The Lonely Knight Checkmate

The Lonely Knight Checkmate

GM Gserper
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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 ...

The Fun Of Pros And Cons (Again)

The Fun Of Pros And Cons (Again)

NM danheisman
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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...

Advance to Ventnor II

Advance to Ventnor II

batgirl
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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...

Mamedyarov's Secret For Classic, Modern Chess

Mamedyarov's Secret For Classic, Modern Chess

GM Gserper
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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...

The Day They Killed Magnus Carlsen's Dream

The Day They Killed Magnus Carlsen's Dream

KajaMSnare
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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...

More Of Bisguier's Greatest Hits

More Of Bisguier's Greatest Hits

IM Silman
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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 ...

Celebrity Chess: Hutch vs Urschel

Celebrity Chess: Hutch vs Urschel

pete
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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...

Follow Hikaru Nakamura's Advice

Follow Hikaru Nakamura's Advice

GM Gserper
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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...

PRO Chess League Qualifier Official Rules

PRO Chess League Qualifier Official Rules

PROChessLeague
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Jun 1, 2017

Below you will find the official rules of the PRO Chess League's Annual Qualifier tournament: Fair Play and Observation: Teams must choose a trusted and impartial arbiter to be present for the qualifier. This arbiter must be approved by Leag...

Bisguier's Greatest Hits

Bisguier's Greatest Hits

IM Silman
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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...

Advance to Ventnor I

Advance to Ventnor I

batgirl
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May 31, 2017

Introduction      Ventnor City is a charming resort community on New Jersey's Absecon Island, snuggled between Margate City and the more famous Atlantic City.  In the Spring of 1939  Richard W. Wayne...

Should You Gamble In Chess?

Should You Gamble In Chess?

GM Gserper
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May 28, 2017

Many chess tournaments have taken place in casinos, and many famous grandmasters have left the lion's share of their prizes at the playing tables. I personally know a guy who won a good prize in the Knock-Out World Chess Championship in Las Vega...

The Amazing Argentinian Chess Tragedy

The Amazing Argentinian Chess Tragedy

IM Silman
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May 26, 2017

The Gothenburg Interzonal (Sweden) in 1955 was a 21-player round robin that was held from August 15 to September 21. The top group was the Soviet players (in no particular order): David Bronstein, Efim Geller, Paul Keres, Tigran Petrosian, Bori...

How To Watch So vs Giri Today: Speed Chess Champs

How To Watch So vs Giri Today: Speed Chess Champs

pete
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May 25, 2017

The top chess player in the United States will be in action today on Chess.com as Wesley So battles the Dutch number-one Anish Giri in the first round of the 2017 Speed Chess Championship, the strongest tournament ever held online. Cou...

More Lessons From Master Games

More Lessons From Master Games

GM Gserper
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May 21, 2017

Last time, we started to analyze the old game Charousek-Alapin and learned a useful trick that can be used in variety of openings. As a rule, you can learn more than just one idea from a game played by a strong player. Let's see w...

More Of My Favorite Classic Chess Games

More Of My Favorite Classic Chess Games

IM Silman
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May 18, 2017

This series is all about the classic games that affected me in a profound manner as a young teen (15 years old). In general, they were positional games, since for a kid that grew up on attacking chess and combinations (12 to 14 years old...

How I Learned My 1st Chess Openings

How I Learned My 1st Chess Openings

louisathomas
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May 17, 2017

When I began playing chess, I had no idea how to begin a game. I would stare at the row of pawns, wondering which one I should order forward, without an idea of why. Or I’d hop a knight into the open board and hope for the best. There are ...

The Amazing Chess Coincidence

The Amazing Chess Coincidence

GM Gserper
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May 14, 2017

In his book "School of Excellence: Endgame Analysis," IM Mark Dvoretsky analyzes two very similar endgames. He writes: "The game Sultan Khan-Tartakower, played in 1931, was indeed almost completely identical to Dolmatov's [game played in 1988]. ...

Closing In On A Master Rating

Closing In On A Master Rating

IM Silman
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May 11, 2017

The Chess.com member mnuwan wrote: "I’m a middle-aged guy who has taken up chess again seriously after a hiatus of many years. I currently have a USCF rating of 2100, and I am trying to get the master title. These days, I read a few che...

My Secrets About Magnus Carlsen

My Secrets About Magnus Carlsen

KajaMSnare
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May 10, 2017

First let me introduce myself: My name is Kaja Snare. I am a sports journalist from Norway. When asked by Chess.com if I can write this column, I said yes, because 1. It is great to be able to share with you my experiences following chess—...

War Games: Reshevsky-Kashdan

War Games: Reshevsky-Kashdan

batgirl
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May 10, 2017

     In the latter part of 1941 the USCF, only three years old, started finalizing its plans for the 1942 performance of its crown jewel, the U.S. Championship.  But in December the unthinkable happened and the United St...