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The 7 Most Amazing Chess Records

NM SamCopeland Dec 9, 2017

Records inspire us all to strive for greatness. The long legacy of chess has birthed some records which have stood for decades, and some that may well stand for centuries. Here are seven of the most amazing chess records ever etched into history...

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How Can An Expert Become A Master?

IM Silman Dec 8, 2017

The Chess.com member Animaul7 (his real name is Anthony Maulucci) wrote: I’m a 16-year-old who has been stuck at an expert rating for some time now, which I know is pretty normal. One question I have for you is what juniors like myself can...

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Can You Solve Our 2017 Holiday Puzzler?

pete Dec 6, 2017

Your favorite annual chess quiz tradition is back for the holidays. Chess.com is proud to celebrate the season with an all-new puzzler for 2017—So enjoy this year's fun (and tricky) edition.  Play the puzzler here.  The 10...

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Have You Seen These 2 Amazing Capablanca Games?

GM Gserper Dec 3, 2017

The games played by Jose Raul Capablanca have been analyzed in countless chess books, magazines and videos. Today, I want to show you two of his less famous games. Both were played against the strong American master Alexander Kevitz, and both de...

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The Dean of American Chess

batgirl Nov 29, 2017

   The expression "Dean of American Chess"  officially refers to specific individuals whose contribution to American Chess deserves special recognition and, as such, the title is considered the highest honor the national organizat...

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The Chess Endgame Every Beginner Should Know

louisathomas Nov 29, 2017

Chess is a game of dramatic possibility. Within a few moves, the number of potential positions is in the millions. Soon, there are more permutations than a human could count in a lifetime. This is well known; you sometimes hear that there are mo...

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Can You Beat Magnus Carlsen?

GM Gserper Nov 26, 2017

The Wall Street Journal is not the publication you want to read looking for a good laugh, unless you find such terms like GDP, P/E ratio or volatility index particularly funny. Yet, I couldn't stop smiling reading through their recent article abou...

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Were Players In The 1800s Terrible?

IM Silman Nov 23, 2017

The Chess.com member LittlePawn988 wrote: Something really bugs me. I often hear players, of every level, talking about the strength of masters of the past and sometimes I find them really arrogant and disrespectful. Even lower-rated players sa...

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How Many Chess Players Are There In The World?

CHESScom Nov 22, 2017

"Nobody knows, even roughly, how many people play chess, and nobody should pretend to know." -- Edward Winter1 Is chess the most popular game in the world? While no one can say for certain, here are some estimates of the numbers of chess playe...

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The Deadly Pawn Sacrifice

GM Gserper Nov 21, 2017

In last week's article we learned some of the favorite chess patterns of super-GM Ding Liren. As you probably remember, he loves to play for domination when his opponent's pieces can barely move. His most common recipe to get this kind of a p...

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Carlsen-Grischuk Speed Chess Semifinal, By The Numbers

FM MikeKlein Nov 20, 2017

GM Magnus Carlsen has been beating anything with a heartbeat in November. First he won by the largest margin in the Champions Showdown with a day to spare, then he scored the most game points ever in a Speed Chess Championship match. You can throw...

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Do You Need To Know Mate And Tactic Names?

IM Silman Nov 17, 2017

The Chess.com member grepschrop wrote: “Some players told me that it’s not important to know the names of mating patterns. My experience with kids is contrary. What is your opinion?” SILMAN: Though one might think this is easy ...

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The Best Holiday Deals On Chess Gear

News Nov 15, 2017

Holiday shopping season is here, and there's no better time to pick up some over-the-board chess gear for anyone on your list (or even yourself).  The holidays are a great time to get together and play some chess, so make sure you stock up ...

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How To Learn From The Best

GM Gserper Nov 12, 2017

In one of my recent articles we analyzed the games of Rudolf Pitschak. As one of the readers correctly pointed out, he wasn't the best player in the world. Actually quite far from that! And yet we could learn something from his games. Now imagin...

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Chess Tests For Players 1400 And Up

IM Silman Nov 10, 2017

Here are six puzzles. They might be tactics, they might be positional, or the puzzle might be about understanding some hidden deep, dark, strategic concept. In other words you need to face real-world problems and figure out real-world solutions....

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Double the Fun

batgirl Nov 8, 2017

     A few months ago Chess.com introduced an individual version of four player chess called "Free For All."  Just recently a second version called "Teams" has been released.  Four player chess is hardly a new concept....

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What Are The Best Chess Streams On Twitch?

NM SamCopeland Nov 8, 2017

Chess.com was thrilled to officially announce its new partnership with Twitch in support of chess streamers, broadcasts, and events. What are some of the best chess channels on Twitch? First, the obvious one: Twitch.tv/chess Longtime fa...

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How To Become a Chess.com and Twitch Partnered Streamer

News Nov 6, 2017

Chess.com has partnered with Twitch to bring chess fans around the world more options to watch their favorite players. To grow the chess streaming ecosystem, Chess.com and Twitch are offering a number of benefits to chess players of all skill...

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Why Study Chess?

GM Gserper Nov 5, 2017

Recently a chess player asked me a simple question: "I have no chess talent, so should I spend my time on reading chess books and studying chess games?" I am sure that at some point (usually after a disappointing game or a tournament) many peopl...

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Chess Tests For Players 1600 And Up

IM Silman Nov 3, 2017

When I answer reader questions, I try to stay (vaguely) in that player’s rating group (two hundred points more or less). Of course, a beginner might feel left out, but I also answer beginner players’ queries. I do my best to give somet...

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The 12 Spookiest Chess Faces

News Oct 31, 2017

Very few things in life are scarier than being stared down by a chess player moments before they beat you. A spooky glance from your opponent can inspire fear, intimidation, and sometimes, pure horror! But some looks are more fierce than others,...

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