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Going Crazy!

Going Crazy!

Pheonix_Free
| 2 days ago

Going Crazy A few weeks ago, I wrote a blog on solo chess, and I got a lot of requests for me to try crazy mode. Little did I know, crazy mode is absolute madness. Puzzle 1 The first puzzle looks like a whole bunch of different things are ...

Master Study: Tal v. Fischer

Master Study: Tal v. Fischer

Pheonix_Free
| 9 days ago

Master Study Tal v. Fischer Mikhail Tal and Bobby Fischer were two of the strongest chess champions in the 20th century. Mikhail Tal is known for his stunning queen sacrifices to pull off wins, and Bobby Fischer is remembered as being the only...

Komodo Master

Komodo Master

Pheonix_Free
| 16 days ago

Komodo Master There are a lot of chess engines that are out there, and these computers are capable of calculating the craziest lines. The most popular chess engine is probably stockfish, but there is another popular engine that I would try to be...

Playing SOLO

Playing SOLO

Pheonix_Free
| 30 days ago

Playing SOLO Chess is my favorite game in the world. But there is one problem with it. You need someone else to play with. Playing chess on a board by yourself gets kind of sad after a while. But I have been able to find a chess variation that y...

The Black Knight Tango

The Black Knight Tango

Pheonix_Free
| Aug 21, 2022

The Great Tango I recently played a game that was a bit of a tango. In this game, I was playing the white pieces against a 1968 from Turkey in the standard 10 minute rapid game. But this game was nothing standard. I would start the game off ...

Double the Bugs

Double the Bugs

Pheonix_Free
| Aug 14, 2022

Double The Bugs! Chess is usually an individual game that is played between two people. However, there is a variant that requires teamwork between two players to win the game. On chess.com, this is called doubles bughouse. It is similar to bugho...

King of the Hill

King of the Hill

Pheonix_Free
| Aug 8, 2022

King of the Hill King of the hill is one of the most popular variations of chess. The objective of the game is primarily to get your king to one of the four center squares. This variation requires players to focus on control of the center. A che...

Master Study: Nepomniachtchi v. Liren

Master Study: Nepomniachtchi v. Liren

Pheonix_Free
| Jul 31, 2022

Master Study Although a rematch between Magnus Carlsen and Ian Nepomniachtchi would have been a great world championship, Ding Liren will still be able to create an interesting match for Ian. Both players are incredibly talented and have faced o...

20 Questions

20 Questions

Pheonix_Free
| Jul 18, 2022

20 Questions Most people use chess.com to play chess games against other people online or to improve their playing with puzzles. But there are actually a few less-known features that exist. Chess.com actually has a chess personality quiz that co...

Beginner's Guide to Checkmates

Beginner's Guide to Checkmates

Pheonix_Free
| Jul 10, 2022

Beginner's Guide to Checkmates Part 1 The entire purpose of chess is to deliver checkmate to your opponent's king. This is when one of your pieces is attacking the enemy king, but the king is unable to move or be blocked and will inevitably be...

The American Opening

The American Opening

Pheonix_Free
| Jul 4, 2022

The American Opening There are a lot of openings that are named after nations, such as the English, Dutch, Spanish, and Italian-just to name a few. But this got me thinking if there were more obscure openings that were named after nations. Surpr...

Queen or 9

Queen or 9

Pheonix_Free
| Jun 27, 2022

Queen or 9 It is a well-known fact that the queen is the most powerful piece on the board and that it is worth 9 points in material. Very rarely do players want to give up their queen unless it is for a queen trade for checkmate. Recently, I pla...

English Rat Defense

English Rat Defense

Pheonix_Free
| Jun 11, 2022

English Rat Defense Looking for a response to c4 and d4? One response for black that might be able to catch your opponent off guard is the English Rat Defense. At first glance, it might not seem like a solid or advantageous opening, but it can l...

Brilliant Storm

Brilliant Storm

Pheonix_Free
| Jun 5, 2022

Brilliant Storm Lately, I've been pretty busy with life. I've been finishing up school, and I am getting ready for a move. So I haven't been playing as much chess as I usually do. However, I have been working on trying to get my rapid rating bac...

Blast From the Past

Blast From the Past

Pheonix_Free
| May 28, 2022

Blast From the Past Today is The Phoenix Blog's first anniversary. Now the blog I wrote a year ago came from when I was still a 1400, and it wasn't anything impressive. But over the past year, this blog has come a long way thanks to your support...

Puzzle Up!

Puzzle Up!

Pheonix_Free
| May 15, 2022

Puzzle Up Puzzles are a great way to improve your tactical skills. It's the reason people say to do your puzzles daily. Puzzles are like little tidbits of patterns and skills that can be helpful in finding a checkmate pattern or a brilliant tact...

Master Study: Kasparov vs. Karpov

Master Study: Kasparov vs. Karpov

Pheonix_Free
| May 8, 2022

Master Study Kasparov vs. Karpov It was September 22, 2009. Gary Kasparov and Anatoly Karpov were sitting across from each other in Valencia to play some rapid and blitz games against each other. These two former world champions and some of th...

3 Checks and You're Out!

3 Checks and You're Out!

Pheonix_Free
| May 1, 2022

3 Checks and You're Out! There are quite a few different variations of chess that you can play on chess.com. One of the more interesting variations is 3 check. The objective of this variation is simply to give your opponent 3 checks. Now, this g...

The Master

The Master

Pheonix_Free
| Apr 23, 2022

The Master There are many titles that can be won in chess. They often involve reaching a certain FIDE rating or for higher titles, earning norms. These chess players are the strongest in the world and are true masters when it comes to the game o...

100 For You!

100 For You!

Pheonix_Free
| Apr 10, 2022

100 For You! Recently, I hit 100 followers! So I decided to play 100 games of chess for every follower that I have. Now, I decided to play 30 second games with no bonus. This blog is probably the longest and most time consuming I've ever done. S...

April Fools or April Genius?

April Fools or April Genius?

Pheonix_Free
| Apr 1, 2022

April Fools or April Genius It is finally April. And with every April comes April Fools Day. The day where every person has to be on high alert for the pranks and foolishness of April First. I, myself, was feeling a bit cheeky, so I decided to p...

Going Hyper!

Going Hyper!

Pheonix_Free
| Mar 27, 2022

Going Hyper Hyperbullet is faster than bullet. The only non-custom time control that chess.com gives is 30 seconds with no bonus. Recently, I've been playing a few rounds of hyperbullet, and it is the most emotionally exhilarating and frust...

Lucky 960?

Lucky 960?

Pheonix_Free
| Mar 20, 2022

Lucky 960 Chess 960 is one of the most popular chess variants, as it starts both opponents with a non-traditional setup that prevents solid opening theory. There are theoretically 960 different opening setups, and each setup requires thought tow...

Blindfold Mania Part 2

Blindfold Mania Part 2

Pheonix_Free
| Mar 12, 2022

Blindfold Mania Part 2 Now, I am not the best at maintaining series. But I was looking over some of my older blogs, and I found a blog from October that was titled "Blindfold Mania Part 1". In that blog, I had played against a beginner stockfish...

Master Study: Korobov v. Liren

Master Study: Korobov v. Liren

Pheonix_Free
| Feb 27, 2022

Korobov v. Liren Ding Liren and Anton Korobov are both very strong grandmasters. Ding Liren is the strongest player for China, with a peak rating of 2813, and is currently ranked 3rd in the world. Anton Korobov is the strongest player for Ukrain...

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