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Is Speed Chess Good For You?

Is Speed Chess Good For You?

NM danheisman 18 hrs ago

Yes.* *Speed chess is good for you (meaning it can help your slow chess, too) but doing it "incorrectly" could be harmful. Let's digress... A few years ago our Main Line Chess Club hosted a seminar by WGM Jennifer Shahade. At the end of her talk, Jen took questions from the members and one was: "I suppose you think blitz is bad for you?!" Jennifer's immediate response was "No! I think blitz can be very good for you..." and then she paused. "...but if you don't look up your openings after...

Meet Kasparov, Re-meet A Legend, Run U.S. Chess

Meet Kasparov, Re-meet A Legend, Run U.S. Chess

FM MikeKlein 7 hrs ago

With Zurich, Grenke, Reykjavik, and Poikovsky tournaments all taking place nearly simultaneously, you might think there's no room for "In Other News." But this is the digital age; there's room for anything! In this edition of Chess.com's grab-bag of news, the reader can take a more active role. You can choose to meet a former world champion, learn about an American chess legend, help save a local chess shop, or even lead the 90,000 players of the U.S. Chess Federation. Or, you can just enjoy...

Links to the Past III

Links to the Past III

batgirl 7 hrs ago

As in attics where things once used get stored out of sight and mind, old articles have a way of burying themselves under the weight of those that follow, becoming lost and forgotten. Sometimes it pays to put on an apron and gloves, wallow through the clutter, organize the disarray, dust off the pieces and give them a little light.  You never know what you might find. Game of the Month Santasiere's Thoughts and Remembrances Santasiere's Folly American Woman - Part I American...

ChessCenter: A Coup At FIDE?

ChessCenter: A Coup At FIDE?

ChessCenter 25 days ago

Is there a coup at FIDE? The leading chess journalist Peter Doggers has the story about a power struggle at the world's chess federation. And who will win the U.S. men's and women's championships? Find out our picks and how to cheat at Chess.com in this episode.

Guseinov Wins Last Speed Chess Qualifier

Guseinov Wins Last Speed Chess Qualifier

NM SamCopeland 8 hrs ago

8.5 points was the winning score in all four Speed Chess qualifiers. Today, only GM Gadir Guseinov made that mark. He wins the final qualification spot for the Speed Chess Championships, joining GMs Sergey Grigoriants, Georg Meier, and Jeffery Xiong. The four qualifiers have submitted a ranking of their preferred opponent's to Chess.com. The highest seeds by Chess.com blitz rating as of 12:00 p.m., April 30 will be granted their preferred pairings in our bracket. After that, the matches will come...

Girl Power In Chess

Girl Power In Chess

GM Gserper 3 days ago

At of this writing, GM Hou Yifan is the sole leader of the super tournament in Baden Baden. Her play in this tournament so far is simply unbelievable and each game is a textbook example of good chess. Photo: Georgios Souleidis. Here is the classical positional squeeze vs. the world number-three: And the following game she finished with a direct attack. Test your tactical skills in the next puzzle. Even the world champion, Magnus Carlsen, was glad to escape for a draw considering...

Karjakin, So Notch 1st Wins In Shamkir

Karjakin, So Notch 1st Wins In Shamkir

FM MikeKlein 1 day ago

Neither the world's number-two rated player nor the world champion runner-up were having memorable events at Shamkir Chess 2017, but they will now sleep a little easier going into the tournament's only rest day. All photos courtesy official site. GM Wesley So and GM Sergey Karjakin both began the day at -1 but the duo contributed the only two wins of round five. They were linked in another way -- the two 20-somethings both beat 40-something former world champions. The four involved in these...

4 Exercises To Become A Tactical Genius

4 Exercises To Become A Tactical Genius

News 5 days ago

Everyone knows that chess is 99% tactics, but how does one master tactics? IM David Pruess has a new premium video series with four exercises which he guarantees will make you a tactical genius if you practice them seriously. What are you waiting for? Structure your tactical training today! Not what you were looking for? Back to the video guide. 4 Exercises To Become A Tactical Genius: Part 1 IM Pruess starts with tactical patterns. Every player needs a rich command of tactical patterns, and...

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