Pete's Pathetic Chess: The Worst Move Imaginable
pete 9 hrs ago

Back after truly underwhelming reader demand, Pete's Pathetic Chess is the "instructional" column where I subject my awful moves and chess ideas to analysis by an actual grandmaster and the best chess-playing computer in the world. It looks like everyone's taking notice of my poor play. Joining these shenanigans with his own annotations will be GM Alex Yermolinsky, the respected Chess.com/TV host and old-school grandmaster. Photo: Wikipedia.  Also...

PRO Chess League Week 7 Playoff Push: Who's In, Who's Still Alive?

PRO Chess League Week 7 Playoff Push: Who's In, Who's Still Alive?

FM MikeKlein 1 day ago

Unlike many sports leagues where all or most of the playoff berths are decided before the final games of the regular season, the Professional Rapid Online (PRO) Chess League has everything to play for in week seven. This is what you've been waiting for. The excitement is driven even higher by the league rules, which allow for this week's matchups to be formed based on standings (a "Hou Yifan" controversy this is not -- a human hand has stepped in to create drama). For this Wednesday's final...

When Chess Players Protest

When Chess Players Protest

GM Gserper 3 days ago

One of the biggest open tournaments of the year (Gibraltar) was marred by a bizarre incident that happened in the last round. The women's world champion, Hou Yifan, lost her game in just five moves! Media instantly spread the news throughout the world, and in many reports about the tournament they didn't even bother to mention that the event was won by Hikaru Nakamura! Here is this notorious "game": This is the women's world champion's explanation: Apparently...

Double Bishop Sac Insanity

Double Bishop Sac Insanity

GM Ginger_GM 9 hrs ago

Where did the legendary double-bishop sac come from? GM Simon Williams shows you the roots and all the crazy permutations that have since arisen.

ChessCenter: Hou Yifan Throws A Game?

ChessCenter: Hou Yifan Throws A Game?

ChessCenter 11 days ago

Did Hou Yifan lose a game on purpose? The ChessCenter team gives you the full story. Plus Magnus Carlsen and some of the world's top grandmasters play in an exciting array of Chess.com events you don't want to miss.

Mamedyarov Crushes Adams, Catches MVL

Mamedyarov Crushes Adams, Catches MVL

PeterDoggers 1 day ago

With a great attacking game Shakhriyar Mamedyarov defeated Michael Adams, and in doing so he joined Maxime Vachier-Lagrave in the lead at the Sharjah Grand Prix. The other winner of the day was Li Chao, who beat Evgeny Tomashevsky. After four rounds many chess fans would probably like to ask Agon/FIDE reconsider and add an anti-draw rule to the Grand Prixs for the next cycle. A board-one game between two huge stars finishing undecided in one hour and 12 minutes, is rather disappointing...

The Opening That Didn't Like Bobby Fischer

The Opening That Didn't Like Bobby Fischer

IM Silman 6 days ago

Chess players are always looking for new openings. But picking an opening isn’t easy since there are so many to choose. Sometimes the choice is made by using the openings of your favorite chess hero. And other times the opening choice is based on your desire to attack, attack, and attack again. And sometimes you look at an opening, say to yourself, “wow, that’s really cool!” and you and that opening fall in love with each other. Though you are singing love songs to your...

Magnus Carlsen Mentors Homer Simpson

Magnus Carlsen Mentors Homer Simpson

FM MikeKlein 2 days ago

World Champion GM Magnus Carlsen is an avid connoisseur of pop culture. Now, he's part of it. Yesterday his long-awaited cameo on the American animated program "The Simpsons" finally aired on the FOX Network. Hard to believe, but the series premiered in 1989 and is now in its 28th season, making it even older than Carlsen.  Magnus Carlsen steps in to save the day and plays life coach for Homer Simpson, who is about to quit chess forever. Of course Homer Simpson, the slovenly, beer-guzzling...

American Woman - Part V

American Woman - Part V

batgirl 7 days ago

  Preface:      An official U.S. Women's Chess Championship has existed for nearly 80 years.  The USCF lists 1937 as the first year.  There have been many strong and important women players over the early years but when Diane Savereide appeared and dominated the women's chess arena for almost a decade, women's chess stated taking monumental strides.       With this series of essays I hope to detail at the development of women's chess...

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