Wesley So Gets His Revenge

Wesley So Gets His Revenge

GM Gserper
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3 days ago

One of the most shocking games in the history of the U.S. chess championship was played in 2015. Can you imagine one of the world's strongest players losing his game in just six moves playing White? This is exactly what happened! I was really pu...

Frank Marshall, Part 5: A Radical Change

Frank Marshall, Part 5: A Radical Change

IM Silman
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4 days ago

Frank Marshall played quite a bit in 1915, but all his games were in the U.S. There were two reasons for this: First, World War I. Second: Marshall opened the Marshall Chess Club in New York! With new responsibilities and an inability to go to E...

Wesley So Teaches Chess

Wesley So Teaches Chess

GM Gserper
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10 days ago

In an old article, I expressed the opinion that some games played by really strong grandmasters shouldn't be studied by inexperienced players. Therefore I suggested to assign chess games ratings similar to movies. The article claimed that acc...

Maxime Vachier-Lagrave: Master Of Trapped Rooks

Maxime Vachier-Lagrave: Master Of Trapped Rooks

GM Gserper
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17 days ago

In the end of October 2000, I played a traditional chess tournament: Cap d'Agde. It was a memorable event for me. First, it is not every day you mingle with such legends as Anatoly Karpov. Also, the way we entered the stage was quite remarkable....

Frank Marshall, Part 3: Capablanca Takes The Stage

Frank Marshall, Part 3: Capablanca Takes The Stage

IM Silman
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18 days ago

What do you do when you've failed to win the world chess championship and, more important, you've realized that the biggest title will never be yours? Well, you play chess of course! Yes, the top players dream of the world championship, but ...

PRO Chess League Semifinals: Meet The Pandas!

PRO Chess League Semifinals: Meet The Pandas!

FM MikeKlein
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20 days ago

Chinese philosophy brought us the concept of "yin and yang." So too does their national treasure, the panda bear. Pandas look soft and cuddly, but as you may also know, they can also be "death-loving oxygen thieves." As for the Chengdu Pandas,...

PRO Chess League Semifinals: Meet The Eagles!

PRO Chess League Semifinals: Meet The Eagles!

FM MikeKlein
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20 days ago

The bald eagle is the official bird of the United States, and this weekend, the Eagles are flying home. By virtue of becoming the Eastern Divisional playoff champions, the Armenia Eagles are soaring to San Francisco for the PRO Chess League's semi...

PRO Chess League Semifinals: Meet The Arch Bishops!

PRO Chess League Semifinals: Meet The Arch Bishops!

FM MikeKlein
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21 days ago

They already span the Mississippi River, and now they're trying to have their championship success cross over into this season. Unlike some of the other teams that qualified for the PRO Chess League's semifinals and finals, many of the Saint Lou...

PRO Chess League Semifinals: Meet The Turtles!

PRO Chess League Semifinals: Meet The Turtles!

FM MikeKlein
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22 days ago

"Can't stop these radical dudes/The secret of the ooze made the chosen few/Emerge from the shadows to make their move/The good guys win and the bad guys lose!" Children of the 80s will immediately recognize the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles' them...

The Unknown Fabiano Caruana

The Unknown Fabiano Caruana

GM Gserper
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24 days ago

The tournament of the year is over and we have a deserved winner. The quality of Fabiano Caruana's games was higher than anyone else's in the Candidates' Tournament and he kept his cool throughout the whole competition. Now we all are waiting fo...

Like a Jewel

Like a Jewel

batgirl
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28 days ago

     Reporting the death of Adolf Anderssen,  on April 12, 1879, "The Saturday Magazine" wrote:  Paul Morphy has a world-wide reputation, and he deserves to have it, because he simply mowed down every one he came ac...

7 Ways Fortnite Is Like Chess

7 Ways Fortnite Is Like Chess

pete
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28 days ago

Fortnite (particularly its Battle Royale mode) has become one of the most popular games in the world, exploding in gaming culture seemingly faster than any video game in recent memory. Even though I am definitely a beginner at chess, I am much m...

You Are Stronger Than Magnus Carlsen!

You Are Stronger Than Magnus Carlsen!

GM Gserper
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Mar 25, 2018

Don't worry, I haven't lost my mind when insist that you are stronger than Magnus Carlsen even if your rating is just 1400. Also, it is not a April Fool's Day joke. It is pure math and logic, so let me explain. If you forgot what transitivity ...

Frank Marshall: The Growth Of A Chess Champion

Frank Marshall: The Growth Of A Chess Champion

IM Silman
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Mar 15, 2018

Let’s talk about Frank Marshall. This man was U.S. Chess Champion from 1909 to 1936. He was a man who beat Emanuel Lasker once and Capablanca twice, a player who feared no one. He won many tournaments against world class competition. He was ...

What's The Most Unbalanced Chess960 Position?

What's The Most Unbalanced Chess960 Position?

FM MikeKlein
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Mar 14, 2018

The recent Chess960 unofficial world championship match between GMs Magnus Carlsen and Hikaru Nakamura created quite a buzz. The early viewership numbers seem to prove that there's pent-up interest from chess fans to see a unique game that tr...

PRO Chess League Finals FAQ

PRO Chess League Finals FAQ

News
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Mar 12, 2018

PCL Finals FAQ WHEN?     WHAT?     WHERE?     WHO?     HOW?     OTHER Q's?    Member: Hey Chess.com, I just read your article and I want to see this myself!...

Chessplayers Have A Different Word For Everything!

Chessplayers Have A Different Word For Everything!

GM Gserper
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Mar 10, 2018

Yes, you've caught me! Whenever I see a checkmate, I cannot help but re-phrase the well-known joke of Steve Martin. You see, Wikipedia has a page about different mating patterns, and it turns out that the checkmates I knew since childhood all have...

What Is The Best Chess Nation?

What Is The Best Chess Nation?

pete
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Mar 7, 2018

What is the strongest chess country in the world? There are many ways to measure the strongest chess nations. By sheer volume, Russia dominates, with 2,559 titled players, including a remarkable 243 grandmasters. In fact, Russia has more grand...