Guseinov Wins Year's 1st Titled Tuesday

Guseinov Wins Year's 1st Titled Tuesday

NM SamCopeland
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Jan 3, 2018

Evidently, many titled players resolved to play more Titled Tuesdays in 2018! With 259 entrants, this month's Titled Tuesday was easily the largest yet. With an impressive 9/10, GM Gadir Guseinov was clear first. I recently read GM Judit ...

5 Ways To Get Better At Chess in 2018

5 Ways To Get Better At Chess in 2018

pete
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Jan 3, 2018

Too many times, people don’t try their best. They don’t have the keen spirit; the winning spirit. And once you make it you’ve got to guard your reputation—every day go in like an unknown to prove yourself. That’s why ...

What is Stalemate? | Chess Terms

What is Stalemate? | Chess Terms

CHESScom
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Jan 1, 2018

For players new to chess and even for some that have experience, stalemate can be a little confusing. Stalemate is a special type of draw or tie that helps the player that is losing! Specifically, it is a situation in chess where th...

Fool's Mate | Fastest Checkmate in Chess

Fool's Mate | Fastest Checkmate in Chess

CHESScom
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Jan 1, 2018

From the starting position in chess, the fastest checkmate possible can happen in two moves. It's best known as the Fool's Mate. A player cannot force his opponent into Fool's Mate. White has to start the game with the two worst moves. Let's take ...

Giuoco Piano | Chess Opening

Giuoco Piano | Chess Opening

CHESScom
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Jan 1, 2018

The Giuoco Piano is a popular chess opening from the beginner levels all the way up to grandmaster. Giuoco Piano translates from Italian into the "quiet game". First, let's take a look at the beginning moves that make up this opening.  ...

What is a Fianchetto? | Chess Terms

What is a Fianchetto? | Chess Terms

CHESScom
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Jan 1, 2018

Fianchetto is an Italian word which refers to a bishop development on the long diagonal. Fianchettos are made by advancing the pawns on the b- and g-files and developing the bishop behind the knight pawn. The bishops on b2 and g2 for Whi...

Crazyhouse Chess | Rules and Basics

Crazyhouse Chess | Rules and Basics

CHESScom
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Jan 1, 2018

Crazyhouse is a popular chess variant similar to bughouse, but you only need two players to play. The basic premise of crazyhouse is that pieces which you capture from your opponent can be dropped on empty squares on your turn. "Dropping" cap...

Chess960 (Fischer Random) Explained

Chess960 (Fischer Random) Explained

CHESScom
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Jan 1, 2018

Tired of regular chess and all the loads of opening theory? Then try Chess960 or the variant also known as Fischer Random Chess. The 11th World Champion Robert James Fischer was the most famous advocate of the idea of shuffling...

The Ruy Lopez Chess Opening Explained

The Ruy Lopez Chess Opening Explained

CHESScom
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Jan 1, 2018

The Ruy Lopez (also known as the Spanish Opening) is a chess opening enjoyed by chess players from complete beginners to the world champion, Magnus Carlsen! The opening bears the name of Ruy López de Segura, a Spanish priest from ...

How to Castle in Chess?

How to Castle in Chess?

CHESScom
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Jan 1, 2018

Chess players taking their first steps are often confused about how to castle. This special move is the only time you can move two pieces in the same turn. Castling only involves the king and the rook (no other chess pieces), and it is believ...

Fried Liver Attack | Chess Opening

Fried Liver Attack | Chess Opening

CHESScom
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Jan 1, 2018

The Fried Liver Attack holds the award for the coolest opening name in chess. This variation of the Two-Knights Defense involves a bold knight sacrifice which forces the black king to take a walk. This variation is also known as the Fegatello Atta...

What is Zugzwang? | Chess Terms

What is Zugzwang? | Chess Terms

CHESScom
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Jan 1, 2018

The first time chess players hear the word zugzwang they think their opponent's are calling them a funny name! Not quite—Let's take a look.  What is zugzwang in chess? Zugzwang can be simple or complex. Notable games Zugzwan...

A Gentlemanly Rook Move

A Gentlemanly Rook Move

GM TheGadfly1897
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Jan 1, 2018

This article was inspired by Kramnik's 7...Rg8! that led to a devastating attack and quick victory over Levon Aronian in the Candidates' Tournament in Berlin. I quickly recalled several more games, including classics, where a similar move with the...

Rook Endgame Essentials (Part 2)

Rook Endgame Essentials (Part 2)

GM TheGadfly1897
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Jan 1, 2018

I am back with part two of our rook endgame essentials topic. In this article, I am going to cover few more positions that need to be known by heart. Knowing the basics is extremely important in any field. It increases chances that you will make t...

What Are Your Chess Goals For 2018?

What Are Your Chess Goals For 2018?

GM Gserper
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Dec 31, 2017

It is New Year's Eve and millions of people are making their New Year's resolutions. The top two resolutions traditionally have something to do with weight loss and achieving certain financial goals. Nevertheless, I am pretty sure that ches...

Beware Of Undefended Pieces

Beware Of Undefended Pieces

IM Silman
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Dec 28, 2017

There is nothing wrong with your chessboard. Do not attempt to adjust the pieces. I am controlling the moves. If you wish to speak, I will bring up the volume. If you wish to mutter that all of this is insanity, I will tune it to a whisper. I w...

Why You Should Never Resign

Why You Should Never Resign

GM Gserper
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Dec 24, 2017

Despite severe criticism for a very high number of draws, the London Chess Classic was an interesting event followed by chess players around the world. After the first three rounds where every single game was drawn, many people, including the s...

The Top 10 Chess News Stories Of 2017

The Top 10 Chess News Stories Of 2017

FM MikeKlein
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Dec 22, 2017

Whew. Let's all sit down and breathe for a minute. It's been an exciting, and tumultuous year. 2017. How did it go so fast? For both Chess.com directors of content, Peter Doggers and this writer, it flew by largely from the window seat, as b...

Daily Chess Puzzle App for Slack

Daily Chess Puzzle App for Slack

News
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Dec 21, 2017

Do you use Slack, the team messaging / collaboration tool? If so, get the Daily Chess Puzzle App and have the Chess.com Daily Puzzle posted right to the Slack channel of your choice!  Every day the puzzle will automatically post and your te...

Efim Geller vs Bobby Fischer

Efim Geller vs Bobby Fischer

IM Silman
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Dec 21, 2017

In my article “Efim Geller, Killer on the Chessboard,” I discussed Geller’s pioneering work with the King’s Indian Defense. (Mikhail Botvinnik said, “Before Geller we did not understand the King’s Indian Defense...