Game of the Week - Week 3

Game of the Week - Week 3

GM Durarbayli
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17 hrs ago

Every day, we are faced with hundreds of decisions that could change the course of our future. For most of us, fortunately, the majority of these decisions are not life-changing. However, consider if you were the leader of an organization in which...

25 Ways to Improve at Chess

25 Ways to Improve at Chess

NM EnergeticHay
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23 hrs ago

Many of us want to improve at chess. Actually, make that ALL of us. But some of us might feel stuck, or might not be sure what is the best way to improve. While I may not have a definitive answer, I believe that having a wide variety of study...

On Concepts of Architecture and Beauty in Chess

On Concepts of Architecture and Beauty in Chess

RoaringPawn
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1 day ago

(CHESS) DESIGN = FORM + FUNCTION + BEAUTY As a chess player, your job is like one of an architect. You deal with Form (Structure), Function (Purpose) and Beauty (Aesthetics). When you play a game of chess it is like designing something or co...

Steiner

Steiner

batgirl
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1 day ago

Herman Steiner's immense love for the game lit a spark which brought chess to life in California. He made chess alive for thousands of school children; he created a woman's field for chess in this part of the country. He taught; several of today's...

Are Chess.com Adaptive Bots Truly Adaptive?

Are Chess.com Adaptive Bots Truly Adaptive?

CM AdviceCabinet
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2 days ago

About three weeks ago, I published a piece entitled “Are Chess.com Bots’ Ratings Accurate?” where I discussed the strengths and playing styles of the standard bots. As promised, this is the second of the three-part series. Here, ...

Checkmate Patterns - Sniper Mate

Checkmate Patterns - Sniper Mate

FM zibbit
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2 days ago

Sniper Mate is a term I came up with for this checkmate pattern. Many people like to refer to the long range capability of the bishop as being akin to that of a sniper. The key piece in this pattern is indeed the bishop and it very often works fro...

Bobby Fischer hated chess?!

Bobby Fischer hated chess?!

Sawbonez
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2 days ago

Okay, you knew it was just a matter of time before Bernie made his way over to Chess.com... you knew it would happen eventually.  You are just smart that way.  I love a good book on the history of chess and I've enjoyed a few about Bo...

Understand Your Resources-Positional Play

Understand Your Resources-Positional Play

GM Troffy
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3 days ago

Positional play! Which, for myself and those I have talked with over the years, seems to be the most confusing thing for chessplayers to know how to work on. I remember my years of growing up trying to figure it out feeling like I was at times pla...

FIDE Tournament & New Show on ChessKidTV!

FIDE Tournament & New Show on ChessKidTV!

ChessKid
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3 days ago

Hi ChessKids! There is a LOT going on at ChessKidTV this week. We have a big tournament coming up tomorrow and a new show premiering next Wednesday! The ChessKid FIDE Challenge! It's been months in the making: The ChessKid FIDE challen...

How to play Caro-Kann Defense (+ Video)

How to play Caro-Kann Defense (+ Video)

FM michechess89
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3 days ago

Hi everyone! Caro-Kann Defense is another interesting variation we can play as Black against King’s Pawn. It is a really safe line, where Black usually gets a solid position and a pawn structure without weaknesses. In this post/video there i...

Lubomir Kavalek 1943 - 2021 ++

Lubomir Kavalek 1943 - 2021 ++

FM maicolbenavides
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4 days ago

Born in Czechoslovakia, currently the Czech Republic, Kavalek began to give remarkable results from a very young age, managing to consecrate himself for the first time at the age of 19 as National Champion of his country in 1962, a place that he w...

The Move that Revives the Von Hennig Schara Gambit

The Move that Revives the Von Hennig Schara Gambit

NM Anhao
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4 days ago

We have reached our twentieth opening discovery. This blog has been a fun creative outlet for me, and I hope you all have enjoyed reading about the opening bombs as much as I have finding them. For the occasion, I thought I'd share an idea I'd nor...

iHasCupquake Will Play Chess with Naycir

iHasCupquake Will Play Chess with Naycir

Naycir
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4 days ago

Tiffy aka iHasCupquake will be playing chess with Naycir on Friday January 22, 2021 at 4 PM PST. The event will be live streamed simultaneously at twitch.tv/ihascupquake and twitch.tv/naycir. iHasCupquake, who produces variety gaming and art con...

Purposeful Practice in Chess

Purposeful Practice in Chess

backrankbrawler
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5 days ago

Today, I'm going to be taking a break from analyzing one of my games and discuss something I've been studying for the last few years - how to practice and get better at chess. I think we all have a few opinions on what the best way to go about it ...

Webinar 66. Endgame Fundamentals

Webinar 66. Endgame Fundamentals

FM Gertsog
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5 days ago

Dear Chess Friends! How often do you pass the game into the endgame? I have to play the endgame in 70% of all my games. In other 30%, I finish the game in the middlegame with a tactical combination or a strong attack and gain extra material. D...

Therapeutic chess.

Therapeutic chess.

MateEnUno
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5 days ago

Most of the studies dedicated to showing the psychological effects of confinement, report negative results associated with stress, confusion, anger, frustration, fear, panic, bad expectations about the financial future, among others. In this sce...

Chess and visual impairment / By Mr. Nicola Nigro

Chess and visual impairment / By Mr. Nicola Nigro

MateEnUno
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5 days ago

Chess as a representation of life itself, has the ability to make its athletes manage to overcome difficulties on the board, opening a safe path to personal improvement. It is an inclusive sport, which welcomes people with any disability. And it...

Counter-Attack Is The Best Defence

Counter-Attack Is The Best Defence

MomOnaBreak
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5 days ago

Deep in the Siberian forest, in Russia, stands a small hut. Who lives there, is a mystery. Perhaps a ‘Baba-Yaga’, a Russian witch. Perhaps spirits. Josephine, found herself sitting in a dark, frigid room of that hut lit with one dyi...

Italian Game

Italian Game

GM ArnaudovP
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6 days ago

Hi guys,The Italian Game is currently extremely popular at the top level. Many new ideas and concepts were discovered in the past few years. One of those concepts is "Gaining Space on the Queenside". The following game is a perfect illustration ...