Is Chess A Sport, Science Or Art?

Is Chess A Sport, Science Or Art?

GM Gserper
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1 hr ago

When we learn the rules of chess and start playing, we never ask ourselves the question in the title of the article. We just enjoy the process of playing, that's all! But almost any person who has played chess for a long time is going to ask: "W...

Pal Benko: At Last, Freedom!

Pal Benko: At Last, Freedom!

IM Silman
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4 days ago

For Jeremy Silman's article on the early life of Pal Benko, click here. Pal Benko: My ticket to freedom was, naturally, chess. First on my agenda was to qualify for an out-of-country zonal. Of course, I didn’t want to play in a Soviet-co...

The Hail Mary Play In Chess

The Hail Mary Play In Chess

GM Gserper
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7 days ago

According to Wikipedia, a Hail Mary is a very long forward pass in American football, typically made in desperation, with only a small chance of success. So, what's a Hail Mary pass in chess? Let me explain. Say your position is completel...

How To Castle In Fischer Random Chess (Chess960)

How To Castle In Fischer Random Chess (Chess960)

CHESScom
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11 days ago

The 2019 World Fischer Random Chess Championship quarterfinals are here, with star players like Fabiano Caruana (@FabianoCaruana), Hikaru Nakamura (@Hikaru) and Alireza Firouzja (@Firouzja2003) set to take on five other elite grandmaster...

Round-Robin Chess Tournaments Are Dead!

Round-Robin Chess Tournaments Are Dead!

GM Gserper
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15 days ago

At the end of the last century when I played one of the big American open tournaments (I think it was North American Open in Las Vegas), I stumbled upon a very interesting book at the concession stand. Well, since the book was written by GM John...

Arena Kings Season 5 Leaderboard

Arena Kings Season 5 Leaderboard

News
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2 days ago

The updated standings and leaderboard information for Arena Kings season five are below.  You can read the season five announcement here for complete details. Standings as of October 12 Rank Player Points ...

How Your Opponent Will Help You

How Your Opponent Will Help You

GM Gserper
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21 days ago

Siegbert Tarrasch was one of the best players of his time and definitely deserves to be included in the list of strongest chess players who never became world champion.  Tarrasch. Photo via Wikipedia. Just like Reuben Fine, Tarrasch wa...

The Chess Streamer Awards

The Chess Streamer Awards

News
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20 days ago

Television fans enjoyed the Emmys on Sunday night, and the shows Game of Thrones and Fleabag dominated the awards for primetime TV. Today, another audiovisual medium takes the stage. The world of chess streaming has been growing q...

The Early Life Of Pal Benko

The Early Life Of Pal Benko

IM Silman
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25 days ago

Pal Benko was born July 15, 1928 and died August 25, 2019 at the age of 91. Instead of throwing endless games at you (okay, okay…I will throw you a lot of games), I first want you to understand Benko’s personality and who Benko r...

Which Football Quarterback Would Win At Chess?

Which Football Quarterback Would Win At Chess?

pete
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25 days ago

Football is sometimes called "chess on the gridiron." And by sometimes, I mean I just called it that. But the game is actually often compared to war, which is the most common metaphor for chess. And if football is war, the quarterback is the fie...

How To Sponsor An Event On Chess.com

How To Sponsor An Event On Chess.com

CHESScom
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16 days ago

With tournaments happening every day on Chess.com, it is now easier than ever to have your brand represented during our official broadcasts. This overview will explain everything you need to know about sponsoring one of our events on Chess.com:&nb...

How To Calculate In Chess

How To Calculate In Chess

GM Gserper
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28 days ago

I bet you've heard the cliche that "chess is 99 percent tactics" thousands of times. While it is greatly overused and exaggerated to some degree, overall it is correct. The enormous strength of modern computers is based on their unmatched abilit...

The Underrated World Number-1

The Underrated World Number-1

GM Gserper
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Sep 10, 2019

Ask any chess player to name a grandmaster who deserved to be the world champion but never became one, and you will get a list of the usual suspects. Bronstein, Korchnoi and Keres will be on the top of the list, and then it becomes ver...

What's In A Chess.com Premium Membership

What's In A Chess.com Premium Membership

davidkaufmann
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14 days ago

Do you remember the day you joined Chess.com? At first, it could all seem a little overwhelming (so many features and options!), but you gradually got the hang of it and, suddenly, you realized that Chess.com had become like your second home, wher...

What Happened To Elite Chess?

What Happened To Elite Chess?

GM Gserper
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Sep 2, 2019

In the end of 1984, the leading Soviet magazine Chess In The USSR published a big article about the first game of the world championship match Capablanca-Alekhine, Buenos Aires 1927. The author, master V. Goldin (no relation the U.S. grandmaster...

More Things You Need To Know About Pawn Stucture

More Things You Need To Know About Pawn Stucture

IM Silman
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Aug 31, 2019

What is a pawn structure? From my online glossary, I define it as “the positioning of the whole pawn mass. Also referred to as the pawn skeleton. This positioning of the pawns is what usually dictates the types of plans available...

Can You Win The Speed Chess Championship Fantasy Game?

Can You Win The Speed Chess Championship Fantasy Game?

News
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Sep 2, 2019

Reminder: Deadline for entries is 5:59 p.m. Pacific time September 2. The biggest event in online chess is back for 2019, and the field of 16 grandmasters is set for the 2019 Speed Chess Championship beginning September 2 at 6 p.m. PDT. W...

How To Lose A Move To Win The Game!

How To Lose A Move To Win The Game!

GM Gserper
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Aug 26, 2019

The concept of time in chess is one of the most difficult topics for young kids to grasp. While they have no trouble understanding how you can lose a piece, a pawn or the right to castle, the subject of losing time is usually confusing for them. ...

Coach Of The Month: NM Bojan Lukajic

Coach Of The Month: NM Bojan Lukajic

NM SamCopeland
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Aug 22, 2019

NM Bojan Lukajic's (@lasker_fiverr) notes on Chess.com are an incredible testament to the affection and appreciation of his students. Probably no coach on Chess.com has so impressed his students with such dedication and effort. NM Lukajic truly ca...

The Man Who Beat Mikhail Tal

The Man Who Beat Mikhail Tal

GM Gserper
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Aug 23, 2019

If you have seen the movie Searching for Bobby Fischer, you may remember one of the Washington Square Park hustlers who held a sign offering a photograph or a game with the man who beat Mikhail Tal.  Just like most of the movie's chess...