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My Favorite U.S. Chess Magazines, Part 3

IM Silman 21 hrs ago

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 3 days ago

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 6 days ago

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 8 days ago

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 at 12 p.m. Pacific Time in Chess.co...

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My Favorite U.S. Chess Magazines, Part 2

IM Silman 8 days ago

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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The Julien Levy Gallery

batgirl 10 days ago

       Chess as Art had been debated over and over.  Whether or not the Chess is Art, there does seems to be some affinity between the two disciplines.  Marcel Duchamp, a devotee to both, explained that it was the c...

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What If Chess Pieces Were Cryptocurrencies?

pete 10 days ago

Cryptocurrency mania is surely upon us. Interest in these digital assets has soared like great blooming tulips, and prices have grown even higher. You can't turn on CNBC for more than a few minutes without seeing someone talking excitedly about ...

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How To Make Lucky Blunders

GM Gserper 13 days ago

For most club players, blunders are a very big problem. They can ruin a game or even a whole tournament! Besides, they prevent a chess player from getting better results and a higher rating. That's why some time ago I wrote a six-part arti...

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My Favorite U.S. Chess Magazines: Part 1

IM Silman 15 days ago

CHESS LIFE AND REVIEW I was recently thinking about the best U.S. chess magazines ever. There were quite a lot. Two favorites are Joel Benjamin’s magazine, Chess Chow (1991 to 1994), which was hilarious, and Inside Chess, Yasser Seirawan&r...

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Guseinov Wins Year's 1st Titled Tuesday

NM SamCopeland 17 days ago

Evidently, many titled players resolved to play more Titled Tuesdays in 2018! With 259 entrants, this month's Titled Tuesday was easily the largest yet. With an impressive 9/10, GM Gadir Guseinov was clear first. I recently read GM Judit ...

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5 Ways To Get Better At Chess in 2018

pete 17 days ago

Too many times, people don’t try their best. They don’t have the keen spirit; the winning spirit. And once you make it you’ve got to guard your reputation—every day go in like an unknown to prove yourself. That’s why ...

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What Are Your Chess Goals For 2018?

GM Gserper 20 days ago

It is New Year's Eve and millions of people are making their New Year's resolutions. The top two resolutions traditionally have something to do with weight loss and achieving certain financial goals. Nevertheless, I am pretty sure that ches...

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Will Carlsen-Nakamura 2 Be Better Than The Original?

FM MikeKlein 22 days ago

This season's Speed Chess Championship finals on January 3 will go the way of last year's Grandmaster Blitz Battle ending: GM Magnus Carlsen vs. GM Hikaru Nakamura. For many, seeing these two duel again is the most cinematic matchup. Last t...

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Beware Of Undefended Pieces

IM Silman 23 days ago

There is nothing wrong with your chessboard. Do not attempt to adjust the pieces. I am controlling the moves. If you wish to speak, I will bring up the volume. If you wish to mutter that all of this is insanity, I will tune it to a whisper. I w...

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Why You Should Never Resign

GM Gserper 27 days ago

Despite severe criticism for a very high number of draws, the London Chess Classic was an interesting event followed by chess players around the world. After the first three rounds where every single game was drawn, many people, including the s...

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The Top 10 Chess News Stories Of 2017

FM MikeKlein 29 days ago

Whew. Let's all sit down and breathe for a minute. It's been an exciting, and tumultuous year. 2017. How did it go so fast? For both Chess.com directors of content, Peter Doggers and this writer, it flew by largely from the window seat, as b...

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Daily Chess Puzzle App for Slack

News 29 days ago

Do you use Slack, the team messaging / collaboration tool? If so, get the Daily Chess Puzzle App and have the Chess.com Daily Puzzle posted right to the Slack channel of your choice!  Every day the puzzle will automatically post and your te...

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Efim Geller vs Bobby Fischer

IM Silman 30 days ago

In my article “Efim Geller, Killer on the Chessboard,” I discussed Geller’s pioneering work with the King’s Indian Defense. (Mikhail Botvinnik said, “Before Geller we did not understand the King’s Indian Defense...

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The 7 Best Holiday Songs To Play During Chess

pete Dec 20, 2017

Listening to music while playing online chess is natural, and may even improve your play. If it's good enough for the world's top players, it's good enough for you. Hikaru Nakamura bobs his head to AFI and The Offspring during his Speed Chess Ch...

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The Top 10 Chess Games Of 2017

FM LuisFSiles Dec 19, 2017

This has been a very intense year chess-wise, with very high-quality games and really exciting tournaments. It is not easy to make a selection of the best games. The problem with this sort of article is that there's always someone who thinks that ...

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How Does AlphaZero Play Chess?

Mel_OCinneide Dec 19, 2017

By now you've heard about the new kid on the chess-engine block, AlphaZero, and its crushing match win vs Stockfish, the strongest open-source chess engine. The reactions from the chess community to this match ranged from admiration to utter dis...

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AlphaZero: Its Great Predecessors

GM Gserper Dec 17, 2017

Garry Kasparov's book My Great Predecessors is one of the best ever written about chess. If I had to take just one chess book with me on a proverbial desert island, that would be my pick. Well, actually I would take all five volumes of the book....


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