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9 Amazing Underpromotions

GM Gserper 2 days ago

When a pawn reaches the last rank it creates one of the biggest miracles of the game of chess. In such a situation the weakest chess piece can instantly become the strongest one! While in the majority of such cases, chess players indeed promote a ...

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I Have No Idea How I Won

IM Silman 5 days ago

The Chess.com member ostria wrote: I wonder if you would take a look at one of my games. I won, but the thing is I have no idea how! I made simple moves through the game and I am sure we both made many mistakes, but what was my opponent’s...

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How To Fight 2 Queens

GM Gserper 9 days ago

I noticed that when I teach the rules of chess to kids, almost nothing excites them more than a pawn promotion. I can see sparkles in the kids' eyes and have to answer the unavoidable question: "So, I can have two queens at the same time?" Of co...

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Passionate About Squares: Oddities

IM Silman 12 days ago

In this article we’ll take a look at "deep squares" (6th, 7th, and even the 8th!). So far we’ve used knights as the conqueror of squares, and most of the games will indeed highlight knights. However, this time I’ll also give exam...

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batgirl 13 days ago

Johannes Jacobus van Oosterom       Joop van Oosterom, the Dutch business and chess maecenas, died in October of 2016.      The Association Max Euwe of Monaco, which Oosterom, along with his hi...

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An Open Letter To Save The Internet

erik 13 days ago

Dear United States Federal Communications Commission staff members and congresspeople, I’m writing to you, good people of the FCC, fine senators, and upstanding representatives, to ask you to please reconsider your plans to remove Title II...

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Bronstein's Recipe For Attacks

GM Gserper 16 days ago

Most of the classical attacking games have a similar scenario: the winner brings his pieces close to the opponent's king and then sacrifices something to deliver a winning combination. But what can you do if your pieces are far away from your oppo...

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The World Computer Championships: A History

DavidLevyLondon 18 days ago

[Editor's note: David Levy is the president of the International Computer Games Association.]  The history of chess programs competing in tournaments is exactly 50 years old. In February 1967 the program MacHack VI, developed at MIT pr...

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When Chess Legends Play Against Their Own Openings

GM Gserper 23 days ago

There are many openings in chess that were named after chess players who invented or make them popular. But what happens when such a chess player is forced to play against his own opening? How does it feel to fight your own brainchild? It is d...

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What I Learned From My 1st Chess Tournament

louisathomas 26 days ago

I prepared for my first chess tournament for weeks. Every night, I played a rapid game -- and then studied it, reviewing my moves to see where I missed a tactic, where I anticipated the wrong move, where I could have pressed for better advantage...

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I’m Still Passionate About Squares

IM Silman 26 days ago

In my first "Passionate About Squares" article I demonstrated how important it is to create weak squares in the enemy camp (often referred to as “holes”). In many cases putting one’s pieces (knights in particular) on these hol...

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Advance to Ventnor III

batgirl 26 days ago

1943 The 1943 tournament was held from July 5th - July 11      Anthony Santasiere and Pfc. George Shainswift shared the $50 first prize award.  Santasiere, who espoused Romanticism, played defensi...

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The Lonely Bishop Checkmate

GM Gserper Jun 25, 2017

In my recent article, "The Lonely Knight Checkmate," I discussed a very uncommon situation where a checkmate is delivered by a knight and the winner has no other pieces on the board besides pawns. Such situations are indeed so rare that all t...

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I’m Passionate About Squares

IM Silman Jun 22, 2017

Many chess players have a limited understanding of the game. They think it’s all about mating the enemy king. They think it’s all about tactics and attack. They think it’s about creating threats. Of course, all these things are i...

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The Lonely Knight Checkmate

GM Gserper Jun 18, 2017

After my very first lesson at the chess club of the Pioneer Palace, our coach gave us a simple checkmate-in-three-moves puzzle. Immediately our most advanced players started shouting that it is an absolutely impossible task. Some 40 years later ...

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The Fun Of Pros And Cons (Again)

NM danheisman Jun 15, 2017

Many years ago I wrote a Novice Nook column, "The Fun of Pros and Cons." This column was directed at the many players who play way too fast in long time-control games. The column and its sequel "Chess is Decisions" have proven very helpful as refe...

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Advance to Ventnor II

batgirl Jun 14, 2017

1941 The 1941 Ventnor City Invitational took place on the Municipal Pier from July 5-13.      Of those initially invited, Jack Collins, Harry Morris and Olaf Uvestad couldn't accept and were replace...

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Mamedyarov's Secret For Classic, Modern Chess

GM Gserper Jun 14, 2017

When I read the recent news that the Azerbaijani GM Shakhriyar Mamedyarov crossed the magic 2800 mark, I wasn't surprised. Well, actually I was surprised that it didn't happen many years ago. You see, while it is difficult for me to tell wh...

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America's Got Talent: 8 Kids Crowned National Champions

IM dpruess Jun 12, 2017

From June 2-4, 42 of the most talented chess kids in the U.S. competed in the ChessKid Online National Invitational Championship (CONIC), held for the sixth consecutive year on Chess.com. The purpose of this event is to allow the young talents the...

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The Day They Killed Magnus Carlsen's Dream

KajaMSnare Jun 11, 2017

The clock now shows 12:18 am where I am sitting in Oslo. 19 minutes past a devastating day. I just got home from a very eventful day at work, and my initial plan was to pour a glass of wine and finish off the second article in this column. It la...

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More Of Bisguier's Greatest Hits

IM Silman Jun 9, 2017

Grandmaster Arthur Bisguier was born in 1929 and he died in April 2017. The purpose of this two-part series is to let you enjoy the attacking genius of one of America’s most talented players (you can find part one here). My goal is to put ...

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Celebrity Chess: Hutch vs Urschel

pete Jun 7, 2017

UPDATE: The event has been moved to Wednesday, July 5 at 3 p.m. Pacific (6 p.m. Eastern.) The fast-growing world of eSports streaming meets professional football as the popular Twitch streamer "Hutch" will face the Baltimore Ravens guard John...

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Follow Hikaru Nakamura's Advice

GM Gserper Jun 4, 2017

As the saying goes, a talented person is talented in everything. Therefore I wasn't really surprised when I saw Hikaru Nakamura's tweet about making a killing in the stock market. $LULU with the big miss as my puts go deep into the mone...

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Bisguier's Greatest Hits

IM Silman Jun 1, 2017

Though I played the late, great grandmaster Arthur Bisguier in Canada a long time ago (he beat me), I didn’t really know the man. Photo courtesy US Chess. However, knowing a man is one thing, but knowing his chess is quite another! Thoug...


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