The Day Leela Changed Computer Chess

The Day Leela Changed Computer Chess

IM DanielRensch
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Aug 24, 2018

What...just...happened!? When my "engine-obsessed" teammate -- you know who you are, @Pete  -- gave me a heads up that "Danny, you might wanna check out this game!", I reacted as I normally do: "Pete, these are computers here! I'm watching ...

Celebrating 100k Subscribers on YouTube Party!

Celebrating 100k Subscribers on YouTube Party!

IM DanielRensch
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Dec 12, 2016

...and YOU'RE invited! On Wednesday, December 14th at 10am Pacific, I'll be hosting a party on chess.com/tv. It will be my party. So I can cry if I want to. Laugh if I want to. Play Bullet chess until we drop, if I want to. #yougetit In honor o...

My Coverage Of The 2016 World Chess Championship

My Coverage Of The 2016 World Chess Championship

IM DanielRensch
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Nov 13, 2016

In addition to ChessCenter shows, airing after every game at 5pm Pacific on chess.com/tv - I am also reviewing GM Robert Hess' analysis (definitely follow his blog), adding my own "educational tips for beginners points" to Robert's analysis, and t...

How A Chess Odd Couple Beat The World...

How A Chess Odd Couple Beat The World...

IM DanielRensch
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Sep 13, 2016

Were we really a match made in heaven? I don't know. Yes, it's true that some have called the union between me and John the greatest duo since Bert and Ernie. Simon and Garfunkel. Luke and Leia.  Harry and Lloyd.  BUT I'll leave o...

Sometimes I Wonder...

Sometimes I Wonder...

IM DanielRensch
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Jul 22, 2016

If I should be worried about how much joy my team takes in posting all my humiliating moments to our social media channels   Your thoughts? Time to look for new, more supportive team members, or embrace the self-deprecation?  Most re...

Some Awesome Changes This Way Comes!

Some Awesome Changes This Way Comes!

IM DanielRensch
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Aug 15, 2014

Hi Chess.com Family, We are making some changes to a few of our regular content schedules / products and I figured the best way to inform you all of how much I love you was in a song (um, blog ). By the way, whatever happened to the days where i...

Time Control Changes... We Think?

Time Control Changes... We Think?

IM DanielRensch
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Jul 21, 2014

Hi Team-Chess.com-Members, We need your help! What's the topic? Keep reading! Along with improving the look, feel, and "usability" of Chess.com with our upcoming "V3" redesign, we are also considering making some tweaks / improvements to the ...

Chess Master Bracketology!

Chess Master Bracketology!

IM DanielRensch
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Mar 19, 2014

CAUTION: I'm letting the "Sports Fan" in me out of the bag... just for a moment... here on Chess.com! If you know nothing about Basketball, sports / athletics in general, or how they might compare to chess (or if you simply don't care) than this b...

Nakamura's Knockout!

Nakamura's Knockout!

IM DanielRensch
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Feb 25, 2014

I'm excited to announce officially via my blog that Super Grandmaster and U.S. Ranked #1 - Hikaru Nakamura - will be joining me, and all of you, on Chess.com/TV - March 5th at 7pm Eastern, 4pm Pacific (GMT -8). We're calling the first (and hopef...

Blitz Death Match: New Qualifier System!

Blitz Death Match: New Qualifier System!

IM DanielRensch
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Nov 24, 2013

Publishing this important announcement as a blog because 1) There is just too much *actually important* chess news happening in the world right now (between Anand-Carlsen, European and World Team Championships, US Chess League, etc) and ...

The State of Chess.com

The State of Chess.com

IM DanielRensch
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Aug 9, 2013

Beginning next week, Chess.com plans to bring its members a new monthly segment on Chess/TV: The State of Chess.com (This warrants its  very own news posts today because it was missed in FM Mike Klein's recent blog post / announce...

US Champs - Chess.com for the Win!

US Champs - Chess.com for the Win!

IM DanielRensch
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May 1, 2013

Hey everyone! It's been a while since I put on my "Blog Hat", grabbed a cup of Ryan Gosling, and got to work on making some ridiculous *cough* I mean completely serious and very well thought through predictions regarding an upcoming / major chess ...

Death Match 10 Predictions!

Death Match 10 Predictions!

IM DanielRensch
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Jan 9, 2013

Though I don't always get around to writing a "preview blog" for every Blitz Death Match we host here on Chess.com, I figured the first big event of the new year definitely deserved some attention! Firstly, I must say that even though I don't se...

ChessKid.com Goes to Nationals!

ChessKid.com Goes to Nationals!

IM DanielRensch
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Nov 28, 2012

It's that time of the year again! And I'm not just talking about the Holiday Season ! The United States Chess Federation is holding their annual K-12 National Scholastic Chess Championships this weekend in Orlando! ChessKid.com will be there,...

Death Match 8 Predictions!

Death Match 8 Predictions!

IM DanielRensch
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Sep 20, 2012

Considering that I know very little about our competitors this month, well, I figured a "preview a la Crazy-Town" was appropriate. Before reading any further, I can confirm for everyone that no feelings were hurt during the writing of this post (a...

The Future of Chess Learning...

The Future of Chess Learning...

IM DanielRensch
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Jul 17, 2012

With a little bit of time on my hands today, I decided to take a quick break from my management duties here on the busiest website in the world  to do something a little more useful than getting my butt kicked for an hour at bullet chess...

"Abusively" Good Chess Kids!

"Abusively" Good Chess Kids!

IM DanielRensch
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Jun 19, 2012

Now before you get all hot and bothered about the title of my blog,  know that this story is about the abuse I took from not one, but multiple children (that weren't even my own ). I am talking about all the amazing youth players I playe...

Jones vs Hess: Will It Be the "Best"?

Jones vs Hess: Will It Be the "Best"?

IM DanielRensch
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Jun 14, 2012

This weekend, Chess.com will play host to the strongest matchup -- on paper anyway -- of any Blitz Death Match yet! Unlike any of the preceeding Death Matches, the seats for this match were filled by request from the players themselves (all previo...

Preparing for the Windy City...

Preparing for the Windy City...

IM DanielRensch
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Apr 13, 2012

It's been a while since my last blog post, but hey, I'm in the mood for love... um, blogging -- AND I so I figured it was time to let you all know an important piece of "Chess.com News". I'll give you some of my most recent games (I have only play...

Arizona State Champs: All the Games!

Arizona State Champs: All the Games!

IM DanielRensch
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Mar 6, 2012

By popular request, here are all the games from this past weekend's ACE Chess Arizona State Championship. Enjoy these, and check out my two mid-tourney blogs for a more personal perspective. Also, I plan a bigger post tourney article here soon... ...

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