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

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

monitor
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1 hr 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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1 hr 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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1 day 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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1 day 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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2 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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2 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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2 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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2 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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2 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...

Quick Puzzle

Quick Puzzle

GM Illingworth
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4 days ago

White to play in this position! How should he proceed? I hope you enjoyed the puzzle! See you soon with another post!

Puzzles from my first blitz tournament

Puzzles from my first blitz tournament

Zeitnot17
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5 days ago

If you're looking to improve your game, I highly recommend playing tournaments here on chess.com.  I've learned a lot from the daily tournaments I've played. Holding myself accountable to get the best result I can and having the opportunity...

Landau vs Cortlever, Amsterdam 1941

Landau vs Cortlever, Amsterdam 1941

introuble2
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5 days ago

My very first intention was to make a post with Salo Landau's last games during WW2. Some really beautiful were played until he was caught by the nazis in Sep 1942. But as I was searching and studying some of these games, I've found a great one, I...

My good games at this week #53

My good games at this week #53

UAArtur
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6 days ago

Hello, my dear chess friends! Now some funny games in your friendlist! In the first game, Black suffered death from suffocation in my favorite gambit. Liked? More games in my blog Ssscandinavian! I admit, in both games, oppo...

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