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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 g...

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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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Master vs Many: IM Danny Rensch: Game 1

jdcannon May 31, 2016

  Master vs Many: IM Daniel Rensch: Game 1 Danny took the white pieces in the first edition of Master vs Many and elected to give 1.e4 a try! That masses fought back with the ever popular Sicilian Najdrof eventually proving the knowlegde ...

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Coach Dejan Explains

TigerChess May 29, 2016

Sometimes the best way to learn is over the board, sitting across from your teacher and analyzing a recent match. GM Dejan Bojkov has had many students excel greatly under his watch. In this series, you'll get to learn vicariously through Coach De...

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Who Will Qualify To Play Magnus Carlsen?

NM SamCopeland May 29, 2016

The Blitz Battle Qualifier to decide who will face Magnus Carlsen is here. Watch the event with live commentary at Chess.com/tv or Twitch.tv/chess.  Round one of this 11-round, 3 0 Swiss tournament starts Tuesday, M...

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The Craziest King Moves Ever

GM Gserper May 29, 2016

In one of my recent articles, I mentioned a funny story where an illegal king move was played, which made me wonder: what are the craziest king moves in the history of chess? So here I am presenting the games where such moves were made. In order...

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Best Blitz Openings

TigerChess May 28, 2016

Blitz chess has a nature all its own. With limited time, you should be taking the most efficient route to a better, or playable, position. This series provides strong openings and systems for the blitz enthusiast. GM Maxim Dlugy&nbs...

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Becoming An Expert

TigerChess May 28, 2016

If you're reading this, chances are you've been trying to crack the rating threshold to finally claim the "expert" title. This series is designed to help you do just that. Learn from one of chess' most accomplished coaches what it takes to re...

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Attacking Pawn Chains

TigerChess May 28, 2016

Have you ever wondered how grandmasters know when and how to attack?  The key is pawn structure! Pawn chains are some of the most important attacking structures. In this series, learn the core concepts of furious pawn chain assaults in s...

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Beating Your Nemesis

TigerChess May 28, 2016

Rivalaries are often born through circumstances that extend beyond the game. An intense, winner-take-all game, a misplayed Smith-Mora, a Twitter battle, or even a swift kick to your shin under the table — All might be enough to point yo...

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The King Hunt

TigerChess May 28, 2016

It's time to cut out the funny business, quit over-thinking, and go checkmate your opponent. There's no better way to claim a quick victory than an efficient, well-executed attack. In this series, you'll learn from GM Simon Williams ...

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The Good, The Bad, And The Ugly

IM Silman May 26, 2016

The Chess.com member Olaspecial wrote: “I am keen to become Nigeria’s next titled player (I hope this makes you smile) and I believe you can help me get there. I am diligent and I have been working hard at developing my opening repe...

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Spotting And Avoiding Tactics

NM danheisman May 24, 2016

There are basically three ways a tactic can occur, both for and against you: The opponent makes a threat for a tactic (or a check or capture), which either can't be met, or can be, but is missed. There is no existing threat of a tactic, bu...

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The Touch-Move Rule Outbreak

GM Gserper May 22, 2016

At the end of last week's article I mentioned that "recently we witnessed a real outbreak of touch-move rule violations." I think we can explain this phenomenon by a huge advance in modern technology and particularly devices...

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A Monster Attack And Key Endgames

IM Silman May 19, 2016

I’ll start with a fun game. Black was so taken with his own brilliance that he wrote a blog about it, and he gave his opening a name: "The Magicians’ Attack!" Well, he should be excited since this kind of attack and subsequent m...

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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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