How I Learned My 1st Chess Openings

How I Learned My 1st Chess Openings

louisathomas
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May 17, 2017

When I began playing chess, I had no idea how to begin a game. I would stare at the row of pawns, wondering which one I should order forward, without an idea of why. Or I’d hop a knight into the open board and hope for the best. There are ...

The Amazing Chess Coincidence

The Amazing Chess Coincidence

GM Gserper
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May 14, 2017

In his book "School of Excellence: Endgame Analysis," IM Mark Dvoretsky analyzes two very similar endgames. He writes: "The game Sultan Khan-Tartakower, played in 1931, was indeed almost completely identical to Dolmatov's [game played in 1988]. ...

Closing In On A Master Rating

Closing In On A Master Rating

IM Silman
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May 11, 2017

The Chess.com member mnuwan wrote: "I’m a middle-aged guy who has taken up chess again seriously after a hiatus of many years. I currently have a USCF rating of 2100, and I am trying to get the master title. These days, I read a few che...

My Secrets About Magnus Carlsen

My Secrets About Magnus Carlsen

KajaMSnare
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May 10, 2017

First let me introduce myself: My name is Kaja Snare. I am a sports journalist from Norway. When asked by Chess.com if I can write this column, I said yes, because 1. It is great to be able to share with you my experiences following chess—...

War Games: Reshevsky-Kashdan

War Games: Reshevsky-Kashdan

batgirl
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May 10, 2017

     In the latter part of 1941 the USCF, only three years old, started finalizing its plans for the 1942 performance of its crown jewel, the U.S. Championship.  But in December the unthinkable happened and the United St...

The 3-Check Traps You Need To Know

The 3-Check Traps You Need To Know

FM MikeKlein
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May 9, 2017

You don't play 3-check on the Chess.com live server? That's a shame. I thought we could be friends. Why is the game great? All that opening theory that masters know more about? Yeah, it's all useless. Draws? Almost never. Oh, and did I ment...

How To Study Master Chess Games

How To Study Master Chess Games

GM Gserper
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May 7, 2017

Most chess players like to study games by masters and grandmasters. Indeed, many of these games are real works of art and you can enjoy them immensely. Of course, you can also learn from such games. I still remember the shock I experienced ...

Interesting Chess Data: Time Controls And Game Results

Interesting Chess Data: Time Controls And Game Results

erik
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May 5, 2017

Every chess game starts with a "time control" - how long each player has to move. And every game ends with a "result" - why did it end? A friend asked me about how each time control impacts the result, and I had no idea! So I took a look.  ...

Let's Do The Lasker Stomp Again!

Let's Do The Lasker Stomp Again!

IM Silman
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May 4, 2017

It’s just a jump to the left. And then a step to the right. With your hands on your hips, you bring you knees in tight...Let’s do the time warp again! That’s right! Once again I will take you down a time warp that pus...

Morphy-Time

Morphy-Time

batgirl
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May 3, 2017

     Probably no timepiece with a connection to chess is more famous than Morphy's watch.      Earlier this year, inspired by it's uniqueness and historic significance, the RGM Watch Co. of Mt. Joy, P...

Fill Out Your Speed Chess Champs Bracket

Fill Out Your Speed Chess Champs Bracket

pete
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May 2, 2017

The 2017 Chess.com Speed Chess Championship kicks off its first match today with Hikaru Nakamura facing the qualifying GM Sergey Grigoriants. You can watch that match live this Wednesday, May 3 at 10 a.m. PDT on Chess.com/TV. ...

Who Is The Bizarre Grandmaster?

Who Is The Bizarre Grandmaster?

GM Gserper
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Apr 30, 2017

It's a shame that the grandmaster Nigel Short is not as well known to the general public as much as he used to be.   In the 1990s he was one of the best chess players in the world and even played a match vs. Garry Kasparov, trying...

What In The World Is A Chess Style?

What In The World Is A Chess Style?

IM Silman
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Apr 27, 2017

The Chess.com member WackyJ1 wrote: "You hear about 'style' everywhere from chess books to chess articles. With statements like, 'You should choose your opening based on what suits your style' and, 'Steer games towards positions that are...

Links to the Past III

Links to the Past III

batgirl
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Apr 26, 2017

As in attics where things once used get stored out of sight and mind, old articles have a way of burying themselves under the weight of those that follow, becoming lost and forgotten. Sometimes it pays to put on an apron and gloves, wall...

Is Speed Chess Good For You?

Is Speed Chess Good For You?

NM danheisman
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Apr 26, 2017

Yes.* *Speed chess is good for you (meaning it can help your slow chess, too) but doing it "incorrectly" could be harmful. Let's digress... A few years ago our Main Line Chess Club hosted a seminar by WGM Jennifer Shahade. At the end...

Girl Power In Chess

Girl Power In Chess

GM Gserper
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Apr 23, 2017

At of this writing, GM Hou Yifan is the sole leader of the super tournament in Baden Baden. Her play in this tournament so far is simply unbelievable and each game is a textbook example of good chess. Photo: Georgios Souleidis. Here is t...

How Can I Teach Using Chess.com?

How Can I Teach Using Chess.com?

IM DanielRensch
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Apr 21, 2017

Chess.com has invested heavily in providing powerful, innovative and all-around robust teaching tools for chess coaches and trainers of all levels and experience. This article is meant to serve as a guide to our tutorials and most commonly used to...

4 Exercises To Become A Tactical Genius

4 Exercises To Become A Tactical Genius

News
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Apr 21, 2017

Everyone knows that chess is 99% tactics, but how does one master tactics? IM David Pruess has a new premium video series with four exercises which he guarantees will make you a tactical genius if you practice them seriously. What are you waiting ...

How To Stomp Emanuel Lasker

How To Stomp Emanuel Lasker

IM Silman
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Apr 20, 2017

Simultaneous exhibitions are a great thing. A player who would normally never come face-to-face with a famous chess international master or grandmaster is able to live a dream and do his best to beat a legend and hang the signed scoresheet on his ...

The Queen Of Blunders Takes On Tactics

The Queen Of Blunders Takes On Tactics

louisathomas
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Apr 19, 2017

In the beginning, tactics were a way to waste time. They were something to do while I was impatient, waiting in line or while water boiled. I had never played chess before, but I had watched my boyfriend play it, and when he noticed my interest,...

Is This The Future Of Chess?

Is This The Future Of Chess?

GM Gserper
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Apr 16, 2017

GM Emil Sutovsky recently posted some shocking news on his Facebook page: a computer program, Ponanza, beat the best shogi player in the world. Not only that, but the computer program pretty much introduced a novelty on the very first move: no pro...

How Can You Consistently Improve Your Chess Game?

How Can You Consistently Improve Your Chess Game?

IM Silman
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Apr 13, 2017

The Chess.com member Cubronzo asked: “I’ve been playing chess for about a year now and my playing strength keeps going up and down. My main problem is my ability to see ahead in a chess position. Do you have any advice on how I could c...

Game of the Month

Game of the Month

batgirl
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Apr 12, 2017

     The United States in the 1940s had many splendid chess players such as Sammy Reshevsky, Reuben Fine, Al Horowitz and Isaac Kashdan.  The following story involves all those legends in some fashion.    &nb...