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...

PRO Chess Round 8: Playoff Push Today

PRO Chess Round 8: Playoff Push Today

FM MikeKlein
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Feb 27, 2018

Playoff scenarios are beginning to take shape in the PRO Chess League's second season. With the announcement that the final four teams will play in person in San Francisco, we can call these last two weeks of the regular season the road to the "ch...

World Chess Champions Fall For This Trap

World Chess Champions Fall For This Trap

GM Gserper
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Feb 26, 2018

Today we are going to talk about a very simple trap that any experienced chess player is supposed to know by heart. Yet,at least two legendary world champions fell into this trap in the most unfortunate moment: when they played their world champio...

Chess Dreams Do Come True

Chess Dreams Do Come True

IM Silman
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Feb 23, 2018

As many of you remember, I’ve used "BB’s" games as good examples of both right and wrong ideas and moves. He plays a lot of one-game-a-week USCF rated games, and sometime he also plays two tournaments at the same time (on different day...

PRO Chess League: Saturday Smackdown

PRO Chess League: Saturday Smackdown

FM MikeKlein
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Feb 23, 2018

Earlier this season, the Professional Rapid Online (PRO) Chess League held a full weekend of chess, dubbing it "Super Saturday" and "Super Sunday." For each team's seventh match, the league will reprise the free-for-all format, but all the action ...

ChessKid: New Features Update

ChessKid: New Features Update

ChessKid
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Feb 22, 2018

ChessKid.com, the scholastic extension of Chess.com, has added a flurry of new features in the last few months. Several new members of the programming team have been hard at work delivering the kinds of fun learning features that kids, coaches, an...

How To Discover An Opening Novelty

How To Discover An Opening Novelty

GM Gserper
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Feb 18, 2018

These days, when opening theory grows exponentially, it is very difficult to come up with an opening novelty. The new move you are considering was either already played by someone, analyzed in some publication or already stored in somebody's com...

How To Learn Chess Patterns

How To Learn Chess Patterns

IM Silman
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Feb 16, 2018

The Chess.com member Kurniadigautama said: “I am currently trying to improve my understanding of positional play. The engine told Black to castle kingside while White is threatening to double take on c6. If White does take after Black cast...

Passive vs Basic Hope Chess

Passive vs Basic Hope Chess

NM danheisman
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Feb 14, 2018

There are many things for which you can "hope" when playing chess: for example, you can hope that your opponent doesn't see that your move was a blunder and fails to exploit it; you can hope that your opponent doesn't see your threat and will let ...

Why Is This Olympic Sport Called 'Chess On Ice'?

Why Is This Olympic Sport Called 'Chess On Ice'?

pete
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Feb 14, 2018

Curling, one of the 15 sports of the 2018 winter Olympics, is in the spotlight this week as millions of viewers worldwide tune in to watch the icy game of strategy and dexterity. Curling has been called "chess on ice," and the comparison is a go...

How To Trick Your Opponent

How To Trick Your Opponent

GM Gserper
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Feb 12, 2018

People love magic tricks! Yes, we know that the magicians trick us and they don't really saw women in half, and yet we cannot help but admire the miracle that happens right in front of our eyes. Now tell me, when was the last time you saw ches...

What's Inside AlphaZero's Chess Brain?

What's Inside AlphaZero's Chess Brain?

Mel_OCinneide
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Feb 7, 2018

In the first part of this article I described how AlphaZero calculates variations. In this part I’ll cover how it learns, by itself, to play chess. I’ll have to gloss over some details, but hopefully there’s enough to give...