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The Match Of The 21st Century

GM Gserper 25 min ago

When chess players say "match of the century," usually they refer to the famous match between the USSR and the "rest of the world" that took place in Belgrade in 1970. In reality, many famous chess competitions (mostly world championship matc...

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Oddities In The Classic Bishop Sacrifice

IM Silman 3 days ago

Every chess player knows about the classic bishop sacrifice. And everyone wants to smash that light-squared bishop into h7, drag the screaming-in-terror enemy king from its pawn cover, and execute it as its army helplessly watches.In general, t...

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The Most Foolish Opening Mistake

GM Gserper 7 days ago

I bet that some of you, my dear readers, think that I am going to talk about "Fool's Mate" or "Scholar's Mate." Indeed, there is no way to get checkmated faster than Fool's Mate: And there is no more popular beginner's opening than Schola...

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PRO Chess League Top Performers

IM dpruess 9 days ago

Here we try to keep track of some of the best performances of the 2017 season of the PRO Chess League. Points Scored # Name Team Pts 1 Meier, Georg Stockholm Snowballs 29.5 2 So, Wesley Saint Louis Archbishops 26...

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Anatoly Karpov's Best Game Prizes

IM Silman 9 days ago

My last two articles were about the best game prizes for Mikhail Tal (who won the most prizes — 15) and Rashid Nezhmetdinov, who came in tied for 3rd and 4th with Anatoly Karpov (10 prizes; Garry Kasparov came in second with 12). ...

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Santasiere's Folly

batgirl 11 days ago

  Anthony Edward Santasiere - This name evokes images of the New York chess scene during the 1920, 30s and 40s:  Frank Marshall, Edward Lasker, Albert Pinkus, Fred Reinfeld, Sammy Reshevsky, Abe Kupchik, Isaac Kashdan, I.A. Horowit...

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How Chess is Like... [FILL IN THE BLANK]

erik 12 days ago

Chess is many things. A game. An art. A hobby. A science. A sport? But it is also a metaphor that is used in the media to tap into the symbol of intellectual struggle. If you want to show how intricately strategic and thoughtful and craf...

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Work at Chess.com

CHESScom 13 days ago

Chess.com is a global team of passionate chess fans and developers. You can meet us here! We're always looking to hire great people to join the team. All of our jobs are 100% remote. We have a healthy work environment focused on well-being, respec...

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How To Not Learn From Your Mistakes Like Karpov

GM Gserper 14 days ago

As I explained in this article, modern life forces me to recollect the episodes from my childhood years. One such memory is something that every Soviet schoolboy was supposed to know if he wanted to get into a good college, something I t...

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Rashid Nezhmetdinov's Best Game Prizes

IM Silman 17 days ago

After showing all of Tal’s 15 best game prizes in my previous article, it struck me that many Chess.com members might not have heard of Rashid Nezhmetdinov (born 1912, died 1974), who tied with Karpov for the third and fourth place...

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Chess Goes Podcasting: Listen To Your Favorites

FM MikeKlein 18 days ago

In a recent interview, the man who's a perfect five-for-five in writing New York Times bestsellers explained that he now has to chase his audience. And that means podcasting. Fittingly, renowned author Malcolm Gladwell explained t...

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Can You Smell Chess Moves?

GM Gserper 21 days ago

In the beginning of the 1990s, I established a certain routine. Whenever I set foot in Moscow (and I did it pretty frequently), I would visit the Central Chess Club and climb a narrow staircase to the third floor to meet Botvinnik in his labo...

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How To Set Up A Chessboard

CHESScom 23 days ago

If you have a chess set and want to start a game, the first thing you need to do is get the board set up correctly. Step 1: Lay out the board with the light square in the bottom-right corner.It’s important to orient the board in the right ...

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How To Set Up A Chess Game

CHESScom 23 days ago

Setting up a chess game is easy. It’s playing that can be hard. Here is how to set up a game. Step 1: Decide where to play. Do you want to play on a real board with a friend near you? Or do you want to play with one of mil...

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How To Get Good At Chess

CHESScom 23 days ago

Millions of people around the world play chess regularly—but how do you become good at chess? 1. Define what “good at chess" means. To some people, being “good” means they can beat the average chess player. If that i...

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Speed Chess Championship Official Rules

IM DanielRensch 23 days ago

Below are the official rules and format of Chess.com's 2017 Speed Chess Championship.  For the full list of players in the 2017 Speed Chess Championship, click here. By accepting the invitation to play, players acknowledge they ...

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Who Has The Most Best Game Prizes?

IM Silman 24 days ago

Before you read this article, have some fun and try to guess who has won the most best game prizes (usually a brilliancy prize but sometimes a positional masterpiece). Did you pick a player? Okay, then let’s see if you’ve picked the ...

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Who Is The Best Chess Player In The World?

CHESScom 25 days ago

You have probably heard someone say “I can beat all my friends at chess” or “I’m the best chess player at my school!” After rolling your eyes, you may have wondered: Who is the best chess player in the world? The be...

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The Best Chess Openings For Beginners

CHESScom 25 days ago

The first few moves of a chess game can be some of the most important moves you make. In those moves, you will establish your early plans and fight for your place on the board. Most beginners don’t need to memorize exact opening moves and sh...

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How To Get Better At Chess

CHESScom 25 days ago

No matter where you are in chess, you can always get better. And with the right habits and attitude, getting better at chess can be both fun and simple. To get better at chess, you will need to learn the rules, play a lot of games, review your pla...

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GM Rabachess 25 days ago

Hello, dear friends and chess fans! From today onwards I'll be writing my own blog in Russian. Please follow my articles and kindly share opinions and feedback. Today I would like to talk about a very important elem...

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American Woman - Part VI

batgirl 25 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...

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Prophylactic Play

GM Ginger_GM 26 days ago

"It is said that if you know your enemies and know yourself, you will not be imperiled in a hundred battles; if you do not know your enemies but do know yourself, you will win one and lose one; if you do not know your enemies nor yourself, you wil...

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How Not To Hate Endgames

GM Gserper Feb 26, 2017

"I detest endgames!" said Dawid Janowski more than 100 years ago. He elaborated further by saying that a good chess game should be decided in the middlegame. Today such an opinion would make most professional chess players smile, but please reme...


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