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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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The 3 'Illnesses' Of Chess

IM Silman Feb 2, 2017

The Chess.com member Canyounotquit wrote: “I really want to know why and how I lost this particular game. I had a piece lead and still I lost badly. I’ve no idea where I went wrong.” JS: Everyone loses games. But, wh...

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American Woman - Part IV

batgirl Feb 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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G-Pawn Flies At "Battle Of The Sexes"

FM MikeKlein Jan 29, 2017

In the annual "Battle of the Sexes" at the 2017 Tradewise Gibraltar Chess Festival, where a teams of 5-10 square off, the men conjured some irregular openings against the ladies. On Saturday evening's three-game match, here's the trio of opening...

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The Man Who Was Ahead Of His Time

GM Gserper Jan 29, 2017

Ask chess players about the period known as romantic chess and they will probably mention the names of La Bourdonnais, Anderssen and Morphy. Indeed, all three of them were called unofficial world champions of their time.  ...

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How To Play Positional Sacrifices

IM Silman Jan 26, 2017

Se-Brain asked: I am currently boggled by positional sacrifices. First off, what are possible motifs for sacrifices, and second, how do you find out if your sac’s compensation is worth it or not? JS: I pretty much answered this in my ar...

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PRO Chess League Week 3: The Critical Showdowns

NM SamCopeland Jan 25, 2017

With a staggering 480 players and more than 150 grandmasters currently playing, the PRO Chess League is expanding as word of mouth spreads and new free agents and local players sign up to do battle for their teams and help bring them glory. Here...

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Who Will Win PRO Chess League Week 3?

FM MikeKlein Jan 24, 2017

Are you a better predictor of PRO Chess League winners than Chess.com's panel of experts? More specifically, are you better than Tarjei Svensen? Through two weeks of the regular season, Norway's "fastest chess Tweeter" has won both weeks, and th...

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Carlsen vs Karjakin: The Movies?

FM MikeKlein Jan 24, 2017

What if each of the 16 Carlsen-Karjakin world championship games were made into a movie, or into one compilation of vignettes like "New York Stories," "Four Rooms," or "Paris, Je T'aime"? Which director should take the lead on each game? ...

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Chess And Presidential Elections

GM Gserper Jan 22, 2017

During the 2016 presidential election, many Americans got caught between a rock and a hard place. Indeed, since both candidates had flaws, it was very difficult to make a choice. I wish we had an objective criteria that would a...

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How To Understand Chess Openings

IM Silman Jan 19, 2017

The Chess.com member alaskan asked:  “I would like to focus more on understanding rather than on lines, but almost all the opening books I can find focus on lines rather than on general ideas, so where to get this understanding from? ...

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American Woman - Part III

batgirl Jan 18, 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 yea...

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Who Will Win PRO Chess League Week 2?

FM MikeKlein Jan 17, 2017

The PRO Chess League's panel of pundits is back for week two. The second week of action is rivalry week (amongst the teams, not the panel, we think)! For more on who the quintet comprising the illustrious panel, click back to week one's predicti...

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Compilation Of Chess And Education Research Studies

FM MikeKlein Jan 16, 2017

One of the most common questions educators have is, "Where can I find research studies devoted to the educational value of chess?" More studies are being conducted every year, but this article is a compilation of some of the past research d...

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Do Not Misuse Your Chess Computer!

GM Gserper Jan 15, 2017

My favorite episode from The Prince And The Pauper happens towards the end of the story: "Speak up, good lad, and fear nothing," said the king. "How used you the Great Seal of England?" Tom stammered a moment, in a pathetic confusion, the...

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The Curse Of Undefended Pieces

IM Silman Jan 12, 2017

Over the years, I’ve looked at tons of games played by low-rated Chess.com members (games by low-rated players are often extremely instructive). In many instances I see undefended pieces on both sides. And, in many of those games, the defeat...

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3 Ways To Learn New Openings

FM hellokostya Jan 12, 2017

Learning a new opening can be a challenging but rewarding task. Once you have gotten used to a certain variation (e.g. the French Defense or the Catalan), it can be difficult to switch to playing something else, but at the same time it will e...

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PRO Chess League Guide

PROChessLeague Jan 11, 2017

The PRO Chess League pits cities and regions around the globe against one another in fast-paced online play. With 48 teams from five continents and top players such as World Champion Magnus Carlsen, Fabiano Caruana, Wesley So, Hikaru Nak...

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Who Will Win PRO Chess League Week 1?

FM MikeKlein Jan 10, 2017

With the advent of the PRO Chess League only hours away, Chess.com assembled a panel of five chess pundits to predict the outcomes of every match this season. The experts have quite a bit of work ahead of them, handicapping 24 matches ea...

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Carlsen Plays Chess On His Birthday

GM Gserper Jan 8, 2017

Most people like to celebrate their birthdays and most of my readers like to play chess. Have you ever wondered what happens when you combine these two great things and play chess on your birthday? Well, recently we had a bunch of high-prof...

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American Woman - Part II

batgirl Jan 4, 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 year...

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