Do You Need To Know Mate And Tactic Names?

Do You Need To Know Mate And Tactic Names?

IM Silman
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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 ...

The Best Holiday Deals On Chess Gear

The Best Holiday Deals On Chess Gear

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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 ...

How To Learn From The Best

How To Learn From The Best

GM Gserper
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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...

Chess Tests For Players 1400 And Up

Chess Tests For Players 1400 And Up

IM Silman
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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....

Double the Fun

Double the Fun

batgirl
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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....

What Are The Best Chess Streams On Twitch?

What Are The Best Chess Streams On Twitch?

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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...

How To Become a Chess.com and Twitch Partnered Streamer

How To Become a Chess.com and Twitch Partnered Streamer

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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...

Why Study Chess?

Why Study Chess?

GM Gserper
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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...

Chess Tests For Players 1600 And Up

Chess Tests For Players 1600 And Up

IM Silman
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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...

The 12 Spookiest Chess Faces

The 12 Spookiest Chess Faces

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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,...

The Strongest Player You've Never Heard Of?

The Strongest Player You've Never Heard Of?

GM Gserper
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Oct 29, 2017

From time to time I learn about strong players from the past that are generally forgotten now. I wrote about one such player in this old article. Today I would like to talk about another master who is pretty much forgotten today. Have you hear...

Four Player Chess: How To Play And Win

Four Player Chess: How To Play And Win

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Oct 27, 2017

While the traditional two-player chess that we know and love today has become the most popular way to play, there have been hundreds of variations of chess created by imaginative fans of the game. One of the earliest and most notable variants of...

Are You Brave Enough To Play This Attack?

Are You Brave Enough To Play This Attack?

IM Silman
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Oct 26, 2017

In August, I wrote an article about the King’s Indian and a game played by The Chess.com member IvnKaramazov. Well, he’s done it again with another exciting KID game. I won’t annotate it since my main focus is going to be the K...

Fun With Double-Exchange Sacs

Fun With Double-Exchange Sacs

FishThatRoared
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Oct 25, 2017

When I was a teenage Sicilian Dragon aficionado, I salivated over the thought that one day I might land in a certain theoretical sub-variation of the Yugoslav Attack where Black sacrifices not one but both exchanges to bust up White’s queens...

How To Watch MVL vs Grischuk Today

How To Watch MVL vs Grischuk Today

pete
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Oct 23, 2017

Could this be the closest match in the 2017 Speed Chess Championship yet?  You can throw the seeds out the window as Maxime Vachier-Lagrave will face Alexander Grischuk in the first quarterfinal of the championship, the stron...

The Eternal Battle: Bishops vs Knights

The Eternal Battle: Bishops vs Knights

IM Silman
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Oct 19, 2017

The Chess.com member dudejan asked: I always seem to struggle to know where to develop my bishops. For knights the concepts of outposts or placement behind a pawn to double defend certain squares are quite logical for me. But for bishops I don...

Serendipity: An Unforeseen Friendship

Serendipity: An Unforeseen Friendship

Pia_swe
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Oct 16, 2017

"Do you know who that is"? whispered the tournament leader and nodded toward the door where an elderly man in jacket, black shirt and purple tie slowly with the support of his cane of copper came into the room and settled down at one of the beauti...

The Strongest Chess Librarian In The World

The Strongest Chess Librarian In The World

GM Gserper
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Oct 15, 2017

Unless you live under a rock, you know that the 65-year-old librarian James Tarjan beat the former world champion Vladimir Kramnik in the recently concluded Chess.com Isle of Man tournament. Of course Grandmaster James Tarjan is not an ordinary ...

How Can Older Players Improve?

How Can Older Players Improve?

IM Silman
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Oct 12, 2017

IMPROVEMENT FOR OLD PLAYERS The Chess.com member jayzorac wrote: I have a question for you. Do you think “older” players can still improve to expert and master level?  SILMAN: Mr. jayzorac wrote quite a bit about hi...