Bumpy Chess960 Flight with a Stressful Endgame Landing

Bumpy Chess960 Flight with a Stressful Endgame Landing

erik
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12 days ago

Some games are pleasant. Some are fun. Some are stressful and make you want to cry and die. Today I'm sharing a tense game with a long time friend, rival, and new Chess.com Chief Operating Officer - Lee. (Here is a blog post about one of our past ...

Square Off (Magic Automated Chessboard!) Update

Square Off (Magic Automated Chessboard!) Update

erik
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Jan 23, 2018

Nearly one year ago exactly I met with the Square Off team to see a demo of their automated chessboard. Honestly, I was skeptical then. And, one year ago when I first tried it, I was pleasantly surprised... but less optimistic than I let on. The b...

How To Not Cry When You Lose

How To Not Cry When You Lose

erik
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Feb 23, 2017

I have a saying that my kids are sick of: You are never losing when you are learning! (From Dirty Rotten Scoundrels... one of my favorite classics. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=x4-GpfBnoYk ) ...which I usually believe. Sometimes I d...

What did our team do this last week?

What did our team do this last week?

erik
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Feb 11, 2017

This week I asked our team to write a brief sentence about one thing they worked on to make life better for our members (you!). They didn't all respond, but here you go. Maybe it's interesting. I don't know?! Sam Assistant Content Edit...

Playing on the Automated Chessboard - SquareOff

Playing on the Automated Chessboard - SquareOff

erik
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Jan 11, 2017

If you haven't seen the SquareOff chessboard before, you need to. Right now. Go learn about it here on their INDIEGOGO page. It's an automated chessboard that moves the opponent pieces for you.  When I first heard about the idea I was ...

Incredibly Satisfying Checkmate

Incredibly Satisfying Checkmate

erik
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Dec 14, 2016

There is something fun about knights. Quirky. Playful. So to get a swarming knight checkmate in the middle of the board against an egregiously stubborn opponent who should have resigned long ago was just too much fun. 

How I Got the Chess.com Domain Name

How I Got the Chess.com Domain Name

erik
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Oct 6, 2016

People sometimes ask me: How did you get the Chess.com domain name? (And they WANT to ask: How much did it cost?) Here’s the story. Well, actually two stories, and how they converge. (Wait! Before I tell the story, stop and tak...

Chess.com Launches Open Source Browser Extension

Chess.com Launches Open Source Browser Extension

erik
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Sep 8, 2016

In addition to Chess.com’s other big announcements today (new site launched and bughouse), we are also launching our first beta version of the open source browser extension! The goal is to allow any developer to add new features and customiz...

What Does the Chess.com CEO Do Each Day?

What Does the Chess.com CEO Do Each Day?

erik
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Aug 31, 2016

5:15am - Alarm goes off. I pop out of bed. I never snooze. I'm almost always excited for the day! 5:16-5:40am - Emails, emails, emails. Slack, slack, slack. Many of our team members from around the world have already been at work for hours and I...

Building Chess.com (Updated from 2007 Post!)

Building Chess.com (Updated from 2007 Post!)

erik
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Aug 3, 2016

Chess.com started as an idea in 2005. By early 2006 I had created a 107 page Microsoft Word document of wireframes and plans... and then handed them to Jay and said "Build this!". I've never shared those images before, but here you go - the earlie...

The Chess.com Logo Story

The Chess.com Logo Story

erik
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Jul 22, 2016

When I first started working on Chess.com (TEN YEARS AGO!!) I began with the logo. Some would say that is the least important decision to be made, but Chess.com was a totally blank page - an empty domain name that had landed in my lap (story ...

Apology to my Opponents in National Open '09

Apology to my Opponents in National Open '09

erik
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Jun 9, 2009

I just finished playing in the 2009 National Open yesterday. I went to the event to promote Chess.com and enjoy time with Jay (friend and Chess.com partner) and IM David Pruess (friend and Chess.com superstar) and I didn't expect to play.  I ...

Amazing Life-size Artistic Chess Set!

Amazing Life-size Artistic Chess Set!

erik
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Mar 24, 2009

One of my friends and a Chess.com member, Hardy Jones, has been working on a life-size chess set for the last two years! He's getting close to completing it and I wanted to share some awesome pictures of the set. Hardy is a local (and quite famo...

My Cool New Chess T-Shirt & Pants (w/ pictures!)

My Cool New Chess T-Shirt & Pants (w/ pictures!)

erik
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Mar 9, 2009

I'll be honest - I'm a pretty generic-dressing guy. I hate shopping, and I don't like spending crazy amounts on something that I am likely going to spill hot sauce on within a week. So my wardrobe mostly consists of white t-shirts from costco and ...

Why I'll Never Find a Move Like This...

Why I'll Never Find a Move Like This...

erik
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Jan 19, 2009

I'll confess - I generally spend less than 30 seconds looking at any given move in any given game. But every once in a while a move will come up that is so critical and where I believe there should be a forcing win. And when that happens I can sta...

Furious 2 Minute Game vs. My Nemesis

Furious 2 Minute Game vs. My Nemesis

erik
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Sep 26, 2008

I logged in to Live Chess for a minute to just poke around and see how things were going. I decided to post a quick seek to play a game and... uh oh! ih8sens, my nemesis (kidding - kind of...) decides to accept the seek! He has a habit of shreddin...

Why I'm Better at Blitz

Why I'm Better at Blitz

erik
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Apr 21, 2008

I'll be honest - my ability to focus on a chess game goes down hill after a few minutes. It's sad. I've won a few OTB regular tournaments in the lower classes, but I'm not a great tournament player. And I'm not a good turn-base...

Future World Champion Chess Player Born Today!

Future World Champion Chess Player Born Today!

erik
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Apr 1, 2008

Here he is - the future World Chess Champion*!   Ok. I'm teasing. He won't be World Champion. But he is my new little baby boy. His name is Stone. He was born this morning at 6:02am (PST) and weighed in at 8 lbs 9 oz and was 21.25&quo...

A Hard Move for Me to Make!

A Hard Move for Me to Make!

erik
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Nov 22, 2007

In this interesting game where powerful bishops prevented us each from castling I  made a move that I think was really good, but it was not an easy move for me to make. My opponent was higher rated and I was nervous, but I really felt like it...

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