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American Woman - Part II

batgirl Jan 4, 2017

  Preface:      An official U.S. Women's Chess Championship has existed for nearly 80 years.  The USCF lists 1937 as the first year.  There have been many strong and important women players over the early year...

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Who Was The Best World Chess Champion In History?

IM DanielRensch Jan 3, 2017

What if we had a time machine? What if we could bring all the greatest chess players in history together, removing any advantages of opening theory or other evolved knowledge of our game for a super-tournament? What if Fischer played Kasparov? K...

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The Positional Queen Sacrifice

GM TheGadfly1897 Jan 1, 2017

In pursuit of a topic for my very first article on Chess.com, I decided to go over my recent games and see if anything interesting would come up. I got really excited when I touched down on my game against GM David Howell from the Winter Classic t...

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Your First Chess Set

CHESScom Jan 1, 2017

You’ve learned how to play chess, and you’ve played some games online, but now you want to get a chess set for your home so you can play “over the board.” But what kind of chess set should you get? There are four kin...

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The Best Place To Play Chess Online

CHESScom Jan 1, 2017

Are you looking for somewhere to enjoy a nice game of chess? Maybe you’ve asked yourself: What is the best place to play chess online? Chess.com is the best place to play chess online. Our live server has all the features you could ever wa...

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What Is The Best Chess Site?

CHESScom Jan 1, 2017

There are many chess sites where you can play or learn about chess, but which one should you choose? The best chess site is Chess.com! Here is why you should choose Chess.com to be your online chess home: 1. Chess.com has the most players onli...

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The 4-Move Checkmate

CHESScom Jan 1, 2017

What is the most common chess game? The four-move checkmate (also known as scholar's mate) is by far the most common finish to a chess game. Almost all chess players has fallen for or delivered this checkmate at some point in their li...

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The Fastest Possible Checkmate In Chess

CHESScom Jan 1, 2017

Have you ever wondered: "What is the fastest possible checkmate in chess?" It’s the two-move checkmate. The two-move checkmate (impolitely known as fool's mate) is actually pretty silly and requires you or your opponent to make some very b...

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Mastering King And Pawn Endgames

TigerChess Jan 1, 2017

It may not be a game of inches, but chess often comes down to a slight advantage. Sometimes, we have to take initiative to create opportunities, which is often the case in king and pawn endgames. If your skills are raw in this common scenario, ref...

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Principle of Two Weaknesses

GM TheGadfly1897 Jan 1, 2017

Imagine you have been assigned to make a penalty shoot-out for your team. Your eyes are focused on the right side from the goalkeeper. You are determined to shoot there. Obviously, the goalkeeper prepares to jump into that direction. You gradually...

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GM TheGadfly1897 Jan 1, 2017

The best way to counter-attack a hater is to make it blatantly obvious that their attack has had no impact on you. (Tim Ferriss) For this article, I have chosen two classical games and three games from my career, to illustrate the method of aggr...

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How To Become A Streamer On Chess.com

News Jan 1, 2017

How do I start streaming on Chess.com? First, singup for a username and channel url at twitch.tv (your channel will be twitch.tv/yournamehere with whatever name you choose). UPDATE: Chess and Twitch have partnered to help streamers! ...

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TigerChess Jan 1, 2017

Get the most important chess news, notes and highlights right here at the ChessCenter episode archive. Watch the current episode for the most up-to-date news or dive into recent chess history: the choice is yours.  So who is at the hel...

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How To Watch Nakamura vs Grigoriants

NM SamCopeland Jan 1, 2017

The Speed Chess Championship, featuring Magnus Carlsen, Hikaru Nakamura, Wesley So, Sergey Karjakin, Fabiano Caruana, and Maxime Vachier-Lagrave and ten more of the world's best players competing in a unique knock-out match format, will be broadca...

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Winning In The Lopez

TigerChess Jan 1, 2017

There's no such thing as too much Ruy Lopez. This time GM Ivan Sokolov makes his Chess.com debut with a new take on winning with White in the most popular opening. You'll enjoy the in-depth analysis and final verdicts on some of those sidelines yo...

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The Open Catalan System

TigerChess Jan 1, 2017

Is it true? Is the Catalan an easy way for White to jump out ahead? In this series, GM Georg Meier explores the depths of the Catalan for both White and Black. Will you find interesting ideas for Black up an extra pawn or just a positional co...

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Nakamura Teaches The KID

TigerChess Jan 1, 2017

One of our favorite installments from one of our favorite guest. In this series, GM Hikaru Nakamura best games in the KID are broken down, piece by piece, by GM Simon Williams. Not what you were looking for? Back to the video guid...

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The Power Of The Bishop Pair

TigerChess Jan 1, 2017

Think twice before you exchange one of those bishops! Most grandmasters would prefer the bishop pair over two knights and for good reason. How do they exploit their opponents with this slight advantage? GM Jon Ludvig Hammer will show you the ...

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Keeping Up With Melik

TigerChess Jan 1, 2017

While most coaches emphasize the importance of their students games, GM Melik Khachiyan also believes there's a lot you can learn from his own matches. In the series, you'll get the opportunity to review some of GM Khachiyan's most enter...

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Accelerated Dragon

TigerChess Jan 1, 2017

The Accelerated Dragon may be a more positional style than other forms of the Sicilian, but it's equally effective against White. In this series, GM Melik Khachiyan offers a deeper insight into this popular opening for Black.  Not what...

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My Best Games

TigerChess Jan 1, 2017

GM Roman Dzindzichashvili has traveled the world playing chess against the best man-kind has to offer. Not only has he come home with some great stories, but he's also played in some epic matches. This series is dedicated to some of Roman's finest...


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