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Siamese Chess

batgirl May 18, 2016

     In 1826 Johann Mälzel was amazing and mystifying the American public with his exhibition of the chess automation known as the Turk. Just a few years later, that same public would marvel at a living, sometimes chess-...

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Play Chess With A Pro Football Player

pete May 17, 2016

Chess.com will host its first pro-am vote-chess event next month, pairing the Baltimore Ravens guard and chess enthusiast John Urschel with International Master Danny Rensch to take on the world over the 64 squares.  Any...

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Touch-Move Rule Adventures

GM Gserper May 15, 2016

I am probably a lucky guy, because I never had any "touch-move rule" episodes in my whole chess career.  Don't get me wrong, it happened numerous times in my games that either I or my opponent touched a wrong piece at a wrong time, but i...

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Chess Patterns Are For Everyone

IM Silman May 13, 2016

I always mention the importance of patterns in chess. Unfortunately, many laugh at the thought, others prefer to ignore a reality (patterns) that demands hard work for those who dream of being a master, and some view patterns as nothi...

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How To Watch The Caruana-MVL Blitz Battle

pete May 10, 2016

Chess.com is proud to offer several viewing options for the Grandmaster Blitz Battle Championship. The three-hour, round-one match between Fabiano Caruana and Maxime Vachier-Lagrave will begin at 10 a.m. Pacific time (1 p.m. ...

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Are Pawns The Soul Of Chess?

GM Gserper May 8, 2016

In last week's column we talked about the chess heritage of Francois Andre Danican Philidor. While his three endgame positions are truly a cornerstone of the endgame play, Philidor's most quoted saying that pawns are the soul o...

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A Little Mystery

IM Silman May 4, 2016

Let’s take a quick look (no notes) at the following game. We will be looking at a few games by the Chess.com member RevolNoom, a young man (born 2001) from Hanoi, Vietnam (I was there a few years ago and had a very good time). H...

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The German Morphy

batgirl May 4, 2016

     Most chess enthusiasts are aware that the young Wilhelm Steinitz was sometimes referred to as "the Austrian Morphy."  Some might even know that Cecil de Vere had been called "the English Morphy."  Few, ho...

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How To Watch The Nakamura-Harikrishna Blitz Battle

pete May 3, 2016

Chess.com is proud to offer several viewing options for the Grandmaster Blitz Battle Championship. The three-hour, round-one match between Hikaru Nakamura and Pentala Harikrishna will begin at 10 a.m. Pacific time (1 p.m. Eas...

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Special Titled Tuesday Offers $4,000 In Prizes

pete May 3, 2016

This week's Titled Tuesday will feature a doubled prize pool and some new prize categories for what is expected to be the largest combined field in the event's history. You can watch Titled Tuesday coverage on May 3 at 11 a.m. and 5 p.m. Pa...

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The Three Philidor Positions

GM Gserper May 1, 2016

The chess heritage of Francois Andre Danican Philidor is enormous. There is an opening named after him (1.e4 e5 2. Nf3 d6) and three endgame positions all called "the Philidor Position"! The Philidor position in rook endgames is o...

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Amateur Game Review

TigerChess Apr 30, 2016

Kudos to the brave members who contributed their games to this series. This time we're analyzing submissions from amateurs looking to take that next step. Sometimes we need a second pair of eyes to break down our mistakes and explore areas of impr...

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A Universal System

TigerChess Apr 30, 2016

For some reason, certain openings give players trouble no matter how well versed they are in theory. Sometimes this is a matter of style. This series is designed to explore a universal system against hypermodern openings, a system known for caus...

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Everything You Need to Know

TigerChess Apr 30, 2016

Ready to learn Chess? It's no easy task. In fact, how did you score in your Quantum Physics class?  We're only joking. Chess may have the reputation as a game for the brilliant only, but this is a common misconception. Chess is not only eas...

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The Art Of 'Tempo Moves' In Chess

TigerChess Apr 30, 2016

Why title this series "The Art Of The Tempo Move In Chess"? Tempos are more than a tactical strategy. With the right finesse and calculation, tempos can subtly generate a number of different threats against your opponent. In this five-part serie...

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How To Avoid Hanging Stuff

IM Silman Apr 28, 2016

The Chess.com member KayOneM asked about the pros and cons of his games and how he can improve his play. He also mentioned that “in some positional games, when I don’t have any tactics or tricky attack, I don’t know how to improv...

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Chess.com Weekly Study Master Guide

jdcannon Apr 25, 2016

Every great chess master agrees that time spent with endgame studies is time well spent! Courtesy of Yochanan Afek, grandmaster for composing endgame studies, Chess.com posts a new puzzle each week for your enjoyment and chess enrichment. ...

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Chess Chicken

JoseDiaz Apr 23, 2016

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Hammer's Rest Day Report: Norway Chess 2016

GM SultanOfKings Apr 23, 2016

Editor's note: In an exclusive to Chess.com, Grandmaster Jon Ludvig Hammer writes his thoughts on what's happened in Norway so far, original analysis of some of the key games, and some fun, behind-the-scenes looks at what the players do ...

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First Brilliancy Prizes

batgirl Apr 20, 2016

     Throughout the years there have been hundreds, maybe thousands, of brilliancy prizes offered.  Some are just games, albeit extremely clever ones, while others have their own stories. Some even have stories that hove...

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The Positional Threat

GM DanielNaroditsky Apr 19, 2016

When you think of the word "threat," what comes to mind? A threat of checkmate, perhaps? A threat to trap your piece? An indirect threat against your queen?  Whatever your specific mental representation, it is most likely tactical...


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