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  • Better Than Ratings:'s New 'CAPS' System

    One of the most exciting projects I've contributed to since joining the team (eight years ago and counting) is being revealed today.'s Computer Accuracy & Precision Score (or CAPS) is a... | Read More

  • Charles de Maurian: Problemist

         Charles de Maurian, well known as Paul Morphy's childhood and life-long friend, developed very quickly as a chess player.  He began learning the game from Morphy during the 1853-4 school year at Spring Hill College ... | Read More

  • The Fastest Way To Improve Your Chess

    I bet most of our readers have heard the overused cliche, "Chess is 99% tactics." This catchy phrase underlines the importance of calculation in chess, but is chess really 99% tactics? Well, it depends. The chess competition betwe... | Read More

  • The Time-Trouble Blues

    EscapePlan69 asked: “I get into time trouble in most of my games while my opponents always have plenty of time left. How can I improve my time management? My tournament games are one hour and 30 minutes plus 30 seconds per move.” J... | Read More

  • The Magic Square In Chess

    Mikhail Tal was known not only for his fierce attacks and beautiful sacrifices but also for his amusing stories that made even non-chess-players smile. We discussed one such story in this article. Here is another anecdote&... | Read More

  • How To Think Critically In Chess

    Chess is a thinking game. Thought processes and time management are intertwined and are two of the most important skills. I break down time management into two sub-skills: Macro Time Management: The ability to use almost all of your time eve... | Read More

  • 7 Bullet Chess Tips By Hikaru Nakamura

    Editor’s note: Hikaru Nakamura is widely considered the best speed chess player in history. A vote by titled players confirmed this last year. Nakamura will face World Champion Magnus Carlsen in the three-hour GM Blitz Ba... | Read More

  • Botvinnik's Winning Chess Method

    The Botvinnik-Kasparov school that I had privilege to attend was an unbelievable experience. The sheer fact that two legends were sitting just about five feet from you was very exciting! One of the strongest memories from the school was the w... | Read More

  • Chess Books And Youth vs Old Age

    Sitting in a coffee shop in Tokyo that’s little known but adored by those who frequent it, I was staring at the most beautiful and delicious cappuccino on Earth. This was my second one, but before I downed my drink I thought of IM Jo... | Read More

  • Chess 101: One Opponent At A Time

    Unless you’re playing a simultaneous exhibition, you’re most likely only going to be playing one person at a time. That’s assuming that you don’t have to beat yourself as well as your opponent. How many times have you sat... | Read More

  • Bluffing In Chess

    Pictures of a chess board and chess pieces are very popular in ads for banks, insurance companies and similar businesses. The companies want to underline their wisdom and strategic thinking. Unlike dice, cards, and other games of ch... | Read More

  • Can You Understand These Positions?

    This article is about four interesting positions. Much of this is moderately advanced to very advanced, so hold onto your hats and see if you can meet the storm head-on! I've also discovered some incredible tactical possibilities in one of ... | Read More

  • 8 Ways Chess Is Like CrossFit

    You’ve all heard the joke about how the first rule of CrossFit is you must talk about CrossFit. And the second rule is that you must talk about CrossFit. So let’s talk about CrossFit. And chess. There are many parallels between chess... | Read More

  • Amateur vs. World Champion

    Once upon a time, Alexander Roshal, who was the chief editor of the famous Soviet weekly "64," called Mikhail Tal and asked for some original material for his publication. Tal answered that he would be happy to help his old friend and told ... | Read More

  • Can Anyone Be An IM Or GM?

    BeekeeperBob wrote: “I am a 19 year old who has been toying with the idea of making chess a career for me (either playing professionally or teaching chess). Unfortunately, I currently have no official ranking. So before I go spending the m... | Read More

  • How To Join The PRO Chess League

    Do you think your team has what it takes to win the $20k top prize and the title of PRO Chess League Champions? By now you've read our announcement, and you can't wait to join the PRO Chess League, right? Not only do you think your city has a s... | Read More

  • The Euphoria Of A Queen Sacrifice

    “Real magic can never be made by offering someone else's liver. You must tear out your own, and not expect to get it back.” ― Peter S. Beagle, The Last Unicorn Magic does happen on the chess board; that is one of the... | Read More

  • Are Super-Tournaments Dead?

    The recently concluded Sinquefield Cup was a true celebration of chess.  Great players, high-quality chess, and outstanding live coverage — What else a chess fan can dream about? Apparently not everyone is happy. According to the Presid... | Read More

  • 3-Check Chess Tips For Beginners

    Looking for a new, exciting chess variant? Maybe you watched my games vs GM Maxime Vachier-Lagrave here and you're anxious to give it a try? Or perhaps you've always just been good at following the age old chess rule "always check, because it... | Read More

  • How To Play Variants On

    There's much more to play on than just... chess! Fun "chess variants" can be a great way to mix things up and apply your chess skills in different and exciting ways. You can play Bughouse, Crazyhouse, 3-Check, King of the Hill&nbs... | Read More