Do You Know The World Champions' Games?

Do You Know The World Champions' Games?

GM Gserper
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Apr 9, 2017

There are many different ways to improve your chess, but few of them can compete with the time-proven method of studying games played by great chess players.   Indeed, this way you learn all the elements of chess from opening to endgam...

Test Your Chess Patterns And Concepts

Test Your Chess Patterns And Concepts

IM Silman
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Apr 6, 2017

Amateur chess is often a back-and-forth, muddy, and even stormy adventure where a position’s assessment changes from move to move. However, it doesn’t have to be that way. The “trick” is to learn as many basic patterns (...

Can You Solve These 5 'Easy' Retrograde Puzzles?

Can You Solve These 5 'Easy' Retrograde Puzzles?

FM MikeKlein
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Apr 5, 2017

Earlier this year, Chess.com included a brief mention of the death of renowned logician Raymond Smullyan, who often used chess as the medium for his puzzle creations. He was quite the chessic sorcerer -- even his picture above makes him look like ...

Can Chess Players Learn From Poker?

Can Chess Players Learn From Poker?

GM Gserper
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Apr 2, 2017

Chess and poker are frequently compared as both games are based on strategic thinking and decision making. I know many professional and semi-professional chess players who've completely abandoned chess in favor of poker. At some point ...

How Can I Get Fans On Chess.com?

How Can I Get Fans On Chess.com?

IM DanielRensch
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Mar 29, 2017

My mother used to tell me that being embarrassed is just realizing that other people like you more in that moment than you like yourself. Yep. She was nuts Her crazy ideas aside  we can all admit it's nice to be loved and appreciated ...

Santasiere's Thoughts and Remembrances

Santasiere's Thoughts and Remembrances

batgirl
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Mar 29, 2017

     While wanting to write an introduction, putting my thoughts on the topic into words has proven to be a most difficult undertaking.   Although I predominantly scour books, newspapers and periodicals for the bulk...

The Match Of The 21st Century

The Match Of The 21st Century

GM Gserper
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Mar 26, 2017

When chess players say "match of the century," usually they refer to the famous match between the USSR and the "rest of the world" that took place in Belgrade in 1970. In reality, many famous chess competitions (mostly world championship matc...

Oddities In The Classic Bishop Sacrifice

Oddities In The Classic Bishop Sacrifice

IM Silman
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Mar 23, 2017

Every chess player knows about the classic bishop sacrifice. And everyone wants to smash that light-squared bishop into h7, drag the screaming-in-terror enemy king from its pawn cover, and execute it as its army helplessly watches.In general, t...

The Most Foolish Opening Mistake

The Most Foolish Opening Mistake

GM Gserper
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Mar 19, 2017

I bet that some of you, my dear readers, think that I am going to talk about "Fool's Mate" or "Scholar's Mate." Indeed, there is no way to get checkmated faster than Fool's Mate: And there is no more popular beginner's opening than Schola...

PRO Chess League Top Performers

PRO Chess League Top Performers

IM dpruess
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Mar 16, 2017

Here we try to keep track of some of the best performances of the 2017 season of the PRO Chess League. Points Scored # Name Team Pts 1 Meier, Georg Stockholm Snowballs 29.5 2 So, Wesley Saint Louis Archbishops 26...

Anatoly Karpov's Best Game Prizes

Anatoly Karpov's Best Game Prizes

IM Silman
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Mar 16, 2017

My last two articles were about the best game prizes for Mikhail Tal (who won the most prizes — 15) and Rashid Nezhmetdinov, who came in tied for 3rd and 4th with Anatoly Karpov (10 prizes; Garry Kasparov came in second with 12). ...

Santasiere's Folly

Santasiere's Folly

batgirl
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Mar 15, 2017

  Anthony Edward Santasiere - This name evokes images of the New York chess scene during the 1920, 30s and 40s:  Frank Marshall, Edward Lasker, Albert Pinkus, Fred Reinfeld, Sammy Reshevsky, Abe Kupchik, Isaac Kashdan, I.A. Horowit...

How Chess is Like... [FILL IN THE BLANK]

How Chess is Like... [FILL IN THE BLANK]

erik
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Mar 14, 2017

Chess is many things. A game. An art. A hobby. A science. A sport? But it is also a metaphor that is used in the media to tap into the symbol of intellectual struggle. If you want to show how intricately strategic and thoughtful and craf...

The 10 most common mistakes among chess beginners

The 10 most common mistakes among chess beginners

FM LuisFSiles
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Mar 13, 2017

There is one thing chess players at all levels have in common: we want to play better. From the player who just learnt how to move the pieces all the way to Magnus Carlsen. And the good news is that there is always room for improvement.  Bu...

Work at Chess.com

Work at Chess.com

CHESScom
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Mar 13, 2017

Chess.com is a global team of passionate chess fans and developers. You can meet us here and read about our company here. We're always looking for great people to join the team. All of our jobs are 100% remote. We have a healthy work environment f...

How To Not Learn From Your Mistakes Like Karpov

How To Not Learn From Your Mistakes Like Karpov

GM Gserper
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Mar 12, 2017

As I explained in this article, modern life forces me to recollect the episodes from my childhood years. One such memory is something that every Soviet schoolboy was supposed to know if he wanted to get into a good college, something I t...

How Can Chess.com Help You?

How Can Chess.com Help You?

IM DanielRensch
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Mar 10, 2017

Chess.com has always offered a great platform to recruit new students and provide online (live) lessons, but are you - as a titled player or professional chess coach - fully aware of all the tools and opportunities available to you?...

Rashid Nezhmetdinov's Best Game Prizes

Rashid Nezhmetdinov's Best Game Prizes

IM Silman
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Mar 9, 2017

After showing all of Tal’s 15 best game prizes in my previous article, it struck me that many Chess.com members might not have heard of Rashid Nezhmetdinov (born 1912, died 1974), who tied with Karpov for the third and fourth place...

Chess Goes Podcasting: Listen To Your Favorites

Chess Goes Podcasting: Listen To Your Favorites

FM MikeKlein
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Mar 8, 2017

In a recent interview, the man who's a perfect five-for-five in writing New York Times bestsellers explained that he now has to chase his audience. And that means podcasting. Fittingly, renowned author Malcolm Gladwell explained t...

Can You Smell Chess Moves?

Can You Smell Chess Moves?

GM Gserper
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Mar 5, 2017

In the beginning of the 1990s, I established a certain routine. Whenever I set foot in Moscow (and I did it pretty frequently), I would visit the Central Chess Club and climb a narrow staircase to the third floor to meet Botvinnik in his labo...

How To Set Up A Chess Game

How To Set Up A Chess Game

CHESScom
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Mar 3, 2017

Setting up a chess game is easy. It’s playing that can be hard. Here is how to set up a game. Step 1: Decide where to play. Do you want to play on a real board with a friend near you? Or do you want to play with one of mil...

How To Set Up A Chessboard

How To Set Up A Chessboard

CHESScom
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Mar 3, 2017

If you have a chess set and want to start a game, the first thing you need to do is get the board set up correctly. Step 1: Lay out the board with the light square in the bottom-right corner. It’s important to orient the board in the righ...

How To Get Good At Chess

How To Get Good At Chess

CHESScom
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Mar 3, 2017

Millions of people around the world play chess regularly—but how do you become good at chess? 1. Define what “good at chess" means. To some people, being “good” means they can beat the average chess player. If that i...