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What If Chess Pieces Were Cryptocurrencies?

pete Jan 10, 2018

Cryptocurrency mania is surely upon us. Interest in these digital assets has soared like great blooming tulips, and prices have grown even higher. You can't turn on CNBC for more than a few minutes without seeing someone talking excitedly about ...

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How To Make Lucky Blunders

GM Gserper Jan 7, 2018

For most club players, blunders are a very big problem. They can ruin a game or even a whole tournament! Besides, they prevent a chess player from getting better results and a higher rating. That's why some time ago I wrote a six-part arti...

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My Favorite U.S. Chess Magazines: Part 1

IM Silman Jan 5, 2018

CHESS LIFE AND REVIEW I was recently thinking about the best U.S. chess magazines ever. There were quite a lot. Two favorites are Joel Benjamin’s magazine, Chess Chow (1991 to 1994), which was hilarious, and Inside Chess, Yasser Seirawan&r...

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Guseinov Wins Year's 1st Titled Tuesday

NM SamCopeland Jan 3, 2018

Evidently, many titled players resolved to play more Titled Tuesdays in 2018! With 259 entrants, this month's Titled Tuesday was easily the largest yet. With an impressive 9/10, GM Gadir Guseinov was clear first. I recently read GM Judit ...

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5 Ways To Get Better At Chess in 2018

pete Jan 3, 2018

Too many times, people don’t try their best. They don’t have the keen spirit; the winning spirit. And once you make it you’ve got to guard your reputation—every day go in like an unknown to prove yourself. That’s why ...

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What Are Your Chess Goals For 2018?

GM Gserper Dec 31, 2017

It is New Year's Eve and millions of people are making their New Year's resolutions. The top two resolutions traditionally have something to do with weight loss and achieving certain financial goals. Nevertheless, I am pretty sure that ches...

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Will Carlsen-Nakamura 2 Be Better Than The Original?

FM MikeKlein Dec 29, 2017

This season's Speed Chess Championship finals on January 3 will go the way of last year's Grandmaster Blitz Battle ending: GM Magnus Carlsen vs. GM Hikaru Nakamura. For many, seeing these two duel again is the most cinematic matchup. Last t...

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Beware Of Undefended Pieces

IM Silman Dec 28, 2017

There is nothing wrong with your chessboard. Do not attempt to adjust the pieces. I am controlling the moves. If you wish to speak, I will bring up the volume. If you wish to mutter that all of this is insanity, I will tune it to a whisper. I w...

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Why You Should Never Resign

GM Gserper Dec 24, 2017

Despite severe criticism for a very high number of draws, the London Chess Classic was an interesting event followed by chess players around the world. After the first three rounds where every single game was drawn, many people, including the s...

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The Top 10 Chess News Stories Of 2017

FM MikeKlein Dec 22, 2017

Whew. Let's all sit down and breathe for a minute. It's been an exciting, and tumultuous year. 2017. How did it go so fast? For both Chess.com directors of content, Peter Doggers and this writer, it flew by largely from the window seat, as b...

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Daily Chess Puzzle App for Slack

News Dec 21, 2017

Do you use Slack, the team messaging / collaboration tool? If so, get the Daily Chess Puzzle App and have the Chess.com Daily Puzzle posted right to the Slack channel of your choice!  Every day the puzzle will automatically post and your te...

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Efim Geller vs Bobby Fischer

IM Silman Dec 21, 2017

In my article “Efim Geller, Killer on the Chessboard,” I discussed Geller’s pioneering work with the King’s Indian Defense. (Mikhail Botvinnik said, “Before Geller we did not understand the King’s Indian Defense...

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The 7 Best Holiday Songs To Play During Chess

pete Dec 20, 2017

Listening to music while playing online chess is natural, and may even improve your play. If it's good enough for the world's top players, it's good enough for you. Hikaru Nakamura bobs his head to AFI and The Offspring during his Speed Chess Ch...

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The Top 10 Chess Games Of 2017

FM LuisFSiles Dec 19, 2017

This has been a very intense year chess-wise, with very high-quality games and really exciting tournaments. It is not easy to make a selection of the best games. The problem with this sort of article is that there's always someone who thinks that ...

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How Does AlphaZero Play Chess?

Mel_OCinneide Dec 19, 2017

By now you've heard about the new kid on the chess-engine block, AlphaZero, and its crushing match win vs Stockfish, the strongest open-source chess engine. The reactions from the chess community to this match ranged from admiration to utter dis...

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AlphaZero: Its Great Predecessors

GM Gserper Dec 17, 2017

Garry Kasparov's book My Great Predecessors is one of the best ever written about chess. If I had to take just one chess book with me on a proverbial desert island, that would be my pick. Well, actually I would take all five volumes of the book....

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Efim Geller, Killer On The Chessboard

IM Silman Dec 15, 2017

Several years ago I was at a coffee shop in Pasadena, California, and started a conversation with a few young (mid-twenties) Taiwanese people. After we chatted about Taiwan, our talk took a turn into various kinds of pop music. I made it clear tha...

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Karjakin vs Nakamura: The Ultimate Coin Flip

FM MikeKlein Dec 14, 2017

Never in Speed Chess Championship history, or really in any of Chess.com's head-to-head matches, have two GMs approached their face-off so soon after an over-the-board meeting. A scant five days after playing a classical game against each other ...

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The Most Beautiful Chess Book

IM Anna_Rudolf Dec 13, 2017

It's a chess book like no other, a visual tribute to the royal game. The book is 208 pages of Fedrigoni paper filled with tension in the eyes of silent protagonists. Club players, Olympic members, world champions. All focused, deep in thought, ...

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The Ugly Castle

GM Gserper Dec 10, 2017

Even beginners know that castling is a very important part of an opening strategy since it moves your king away from the center into a comfortable home created by a rook and three pawns. But what if the new king's house is not so cozy, since the...

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