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  • Man vs Machine Historical Archive

    Man vs Machine matches pit humans against the strongest chess entities of all time — chess engines. As chess engines are many classes stronger than even the strongest grandmasters, all matches take place at some form of odds. The... | Read More

  • Komodo Devours Lenderman; Hikaru Match Slated Jan.

    Humans long ago relinquished their claim as the world’s best chess players to the computer engines that now play the most accurate version of chess and who now exclusively probe the leading edge of game’s discoveries. While play... | Read More

  • The Ages of Chess

    Caveat: The terms I use in the below essay are strictly my own invention and are not, by any means, generally accepted nomenclature. * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * \ Chess Comes of Age /      Around the end of the 15t... | Read More

  • Could A Chess Computer Take Over The World?

    Chess-playing computers are almost unfathomably strong, and they are improving faster than even the best human players. Three months ago, we took a look at the top five computer chess engines, and today the best two programs on that li... | Read More

  • Reader Questions: Agenda, Study, And Analysis

    From time to time I put together various reader questions and comments (while ignoring the, “Die Silman Die!” raves) and share them with the good folks on Chess.com. I try to give a heady mix of subjects so that there will be a bit of ... | Read More


    • Prodigy Program - February 2016 Registration Open

      Registration for the February 2016 month of the Prodigy Program is now open for our 900+, 1200+, 1500+, and 1750+ Elo sections. Registration is open until  3:00 PM PST on February 12th, 2016. Sign up and join Chess.com University's flagship chess... | Read More

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      • | Feb 9, 2016
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    • Chess Weapons for FAST Improvement (All FREE)

      A Bit More of My Story: When I was first learning chess, my problem was a serious shortage of information. I lived in the remote Blue Mountains of Australia and had limited access to chess books, coaching and opponents, and at that time the inter... | Read More

    • Magnus Carlsen vs Hou Yifan, Tata Steel tournament. Beware the Weak spots!

      Today 29 jan. 2016 we saw in Wijk aan Zee the World Chess Champion Magnus Carlsen vs former Women's World Chess Champion Hou Yifan 1) Be ware! Chess engines may lead to confussion! Remember Reuben Fine's classic rules for endgame play: <The... | Read More

    • The Chess Directory Project

      The Chess Directory project aims to consolidate all online chess related information into one place.  Currently the Chess Directory has 11 different chess related categories with 50 chess related sites already listed, and is growing quickly. ... | Read More

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      • | Jan 24, 2016
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    • Creating a Chess Game Explorer

      So it has been a long time since my last post. I basically fell off the map for playing, studying and blogging about my chess journey. I was however, still doing something related to chess. I had an idea to create my own chess game explorer simila... | Read More


Video Lessons



  • Fried Liver Attack

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     The Fried Liver Attack is a continuation of the Two Knights Defense. It is an aggressive gambit where white gives up a knight in exchange for poor king safety for black. This attack has not been proven decisive, especially under slower time cont... Read More »

  • Values

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    Each of the pieces in chess has a different value indicating its usefulness relative to other pieces. Under most systems, including that used in the "Details" section of Chess.com games, a pawn is worth one point, a knight is worth three points, a... Read More »

  • Chess Engines

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    A chess engine is a computer program which is capable of playing a game of chess.  Chess engines do not usually have a GUI (Graphical User Interface) and are designed to be used with a separate GUI.  Commercial chess programs normally ha... Read More »

  • Kempelen, Farkas

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    Farkas Kempelen (1734-1804) was the Inventor of the first automaton, The Chess Playing Turk, in 1769.  He built it for the sole purpose of entertaining and mystifying the Empress Maria Theresa of Austria.  It was not a true mac... Read More »