Tal's Greatest Game?

Tal's Greatest Game?

NM FLchessplayer
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4 hrs ago

GM Mikhail Tal is one of the greatest players who ever lived. You cannot call yourself a true chess fan if you have never looked at one of his games! He set the world on fire in the late 1950's and early 1960's with his dazzling brilliance and ele...

Most Amazing Move in Chess History (+ Video)

Most Amazing Move in Chess History (+ Video)

FM Michel2426
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7 hrs ago

Hello chess people. Which is the best move in chess history? In this post I am going to answer that question (well, I am going to try). Actually is too complicated, but today I bring a game with a great winning move, something different, something...

When They're About to Castle...

When They're About to Castle...

GM Illingworth
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14 hrs ago

...play the best move! On a more concrete note, here's my puzzle for today! It is White to move in the position below: I'll post the solution in the comments in about 24 hours, good luck!  If you're finding this puzzle difficult, f...

Vladimir Makogonov. Some Games and Photographs.

Vladimir Makogonov. Some Games and Photographs.

simaginfan
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1 day ago

Happy weekend everyone! A short while ago my friend @Zeitnot17 posted the start of what promises to be a wonderful series here The name of Vladimir Makogonov came up there, which was sufficient for me to go back into his games and quickly - it...

February RAFFLE!

February RAFFLE!

ChessBrah
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1 day ago

We are running a big RAFFLE this month! Enter for your chance at ⬇️ 1) Chess.com Platinum Membership 2) Blue Yeti Nano Microphone 3) HyperX Alloy FPS Keyboard 4) Signed Chessbrah merchandise Enter here 🖱️: https://gleam.io/KU7Pq/...

A Mental Lapse & A Smooth King-side Attack

A Mental Lapse & A Smooth King-side Attack

philidor_position
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1 day ago

In February, following a modest showing in the Slow Chess League's 2018 Championship, I played one of my worst and one of my best games in the last few years. The first game ended prematurely when I failed to summon the strength to go on after a m...

My good games at this week #54

My good games at this week #54

UAArtur
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1 day ago

Hello!This week was so intense and so crazy that I don’t even know where to start my game report. I made a streams, played in a blitz tournament and - of course - created my good games. If I am not too annoying with my talk, I will begin...

Blunder or Brilliancy? A Tata Steel Story

Blunder or Brilliancy? A Tata Steel Story

GM Illingworth
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2 days ago

Have you ever blundered in a chess game...only to find out later that your 'blunder' was a great move? You are not the only one...even World Champions do that sometimes! 'But hang on, it's not really a "blunder" if ...

State of Chess.com: Anti-Abuse Report for 2018

State of Chess.com: Anti-Abuse Report for 2018

monitor
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2 days ago

All things considered, 2018 was a fantastic year for Chess.com! Our Alexa ranking shot up over 350 places, caused by an extra 1.8M registrations compared to 2017. We held more prize events than ever before, and just a few days ago the Live Chess t...

Why Did He Resign?

Why Did He Resign?

GM Illingworth
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2 days ago

When we're going through games, especially at a fairly fast pace, we'll often see the game come to a sudden end and ask, 'why did they resign?' Often the answer is quite obvious after looking for a few seconds, but sometimes, the reason requires...

Capablanca's Copycat Game in the Four Knights

Capablanca's Copycat Game in the Four Knights

GM Illingworth
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4 days ago

This post is all about Capablanca's famous 'Copycat' game, which many of my students have shared with me over the years. So, I have included my own notes...but first, try and find all of Capablanca's moves yourself! Now, for the game with my...

Chess as Spectator Sport

Chess as Spectator Sport

GM alexcolovic
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4 days ago

If chess players are taking half an hour to make some moves, how can you honestly enjoy watching it live? This question is the core problem with chess becoming a spectator sport. Of course, I'm talking here about classical chess, not rapid or bl...

The Tension Question

The Tension Question

GM Illingworth
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4 days ago

How should you deal with piece tension in a position?  My recent blitz game on Chess.com covers this subject quite concisely. It started as follows: White's last move (8.Qe2) is a good example of prophylaxis - stopping ...Ba6 while de...

Mission (Half) Accomplished

Mission (Half) Accomplished

SFMechanics
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5 days ago

By Dana Mackenzie, Staff Writer Last week I wrote that the San Francisco Mechanics’ PRO Chess League match this week was one that we “really have to win to achieve our team goals.” Hm, perhaps that was a bit of exaggeration. In...

Team Ukraine Jacob Yuhtman online Memorial

Team Ukraine Jacob Yuhtman online Memorial

UAArtur
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5 days ago

The blitz marathon (all games was 5/2 time control) lasted from January 01 to February 10, 2019, with 86 players from Ukraine, India and the United States. The games took place at the chess.com portal on Team Ukraine group. The tournam...

Book review: Game Changer - my Book Of The Year!

Book review: Game Changer - my Book Of The Year!

NM HanSchut
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5 days ago

At the end of January New In Chess published the long-awaited book Game Changer by Matthew Sadler and Natasha Regan. In the book the authors explain the science behind AlphaZero through interviews with the developers of AlphaZero at Google Deepmin...

How to Beat Automatic Play

How to Beat Automatic Play

GM Illingworth
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5 days ago

What exactly is 'automatic' play in chess? It's when you play the first move that seems natural in a position, without calculating the consequences deeply. It very much resembles the thinking seen in blitz chess and could also be called 'lazy th...

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