Vladimir Kramnik Interview: 'I'm Not Afraid To Lose'

Vladimir Kramnik Interview: 'I'm Not Afraid To Lose'

DavidC2
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2 hrs ago

The 14th world chess champion Vladimir Kramnik reflects on his remarkable career, telling David Cox about his championship battles with Garry Kasparov, Peter Leko, Veselin Topalov and Vishy Anand, and why Kramnik finally ran out of motivation for ...

Magnus Carlsen's Amazing Pawn Sacrifices

Magnus Carlsen's Amazing Pawn Sacrifices

GM Gserper
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2 days ago

There is a well-known chess joke (or maybe not even a joke!) that it is much more difficult to sacrifice a pawn than a queen. Indeed, in most queen sacrifices you get huge dividends right away, since it is difficult to imagine a player sacrifici...

Learning Pawn Structure For Chess Players Under 2000

Learning Pawn Structure For Chess Players Under 2000

IM Silman
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7 days ago

What is pawn structure? From my online glossary, I define it as “the positioning of the whole pawn mass. Also referred to as the pawn skeleton. This positioning of the pawns is what usually dictates the types of plans available in a given ...

Coach Of The Month: IM Mateusz Bobula

Coach Of The Month: IM Mateusz Bobula

IsaacSteincamp
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4 days ago

IM Mateusz Bobula is one of the new coaches on Chess.com. His streams at www.Twitch.tv/matbobula emphasize opening theory and break down critical opening and middlegame structures during and after his games, many that he has pl...

Do You Want To Be The No. 1 Chess Player In The World?

Do You Want To Be The No. 1 Chess Player In The World?

GM Gserper
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10 days ago

If you are a club player rated around 2000 USCF, then you are probably laughing at the question in the headline. You are probably thinking: "Yes, I would love to be world number-one, but what are my chances to push my rating above Magnus Carlsen?&...

Living Chess - The Golden Age

Living Chess - The Golden Age

batgirl
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15 days ago

[cover image from Through the Looking-Glass and What Alice Found There  by Lewis Carroll;  illustrated by Peter Newell,  1902 ] ___________________________________________________________________________________________________...

Play The Live Chess World League Season 4

Play The Live Chess World League Season 4

LCWL
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11 days ago

EDIT: Entries for Season 4 are now closed. Check out the fixtures and rules for Season 4 here. Want to represent your homeland in the "Olympics" of chess? The Live Chess World League will soon begin season four on Chess.com with do...

Caruana's Fireworks In The Petrov Defense

Caruana's Fireworks In The Petrov Defense

GM Gserper
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17 days ago

The Petrov Defense is one of the most hated openings in chess. Probably only the Ruy Lopez Berlin Defense is hated more by chess fans. Both openings are the weapons of choice in many super tournaments where the main goal of many participants playi...

Learning Basic Pawn Structures

Learning Basic Pawn Structures

IM Silman
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27 days ago

What is pawn structure? From my online glossary, I define it as "the positioning of the whole pawn mass. Also referred to as the pawn skeleton. This positioning of the pawns is what usually dictates the types of plans available in a given ...

My Kingdom For A Chess Horse

My Kingdom For A Chess Horse

GM Gserper
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Jun 17, 2019

I learned the phrase "a horse, a horse, my kingdom for a horse" in school when I studied Richard III by William Shakespeare. These days, people use this expression when they want to underline the importance of something. There is a story about a...

New Mastery Course: Using Time In Chess

New Mastery Course: Using Time In Chess

NM SamCopeland
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Jun 15, 2019

Do you find that you sometimes miss opportunities to punish your opponent when leading in development? This week we are proud to release our new Mastery course, Using Time In Chess by GM Simon Williams.  GM Williams shows you ho...

New Feature: Top Chess Players

New Feature: Top Chess Players

davidkaufmann
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Jun 12, 2019

This year, Chess.com has been working on new resources to help you connect with the chess community. Our latest project, Top Chess Players, is now in alpha mode, and you can start learning about your favorite players and giving us feedback. ...

Do You Speak The Language Of Chess?

Do You Speak The Language Of Chess?

GM Gserper
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Jun 11, 2019

Most chess players are bilingual. Besides their mother tongue, they also speak the language of chess. Don't tell me that you have no idea what I am talking about. If you have been playing chess for a long time you can hear how chess pieces talk ...

How To Win With The Longest Move In Chess

How To Win With The Longest Move In Chess

ArnieChipmunk
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Jun 7, 2019

One of the most promising Dutch junior players of the early 1970s was Roy Dieks from Amsterdam. In the final of the 1972 European Youth Championship, held in Groningen, The Netherlands, Dieks played a crucial game against Tony Miles (who would lat...

Should You Play Openings Like Magnus Carlsen?

Should You Play Openings Like Magnus Carlsen?

GM Gserper
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Jun 4, 2019

"What a stupid question!" I bet this is the natural reaction of many readers once they see the title of this article. Indeed it is a dream of any chess fan to play like Magnus Carlsen.  OK, let me rephrase the original question: Should ...

Do We Still Need Classical Chess?

Do We Still Need Classical Chess?

GM Gserper
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16 days ago

The classical format of our beloved game is under attack. People are complaining about boring games that lead to an abundance of draws in super-GM tournaments. They are trying to change everything: the scoring system (three points for a win, one...

Chopping Down Goliath

Chopping Down Goliath

IM Silman
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Jun 2, 2019

In general, when a very strong player faces a lesser one, the result is usually easy to guess. However, once in a while the “victim” turns the tables and devours the giant. In this article I will give you six games where the little fis...

Chess Games That Make Us Cry

Chess Games That Make Us Cry

GM Gserper
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May 27, 2019

I doubt that there is a chess player who never cried after losing a game. We all did it at some point. Why do chess players cry? Usually it is not the loss itself that upsets us the most; it is the sense of injustice and failed expectations. A...

How To Be a Good Sport in Online Chess

How To Be a Good Sport in Online Chess

CHESScom
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May 28, 2019

Every day, thousands of chess lovers from all over the world use Chess.com to connect - playing, learning and sharing our favourite game. The chessboard has incredible power to erase differences of language, culture, and age; that's a huge part of...

How To Play A King Hunt

How To Play A King Hunt

GM Gserper
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May 20, 2019

We all love our ancient game for its beauty and inner logic, but have you thought about what attracts you most to chess? Some people would swear that there is nothing better than Jose Capablanca's positional masterpieces or one of Magnus Carlsen's...

Improve your Tactics with Puzzles!

Improve your Tactics with Puzzles!

CHESScom
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Jun 14, 2019

Tactics are short term opportunities to gain material, checkmate the enemy king, or force a draw in an otherwise lost game. Most chess games are decided based on tactics, so it is vital  to recognize common tactical patterns in your...