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Dynamic Chess With GM Khachiyan

TigerChess Jun 26, 2016

What is dynamic chess? You'll find out here as GM Melik Khachiyan teaches you to compound your advantages and really put pressure on opponents. There's nothing like learning from in-game examples. Watch a great teacher break down dynamic chess fro...

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Defense And Prophylaxis

TigerChess Jun 26, 2016

Defense wins championships! The old cliche may not always apply to chess, but great defenders have certainly made a name for themselves. Tigran Petrosian and Vladimir Krammnik knew one thing for sure, if your opponent keeps crashing into a brick w...

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Coach Keaton Reporting

TigerChess Jun 26, 2016

We all have our favorite areas to study. In this series, you'll get to enjoy two of IM Keaton Kiewra's favorites: kingside attacks and queen endgames. As usual, coach Keaton has found some of the more exciting games on Chess.com for his lectu...

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The Trickiest Knight Moves Ever

GM Gserper Jun 26, 2016

Today, we continue our investigation (started in this article) of the weirdest, funniest and trickiest moves ever played. This time, we'll talk about knight moves. To tell you the truth, I thought knights were going to be the easi...

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Watch Magnus Carlsen vs Tigran Petrosian

pete Jun 23, 2016

The three-hour, round-one match between Magnus Carlsen and Tigran Petrosian will begin at 10 a.m. Pacific time (1 p.m. Eastern, 5 p.m. GMT) Thursday, June 23. Click here to find the match's starting time in your own...

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Magnus Carlsen vs Tigran Petrosian: Preview

FM MikeKlein Jun 22, 2016

What's the biggest underdog story in sports? What's the biggest in chess? Thursday's much-hyped GM Blitz Battle between top-seeded World Champion Magnus Carlsen and qualifier Tigran Petrosian might seem more equal if the "other Petrosian" w...

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When A Game Is Many Games

IM Silman Jun 21, 2016

The Chess.com member te_amo (from Kolkata, India) asked me to point out his weakness in his games. He said: “I undergo no sort of professional training, and I aspire to be over 2000 someday.” Mr. te_amo, the fact is that people start...

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The Craziest Queen Moves Ever

GM Gserper Jun 19, 2016

First of all I would like to thank our readers for their contribution to last week's article. Many of you shared your chess knowledge and helped to uncover some little-known games with really stunning moves. Since in that article&nb...

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Cannibal Chess Players In The Avocado Jungle Of Death

IM Silman Jun 16, 2016

The Chess.com member rosyflamitto said: “I usually blunder a lot, mainly in middlegames. Will you please look at few my games and give me some advice?” Jeremy Silman: Before continuing, a word to those reading this article: I am ge...

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Morphy and Music

batgirl Jun 15, 2016

Mrs. Morphy is renowned in the salons of New Orleans as a brilliant pianiste and musician; and her son, without ever having studied music, has a similar aptitude for it, and he believes he would have become as famous therein as in chess, had he ...

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New Contest: Chess In World Landmarks

pete Jun 14, 2016

Have you ever seen a beautiful landmark or an interesting building and thought, "hey, this place could use more chess?" It's time for another photo manipulation contest on Chess.com.  [Update, June 30: results are below.] Use ...

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Korchnoi The Chess Psychologist

GM Gserper Jun 12, 2016

The death of GM Viktor Korchnoi is a huge loss for chess. I am not going to repeat the obvious facts that he was the strongest chess player who never became the world champion or tell you about his enormous chess heritage. There are thousands...

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Longer Time Controls Are More Instructive

IM Silman Jun 9, 2016

The Chess.com member JerryPapada wrote: “My name is Jerry, I’m 15 years old, from Greece, and I’m trying to find a way to bump up my rating. I need to find what is missing from my games.” Jeremy Silman: Playing 3-0 games ...

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Garry Kasparov On Viktor Korchnoi

GM GarryKasparov Jun 7, 2016

The great Viktor Lvovich Korchnoi died Tuesday in Switzerland at the age of 85. His longevity as a top-level player and his fighting spirit were such that it was easy to hope that he might trick Death himself in a rook endgame and live f...

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The Funniest Rook Moves Ever Played

GM Gserper Jun 5, 2016

We continue our discussion about the funniest, craziest moves ever played and today it is the rook's turn. While it is difficult for me to choose the funniest rook move ever played,  I know for sure what was the funniest rook move that ...

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2016 CONIC, Round 1: Costello Makes a Statement

ChessKid Jun 4, 2016

The 2016 ChessKid Online National Invitational Championship (CONIC) has just begun, with Round 1 featuring several interesting games.  Among them was the upset victory by Alex Costello over top seed Brandon Jacobson.  Playing White,...

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Doubled Pawns: Chess Pariahs Or Misunderstood?

IM Silman Jun 1, 2016

The Chess.com member QueensConquerer wrote: “I just read your article on opening preparation and in it you said that the player shouldn’t be afraid of getting doubled pawns. But there are times when I’m watching YouTube...

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Warrior at the Chess Board

batgirl Jun 1, 2016

      About a decade ago, WilhelmThe2nd, from Chessgames.com sent me this article by Fedor Bohatirchuk about his personal memories of Efim Bogoljubov.  The article, which had no accompanying pictures, is given below with some elaboration by me in...

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Master vs Many: GM Simon Williams: Game 1

jdcannon May 31, 2016

  Master vs Many: GM Simon Williams: Game 1 Of course the Ginger GM played a King's Gambit! What else other than swashbuclking fun would you expect from Simon? Striving to put a mess on the board from move 2, the GM virtually gauranteed a...

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Master vs Many: IM John Bartholomew: Game 1

jdcannon May 31, 2016

  Master vs Many: IM John Bartholomew: Game 1 John took the white pieces his first outing vs Team Scandi but avoided facing his own signature opening by essaying 1.d4! The game quickly found it's way in a classical Nimzo-Indian when John ...


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