Going Berserk In Chess!

Going Berserk In Chess!

GM Gserper
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2 days ago

Some 20 years ago I had a conversation with a grandmaster who grew up in a bad neighborhood.  He was recollecting his youth years when street fighting was pretty common. I don't remember much from his stories, but one of his phrases has stu...

3 Different Chess Views You Need To Know

3 Different Chess Views You Need To Know

IM Silman
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3 days ago

I get so many questions and statements about chess, but being old (yep, 108 years old…don’t worry though, the friends that are still alive tell me that I don’t look more than 98) means that all those questions have been asked ov...

Think Twice Before A Threefold Repetition

Think Twice Before A Threefold Repetition

ArnieChipmunk
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5 days ago

Nowadays, it is normal for chess players of all levels to make a quick draw once in a while. The so-called "Sofia Rules" and other measures that attempt to prohibit draws by mutual agreement are typically applied in elite tournaments and even worl...

Will Fabiano Caruana Beat King Magnus?

Will Fabiano Caruana Beat King Magnus?

GM Gserper
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11 days ago

The coming world championship match is going to be Magnus Carlsen's biggest challenge since he won his crown. As I mentioned in my recent article, it is the first time he will defend his title against a younger challenger, the 25-year-old Americ...

The Art Of Time Management

The Art Of Time Management

GM DanielNaroditsky
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12 days ago

"We work 25 hours a day."  "But there's only 24 hours in a day!" "We just wake up an hour earlier."  —Eternal Call, a Soviet TV series (1973-83) Our society's obsession with time knows few bounds. It is the golden age of at...

How To Deal With Chess Frustration

How To Deal With Chess Frustration

IM Silman
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17 days ago

The Chess.com member KBToys7 wrote: I am writing to you out of frustration. I’ve bought several books on chess; on openings, middle games, endgames, tactics, strategy and more. I’ve completed dozens of lessons offered here on Chess....

Chess Tournaments Calendar

Chess Tournaments Calendar

News
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17 days ago

Find out when the top chess events and tournaments are taking place! Missing a strong event? Please let us know in the comments. Click here for results of completed chess tournaments and events in 2018. JULY 2018 Date Event Location...

'Hour Of Chess Week' Returns To ChessKid!

'Hour Of Chess Week' Returns To ChessKid!

ChessKid
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21 days ago

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE— Looking for a great way to kick off your school's chess club in the fall? The fourth "Hour of Chess Week" is the first time we will host the event outside of the spring! This back-to-school edition still gives...

Is Tal's Queen Worth 12 Pawns?

Is Tal's Queen Worth 12 Pawns?

GM Gserper
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23 days ago

At the very end of my article about MVL's trapped rooks, I mentioned that Tal was famous for his queen play. There was even a joke that a regular queen is worth nine pawns and Tal's queen is worth 12 pawns! The Chess.com member "fiercebadge...

Steinitz: The Official World Chess Champion

Steinitz: The Official World Chess Champion

IM Silman
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24 days ago

1886 was an epic year. Though past players were viewed as the world chess champion, there never was an official title. Now the two best players in the world (Zukertort and Steinitz) would butt heads and the fans of both players would have to accep...

'His Pawn Cheated And Killed My Pawn!'

'His Pawn Cheated And Killed My Pawn!'

erik
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27 days ago

Every day at Chess.com we get a lot of suggestions, feedback and bug reports—and we really appreciate it! One of the most common bug reports looks something like this:  In my game, I moved my pawn to h4 and somehow his pawn from g4 ...

How To Watch The Speed Chess Knockout Qualifier

How To Watch The Speed Chess Knockout Qualifier

pete
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28 days ago

The most-awaited online chess event is back for 2018 as the Speed Chess Championship kicks off its season next week with a new invitational knockout qualifier.  Follow the action live at Chess.com/TV and Twitch.tv/chess on Tuesday...

Do You Know This Rare Chess Tactic?

Do You Know This Rare Chess Tactic?

GM Gserper
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Jun 17, 2018

Some chess tactical ideas are very common. For example, I cannot imagine any experienced chess player who never had back-rank problems in his games. Interference is pretty much at the opposite end of chess spectrum. Here is how Wikipedia describ...

Greed In Chess Is Good!

Greed In Chess Is Good!

GM Gserper
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Jun 10, 2018

I really appreciate my readers' feedback and therefore always read your comments to my articles. One of them, by the Chess.com member rossmckinley1224, made me think.  Ross wrote: "For those of us struggling to achieve a 1000 rating on Ches...

Steinitz Changes The Chess World

Steinitz Changes The Chess World

IM Silman
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Jun 8, 2018

When Wilhelm Steinitz stepped into 1870 he was still tossing tactics here and there, never fearing anything at all. He was also coming up with various new opening ideas. One of these (eventually named the “Steinitz Gambit”) called for ...

How To Defend Like Indiana Jones

How To Defend Like Indiana Jones

ArnieChipmunk
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Jun 7, 2018

A classic movie and literary ploy is when the hero must stay out of sight behind enemy lines, and decides to disguise himself as one of his foes. Students of classical literature might recall the ancient story about Achilles, the Greek hero of the...

Bad Boys II

Bad Boys II

batgirl
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Jun 6, 2018

Note: The cover image was modified from that of a novel of that name written by John Donoghue. The story, set in Auschwitz, is much deeper and serious than this article.        There has never been any doubt that chess ...

Is There A Chess Conspiracy Theory?

Is There A Chess Conspiracy Theory?

GM Gserper
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Jun 3, 2018

Chess is more than just a game, at least for chess aficionados. As proof of this statement we like to mention that since the dawn of the computer age, our beloved game has been the main test of computers' ability to "think."  Also, don't ...

The English Opening | Chess Openings Explained

The English Opening | Chess Openings Explained

CHESScom
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Jun 2, 2018

The English Opening starting with 1.c4 is a modern way to handle the opening phase of the game. This opening is a "flank" opening since it starts with a side pawn rather than the central 1.e4 or 1.d4 moves. Many players from chess history and toda...

Behold, The Austrian Morphy!

Behold, The Austrian Morphy!

IM Silman
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Jun 2, 2018

This series on Wilhelm Steinitz isn’t about every detail of his life. It’s about some basics and, most important, the games. I’m writing this since whenever chess players get together and talk about the past top players...

Bad Boys I

Bad Boys I

batgirl
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May 30, 2018

Note: The cover image was modified from that of a novel of that name written by John Donoghue. The story, set in Auschwitz, is much deeper and serious than this article.        There has never been any doubt that chess ...

Have You Seen This Unique Chess Pattern?

Have You Seen This Unique Chess Pattern?

GM Gserper
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May 27, 2018

Pattern recognition is one of the most important chess skills. Some time ago I even suggested an idea that Magnus Carlsen is so great in chess due to his incredible pattern-recognition ability. Through the years I've written a series of articl...

Adolf Anderssen: More Slicing And Dicing!

Adolf Anderssen: More Slicing And Dicing!

IM Silman
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May 26, 2018

The 1860s were very good for Adolf Anderssen, who was still at his peak. He won several important tournaments and was also successful in most of his matches. However, new players were appearing, such as Ignatz von Kolisch, Steinitz, and Zukertort....