PRO Chess League's Rivalry Week
FM MikeKlein

If you see two neighboring "dots" in the map above, chances are, they're going head-to-head in week two of the PRO Chess League. It's rivalry week, and it begins tomorrow. The clashes may not be El Clásico yet, but give it time, the league is only seven days old (and we trust the players won't behave this badly toward each other). Still in its infancy, we will also see the first appearances of some of the league's world-class players. 2700s Li Chao (a perfect 4-0 in week one for the Montreal...

Rapport Spoils Brilliancy, Loses To So

Rapport Spoils Brilliancy, Loses To So

PeterDoggers

Richard Rapport was on his way to scoring a great win versus Wesley So, but then he blundered away the game. In round three of the Tata Steel Chess Tournament, Sergey Karjakin and Wei Yi scored their first wins, versus Loek van Wely and Ian Nepomniachtchi respectively. Photo Alina l'Ami. "I don't know what is worse: to be on the losing side of a brilliancy, or to spoil one." Whereas commentator Yasser Seirawan hadn't decided yet, today Richard Rapport...

Compilation Of Chess And Education Research Studies

Compilation Of Chess And Education Research Studies

FM MikeKlein

One of the most common questions educators have is, "Where can I find research studies devoted to the educational value of chess?" More studies are being conducted every year, but this article is a compilation of some of the past research done with chess, and a synopsis of the findings. Many thanks to Dr. Robert Ferguson for his help in compiling this information. Dr. Ferguson has conducted some chess research studies himself. Here's a table of many educational studies conducted from the 1970s...

Build A Fortress: The World Champion Way

Build A Fortress: The World Champion Way

GM vegasicilia

Sometimes, a material advantage just doesn't isn't enough to win. GM Ivan Sokolov brings you a series of positions form world champions where the immovable object overcomes the irresistible force!

ChessCenter: The Best Of 2016

ChessCenter: The Best Of 2016

ChessCenter

It was a great year for chess, and the ChessCenter team has the best and worst moments of 2016. Find out who the ChessCenter player of the year and count down the most amazing moves in this special edition.

Inspired By Karjakin, Carlsen Gets 1st Tata Steel Win

Inspired By Karjakin, Carlsen Gets 1st Tata Steel Win

PeterDoggers

Copying Sergey Karjakin's remarkable 6.a3 in the Najdorf, Magnus Carlsen scored a good win today versus Radoslaw Wojtaszek in round two of the Tata Steel Chess Tournament. Pentala Harikrishna won as well, and so did Pavel Eljanov—the only player on 2/2.  Photo Alina l'Ami. "Today he was a huge inspiration of course," Carlsen grinned to Anna Rudolf in his post-game interview. Like all chess fans, the world champion had been fascinated by Sergey Karjakin's 6.a3 against...

Do Not Misuse Your Chess Computer!

Do Not Misuse Your Chess Computer!

GM Gserper

My favorite episode from The Prince And The Pauper happens towards the end of the story: "Speak up, good lad, and fear nothing," said the king. "How used you the Great Seal of England?" Tom stammered a moment, in a pathetic confusion, then got it out:  "To crack nuts with!" I always thought that cracking nuts with the Great Seal of England was the biggest possible misuse of something. Not anymore! The way most people use their chess engines beats the hilarious episode from...

Eljanov Starts With Sole Lead In Tata Steel

Eljanov Starts With Sole Lead In Tata Steel

NM SamCopeland

Pavel Eljanov was the sole winner in the masters section of the Tata Steel Chess Tournament as he downed the always creative Richard Rapport with the white pieces after an exchange sacrifice gave him smooth positional play. Before we attend to that duel, we should mention the hotly anticipated pairing of Wesley So and Magnus Carlsen. Sadly, it was more of a fizzle than a fight. So was never in danger, but he also never posed serious problems to the world champion. In the post-game interview,...

The Curse Of Undefended Pieces

The Curse Of Undefended Pieces

IM Silman

Over the years, I’ve looked at tons of games played by low-rated Chess.com members (games by low-rated players are often extremely instructive). In many instances I see undefended pieces on both sides. And, in many of those games, the defeat was caused by the loss of a piece that was floating in the wind with nothing to protect it. Yet quite a few of these players ask me about openings or other areas of the game. Little do they know that if they fix this one thing (making sure pieces...

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