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Who Loved These Knight Moves?

GM Gserper Feb 7, 2016

When we analyzed "An Opening Line For Masters" last week, I chose GM Igor Zaitsev as our opening guide for a reason. It is difficult to name another chess player who introduced that many absolutely paradoxical opening novelties. Today ...

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Castling Early And Piece Coordination

IM Silman Feb 4, 2016

Should You Castle Early? Question: Chess.com member scmooney asked, “You stress castling early. In my experience I find that sometimes castling takes the king right into an ambush. In your lecture on attacking a castled king, Black’s...

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Surprise Mating Attacks

batgirl Feb 3, 2016

     The following is a reprint of a charming article composed by Al Horowitz in "Chess Review," Nov. 1953. Of course, this version has been updated to Algebraic Notation with the digital supplanting the physical. Al Horow...

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Can You Win Our Fake Chess Celebrity Contest?

pete Feb 2, 2016

Many celebrities enjoy playing chess. Howard Stern, the famous radio host, is a confirmed chess fanatic. Rainn Wilson, the actor who played Dwight Schrute on the long-running NBC series The Office, got the chance to play the world chess c...

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JoseDiaz Feb 2, 2016

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The Anatomy Of A Chess Brilliancy

GM DanielNaroditsky Feb 2, 2016

In round four of the recently-concluded 2015 Qatar Masters, I found myself across the board from a rather obscure individual known as Vladimir Kramnik (yes, I am being sarcastic). As the chief arbiter made the usual pre-game announcements, I recal...

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An Opening Line For Masters

GM Gserper Jan 31, 2016

Last week we analyzed a line that could be a decent opening weapon for club players. As you remember, unlike the openings played by super-grandmasters, it didn't require any special opening knowledge and could be learned in one minute. The obvio...

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A List of One’s Own: The New Top 100 Women Rankings

News Jan 30, 2016

By Maret Thorpe. Photo: Tae Moon [Reprinted with permission of the author and US Chess.] “I’m so honored to have made it on to the first iteration of the Top Women Age 50 and Over! I hope these newly added lists encourage mo...

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Opening Questions And A Dream Mate

IM Silman Jan 28, 2016

Openings That Lead to a Draw Question: Chess.com member jos2001 wrote, “I’m a 1076-ranked player who wants to know the best openings to draw.” Answer: Though various openings are known to be drawish at the master level (and u...

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Capt. Bertin's Gambit

batgirl Jan 27, 2016

     The Cunningham Defense in the King's Gambit Accepted begins 1. e4 e5 2. f4 exf4 3. Nf3 Be7.  White moves the Bishop to give his King a place to go with 4. Bc4.  If Black continues with the threatened 4... Bh4+ ...

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3 Ways To Review Your Openings

IM hellokostya Jan 26, 2016

Every chess game begins with an opening, which means that when reviewing your own games, it's important to analyze what happened in the first few moves. Here are three ways to improve your openings: Evaluate the outcome of the opening. Did you...

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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 30: 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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