PRO Chess League Semifinals: Meet The Pandas!

PRO Chess League Semifinals: Meet The Pandas!

FM MikeKlein
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Apr 5, 2018

Chinese philosophy brought us the concept of "yin and yang." So too does their national treasure, the panda bear. Pandas look soft and cuddly, but as you may also know, they can also be "death-loving oxygen thieves." As for the Chengdu Pandas,...

PRO Chess League Semifinals: Meet The Eagles!

PRO Chess League Semifinals: Meet The Eagles!

FM MikeKlein
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Apr 4, 2018

The bald eagle is the official bird of the United States, and this weekend, the Eagles are flying home. By virtue of becoming the Eastern Divisional playoff champions, the Armenia Eagles are soaring to San Francisco for the PRO Chess League's semi...

PRO Chess League Semifinals: Meet The Arch Bishops!

PRO Chess League Semifinals: Meet The Arch Bishops!

FM MikeKlein
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Apr 3, 2018

They already span the Mississippi River, and now they're trying to have their championship success cross over into this season. Unlike some of the other teams that qualified for the PRO Chess League's semifinals and finals, many of the Saint Lou...

PRO Chess League Semifinals: Meet The Turtles!

PRO Chess League Semifinals: Meet The Turtles!

FM MikeKlein
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Apr 2, 2018

"Can't stop these radical dudes/The secret of the ooze made the chosen few/Emerge from the shadows to make their move/The good guys win and the bad guys lose!" Children of the 80s will immediately recognize the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles' them...

National Chess Day!

National Chess Day!

CHESScom
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Apr 1, 2018

National Chess Day! Former U.S. President Gerald Ford announced and designated National Chess Day on October 9, 1976. 38th President of the United States: Gerald Ford The purpose of the recognition was to encourage individuals and grou...

The Unknown Fabiano Caruana

The Unknown Fabiano Caruana

GM Gserper
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Apr 1, 2018

The tournament of the year is over and we have a deserved winner. The quality of Fabiano Caruana's games was higher than anyone else's in the Candidates' Tournament and he kept his cool throughout the whole competition. Now we all are waiting fo...

Like a Jewel

Like a Jewel

batgirl
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Mar 28, 2018

     Reporting the death of Adolf Anderssen,  on April 12, 1879, "The Saturday Magazine" wrote:  Paul Morphy has a world-wide reputation, and he deserves to have it, because he simply mowed down every one he came ac...

7 Ways Fortnite Is Like Chess

7 Ways Fortnite Is Like Chess

pete
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Mar 28, 2018

Fortnite (particularly its Battle Royale mode) has become one of the most popular games in the world, exploding in gaming culture seemingly faster than any video game in recent memory. Even though I am definitely a beginner at chess, I am much m...

You Are Stronger Than Magnus Carlsen!

You Are Stronger Than Magnus Carlsen!

GM Gserper
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Mar 25, 2018

Don't worry, I haven't lost my mind when insist that you are stronger than Magnus Carlsen even if your rating is just 1400. Also, it is not a April Fool's Day joke. It is pure math and logic, so let me explain. If you forgot what transitivity ...

Frank Marshall: The Growth Of A Chess Champion

Frank Marshall: The Growth Of A Chess Champion

IM Silman
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Mar 15, 2018

Let’s talk about Frank Marshall. This man was U.S. Chess Champion from 1909 to 1936. He was a man who beat Emanuel Lasker once and Capablanca twice, a player who feared no one. He won many tournaments against world class competition. He was ...

What's The Most Unbalanced Chess960 Position?

What's The Most Unbalanced Chess960 Position?

FM MikeKlein
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Mar 14, 2018

The recent Chess960 unofficial world championship match between GMs Magnus Carlsen and Hikaru Nakamura created quite a buzz. The early viewership numbers seem to prove that there's pent-up interest from chess fans to see a unique game that tr...

PRO Chess League Finals FAQ

PRO Chess League Finals FAQ

News
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Mar 12, 2018

PCL Finals FAQ WHEN?     WHAT?     WHERE?     WHO?     HOW?     OTHER Q's?    Member: Hey Chess.com, I just read your article and I want to see this myself!...

Chessplayers Have A Different Word For Everything!

Chessplayers Have A Different Word For Everything!

GM Gserper
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Mar 10, 2018

Yes, you've caught me! Whenever I see a checkmate, I cannot help but re-phrase the well-known joke of Steve Martin. You see, Wikipedia has a page about different mating patterns, and it turns out that the checkmates I knew since childhood all have...

What Is The Best Chess Nation?

What Is The Best Chess Nation?

pete
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Mar 7, 2018

What is the strongest chess country in the world? There are many ways to measure the strongest chess nations. By sheer volume, Russia dominates, with 2,559 titled players, including a remarkable 243 grandmasters. In fact, Russia has more grand...

Why Do Grandmasters Play "Beginner's Moves"?

Why Do Grandmasters Play "Beginner's Moves"?

GM Gserper
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Mar 6, 2018

A popular saying insists that there are no bad questions: there are only bad answers. Well, I have a confession to make. There is a sort of question that is really difficult to answer. It usually goes like this: A student rated around USCF 1200 co...

How To Save A Lost Position Like Tal

How To Save A Lost Position Like Tal

GM Gserper
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Mar 4, 2018

In his famous book My Great Predecessors, Garry Kasparov titled a chapter about Mikhail Tal "Bluff as a Weapon of Victory." Indeed, there is no other world champion who sacrificed as many pieces and took as much risk as Tal. Yet as GM Averb...

Can You Solve This Chess Mystery?

Can You Solve This Chess Mystery?

IM Silman
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Mar 2, 2018

A Chess.com member asked: After 1.c4 Nf6 2.g3 d5 3.Bg2 dxc4 5.d4 every chess engine tells me the best move for Black will be capturing en passant right away (which is why I never thought about playing d4 as White here). Still, in the databases ...

Who Will Be The Next World Chess Champion?

Who Will Be The Next World Chess Champion?

pete
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Feb 28, 2018

Magnus Carlsen is the current world champion, and many say he is the best of all time. He certainly looks to be at the peak of his chess powers right now. Eventually, though, someone has to take the world title from him. But who will be the one ...

Jensen's Masterpiece

Jensen's Masterpiece

batgirl
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Feb 28, 2018

     This is a story of a trinity:  a store, a man and a masterpiece.      Nearly a century ago, a man named William Lindenberg opened a jewelry store on 1314 E. 45th St. in  Seattle. This was in...