Going Back To Square One In Chess

Going Back To Square One In Chess

ArnieChipmunk
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2 days ago

The Austrian chess master Heinrich Wolf (1875-1943) is not exactly a household name for most chess players these days. Yet he is father to one of the most profound concepts in modern opening theory. If people have heard of Wolf at all, it is usu...

How To Build A Chess Fortress

How To Build A Chess Fortress

GM Gserper
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4 days ago

The recently concluded Tata Steel chess tournament was very memorable for the U.S. grandmaster Sam Shankland. From now on he will be forever remembered as a chess player who the beat the former world champion Vladimir Kramnik in his last profess...

Time Controls And The Grand Chess Tour

Time Controls And The Grand Chess Tour

NM SmarterChess
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10 days ago

In a continuation from the last article, Is Classical Chess Dead From Draws, we will be comparing different time controls in the Grand Chess Tour (GCT).  Mike Klein just wrote a recent piece highlighting the new 2019 format and the players on...

2019 Bullet Chess Championship

2019 Bullet Chess Championship

News
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11 days ago

The Bullet Chess Championship will run from April 3-7, and will be broadcast live on www.Twitch.tv/Chess. The total prize pool is $15,000. Below you will find a breakdown of the rules, prizes, confirmed players and the complete schedule.  ...

Even More Little Things To Help Your Chess Game

Even More Little Things To Help Your Chess Game

IM Silman
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14 days ago

Yes, I did another “Little Things” article (highlighting IM Cyrus Lakdawala again). Why another? Because I think it’s very instructive. See (and understand) a ton of these and your chess IQ should skyrocket. Once again, I am...

Improve Your Chess With Puzzle Rush

Improve Your Chess With Puzzle Rush

GM Gserper
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18 days ago

A couple of months ago, I wrote an article about Puzzle Rush. Even though I could see its educational value right away, to me at that time it was mostly a new and very addictive toy. These days it is a must-have training tool for all my stude...

Hikaru Nakamura Interview: Cause Of A Chess Boom?

Hikaru Nakamura Interview: Cause Of A Chess Boom?

DavidC2
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21 days ago

David Cox speaks to GM Hikaru Nakamura as he begins a year he hopes will land him a place in the 2020 Candidates' tournament. Sometimes outspoken, and certainly never conventional, the American super-GM Hikaru Nakamura has always been an in...

How To Think In Chess

How To Think In Chess

FM chuddog
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24 days ago

In my experience teaching, playing, and hanging out at the local chess club, I have come across many players who succeed in reaching a level in the 1600-2000 range but get stuck, often for life, trying to get beyond that and become an expert or ma...

Chess Lessons That Will Make You A Winner

Chess Lessons That Will Make You A Winner

GM Gserper
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25 days ago

Last year, I wrote an article intended for players rated below 1000 on Chess.com. Judging by your response, the article was helpful for people just starting at chess. Of course there were many comments that can be summarized like this: "I am rat...

2019 PRO Chess League: Official Information

2019 PRO Chess League: Official Information

PROChessLeague
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28 days ago

The PRO Chess League is an international online rapid chess league featuring 32 teams from around the world competing for $50,000 in prize money and the title of 2019 PRO Chess League champion. This season features stars like Fabiano Caruana, Hika...

More Little Things That Help Your Chess

More Little Things That Help Your Chess

IM Silman
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29 days ago

In our last “Little Things” article, I made use of specific moments in IM Cyrus Lakdawala’s games to teach you how to deal with common, instructive situations. I am giving you another five rich puzzles. But please understand th...

On the Death of Morphy

On the Death of Morphy

batgirl
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30 days ago

Of all the death notices for Paul Morphy, the following transcription from the New Orleans Times-Democrat, Sunday, July 13th, 1884, written by Charles de Maurian and graciously supplied by WilhelmThe2nd, is by far the best.    &n...

How Can Prearranged Draws Hurt Your Own Openings?

How Can Prearranged Draws Hurt Your Own Openings?

GM Gserper
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Jan 21, 2019

The end of 1970s and the beginning of 1980s were definitely the peak of Anatoly Karpov's chess career. He was larger than life in the Soviet Union!  His wedding with Irina Kuimova (you see, 40 years later I still remember the name of Karpov...

The Secrets Of Prearranged Draws In Chess

The Secrets Of Prearranged Draws In Chess

GM Gserper
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Jan 14, 2019

Prearranged draws are the reality of chess. You might hate it, you might fight it, but if two players want to make a draw, they will find the way to do it. Sometimes such players just agree to a draw before the game and when the game starts they...

Bobby Fischer's Best Chess Quotes

Bobby Fischer's Best Chess Quotes

CHESScom
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Jan 14, 2019

Bobby Fischer is easily the most famous chess player of all time. When Bobby spoke about chess naturally people listened! Here are ten of his famous quotes. 1. "1.e4 - Best by test." You can find a few games where Fischer started the game...

Positional Player vs. Tactical Player

Positional Player vs. Tactical Player

IM Silman
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Jan 10, 2019

I am going to do something a bit different. I am going to look at the games of the most prolific (and nicest), chess writer in the world: IM Cyrus Lakdawala. Of course, Fred Reinfeld, who died in 1964, wrote more than 100 chess books. That will be...

Is Classical Chess Dead From Draws?

Is Classical Chess Dead From Draws?

NM SmarterChess
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Jan 8, 2019

The 2018 world chess championship between world champion Magnus Carlsen and the challenger Fabiano Caruana last month saw the top two classical players in the world battle it out in 12 classical chess games. There is always tremendous buzz an...

How To Play Karate Chess

How To Play Karate Chess

GM Gserper
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Jan 7, 2019

In one of my recent articles I shared a story of how I became a lucky owner of an amazing book that really helped my chess development. This is how that article ends: "It might be a pure coincidence, but the next year after I bought The Test ...

Is 'King Of The Hill' Safe?

Is 'King Of The Hill' Safe?

ArnieChipmunk
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Jan 3, 2019

In the "King of the Hill" chess variant, the goal of the game is to get your king to the fourth rank in the center as quickly as possible. But have you ever seen a white king on g3 after just eight moves in normal chess? Well, that's exactly what ...

Why Do People Play Garbage Chess Openings?

Why Do People Play Garbage Chess Openings?

GM Gserper
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Dec 31, 2018

In last year's article about chess insults, I mentioned a funny episode that happened in the game between two chess legends, Tarrasch and Nimzowitsch. The game barely started when GM Tarrasch loudly announced: "Never in my life have I ha...

The Top 10 Chess News Stories Of 2018

The Top 10 Chess News Stories Of 2018

PeterDoggers
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Dec 31, 2018

Time flies. That's always the feeling when another year comes to an end—and it was definitely a great year for chess. Caruana winning the Candidates' (and a few more tournaments!), Nakamura winning the Grand Chess Tour (and the Speed Chess...

Little Things That Help Your Chess Game

Little Things That Help Your Chess Game

IM Silman
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Dec 27, 2018

Most lower-rated players want to improve their game, but many just want to slug it out in blitz and have a great time. I certainly understand that! However, for those that want to be as good as they can be, they'll have to work hard. Play oppon...

Dadian Revisited

Dadian Revisited

batgirl
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Dec 26, 2018

    A little over 5 years ago I published an article called Lesser Known Games of Prince Dadian in which I presented 29 games absent from all of the databases I consulted.  I had found them in and transcribed them from va...