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How Do You Make A Chess Comeback?

IM djgwards Jan 26, 2016

Don’t call it a comeback; I’ve been here for years.        In October I played in Millionaire Chess, my first international tournament in nearly two years.  It wasn’t a triumphant return lik...

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An Opening Line For Club Players

GM Gserper Jan 24, 2016

There are certain opening variations in chess which can be labeled "for top players only." The most obvious example would be the Berlin Variation of the Ruy Lopez. But club players shouldn't be jealous since there are also opening variations "fo...

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Introducing The New Chess.com (Version 3)

News Jan 21, 2016

It's been a long time coming, but a brand-new version of Chess.com is finally ready to take online chess to a new level—and take your game to new heights.  This new version (v3) has been our top priority for two years, and&n...

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How Past Masters Can Help Your Game

IM Silman Jan 21, 2016

I’ve gone out of my way to write articles about the importance of balance; everyone needs both tactical and positional/strategic skills (you also need endgame skills, but at the moment we will concentrate on tactics and strategy). To add a...

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The $40,000 GM Blitz Battle Championship

pete Jan 19, 2016

Chess.com is launching a new online blitz and bullet chess championship series, with the biggest payout in online history, and three of the world's top chess players have already signed on. THE CARLSEN-NAKAMURA FINAL WILL BE PLAYED 27 OCTOB...

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Different Twins In Chess

GM Gserper Jan 17, 2016

Some time ago we discussed in this article the identical positions that can happen in endgames. I concluded the article with the statement "Deja vu is good for your chess!" Which of course means that the knowledge of certain positions, tec...

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Man vs Machine Historical Archive

NM SamCopeland Jan 16, 2016

Man vs Machine matches pit humans against the strongest chess entities of all time — chess engines. As chess engines are many classes stronger than even the strongest grandmasters, all matches take place at some form of odds. The...

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Chess Rivals Video Archive

IM DanielRensch Jan 14, 2016

Chess Rivals, Blindfold Battles and other streams are matches that take place online between the world's most popular and respected "Chess Streamers." This article is to serve as a historical record of those battles: Match 25: GM William...

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Tests: Psychology, Tactics, And Strategy

IM Silman Jan 14, 2016

Some of my recent articles were about chess psychology and striving to have a balanced skillset. This article (all in puzzle form) lets you test what you’ve learned (or what you thought you already knew). The puzzles can be tactical, po...

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A Story Strange and Sad

batgirl Jan 13, 2016

     If you peruse old issues of "Chess Review," you will probably encounter the name Catherine Nye.  You will mostly likely notice one of these photos of the pretty 34 year old lady from Syracuse, N.Y. 1941  ...

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Confused Bishops And Drunk Knights

GM Ginger_GM Jan 12, 2016

Just recently I have become a bit obsessed with strange and peculiar chess moves originating from knights and bishops. In my first article for Chess.com I took a look at what can be called The Nimzowitsch Knight Dance, and in t...

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Magnus Carlsen And The Two Bishops

GM Gserper Jan 11, 2016

The last year was tough for the world champion, Magnus Carlsen. Not only did he lose a lot of rating points, but also some people questioned the gap between Carlsen and the other chess players from the world's top 10. I saw a chess article where...

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Death Match Video Guide

jdcannon Jan 8, 2016

Following this video guide, you'll retrace the steps of the Chess.com's greatest blitz and bullet combatants (Nakamura, Caruana, So...) as they wage a battle of wills in an epic three hour Death Match! Share the woes of time trouble, mouse slips, ...

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When Men Were Men

IM Silman Jan 7, 2016

During the romantic era of chess, MEN WERE MEN. They played gambits. They went for mate. They drank whisky while pondering their next attacking move. If someone made a material sacrifice (which loses if the opponent simply refuses the “...

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The Best Chess Of 2015

pete Jan 4, 2016

As the calendar turns to 2016, it's time to look back at the best chess of the past year. The year 2015 was a big one for chess. With the creation of the Grand Chess Tour, the chess world had an exciting new super-tournament series to follo...

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You Are Important!

GM Gserper Jan 3, 2016

When we were learning how to play chess, most of us dreamed about becoming next Capablanca, Fischer or Kasparov one day. Alas, the sad reality is that 99.999 percent of us will never become one of the chess gods. Should we be disappointed and up...

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Chess Psychology 101

IM Silman Dec 31, 2015

In last week’s article, I pointed out that chess psychology plays an enormous part of one’s results. There are many facets of chess psychology: self-confidence (or the lack thereof), fear of threats (real or imagined), fear of losing...

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TODAY: Nakamura To Play Komodo In Odds Match

pete Dec 28, 2015

The strongest computer chess engine in history will face one of the strongest humans on earth next week in an odds chess match on Chess.com. Komodo will play GM Hikaru Nakamura in a four-game match, January 6 and 7, live on Chess.com/TV and...

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Deja Vu In Endgames

GM Gserper Dec 27, 2015

Do you ever see a chess position and have a strong feeling that you've seen it before? No, I am not talking about opening positions, that you see again and again and again in every single tournament (damn you, the Berlin variation!). And I am no...

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The Huge Importance Of Chess Psychology

IM Silman Dec 24, 2015

I write quite a bit about chess psychology since it plays an enormous part of one’s results. Fear of a higher-rated player, trusting a player’s move instead of challenging it, falling victim to the ubiquitous (and deadly) “I ca...

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Can You Solve Our 2015 Holiday Puzzler?

pete Dec 23, 2015

Your favorite annual chess tradition is back. Chess.com is proud to celebrate the holiday season with an all-new puzzler quiz for 2015. The 10 Chess.com members who score the highest on the Holiday Puzzler will win the prizes below. ...

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Video Series On The King's Indian Defense

TigerChess Dec 21, 2015

The King's Indian Defense is one of the great openings in chess history. A favorite of many of Caissa's greatest innovators — the King's Indian Defense was central to the development of new, dynamic ways to play chess. No more taking 1....


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