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Do Not Misuse Your Chess Computer!

GM Gserper Jan 15, 2017

My favorite episode from The Prince And The Pauper happens towards the end of the story: "Speak up, good lad, and fear nothing," said the king. "How used you the Great Seal of England?" Tom stammered a moment, in a pathetic confusion, the...

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The Curse Of Undefended Pieces

IM Silman Jan 12, 2017

Over the years, I’ve looked at tons of games played by low-rated Chess.com members (games by low-rated players are often extremely instructive). In many instances I see undefended pieces on both sides. And, in many of those games, the defeat...

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3 Ways To Learn New Openings

FM hellokostya Jan 12, 2017

Learning a new opening can be a challenging but rewarding task. Once you have gotten used to a certain variation (e.g. the French Defense or the Catalan), it can be difficult to switch to playing something else, but at the same time it will e...

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PRO Chess League Guide

PROChessLeague Jan 11, 2017

The PRO Chess League pits cities and regions around the globe against one another in fast-paced online play. With 48 teams from five continents and top players such as World Champion Magnus Carlsen, Fabiano Caruana, Wesley So, Hikaru Nak...

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PRO Chess League Official Rules

shakhmaty Jan 10, 2017

PRO Chess League Rules as of 3/9/2017: Eligibility and Team Makeup   A.1. Team rosters A lineup is the four players you are using each match. A roster is the total list of players you have on your team that you can use in an ...

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Who Will Win PRO Chess League Week 1?

FM MikeKlein Jan 10, 2017

With the advent of the PRO Chess League only hours away, Chess.com assembled a panel of five chess pundits to predict the outcomes of every match this season. The experts have quite a bit of work ahead of them, handicapping 24 matches ea...

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Carlsen Plays Chess On His Birthday

GM Gserper Jan 8, 2017

Most people like to celebrate their birthdays and most of my readers like to play chess. Have you ever wondered what happens when you combine these two great things and play chess on your birthday? Well, recently we had a bunch of high-prof...

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American Woman - Part II

batgirl Jan 4, 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 year...

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Who Was The Best World Chess Champion In History?

IM DanielRensch Jan 3, 2017

What if we had a time machine? What if we could bring all the greatest chess players in history together, removing any advantages of opening theory or other evolved knowledge of our game for a super-tournament? What if Fischer played Kasparov? K...

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How To Win A Chess Game

CHESScom Jan 1, 2017

How do you win a chess game? The goal of chess is to checkmate your opponent. Checkmate happens when the king is attacked by another piece and has no way to escape. At that point, the game is over. But checkmate doesn’t happen without pr...

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Carlsen's Unlucky Endgame

GM Gserper Jan 1, 2017

In the age of endgame tablebases and engines rated 3300+, it is difficult to imagine a relatively basic endgame that even grandmasters have difficulties to play and evaluate. The endgame "two bishops vs. a rook" with all pawns on ...

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Learning Chess Patterns Is Easy

IM Silman Dec 29, 2016

I recently noticed an article that tried to clarify what a pattern is. I found it quite agonizing since the writer didn’t understand patterns but was trying hard to isolate exactly what it was (a noble try but quite futile). Unfortunate...

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Chess.com Fair Play And Cheat-Detection

News Dec 28, 2016

Cheating in chess is a serious issue. The issue is magnified online, where there is no arbiter to physically observe play. Chess.com takes fair play and cheat-detection very seriously, and we have since our founding.  We understand how frus...

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7 New Year's Chess Resolutions

NM SamCopeland Dec 27, 2016

Statistically, just eight percent of people achieve their New Year's resolutions. That doesn't seem so great, but if we all resolve to become grandmasters, maybe eight percent of us can make it.  More realistically, New Year's resoluti...

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Chess And Political Correctness

GM Gserper Dec 25, 2016

The world has gone crazy! Did I just say it aloud? I am sorry; I used to better control what I say. In fact it was something you would learn from your early childhood in the former Soviet Union. As the very popular rock group Nautilu...

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Why You Lose To Weaker Players

IM Silman Dec 22, 2016

Asmara the Cat wrote: I have a problem and I hope you can help me. My problem is that I don’t know how to defeat bad players (well, I’m not so good, but players who play worse than me). In real life, I’ve earned a FIDE rating b...

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Can You Solve Our 2016 Holiday Puzzler?

pete Dec 21, 2016

Your favorite annual chess tradition is back. Chess.com is proud to celebrate the holiday season with an all-new puzzler for 2016—and we believe this is the hardest (and most rewarding) quiz yet. The 10 Chess.com members who score the hi...

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American Woman - Part I

batgirl Dec 21, 2016

  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 year...

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Pattern Recognition—Fact Or Fiction?

Vik-Hansen Dec 20, 2016

Chess players, chess authors and chess psychologists attempt to teach and explain chess playing with the concept of "pattern recognition": Pattern recognition is one of the most important mechanisms of chess improvement. Realizing that the ...

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2017 PRO Chess League: Teams

PROChessLeague Dec 19, 2016

We are proud to welcome 48 teams, over 400 players and over 100 grandmasters to this inaugural season of the PRO Chess League! Listed here are all of the team rosters in rating order as well as links to social media and information about each...

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2017 PRO Chess League: Standings

PROChessLeague Dec 19, 2016

Here you will find the current standings of the 2017 PRO Chess League, updated weekly after all results are in. All matches will be covered live on www.chess.com/tv with hosts taking you from start to finish! League night (or day depen...

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