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How Not To Hate Endgames

GM Gserper Feb 26, 2017

"I detest endgames!" said Dawid Janowski more than 100 years ago. He elaborated further by saying that a good chess game should be decided in the middlegame. Today such an opinion would make most professional chess players smile, but please reme...

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Predict The Pro Chess League And Win!

pete Feb 23, 2017

After a thrilling conclusion to the regular season, the playoff field is set for the inaugural PRO Chess League.  While the world's best players vie for big cash prizes and pride for their cities, you too can get in on the action by predict...

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Pete's Pathetic Chess: The Worst Move Imaginable

pete Feb 22, 2017

Back after truly underwhelming reader demand, Pete's Pathetic Chess is the "instructional" column where I subject my awful moves and chess ideas to analysis by an actual grandmaster and the best chess-playing computer ...

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When Chess Players Protest

GM Gserper Feb 19, 2017

One of the biggest open tournaments of the year (Gibraltar) was marred by a bizarre incident that happened in the last round. The women's world champion, Hou Yifan, lost her game in just five moves! Media instantly spread the news thro...

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The Opening That Didn't Like Bobby Fischer

IM Silman Feb 16, 2017

Chess players are always looking for new openings. But picking an opening isn’t easy since there are so many to choose. Sometimes the choice is made by using the openings of your favorite chess hero. And other times the opening choice is ...

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American Woman - Part V

batgirl Feb 15, 2017

  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...

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Carlsen Checkmates!

GM Gserper Feb 12, 2017

The most shocking chess episode of the year that everyone is talking about happened in the Tata Steel super tournament. Indeed how often does the world chess champion miss a checkmate in three, when he has plenty of time to think on his ...

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Chess Cyborg: Chess Teachers And Chess Books

IM Silman Feb 9, 2017

This article is a bit different in that I’ve written about chess books and I’ve written about chess coaches, but I’ve never blended the two together. In doing so, I will show you how your chess teachers can turn your chess books ...

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Staunton Could See The Future

GM Gserper Feb 5, 2017

In the first part of this article, we saw numerous examples of Howard Staunton's sparkling attacks.  Yes, he knew how to attack, but there were many players who could do it as well if not better than him (Paul Morphy instantly com...

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The 3 'Illnesses' Of Chess

IM Silman Feb 2, 2017

The Chess.com member Canyounotquit wrote: “I really want to know why and how I lost this particular game. I had a piece lead and still I lost badly. I’ve no idea where I went wrong.” JS: Everyone loses games. But, wh...

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American Woman - Part IV

batgirl Feb 1, 2017

  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...

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G-Pawn Flies At "Battle Of The Sexes"

FM MikeKlein Jan 29, 2017

In the annual "Battle of the Sexes" at the 2017 Tradewise Gibraltar Chess Festival, where a teams of 5-10 square off, the men conjured some irregular openings against the ladies. On Saturday evening's three-game match, here's the trio of opening...

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The Man Who Was Ahead Of His Time

GM Gserper Jan 29, 2017

Ask chess players about the period known as romantic chess and they will probably mention the names of La Bourdonnais, Anderssen and Morphy. Indeed, all three of them were called unofficial world champions of their time.  ...

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How To Play Positional Sacrifices

IM Silman Jan 26, 2017

Se-Brain asked: I am currently boggled by positional sacrifices. First off, what are possible motifs for sacrifices, and second, how do you find out if your sac’s compensation is worth it or not? JS: I pretty much answered this in my ar...

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PRO Chess League Week 3: The Critical Showdowns

NM SamCopeland Jan 25, 2017

With a staggering 480 players and more than 150 grandmasters currently playing, the PRO Chess League is expanding as word of mouth spreads and new free agents and local players sign up to do battle for their teams and help bring them glory. Here...

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Who Will Win PRO Chess League Week 3?

FM MikeKlein Jan 24, 2017

Are you a better predictor of PRO Chess League winners than Chess.com's panel of experts? More specifically, are you better than Tarjei Svensen? Through two weeks of the regular season, Norway's "fastest chess Tweeter" has won both weeks, and th...

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Carlsen vs Karjakin: The Movies?

FM MikeKlein Jan 24, 2017

What if each of the 16 Carlsen-Karjakin world championship games were made into a movie, or into one compilation of vignettes like "New York Stories," "Four Rooms," or "Paris, Je T'aime"? Which director should take the lead on each game? ...

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Chess And Presidential Elections

GM Gserper Jan 22, 2017

During the 2016 presidential election, many Americans got caught between a rock and a hard place. Indeed, since both candidates had flaws, it was very difficult to make a choice. I wish we had an objective criteria that would a...

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How To Understand Chess Openings

IM Silman Jan 19, 2017

The Chess.com member alaskan asked:  “I would like to focus more on understanding rather than on lines, but almost all the opening books I can find focus on lines rather than on general ideas, so where to get this understanding from? ...

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American Woman - Part III

batgirl Jan 18, 2017

  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 yea...

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Who Will Win PRO Chess League Week 2?

FM MikeKlein Jan 17, 2017

The PRO Chess League's panel of pundits is back for week two. The second week of action is rivalry week (amongst the teams, not the panel, we think)! For more on who the quintet comprising the illustrious panel, click back to week one's predicti...

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