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Don’t Mock The Mockingbird

IM Silman Dec 8, 2016

This week we’re going to look at the games of the Chess.com member Mockingbird2, who is majoring in chemical engineering but thinks he can become a chess master in another two years. At the moment he’s 1900 USCF, 2143 in Chess.com...

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Willa and Edith

batgirl Dec 7, 2016

     Nowadays information lies at our fingertips.  One might even argue that there is such an overflow that the effect is numbing and that the preciousness of the information lowers in an inverse ratio to the quantity.&n...

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Don't Worry About Your Rating

NM danheisman Dec 7, 2016

The rating system is very accurate. That's obviously good... ...but it's also potentially bad. Humans can't help but be affected by perceptions. When players first start rated play, they are often unaware of ratings, but that all quickly ...

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The Perfect Opening For The Lazy Student

GM Ginger_GM Dec 6, 2016

During the last five years or so, most of the time that I have spent on chess has been devoted to creating things that have helped other players improve: videos, books, articles, courses and whatever else comes along. Undertaking this direc...

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When A Chess Pattern Backfires

GM Gserper Dec 4, 2016

Everyone agrees that knowledge of typical chess patterns is one of the main requirements for a chess player to become really strong. In our weekly column, we regularly analyze typical positional and tactical patterns. But imagine a position&n...

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Key Moments In Time: Lasker’s Last Stand

IM Silman Dec 1, 2016

Most of us know that the legendary Emanuel Lasker was a philosopher and a world class mathematician — he earned his doctorate in math in 1902 and published a theorem which, even today, is critically important for the ins and outs of alg...

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The World Championship Deja Vu

GM Gserper Nov 27, 2016

[Note: GM Serper reflects on the first half of the 2016 world chess championship.] At the time of this writing, the first part of the world championship match is over, and the score is still even: 3-3. Nobody would have predicted six s...

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Every Game Analyzed: Carlsen-Karjakin World Championshi...

pete Nov 23, 2016

Chess players of every level are interested in analyzing the world championship games from the Carlsen-Karjakin match, and every chess player can learn from it. IM Daniel Rensch analyzes every game between Carlsen and Karjakin, free for all memb...



batgirl Nov 23, 2016

CAÏSSA'S  BATTLEFIELD       Chess at its purest is a totally abstract game that requires nothing but one's mind.       While the accoutrements of the game are unnecessary, th...

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The 7 Most Shocking World Championship Blunders

NM SamCopeland Nov 22, 2016

Is 51.Qe6? from Magnus Carlsen in game 8 one of the worst blunders in world championship history? Well... probably not  After all, Sergey Karjakin did need to find the incredible only-move 51...h5! to win the game. However, the world champi...

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Carlsen vs Karjakin: 2016 World Chess Championship Game...

News Nov 17, 2016

Here you will find all the 2016 World Chess Championship games between Magnus Carlsen and Sergey Karjakin. The games have been analyzed by Grandmaster Robert Hess and we have included a link to our master video guide on the event, which includes&n...

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Learning An Opening: To Memorize Or Understand?

IM Silman Nov 17, 2016

Dave asked for my opinion on a line in the Two Knight’s Defense. He wrote: 1.e4 e5 2.Nf3 Nc6 3.Bc4 Nf6 4.Ng5 d5 5.exd5 Na5 6.Bb5+ c6 7.dxc6 bxc6 8.Be2 h6 9.Nf3 e4 10.Ne5 Bc5. Here there are a few moves to play. The move I’m look...

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Who Are The Top 5 World Champions?

pete Nov 15, 2016

Magnus Carlsen and Sergey Karjakin are now battling each other in New York for the world chess championship. While Carlsen is the heavy favorite to retain his title, neither player has been able to break through with a win in the first t...

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How To Learn From Your Defeats Like Karpov

GM Gserper Nov 13, 2016

Anatoly Karpov's book of selected games is one of my all-time favorites. It was a part of the famous Soviet "Black Series" about the world's best chess players. Being one of my first chess books, it seriously affected my chess style for years to c...

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Tales Of Bishops And Knights

IM Silman Nov 10, 2016

clement41 wrote:  My question for you deals with the concept of “accountancy” of tempi; let me make myself clearer: in many instances one side has the opportunity to trade pieces (typically minors) with an imbalance; not only ca...

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A Gift of State

batgirl Nov 9, 2016

   In August of 1974 Richard Milhous Nixon became the first and only U.S. president to resign from office. But during his presidency - May 22 -30, 1972 - he made a historic trip to the Soviet Union.    The History Channel s...

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2016 World Championship Video Guide

jdcannon Nov 8, 2016

The 2016 world championship between current champion GM Magnus Carlsen and challenger GM Sergey Karjakin is the biggest event of the year. The 12 games played in New York will decide who is the grandest grandmaster, and this guide serves as your...

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Carlsen-Karjakin: Hammer's Preview

GM SultanOfKings Nov 8, 2016

When it comes to Magnus Carlsen, I’m not a neutral observer. I’ve known him since we both were 10. We went to the same high school, and I was a helper for him during the first two world championship matches. He has crushed me over the ...

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Carlsen vs Karjakin: The Final Countdown

GM Gserper Nov 6, 2016

The most awaited chess event of the year is right in front of us, and there is definitely no lack of forecasts. Both professional players and amateurs have their opinions about the coming world championship match. Of course, we have...

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Blunders That Give Us Hidden Gold

IM Silman Nov 3, 2016

The Chess.com member QueensConquerer wants to know what I think about his game. JS: I’m going to be honest. This game is a total mess, with one blunder following another (from both sides). However, blunder-games are what I get from the vas...

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USCL 2013

TigerChess Nov 1, 2016

Another year brings another season of the United States Chess League. Per usual, a star-studded cast full of America's strongest competition make up the entire playing field. Of course, with this talented a pool, we're immediately treated to some ...


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