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The Top 3 Chess Insults

GM Gserper 3 days ago

The 2017 World Cup is one of the most important events of the year and a real feast for the true chess enthusiast. It is even covered by the mainstream media, which usually ignores chess. Unfortunately the media got interested in chess for the wro...

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Noticing Change Or Opportunity On The Chessboard

IM Silman 5 days ago

At the beginning of a game the professional chess player understands the ins and outs of the opening he plays which, of course, has been deeply studied. He knows where his pieces should be, he is well-versed about the pawn structure’s needs,...

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Chess.com Announces Computer Chess Championship

pete 6 days ago

The world's strongest computer engines will compete in a first-of-its-kind speed chess tournament on Chess.com this November, the site announced today. As computer engines have claimed the undisputed title as the best chess-playing entities on e...

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ChessKid.com: Making Chess More Fun With GIFs

ChessKid 7 days ago

Chess is so much more than simple squares, pieces, letters and numbers. But it certainly helps the learning process when you bring the game to life! Below are some of the animated GIFs that ChessKid uses in videos that teach kids how to play and...

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The Youngest Chess Stars

GM Gserper 10 days ago

The news about the four-year old Misha Osipov beating a grandmaster spread the world like wildfire. It must be a new record by a wide margin. Many people think that little Misha is going to be the world champion one day for sure. Photo: Che...

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3 Of Emanuel Lasker's Greatest Hits

IM Silman 13 days ago

I’m back with three more of my favorite Emanuel Lasker games. Remember that they might or might not be his best games. All that matters is that they are games that affected me over the years. Though Lasker was one of the greatest tactician...

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The Beautifully Useless Chess Piece

GM Gserper 17 days ago

Strong and weak squares are a cornerstone of chess strategy. The definition of a weak square is very simple: it is any square that cannot be defended by a pawn. Usually such a weak square in our opponent's camp is the ideal place to put our pieces...

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40 Percent Off ChessKid Memberships, One Month Only!

ChessKid 18 days ago

You've bought your kids extra pencils, notebooks, and brand new shoes. What's left for your back-to-school shopping? Hint: It's something you can't even put in a backpack. A shiny gold membership to unlock all the fun and training tools of Chess...

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World Cup Bracketology

IM djgwards 19 days ago

The best players in the world, sweat dripping down their faces. Win or go home. Big money on the line. One shot at glory. Pawn sacrifices. No, this is not your traditional sporting event. This is the Chess World Cup 2017. In the 128-perso...

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Havana '66

batgirl 20 days ago

     Fulgencio Batista, president of Cuba during WWII and again from 1952-1959, backed by the US government as well as by organized crime, enriched himself at the expense of his citizenry. One of his methods of enrichment was to e...

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Why Was Kasparov Deep Thinking?

GM Gserper 24 days ago

Challenge yourselves and you will challenge the world. —Garry Kasparov, "Deep Thinking" In last week's article we stated the obvious fact that the Saint Louis Rapid and Blitz tournament was effectively ruined for Kasparov by his ext...

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The King’s Indian Defense: Too Hot For You?

IM Silman 26 days ago

IvnKaramazov: I feel like one of my recent games demonstrates my problem quite well. I thought I was gaining a positional advantage and at first glance it seems so: by move 15 I had a bishop pair and an outposted knight (which couldn’t be ...

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Kasparov: What Went Wrong?

GM Gserper Aug 20, 2017

The St. Louis rapid and blitz tournament was definitely the most anticipated chess event of the year. Even people who remember chess only when they see a puzzle in the Sunday column of their local newspaper were intrigued. Indeed, the retur...

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Reader Questions, Gripes, And Advice

IM Silman Aug 17, 2017

I used to do a lot of reader question columns but, for some reason, I haven’t done it in a long time. Why, I don’t know. However, I’m finally in the mood to discuss some of the Chess.com members' thoughts. THE MAN WHO CAN&rsquo...

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The Forums

batgirl Aug 16, 2017

     When I first came to chess.com, it was to avail myself of its wonderful blogging tools and its chess-centric community.  After 6 years of blogging, I chose to devote my time instead to the generally more involved pu...

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The Man Who Built The Chess Machine

jimmysoni Aug 16, 2017

By Rob Goodman and Jimmy Soni If anyone has a claim to be considered the founder of the information age, Claude Shannon does. In his groundbreaking work at the intersections of mathematics, engineering, and computer science, Shannon (1916-2001) ...

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Do You Know How To Promote A Pawn?

GM Gserper Aug 13, 2017

The question in the title of the article might surprise you. Indeed, what can be easier than pushing your pawn to the back rank and choosing a piece you want it to become? In reality, there are more problems arising from a pawn promotion than...

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Emanuel Lasker's Greatest Hits

IM Silman Aug 10, 2017

Everyone has a favorite chess player. People like players that are still alive, like Magnus Carlsen, Garry Kasparov, etc. Or players that are no longer with us, like Bobby Fischer and Mikhail Tal or, going way back, Paul Morphy. My favorite acti...

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How Many Moves Can You See Ahead?

louisathomas Aug 9, 2017

I recently told a friend that I had been playing a lot of chess. “How good are you?” she asked. I brightened, interpreting the question as an invitation for a game. “No, I don’t play,” she waved me off. “I&rsq...

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Should We Trust Computers?

GM Gserper Aug 6, 2017

The question whether to trust computers might sound pointless since we really have no choice in the modern world. Think about it: if a computer of one of the nuclear superpowers goes berserk, then it can potentially end humankind as we know it. Si...

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Beat Your Opponent By Retreating!

IM Silman Aug 4, 2017

In general, amateur chess players do their best to push their pieces forward and attack. However, sometimes they think they have to retreat due to the opponent threatening something or starting to take over the game (I said “think” bec...


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