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Principle of Two Weaknesses

GM TheGadfly1897 Jan 1, 2017

Imagine you have been assigned to make a penalty shoot-out for your team. Your eyes are focused on the right side from the goalkeeper. You are determined to shoot there. Obviously, the goalkeeper prepares to jump into that direction. You gradually...

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GM TheGadfly1897 Jan 1, 2017

The best way to counter-attack a hater is to make it blatantly obvious that their attack has had no impact on you. (Tim Ferriss) For this article, I have chosen two classical games and three games from my career, to illustrate the method of aggr...

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How To Become A Streamer On Chess.com

News Jan 1, 2017

How do I start streaming on Chess.com? First, singup for a username and channel url at twitch.tv (your channel will be twitch.tv/yournamehere with whatever name you choose). Next, you'll need to download streaming software. There are ...

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PRO Chess League Official Rules

PROChessLeague Jan 1, 2017

PRO Chess League Rules as of 11/12/2017: Eligibility and Team Makeup   A.1. Team rosters A lineup is the four players you are using each match. A roster is the total list of players you have on your team that you can use in a...

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How To Watch Nakamura vs Grigoriants

NM SamCopeland Jan 1, 2017

The Speed Chess Championship, featuring Magnus Carlsen, Hikaru Nakamura, Wesley So, Sergey Karjakin, Fabiano Caruana, and Maxime Vachier-Lagrave and ten more of the world's best players competing in a unique knock-out match format, will be broadca...

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How To Win A Chess Game

CHESScom Jan 1, 2017

How do you win a chess game? The goal of chess is to checkmate your opponent. Checkmate happens when the king is attacked by another piece and has no way to escape. At that point, the game is over. But checkmate doesn’t happen without pr...

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Carlsen's Unlucky Endgame

GM Gserper Jan 1, 2017

In the age of endgame tablebases and engines rated 3300+, it is difficult to imagine a relatively basic endgame that even grandmasters have difficulties to play and evaluate. The endgame "two bishops vs. a rook" with all pawns on ...

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Learning Chess Patterns Is Easy

IM Silman Dec 29, 2016

I recently noticed an article that tried to clarify what a pattern is. I found it quite agonizing since the writer didn’t understand patterns but was trying hard to isolate exactly what it was (a noble try but quite futile). Unfortunate...

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Chess.com Fair Play And Cheat-Detection

News Dec 28, 2016

Cheating in chess is a serious issue. The issue is magnified online, where there is no arbiter to physically observe play. Chess.com takes fair play and cheat-detection very seriously, and we have since our founding.  We understand how frus...

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7 New Year's Chess Resolutions

NM SamCopeland Dec 27, 2016

Statistically, just eight percent of people achieve their New Year's resolutions. That doesn't seem so great, but if we all resolve to become grandmasters, maybe eight percent of us can make it.  More realistically, New Year's resoluti...

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Chess And Political Correctness

GM Gserper Dec 25, 2016

The world has gone crazy! Did I just say it aloud? I am sorry; I used to better control what I say. In fact it was something you would learn from your early childhood in the former Soviet Union. As the very popular rock group Nautilu...

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Why You Lose To Weaker Players

IM Silman Dec 22, 2016

Asmara the Cat wrote: I have a problem and I hope you can help me. My problem is that I don’t know how to defeat bad players (well, I’m not so good, but players who play worse than me). In real life, I’ve earned a FIDE rating b...

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Can You Solve Our 2016 Holiday Puzzler?

pete Dec 21, 2016

Your favorite annual chess tradition is back. Chess.com is proud to celebrate the holiday season with an all-new puzzler for 2016—and we believe this is the hardest (and most rewarding) quiz yet. The 10 Chess.com members who score the hi...

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American Woman - Part I

batgirl Dec 21, 2016

  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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Pattern Recognition—Fact Or Fiction?

Vik-Hansen Dec 20, 2016

Chess players, chess authors and chess psychologists attempt to teach and explain chess playing with the concept of "pattern recognition": Pattern recognition is one of the most important mechanisms of chess improvement. Realizing that the ...

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2017 PRO Chess League: Teams

PROChessLeague Dec 19, 2016

We are proud to welcome 48 teams, over 400 players and over 100 grandmasters to this inaugural season of the PRO Chess League! Listed here are all of the team rosters in rating order as well as links to social media and information about each...

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2017 PRO Chess League: Standings

PROChessLeague Dec 19, 2016

Here you will find the current standings of the 2017 PRO Chess League, updated weekly after all results are in. All matches will be covered live on www.chess.com/tv with hosts taking you from start to finish! League night (or day depen...

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2017 PRO Chess League Schedule

PROChessLeague Dec 19, 2016

The 2017 PRO Chess League will feature teams from all over the world. Teams have been grouped together into divisions, organized by time zones and global regions. The full schedule is below. All matches will be covered live on www.chess.com/tv&n...

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Am I Too Old For Chess?

GM Gserper Dec 18, 2016

I recently received a question from one of our fellow Chess.com members. Since I've heard this question many times, I decided to share my opinion on the subject. The question goes like this: "I am 25 years old and know only basic chess rule...

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A Love Affair With Squares

IM Silman Dec 15, 2016

No, I’m not talking about boring, rigid or out-of-touch people who are sometimes referred to as “squares.” I’m going to discuss squares on a chessboard and just how important a “key” square is. And so, now that ...

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Pete's Pathetic Chess: The Unbelievable Castle

pete Dec 14, 2016

Unfortunately for readers looking for lucid chess instruction, it's time for another episode of Pete's Pathetic Chess, where I subject my awful moves and chess ideas to analysis by a brilliant grandmaster and the best chess-playing comput...

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Put Your Bishop Behind Your Pawn

GM Gserper Dec 11, 2016

We continue our exploration of common chess patterns today by looking look at the pattern "a bishop behind a pawn." While most of you have probably heard about "Tarrasch rule" which recommends putting your rook behind a passed pawn,...

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Don’t Mock The Mockingbird

IM Silman Dec 8, 2016

This week we’re going to look at the games of the Chess.com member Mockingbird2, who is majoring in chemical engineering but thinks he can become a chess master in another two years. At the moment he’s 1900 USCF, 2143 in Chess.com...


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