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Reader Questions, Gripes, And Advice

IM Silman Aug 17, 2017

I used to do a lot of reader question columns but, for some reason, I haven’t done it in a long time. Why, I don’t know. However, I’m finally in the mood to discuss some of the Chess.com members' thoughts. THE MAN WHO CAN&rsquo...

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The Forums

batgirl Aug 16, 2017

     When I first came to chess.com, it was to avail myself of its wonderful blogging tools and its chess-centric community.  After 6 years of blogging, I chose to devote my time instead to the generally more involved pu...

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The Man Who Built The Chess Machine

jimmysoni Aug 16, 2017

By Rob Goodman and Jimmy Soni If anyone has a claim to be considered the founder of the information age, Claude Shannon does. In his groundbreaking work at the intersections of mathematics, engineering, and computer science, Shannon (1916-2001) ...

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Do You Know How To Promote A Pawn?

GM Gserper Aug 13, 2017

The question in the title of the article might surprise you. Indeed, what can be easier than pushing your pawn to the back rank and choosing a piece you want it to become? In reality, there are more problems arising from a pawn promotion than...

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Emanuel Lasker's Greatest Hits

IM Silman Aug 10, 2017

Everyone has a favorite chess player. People like players that are still alive, like Magnus Carlsen, Garry Kasparov, etc. Or players that are no longer with us, like Bobby Fischer and Mikhail Tal or, going way back, Paul Morphy. My favorite acti...

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How Many Moves Can You See Ahead?

louisathomas Aug 9, 2017

I recently told a friend that I had been playing a lot of chess. “How good are you?” she asked. I brightened, interpreting the question as an invitation for a game. “No, I don’t play,” she waved me off. “I&rsq...

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Should We Trust Computers?

GM Gserper Aug 6, 2017

The question whether to trust computers might sound pointless since we really have no choice in the modern world. Think about it: if a computer of one of the nuclear superpowers goes berserk, then it can potentially end humankind as we know it. Si...

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Beat Your Opponent By Retreating!

IM Silman Aug 4, 2017

In general, amateur chess players do their best to push their pieces forward and attack. However, sometimes they think they have to retreat due to the opponent threatening something or starting to take over the game (I said “think” bec...

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Your Favorite Grandmasters As Emoji

News Aug 2, 2017

In honor of "The Emoji Movie" (and its certified six percent fresh rating on Rotten Tomatoes), we've decided to assign emoji to some of the best chess players in the world. Let us know if you agree with our emoji, and feel free to sugge...

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The 5 Strangest Underpromotions In Chess

GM Gserper Jul 30, 2017

Last week we analyzed the situations where promoting a pawn into a rook, bishop or knight was a logical way to achieve a goal (whether to win or draw the game). Today we'll see the games where underpromotion didn't make much sense and wasn't ...

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Playing Goliath: What Goes Wrong

IM Silman Jul 28, 2017

The Chess.com member Souvik had a couple things to discuss. The first is his simultaneous game against an international master. After Souvic was completely outclassed in the opening (not a surprise when a 1500 player plays an IM), the IM got ...

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The Chess Guessing Game

Vik-Hansen Jul 26, 2017

In our previous installment, we discussed the concept of pattern recognition and this time we present a method for developing overall chess skills without having to rely on static generalizations or idealized simplicity (patterns). Playing chess...

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9 Amazing Underpromotions

GM Gserper Jul 23, 2017

When a pawn reaches the last rank it creates one of the biggest miracles of the game of chess. In such a situation the weakest chess piece can instantly become the strongest one! While in the majority of such cases, chess players indeed promote a ...

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I Have No Idea How I Won

IM Silman Jul 20, 2017

The Chess.com member ostria wrote: I wonder if you would take a look at one of my games. I won, but the thing is I have no idea how! I made simple moves through the game and I am sure we both made many mistakes, but what was my opponent’s...

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How To Fight 2 Queens

GM Gserper Jul 16, 2017

I noticed that when I teach the rules of chess to kids, almost nothing excites them more than a pawn promotion. I can see sparkles in the kids' eyes and have to answer the unavoidable question: "So, I can have two queens at the same time?" Of co...

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Passionate About Squares: Oddities

IM Silman Jul 13, 2017

In this article we’ll take a look at "deep squares" (6th, 7th, and even the 8th!). So far we’ve used knights as the conqueror of squares, and most of the games will indeed highlight knights. However, this time I’ll also give exam...

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batgirl Jul 12, 2017

Johannes Jacobus van Oosterom       Joop van Oosterom, the Dutch business and chess maecenas, died in October of 2016.      The Association Max Euwe of Monaco, which Oosterom, along with his hi...

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An Open Letter To Save The Internet

erik Jul 12, 2017

Dear United States Federal Communications Commission staff members and congresspeople, I’m writing to you, good people of the FCC, fine senators, and upstanding representatives, to ask you to please reconsider your plans to remove Title II...

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Bronstein's Recipe For Attacks

GM Gserper Jul 9, 2017

Most of the classical attacking games have a similar scenario: the winner brings his pieces close to the opponent's king and then sacrifices something to deliver a winning combination. But what can you do if your pieces are far away from your oppo...

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The World Computer Championships: A History

DavidLevyLondon Jul 7, 2017

[Editor's note: David Levy is the president of the International Computer Games Association.]  The history of chess programs competing in tournaments is exactly 50 years old. In February 1967 the program MacHack VI, developed at MIT pr...

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When Chess Legends Play Against Their Own Openings

GM Gserper Jul 2, 2017

There are many openings in chess that were named after chess players who invented or make them popular. But what happens when such a chess player is forced to play against his own opening? How does it feel to fight your own brainchild? It is d...

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What I Learned From My 1st Chess Tournament

louisathomas Jun 29, 2017

I prepared for my first chess tournament for weeks. Every night, I played a rapid game -- and then studied it, reviewing my moves to see where I missed a tactic, where I anticipated the wrong move, where I could have pressed for better advantage...

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I’m Still Passionate About Squares

IM Silman Jun 29, 2017

In my first "Passionate About Squares" article I demonstrated how important it is to create weak squares in the enemy camp (often referred to as “holes”). In many cases putting one’s pieces (knights in particular) on these hol...

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