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I’m Passionate About Squares

I’m Passionate About Squares

IM Silman 13 hrs ago

Many chess players have a limited understanding of the game. They think it’s all about mating the enemy king. They think it’s all about tactics and attack. They think it’s about creating threats. Of course, all these things are indeed part of chess, but there is so much more. And it’s these “other” things that turn a random “threat and tactics” player into a person who stands above the masses. In this article I’ll discuss the creation of weak...

Carlsen, So Early Leaders In Paris

Carlsen, So Early Leaders In Paris

PeterDoggers 20 hrs ago

Magnus Carlsen and Wesley So are tied for first place after day one of the Paris Grand Chess Tour. They scored five points out of a possible six (since the rapid games count double) and are just ahead of Hikaru Nakamura and Veselin Topalov. Magnus Carlsen (r.) playing Shakhriyar Mamedyarov in round two. | Photo: Maria Emelianova. While the heat wave continued in Paris, the Grand Chess Tour saw a heartwarming first day. In a Canal+ studio along the Seine, in the southeast corner of Boulogne-Billancourt,...

ChessCenter: Should Women's Titles Be Eliminated?

ChessCenter: Should Women's Titles Be Eliminated?

ChessCenter 24 days ago

WFM Alexandra Botez and IM Danny Rensch discuss whether female titles and female-only chess events should exist. Don't miss some spectacular chess moves, all the Speed Champs and Grand Prix news, plus our look ahead to Magnus Carlsen in Norway Chess.

Grand Chess Tour Takes Off In Paris

Grand Chess Tour Takes Off In Paris

PeterDoggers 1 day ago

The 2017 Grand Chess Tour kicked off today in Paris with pro-am activities at the Vivendi headquarters, at a stone's throw of de Arc de Triomphe. With a series of rapid games, tomorrow the tour will officially commence. Garry Kasparov suffering a loss in today's pro-am event. | Photo: Maria Emelianova. A new season is starting for the Grand Chess Tour, which will see tournaments in Paris (France), Leuven (Belgium), St. Louis (USA), and London (UK). Similar to last year, the Paris event was opened...

The Lonely Knight Checkmate

The Lonely Knight Checkmate

GM Gserper 4 days ago

After my very first lesson at the chess club of the Pioneer Palace, our coach gave us a simple checkmate-in-three-moves puzzle. Immediately our most advanced players started shouting that it is an absolutely impossible task. Some 40 years later I give the same puzzle to my students at our school's chess club and the kids' response is generally the same. If you read my old article, then you might already know what position I am talking about. Can you find the above-mentioned checkmate in three...

PRO Chess League Announces Returning Teams, New Qualifiers

PRO Chess League Announces Returning Teams, New Qualifiers

FM MikeKlein 3 days ago

Too much excitement is not usually a problem in the chess world, but the inaugural year of the Professional Online Rapid (PRO) Chess League grappled with that exact "problem." In year two, the league (which is partially owned by Chess.com) has announced a few structural changes. The worldwide league enjoyed having the world's two highest-rated players in the finals earlier this year, but long before the Saint Louis Arch Bishops won it all, 47 other teams comprised a sizable five-continent contingent....

The Fun Of Pros And Cons (Again)

The Fun Of Pros And Cons (Again)

NM danheisman 7 days ago

Many years ago I wrote a Novice Nook column, "The Fun of Pros and Cons." This column was directed at the many players who play way too fast in long time-control games. The column and its sequel "Chess is Decisions" have proven very helpful as reference material for my students in need of a brake. I tried to convince them that not only could they play better if they slowed down, but that taking time to decide between various candidate moves is not only necessary for higher level play, but doing so...

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