Why You Lose To Weaker Players

Why You Lose To Weaker Players

IM Silman
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Dec 22, 2016

Asmara the Cat wrote: I have a problem and I hope you can help me. My problem is that I don’t know how to defeat bad players (well, I’m not so good, but players who play worse than me). In real life, I’ve earned a FIDE rating b...

American Woman - Part I

American Woman - Part I

batgirl
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Dec 21, 2016

  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...

Can You Solve Our 2016 Holiday Puzzler?

Can You Solve Our 2016 Holiday Puzzler?

pete
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Dec 21, 2016

Your favorite annual chess tradition is back. Chess.com is proud to celebrate the holiday season with an all-new puzzler for 2016—and we believe this is the hardest (and most rewarding) quiz yet. The 10 Chess.com members who score the hi...

Pattern Recognition—Fact Or Fiction?

Pattern Recognition—Fact Or Fiction?

Vik-Hansen
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Dec 20, 2016

Chess players, chess authors and chess psychologists attempt to teach and explain chess playing with the concept of "pattern recognition": Pattern recognition is one of the most important mechanisms of chess improvement. Realizing that the ...

2017 PRO Chess League: Standings

2017 PRO Chess League: Standings

PROChessLeague
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Dec 19, 2016

PLEASE GO HERE TO SEE THE CURRENT PRO CHESS LEAGUE STANDINGS Here you will find the standings of the 2017 PRO Chess League, updated weekly after all results are in. All matches will be covered live on www.chess.com/tv with hosts tak...

Am I Too Old For Chess?

Am I Too Old For Chess?

GM Gserper
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Dec 18, 2016

I recently received a question from one of our fellow Chess.com members. Since I've heard this question many times, I decided to share my opinion on the subject. The question goes like this: "I am 25 years old and know only basic chess rule...

A Love Affair With Squares

A Love Affair With Squares

IM Silman
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Dec 15, 2016

No, I’m not talking about boring, rigid or out-of-touch people who are sometimes referred to as “squares.” I’m going to discuss squares on a chessboard and just how important a “key” square is. And so, now that ...

Pete's Pathetic Chess: The Unbelievable Castle

Pete's Pathetic Chess: The Unbelievable Castle

pete
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Dec 14, 2016

Unfortunately for readers looking for lucid chess instruction, it's time for another episode of Pete's Pathetic Chess, where I subject my awful moves and chess ideas to analysis by a brilliant grandmaster and the best chess-playing comput...

Put Your Bishop Behind Your Pawn

Put Your Bishop Behind Your Pawn

GM Gserper
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Dec 11, 2016

We continue our exploration of common chess patterns today by looking look at the pattern "a bishop behind a pawn." While most of you have probably heard about "Tarrasch rule" which recommends putting your rook behind a passed pawn,...

Don’t Mock The Mockingbird

Don’t Mock The Mockingbird

IM Silman
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Dec 8, 2016

This week we’re going to look at the games of the Chess.com member Mockingbird2, who is majoring in chemical engineering but thinks he can become a chess master in another two years. At the moment he’s 1900 USCF, 2143 in Chess.com...

Willa and Edith

Willa and Edith

batgirl
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Dec 7, 2016

     Nowadays information lies at our fingertips.  One might even argue that there is such an overflow that the effect is numbing and that the preciousness of the information lowers in an inverse ratio to the quantity.&n...

Don't Worry About Your Rating

Don't Worry About Your Rating

NM danheisman
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Dec 7, 2016

The rating system is very accurate. That's obviously good... ...but it's also potentially bad. Humans can't help but be affected by perceptions. When players first start rated play, they are often unaware of ratings, but that all quickly ...

The Perfect Opening For The Lazy Student

The Perfect Opening For The Lazy Student

GM Ginger_GM
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Dec 6, 2016

During the last five years or so, most of the time that I have spent on chess has been devoted to creating things that have helped other players improve: videos, books, articles, courses and whatever else comes along. Undertaking this direc...

When A Chess Pattern Backfires

When A Chess Pattern Backfires

GM Gserper
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Dec 4, 2016

Everyone agrees that knowledge of typical chess patterns is one of the main requirements for a chess player to become really strong. In our weekly column, we regularly analyze typical positional and tactical patterns. But imagine a position&n...

Key Moments In Time: Lasker’s Last Stand

Key Moments In Time: Lasker’s Last Stand

IM Silman
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Dec 1, 2016

Most of us know that the legendary Emanuel Lasker was a philosopher and a world class mathematician — he earned his doctorate in math in 1902 and published a theorem which, even today, is critically important for the ins and outs of alg...

The World Championship Deja Vu

The World Championship Deja Vu

GM Gserper
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Nov 27, 2016

[Note: GM Serper reflects on the first half of the 2016 world chess championship.] At the time of this writing, the first part of the world championship match is over, and the score is still even: 3-3. Nobody would have predicted six s...

CAÏSSA'S  BATTLEFIELD

CAÏSSA'S BATTLEFIELD

batgirl
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Nov 23, 2016

CAÏSSA'S  BATTLEFIELD       Chess at its purest is a totally abstract game that requires nothing but one's mind.       While the accoutrements of the game are unnecessary, th...

The 7 Most Shocking World Championship Blunders

The 7 Most Shocking World Championship Blunders

NM SamCopeland
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Nov 22, 2016

Is 51.Qe6? from Magnus Carlsen in game 8 one of the worst blunders in world championship history? Well... probably not  After all, Sergey Karjakin did need to find the incredible only-move 51...h5! to win the game. However, the world champi...