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  • Carlsen vs Karjakin: Who Will Win?

    The Candidates' Tournament 2016 is a part of chess history already. You all know the results, so there is no point to recap it again. Two popular internet memes summarize very well how the tournament will be remembered. One of them depicts Presi... | Read More

  • The $40,000 GM Blitz Battle Championship

    Chess.com is launching a new online blitz and bullet chess championship series, with the biggest payout in online history, and three of the world's top chess players have already signed on.  The Grandmaster Blitz Battle Championship will be... | Read More

  • You Are Important!

    When we were learning how to play chess, most of us dreamed about becoming next Capablanca, Fischer or Kasparov one day. Alas, the sad reality is that 99.999 percent of us will never become one of the chess gods. Should we be disappointed and up... | Read More

  • Video Series On The King's Indian Defense

    The King's Indian Defense is one of the great openings in chess history. A favorite of many of Caissa's greatest innovators — the King's Indian Defense was central to the development of new, dynamic ways to play chess. No more taking 1.... | Read More

  • A Legendary Chess Zen Master Has Died

    When I was just turning 19, I would go with a friend to Berkeley and visit the Hare Krishna temple. Were we into them? No, not at all. But every evening they offered free (very tasty!) food, and when you are broke and starving, you are willing t... | Read More


    • The most messed up puzzle in the world

                Try the most messed up game in chess history against the computer! Is it a forced mate? Comment below! | Read More

    • EXCLUSIVE Q&A with CEO Erik!

      [Blog History] You'll FIND HIS ANSWERS HERE…      It was a little more than a decade ago that founder and CEO Erik and his friend, Jay, got together and decided the world needed a better chess site for players worldwide to play, learn, sha... | Read More

    • Tim's Tournament Book Blog VI: St. Petersburg 1914

      St. Petersburg 1914 International Chess TournamentBy Dr. Siegbert TarraschTranslated by Dr. Robert MaxhamEdited by Dale BrandrethCaissa Editions, 1993267 pagesSt. Petersburg 1914 remains one of the seminal events in chess history.  It featured a... | Read More

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    • At Long Last, A Taste of Caviar (And a Flashback to my 1400 Days!)

      It took almost two years and an inordinate amount of frustration, but I have finally managed to defeat an expert for only the second time in my rated chess career.    To start off, I have to preface this by explaining that this post is going t... | Read More

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    • Exclusive Q&A with GM Melik KHACHIYAN

      [Blog History]    Former student of WC Tigran Petrosian, GM Melikset Khachiyan has lots to say about chess--and life--in our exclusive Chess.com/TV Group interview!      Over the years, GM Melik has become a staple of Chess.com/TV, and f... | Read More


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  • Shogi

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    Shogi is the Japanese form of Chess. It has been evolving in a different direction as international Chess for more than 1000 years, however, and its history contains many Shogi variants, some even still played today. Modern Shogi is played on a 9x... Read More »

  • Dake, Arthur

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    Arthur W. Dake (1910-2000) became a bridge toll collector, then a highway auto controller, and finally an automobile inspector for the state of Oregon after serving in the merchant marines when he was 16.  He learned how to play chess at age 17 ... Read More »

  • Carlsen, Magnus

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    Magnus Carlsen, Norwegian child chess prodigy, was born Nov 30, 1990, and gained the Grandmaster title (2004) at the age of 13 years, 4 months and 27 days.   He became the 2nd youngest GM in chess history, behind only  Sergey Karjakin and Pari... Read More »

  • Vachier-Lagrave, Maxime

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    Maxime Vachier-Lagrave, born October 21, 1990, is a French Grandmaster.  In 2002, he was 2nd in the World Under-14 Championship.  In 2005, he became a Grandmaster at the age of 14 years, 4 months, the 7th youngest GM in history and the 2nd young... Read More »

  • Lasa, Tassilo von Heydebrand und der

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    Baron Tassilo von Heydebrand und der Lasa (von der Lasa) was born on October 17, 1818 in Berlin, Germany.  He studied law in Berlin and Bonn, Germany. In 1837, he was one of the seven co-founders of the Berlin Chess School (the Berlin Pleiades),... Read More »