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My Kingdom For A Chess Horse

My Kingdom For A Chess Horse

GM Gserper
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I learned the phrase "a horse, a horse, my kingdom for a horse" in school when I studied Richard III by William Shakespeare. These days, people use this expression when they want to underline the importance of something. There is a story about a man who was about to sign a document that would finalize his very painful divorce. Eager to leave the nightmare behind, the guy exclaims: "a pen, a pen, my kingdom for a pen!" Sometimes we have a similar situation in chess when a knight ("chess horse")...

Update: Maghsoodloo Beats Moroni In Junior Speed Chess Championship

Update: Maghsoodloo Beats Moroni In Junior Speed Chess Championship

PeterDoggers
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Today, the Iranian GM Parham Maghsoodloo and the Italian GM Luca Moroni are the next players to take part in the Chess.com Junior Speed Chess Championship, sponsored by ChessKid.  This match will determine who will be the next opponent for the Russian GM Alexey Sarana, who defeated his compatriot GM Andrey Esipenko last week. You can watch Parham Maghsoodloo vs. Luca Moroni on Monday, June 17 at 9 a.m. Pacific (18:00 CEST) with expert commentary on Chess.com/TV...

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...

Why You Should Celebrate The Legacy Of Petrosian Today

Why You Should Celebrate The Legacy Of Petrosian Today

raync910
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Tigran Petrosian (1929-1984) was born 90 years ago today. When he was World Champion (1963-1969), I began to cultivate my interest in chess. I attribute much of my early fascination with the game to his unbreakable defensive style of playing that led to the nickname of “Iron Tigran.” This statue of Petrosian, erected five years after he died, stands outside the chess house named in his honor in the city of Yerevan, Armenia. Wikipedia. The legacy of Petrosian is still influential...

Le Quang Liem Wins Asian Continental Chess Championship

Le Quang Liem Wins Asian Continental Chess Championship

IM Rakesh
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Former world blitz champion Le Quang Liem scored one of the biggest wins of his career by winning the Asian Continental Championship in Xingtai, China. The Vietnamese number one defeated overnight leader S.P. Sethuraman of India in the last round to clinch clear first and earn $11,000 (9,806 euro). Liem was determined to win his first ever Asian Championship. | Photo: www.imsa.cn Liem played in solid fashion and was unbeaten throughout. He started off slowly with three draws...

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...

PRO Chess League Summer Series: Saint Louis, Chengdu Earn Spots in Summer Series Championships

PRO Chess League Summer Series: Saint Louis, Chengdu Earn Spots in Summer Series Championships

PROChessLeague
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The first group of the PRO Chess League Summer Series is now complete, with the Saint Louis Arch Bishops and the Chengdu Pandas both clinching berths in the Summer Series Championships this August. The San Francisco Mechanics did just enough to keep their playoff dreams alive and will have to wait until Group D concludes on August 17 to see if they make the cut. With postseason aspirations on the line, teams were pushed to the limit in their respective matches. GM Sam Shankland played...

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...

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