Should We Trust Computers?

Should We Trust Computers?

GM Gserper
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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...

Beat Your Opponent By Retreating!

Beat Your Opponent By Retreating!

IM Silman
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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...

Your Favorite Grandmasters As Emoji

Your Favorite Grandmasters As Emoji

News
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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...

The 5 Strangest Underpromotions In Chess

The 5 Strangest Underpromotions In Chess

GM Gserper
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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 ...

Playing Goliath: What Goes Wrong

Playing Goliath: What Goes Wrong

IM Silman
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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 ...

9 Amazing Underpromotions

9 Amazing Underpromotions

GM Gserper
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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 ...

I Have No Idea How I Won

I Have No Idea How I Won

IM Silman
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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...

How To Fight 2 Queens

How To Fight 2 Queens

GM Gserper
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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...

Passionate About Squares: Oddities

Passionate About Squares: Oddities

IM Silman
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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...

Dancing

Dancing

batgirl
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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...

An Open Letter To Save The Internet

An Open Letter To Save The Internet

erik
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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...

Bronstein's Recipe For Attacks

Bronstein's Recipe For Attacks

GM Gserper
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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...

The World Computer Championships: A History

The World Computer Championships: A History

DavidLevyLondon
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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...

When Chess Legends Play Against Their Own Openings

When Chess Legends Play Against Their Own Openings

GM Gserper
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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...

What I Learned From My 1st Chess Tournament

What I Learned From My 1st Chess Tournament

louisathomas
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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...

I’m Still Passionate About Squares

I’m Still Passionate About Squares

IM Silman
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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...

Advance to Ventnor III

Advance to Ventnor III

batgirl
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Jun 29, 2017

1943 The 1943 tournament was held from July 5th - July 11      Anthony Santasiere and Pfc. George Shainswift shared the $50 first prize award.  Santasiere, who espoused Romanticism, played defensi...

Is Chess A Sport?

Is Chess A Sport?

CHESScom
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Jun 26, 2017

No, chess is not a sport  Dictionary.com defines "sport" as, "an athletic activity requiring skill or physical prowess and often of a competitive nature." As the basis of chess competition is not athletic, most persons do not define chess as ...

The Lonely Bishop Checkmate

The Lonely Bishop Checkmate

GM Gserper
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Jun 25, 2017

In my recent article, "The Lonely Knight Checkmate," I discussed a very uncommon situation where a checkmate is delivered by a knight and the winner has no other pieces on the board besides pawns. Such situations are indeed so rare that all t...

I’m Passionate About Squares

I’m Passionate About Squares

IM Silman
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Jun 22, 2017

Many chess players have a limited understanding of the game. They think it’s all about mating the enemy king. They think it’s all about tactics and attack. They think it’s about creating threats. Of course, all these things are i...

The Lonely Knight Checkmate

The Lonely Knight Checkmate

GM Gserper
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Jun 18, 2017

After my very first lesson at the chess club of the Pioneer Palace, our coach gave us a simple checkmate-in-three-moves puzzle. Immediately our most advanced players started shouting that it is an absolutely impossible task. Some 40 years later ...

The Fun Of Pros And Cons (Again)

The Fun Of Pros And Cons (Again)

NM danheisman
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Jun 15, 2017

Many years ago I wrote a Novice Nook column, "The Fun of Pros and Cons." This column was directed at the many players who play way too fast in long time-control games. The column and its sequel "Chess is Decisions" have proven very helpful as refe...