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How To Play Variants On Chess.com

News Sep 8, 2016

There's much more to play on Chess.com than just... chess! Fun "chess variants" can be a great way to mix things up and apply your chess skills in different and exciting ways. You can play Bughouse, Crazyhouse, 3-Check, King of the Hill&nbs...

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Bughouse Chess Tips For Beginners

IM DanielRensch Sep 8, 2016

Tired of playing chess alone?! Bughouse is for you! Tired of not having someone to talk to about your decisions on the board (at least not legally)? Bughouse is for you! Tired of not having someone else (your teammate) to blame for your loses...

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The New Chess.com (v3): Now With Bughouse!

News Sep 8, 2016

It's been a long time coming, but the new version of Chess.com is finally ready to take online chess to a new level—and take your game to new heights.  This new version (v3) has been our top priority for two years, and&...

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The Joy Of Reviewing Chess Games

IM Silman Sep 8, 2016

One of the great joys of chess is to sit back, relax, and review a game filled with subtle maneuvers or insanely wonderful tactics. At times, the game might be a masterpiece. At other times, the game might offer only one incredible moment, but tha...

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The Best Of The Old And New Schools

NM danheisman Sep 7, 2016

Occasionally I run into players who think that Bobby Fischer "did it all by himself." I.e. he locked himself in his room, studied chess until he was world class, and then burst onto the tournament scene. Uh, no. Every day after school, Bobby w...

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The 8 Worst Excuses For Losing A Chess Game

pete Sep 6, 2016

If you're going to play chess, you have to accept that losing is part of the game. While a chess game might be theoretically drawn with perfect play, even today's best players (humans and engines alike) lose games regularly. The best way to ha...

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The Sparkling Bishop Combo

GM Gserper Sep 4, 2016

Back rank checkmates are very common in chess. As a matter of fact, many tactical textbooks start with exactly this kind of combination due to their simplicity. The vast majority have one thing in common: You need to deflect your opponent's b...

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What Does The Position Need?

IM Silman Sep 1, 2016

The puzzles in this article are a bit advanced, but don’t let that spook you. In general, these puzzles are about verbal recognition of what is going on. These kinds of puzzles help a player look beyond the usual mentality of “I go the...

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The Tactical Detector

GM DanielNaroditsky Aug 31, 2016

Tactics. After thousands of books written on this concept, after the development of several excellent tactical training tools (such as Chess.com's own Tactics Trainer), after the release of countless free engines that serve as paragons of tactical...

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How To Get A Free Chess.com T-Shirt

News Aug 30, 2016

Want to show off your love of chess? Do you need some new supplies for your favorite hobby? How about a free Chess.com t-shirt with a qualifying purchase?  WholesaleChess.com is running a special you won't want to miss.  ...

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Kasparov's Mysterious Move

GM Gserper Aug 28, 2016

The already famous game So vs Kasparov played in the Ultimate Blitz Challenge is both fascinating and puzzling. Not only did GM Wesley So produce a game of unbelievable beauty, he did it against the arguably strongest chess player in the...

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A Rare And Brutal Rook Configuration

IM Silman Aug 25, 2016

Once in a while, a game grabs my attention due to some amazing positional concept or, less often (I say “less often” since most tactics are rather repetitive), due to a really interesting tactical battle. Usually you’ll see these...

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In Whitney's Shadow

batgirl Aug 24, 2016

Mt. Whitney, the hightest peak in the contiguous United States      Nestled within the Sierra Nevada Mountains at the base of the highest peak in the lower 48 states, the high desert community of Lone Pine became the unl...

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How To Watch Hikaru Nakamura vs MVL

pete Aug 23, 2016

Chess.com is proud to offer several viewing options for the Grandmaster Blitz Battle Championship semifinal. The three-hour blitz and bullet match between Hikaru Nakamura and Maxime Vachier-Lagrave will begin at 10 a.m. Pacific ti...

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How To Watch Magnus Carlsen vs Alexander Grischuk

pete Aug 23, 2016

Chess.com is proud to offer several viewing options for the Grandmaster Blitz Battle Championship semifinal. The three-hour blitz and bullet match between Magnus Carlsen and Alexander Grischuk will begin at 10 a.m. Pacific time&nb...

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The Deadliest Chess Pattern

GM Gserper Aug 21, 2016

There are many patterns in chess which you should know if you want to become strong. I have discussed many of them in this column through the years. Today, I'll talk about the deadliest chess pattern, the one that usually ...

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Windows Of Chess Opportunity

IM Silman Aug 18, 2016

In an amateur chess game, opportunities abound. Unfortunately, these opportunities are often missed. Positional gains are snubbed, tactics are missed, a winning endgame is agreed drawn, and mutual fear leads both players into a deep, dark abyss.&n...

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Carlsen vs Grischuk: Blitz Battle Facts vs Feelings

FM MikeKlein Aug 17, 2016

GM Magnus Carlsen has proven himself the world's best in classical, rapid, and blitz. Now it's time to face the bullet. Having won official world championships in three disciplines, there aren't many mountains left to climb, even for a Norwegian...

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Which Olympic Sport Is Most Like Chess?

pete Aug 16, 2016

The 2016 Summer Olympics are underway right now in Brazil as 207 national delegations compete for medals in 28 sports, 41 different disciplines, and 306 total events. Unfortunately for chess fans, the royal game is not among them. And don’...

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Lessons From Carlsen: The Draw Problem

GM Gserper Aug 14, 2016

The recent super-tournament in Bilbao is a part of chess history already. It will be remembered for many different things. While Hikaru Nakamura will always cherish the memory of his first win over Magnus Carlsen, many chess enthusiasts will ...

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Minority Attack: Turn Your Pawns Into Weapons

IM Silman Aug 11, 2016

ih8sens (real name: Matt Nicholson) is a national master rated 2329. He asked the following: “I have a position that I’m curious about. The majority of players I’ve asked believe that Black should not play 18…Bxg3.&...

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How To Play When You're Winning Easily

NM danheisman Aug 10, 2016

In all sports, you play much differently when you are winning easily. In baseball, if you are leading 8-0 in the 8th inning, you would not pull your fresh relief pitcher out of the game to pinch hit and try to get another run. In soccer, if y...

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