Who Will Win PRO Chess League Week 2?

Who Will Win PRO Chess League Week 2?

FM MikeKlein
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Jan 17, 2017

The PRO Chess League's panel of pundits is back for week two. The second week of action is rivalry week (amongst the teams, not the panel, we think)! For more on who the quintet comprising the illustrious panel, click back to week one's predicti...

Compilation Of Chess And Education Research Studies

Compilation Of Chess And Education Research Studies

FM MikeKlein
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Jan 16, 2017

One of the most common questions educators have is, "Where can I find research studies devoted to the educational value of chess?" More studies are being conducted every year, but this article is a compilation of some of the past research d...

Do Not Misuse Your Chess Computer!

Do Not Misuse Your Chess Computer!

GM Gserper
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Jan 15, 2017

My favorite episode from The Prince And The Pauper happens towards the end of the story: "Speak up, good lad, and fear nothing," said the king. "How used you the Great Seal of England?" Tom stammered a moment, in a pathetic confusion, the...

The Curse Of Undefended Pieces

The Curse Of Undefended Pieces

IM Silman
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Jan 12, 2017

Over the years, I’ve looked at tons of games played by low-rated Chess.com members (games by low-rated players are often extremely instructive). In many instances I see undefended pieces on both sides. And, in many of those games, the defeat...

3 Ways To Learn New Openings

3 Ways To Learn New Openings

IM hellokostya
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Jan 12, 2017

Learning a new opening can be a challenging but rewarding task. Once you have gotten used to a certain variation (e.g. the French Defense or the Catalan), it can be difficult to switch to playing something else, but at the same time it will e...

PRO Chess League Guide (2017)

PRO Chess League Guide (2017)

PROChessLeague
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Jan 11, 2017

UPDATE: For more up to date information, please visit https://www.prochessleague.com/ The PRO Chess League pits cities and regions around the globe against one another in fast-paced online play. With 48 teams from five continents an...

Who Will Win PRO Chess League Week 1?

Who Will Win PRO Chess League Week 1?

FM MikeKlein
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Jan 10, 2017

With the advent of the PRO Chess League only hours away, Chess.com assembled a panel of five chess pundits to predict the outcomes of every match this season. The experts have quite a bit of work ahead of them, handicapping 24 matches ea...

Carlsen Plays Chess On His Birthday

Carlsen Plays Chess On His Birthday

GM Gserper
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Jan 8, 2017

Most people like to celebrate their birthdays and most of my readers like to play chess. Have you ever wondered what happens when you combine these two great things and play chess on your birthday? Well, recently we had a bunch of high-prof...

American Woman - Part II

American Woman - Part II

batgirl
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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...

Who Was The Best World Chess Champion In History?

Who Was The Best World Chess Champion In History?

IM DanielRensch
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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...

The Positional Queen Sacrifice

The Positional Queen Sacrifice

GM TheGadfly1897
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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...

Your First Chess Set

Your First Chess Set

CHESScom
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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...

The Best Place To Play Chess Online

The Best Place To Play Chess Online

CHESScom
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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...

What Is The Best Chess Site?

What Is The Best Chess Site?

CHESScom
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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...

Scholar's Mate (The 4-Move Checkmate)

Scholar's Mate (The 4-Move Checkmate)

CHESScom
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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...

Fool's Mate | Fastest Checkmate in Chess

Fool's Mate | Fastest Checkmate in Chess

CHESScom
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Jan 1, 2017

From the starting position in chess, the fastest checkmate possible can happen in two moves. It's best known as the Fool's Mate. A player cannot force his opponent into Fool's Mate. White has to start the game with the two worst moves. Let's take ...

Mastering King And Pawn Endgames

Mastering King And Pawn Endgames

TigerChess
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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...

Principle of Two Weaknesses

Principle of Two Weaknesses

GM TheGadfly1897
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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...

Counterattack

Counterattack

GM TheGadfly1897
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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...

En Passant | Special Chess Moves

En Passant | Special Chess Moves

CHESScom
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Jan 1, 2017

At some point every chess player is shocked the first time their opponent uses the en passant capture rule. No, they are not cheating! They are using a pawn capture rule that was invented in the 15th century.  En Passant Capture is O...

How To Become A Top Blogger For Chess.com

How To Become A Top Blogger For Chess.com

News
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Jan 1, 2017

How do I get listed at Chess.com/Blogs? "Top Blogger" status can only be awarded by Chess.com Staff. Bloggers making regular, positive contributions to the chess.com community are given this stamp of approval and will see their work promoted to ...