Should You Fear Symmetry?

Should You Fear Symmetry?

IM Silman
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Sep 29, 2017

The Chess.com member Addu_Chess asked: I’ve read How to Reassess Your Chess, and I read about the various imbalances. But what if the position is symmetrical? JS: There are quite a few symmetrical openings, but it’s usually easy ...

The Curse Of Nakamura

The Curse Of Nakamura

GM Gserper
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Sep 24, 2017

It is not a big secret that I devote a lot of space in my articles to Hikaru Nakamura's chess. The reason is not even that just like thousands of his fans I am rooting for a grandmaster who has a unique, entertaining style of play. Hikaru's tran...

Has The King's Indian Attack Been Forgotten?

Has The King's Indian Attack Been Forgotten?

IM Silman
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Sep 21, 2017

The Chess.com member Kingdom_chess2 asked: “Why is the King’s Indian Attack less popular at the top level? Is there any specific reason?” JS: The KIA (King’s Indian Attack) was explored (by very strong players!) in the 19...

The Top 3 Chess Insults

The Top 3 Chess Insults

GM Gserper
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Sep 17, 2017

The 2017 World Cup is one of the most important events of the year and a real feast for the true chess enthusiast. It is even covered by the mainstream media, which usually ignores chess. Unfortunately the media got interested in chess for the wro...

Noticing Change Or Opportunity On The Chessboard

Noticing Change Or Opportunity On The Chessboard

IM Silman
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Sep 15, 2017

At the beginning of a game the professional chess player understands the ins and outs of the opening he plays which, of course, has been deeply studied. He knows where his pieces should be, he is well-versed about the pawn structure’s needs,...

ChessKid.com: Making Chess More Fun With GIFs

ChessKid.com: Making Chess More Fun With GIFs

ChessKid
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Sep 13, 2017

Chess is so much more than simple squares, pieces, letters and numbers. But it certainly helps the learning process when you bring the game to life! Below are some of the animated GIFs that ChessKid uses in videos that teach kids how to play and...

The Youngest Chess Stars

The Youngest Chess Stars

GM Gserper
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Sep 10, 2017

The news about the four-year old Misha Osipov beating a grandmaster spread the world like wildfire. It must be a new record by a wide margin. Many people think that little Misha is going to be the world champion one day for sure. Photo: Che...

3 Of Emanuel Lasker's Greatest Hits

3 Of Emanuel Lasker's Greatest Hits

IM Silman
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Sep 7, 2017

I’m back with three more of my favorite Emanuel Lasker games. Remember that they might or might not be his best games. All that matters is that they are games that affected me over the years. Though Lasker was one of the greatest tactician...

The Beautifully Useless Chess Piece

The Beautifully Useless Chess Piece

GM Gserper
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Sep 3, 2017

Strong and weak squares are a cornerstone of chess strategy. The definition of a weak square is very simple: it is any square that cannot be defended by a pawn. Usually such a weak square in our opponent's camp is the ideal place to put our pieces...

40 Percent Off ChessKid Memberships, One Month Only!

40 Percent Off ChessKid Memberships, One Month Only!

ChessKid
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Sep 1, 2017

You've bought your kids extra pencils, notebooks, and brand new shoes. What's left for your back-to-school shopping? Hint: It's something you can't even put in a backpack. A shiny gold membership to unlock all the fun and training tools of Chess...

World Cup Bracketology

World Cup Bracketology

IM djgwards
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Sep 1, 2017

The best players in the world, sweat dripping down their faces. Win or go home. Big money on the line. One shot at glory. Pawn sacrifices. No, this is not your traditional sporting event. This is the Chess World Cup 2017. In the 128-perso...

Havana '66

Havana '66

batgirl
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Aug 30, 2017

     Fulgencio Batista, president of Cuba during WWII and again from 1952-1959, backed by the US government as well as by organized crime, enriched himself at the expense of his citizenry. One of his methods of enrichment was to e...

Why Was Kasparov Deep Thinking?

Why Was Kasparov Deep Thinking?

GM Gserper
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Aug 27, 2017

Challenge yourselves and you will challenge the world. —Garry Kasparov, "Deep Thinking" In last week's article we stated the obvious fact that the Saint Louis Rapid and Blitz tournament was effectively ruined for Kasparov by his ext...

The King’s Indian Defense: Too Hot For You?

The King’s Indian Defense: Too Hot For You?

IM Silman
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Aug 24, 2017

IvnKaramazov: I feel like one of my recent games demonstrates my problem quite well. I thought I was gaining a positional advantage and at first glance it seems so: by move 15 I had a bishop pair and an outposted knight (which couldn’t be ...

Kasparov: What Went Wrong?

Kasparov: What Went Wrong?

GM Gserper
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Aug 20, 2017

The St. Louis rapid and blitz tournament was definitely the most anticipated chess event of the year. Even people who remember chess only when they see a puzzle in the Sunday column of their local newspaper were intrigued. Indeed, the retur...

Reader Questions, Gripes, And Advice

Reader Questions, Gripes, And Advice

IM Silman
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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...

The Forums

The Forums

batgirl
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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...

The Man Who Built The Chess Machine

The Man Who Built The Chess Machine

jimmysoni
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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) ...

Do You Know How To Promote A Pawn?

Do You Know How To Promote A Pawn?

GM Gserper
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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...

Emanuel Lasker's Greatest Hits

Emanuel Lasker's Greatest Hits

IM Silman
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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...