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  • How To Play Positional Sacrifices

    IM Silman Jan 26, 2017, 3:37 AM

    Se-Brain asked: I am currently boggled by positional sacrifices. First off, what are possible motifs for sacrifices, and second, how do you find out if your sac’s compensation is worth it or not? JS: I...

  • PRO Chess League Week 3: The Critical Showdowns

    NM SamCopeland Jan 25, 2017, 1:45 AM

    With a staggering 480 players and more than 150 grandmasters currently playing, the PRO Chess League is expanding as word of mouth spreads and new free agents and local players sign up to do battle for their teams...

  • How To Understand Chess Openings

    IM Silman Jan 18, 2017, 10:05 PM

    The Chess.com member alaskan asked:  “I would like to focus more on understanding rather than on lines, but almost all the opening books I can find focus on lines rather than on general ideas, so where...

  • Do Not Misuse Your Chess Computer!

    GM Gserper Jan 14, 2017, 2:03 AM

    My favorite episode from The Prince And The Pauper happens towards the end of the story: "Speak up, good lad, and fear nothing," said the king. "How used you the Great Seal of England?" Tom stammered a moment,...

  • Chess.com Fair Play And Cheat-Detection

    News Dec 30, 2016, 12:03 PM

    Cheating in chess is a serious issue. The issue is magnified online, where there is no arbiter to physically observe play. Chess.com takes fair play and cheat-detection very seriously, and we have since our founding.  We...

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  • Attitude

    Ziryab Feb 24, 2017, 10:07 AM

    Attitude   Win with grace. Lose with dignity.Susan Polgar During morning coffee today, I reviewed three games on Chessgames.com, then played a single blitz game. When the blitz game began, I spoke my opponent's...

  • A "hard fought" game: Lakeridge Chess Tournament Rounds 4-5

    Joseph_Truelson Feb 16, 2017, 9:56 AM

    Joseph Levine confidently looks at the camera before his first move in the first round. At least I think it's a confident look. As I'm not sure, I probably shouldn't say anything else, or else I will get fired and...

  • Monthly Blog: February 2017

    quietvolcano Feb 13, 2017, 6:41 PM

    Happy Valentines day, and Presidents here in the U.S.  And also, Kite Flying day? Understandable if you live in a constantly warm area, but for those that don't, this holiday is just plain weird. Maybe if it was...

  • What I don't understand about chess (#117)

    ArnesonStidgeley Feb 10, 2017, 6:03 AM

    I lost against the Impossible Computer today. I could have played a line to reach the following as Black: It looks bad for Black. White's rooks are connected; I am going to have a little difficulty in extricating...

  • Anand: 'Technology has eliminated uncertainity in Chess'

    Aarao Feb 8, 2017, 4:28 PM

    It was an evening of enthralling discussion with five-time world champion V. Anand and IM V. Saravanan on some of the finer aspects of evolution of the game and Anand’s journey through it to the summit. The event...

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  • Magnus Carlsen Mentors Homer Simpson

    FM MikeKlein Feb 20, 2017, 12:00 AM

    World Champion GM Magnus Carlsen is an avid connoisseur of pop culture. Now, he's part of it. Yesterday his long-awaited cameo on the American animated program "The Simpsons" finally aired on the FOX Network. Hard...

  • dditional Rules and Regs

    ariel53 Feb 15, 2017, 1:47 PM

    Hello everyone ! The French Teams Championship starts today, with its two Nationals: National 1, with 11 teams, and National 2, with 8 teams. Thank you all for being involved! Unless I was mistaken, all the players...

  • ELEGANCE IN THE JURASSIC PERIOD

    FideCastro Feb 2, 2017, 2:15 PM

      M Podlesak      (134)    ½         D Pugh             (136)    ½           D Molineux      (125)    ½         R Peters           (133)    ½         P Staley            (124)    ½         S Grayland                  ...

  • 21-Year-Old Anton Leads Nakamura, MVL In Gibraltar

    PeterDoggers Feb 2, 2017, 12:51 AM

    Like last year, David Anton is doing great at the 2017 Tradewise Gibraltar Chess Festival. The 21-year-old Spanish grandmaster is leading the tournament alone, and has White in today's final round. Ju...

  • My latest OTB games

    MrUlekleiv Jan 18, 2017, 7:12 AM

    Over the last weeks I've played two standard time control games over the board. First off was game 1 in the Club Championship against a up'n'coming youngster who I drew against with the black pieces in the autumn-tournament....

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