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  • Pete's Pathetic Chess: The Worst Move Imaginable

    pete Feb 22, 2017, 5:03 AM

    Back after truly underwhelming reader demand, Pete's Pathetic Chess is the "instructional" column where I subject my awful moves and chess ideas to analysis by an actual grandmaster...

  • The 3 'Illnesses' Of Chess

    IM Silman Feb 2, 2017, 12:52 AM

    The member Canyounotquit wrote: “I really want to know why and how I lost this particular game. I had a piece lead and still I lost badly. I’ve no idea where I went wrong.” JS:...

  • Chess And Presidential Elections

    GM Gserper Jan 21, 2017, 11:41 PM

    During the 2016 presidential election, many Americans got caught between a rock and a hard place. Indeed, since both candidates had flaws, it was very difficult to make a choice. I wish we had an...

  • How To Understand Chess Openings

    IM Silman Jan 18, 2017, 10:05 PM

    The 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...

  • American Woman - Part III

    batgirl Jan 18, 2017, 11:25 AM

      Preface:      An official U.S. Women's Chess Championship has existed for nearly 80 years.  The USCF lists 1937 as the first year.  There have been many strong and important...

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  • January Open Tournament Game Review

    TheChessPlayingCoder Feb 19, 2017, 10:08 PM

    Open Tournament Round 1 - Time Control 65/65 Admittedly I was a bit nervous playing in the first round as I had not played in a while.  And right out of the opening I got a small surprise.  After Black's second...

  • History of chess

    Dinesh_rama Feb 12, 2017, 2:05 AM

    T he classical research about the origin of Chess concentrated on investigating written and archaeological evidence resulting in opinions about Indian/Persian 1 or Chinese origin of the game. The available evidence...

  • List of players who disconnect and abandon game when losing in Live chess

    Eugen Feb 7, 2017, 8:37 AM

    In this blog I am going to update my list of players who disconnect and abandon a Live chess game when they make a blunder or simply have a hopeless position. Instead of resigning and starting another game they...

  • Peanut M&Ms and the PCL Matchups I Can’t WAIT to See

    shaun Jan 9, 2017, 1:12 PM

    Ever see that kid in the grocery line yelling at his mother because he just HAS TO HAVE THOSE PEANUT M&Ms or he’ll die.  That’s me, and mamma just gave me ‘dem M&Ms. The Pro Chess...

  • Celebrating 100k Subscribers on YouTube Party!

    IM DanielRensch Dec 12, 2016, 11:29 AM

    ...and YOU'RE invited! On Wednesday, December 14th at 10am Pacific, I'll be hosting a party on It will be my party. So I can cry if I want to. Laugh if I want to. Play Bullet chess until we drop, if...

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  • Carlsen, Caruana To Debut Saturday In PRO Chess

    NM SamCopeland Feb 9, 2017, 12:00 AM

    Evidently this week's overpowered Titled Tuesday was a warm-up. This Saturday, Magnus Carlsen and Fabiano Caruana are making their PRO (Professional Rapid Online) Chess League debuts. What's more, they will...

  • Titled Tuesday Changes: Bigger Prizes, Championship Qualifiers, New Time

    NM SamCopeland Feb 6, 2017, 9:31 AM's Titled Tuesday tournaments have been the largest regular online chess tournament since their inception in October 2014. They have attracted hundreds of grandmasters to play, including Hikaru Nakamura,...

  • 6 PRO Teams Undefeated Entering Week 4

    FM MikeKlein Jan 31, 2017, 3:19 PM

    If you had the teams from Budapest, San Diego, Philadelphia, Cannes, and Montclair all 3-0 in the Professional Online Rapid (PRO) Chess League before the season began, congratulations, you are crushing our...

  • Carlsen Misses Mate In 3 vs Giri

    PeterDoggers Jan 21, 2017, 1:34 PM

    Today Magnus Carlsen missed a checkmate versus Anish Giri, and with it, a great opportunity to move to "plus three." Wesley So drew his game as well and continues to lead the masters section. It's quite...

  • PRO Chess League Takes Off Wednesday

    PeterDoggers Jan 9, 2017, 3:13 PM

    It's finally here. More than 400 players (100+ grandmasters), chess fans all over the world, and the whole team at are very excited that the inaugural season of the PRO Chess League will launch...


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