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Fabi vs. Nepo! Round 9 Recap and Odds Update

Fabi vs. Nepo! Round 9 Recap and Odds Update

NM SmarterChess
| 6 hrs ago

Can Fabiano Caruana beat Ian Nepomniachtchi with the white pieces? Can Hikaru Nakamura beat the struggling Teimour Radjabov to get back into the hunt? We get a lot of exciting games today including 3 chess.com Brilliant moves by one player! W...

A Century of Chess: Harry Pillsbury (1900-1906)

A Century of Chess: Harry Pillsbury (1900-1906)

kahns
| 9 hrs ago

The story of Pillsbury is that he caught syphilis from a St Petersburg prostitute during the 1895/6 quadrangular event and was never the same after that. The reality is that he was the world’s #2 (or maybe #3) for nearly a decade afterwards ...

Queen or 9

Queen or 9

Pheonix_Free
| 15 hrs ago

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...

A Critical Novelty in the f3 Nimzo

A Critical Novelty in the f3 Nimzo

NM Anhao
| 1 day ago

The Candidates tournament has always been inspiring to me. Once a year, it's like we travel back in time to the 'Kasparov era' of chess openings, where round after round, top GMs unleash sharp novelties in critical main lines. These novelties are ...

Let's go Hikaru! Round 8 Recap and Odds Update

Let's go Hikaru! Round 8 Recap and Odds Update

NM SmarterChess
| 1 day ago

Wowza! Hikaru Nakamura vs. Fabiano Caruana was a can't-miss game! We also had some excitement in the Rapport vs. Duda matchup. Check out the odds going into the round, the game recaps, and the odds going into tomorrow's round in today's recap. ...

10 EXERCISES OF THE WEEK #24

10 EXERCISES OF THE WEEK #24

GM swapchess90
| 1 day ago

Hello Friends! Every week I select 10 positions ranging from easy to difficult across various themes like tactics, strategy, endgame, defense, etc. for you guys to solve and enjoy. For this week, I have selected 10 positions from recent top-level ...

Boleslavsky - Kotov. A Blackpool Banquet.

Boleslavsky - Kotov. A Blackpool Banquet.

simaginfan
| 1 day ago

A few bits of string tied together today. It's Candidates tournament time again, and probably the most famous one of them all - Zurich 1953 - has been getting some mentions. Indeed, my friend Don McKim - a lovely man who is posting some original s...

Pawns are the soul of chess

Pawns are the soul of chess

WIM TijanaBlagojevic
| 1 day ago

They say “Pawns are the soul of chess” because they play a significant role from chess opening to the end game. Even losing a single pawn can give your opponent a big material advantage and blunder the entire game. This article is all ...

Summer Puzzle Competition, ChessKid Webinars!

Summer Puzzle Competition, ChessKid Webinars!

ChessKid
| 3 days ago

Hey ChessKids! We want to bring in some more awesome fun chess activities for the summer, so in addition to the Summer Clubhouse, we’re holding a puzzle competition! But that’s not all... parents, teachers, coaches, and users can look ...

Back Rank Weakness

Back Rank Weakness

KingsBishop
| 4 days ago

The Back Rank checkmate pattern is proof that your own pieces can sometimes work against you and help your opponent achieve their objective! It is the source of a common tactical idea know as a back rank weakness. When you take advantage of a po...

10 Exercises of the Week # 23

10 Exercises of the Week # 23

GM swapchess90
| 5 days ago

Hello Friends! Every week I select 10 positions ranging from easy to difficult across various themes like tactics, strategy, endgame, defense, etc. for you guys to solve and enjoy. For this week, I have selected 10 positions from 3 recent top-leve...

Chess.com Community Picnic: 15 July In Amsterdam

Chess.com Community Picnic: 15 July In Amsterdam

CHESScom
| 5 days ago

Excited for TwitchCon Amsterdam? So are we! Lots of our favorite Twitch personalities from all over the world will be in the Dutch capital between 15-17 July, and Chess.com will be there with our very own booth. There’ll be special Chess.com...

Open Chess Menorca 2022

Open Chess Menorca 2022

WFM AlexandraSamaganova
| 5 days ago

Better late than never… This blog post was written a long time ago, but for some reason I never published it. And although it has been a long time since I returned from Spain, I still decided to share it with you...  **************...

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