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ChessKid's Newest Feature: Puzzle Duel!

ChessKid's Newest Feature: Puzzle Duel!

FM MikeKlein
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Building off of the massive success of Chess.com's "Puzzle Rush" feature, ChessKid.com recently released "Puzzle Duel" in beta. The exciting feature, which is only available on ChessKid.com, allows kids to race each other in a real-time puzzle race. You can think of it as the "live" or "fast" chess server for puzzles! ChessKids can access the Puzzle Duel feature directly from their home page (the feature is only available on the website at the moment; it will come to iOS and Android devices...

PRO Chess League Quarterfinals Begin Tuesday

PRO Chess League Quarterfinals Begin Tuesday

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The PRO Chess League's playoffs have reached the quarterfinals, with just eight teams left in the competition. The question now: Who will make it to San Francisco? Play starts Tuesday at 4 p.m. PDT (7 p.m. EDT, 11 p.m. GMT). The teams from the Eastern and Central divisions play next week on Tuesday, April 2. Preview by IM Greg Shahade. On Tuesday, we'll find out two of the four teams that will play in the live esports finale in San Francisco. For one of the most incredible chess experiences...

Why Is This Chess Gambit So Weird?

Why Is This Chess Gambit So Weird?

GM Gserper
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When I hear the word gambit, the first thing that pops up in my mind is the King's Gambit. Yes, I am well aware that a gambit means a sacrifice to achieve certain benefits like initiative or an outright attack, and there is more to it than just the King's Gambit. Nevertheless, for me the word gambit is always associated with the King's Gambit, probably because it was the first gambit I learned as a kid. The numerous games from the romantic era only strengthened this connection. Look at the next...

Learning What Causes Chess Mistakes

Learning What Causes Chess Mistakes

GM Illingworth
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Now that you know how to identify mistakes in chess, you need to learn what causes them in the first place. Find out why mistakes happen and what you can do to prevent them in your games.

Move Every Piece Once...

Move Every Piece Once...

NM danheisman
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"Move every piece once before you move any piece twice, unless there is a tactic" is the most important principle (not goal!) in the opening. This principle is ancient. I found an almost identical one in Emanuel Lasker's book Common Sense in Chess, published over a century ago in 1917: "II. Do not move any piece twice in the opening, but put it at once upon the right square" and it was probably not original there! Yes, there are many exceptions, but as Kasparov wrote in My Great Predecessors,...

U.S. Chess Championship: Sevian Surges To The Top

U.S. Chess Championship: Sevian Surges To The Top

PeterDoggers
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On Sunday, the number of leaders went from four to five at the 2019 U.S. championship. Sam Sevian defeated Varuzhan Akobian to join the group on plus one. Jennifer Yu dropped her first half-point but still leads the women's tournament. U.S. Championship: The big clash between Hikaru Nakamura and Fabiano Caruana finished early. Again deploying the Sveshnikov ("We did so much during the match on it, I figured why not use it!" said Caruana), the world championship challenger was quickly...

2019 PRO Chess League: Official Information

2019 PRO Chess League: Official Information

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The PRO Chess League is an international online rapid chess league featuring 32 teams from around the world competing for $50,000 in prize money and the title of 2019 PRO Chess League champion. This season features stars like Fabiano Caruana, Hikaru Nakamura, Shakhriyar Mamedyarov, Ding Liren, Maxime Vachier-Lagrave, Wesley So, Anish Giri and many more! The 2019 regular season is 10 weeks long, running from January 8 through March 14. During the regular season, teams will play one match against...

4 Is The Number At U.S. Chess Championship

4 Is The Number At U.S. Chess Championship

PeterDoggers
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After four rounds the 2019 U.S. championship has four leaders, all on plus one: Jeffery Xiong, Wesley So, Hikaru Nakamura and Leinier Dominguez. Jennifer Yu leads the women's tournament after winning all four games. U.S. Championship: Xiong went from shared first to sole leader back to back to sharing that first place again. In round three he took down the reigning champion in a remarkable game that started with a sideline in the Scotch. "I was very nervous at first; it looks like a...

Who Are The Youngest Chess Grandmasters In History?

Who Are The Youngest Chess Grandmasters In History?

IsaacSteincamp
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As we gear up for Chess.com's first ever Junior Speed Chess Championship (JSCC), many on our staff have had conversations about who the youngest and strongest players are in today's game... which naturally led to a review of who the youngest, and fastest players were to obtain the highest title in chess. Indeed it seems the game just keeps getting younger and younger! Grandmaster titles are now being achieved at twelve, thirteen, and fourteen years of age. Young talents are able to take advantage...

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