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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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Carlsen, Capablanca And The Beatles

GM Gserper Dec 20, 2015

About a quarter of a century ago, I started playing in international tournaments on a regular basis. Just like thousands of other folks from the former Soviet Union I enjoyed the fall of the Iron Curtain and ability to freely travel abroad. Pret...

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Nakamura, MVL To Play Death Match Monday

pete Dec 18, 2015

Two of the best chess players in the world will face off Monday morning in the biggest Chess.com Death Match of all time as American number-one GM Hikaru Nakamura is set to battle French number-one GM Maxime Vachier-Lagrave. The match will be br...

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A Legendary Chess Zen Master Has Died

IM Silman Dec 17, 2015

When I was just turning 19, I would go with a friend to Berkeley and visit the Hare Krishna temple. Were we into them? No, not at all. But every evening they offered free (very tasty!) food, and when you are broke and starving, you are willing t...

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The Player I'd Most Like to Have Met

batgirl Dec 16, 2015

     Throughout the history of the game, chess has produced innumerable fascinating personalities.  Some were stars, others played supporting roles.  Many of them, at least from the hazy vantage point of my clouded ...

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Judge Chess

JoseDiaz Dec 15, 2015

© 2015, José Diaz   Links Interview with José Diaz José Diaz Official Website

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3 Fun Chess Stories

GM DanielNaroditsky Dec 15, 2015

Elon Musk is an otherworldly individual. At 44 years old, he is a multi-billionaire, the founder of several successful companies, and the current CEO and product architect of a rather prominent outfit known as Tesla Motors. He is a skilled busines...

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The Kung Fu Queen

GM Gserper Dec 13, 2015

My childhood happened at the time when kung fu was all the rage. All the kids were discussing the latest martial arts movies and the "Kung Fu Fighting" song was at the top of the charts. The legends about the Shaolin monks were fascinating. Some...

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No Balance, No Success

IM Silman Dec 10, 2015

I get countless questions that ask about taste in chess (No, don’t eat the pieces!). Taste, in this case, refers to a preference for positional or tactical situations. (However, if you MUST eat the pieces, please buy a chess cake or a ches...

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