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How To Discover An Opening Novelty

GM Gserper 4 days ago

These days, when opening theory grows exponentially, it is very difficult to come up with an opening novelty. The new move you are considering was either already played by someone, analyzed in some publication or already stored in somebody's com...

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How To Learn Chess Patterns

IM Silman 6 days ago

The Chess.com member Kurniadigautama said: “I am currently trying to improve my understanding of positional play. The engine told Black to castle kingside while White is threatening to double take on c6. If White does take after Black cast...

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Passive vs Basic Hope Chess

NM danheisman 7 days ago

There are many things for which you can "hope" when playing chess: for example, you can hope that your opponent doesn't see that your move was a blunder and fails to exploit it; you can hope that your opponent doesn't see your threat and will let ...

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Why Is This Olympic Sport Called 'Chess On Ice'?

pete 8 days ago

Curling, one of the 15 sports of the 2018 winter Olympics, is in the spotlight this week as millions of viewers worldwide tune in to watch the icy game of strategy and dexterity. Curling has been called "chess on ice," and the comparison is a go...

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How To Trick Your Opponent

GM Gserper 10 days ago

People love magic tricks! Yes, we know that the magicians trick us and they don't really saw women in half, and yet we cannot help but admire the miracle that happens right in front of our eyes. Now tell me, when was the last time you saw ches...

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What's Inside AlphaZero's Chess Brain?

Mel_OCinneide 14 days ago

In the first part of this article I described how AlphaZero calculates variations. In this part I’ll cover how it learns, by itself, to play chess. I’ll have to gloss over some details, but hopefully there’s enough to give...

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Top 10 Reasons To Watch PRO Chess League Wednesday

FM MikeKlein 15 days ago

Talk show host David Letterman made the "Top 10 List" famous but now that he's retired, Chess.com is bringing it back! Why now? There will be a world top-10 player competing during every hour of tomorrow's PRO Chess League round five, so it...

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You vs Magnus Carlsen

GM Gserper 18 days ago

Last week, one of my students, whose USCF rating is around 1000, asked me: "What will my rating be if I beat Magnus Carlsen 8-2?" Don't laugh, the kid is just 10 years old and he was not going to do it in 30 days. Besides, he has a predeces...

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Who Was Henry Ernest Atkins?

IM Silman 20 days ago

As everyone knows, all professional sportsmen have to stay sharp or their fitness and skills will quickly decay. In chess, a few months away from the game is enough to leave you out of sync. So it’s hard for me to understand how Henry Ern...

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Who Would Win A Real PRO Chess League Fight?

pete 22 days ago

The PRO Chess League kicks off an exciting week three today, as Magnus Carlsen, Fabiano Caruana, and more of the world's best players will do battle on the chessboard.  You can watch the actual competition live and on demand at Twitch....

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@chessbot - The Chess.com Bot for Slack

News 22 days ago

If you use Slack and have a Chess.com account, you can now easily connect them and get some cool functionality inside of Slack! Head on over to Slack and check out our new @chessbot.  The best way to get started is to hit @chessbot help a...

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Carlsen, Caruana Headline PRO Chess Week 3

PROChessLeague 22 days ago

World Champion Magnus Carlsen is back to star in week three of the Pro Chess League. Be sure to watch all the action this Wednesday, starting at 8 a.m. Pacific, on Twitch.com/prochessleague. Carlsen's Norway Gnomes face off against t...

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Do As The Chess Super Grandmasters Do!

GM Gserper 25 days ago

Some time ago my friend complained about his stock market misfortune: "Whenever I buy a stock it immediately starts going down! Greg, it almost feels like somebody is watching me. The stock could go straight up for years, but once I buy it, i...

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Pay Attention: The Art Of Looking At Your Opponent

IM Silman 27 days ago

In April 2016 I wrote an article called "Dancing With Yourself." After looking at a lot of amateur games (on Chess.com and also in tournaments)—and at those by titled players—I see (sadly) that most people are still dancing with them...

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Nakamura Headlines PRO Chess League Round 2

PROChessLeague 28 days ago

As the Professional Rapid Online (PRO) Chess League heads to its second week of matchups, we have already seen some of the top players in the world put up monster performances. This Thursday, Hikaru Nakamura will be making his deb...

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Magnus Carlsen's Biggest Secret

GM Gserper Jan 21, 2018

Magnus Carlsen is a genius. I doubt that many people would argue about this well-established fact. It is a totally different question why we call him a genius. Is it because he is the world champion? I don't think so. Max Euwe was the world cha...

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My Favorite U.S. Chess Magazines, Part 3

IM Silman Jan 19, 2018

CHESS REVIEW Chess Review (from 1933 to late 1969) was without any doubt the best American chess magazine until, in 1961, it ran into a remarkably improved Chess Life. Both tried to beat the other (interest exploded due to the advent of Tal and,...

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The Fake News Awards For Chess

pete Jan 17, 2018

The concept of "fake news" is itself in the news recently. While most of the fake news discussed these days is about politics, there is plenty of fake news in our favorite game. Stronger players should be able to easily debunk false chess stat...

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How To Quickly Gain Rating Points

GM Gserper Jan 14, 2018

In one of my recent articles, I asked readers to share their goals for 2018. Despite my explicit warning that the goal of gaining rating points can be counterproductive, this is exactly what majority of our members wish. Well, your wish is ...

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Arena Kings Archive

NM SamCopeland Jan 12, 2018

The Arena Kings Cash Tournament is Chess.com's weekly two-hour, 3|0 blitz arena tournament, open to all, with $500 in weekly cash prizes only for streamers.  Join the Arena Kings tournament each Wednesday (Thursdays when conflicting with th...

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My Favorite U.S. Chess Magazines, Part 2

IM Silman Jan 12, 2018

CHESS LIFE Chess Life, of course, has had its good times and bad times; the late 1970s brought about a cut in the page-count while the Fischer drop in membership forced austerity, including removing many columnists. It never came close to its gl...


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