2019 PRO Chess League: Official Information

2019 PRO Chess League: Official Information

PROChessLeague
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2 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...

The Secrets Of Prearranged Draws In Chess

The Secrets Of Prearranged Draws In Chess

GM Gserper
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3 days ago

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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3 days ago

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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7 days ago

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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9 days ago

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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10 days ago

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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14 days ago

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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17 days ago

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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17 days ago

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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21 days ago

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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22 days ago

    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...

Can Chess Make You Filthy Rich?

Can Chess Make You Filthy Rich?

GM Gserper
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24 days ago

Unlike professional soccer or tennis players, chess players cannot brag about their money. Yes, the world champion Magnus Carlsen is very rich and most of the players who've played world championship matches are millionaires, but can they be compa...

The 10 Best Chess Games Of 2018

The 10 Best Chess Games Of 2018

FM MikeKlein
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27 days ago

With another year of chess history nearly in the books, what will fans remember most from 2018? The world championship draw-fest in London? Ding Liren's unbeaten streak? The FIDE regime change? Music as a weapon in esports? Time will tell, ...

Can You Solve Our 2018 Holiday Chess Puzzler?

Can You Solve Our 2018 Holiday Chess Puzzler?

pete
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28 days ago

Your favorite annual chess quiz tradition is back for the 2018 holidays. Enjoy this year's quiz, and see if you can win one of our prizes for a top score. UPDATE: Jan. 9, 2019 with winners and answers: The winners: 1. @Grevozin -- Three ye...

Are You A Good Chess Player?

Are You A Good Chess Player?

GM Gserper
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Dec 17, 2018

Last week's article about Puzzle Rush provided great feedback, so I would like to thank you for your comments. When I see that people from different countries, different political views and different playing strength share passion for chess, I fee...

How To Calculate Long-Term Advantages In Chess

How To Calculate Long-Term Advantages In Chess

IM Silman
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Dec 13, 2018

The Chess.com member kurniadigautama asked: Something has been bothering me since I saw the game between GM Vidit Santosh and GM David Eggleston in The Chess.com Isle of Man international open tournament (round 1). In the game, we see that Vid...

Vishinsky

Vishinsky

batgirl
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Dec 12, 2018

Maria Theresa and Frederick II play chess as Ares watches in an allegory for the Seven-Years War      In a kind of Cold War allegory,  the Sept. 29, 1947 issue of "Time" featured the Soviet Minister of Foreign...

Carlsen vs Caruana: Who Played Best By CAPS?

Carlsen vs Caruana: Who Played Best By CAPS?

NM SmarterChess
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Dec 10, 2018

[What is CAPS? Read the explanation here.] All 12 classical games are in the books for the 2018 world chess championship match between Magnus Carlsen and Fabiano Caruana. Spectators are divided on their opinion of who deserves to be world champi...

Are You Addicted To Puzzle Rush?

Are You Addicted To Puzzle Rush?

GM Gserper
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Dec 10, 2018

Chess.com's new game called "Puzzle Rush" is taking the chess community by storm! If you haven't tried it yet, you should. But be warned, the game is very addictive. While I doubt we will ever see "Puzzle Rush Anonymous," nevertheless, once y...

2018 World Chess Championship: The End

2018 World Chess Championship: The End

GM JonathanTisdall
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Dec 4, 2018

Magnus Carlsen bought himself another two years to work on his admittedly ailing classical game with a devastating, nearly cruel demolition of the undisputed challenger and co-king of slow chess, Fabiano Caruana, winning 3-0 in the rapid tiebreak....

Fabiano Caruana: What Went Wrong?

Fabiano Caruana: What Went Wrong?

GM Gserper
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Dec 3, 2018

The world championship match is over and now it is a part of chess history. Just like any big chess event, it has provided a lot of food for thought. For many chess fans the main takeaway from the match is that something should be changed so we ...

Speed Chess Championship 2018 | Official Information

Speed Chess Championship 2018 | Official Information

News
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Dec 2, 2018

The 2018 Chess.com Speed Chess Championship will feature 16 of the world's best chess players in an innovative eSports bracket tournament and a guaranteed prize pool of $55,000. Congratulations to Hikaru Nakamura, the 2018 Speed Chess Champion. ...