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PRO Chess League Semifinal: Baden-Baden Snowballs vs. Chengdu Pandas

PRO Chess League Semifinal: Baden-Baden Snowballs vs. Chengdu Pandas

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With the PRO Chess League finals just two weeks away, the margin for error is slim and some key factors will determine who goes home and who will stand at the podium as the 2019 PCL champions. The PRO Chess League regular season produced some dramatic storylines that saw teams rise and fall over the course of a few wild final weeks. Chess.com takes a look at three important storylines of the first semifinal match: the Baden-Baden Snowballs vs. the Chengdu Pandas. The match will...

Lc0 Wins Computer Chess Championship, Makes History

Lc0 Wins Computer Chess Championship, Makes History

pete
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The machine-learning chess engine Lc0 won the Chess.com Computer Chess Championship last weekend, making history as the first neural-network project to take the title. Lc0, which taught itself how to play chess, is now at the game's pinnacle as the champion computer engine.  Could this be a decisive moment in the story of computer chess, when the neural networks leaped past traditional chess engines on their way to dominance? Only time will tell, but Lc0 put on quite a show in winning...

When A Chess Simul Goes Wrong

When A Chess Simul Goes Wrong

GM Gserper
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Simultaneous exhibitions are always popular among chess fans. A simul is a unique opportunity for a club player to meet a grandmaster or even a world champion over a chessboard and maybe even beat him! When I was a kid, I never missed such an opportunity, so whenever there was a simul announcement, I was one of the first players to sign up. I was already a pretty decent player and yet I kept playing in the simuls. I remember when I was playing my first tournament with a master norm, a very strong...

How To Think Like Your Opponent In Chess

How To Think Like Your Opponent In Chess

WGM axvesik
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Is there one quick change you could make to your chess game to greatly improve your results? The answer is to simply try to think about the game from your opponent's point-of-view. Learn how to think about what your opponent is up to in this lesson.

Hammer of Von Hennig - Part 2

Hammer of Von Hennig - Part 2

UAArtur
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So, next Thursday comes and we have a continuation of the blog about the "Secret" Gambit of Von Hennig.In the first part we broke off on the second line of our opening. After some discussion in the blog, I remind you that I am not a seller of "rotten" gambits, and I am not trying to advertise it to you. I told  about Line 2 that it is theoretically well known, contains some traps (I showed them), and although White’s victory is possible here (I showed it) But my note to this...

Lupulescu Wins Reykjavik Open Among 8-Way Tie

Lupulescu Wins Reykjavik Open Among 8-Way Tie

PeterDoggers
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Romanian GM Constantin Lupulescu won the Reykjavik Open with the best tiebreak in a group of eight players finishing on 7/9. The 15-year-old Iranian GM Alireza Firouzja was second. Firouzja had won the European Fischer Random Championship on the rest day. We're picking up the tournament after five rounds, when the rising star Firouzja was sharing the lead with Armenian GMs Robert Hovhannisyan and Sergei Movsesian and the eventual winner Lupulescu. You can read our...

A Short Look At The Great Mikhail Chigorin

A Short Look At The Great Mikhail Chigorin

IM Silman
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The great Russian chess player Mikhail Chigorin (born 1850, died 1908) was put in the Gatchina orphanage at the age of 10 (his parents died young). Here is a small bit of what that was like, written by a historian of the Gatchina Institute: “The brutal masters subjected the children only to fear and continuous punishment and in this way engendered in them, at a very early state of their life, deep hatred towards their whole environment and forever separated them from society.”...

Junior Speed Chess Championship To Partner With ChessKid

Junior Speed Chess Championship To Partner With ChessKid

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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: Chess.com To Host Junior Speed Chess Championship Presented by ChessKid Palo Alto, Calif., April 15, 2019—Continuing the expansion of its Speed Chess Championship series, Chess.com will hold a Speed Chess Championship for talented junior players ages 21 and under. The Junior Speed Chess Championship kicks off May 16 at 10 a.m. PDT and will include 16 of the world's top young grandmasters and a prize pool of $20,000. The winner of the JSCC will also earn a...

Coach Of The Month: GM Max Illingworth

Coach Of The Month: GM Max Illingworth

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We are thrilled to introduce a new series at Chess.com: coach of the month! Each month, we will be highlighting a coach at Chess.com/coaches and sharing an interview with that coach discussing his or her philosophy of chess, philosophy of coaching and more. We hope this will be an instructive series and may help some out there to find the perfect coach for them. Our first coach is GM Max Illingworth (@Illingworth) of Australia. Max will be familiar to Chess.com regulars from his popular blog, where...

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