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Can You Smell Chess Moves?

GM Gserper Mar 5, 2017

In the beginning of the 1990s, I established a certain routine. Whenever I set foot in Moscow (and I did it pretty frequently), I would visit the Central Chess Club and climb a narrow staircase to the third floor to meet Botvinnik in his labo...

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How To Set Up A Chessboard

CHESScom Mar 3, 2017

If you have a chess set and want to start a game, the first thing you need to do is get the board set up correctly. Step 1: Lay out the board with the light square in the bottom-right corner.It’s important to orient the board in the right ...

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How To Set Up A Chess Game

CHESScom Mar 3, 2017

Setting up a chess game is easy. It’s playing that can be hard. Here is how to set up a game. Step 1: Decide where to play. Do you want to play on a real board with a friend near you? Or do you want to play with one of mil...

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How To Get Good At Chess

CHESScom Mar 3, 2017

Millions of people around the world play chess regularly—but how do you become good at chess? 1. Define what “good at chess" means. To some people, being “good” means they can beat the average chess player. If that i...

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Speed Chess Championship Official Rules

IM DanielRensch Mar 3, 2017

Below are the official rules and format of Chess.com's 2017 Speed Chess Championship.  For the full list of players in the 2017 Speed Chess Championship, click here. By accepting the invitation to play, players acknowledge they ...

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Who Has The Most Best Game Prizes?

IM Silman Mar 2, 2017

Before you read this article, have some fun and try to guess who has won the most best game prizes (usually a brilliancy prize but sometimes a positional masterpiece). Did you pick a player? Okay, then let’s see if you’ve picked the ...

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Who Is The Best Chess Player In The World?

CHESScom Mar 1, 2017

You have probably heard someone say “I can beat all my friends at chess” or “I’m the best chess player at my school!” After rolling your eyes, you may have wondered: Who is the best chess player in the world? The be...

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The Best Chess Openings For Beginners

CHESScom Mar 1, 2017

The first few moves of a chess game can be some of the most important moves you make. In those moves, you will establish your early plans and fight for your place on the board. Most beginners don’t need to memorize exact opening moves and sh...

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How To Get Better At Chess

CHESScom Mar 1, 2017

No matter where you are in chess, you can always get better. And with the right habits and attitude, getting better at chess can be both fun and simple. To get better at chess, you will need to learn the rules, play a lot of games, review your pla...

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Initiative

GM Rabachess Mar 1, 2017

Hello, dear friends and chess fans! From today onwards I'll be writing my own blog in Russian. Please follow my articles and kindly share opinions and feedback. Today I would like to talk about a very important elem...

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American Woman - Part VI

batgirl Mar 1, 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...

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Prophylactic Play

GM Ginger_GM Feb 28, 2017

"It is said that if you know your enemies and know yourself, you will not be imperiled in a hundred battles; if you do not know your enemies but do know yourself, you will win one and lose one; if you do not know your enemies nor yourself, you wil...

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How Not To Hate Endgames

GM Gserper Feb 26, 2017

"I detest endgames!" said Dawid Janowski more than 100 years ago. He elaborated further by saying that a good chess game should be decided in the middlegame. Today such an opinion would make most professional chess players smile, but please reme...

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Predict The Pro Chess League And Win!

pete Feb 23, 2017

After a thrilling conclusion to the regular season, the playoff field is set for the inaugural PRO Chess League.  [UPDATE: Winners are below. All winners have been notified and have been sent their prizes.] While the world's best playe...

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Pete's Pathetic Chess: The Worst Move Imaginable

pete Feb 22, 2017

Back after truly underwhelming reader demand, Pete's Pathetic Chess is the "instructional" column where I subject my awful moves and chess ideas to analysis by an actual grandmaster and the best chess-playing computer ...

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When Chess Players Protest

GM Gserper Feb 19, 2017

One of the biggest open tournaments of the year (Gibraltar) was marred by a bizarre incident that happened in the last round. The women's world champion, Hou Yifan, lost her game in just five moves! Media instantly spread the news thro...

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The Opening That Didn't Like Bobby Fischer

IM Silman Feb 16, 2017

Chess players are always looking for new openings. But picking an opening isn’t easy since there are so many to choose. Sometimes the choice is made by using the openings of your favorite chess hero. And other times the opening choice is ...

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American Woman - Part V

batgirl Feb 15, 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...

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Carlsen Checkmates!

GM Gserper Feb 12, 2017

The most shocking chess episode of the year that everyone is talking about happened in the Tata Steel super tournament. Indeed how often does the world chess champion miss a checkmate in three, when he has plenty of time to think on his ...

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Chess Cyborg: Chess Teachers And Chess Books

IM Silman Feb 9, 2017

This article is a bit different in that I’ve written about chess books and I’ve written about chess coaches, but I’ve never blended the two together. In doing so, I will show you how your chess teachers can turn your chess books ...

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Staunton Could See The Future

GM Gserper Feb 5, 2017

In the first part of this article, we saw numerous examples of Howard Staunton's sparkling attacks.  Yes, he knew how to attack, but there were many players who could do it as well if not better than him (Paul Morphy instantly com...

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How Can I Get More Students On Chess.com?

IM DanielRensch Feb 2, 2017

If getting people to pay you for advice was as simple as asking, everyone would be doing it! The same goes for chess coaches looking to develop their professional career. While Chess.com does provide the tools you need for teaching, we ...

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