round Armageddon

PeterDoggers
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Fabiano Caruana played an excellent Armageddon game to become the only player to beat Magnus Carlsen at the 2019 Altibox Norway Chess tournament despite missing a study-like win in the standard game. Levon Aronian and Yu Yangyi shared second place. “It’s nice to have the tournament victory in hand but it’s a huge game tomorrow," Carlsen said, the day before the last round. ”We play for pride, we play for rating points…. It’s a big deal always to...

Do You Speak The Language Of Chess?

Do You Speak The Language Of Chess?

GM Gserper
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Most chess players are bilingual. Besides their mother tongue, they also speak the language of chess. Don't tell me that you have no idea what I am talking about. If you have been playing chess for a long time you can hear how chess pieces talk and you understand their language. Say, God forbid, you've played the Barnes Opening. I bet you can hear the knight on g1 when it whispers, "You are mean!" and the king on e1 cannot hide his disgust: "I hate you!" Today, you can test your chess...

Goryachkina Wins Women's Candidates With 2 Rounds To Spare

Goryachkina Wins Women's Candidates With 2 Rounds To Spare

IM JovankaHouska
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Aleksandra Goryachkina of Russia, the youngest participant in the field, has secured victory at the FIDE Women's Candidates Tournament in Kazan, Russia. The 20-year-old GM has a 2.5-point lead over Anna Muzychuk (Ukraine) with two rounds to go. "She came, she saw and she conquered," accurately describes Goryachkina's performance at the women's candidates. Her magnificent score of 9 points out of 12 has not only netted her a 50,000-euro first prize (with two whole rounds to spare), but more...

How To Win With The Longest Move In Chess

How To Win With The Longest Move In Chess

ArnieChipmunk
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One of the most promising Dutch junior players of the early 1970s was Roy Dieks from Amsterdam. In the final of the 1972 European Youth Championship, held in Groningen, The Netherlands, Dieks played a crucial game against Tony Miles (who would later become the first British GM). The final move—queen from a1 to h8—illustrates a key point: A longer move in chess is not possible. Dieks had a phenomenal chess memory. He likely recalled his clash with Miles when, a few years later,...

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